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SD Native leaders are divided on census data

Two area tribal chairmen are split in their opinions about the accuracy of census figures for American Indians on their reservations.
Duane Big Eagle, Crow Creek tribal chairman, said he believes an 84 percent American Indian population rate in Buffalo County is accurate. In its most recent count, the Census Bureau counted 1,607 American Indians out of 1,912 Buffalo County residents. The reservation’s boundary is nearly half of the county.

The Daily Republic, 02/22/2011

Winner top cop returns to work

WINNER — Winner Police Chief Paul Schueth is back on the job after having his suspension lifted recently.
Schueth was suspended on Jan. 5 while the state Division of Criminal Investigation conducted a probe involving him. Mayor Jess Keesis reinstated him two weeks ago.

The Daily Republic, 02/21/2011

Other veteran sheriffs also leaving office

KENNEBEC — Back when Don Manger first started in law enforcement, he used notebooks, batons and carried a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson gun.
A decade into the 21st century, computers, .40-caliber automatic Glocks and Tasers are the tools or weapons of choice.
Manger, 69, who has spent 35 years in law enforcement, is trading his career for the leisure of a fishing pole and an old 1957 Chevy to restore. He was elected Lyman County sheriff in fall 1998.

The Daily Republic, 02/16/2011

Area sheriff leaves office after 28 years

LAKE ANDES — Former Charles Mix County Sheriff Ray Westendorf still has doubts about a case he deems the most puzzling of his career.
Nearly two decades after the case began, he’s still skeptical of the events surrounding two Lake Andes residents whose bodies were discovered three months after they were reported missing following a car accident.
Ruby Ann Bruguier, 18, and Arnold Archambeau, 20, were found a day apart in March 1993 after they were last seen walking away from a car accident in December 1992.

The Daily Republic, 02/16/2011

Farmers’ claim against Aurora County on hold as insurance dispute goes on

PLANKINTON — Aurora County won’t face a new trial for damages in a lawsuit involving Thompson Farms until another suit with the county’s liability insurer is resolved.
Circuit Judge Bruce Anderson rejected a motion to lift a stay on a new damages trial, according to a court document filed Wednesday. The trial will determine damages owed to a family that lost its farm because of a county zoning law adopted in 1998.

The Daily Republic, 02/15/2011

Corsica board OKs $150,000 opt-out of tax freeze

CORSICA — Despite the uncertainty of how the Legislature will handle proposed state budget cuts, Corsica School Board members approved a five-year, $150,000 annual opt-out of the state property tax freeze Monday.
The new opt-out, which will be in effect until taxes payable in 2016, will replace a $100,000 one that expires in July after being in place for five years.

The Daily Republic, 02/15/2011

New Klock Werks project with Abbott House aims to teach skills, life lessons through bike rebuild

The lit-up faces of girls at the Abbott House as they surrounded a motorcycle showed their enthusiasm and excitement for a new program aimed at bringing them inspiration and support.
Director Eric Klooz and Laura Klock, vice president of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles in Mitchell, announced the launch of Helping with Horsepower on Wednesday.

The Daily Republic, 02/10/2011

Local man pleads not guilty to crime spree

A Mitchell man facing multiple felony charges in connection with crimes against five local establishments pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
Randy S. Wolford, 36, 401 E. Hanson Ave., entered the plea during his initial court appearance at the Davison County Public Safety Center.
Wolford was indicted on four counts each of third-degree burglary and first-degree vandalism, and one count of grand theft. Each count has a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The Daily Republic, 02/09/2011

DWU women's soccer coach Roden pleads guilty to DUI

The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s soccer coach received 360 days of probation after pleading guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor first-offense driving under the influence.

The Daily Republic, 02/09/2011

Lane residents vote today on dissolution

LANE — Several residents in Jerauld County’s smallest town don’t want to see its identity disappear. Lane residents will vote today on whether to dissolve the town of about 50 — a move that several think would be a mistake. Many doubt that enough support exists to disband the town.
Dan Swenson, who co-owns Swenson Brothers Grain, the town’s biggest employer with 10, said the town has a grant for a feasibility study to gauge replacing its aging sewer system. Though Swenson would like to have a say at the polls but can’t vote as a rural Woonsocket resident, he still is concerned about access to his business with snow removal.

The Daily Republic, 02/08/2011

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