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BATH — On Dec. 3, nearly 600 FFA members from across South Dakota met in Pierre for the State FFA Leadership Development Events (LDEs). Students qualified through district competitions, advancing the top two teams and top three individuals from each of the seven FFA districts. FFA members and chapters were recognized for their success in 11 leadership areas at the awards banquet. State-winning teams and individuals highlighted below, now advance to the National FFA Leadership Development Events in Indianapolis next fall. Parliamentary Procedure teams
Jason, Jolyn, Tyler and Carly Van Roekel, of Ethan, was honored recently by the Special Olympics South Dakota with the "Outstanding Family Award." Each year, Special Olympics South Dakota recognizes individuals and groups who contribute time, talents and resources in support of the organization. This year's award winners were given on Nov. 3 in Aberdeen. The Van Roekel family earned the "Outstanding Family Award" for demonstrating unique and outstanding support of Special Olympics South Dakota.
CHAMBERLAIN—A Chamberlain man was sentenced recently to spend less than a year in prison for attempted aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer during an April incident. Additional charges of pointing firearms at police, assaulting two civilians and leading police in a high-speed pursuit while intoxicated were filed against 23-year-old Mato Wells involving the same incident but were ultimately dismissed.
Shopko said Wednesday that it is closing four South Dakota stores, including its Shopko Hometown store in Wagner. The other South Dakota stores closing are located in Dell Rapids, Redfield and Webster and are also Hometown stores, which are geared toward small, rural communities and sell national brands. The size of the stores range from 15,000 to 35,000 square feet.
Muth Electric and Resurrection Lutheran Church won both of their categories during Mitchell's Parade of Lights "A Cartoon Christmas" on Tuesday, when about 1,500 people showed up on Main Street to watch the holiday festivities.
PINE RIDGE—A Wagner-based company signed a contract with the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council on Nov. 27 to begin operating and updating Pine Ridge's grocery store in January. Buche Foods will hire all current employees at the existing Sioux Nation store location and give them a 4 percent raise. "If you are a current employee, you have a job here. But you also have a voice in how we do business moving ahead," President R.F. Buche said. "This will be your store."
A Mitchell man was arrested Monday for allegedly threatening a woman and police officers with a knife outside the Department of Public Safety building. The incident occurred at about 3:15 p.m., and involved 40-year-old Jose Sanchez, a woman and five police officers. Sanchez reportedly drove westbound on West Railroad Avenue, then turned north onto Rowley Street, striking a curb and sliding during the turn and nearly hitting two vehicles parked near the Department of Public Safety building. Sanchez then slid down the road and parked near the building's front doors.
ARMOUR—A Corsica man who spent more than $27,000 of his grandmother's money but neglected to pay her nursing home bills was sentenced Thursday to spend 30 days in jail. David Stetson, 48, was convicted of theft by exploitation and was also ordered to pay restitution and serve five years probation. Stetson became the power of attorney for his grandmother in April 2015. From that point until March 2018, Stetson used a total of $27,463.55 of his grandmother's money to pay for his own bills, groceries and other purchases.
CHAMBERLAIN—A Chamberlain man was sentenced last week to spend 30 days in jail for choking a woman in July. On the night of July 30, police responded to an apartment from which 28-year-old Jordan Steele had reportedly fled. The victim told police that she and Steele had been arguing and that Steele had put his forearm against her throat until she gasped for air. Steele then let go of the woman, threw an object at a TV, ripped a picture off a wall and left. Police observed redness and scratching around the woman's throat, according to court documents.
IONA—A 34-year-old man died early Monday in a one-vehicle rollover crash in southern Lyman County. The crash occurred at 3:30 a.m. Monday and occurred a half-mile south of Iona, which is located about 22 miles north of Gregory. According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, a 2006 Hino FB truck—a medium-sized commercial truck with a short cab—was northbound on South Dakota State Highway 47 when the driver failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway.