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Mitchell Police investigating a woman's death

Friday, February 23, 2018

On Friday, 02-23-2018, at approx. 10:27 a.m.  The Mitchell Department of Public Safety received a report of an unresponsive woman who was outside of a residence located on the 1000 block of N. Langdon St.   Responding Officers found a deceased 49-year-old female who was outside, within feet of her residence.    There appears to be no sign of foul play.    It appears that alcohol was a factor in the death. 

Lt. Don Everson, MPD


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Mount Vernon C-store victim of short change scam

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Davison County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in finding a scam artist. The Sheriff’s Office Facebook page reports that on Tuesday, a person entered Westy’s One-Stop in Mount Vernon and began talking with the clerk. At the end of the conversation the suspect left the store and it was discovered the business was short money, the victim of a short-change scam.

The suspect is described as a black male, late 20's to early 30's in age, between five-foot-eight and six feet tall and about 200 pounds.

The suspect accompanied by another black male but no description is available.

The two may be driving a dark colored, early 2000 vehicle, possibly a Honda Accord.

If you have information on this person please contact the Davison Co. Sheriff's Office at 605-995-8630.

Davison County Sheriff's Office


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Local Sports

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

You can call it a defensive battle or an offensive struggle but either way it was a low scoring Region 4B GBB game last night at the Mitchell Christian gym as Colman/Egan came to town and knocked off Mitchell Christian 23-21 to advance in post season play.  With the loss the Golden Eagles season has come to an end at 5-14 overall.  Senior Charlotte Haag paced the Golden Eagles with 10 points.  The Hawks improved to 8-13 overall and will play Hanson at 3:30pm today in the next round of the Region 4B GBB Tournament at the Huron Arena.

 

The start of the Region 6B GBB Tournament has been pushed back.  The 1st Round games, Colome at Scotland and Gregory at Marty, have been moved from last night to tonight.  The games for tonight have been moved to Thursday night and the Region 6B GBB Semi-Finals will be played on Saturday at 2:00pm and 3:30pm in Yankton at Cimpl Arena. 

 

The South Dakota Media has released their second to last basketball polls of the season for all three classes of basketball for boys and girls.  

 

Boys

 

Class AA

Rapid City Central (25)           14-3   137  3

Rapid City Stevens (1)            14-3   100  1

Harrisburg (2)                         16-3    85   2

Sioux Falls Washington           11-7    47   5

Aberdeen Central                    11-7    34   RV

Receiving votes: Sioux Falls Lincoln 14, Sioux Falls O’Gorman 2, Douglas 1.

 

Class A

Sioux Falls Christian (28)        18-0    140   1

Madison                                  18-1    111   2

Sioux Valley                            18-2      84   3

Dell Rapids                             16-4      44   4

Tea Area                                 14-5      29   5

Receiving votes: Miller 5, Crow Creek 5, Dakota Valley 2.

 

 

Class B

Bridgewater-Emery (23)          17-3   134   1

Sully Buttes (5)                        18-1   116   2

Clark/Willow Lake                   15-4    78    3

White River                             17-2    51    4

Corsica-Stickney                     17-2    34    5

Receiving votes: Canistota 3, Warner 1, Irene-Wakonda 1, Langford Area 1, Colman-Egan 1.

 

Girls

 

Class AA

Aberdeen Central (28)           17-1   140   1

Sioux Falls Lincoln                 15-3   109  2

Rapid City Stevens                 16-3    80   3

Sioux Falls O’Gorman            13-5    62   5

Harrisburg                              13-5    27   4

Receiving votes: Brandon Valley 1, Brookings 1.

 

Class A

Belle Fourche (27)                19-1   136   1

St. Thomas More (1)             17-3   101   2

Hamlin                                  18-2    92    3

Lennox                                  17-3   52    4

McCook Central/Montrose    18-2   32    5

Receiving votes: Aberdeen Roncalli 3, Winner 2, West Central 2.

 

Class B

Sully Buttes (17)                  19-1    124   1

Warner (7)                           17-3    107   2

Faith (4)                              20-0     92    3

Castlewood                         17-2     48    4

Irene-Wakonda                   18-2     20    5

Receiving votes: Hanson 11, Ethan 10, Waubay-Summit 4, Avon 4, Tripp-Delmont/Armour 1.

 

The 7-11 Mitchell Kernel girl’s basketball team will have two more games in the regular season to up their position in the Round of 16 and tonight will be a tough assignment as the Kernel girls host top ranked in Class “AA” Aberdeen Central who come in with an astonishing 17-1 overall record.  The lone loss was to RC Stevens on January 6th in Rapid City.  The Golden Eagles of the Hub City have won 10 in a row including a 47-46 nail bitter in Aberdeen against the Kernels back on January 19th.  KORN News Radio 1490 will have play-by-play of Mitchell GBB tonight starting with the Pre-Game at 6:30pm and tip-off slated for 7:00pm from the Corn Palace.  It will Senior Night tonight for the Kernel girls at the Palace.  After tonight the Kernel girls will travel to Pierre to end the regular season.  The Round of 16 will be on March 2nd.  Mitchell is seeded #12, Aberdeen Central is #1 and Pierre is seeded 11th in the Round of 16. 

 

The Mitchell Kernel boys, 0-18 overall, will travel to Aberdeen Central tonight to battle the Golden Eagles who have improved since a very slow start to the season.  AC is 11-7 overall and have won 8 out of their last 10 after a 3-5 start.  The Golden Eagles soared past the Kernels at the Palace 62-30 back on January 19th.  After tonight the Kernels will end their season on Friday at home against Pierre.  In the Round of 16 Mitchell is seeded 18th, Aberdeen Central is seeded 7th and Pierre is seeded 15th.  The Class “AA” Round of 16 for boy’s basketball will be held around the state on March 3rd.      

 

The GPAC Basketball Tourneys will tip-off on Wednesday and the DWU Tigers have earned a home game in the women and men’s 1st Round at the Palace.  The #10 DWU Tiger women, 25-5 overall, will host Midland University at 6:00pm Wednesday.  Midland is 14-16 overall but Midland was the only team to beat #2 in NAIA Concordia this season overall and in the conference.  The Tiger women beat Midland 79-67 back on November 21st in Fremont Nebraska and again 75-55 on January 14th at the Palace. 

 

The #17 DWU Tiger men, 21-9 overall, will host Hasting College, 20-10 overall, at 8:00pm Wednesday at the Palace.  The Tiger men split with Hastings this season with the Tiger men winning 86-63 December 9th in Hastings and then Hastings returned the favor on January 27th 71-69 at the Palace.  The GPAC Semi-Finals will take place on Saturday at the higher seeds.   

 

Ten Mitchell Kernel wrestlers will be in the practice room this week and getting prepared for the State Meet in Sioux Falls on Friday and Saturday.  Going to state for Mitchell will be Kyler Bauder at 120, Ryan McGinnis at 126, Logan Sparks at 132, Cole Gehrke at 138, Sutton Carpenter at 145, Briggs Havlik at 160, Max Schoenfelder at 170, Carter Max at 182, Carson Max at 195 and Beau Foote at 220.  The State Wrestling Meet gets underway on Friday morning and will finish up on Saturday night at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. 

 

The SDSU Jackrabbit women, 22-15 overall and 11-1 in the Summit League, returns to action Wednesday with a 7:00pm tip at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion in the South Dakota Showdown Series game.  Pre-Game Show starts at 6:30pm Wednesday on AM 1490 KORN.

 

The SDSU Jackrabbit men, 23-6 overall and 11-1 in the Summit League, will host rival South Dakota on Thursday in another SD Corn Showdown Series matchup. Tipoff for Senior Night at Frost Arena is set for 7:00pm.  Pre-Game starts at 6:30pm Thursday from Brookings on AM 14190 KORN.   

 

The Post-Season starts tonight around the state in girls’ basketball for Class A and Class B teams.  The two semifinal winners in each class advance to the Round of 16 state-qualifying games March 1 at neutral sites around the state.  Here are the pairings from our area: 

 

Class A

Region 5A GBB

Quarterfinals TONIGHT   

 

At Wagner

 

No. 5 Mount Vernon/Plankinton vs. No. 4 Parkston, 6 p.m.

No. 6 Bon Homme vs. No. 3 Wagner, 8 p.m.

 

At Parker

 

No. 7 Platte-Geddes at No. 2 Parker, 7 p.m.

Top seed is McCook Central/Montrose

 

Semifinals will be held on Thursday

 

Class B

 

Region 4B GBB

 

Quarterfinals TONIGHT 

 

Upper bracket

 

No. 9 Colman-Egan vs. No. 1 Hanson, 3:30 p.m.

No. 5 Sanborn Central/Woonsocket vs. No. 4 Elkton-Lake Benton, 5 p.m.

 

Lower bracket

 

Dell Rapids St. Mary’s vs. No. 2 Ethan, 6:30 p.m.

No. 6 Chester Area vs. No. 3 Howard, 8 p.m.

 

 

Region 6B GBB

 

First round TONIGHT 

No. 9 Colome at No. 8 Scotland, 7 p.m.

No. 10 Gregory at No. 7 Marty, 7 p.m.

 

Quarterfinals on Thursday

 

Upper bracket

 

Colome/Scotland winner at No. 1 Avon, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Kimball/White Lake at No. 4 Burke/South Central, 7 p.m., in Burke.

 

Lower bracket

 

Gregory/Marty winner at No. 2 Tripp-Delmont/Armour, 7 p.m.

No. 6 Andes Central/Dakota Christian at No. 3 Corsica-Stickney, 7 p.m., in Corsica

 

Semifinals on Saturday in Yankton

 

 

 

The 5th Quarter Scoreboard Show with Travis Kriens this week on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday night at 10:30pm on AM 1490 KORN and on 107.3 FM Q107-3.  You can also listen on-line at 1490korn.com or q107radio.com for the 5th Quarter Scoreboard Show at 10:30pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday night this week and next week brought to you by TK Electric and MTI.

 


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Mitchell man faces rape charges

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A convicted sex offender is in custody after admitting to a court services officer he had consensual sex with a fifteen year old boy on several occasions. According to court documents, Police identified and interviewed the victim who said he had consensual sex with 24 year old Sterling Keizer four times at Keizer’s Mitchell residence. The victim told Police the last time was approximately three weeks ago.

The South Dakota Sex Offender Registry indicates Keizer was previously convicted in 2013 of sexual exploitation of a minor in Aurora County.

Keizer is in the Davison County Jail. Bond is set at $4,000 cash and that Keizer have no contact with the victim.

Fourth Degree Rape is punishable by up to fifteen years in prison and or a $30,000 fine on each count.

J.P. Skelly


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Sioux Falls woman wanted for kidnapping in Mitchell

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Sioux Falls woman is wanted in Davison County for second-degree kidnapping and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Court documents say on February 6th 38 year old Aphelia Rose Whiting picked up two female juveniles from the Mitchell Public Library and took them to Iowa without permission. The two were in placement at the Abbott House at the time.

Davison County States Attorney Jim Miskimins says it’s likely that Whiting is currently out of state.

Second degree kidnapping is punishable by up to fifteen years in prison and or a $30,000 fine. Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a punishable by up to a year in jail and or a $2,000 fine.

J.P. Skelly


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Mitchell woman becomes first female to serve as a South Dakota Army National Guard Chaplain

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The South Dakota Army National Guard held a historic ceremony welcoming its first woman to serve in its Chaplain Corps at the Huron armory, Jan. 6.

Chaplain (Capt.) Kelley Thury, of Mitchell, was promoted and named the new chaplain for the 153rd Engineer Battalion.

“I am just overwhelmed with gratitude,” said Thury. “Being a chaplain, being in the ministry, and caring for service members and their families, is a lot of trust to put in someone - and I recognize that. I just hope and pray that God gives me the grace to be able to do this and be of service to any service member who needs me.”

Thury’s path to chaplaincy has been a long and winding one, filled with highs and lows, all which will help her relate to various experiences Soldiers may be going through.

“Through all of the chaos, I realized I had to keep my eye on the prize and keep going,” Thury said. “Eventually that part of my journey would be over and then I could start the new one.”

Her journey began in high school, when she became involved in mission work, which ranged from reservations in South Dakota to Costa Rica and Sri Lanka.

“I never really felt the call of ministry on my life then,” Thury said. “I wasn’t thinking this was something I was ever going to do.”

While attending college, Thury went overseas again, and it was then that she felt God might have a call of ministry in her life.

After graduating from Northern State University with a Bachelor of Science in education in 2004, she felt the call to the mission field, so she started training with Youth with a Mission. 

“Their motto is, ‘Getting to know God and making God known,”’ Thury said. “How do you focus on who you are and how you can make God known and evangelize throughout the world?”

Between her degree in education and training with Youth with a Mission, Thury went to both Germany and Mexico where she served as a trainer and guide to others going into the mission field.

“Through different experiences and reasons, the door just really blew shut hard on both of those opportunities,” Thury said. “I was left coming back to states going, ‘Okay God, what in the world? Did I hear you wrong? What’s going on? What have I done? What did I not hear correctly?”

Thury was looking for something to ground her. 

“I had always thought about the military in the back of my head but had never pursued it,” Thury said. “My brother was in the [129th] MPAD at the time and he said, ‘You know, you enjoy photography, why don’t you let the military train you how to do it?’”

So she enlisted into the South Dakota Army National Guard as a public affairs specialist and joined her brother’s unit, the 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, and in 2010 was off to Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

“At basic training, I had a drill sergeant who was very vocal about his faith,” Thury said. “Right before we left in-processing and were shipped out to our respective training units, he prayed over us. I said, ‘You know what drill sergeant?  Let us pray for you too.’ 

“So I prayed for him,” Thury continued. “He was kind of the first one that spoke it out. He said, ‘Some of you are going to do certain things in the military, some of you will get out, some of you will become chaplains’ and he looked straight at me. It’s kind of when I said, ‘Yeah. I have felt the call of ministry on my life.’”

Following Advanced Individual Training at Fort Meade, Maryland, Thury would serve in both the South Dakota and then the District of Columbia National Guard as a public affairs specialist. After a couple of years, she decided to move back to South Dakota determined to pursue both the seminary and chaplaincy.

“I touched base with the officer strength manager, and after he sat down with Chaplain (Col.) David Gunderson, the state chaplain at the time, he came back to me and said, ‘Low and behold, they’ve been looking for you. They’ve been looking to fill a diverse role and you just walked into their door. Let’s make this happen.’”

Thury recalls meeting with Chaplains Gunderson and Lynn Wilson at a Strong Bonds event and talking to them both about what chaplaincy is in the military, what she really felt God was calling her to in ministry and how they might see that happening.

“Let me tell you, I was new with ministry and the military, sitting before two men who were in the ministry probably longer than I’d been alive,” said Thury. “It was just incredible to hear a lot of what I really felt God was calling me to do at the time.”

In April 2013, Thury commissioned as a second lieutenant and a chaplain candidate.

The chaplain candidate program allows candidates to follow a chaplain, be trained by a chaplain in a unit and see what military chaplaincy looks like. 

“I wasn’t thrust into the ministry of ‘Here, go be a chaplain,’” Thury said. “I wasn’t thrust into a church and told, ‘Here, go lead a congregation.’ I was really led through the process by several chaplains in South Dakota. It was an incredible training experience for me because got to see how it works before having to do it. It is a great program.”

With the chaplain candidate program going well and Thury attending Sioux Falls Seminary, she and her husband had two children.  

Thury was diagnosed with post-partum depression and the remaining path to chaplaincy seemed to be an uphill one.

“It was a boomerang,” Thury said. “And quite a struggle trying to balance all of those plates, meeting all of the requirements. I was really feeling God calling me to be a voice for Soldiers, for service members. I had to keep going. That this too shall pass.” 

Chaplain Basic Officer Leadership Course was the next stop on Thury’s path. 

CHBOLC is a 12 week, four-phased direct-commission, special-branch school at Fort Jackson. 

“We essentially go through basic training again,” Thury said. “I literally went through the same training and same lanes, only this time without a weapon.” 

Faith, family and perseverance would see Thury graduate from CHBOLC in 2014 and from seminary with a Masters of Divinity in pastoral care and counseling in 2016.  

“I could not have done this without my husband and the rest of my family supporting me in various ways,” Thury said. “He was working full time, sometimes two jobs, taking care of the children, from one child to three, all within four years. 

“The trust and love he has for me and the support he has had continue to amaze me and I couldn’t do it without him,” Thury continued. “I couldn’t have chosen a better person.”

Thury also credits retired Chaplin Gunderson as providing her with support and encouragement.

“He is amazing,” Thury said. “He was the one who really had those one liners that always kind of stuck with me. ‘To be present with Soldiers.’ ‘To perform and provide.’” 

On the civilian side of life, Thury works as a bereavement coordinator for AseraCare Hospice in Sioux Falls. 

“When people come to the end of their life, they have the option to elect hospice service,” Thury said. “Hospice services not only provide for a patient while they’re living, but once that patient has died, 13 months following that patient’s death, family members who have elected it will have follow up with bereavement.”

Thury provides bereavement care and counseling with family and loved ones of people who have died. She also conducts community support groups, memorials and funerals, if they so choose. 

“I also do pre-bereavement, when a person is alive to establish relationship, and helping them grieve appropriately and walk through that part of that journey of their life,” Thury said. “Like any counselor, we love when people come to an awareness of themselves. They’re aware of who they are and where they are in life and how they can continue in their journey of life and continue in a positive and healthy way.” 

On the military side of life, Thury is now the chaplain for the largest battalion in the SDARNG, the 153rd Engineer Battalion.

“Having the first female chaplain is really awesome, especially in the Engineer Corps where having females in the Engineer Corps hasn’t been a long-standing policy in the U.S. military,” said Lt. Col. Trent Bruce, former 153rd commander. “Integrating females into the Engineer Corps in itself is historic, but as a chaplain as well, is amazing.”

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Dakota Wesleyan University announces "Digital DWU"

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Dakota Wesleyan University is launching a new initiative. It’s called Digital-DWU.

President Amy Novak says it’s the next step in ensuring DWU graduates have real world experience and tech-savvy skills needed to compete in future workplaces. “Those are skills that Watson or Alexa can’t do, but our students can”, said Novak. “And so we want to interface the technology with those skills and experiences that we think will put them above and make them essentially ‘robot-proof’”.

She says DWU began talks with officials from Apple about 18 months ago and the project built momentum. It’s set to launch next fall. Novak says each student will get an Apple I-Pad Pro with a smart keypad. She says preparation will continue through the summer across the campus with classrooms getting a new look and a technology upgrade.

Novak says the faculty is on board as well. “We’ve had just an enormous number of our faculty grab hold of this excited, because they see the potential to increase student engagement and learning,” Novak said, “and that’s gonna be a win-win.”

She says digital-dwu is also positioning the school competitively. “To my knowledge we’re the only university in the region,” said Novak. “There are only a few universities nationally who have actually launched a university-wide initiative and who invested in the faculty to actually make this commitment a reality.”

DWU hosted an innovation summit last fall featuring leaders from nine industry sectors offering their ideas of critical skills needed to succeed. Digital-DWU was built in response to industry feedback.

J.P. Skelly


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Mitchell Technical Institute wins a major award

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Mitchell Technical Institute has been named a winner of the inaugural Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (CEP) and the Siemens Foundation.

MTI’s Power Line Construction and Maintenance program will receive an award of $50,000 and is among eight exceptional community college programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), recognized for providing outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and information technology. Half of this award will be allocated for further program development, and half will be allocated as scholarships to students, known as Siemens Technical Scholars.

MTI president Mark Wilson was very pleased with the award.  “MTI has a 50-year reputation for preparing new generations of skilled technicians.  Our Power Line faculty members focus on student learning to ensure that students learn proper technical skills, safety and work ethics, all keys to success.   Students excel at their education both inside and outside a typical classroom setting through hands-on learning, and employers of our graduates are great supporters of our program in multiple ways.   We are happy that this program is being nationally recognized as an outstanding technical career choice.”

Overall, jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are projected to grow at almost double the rate of non-STEM occupations. Community and technical colleges like MTI are playing a huge role in working to meet this demand. More than half of all STEM jobs across the United States require no more than an associate’s degree and pay wages that average more than $50,000 annually.

“Community college STEM programs are a strong pathway to job security and financial success for many students —  whether that means heading right into a great paying job or getting a more advanced degree,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “This award recognizes the colleges that provide an excellent STEM education and develop talent from every community.”

The Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award committee identified exemplary community college STEM programs, like MTI’s Power Line program that deliver exceptional training for jobs that require strong STEM technical skills, some college hands-on training, and a postsecondary credential below the four-year degree – known as middle-skill jobs – in areas ranging from advanced manufacturing and energy to information technology and healthcare.

As part of the award, MTI will help select students in partnership with the Aspen Institute to be recognized as a Siemens Technical Scholar and to receive a scholarship of between $3,500 and $10,000 to continue their education or pay existing student loan debt. The Siemens Technical Scholars program recognizes an exceptional group of diverse students from across the country who demonstrates the rewarding careers and opportunity that result from completing an excellent STEM program.  These Scholars will share their stories with other young adults to demonstrate the economic opportunity available in STEM middle-skill jobs.

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