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The Mount Vernon City Council decided Sunday to declare a currently unoccupied Main Street building a public nuisance. As of Tuesday afternoon, the building was barricaded off, but city officials were in the process of getting materials to use to mark the area as unsafe. "We've known for quite some time that this building was not taken care of by its owner, but not to what extent," City Council President Weston Frank said. "It's not any of our business what somebody's doing with their property if it doesn't pose an imminent threat."
A Tripp man was sentenced Monday to pay $48,714.89 in restitution for sales taxes he failed to pay in two counties over a nine-month period. Mark Mora, who closed three Corner Grocery stores in Tyndall, Scotland and Tripp in March after having operated them for about a year, pleaded guilty to felony failure to pay tax in Hutchinson and Bon Homme counties on Monday morning. The sentencing was held at the Bon Homme County Courthouse in Tyndall.
With a nearly $20 million cleanup plan currently on the table, it's no secret that Lake Mitchell's algae growth has gotten severe enough to keep the lake from being recreation-friendly. But although the proposed plan is one of the first of its kind in the area, Lake Mitchell is not an outlier in terms of usability. It may receive more attention than many South Dakota lakes, but it's far from the only lake to have issues with water quality — statistically, it's actually more unusual for a South Dakota lake to not have any water impairments.
The man who was arrested in May for threatening people in Mitchell with a gun and demanding money was sentenced Tuesday to spend 16 years in the state penitentiary. Christopher Kindle, of Mitchell, was convicted of one count of first-degree robbery and one count of attempted first-degree robbery, for which Judge Chris Giles sentenced him to consecutive sentences of 25 years with nine years suspended and 12½ years suspended, respectively. He will receive credit for the 125 days he served in jail prior to sentencing.
A criminal court case in Davison County was delayed two weeks on Tuesday when it came to the court's attention there was confusion over the defendant's actual first name. A 28-year-old man accused of unauthorized ingestion of a controlled substance clarified that his given name is Brandt Balfany and not, as was previously written on various documents and the man's official criminal record, either Brant or Brent Balfany. Balfany said that although his legal first name is Brandt, he does not use it.
CHAMBERLAIN—One person was reportedly caught early Monday morning driving one of two cars stolen from a Chamberlain auto shop a few hours earlier. The shop's owner said that someone broke into the shop's office to get the keys for the Chrysler PT Cruiser and a Buick LeSabre that were taken around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, and that a person was arrested and transported to the Lower Brule Adult Detention Center in Lyman County at between 1:30 and 2 a.m. when they were caught driving the Chrysler.
When Jared Indahl started his new job on Aug. 20 as the new executive director for Mitchell Main Street and Beyond, it was the week of the Corn Palace Festival, and activity at the nonprofit was hectic. "That week especially was just a lot of meeting people and kind of staying out of everybody's way, just kind of getting into the flow of things," Indahl said.
LETCHER—After members of multiple law enforcement agencies spent the night searching for him, a 9-year-old boy with autism was found unharmed Thursday morning. Although authorities had already passed through the area near the intersection of 243rd Street and 404th Avenue on their night-long search, Davison County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Peterson found Eastin Dorr walking along the side of 243rd Street while doing a final lap around that area just before 9 a.m.
Representatives from the Sioux Falls-based Helpline Center came to Dakota Wesleyan University's campus on Tuesday to teach an eight-hour course on how to help young people going through a mental health crisis. The course, called "Youth Mental Health First Aid Training," was brought to DWU after the Helpline Center alerted Anne Kelly, chair of the Mitchell Area Suicide Prevention Coalition and DWU's psychology and behavioral sciences departments, that it was ready to give the training.
The Intelligent Community Forum, an organization led by a think tank in New York, recently ranked Mitchell fourth on an international list of communities with populations under 50,000. The Top 10 Intelligent Communities by Population list is based on information compiled over the last five years, which the Mitchell Area Development Corporation provided to the Intelligent Community Forum.