Stanley County, SD

Judge Mayer revokes probation for Puppel

In a combined Stanley and Hughes County court proceeding last week (May 9-13, 2022), Judge Mayer revoked the felony probation of Daniel Christopher Puppel. In 2021, Puppel was involved in felony thefts in both Counties, he was granted probation with suspended prisons sentences; then failed and refused to pay restitution and successfully complete probation.
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State board denies parole request from inmate imprisoned for killing a man when he was 14 years old

The South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles denied Paul Dean Jensen’s request for parole. Stanley County State’s Attorney Tom Maher says in January 1996, Jensen (then 14 years old), kidnapped, robbed and murdered Michael Hare, by one gunshot to the victim’s body and two to the victim’s head. He says after reading reports and submissions and hearing comments from the prisoner, supporters and opponents, the 9 member SD Parole Board last week (May 12, 2022) denied Jensen’s request to be released on parole. It was a 5:4 vote against releasing Jensen on parole; after 8 months, Jensen may again ask to be released on parole.
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Stanley County Man Wins Lottery Using Intuition

Have you ever thought twice before buying lottery tickets? Nawaz Haque of Albemarle said he had a strong feeling when buying a Millionaire Maker ticket. He learned that his $30 scratch-off ticket won him a $100,000 prize. Haque said he rarely buys scratch-offs, but after he spoke to the clerk he knew he had to buy the ticket. When asked, he said “Three is my lucky number so I bought it.” Haque won at the Andy’s Mart store on West Church Street in Richfield. We found out his good news when Haque arrived at lottery headquarters Friday to collect his $100,000 prize. After sate and federal tax withholdings, he took home $71,019.
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Agriculture Online

Evening Edition | Thursday, May 5, 2022

In this evening edition, read about the spread of avian influenza, Ukraine grain stock, and lessons from the farm. Myron Friesen of Farm Financial Strategies provides insight into a reader’s question: “Will giving assets to my daughter’s husband cause a problem?”. Follow Friesen’s steps to figure out...

Storm siren testing at 10:15am today in Stanley and Hughes counties

The storm warning sirens in Hughes and Stanley counties will be tested today (April 26, 2022). Emergency management director Rob Fines says the testing starts at 10:15am CT. Fines says there are 23 sirens in Hughes and Stanley counties that need to be tested, so the process may take a while to complete.

Transformer sparks start small grass fire on Mud Road

Circumstances lined up just right so a mid-afternoon grass fire yesterday (April 21, 2022) in Stanley County was quickly extinguished. Fort Pierre Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Tye Odden says sparks from a transformer along Mud Road are the cause of the fire. The National Weather Service says Hughes and...

Milliken named Stanley County School District 2022 Teacher of the Year

Miss Jennifer Milliken was chosen the 2022 Stanley County School District Teacher of the Year. She was presented with the award by Superintendent Dan Baldwin. Milliken works and finds ways to include all students of varying abilities. She meets with students independently to assess their levels; help create and meet their goals. Milliken is a great leader for her school team and is a member of many other teams within and outside the district. She has an enormous breadth of knowledge and continues to learn through attending and reading various professional development journals. Milliken works hard and puts in the extra time to be a great teacher and coach for our students. She is always willing to stand up for what is best for the students. Milliken has dedicated her time to Stanley County for over 20 years, including a few years at the Hayes Country School. She also assisted the Hayes Community by directing their play for several years.

Grassland fire danger “Very High” again today in parts of central South Dakota; Burn ban still in effect in Hughes and Stanley counties

The National Weather Service has put much of the southern two-thirds of South Dakota in the Very High or Extreme Fire Danger category for today (April 14, 2022). When Hughes or Stanley counties are in the “Very High” or “Extreme” fire danger categories, an open burn ban automatically goes into effect. The open burn ban is automatically suspended when the Grassland Fire Danger Index for both counties decreases to the high, moderate or low categories or the red flag warning has been canceled.