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MITCHELL, S.D.—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.
MITCHELL, S.D.—A motorcycle that went off a road near Black Hawk and into a ditch Wednesday evening, Aug. 8, marked the fourth and most recent fatal crash at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It also marked the state's 77th road fatality in 2018. Last year at this time, 61 fatalities had been reported in the state, making this year's running total just over 26 percent higher. Those 77 fatalities resulted from 62 crashes, compared to 50 crashes last year.
DIMOCK, S.D.—After making and selling its products in the same location for 87 years, Dimock Cheese is breaking ground on a new facility Thursday, July 26. "It's the first and oldest handmade, artisan cheese-making company in South Dakota, and we're excited to have the opportunity to take and expand that brand," said Denny Everson, one of the company's co-owners, who added that this expansion is "way bigger" than anything Dimock Cheese has done before.
MITCHELL, S.D.—Two people were arrested early Wednesday morning, July 11, after shots were fired from one car at another during a chase, authorities said.
REDFIELD, S.D. — A hostage negotiation at Redfield Community Memorial Hospital resulted in an armed man being arrested Monday afternoon, June 25. No one was harmed in the more than five hours that Matthew Mathern was barricaded in the hospital and negotiating with law enforcement, and he eventually surrendered peacefully.
KIMBALL, S.D. — A pregnant south-central South Dakota woman was airlifted to a burn unit in Minneapolis on Monday afternoon after a grease fire left third-degree burns on her stomach and legs. Pam Bice, 20, of Kimball, was outside at her twin sister's house before the fire started, she said by phone Tuesday afternoon. Her sister, Madison Bice, found the fire in the kitchen when she brought her dog inside.
RELIANCE — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt visited a central South Dakota farm on Wednesday, and state farmers were not afraid to let him know what they thought about his time in office so far. In short, they're not thrilled about it, and they're demanding that something change. "As I came to South Dakota, there were a few billboards greeting me, and they didn't say 'I hope you're having fun,'" Pruitt said. Instead, the administrator said he saw messages imploring him to support ethanol over big oil refineries.