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Mitchell teen dies in rollover crash

Thursday, June 25, 2015

 A 14-year-old Mitchell boy died Thursday in a one vehicle roll-over crash two miles west of Mitchell Thursday. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the driver and three other passengers received minor injuries in the crash, which occurred near the intersection of 406th Avenue and Cemetery Road around 11:30 a.m. All of the occupants are from Mitchell.

 The 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling south on 406th Avenue about a quarter of a mile south of Cemetery Road. The Patrol says the driver lost control of the vehicle on a gravel road, it entered the west ditch sideways and rolled several times. Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Hanson says Lenard Boyer was in the front seat and was ejected. He died later at a Sioux Falls hospital. 

The driver, 22 year old Karla Martinez and three rear-seat passengers, two 14 year old boys and a 12 year old boy, remained in the vehicle and sustained minor injuries. They were treated and released from a local hospital.

Martinez was arrested for Third Offense DUI, Vehicular Homicide, Driving with a Suspended License, Contributing Alcohol to a Minor, Open Container of Alcohol and a Seat Belt Violation.


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Senator Mike Vehle named to the SD Transportation Hall of Fame

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. – Sen. Mike Vehle from Mitchell has been selected for induction into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor for 2015.

 

The purpose of the Transportation Hall of Honor is to recognize those who have made a lasting, valuable or unique contribution to South Dakota’s air, highway or rail transportation system.

 

The South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor dates back to 1972 and now includes 84 inductees.

 

Sen. Vehle has served the citizens of South Dakota as a distinguished member of the Legislature for the past 11 years. He began his political career in the House of Representatives in 2005 where he served for four years. In January 2009, he switched to the Senate where he is still an active member.

 

For the past seven years, Sen. Vehle has led the effort to address South Dakota’s long-term transportation funding needs. During his time as a legislator, Sen. Vehle served on three legislative summer study committees looking into highway needs and financing.  As chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, Vehle worked tirelessly studying the needs of the state and local governments, then went on to educate citizens and legislators of the crisis our state and local roads would face if we, as a state, failed to act and find a solution.

 

“I cannot think of another instance where a single legislator has committed so much effort, over so many years, to a single issue”, said Gov. Daugaard. “I, and many others in Pierre, admire his persistence and we are happy to see his hard work pay off.”

 

A banquet to honor Sen. Vehle will be announced at a later date.


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Two injured following chase

Friday, June 19, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two people are in custody after a police chase that began in Sioux Falls and ended with a crash in a rural area near Baltic.
Police say a van that was driving fast and erratically nearly collided with a police vehicle in Sioux Falls on Thursday night, then appeared to try to ram another police vehicle.
The van fled and eventually went off a gravel road south of Baltic, hit an embankment and a tree and rolled.
The two occupants were taken to a hospital and treated for injuries that police said were not life-threatening. The 41-year-old man from Sisseton and 36-year-old woman from Flandreau were arrested on charges including driving under the influence. Authorities say both drove the van at different times during the chase.


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Arson indictment

Friday, June 19, 2015

KYLE, S.D. (AP) — Federal authorities are accusing a Pine Ridge Indian Reservation resident of setting fire to a friend's home in April.
A grand jury in western South Dakota has indicted Danny Ferguson, of Kyle, on an arson charge. Ferguson is expected to appear in court for the first time Friday in Rapid City.
Authorities say Ferguson "willfully and maliciously" set fire to the trailer home of friend Christy Garnette Pierce in early April. The indictment against Ferguson states Pierce and her family were inside the trailer when the blaze began.
The trailer was located about 6 miles north of Kyle.

 


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Co-op merger quashed

Friday, June 19, 2015

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Officials who unsuccessfully pushed for the merger of two large century-old agricultural cooperatives in the Dakotas say they will not try again, despite the idea being only narrowly defeated by co-op members.
The South Dakota Wheat Growers and North Central Farmers Elevator had been planning to join and become CentraGro Cooperative.
Sixty-one percent of Wheat Growers members voted to merge, but only 49 percent of North Central members voted yes. The proposed merger required simple majorities from both co-ops.
North Central General Manager Mike Nickolas says the merger proposal was "a one-shot deal," and Wheat Growers senior vice president Steve Briggs says "there is no appetite" for pursuing the merger, despite the close vote.


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Rapid City robbery suspect snagged

Friday, June 19, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have charged an 18-year-old Rapid City man in a pair of armed robberies in the city.
Sage Hardheart is accused of pointing a gun at clerks at two convenience stores and fleeing with cash this week. He faces two counts of first-degree robbery, a charge that carries a maximum punishment of 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
It wasn't immediately clear if Hardheart had an attorney.


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Tribal center turmoil

Friday, June 19, 2015

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Fort Pierre and tribal officials are trying to find ways to maintain an unfinished tribal center in the city that is drawing complaints because of overgrown lawns and dilapidated structures.
The Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place was to be Sioux Nation cultural, educational and legal resource complex, but federal funding dried up almost a decade ago and it's been vacant since.
Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association Executive Director Gay Kingman says the group is forming a committee to try to find a way to finish the facility, and to maintain the grounds in the meantime.
The Fort Pierre City Council has decided to wait to help until it can find a way to protect the city from any liability.

 


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International spider conference coming to Dakota Wesleyan

Saturday, June 13, 2015
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — Spider lovers from around the world will descend on Mitchell next week for an annual conference on all things arachnid.

Dakota Wesleyan University is hosting the 39th annual meeting of the American Arachnological Society.

The meeting changes venues each year and four years ago Brian Patrick, an assistant professor of biology at Dakota Wesleyan, offered up the college as the host site for this year's gathering.

Patrick says he plans to take the conference attendees to the wetlands and prairies of South Dakota to collect samples. He says there will also be 32 speakers at the conference that will cover topics ranging from ecology to web and silk mechanics.

The meeting begins Friday. There are 77 people coming from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan and the Czech Republic.

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Daugaard appoints Kim Vanneman to Transportation Commission

Saturday, June 13, 2015
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed former state legislator Kim Vanneman to the South Dakota Transportation Commission to fill Bob Benson's old seat.

Department of Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announced the appointment on Friday. Benson's term ran out it April 2015, and Vanneman's appointment is immediately effective.

Vanneman, of Ideal, served in the state House of Representatives from 2008 through 2012. She served on legislative summer study committees dealing with transportation issues during her time in the Legislature.

Vanneman and her husband own a farming operation.

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Man aiming for gophers accidently shoots Redfield fisherman

Saturday, June 13, 2015
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — Police in Spink County say a man who was taking aim at some gophers in his yard accidently shot a 20-year-old fisherman from Redfield.

Authorities say the 20-year-old man was fishing at Turtle Creek when he was struck by a stray round from a 22-caliber weapon. He was treated at the Redfield Hospital. He's expected to make a full recovery.

The Spink County Sheriff's Office and the state Department of Criminal Investigation are looking into the matter.

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