Listen Live

Month: October, 2016

John Iverson earns national nomination

Monday, October 24, 2016

The nomination of John Iverson, operations director and dealer principal at Iverson Chrysler Center in Mitchell, South Dakota, for the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced today by TIME. 

Iverson is one of a select group of 49 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 100th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 27, 2017. The announcement of this year’s nominees was made by Meredith Long, SVP : GM, News & Luxury, TIME, and Tim Russi, president of Auto Finance for Ally Financial.

“We are excited about the extraordinary group of nominees that are in the running for the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award,” said Russi. “These dealers have been recognized for the ways that they ‘do it right’ in their communities, and we look forward to sharing their stories over the next few months and celebrating their accomplishments at the NADA convention in January.”

In its sixth year as exclusive sponsor, Ally will recognize dealer nominees and their community efforts by contributing $1,000 to each nominee’s 501(c)3 charity of choice. Nominees will also be recognized on, which highlights the philanthropic contributions and achievements of TIME Dealer of the Year nominees.

The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Iverson, 58, was chosen to represent the South Dakota Automobile Dealers Association in the national competition – one of only 49 auto dealers from 16,000 nationwide – nominated for the 48th annual award. The award is sponsored by TIME in association with Ally Financial, and in cooperation with NADA. A panel of faculty members from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan will select one finalist from each of the four NADA regions and one national Dealer of the Year.

“Our dealerships encourage and enable employees to join, teach, serve and become involved in community affairs,” nominee Iverson said. “That enablement builds spirit in individuals and helps leverage the potential of many.”

A 1976 graduate of Mitchell High School in Mitchell, Iverson has worked at his family’s dealership, founded as Iverson Motors in 1954, since 1971. “I began my career washing cars, running parts, changing tires and oil,” he remembered. He also managed the service and parts departments and sold cars before buying into the store in 1988.

“It was very rewarding to work in a small store in a small town and experience every department,” Iverson said. “We now have three stores in Mitchell and Huron, South Dakota, and we are committed to the advancement of those communities through volunteerism, philanthropic giving and community involvement.” His son Austen is the third generation to work in the family business.

With such deep roots in the area, Iverson is proud of bringing economic prosperity to Mitchell. When he was board president for the Mitchell Area Development Corporation in 1999-2000, he and other leaders secured a Cabela’s sporting goods store in the city. “The economic development that this business stirred in Mitchell continues to this day, and it has brought hundreds of millions of dollars to our community,” he said.

Other organizations Iverson supports include: Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation; Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce; LifeQuest Foundation (agency in Mitchell that supports individuals with developmental disabilities); Abbott House (treatment center in Mitchell for girls who suffered abuse or trauma); Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; Shriners Hospitals for Children; and many youth sports associations.

Iverson was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Myron L. Rau, president of the South Dakota Automobile Dealers Association. He has two children and three grandchildren.



Mitchell kidnapping suspect arrested in North Dakota

Sunday, October 23, 2016

From Mitchell Police Department:

On 10-23-16 Vanessa Hakl was arrested in Harvey North Dakota on arrest warrants for 1st Degree Robbery and 1st Degree Kidnapping that had been issued for her out of Davison County. Hakl was wanted in connection with a kidnapping and robbery that occurred on 9-22-16 in Mitchell.

Hakl was arrested without incident and is currently being held at the Heart of America Detention Center in Rugby North Dakota. Arrangements will be made this week for her transport back to Davison County.


Kidnapping suspects plead not guilty

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — Two suspects in the apparent September kidnapping of a 66-year-old man in Mitchell have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and robbery.

Police say 28-year-old Alex Rock, 21-year-old Marco Sherman and two women kidnapped and robbed the man before leaving him in a field without any clothes on Sept. 22, after the man had driven the two women home from a bar.

The two men entered their not guilty pleas on Tuesday. They're to stand trial in December.

One of the two women accused in the case is still being sought.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.


No one hurt in emergency landing Tuesday night

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

 Engine problems forced a turboprop plane flying from Minot, North Dakota, to Sioux Falls to make an emergency landing at Mitchell Regional Airport.

Manager Mike Scherschligt says the pilot was the only one aboard and wasn't hurt in the Tuesday night incident. Authorities didn't identify him.

Officials determined the plane's problems were caused by an overheating engine.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


Man and woman face burglary, theft and other charges

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

On 10-11-2016 The Mitchell Police Division executed a search warrant on a motel room located at 1700 S. Burr St. #137 in Mitchell.  As a result of this investigation, The Mitchell Police Division arrested 24-year-old Amber Lynn Lautt, date of birth 01-09-92, and 34-year-old Jesse Lee Pence, d.o.b. 11-14-81. 

Lautt was arrested for the following offenses:

-3 Counts of Aiding and Abetting Criminal Entry of a Motor Vehicle in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-3-3 and 22-32-20

-Possession of stolen property valued at less than $400 in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-30A-7

-Possession of a controlled substance in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42-5

-Possession of Burglary tools in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-32-17

-Aiding and Abetting 3rd Degree Burglary in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-3-3

 And 22-32-8

Pence was arrested for the following offenses:

-3 Counts of Criminal Entry of a Motor Vehicle in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-32-20

-3 counts of Identity Theft in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-40-8

-3rd Degree Burglary in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-32-8

Lautt and Pence were allegedly involved in the burglary of several storage units and the thefts of items from several vehicles in Mitchell, as well as, purchasing items with stolen credit cards. 

During the search of Lautt and Pence’s hotel room and Lautt’s vehicle on 10-11-2016, several items believed to be stolen, 3 cut padlocks, a bolt cutter, trace amounts of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in their residence.

It appears that Pence used a stolen credit card that was stolen from a vehicle in Mitchell, to make purchases at 3 different Mitchell businesses on 09-18-2016.  It also appears that after the thefts/burglaries that the suspects sold some of the stolen jewelry and stolen clothes. 

Possession of stolen property valued at less than $400 is a class 2 misdemeanor punishable by 30 days in a county jail and/or $500 fine.

Third Degree Burglary and Unauthorized possession of a controlled substance are both Class 5 felonies that are each punishable by 5 years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000.   Possession of Burglary Tools and Identity Theft are both class 6 felonies, each count is punishable by 2 years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and a fine of $4,000.  Criminal Entry of a Motor Vehicle is a Class 1 Misdemeanor punishable by one-year imprisonment in a county jail and/or $2,000 fine for each count.

 The Mitchell Police Division is trying to identify the owners of the following property items that were recovered regarding this investigation.  These items are believed to be stolen:-gold pocket watch, gold necklace with gold coin, assorted gold jewelry, antique gold and silver jewelry, assorted costume jewelry,  gold men’s and women’s watches,  souvenir beer glass and paper weight, assorted tools,  vehicle in Dash CD player, assorted clothing,  one  antique (possibly silver) spoon,   antique shaving box containing antique shaver and sharpening stones,  one silver plated flower vase,  one antique  brand film canister,  old collectable U.S. currency  (buffalo nickels, one dollar liberty coin and one U.S. twenty dollar national bank note), commercial chewing tobacco display, empty blue colored monthly medication dispenser, mini refrigerator, two pairs of sunglasses, door key and one black colored baseball hat.

 This is an ongoing investigation. It appears that other possible criminal charges could be brought against these suspects.


If you have information about this incident, or you believe that some of these stolen items belong to you, contact the Mitchell Police Division at ph. 605 995-8414. 



Greenway voted America's Pig Farmer of the Year

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The National Pork Board announced today that Brad Greenway, a pig farmer from Mitchell, South Dakota, is the recipient of its 2016 America's Pig Farmer of the YearSM Award by achieving the highest score from a third-party judging panel and online voting. The award recognizes a pig farmer who excels at raising pigs using the We CareSM ethical principles and who connects with today's consumers about how pork is produced.

"We are pleased to have Brad represent America's pig farmers. He embodies the very best in pig farming," said Jan Archer, National Pork Board president and a pig farmer from Goldsboro, North Carolina. "It's important that we share with today's consumers how we raise their food in an ethical and transparent way. Brad's interest in sharing his farm's story - and putting a face on today's pig farming - will help us reach this goal."

"We had 2 finalists from South Dakota; Brad Greenway and Craig Andersen from Centerville, SD. Brad will represent us well and this just goes to show that these two represent the caliber of producers here in our state. Both are concerned about the environment, animal well-being, community involvement, the swine industry and agriculture as a whole," said Glenn Muller, Executive Director of South Dakota Pork Producers Council.

Greenway has focused on doing what's right for people, pigs and the planet on his family farm for the last 40 years. He and his wife, Peggy, own two wean-to-finish pig barns. They also raise beef cattle and grow corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa.

 "I look forward to sharing my personal farm story with consumers to help them understand the care that goes into raising pigs today," said Greenway. "I am proud of my industry and the hard work my fellow farmers put into producing safe, high-quality food, and in caring for animals and the environment every day."

Greenway was named America's Pig Farmer of the Year following a third-party audit of on-farm practices and conducting a series of written and oral interviews by subject-matter experts. He has achieved excellence in all aspects of pig farming, including animal care, environmental stewardship, employee work environment and outstanding community service.

The panel of expert judges met in early September with the four finalists. Members of the panel were Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane; Kari Underly, a third-generation butcher, author and principal of Range®, Inc., a meat marketing and education firm; Justin Ransom, senior director, supply chain management at McDonald's USA; Jodi Sterle, an associate professor of animal science at Iowa State University; and Keith Schoettmer, the 2015 America's Pig Farmer of the Year.

As a judging panel member, Ganzert said, "As an animal lover and the leader of the country's first national humane organization, I am honored to be a judge for America's Pig Farmer of the Year. American Humane celebrates all those, including our nation's farmers, who care for animals and work hard to ensure they are treated humanely. Today, more than ever, it is important not only to point out where progress is needed, but to recognize when we get it right."


Amendment V video removed from YouTube

Friday, October 7, 2016

An on-line video favoring passage of Amendment V has been removed from YouTube. The video, titled “Party Wars” was promoted by, a group supporting Amendment V. It used blue, red, and purple toy soldiers to depict what appears to be an Independent trying to vote and included the burning of a small American Flag.

Rick Knobe, co-chair of the Yes on V committee says his group had nothing to do with the video. He says the group that produced it did so without asking the committee or seeking permission to publish it.

“I talked with those folks, they said ‘yeah we did that’”, said Knobe. “I talked with some Millennials, they thought it was cute, they thought it was funny.” He said nobody has mentioned the flag part. “I watched it. The flag thing, I didn’t like it. It isn’t what I would have done, but it was not done by our group”, Knobe said.

Amendment V is designed to remove party labels and open the primary election to all registered voters. The top two vote-getters in the primary would square off in the general election.

J.P. Skelly

Two Mitchell businesses fail alcohol compliance check

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Fourteen of sixteen Mitchell businesses that sell alcohol passed a recent South Central Alcohol Task Force compliance check. Freedom Valu Center, County Fair Food & Fuel, Dakota Sunset, Cubby’s West, M&H, Kwik Phil, Walgreens, All-Star Convenience Store, I-90 Travel Plaza, Thunderbird Lodge, Easy Come Easy Go, Rob’s Short Stop, Arnie’s First & Foster, and Thirsty’s refused to sell alcohol to an underage confidential informant.

The two failures occurred at Graham’s Mobile and Highland Travel Plaza.  In both instances the clerks checked the Confidential Informants identification, but sold alcohol to the C-I.   This is Graham Mobile’s and Highland Travel Plaza’s first failure within a 24-month period