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Month: November, 2017

Northwestern Energy opens new office in Mitchell

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

NorthWestern Energy is pleased to announce the opening of our new office in Mitchell. The office is home to our construction group, as well as the service center walk-in office for customers in Mitchell that want to pay bills, set up services or ask questions in person.

The Mitchell office, located at 300 South Burr, is just over 5,700 square feet, and will offer easy access to walk-in customers. The former downtown office is now closed to the public and employees have moved to the new space. The new building is geared towards allowing customers to work one-on-one with NorthWestern representatives on bill payment, account questions, service requests and other company programs.

“We loved our time in downtown Mitchell, but we had outgrown the former space, so it was time to invest in a new building, plus the new location is also closer to our service warehouse,” said Brad Wenande, manager, NorthWestern’s South Division.  “Another building project that is being finished up is a 14,000 square-foot addition to our existing warehouse which will more than double the size of the existing shop. In all, in just under $3 million was invested into our properties.”

“The new office building will better serve our employee’s needs with more meeting space, improved business technologies, and added security features for our customers,” said Bobbi Schroeppel, NorthWestern’s vice president, Customer Care, Communications and Human Resources. “The key thing that our customers will notice is the off-street parking lot and building access which makes it a safer place for our customers to park and exit their vehicle if they need to come in to pay a bill or work with our employees.” The walk-in offices represent an additional service offering to customers, who can still contact and do business with NorthWestern by phone at (800) 245-6977 or via the Web at

Northwestern Energy


Davison County Commission terminates Veterans Service Officer Jessica Davidson

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Davison County Commission has terminated Veteran’s Service Officer Jessica Davidson. She received notice shortly after 2:30 Wednesday afternoon.

Commission Chairwoman Brenda Bode offered a prepared statement to KORN News Radio Wednesday afternoon: "This afternoon Davison County Veterans Service Officer, Jessica Davidson, was terminated of her position. This being a personnel issue, you understand as a Davison County Commissioner, I am unable to make any comments further. I do appreciate you attending yesterday's (Tuesday's) meeting, and wanted to inform you directly myself of this action."

Several weeks ago, South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Larry Zimmerman and Deputy Secretary Aaron Pollard met with Commissioners behind closed doors. Bode declined to comment on the purpose of that meeting because it was an executive session.

Wednesday, the SDDVA shut off access to a software program called Vetraspec to the Davison County VSO’s office, without notice, hours prior to Davidson’s termination. Bode was made aware but said the program belonged to the state.

Bode says the county will hold off in searching for a replacement as she wants to take time to assess the position and the hiring process.

KORN News Radio has reached out to Secretary Larry Zimmerman and is awaiting a response. Davidson declined to comment.

J.P. Skelly


Mitchell Police seeking information regarding a business burglary

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

On the early morning hours of November 17th, someone forcibly entered a business located in the 1300 block of W. Havens Ave Mitchell, SD. Over $1,000.00 in cash was taken from the business. A white four door car was seen in the area around the time of the burglary. 

If you have any information regarding this incident, or any other crime,  please contact Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers at 996-1700. 

Remember that you do not have to identify yourself, and a CASH REWARD is available if it leads to the arrest of the subject or subjects involved. There are no caller ID’s attached to this phone line, so you will remain anonymous. To send a crime tip via text message, download the free APP. “Tipsubmit” on your smart phone and select Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers or text “MITCS plus your message” to “274637”. Upon receipt of a tipster’s first incoming message the system will auto-reply with a confirmation containing the tipster’s unique tip ID. Anonymous two way communication can then occur between the tipster and Investigators. You can also go to to submit a crime tip by e-mail. 

Information received through CRIME STOPPERS remains totally anonymous. Tipsters who provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s) will be given a CASH REWARD


Police looking for attempted robbery and assault suspect

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

At 6:41 this morning, the Mitchell Department of Public Safety received a report of a male subject who attempted to steal a car that was parked on the 700 block of N. Iowa St. An adult woman was in the car at the time of the incident. The male subject opened a car door and assaulted the woman who was inside the car. The suspect attempted to pull the woman from the car and fled Northbound from the scene after a short struggle with the woman.

The suspect was described as being a skinny Native American Male, approx. 20 years old, approx. 5’5” tall with short dark hair, no facial hair and acne scars on his cheeks. The suspect was wearing a T-Shirt and blue jeans. There is no further description. This incident occurred at approx. 6:30 a.m.

If you see someone who resembles this suspect, or if you have information regarding this incident, call The Mitchell Police Division at ph. 605 995-8400. Anonymous tips call also be made t o Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers at or ph. 605 996-1700. 


Former Highway Patrol Trooper denied early release

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Judge has denied an early release request by a former South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper serving a prison sentence for grand theft.

Brian Biehl of Platte earlier this year pleaded guilty to grand theft by law enforcement for keeping nearly $70,000 confiscated from drug searches during his time with the patrol. He was sentenced to five years in prison back in March and is eligible for parole in June of 2018.

A group of supporters, many of whom wrote letters on his behalf, packed a Davison County courtroom Tuesday as Biehl asked the court to reduce his sentence.

Biehl and his wife both told the court about the hardships that resulted from his crime, especially for his family, and asked for leniency.

However, Brule County State Attorney David Natvig told the court Biehl’s actions forced the dismissal of at least, in his words, “two pretty decent sized cases”, involving drug distribution. He added “it gave us all a black eye.”

Judge Chris Giles agreed and reminded Biehl he could have been charged with multiple felonies and added he was lucky to get the sentence he received. Following the ruling Biehl was returned to the prison in Yankton to continue his sentence.

J.P. Skelly



Mitchell man pleads not guilty to murder and manslaughter

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Mitchell man accused of suffocating his wife has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and manslaughter.

Thirty-nine-year-old James Brinker is charged in the death last month of 36-year-old Marie Brinker. He entered his pleas Wednesday and trial was scheduled for the week of Feb. 13.

Court documents allege Brinker wrapped his wife in a blanket, placed her on a mattress, then put a sock in her mouth and tied a belt around her head to hold the sock in place. He allegedly then left the residence, picked up the couple's three children and had two sons go inside the home and call 911.

Brinker allegedly was staying at the residence despite a protection order filed against him.

He remains jailed in lieu of $750,000 bond.

Copyright the Associated Press