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Month: August, 2017

Three arrested on felony drug charges

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Three men are facing felony drug charges following their arrest on Tuesday  Officers with The Mitchell Police Division executed a search warrant at a residence located at 601 E. 5th Avenue in Mitchell.  Over 3 grams of methamphetamine, less than 2 ounces of marijuana and several items of drug paraphernalia were seized as a result of this investigation.   The following people were arrested regarding this investigation:

                -  53 year old David Louis Stock, d. o. b. 04-11-1964, and 44-year-old Jeremy Dean Johnson  d. o. b.  10-07-1972 who resided at 601 E. 5th Avenue, Mitchell, S.D. were arrested for the offenses of Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule 1 or 2, in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42-5, and for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation S.D.C.L. 22-42A-3.  In addition, Stock was arrested for Possession of Less than 2 ounces of marijuana in violation of 22-42-6.

                - 33 year old Mitchell resident, Adam Paul Kowall d. o. b.  12-01-1983 was arrested for the offenses of Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule 1 or 2, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in a motor Vehicle, Having an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle in violation of S.D.C.L. 35-1-9.1, Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License in violation of S.D.C.L. 32-12-65 (2) and for Possession of a Suspended Driver’s License in violation of S.D.C.L. 32-12-67.

                Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance, Schedule 1 or 2, is a class 5 Felony, punishable by 5 years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000.  Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License and Having an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle are Class 2 Misdemeanors, punishable by 30 days imprisonment in a county jail and/ or a $500 fine on each count.   Possession of Less Than 2 ounces of marijuana and Possession of a Suspended Driver’s License are Class 1 misdemeanors punishable by up to one-year imprisonment in a county jail and/or a $2,000 fine on each count.             

Agencies involved in this investigation include The Mitchell Police Division, The Davison County Sheriff’s Office, and The South Dakota Highway Patrol.


Aurora County man sentenced for sex abuse

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
 Attorney General Marty Jackley and Aurora County States Attorney John Steele announced that Christian Thomas, 43, Plankinton, was sentenced to 87 years in the state penitentiary for his conviction of sexual abuse. Thomas was convicted on May 6, 2017, on twenty-six counts including fourth degree rape, sexual contact with a child under sixteen, sexual exploitation of a minor, aiding or abetting fourth degree rape, aiding or abetting sexual contact with child under sixteen and possession of child pornography. 
“This conviction and sentence involve very serious sexual acts against children. The horrific facts in this case justify the lengthy sentence needed to protect the public. The investigators and prosecutors should be commended for the difficult and important work on this case,” said Jackley. 
Charges stem from incidents that occurred in a Plankinton residence involving two minor victims. 
This case was prosecuted by the Aurora County States Attorney and Attorney General’s Office and investigated by Aurora County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation. 

Davison County Sheriff's Office warns of possible phone scam

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A possible phone scam may be occurring in our area. So far two different doctors in two different communities reported that they had received phone calls from the number 605-214-7432. 
The man on the call identifies himself as Sgt. William of the Davison County Sheriff’s Office. He acts very unprofessional in the conversation. His scam is that he needs to talk to the targeted person about missing a grand jury appearance.
The Davison County Sheriff’s Office has no employee by that name.
In one call, he said that doctor had to check himself into jail immediately or officers would respond and pick him up. The phone call was terminated.
In the other call, the doctor was busy and the answering person was told to have him call the above number as soon as possible.
Even though no money amount has been mentioned that is the usual pattern to these calls. They will say eventually “check into jail” or “pay this amount”.
The phone number is unlisted but is a cell phone showing a Harrisburg area. An attempt was made to contact the number but when the number was answered and the man was confronted he hung up.
The Davison County Sheriff’s Office does not conduct business in this manner. 
If you received a call such as this please remember that it is possible for a phone to contact you using a number which may appear local but is not. As a general rule legitimate companies, especially those related to finance or law enforcement, will never contact you and ask you for bank account , credit/debit card number or personal information. Please remember to never give out any information to any person or company that you do not trust.
If you have any questions or feel you may have fell victim to one of these calls contact your local law enforcement agency.



Mitchell man now facing murder charges

Monday, August 28, 2017

A Mitchell man is now facing murder charges in the death of a 30 year old man last Tuesday morning. A Davison County Grand Jury indicted 49 year old Anthony Lewis for first and second degree murder.

Lewis was originally charged with first degree manslaughter when he was arrested for stabbing 30 year old Quinn Patrick Schleuning shortly before 3 AM on August 22nd following an altercation.

According to court documents, Lewis confessed to Police that he stabbed the victim after Schleuning apparently assaulted a neighbor. Lewis got a knife and confronted Schleuning outside the apartment at 127 East Second Avenue. Lewis said he stabbed the victim after Schleuning came at him swinging. Lewis said he didn’t plan to kill Schleuning.

First-degree murder is punishable by death or life in prison. Second-degree murder carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Lewis is in custody at the Davison County Jail.

J.P. Skelly


South Dakota Farm Bureau donates to Mitchell ag exhibit

Monday, August 28, 2017

Visitors to the World's Only Corn Palace can now learn more about agriculture thanks to a donation from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative (CCI).

"Touchscreen tablets were purchased with the CCI grant award and will be part of the children's agriculture display at the popular tourist attraction," said Cindy Foster, Davison-Hanson County Farm Bureau. "The tablets will include farm games for children to play and hopefully learn more about the agricultural industry while visiting the Corn Palace. This is the beginning of a larger project that will make ag information available year-round to reach not only tourists, but also school children."

The donation will be recognized on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Following the recognition, the interactive display will be on hand to utilize.

Funding was made possible by a $5,000 donation from the South Dakota Farm Bureau combined with a $1,000 donation from the Davison - Hanson County Farm Bureau. This is one of many SDFB Centennial Community Initiative projects that have been announced this summer. The SDFB Centennial Community Initiative is a grant program for community projects that serve a need in a community, make a difference, have high visibility and reflect Farm Bureau's mission and vision. SDFB is investing $100,000 in local communities for community Improvement projects during its centennial year in 2017.


Special Announcement regarding Corn Palace Midway rides

Friday, August 25, 2017

Special announcement: Due to the early closure of the Corn Palace Midway Friday night due to weather, Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt says Goldstar Amusements will honor Friday’s ride armbands from noon to five pm Saturday.


Eclipse Day is here!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Good morning! The long-awaited day of the total solar eclipse in Nebraska has arrived and the excitement is building leading up to totality at about 1 pm central time.

Arnold, Nebraska is close to dead center of the 70 mile-wide path of totality. Since Friday visitors from across the nation and overseas have steadily filtered in to the Custer County, Nebraska town of just under 600.

One of the busiest locations is the Arnold Exchange, local convenience store/café. Higher than average crowds have stopped in for a meal and camping necessities such as ice and water. As I was leaving a gentleman asked if I was visiting Arnold for the solar eclipse. His voice had a distinct and familiar accent and I asked him where he was from. He replied, to my delight, “New York”, my home state. In fact he was from Huntington, about 10 miles from my hometown and just a few miles from where my sister lives. You never know who’ll you’ll meet in Arnold, Nebraska.

The Arnold Recreation Area, south of town, has seen a steady influx of eclipse observers arriving in vehicles ranging from small passenger cars to large motor-homes and RV’s, many towing smaller vehicles. The come from places like Arizona, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Texas, Washington State and a large number from Colorado.

During a trip out in the country I saw a family group camped out in a pasture on the prairie near Gandy, Nebraska.

One thing to note, there’s plenty of wide-open spaces and sky to view the eclipse.

There are some profiteers taking advantage of the influx of out of towners, especially in larger cities close to I-80. One North Platte hotel room listed at just over $1,000 a night. In other locations anywhere between $300-600 a night. Two businesses in Kearney reported fuel shortages, yet here in Arnold there’s plenty to go around.

Arnold Public School has planned an eclipse viewing event for students and staff at the nearby football field.

Most Arnold businesses are open today, yet most will pause at the time of totality.

Bonnie and I plan to observe this magnificent event at few miles north of Arnold on Harvey and Barbara Foran’s ranch which includes the highest point in Custer County, Nebraska. The view of the valley below is spectacular and will offer a view of the moon’s shadow as it approaches and eventually covers the sun for about two and a half minutes.

We’ll have more stories and interviews on our podcasts at

J.P. Skelly


Nebraska Eclipse Experience

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Monday’s solar eclipse is a popular topic around gathering places in Arnold, Nebraska, a town of about 600 people located in the Sandhills about 40 miles northeast of North Platte.

Customers at the Arnold Exchange chat and speculate what lies as ahead as 1PM Monday, the time of totality arrives.

Arnold lies almost dead center of the line of totality, making it an ideal location to view the total eclipse of the sun which is predicted to last about two and a half minutes.

Most of the conversations focus on how many people from outside the community plan to watch this once in a lifetime event as it unfolds. I’ve already seen visitors from California, Oregon, Washington State, Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin, Florida and New Jersey. International visitors from as far away as Japan, New Zealand, and Sweden are also expected to take advantage of front row seats to what Mother Nature is offering.

While some communities such as Kearney have reported some fuel shortages, it looks like business as usual in Arnold. I fact a limited number of special eclipse safety glasses custom printed for Arnold are still available along with t-shirts.

Arnold Public School is holding an eclipse viewing for students and staff. And the City Park south of town is filling with visitors.

There’s plenty of open sky and locations for everyone desiring to the view Monday’s eclipse. Some are willing to pay area landowners top dollar for a place to stay and watch.

Traffic seems a little heavier than normal on the state highways running through Arnold with an increased presence of law enforcement.

So, why did my wife Bonnie and I choose Arnold to view this magnificent display of nature? This is Bonnie’s hometown which affords us a chance to visit with family, plus friends who have invited us to view the event from near the highest point in Custer County, Nebraska. We have it all to ourselves to enjoy. We’re eagerly awaiting as the hour draws near when day is plunged into darkness and then back to day as the shadow crosses the Sandhills as it makes its way southeast.

I’m looking forward to sharing our eclipse experiences with you. Keep an eye out on our website, for more stories.

J.P. Skelly


South Dakota Media Football Poll

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Class 11AAA

1. SF Washington (26)


2. SF Roosevelt


3. SF O’Gorman


4. Brandon Valley


5. Aberdeen Central


Receiving votes: SF Lincoln 11, Rapid City Stevens 6, Watertown 3


Class 11AA

1. Harrisburg (21)


2. Mitchell (5)


3. Pierre


4. Yankton


5. Douglas


Receiving votes: Spearfish 13, Huron 10, Brookings 2, Sturgis 2


Class 11A

1. Madison (20)


2. West Central (4)


3. Tea Area (1)


4. Dell Rapids 39

5. St. Thomas More (1)


Receiving votes: Tri-Valley 27, Milbank 10, Dakota Valley 6


Class 11B

1. Winner (15)


2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (6)


3. Groton Area (2)


4. Aberdeen Roncalli (1)


5. Chamberlain (2)


Receiving votes: Sioux Valley 28, Sioux Falls Christian 18, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 6, Stanley County 4, Mount Vernon/Plankinton 1.


Class 9AA

1. Gregory (24)  


2. Baltic (1)


3. Bon Homme (1)


4. Wolsey-Wessington


5. Garretson


Receiving votes: Webster Area 30, Hamlin 10, Parkston 9, Kimball/White Lake 7, Miller/Highmore-Harrold 3, North Border 3.


Class 9A

T1. Warner (13)


T1. Canistota/Freeman (11)


3. Corsica-Stickney (1)


4. Philip


5. Britton-Hecla


Receiving votes: Alcester-Hudson 20, Potter County 19, New Underwood 18, Howard 17, Chester Area (1) 10, Clark/Willow Lake 5, Oldham-Ramona/Rutland 1.


Class 9B

1. Colman-Egan (14)


2. Colome (11)


3. Langford Area (1)


4. Sully Buttes


5. Castlewood 30

Receiving votes: Harding County 24, Gayville-Volin 16, Wall 12, Faulkton Area 6.

Mitchell Veteran's Park dedication postponed

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The dedication of Mitchell’s new Veteran’s Memorial Park has been delayed until Memorial Day weekend, 2018. Committee chair Lyndon Overweg says two main components are still in transit. “The donor wall, which is twelve-foot wide, and there’s going to be three different components to it, is in shipment right now”, said Overweg. It’s expected to arrive in another month or so.

“The KIA (killed in action) wall is in shipment also”, Overweg said. “And they’re probably looking at a November…the week of November first for an install.”

He says the committee decided November would be too late to hold a formal dedication and opted for next spring on the May 26th, the Saturday prior to Memorial Day.

Overweg says the committee wanted the park completed by the time of the dedication.

He says other park components are coming together nicely and the commemorative bricks were recently put in place. The park, located at the corner of First and Main is lit at night and open for viewing.

J.P. Skelly