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Month: July, 2015

Veterans information possibly compromised

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System takes Veterans’ privacy very seriously. For that reason, we are taking proactive steps to notify Veterans of a potential breach of privacy.

On June 4, 2015 a list of patients was reproduced whose February 2015 prescription fill documents cannot be located. These documents are kept in a locked, restricted-access pharmacy area. The fill documents were first discovered missing in mid-April, and a thorough search and investigation was conducted. We are notifying the identified Veterans so they can take appropriate action to protect their identities. VA has sent letters to all Veterans named on the list. These letters provide instructions about credit monitoring and steps they should take to ensure their privacy.

VA takes its obligation to honor and serve America’s Veterans very seriously, and staff works diligently to protect the privacy of Veterans. For questions, you may contact the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System privacy officer, Aaron Cork, at 605-336-3230 Ext. 6784.

U.S. Veterans Administration


One arrested in late night shooting incident

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A 30 year old Mitchell man is facing a misdemeanor charge for a Wednesday night incident involving a gun. A news release from the Mitchell Police Department says officers responded to a call of shots fired around 11:15 Wednesday night in the 400 block of North Main.

Upon further investigation Police determined that Michael Osborn had a verbal argument with a person in a vehicle and admitted firing four shots from a 9mm Beretta hand gun into the air after the vehicle left. He told officers he had been consuming alcohol and later was found to be intoxicated.

Officers arrested Osborn for reckless discharge and possession of a loaded firearm while intoxicated. No one was hurt.


Mitchell Police


Mitchell cleans up from early morning storm

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The sound of chain saws is common around sections of Mitchell today after a strong, early morning storm rolled through and damaged trees around the west and central parts of town.

Damage was observed generally between Havens and 12th Avenue and from Burr Street west, with numerous larger branches snapped and some larger trees split. The Davison County North Offices had a sign torn from the side of the building.

The automated weather observation station at the airport about five miles north of town recorded a peak wind gust of 48 miles an hour and .30 of rain.

Unofficial totals from several Mitchell residents ranged from about .80 to just over an inch of rain.

The storm arrived shortly after 2:00 am.


J.P. Skelly


New Corn Palace Domes in place

Monday, July 27, 2015
Here's a video of the large dome at the World's Only Corn Palace hoisted to its new place on the roof Monday morning. 

Multiple weekend drownings

Monday, July 20, 2015

DE SMET, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a 5-year-old girl drowned in a lake in eastern South Dakota.
The Kingsbury County sheriff's office says the girl drowned Saturday night in Lake Thompson. The sheriff's office says no one else was hurt, but did not release further details.
Elsewhere in the state, authorities reported two other people drowned Saturday in separate incidents in Rapid City and in the Missouri River in southeastern South Dakota.


Copyright 2015 The Associated Press


Parkston man killed in Friday crash

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A 52 year old Parkston man was killed in a three-vehicle crash that occurred around 1:20 Friday afternoon two miles north of Parkston.

Two other Parkston residents were hurt. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says names of those involved will be released once family members are notified.

The Highway Patrol says a motorcycle was northbound on South Dakota Highway 37. A Peterbilt semi truck followed by a 2015 Buick Enclave was in the southbound lane.  The Patrol says the Enclave attempted to pass the semi and collided with the oncoming motorcycle and then the semi.

The motorcycle driver died at the scene. The two occupants in the car were trapped and were extricated. Both sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the semi was not hurt.

Highway Patrol authorities continue to investigate. Charges are pending.

The Parkston Police Department and Parkston Fire Department also responded to the accident.

 SD Dept. of Public Safety


Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Parade Results

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Here are the results of the annual Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Parade:


Mission accomplished

Friday, July 17, 2015

Nearly sixty years after his death, a World War One Army veteran has finally gotten his permanent grave stone. Graceland Cemetery staff placed a new bronze marker around midday Friday.

Davison County Veterans Service Officer Jessica Davidson came upon the application of Joseph Robert Ward when she became VSO about six months ago.  The original headstone request was rejected in 2010 because there was no record of Ward’s honorable discharge from the service. Davidson renewed the effort to get Ward the gravestone that he was entitled. “Because he is a veteran”, said Davidson.

She learned through her search that Ward was born in Buffalo, New York in 1887 and served as a horse-shoer in the artillery during World War One. He was discharged in 1919, eventually settled in Laredo, Texas. Ward was a carnival concessionaire when he died in Mitchell in 1955. With no relatives nearby, members of the Mitchell American Legion served as pall-bearers for his funeral and his grave given a temporary five inch by eight inch marker. 

After six months of cutting through red-tape and misinformation, and with an assist from Senator Mike Rounds office, Ward’s grave received its permanent and long overdue bronze marker Friday, just short of the sixty year anniversary of his death.

And no one could be happier than Davidson. “So people will know there’s a veteran there”, said Davidson, “and hopefully they will never forget him.”

But Davidson’s mission continues as there are seven more veterans whose deaths occurred between 1884 and 1928, all entitled to permanent grave markers.


J.P. Skelly


Brookings hosts Laura Ingalls Wilder convention

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder are flocking to Brookings for the annual convention that celebrates the life and work of the "Little House" author.
The third annual LauraPalooza starts today at South Dakota State University and runs through Friday.
The gathering brings together fans and academics to discuss the literary, cultural and historical impact of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books.
More than 150 people are expected to attend.
There will be a silent auction of Laura Ingalls Wilder-themed items as well as a reception for authors and artists.
Pamela Smith Hill, who edited Wilder's autobiography, is the keynote speaker.
The book was released by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press and has sold more than 100,000 copies.  

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press


Planned power outage set for Friday

Thursday, July 16, 2015

HURON, S.D. (AP) — An area of Huron will be without power for about four hours Friday.
NorthWestern Energy has planned upgrades to its underground electric system. The outage, which will affect an area in the southwest area of the city, is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and run until about noon.
The utility says the outage will allow crews to perform the work safely and will improve the reliability of service in the area.
NorthWestern Energy serves about 678,200 customers in South Dakota, Montana and Nebraska.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press

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