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ALEXANDRIA — Judge Chris Giles ruled against Loren E. Huber and Amy Nolan-Huber's application to petition the Hanson County Board of Adjustment's May 16 decision to grant Triple K Land LLC a conditional use permit during a lengthy court hearing Wednesday. The Huber family filed the application due to health concerns and loss of property value, hoping to halt the construction of a 2,400-animal swine nursery near the family's property in Hanson County, in Pleasant Township.
WAGNER — Another year, another record-breaking number of methamphetamine arrests in South Dakota. "We just had a trooper recently seize 90 pounds of methamphetamine, which is one of the largest amounts seized in the state," said Jason Husby, captain for the South Dakota Highway Patrol. That arrest, one of about 3,390 last year statewide, occurred near Rapid City.
Although South Dakota is commonly characterized as a flyover state, Mitchell remains a destination for a prestigious airplane race that draws pilots from all over the world. In its sixth year as biennial host of the AirVenture Cup, the Mitchell Municipal Airport has served as the starting line for the 450-mile airplane race, uniting pilots from Florida to Australia with different experience levels, all vying for the fastest time.
A 19-year-old rookie cowboy who just finished his freshman year of college, busted out of the chute and electrified the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo crowd, walking out of Horseman's Arena as the bareback riding champion. Hailing from Texline, Texas, Brazos Winters showed no signs of nerves in his first South Dakota rodeo, as he took down the No. 15 world-ranked Ty Breuer with the high-point ride of 74.5 in the final night of action at the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo.
Mitchell police made an arrest Saturday following an alleged hit-and-run and two high-speed chases in the city, both of which had to be terminated. Joyce Lucas, of Mitchell, was charged with two counts of hit-and-run, one count of reckless driving and one count of aggravated eluding, authorities said Sunday.
After his riggin broke prior to coming out of the chute, Ty Breuer managed to come out on top of the bareback riding event for the second night of action at the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo. The No. 15 world ranked bareback cowboy from Mandan, North Dakota, ignited the crowd as he rode the Sutton Rodeo horse "Text Message" to produce the high-score of 71 Friday night at the Horseman's Sports Arena. "I was lucky to get out of that ride without my hand coming out," Breuer said. "I didn't even think about the riggin breaking and just went for it."
KIMBALL—While a group of children stand in line, waiting for snacks in between activities at Farmers Union Camp in Kimball, Rachel Blume asks which farm crops were used to produce each food item they were given. "Wheat," the kids shout after receiving a cookie. This is one of many exercises that Blume uses to educate kids on the importance of farming and agriculture in South Dakota. The camp is held by South Dakota Farmers Union, which takes place throughout the summer and rotates to different counties.
GREGORY — The community of Gregory is gearing up to host the VFW Class B 14-and-under State Baseball Tournament starting Friday, as the bracket features a number of area teams vying for the state championship. While the city of Gregory hosted the Class B 16-and-under State Tournament last year, this marks the first time the community has hosted the junior teener tournament.
PARKSTON — In Alan Scholten's 61 years on his Armour farm, he's never seen this much leftover water after a rainstorm. After torrential rains wreaked havoc on much of Hutchinson and Douglas counties Thursday night, Scholten's rain gauge had precipitation totals sitting at 6 inches Friday morning, well above the average amount of precipitation Parkston and Armour typically receive for the month of July.
SIOUX FALLS — A group of 11 Bon Homme County residents continued opposition efforts for the South Dakota Department of Transportation's plan to alter Highway 50, voicing their concerns during a public meeting Wednesday in Sioux Falls.