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Q: The Mitchell School District has a corn burning furnace (I think at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School). In the past, it was used for heating purposes but as corn prices rose it became more expensive than natural gas. Has the school district resumed burning corn due to the low price of corn, and if not, where is the break-even point between natural gas and corn for heating?
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Dec. 6 through Dec. 12. Individuals can file Chapter 7 petitions (asking that debts be liquidated); Chapter 12 (a simplified reorganization method for farmers and ranchers whose gross debt does not exceed $1.5 million); and Chapter 13 (a plan to repay some debts in three to five years). Businesses can file Chapter 11 petitions to reorganize their debts under a court-approved plan for repayment. • Aberdeen: Amy Lynn Marquez, Chapter 7. • Box Elder: Jerry Duane Howell II, Chapter 7.
PIERRE—A Chamberlain woman was sentenced to probation Thursday for stealing $11,500 from the Crow Creek District Business Committee. Lana Steele, 53, was ordered by a federal court in Pierre to pay restitution, serve four years probation and pay a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Steele was a former treasurer for the business committee, according to U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons. Steele was convicted of embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization for taking the money between November 2013 and November 2015.
The Daily Republic is creating an interactive map of Christmas light displays. If you have one you'd like to show off (or know someone who does), fill out our short Google form, available on both our website and our social media accounts. Needed information for the map includes the street address, the type of display (public location or event, house, etc.), and the date the lights were put up, along with a short description of the display.
A Georgia man has been identified as the man who was found dead in an open field in Mitchell this week. Terry Surall, 52, was found deceased in the 1600 block of South Burr Street in Mitchell. The Mitchell Department of Public Safety said Friday that Surrall died by suicide.
Two Mitchell residents have been identified as the victims of a one-vehicle rollover crash in Hanson County. Darcy Constant, 43, and Lisa Shippy, 52, both of Mitchell, died from injuries sustained in the crash, according to death notices published in Thursday's edition of The Daily Republic. The crash occurred at 10:35 p.m. Tuesday, four miles east of Mitchell on Interstate 90, when a westbound 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer lost control, entered the median and rolled several times before coming to rest on its roof in the eastbound lanes.
A woman accused of attempted murder and reckless burning in 2015 will be permitted to leave the state next week, a judge determined Thursday afternoon. Dawn Long, 40, who lives in Ethan, will be allowed to travel to Minneapolis from Dec. 21 through Dec. 24 to visit members of her infant son's father's family.
HURON — The South Dakota State Fair has announced its 2019 State Fair theme: "There's No Time Like Fair Time!"
WHITE LAKE—A North Dakota man will not serve jail time for beating another man following an argument in November. Matthew Schmidt, 23, of Minot, North Dakota, was sentenced on Dec. 5 at the Aurora County Courthouse to pay restitution for the victim's medical bills and $586 in fines and court costs. An ambulance responded to a White Lake motel at about 1 a.m. on Nov. 16, according to court documents, and both the victim and Schmidt, who was uninjured, were transported to the emergency room.
HOT SPRINGS — Twenty-five elk in Wind Cave National Park were recently fitted with GPS radio collars to help monitor elk inside the park for Chronic Wasting Disease.