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ARMOUR—A Douglas County court addressed Thursday morning a multi-million-dollar foreclosure case involving thousands of head of cattle, a car crash and at least enough interested parties to fill a courtroom. The case was brought by First Dakota National Bank against Robert and Becky Blom, of Corsica, on Feb. 8. The bank's complaint asserts that the Bloms had overdrawn their account by more than $1 million and that, in combination with Robert Blom's incapacitation following a car crash last week, was enough for the bank to consider itself insecure.
Police arrested a Mitchell woman Sunday night after finding a stolen vehicle and following a set of footprints in the snow that reportedly led to her location. Tianna Williams, 19, was arrested at about 9:30 p.m., according to Lt. Det. Don Everson, of the Mitchell Police Division. At 7:02 p.m., the car's owner reportedly left the 2018 Jeep Renegade unattended with the keys inside at a gas station.
WOONSOCKET — On Dec. 19, Manda Buck became concerned when she looked at a photo of her then-7-month-old son, Kaydn, and saw a yellowish glow in one of his pupils. Manda took Kaydn to an optometrist in Mitchell that day. The next day, he was taken to the University of Minnesota's hospital in Minneapolis, where an opthamologist said that his eye was already so sick that it would be best to have it removed. On Dec. 28, after spending Christmas at the family's home in Woonsocket, the procedure was done.
A man who was convicted in 2017 of raping and having sexual contact with a child in Bon Homme County has filed a petition arguing that he did not receive a fair trial.
Between them, Wendy Hamilton and Jim Roth have been sober for more than 1,000 days, more than a year of which was spent participating in the James Valley Drug and DUI Court. When they graduated on Thursday afternoon at the Davison County Public Safety Center, both did so without having relapsed once during their time in the program — something which Chris Giles, the judge who supervises the court for the First Circuit, said was especially impressive.
A man who previously lived in Mitchell was sentenced Tuesday morning to 11 days in jail for the rape of a 15-year-old boy. James Heginger, 20, who now lives in Mason City, Iowa, was sentenced during a Davison County felony court session for one count of fourth-degree rape and one count of possession of child pornography. Those charges stem from incidents that occurred while Heginger and the victim were both students at Mitchell High School.
A multicultural communications class at Dakota Wesleyan University has teamed up with an English class at Cornerstones Career Learning Center to allow students to interact with another side of their community. The partnership began when Brenda Blumenberg, who teaches the Cornerstones class, got in touch with McGovern Center Director John Lang last summer.
Sarah and Terry Reyelts didn't intend to double their family when they went into foster care, but that's what happened. The Reyelts have two biological daughters, who are 19 and 14, and adopted their 15-year-old son after he came to them three years ago in what was supposed to be a three-day-long foster placement. As of next month, they'll also have adopted the 2-and-a-half-year-old girl and 1-and-a-half-year-old boy they've fostered for nearly the children's entire lives.
The South Dakota Supreme Court has listed area cases concerning a 2014 crash, a habeas corpus denial and an insurance company's decision as those it will consider on its January and February schedules. Those cases originated in Hanson, Davison and Douglas counties, and a party in each case has appealed the circuit court's original decision. The price tag on pain and suffering
PARKSTON — An 11-month-old boy who was found dead at a Parkston day care last year died from "abusive head trauma," officials told The Daily Republic. The South Dakota Attorney General's Office confirmed the name and cause of death of Elliot Milbrandt, Chief of Staff Tim Bormann said in a statement emailed to The Daily Republic on Friday afternoon.