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SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in western South Dakota doesn't begin for another week, but some bikers already have embarked on their journey to the Black Hills. Dale Abbott, who has traveled from Indiana to South Dakota, told KELO-TV in Sioux Falls that he is going to Sturgis for the first time. "I've heard during the week is really crazy, so we want to go pre-week and see what it is like and go out and visit Mount Rushmore and some other places around here," he said. The rally, which is in its 73rd year, draws hundreds of thousands of people to western South Dakot
SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A South Dakota man accused of killing his 2-year-old daughter is to stand trial this week. Authorities allege that 35-year-old Mario Contreras, of Waubay, shook Aleeya Cook so violently in January 2012 that he killed her. He has pleaded not guilty to murder, voluntary manslaughter and other charges. The American News reports that jury selection is to begin Tuesday in federal court in Sioux Falls. The trial is scheduled to run the rest of the week. Contreras could face life in prison if convicted.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- South Dakota is increasing funding for maintenance of state buildings, but not all legislators agree with the move. Lawmakers dedicated $4.7 million toward state building maintenance this year, a big increase from annual budgets that used to be about $1 million or $2 million.
Are you planning to run away from home? Now, there's a manual. "The Beginner's Guide to Running Away from Home," by Jennifer Larue Huget, is narrated by a kid who appears to know the ropes. First, you need a reason to run away. Maybe it's because your parents are going "gaga" over your baby sister. Maybe it's because your older brother is a warty slug.
First Dakota National Bank, Mitchell, is conducting a school supply drive to help ensure local students will have the school supplies they need. Items needed include pocket folders in solid colors; one subject spiral notebooks; blue, black and red pens; eight classic color markers; large box of kleenex; three ring binders, one inch; Elmer's white glue; box of 24 crayons; colored pencils; glue sticks; No. 2 pencils; and rulers. Items may be dropped off at any First Dakota location through Friday Aug. 2.
Mitchell Police Department CAD Press Log 7/29/2013 From: 7/26/2013 to 7/28/2013 Call: Incident: Type: Date/Time: 12783 7/26/2013 0:18 Traffic Stop Press Remarks: 12784 7/26/2013 0:31 Traffic Stop Press Remarks: 12785 7/26/2013 0:36 Traffic Stop Press Remarks: 12786 7/26/2013 0:46 Traffic Stop Press Remarks: 12787 7/26/2013 0:51 Traffic Stop Press Remarks: 12788 201310127 7/26/2013 0:52 FRAUD/ATTEMPTED FRAUD Press Remarks: OFFICER SENT TO THE 1000 BLK W NORWAY FOR A POSSIBLE ID THEFT 12789 201310128 7/26/2013 0:58 ASSAULT/SIMPLE Press Remarks: OFFICERS ADVISED OF A POSSI
Nothing provides a ranch wife with more time to ponder than sitting on a hot, metal tractor seat. When I'm raking, I have plenty of field time to clear my head and put life in perspective. While bouncing back and forth in the hayfield raking hay, different thoughts come to mind. The first thought is how I've noticed every haying season the "V" rake is hooked onto an open cab tractor and the baler is hooked onto the Case IH 5250 tractor.
Now for some good news, and it has nothing to do with the birth of the royal baby. According to a USA Today/Bipartisan Policy Center poll, "Americans by more than 2-1 say the best way to make positive changes in society is through volunteer organizations and charities, not by being active in government." Even better news: People under 30 are especially put off by politics and are "significantly less likely than their parents to say participating in politics is an important value in their lives." Why is this good news? There are at least two reasons.
My friend Charles Krauthammer, a thinking man's pundit, believes some problems cannot be solved. Charles points to the Palestinian-Israeli situation and to the collapse of the traditional black family in America. I disagree. It is possible to change black attitudes, but it will take a dynamic person to lead the way. The primary reason that Trayvon Martin is not alive today is that George Zimmerman feared him. Making his neighborhood watch rounds, Zimmerman saw a young man wearing clothing that unsettled him.
HISSES to the situation unfolding in Aberdeen, at the Northern Beef Packers plant. A few months back, more than 100 workers were laid off. This week, another 250 lost their jobs, and that leaves only six workers to oversee the $115 million facility, which is now idle. Not only are these developments bad for Aberdeen's economy, but they can't be good for South Dakota's beef industry. CHEERS to the Mitchell American Legion baseball team, which won the Region 2A championship last week with an 11-10 extra-innings victory over Brandon Valley.