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Month: April, 2017

Governor Daugaard appoints Magistrate Gordon Swanson to Circuit Judge

Friday, April 28, 2017

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Magistrate Judge Gordon D. Swanson as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Fourth Circuit Court.

Swanson will fill a vacancy created by the upcoming June retirement of Hon. Randall L. Macy. The Fourth Circuit includes Butte, Corson, Dewey, Harding, Lawrence, Meade, Perkins and Ziebach counties.

Swanson currently serves as a magistrate judge in the First Circuit, based in Mitchell, and has held that position since 2013. He’s served as the James Valley Drug Court judge for four years. Prior to serving as a judge, he spent seven years in private legal practice in Sturgis. From 2001 to 2003 he served as the Meade County states attorney, and from 2003 to 2013 he was chief deputy states attorney for Minnehaha County.

Swanson is a native of Brandon and a 1984 graduate of South Dakota State University. From 1984 to 1987, he served in the United States Army. Following his military service, Swanson attended the University of South Dakota School of Law, graduating in 1992 as a Thomas Sterling Honor Graduate. Following law school, he clerked for Senior U.S. District Judge Andrew W. Bogue.

Swanson and his wife, Lesli, have three adult children and one grandchild. Swanson will be relocating to the Fourth Circuit to accept the appointment.


Office of the Governor


Mitchell man faces felony drug charges

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

 Attorney General Marty Jackley says the Mitchell Police Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation have arrested Jacob Davin Hubbs, 20, Mitchell, as a result of a search warrant served in Mitchell on Monday. Over 1,000 fentanyl pills and $11,000 were seized.  
Hubbs is charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, fentanyl, class 5 felony, punishable by up to 5 years in the state penitentiary and/or $10,000 fine, one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, fentanyl, class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years in the state penitentiary and/or $20,000 fine and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute in a drug free zone, class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years in the state penitentiary and/or $20,000 fine.  
Hubbs is presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty.  
Agencies assisting in this investigation include the Mitchell Police Department, Brookings Police Department, Watertown Police Department, Yankton Police Department, James Valley Drug Task Force, Sioux Falls Drug Task Force, South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Division of Criminal Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.  

SD Attorney General


Police deal with possible live grenade

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Just before noon Thursday a 68-year-old man brought an unexploded grenade to The Mitchell Police Department so that the grenade could be destroyed.  Apparently, the man found the grenade while helping a friend clean out a building that was in rural Davison County, located to the Northeast of Mitchell.

A Davison County Sheriff’s Office Deputy searched the property where the hand grenade was found.  No other explosives were  found.    It is believed that a deceased relative of the property owner acquired the grenade several years ago.   

As a precaution, streets surrounding the Mitchell Police Division were  closed until the grenade was determined to be safe to handle.  The grenade was then transported from the scene to a secure location where it will remain until it is destroyed.   Nobody was injured during this process.   It is  believed at this time, that the grenade may be a training grenade.  This is an ongoing investigation.

The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and The Davison County Sheriff’s Office assisted with this investigation. 


The public is reminded to never touch or transport anything that is believed to be unexploded ordinance or other explosives.   If you believe that you have encountered something dangerous such as this, get away from the object as fast as you can and call 911 when it is safe to do so. 



Ethan man sentenced to prison for deadly crash

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A nineteen year old man from Ethan is going to prison in the death of a teenager from Alexandria last summer in a crash in Davison County. Tate Thompson was driving a 2011 GMC pickup early on the morning of June 25th, when he failed to negotiate a curve east of the intersection of 258th Street and 409th Avenue and went into the south ditch.

Dylan Mentele of Alexandria was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Thompson and three others were injured. He was legally drunk.

In an agreement with prosecutors Thompson pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter and hit and run causing injury or death.

During Tuesday’s sentencing hearing Dylan’s father, Kelly Mentele told the court his son’s death, in his words, “tore a hole in my family that will never be filled.”  He asked the court to issue the maximum sentence.

Tate’s father, Todd Thompson, told the court his son wouldn’t intentionally hurt anyone and asked Tate not go to prison.

Tate read a prepared statement apologizing to the Mentele family.

Judge Tim Bjorkman sentenced Thompson to 10 years in prison with three suspended on the manslaughter charge and two years on the hit and run charge to run consecutively.

J.P. Skelly


KORN News Radio

Monday, April 17, 2017
KORN AM 1490 offers the best in locally produced talk and information programs featuring Randall DeWitt in the morning.  The line up includes Let’s Talk, In Touch, School Board Review, City Council Review, and Forum.

Controlled burn causes concern

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What began as a controlled burn got out of hand for a while Wednesday afternoon. Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris says staff at H&R Salvage west of Mitchell were apparently burning some wood pallets around 3:45. “It got away from them in the wind conditions and started some refuse on fire,” said Morris. “The big concern was that it would jump the tracks and get into some grass and then near some buildings and that was taken care of.”

A Mitchell Fire Department grass rig stood by as staff used payloaders to dump dirt on the fire and cut it off from other areas.

Morris says H&R staff will monitor the fire and allow it to burn itself out.

Heavy black smoke from the fire reduced visibility for a time along Highway 16.

J.P. Skelly


Mitchell man sentenced on drug charges

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Mitchell man was sentenced to fifteen years in prison Tuesday on a pair of felony drug charges. Police arrested 27 year old Jordan Muntefering in August of 2016 after he sold MDMA, also known as Ecstacy to a confidential informant at his residence near Dry Run Creek.

A search of his home uncovered numerous illegal drugs including marijuana, cocaine and MDMA plus $33,000 cash. Lieutenant Don Everson called it one the largest drug arrests made in Mitchell. Police also arrested 23 year old Caitlin Minder who earlier pleaded guilty to drug charges and was sentenced in December to four years in the state women’s prison, but is eligible for parole in December.

Assistant Attorney General Doug Barnett called Muntefering, in his words, “a straight up drug dealer.”

Muntefering read a prepared statement apologizing for his actions and promising to work to become a model citizen.

Judge Tim Bjorkman scolded Muntefering for pushing illegal drugs on addicts for money and, in his words, “you put into play the very processes that are harming your children.”

He sentenced Muntefering to ten years in prison for distribution of MDMA and five years for possession of MDMA with intent to distribute in a drug-free zone. He’s eligible for parole in 2023. He’s also facing probation violation charges in Hutchinson County for unrelated crimes. Muntefering is the co-owner of the Hungry Dog restaurant in Mitchell.

J.P. Skelly


Fire leads to business evacuation

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — No one was hurt when a small fire broke out in a heater at a Mitchell manufacturing company.
AKG employees were evacuated for about 40 minutes Tuesday night.
Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Nedved said the fire was contained to an exhaust unit, and there was no structural damage to the building.
The company makes radiators and other coolers for more than 70 companies, including Caterpillar, John Deere, Case New Holland and Cummins. It is one of the largest employers in Mitchell, with nearly 150 workers.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 



Easter Egg Hunt

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Annual KORN News Radio, Q1073, & KORN Country 92.1’s Easter Egg Hunt has ended. This year's winners are:

·      Egg #1-Sabrina Velin-Krouse

·      Egg #2-Cassie Kayser and Reese Weisser

·      Egg #3-Jayden Davis and Krisdeana Wagner

Thanks to everyone who participated.

Happy Easter!

KORN News Radio earns three regional journalism awards

Sunday, April 2, 2017

KORN News Radio 1490 has once again been recognized for excellence in broadcast journalism in the upper Midwest.

The Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association presented three Eric Sevareid Awards of Merit to KORN News Radio at the annual Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington, Minnesota.

News Director J.P. Skelly accepted the honors in the Newscast, Broadcast Writing, and Soft Feature categories.

The Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association covers the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Skelly also presented the Mitchell V. Charnley Award to Cheri Preston of ABC News Radio in New York.

The Charnley Award recognizes journalists with ties to the region for their outstanding contribution to broadcast journalism. Preston is a former morning anchor at WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

J.P. Skelly