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Mitchell Police Division introduced its newest law enforcement officer Monday. A male German shepherd joins the force to be trained as a narcotics detection dog. The 16-month-old dog enthusiastically greeted a few of its fellow officers and members of the media in a training room in the Mitchell Department of Public Safety. "You guys are the first to see him," said Lyndon Overweg, chief of public safety, after a brief media conference.
Trading a gun for a headset isn't easy for a law enforcement officer, but Ryan Titze had to make that decision in late 2013. "It was the hardest decision to make," said the 12-year Mitchell police officer veteran of changing careers to become a dispatcher. Titze was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009 while still on patrol for the Mitchell Police Division. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the disease affects the central nervous system, often disabling those affected.
State officials are watching a suspected case of whooping cough in Davison County. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger said whooping cough, or pertussis, is a mandatory reportable disease and officials in Davison County reported a possible case recently. For a case to be confirmed, the patient must have the signature "whooping" sound at the end of a cough that accompanies pertussis for 14 days. "Not many things cause long-term coughing," Kightlinger said.
Wednesday, Dakota Wesleyan University is hosting its first McGovern Hunger Summit on campus at the Sherman Center. Leaders, students and hunger activists from South Dakota will gather to learn how they can start a campaign against hunger, according to the university's website. Alisha Vincent, director of the McGovern Center, said the idea to organize a summit specific to hunger and food-insecure people was built while attempting to fulfill the legacy of the late George McGovern. "We know he cared a lot about hunger both domestically and internationally," Vincent said.
A Woonsocket man is accused of pulling a knife on his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend during a fight at an apartment. Joshua Weber, 20, went to his ex-girlfriend's apartment and fought with her new boyfriend, according to court documents. He is charged with aggravated assault, which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Around 1:30 p.m. March 23, Weber wouldn't stop knocking on his ex-girlfriend's door or leave the apartment building. The ex-girlfriend let him in later to see what he wanted, and Weber searched the apartment to find the new boyfriend.
A Minnesota man who was stopped for speeding on Interstate 90 outside Mitchell was arrested for possessing illegal drugs. Benjamin Wells, 39, Welch, Minn., was driving 93 mph in a 75-mph zone. Trooper John Lord pulled Wells over and noticed him to be nervous.
When Chris Plowe graduated from Mitchell High School in 1978, he never imagined traveling the world. But for the past 25 years, he has been dedicated researching a vaccine for malaria, the blood parasite transmitted by mosquitoes that plagues many developing nations. After high school graduation, Plowe — now a doctor — attended Cornell University, "with a vague notion about going to medical school," he said. He decided to major in philosophy and completed enough courses to qualify for medical school. A summer of working as an operating room technician for Dr.
Neighbors who live near a corporate hog farm south of Mount Vernon again requested Jackrabbit Farms to do something about an alleged odor from its establishment. Representatives from Pipestone System, which manages the hog facility, and Jackrabbit Farms met with about 10 neighbors Thursday afternoon at the Davison County Courthouse in Mitchell. "The microbes in the pit take years to get fully activated, and then the odor will be reduced," said Sean Simpson, general counsel for Pipestone System. Jackrabbit Family Farm swine production unit is where 5,000 sows are expected to produce up to 3,
A man accused of fleeing police, driving drunk and causing a three-vehicle crash in late March pleaded not guilty Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Charles Reed, 34, of Mitchell, is charged with third-offense drunken driving, aggravated eluding of law enforcement, vehicular battery and injury hit and run. Police say that on March 20, Reed was trying to kick down the door of a Mitchell apartment. When police arrived on scene, Reed allegedly fled and led law enforcement on a chase in which speed was a factor.
LETCHER — Children in Japan will soon experience what it was like to ride in a stagecoach in the Old West. Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop, located outside of Letcher, will ship a three-quarter sized stagecoach on Wednesday to Fuji Safari Park in Japan. The park is near Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture, just miles from Mount Fuji. "They have an Old West area in the park, and they wanted this stagecoach to be built pony-sized for children's rides," said Doug Hansen, owner of Hansen Wheel and Wagon.