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A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center to aggravated assault. Larin Hannel, 30, was drinking alcohol May 19 at the Budget Inn in Mitchell when he said the victim made a sexual advance on him. According to court documents, the victim suffered a broken jaw, broken ribs, cuts to his face, head and forearms, two black eyes and two bite marks. As part of a plea agreement, the state is free to make any recommendation for sentencing, will not file Hannel as a habitual offender and can request restitution.
DETROIT -- In 1860, an uneasy Charles Darwin confided in a letter to a friend: "I had no intention to write atheistically" but "I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars." What appalled him had fascinated entomologist William Kirby (1759-1850): The ichneumon insect inserts an egg in a caterpillar, and the larva hatched from the egg, he said, "gnaws the inside of the caterpillar, and though at last it has devoured almost every part of it except
Recently, members of this newspaper's editorial board lunched at a Main Street restaurant. As we walked out, a family of five walked in, sporting cameras and generally assuming all of the characteristics of tourists. We found it refreshing that tourists had found their way several blocks from the Corn Palace, presumably with lunch on their minds. To be honest, we personally don't see that happening as much as this city's business leaders want.
The city of Mitchell Street Department will chip-seal the 900 to 1500 blocks of West Elm Avenue Wednesday. Please have all vehicles removed from these streets by 7 a.m. and refrain from parking on these streets until all work is completed. In case of inclement weather, the schedule may be changed. Due to weather conditions on Tuesday morning that caused a late start, the department will also finish up the centers on the streets that were scheduled for Tuesday.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- The next step in a massive cleanup effort in Sioux Falls following a three-day ice and snow storm in April will involve removing tree stumps from boulevards. The city through its "Operation Timber Strike" program cut down nearly 1,000 damaged trees on boulevards following the storm. Starting in September, crews will begin removing the tree stumps. The cost is estimated at about $150,000. Earlier storm cleanup efforts are estimated at about $9 million.
RAPID CITY (AP) -- Scientists from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology are getting a rare dinosaur brow horn. The 31-inch Triceratops horn is believed to be 65 million years old and was found by diggers in Nebraska working on a U.S. Forest Service project in the Thunder Basin National Grassland. The Rapid City Journal reports that the find was a shock to paleontologists who were expecting only to find small artifacts and fossils.
RAPID CITY (AP) -- Three American Indian tribes in South Dakota and a voting-rights group have asked state election officials to help set up satellite voter registration and absentee voting offices for tribal members who live far from county courthouses. The tribes are asking the state to use federal money to help operate satellite voting stations at Fort Thompson on the Crow Creek Reservation, at Wanblee on the Pine Ridge Reservation and at Eagle Butte on the Cheyenne River Reservation, the Rapid City Journal reported.
RAPID CITY (AP) -- A jury has been selected for the trial of a man accused of shooting another man to death in a Rapid City motel parking lot early this year. A jury of nine men and five women, two of whom are alternates, will decide the fate of 30-year-old Charles Birdshead. The Rapid City man is charged with felony manslaughter in the death of 33-year-old Eustacio Maruffo at the South Dakota Rose Inn on Jan. 7. Prosecutors say Birdshead was at the motel to deal drugs.
PIERRE (AP) -- The South Dakota Agriculture Department has started a program to help counties identify the best locations for agricultural development projects. The department will work local governments and development officials on a site analysis program that will look at information on local zoning ordinances, permitting requirements and the availability of service infrastructure. State Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch says the program will help counties identify the right development opportunities in the most effective locations. The program will analyze locations that could host dev
YANKTON (AP) -- A burning candle is believed to have contributed to a fire that damaged a business in Yankton. Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles tells the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan newspaper that the Monday morning blaze at Lisa's Fashions damaged clothing, a desk area and a computer, and sent smoke and soot throughout the building. Officials suspect a fan might have blown some papers onto a burning candle, starting the fire. Firefighters were on the scene for about half an hour.