Sunday, March 18, 2018
Authorities are investigating a possible threat to Parkston Schools. Police Chief Corrinna Wagner says the district received a threat late Saturday night. She says Parkston Police, the Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the FBI are involved in the investigation.
A subsequent Facebook post by Parkston Police says: "The information we received was a potential gun violence toward the school. We consider all threats of this nature to be very serious and as a result we have been in contact with the Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office, SD DCI, and SD FBI. We are still in an active investigation. No credible threat has been found repeat no credible threat. If you have any concerns please contact either the Police Department or the School District."
Wagner says school will start at its regular time Monday morning. She says she’ll be at the school as part of the investigation.
Parent Ann Jacobsen says she received a call from the school district shortly after 4pm Sunday. It acknowledged a threat of violence was made, yet did not appear to be credible.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Three people died just before seven o’clock Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash four miles south of Parkston.
The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says a car was northbound on Highway 37 when the driver lost control on the ice-covered road. The vehicle went across the center line and collided with a southbound semi truck.
All three of the car’s occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. They include the 16-year-old male driver and two passengers, a 49-year-old male and 48-year-old female. All three were wearing seatbelts.
The semi-truck driver, identified as a 77 year old man, was not hurt. He was wearing a seatbelt.
Names of the people involved are not being released by state officials pending notification of family members.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
The Davison County Sheriff’s office is looking for an escaped prisoner. 40 year old Jeremy James Moore failed to return to the Davison County Jail after his court ordered furlough, outside of the jail. He was released at 10:30 AM on Friday and failed to return at the required time later that day as ordered.
Name: Moore, Jeremy James
DOB: 04/29/1977 AGE: 40 SEX: Male RACE: Caucasian
HGT: 6”02 WGT: 225 HAIR: Brown EYES: Brown
UPDATED: Tattoo/Scars: 1) Has a scar over right eye; 2) Right side of neck "broken"; 3) Tribal sign on right side of neck
CHARGES: 1) Unauthorized Ingestion of Controlled Drug/Substance – Schd I or II; 2) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;
Moore was granted a furlough before his next court appearance.
If you have information about the whereabouts of Moore contact the Davison County Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement agency.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Mitchell firefighters remain on the scene of a house fire on South Harmon Drive near Lake Mitchell. Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris says firefighters arrived shortly before 11 am and encountered fire in the basement of the split level home. “And also a little bit of fire in the upstairs corner of the kitchen area,” said Morris. Nobody was home at the time. “Firefighters got things knocked down pretty quickly,” Morris added.
Firefighters remain at the scene as of mid-afternoon looking for potential hot spots.
Morris says the home is uninhabitable and the investigation into the cause is still going on.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Lt. Don Everson, MPD
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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