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LAKE ANDES — The cause of a woman's death who was found in Lake Andes has been determined to be hypothermia, authorities announced Tuesday. On Feb. 3, the Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office found the body of 22-year-old Tessa Joseph, of Lake Andes, near the Lake Andes Co-op. The results of her autopsy were released Tuesday, identifying hypothermia due to environmental exposure as the cause of death. Contributing factors to her death were acute ethanol intoxication and methamphetamine use, according to the Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office.
The Mitchell area received approximately 1 inch of snow with an early week winter weather system, and more can be expected later in the week. According to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, an official snowfall total for Mitchell was not available, but it was likely similar to what Alexandria received — approximately 1 inch — with the storm that hovered over the area Monday night into Tuesday morning.
Good morning and welcome to The Daily Republic's need-to-know page. Here are the stories we think you should know headed into Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018: 1. Fifth-graders at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary are working to spruce up a Main Street park.
Mitchell School District is opening two hours late. Superintendent Joe Graves early Tuesday morning said Mitchell schools and John Paul II Elementary will open late due to a winter storm that hit South Dakota. A swath of snow moved across the Mitchell region overnight. The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls on Monday evening predicted Mitchell to get 4 to 6 inches of snow by Tuesday afternoon.
A Mitchell man was arrested for the second time for failing to renew his sex offender registration. According to court documents, Dymen Garcia was arrested Feb. 14 for failing to register in January, his assigned month to register. Garcia told officers he believed he did not have to register again until May, and the last time he registered was November. This is Garcia's second arrest for failure to register as a sex offender, court documents state.
CHEERS to the Dakota Wesleyan University men's and women's basketball teams, which enter postseason play this week. The DWU men won four of their last five games and the women's team was riding a nine-game win streak prior to Saturday's road loss against No. 2-ranked Concordia. If last week's regular-season finale at the Corn Palace is any indication, we expect a massive crowd during this week's conference tournament doubleheader at the Corn Palace. We want to see waves of blue and white cheering on the Tigers.
SIOUX FALLS — Pheasant Country, the Mitchell chapter of Pheasants Forever, was recognized for having the largest banquet of the year during the 2018 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic over the weekend. Pheasant Country President Dave Allen, along with other chapter members, were honored Friday night.
Here comes the snow. A winter storm sliding over South Dakota will bring a total of about 5 to 7 inches of snow between Monday night into Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Officials with the National Weather Service said there will be two snow events, the first overnight Sunday into Monday morning that will drop 1 to 2 inches. The second will begin at about 5 to 6 p.m. Monday and last into midday Tuesday. The latest forecast shows the second round of snow will bring 4 to 6 inches of snow to the Mitchell area.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Avon LONGTIME AVON TEACHER RESIGNS: Avon sixth-grade teacher Shelly Poppe submitted her resignation during the Avon School District's February meeting. Poppe has taught with the school district for 28 years. The school board will begin searching for her successor, who will take over at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. — Avon Clarion Chamberlain
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between Jan. 15 and Jan. 29.