court genericDuring a sentencing in Beadle County Circuit Court Tuesday, Beadle County Deputy States Attorney Dan Nelson said that a message needed to be sent. Circuit Judge Jon Erickson took the words to heart with stiff sentences for two drug offenders and others Tuesday. Thirty-two year old Chad Erickson pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. He received a four year prison term and credit for 82 days served in the Beadle County Jail. Also getting a four year sentencing at the State Penitentiary is 25 year-old Dylan Faulks. Faulks also pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. He was given credit for two days previously served in jail. Twenty year-old Zachary Stahl was sentenced to five years in prison for a fourth degree rape charge. Stahl was given credit for the 42 days he has spent already behind bars. It wasn’t just sentencings. Tracy Herren failed to appear for his sentencing hearing. Erickson issued a 10-thousand dollar bench warrant for his arrest. All told five people were sentenced to a total of 19 years in prison out of Beadle County Tuesday.

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DemocratSouth Dakota democrats nominated Henry Red Cloud of Pine Ridge as their candidate for the Public Utilities Commission at their convention this past weekend.  Red Cloud says he sees a need for change…


Red Cloud is the founder and owner of Lakota Solar Enterprises, based on the Pine Ridge reservation. He says the commission needs a new approach…


Red Cloud says he has a lot of experience in solar and other types of renewable energy…


Red Cloud will face incumbent republican Chris Nelson who was nominated at their convention this past weekend.

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AB&TRapid growth in the last two years is leading American Bank and Trust to move administrative activities to a new location in downtown Huron…

Bank President and C-E-O Lynn Schneider American Bank and Trust has grown outward from the Huron area….

The recent acquisition of a piece of property along 21st Street Southwest in Huron will play into American Bank and Trust’s future plans…

Normal customer transactions and insurance operations will continue the 18th and Dakota location in Huron. In addition to the newest locations in Sioux Falls and Pierre, American Bank and Trust has branch in Alpena, Wolsey, Wessington Springs, Mellette, Miller and De Smet. Currently, they employ 140 people with assets of over 640-million dollars.

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SD CapitalA legislative summer study committee that will look at how Medicaid providers are paid held its first meeting Monday in Pierre.  Committee Chair, Representative Jean Hunhoff of Yankton, says it has become a chronic problem…

Hunhoff says there are a number of providers providing different services to different types of patients…

Hunhoff says she wants to at least provide some direction to the 2017 legislature on the issue…

 

This is one of three summer study committees authorized by legislators.

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Skeeter fogThe first mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been detected in northeast South Dakota.
Dr. Michael Wimberly, a natural resources professor at South Dakota State University, says they’re projecting a good potential of more virus transmission of the West Nile Virus than last year…

Wimberly says at the moment there is a very low chance of a person getting the virus, but he expects those chances to increase rapidly in the next few weeks. Weather will play a huge role in the increase…


South Dakota has been one of the hotbeds for human cases of West Nile in the past. But, only 42 cases of the virus were reported last year.

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DakotalandThe Huron City Commission used the Alternate Board of Adjustment to hear a variance filed by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union. Commissioner Bryan Smith is employed by Dakotaland and his voting on the variance would be a conflict of interest. After weeks of discussion, former Huron mayor Mary Pearson, former Commissioner Jan Manolis and Ken Shoultz replaced Smith, Commissioner Doug Kludt and Mayor Paul Aylward. City Planner Ralph Borkowski told the A-Boa the project to replace a home with a two story administrative office space had approvals up to this point…

Dakotaland President Dan Cumbee says parking will be self contained within the existing Dakotaland complex…

Cumbee says the start date for the project is still an unknown pending the sale of the actual proposed property. That raised a question from Board Member Ken Schultz….

The Alternate Board of Adjustment unanimously approved the variance before turning the meeting back over to the full City Commission, who approved all remaining items on the agenda.

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City CommissionThe Huron City Commission is holding it’s regular weekly meeting tonight at the Huron Municipal Building. The Commission will meet as the Board of Adjustment for a variance request filed by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union to allow a professional office in an area where it’s not permitted by code. When the City Commission reconvenes, Commissioners will consider awarding a bid for two new pick up trucks for the Water and Sewer Departments and a resolution regarding a tax increment financing guideline amendment. Two ordinance readings are on the agenda. The first reading will be held for an ordinance on personnel regulations regarding the posting of work schedules. The second reading will take place for an ordinance change regarding sidewalk businesses. The Commission will wrap up it’s agenda by making announcements regarding the Fourth of July Holiday. The Commission will not meet on the Fourth of July and City offices will be closed that day too. Changes for the Solid Waste Collection scheduled and rubble site will be make. There are no scheduled work or executive sessions for the Commission, who meet tonight at 5:30 PM. The meeting is open to the public.

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States AttorneyThe Beadle County States Attorney’s Office is looking to help those charged with a crime but not convicted clear their names of wrong doing. States Attorney Mike Moore is planning a Clean Slate Day for later this year…

Moore says the state’s expungement laws are expanding this week…

Moore says his office is going to work to make the process easy for everyone…

The expungement still must be approved by a judge, even after all the paperwork has been properly filed. Moore is aiming to have the day in August of this year.

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Rounds 2016 HYPThe US Senate is working through a long list of spending bills, with a goal of getting them all passed before the August recess.  South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds…

Rounds says they only actively manage about a quarter of the federal budget…

About three trillion dollars of annual spending falls under entitlement, or automatic programs.  The Senate did pass a six hundred-billion-dollar defense authorization bill this week. Rounds says even that is not enough…

Rounds says defense spending is going down at a time when the world is becoming more dangerous.

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States AttorneyThe Mike Moore Show on Dakota Country 1210 KOKK airs on the final Saturday of each month at 11 am and is sponsored in part by The Montgomery Agency of Huron.  This month Mike and News Director Zach Nelson discuss the Houck homicide investigation and case against high speed defendant Johnthon Mason. We also talk about a program coming up to help get your criminal record cleared, 2015 state crime stats and the latest on Beadle County Zoning revisions.

 

As always if you have questions, comments or show ideas, please contact The Mike Moore show at news@kokk.com, private messages to the Performance Radio News page on Facebook or Beadle County States Attorney on Facebook and Twitter at the following handles; @prnewshuron, @zachnelsonradio or @BeadleSA or through the Beadle County States Attorney website at www.bcsa.us

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