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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota authorities on Wednesday, May 22, issued an arrest warrant for a 44-year-old Sioux Falls man after he was shot by authorities Tuesday, May 21, at the Minnehaha County Jail. George Lee Rinzy Jr. is charged with eight counts, including aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and simple assault on a law enforcement officer. Authorities said Rinzy was hitting a glass door, which shattered and injured an officer. He reportedly threw an object, suspected to be a liquor bottle, at another officer.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Some Mitchell and South Dakota staples will adorn the murals of the Corn Palace in 2020. The theme of the 2020 Palace murals — "South Dakota Homegrown" — was announced late Tuesday, May 21. The murals are being designed in conjunction with Dakota Wesleyan University's digital media classes for a second straight year. The murals include two pieces of Mitchell history: the Corn Palace itself, and a campaign button that reads "McGovern for President in '72," an homage to the presidential bid of Mitchell native George McGovern in 1972.
SEATTLE — The Seattle Storm announced on Wednesday that the team has waived four players, including Mitchell, S.D., native Macy Miller. Miller, the Storm's 2019 third-round selection in the WNBA Draft, appeared in both preseason games. The two-time Summit League Player of the Year led the scoring efforts off the Storm's bench in its preseason game vs. the Los Angeles Sparks with eight points in 14 minutes.
MITCHELL, S.D. — No foul play is suspected after authorities investigated the deaths of two people found at the Thunderbird Lodge this week. The Mitchell Police Division on Tuesday morning, May 21, said a man and a woman were found deceased inside of the motel on Monday morning, and the individuals took actions to avoid being identified. Authorities said the individuals traveled to Mitchell from another state in a U-Haul van. They arrived at the motel at about 10:40 p.m. Saturday.
BISMARCK — Ryan Taylor, a fourth-generation rancher, published author, former policy maker and advocate for rural people and rural places, has joined Ducks Unlimited as public policy director for the prairie states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. He brings to the conservation nonprofit his vast experience in policy and as a working rancher on the family’s homestead near Towner, N.D.
DRAYTON, N.D. - A Drayton woman is dead after being hit by a car early Wednesday, May 22, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Hunter Hatoloy, 21, was driving a 1998 BMW 740 east on 79th Street Northeast about a mile south of Drayton in rural Pembina County around 1 a.m., a news release said. He saw 40-year-old Matthew Hilton standing on the right side of the gravel road near a home and steered left to avoid hitting him, according to the release. As Hatloy was steering left, he struck 44-year-old Kammi Leland, who was standing in the road, the Patrol said.
BISMARCK - Student results from the North Dakota State Assessment for English and math are now available for parents to request from their childrens’ schools, the state superintendent said. Kirsten Baesler said they offer helpful information about the progress of each student’s learning. The results are called Individual Student Reports. The North Dakota State Assessment itself was given this spring to students in grades three through eight, and to students in the 10th grade.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Dakota Wesleyan University senior Kamberlyn Lamer got the news she was looking for Tuesday. The NAIA said Tuesday, May 21, that Lamer will be allowed to compete in the heptathlon event at this week’s NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., after an appeal was filed to the NAIA's National Coordinating Committee. “Allowing Ms. Lamer to compete is consistent with NAIA principles that place the student-athlete as the association’s top priority,” said Jim Carr, NAIA president and CEO in a statement.
HILLSBORO, N.D. — Hillsboro will use a $2 million grant from the FAA to build a parallel taxiway to a recently reconstructed airport runway. Construction on the runway likely will begin next summer, said Larry Mueller, Hillsboro Airport Authority president. The parallel runway is needed for safety reasons because traffic has increased at the airport, Mueller said. Between use by the University of North Dakota, aerial applicators, companies and individuals, there’s a fair amount of activity at the airport, he said.
PIERRE — A legendary South Dakota fishing record has been taken off the books, 70 years later. The state’s record for channel catfish has been held since 1949 by Roy Groves, who caught a 55-pound catfish in the James River on May 18, 1949. Saturday is the 70th anniversary of that catch.