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GULF SHORES, Ala. — At the end of what has been a hectic week, Kamberlyn Lamer did what she's best at: winning national championships. Lamer claimed the national championship in the women's heptathlon at the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Gulf Shores, scoring 5,065 points. That came a week after she was initially told she wouldn't be allowed into the event because Dakota Wesleyan University's coach had missed the registration deadline for the event.
TRENTON, N.D. - A 31-year-old Trenton man is dead after the pickup he was driving Thursday night about three miles south of the city drifted off the road and overturned, ejecting him from the vehicle. Tyler Wuertz was westbound in a Ford F150 about 10:48 p.m. at an "unknown high rate of speed," the North Dakota Highway Patrol said in its report. The vehicle struck an approach, overturned and came to rest on its wheels. Wuertz was not wearing a seat belt, the Patrol said. Trenton is about 14 miles southwest of Williston.
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BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum requested a presidential major disaster declaration to free up federal money to address spring flooding in almost 20 counties, his office said Friday, May 24. The request to President Donald Trump seeks a declaration for March 21 to April 29 for the counties of Adams, Barnes, Cass, Dickey, Emmons, Grand Forks, Grant, Hettinger, LaMoure, Logan, McKenzie, Morton, Pembina, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Traill and Walsh.
KENNEBEC, S.D. — A Kennebec man involved in a one-vehicle crash on April 4 has been charged with vehicular homicide, manslaughter and a DUI. Jordan Miller, 27, was charged Monday, May 20, in connection with the crash that killed 27-year-old Matthew Denke, also of Kennebec. If convicted on all charges, Miller faces up to 26 years in prison.
MITCHELL, S.D. — A Mitchell man charged more than a year ago with raping an unconscious woman was sentenced Tuesday, May 21, to 11 days in jail for a reduced charge. Nicholas Cronk, 23, of Mitchell, will receive credit toward a 20-day sentence for the nine days he served following his Jan. 31, 2018, arrest, a Davison County court determined. Cronk pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual contact without consent with a person capable of consent, a Class 1 misdemeanor for which he could have been sentenced to up to one year.
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.