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When he takes office in January, South Dakota's Attorney General-elect Jason Ravnsborg is hoping to implement as soon as possible a three-part approach to restructuring the way the state's legal system handles drug offenders. Ravnsborg won the Republican primary in June and defeated Democrat Randy Seiler in the general election on Nov. 6, winning 55 percent of the vote and a majority of votes in 53 of the state's 66 counties. He currently works as a lawyer in Yankton and is an Army Reserve officer and a deputy state's attorney in Union County.
Jason Ravnsborg, South Dakota's attorney general-elect, announced Wednesday morning that he's selected the current Brule County State's Attorney to serve as director of the state's Division of Criminal Investigation. David Natvig, who has been the Brule County State's Attorney since he was appointed in 2002, said some of his top priorities when he begins working with DCI in January are issues that Ravnsborg also plans to prioritize.
The Rosedale Colony School, which educates members of the Rosedale Hutterite Colony near Mitchell, was recently named as one of the country's 100 National ESEA Distinguished Schools for 2018.
A district court case regarding a Mitchell man killed three years ago during a struggle with a police officer was dismissed recently. But in relation to elements such as body cameras that were used by the prosecution to criticize police tactics during the case, all is not the same in the Mitchell Police Division as it was early in the morning on Sept. 4, 2015.
South Dakota held its first statewide Day of Giving on Tuesday, and Mitchell nonprofits were able to meet or exceed their fundraising goals. The Day of Giving was organized by volunteers from across the state with the goal of raising as much money as possible for nearly 400 501(c)(3) nonprofits across the state in a 24-hour period.
A former Dakota Wesleyan University basketball player was sentenced Thursday morning to pay $4,749.86 in restitution for jumping on the hood of a car in September.
When Brad Roop was asked what he wanted for Christmas, he said he wanted a chihuahua. And seconds later, he was handed one. Roop said he was excited, but was generally quiet while in the Cubby's convenience store on South Burr Street in Mitchell, where he and his chihuahua met for the first time on Monday night. "I've never seen him speechless. Ever," said Larissa Donaldson-Miiller, who decided to find a dog for Roop.
LAKE ANDES—The former director of the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative was granted a suspended imposition of sentence Monday afternoon for charges stemming from a contract he backdated several years ago. Dozens of family members, friends and colleagues of Dan Guericke, 61, of White Lake, were present for the sentencing at the Charles Mix County Courthouse in Lake Andes, and excerpts from letters of support from more were read by Guericke's attorney, Mike Butler. "I want to do everything I can not to misplace that and to be worthy of it," Guericke said.
With Thanksgiving over, Main Street business owners are preparing for their busiest shopping season of the year, which kicked off with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this weekend.
Six months into a year-long partnership with an analytics company, the city of Mitchell and four of its organizations are preparing to share results with local businesses. The $65,000 partnership with Buxton, a company that analyzes data collected from credit and debit cards, aims to identify consumer spending habits and how businesses can change to bring more people into Mitchell and ensure that the people who live there aren't going elsewhere for goods and services.