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Crews battle fire at Mitchell grain elevator area

Residents of Mitchell are being advised to avoid being downwind of a fire at a grain elevator complex.

The Daily Republic reports that the blaze broke out just before 3 a.m. Wednesday in a large building owned by CHS Farmers Alliance. The building is just to the south of the main elevator area and contains farm chemicals.

Crews from the Mitchell, Ethan and Mount Vernon fire departments responded to the scene. KELO-TV reports that firefighters are battling the blaze from outside to prevent exposure to the chemicals inside.

People are being told to avoid being downwind of the fire until the smoke clears.

No injuries have been reported.


Supporters of oil pipeline scramble for last vote

Supporters of a Senate bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline are still scrambling to find one last vote with the clock ticking.

With 59 Senators publicly voicing support, the hunt's on for the 60th vote to advance the measure before a critical vote Tuesday. Maine independent Sen. Angus King left the possibility open, but he's telling reporters he's a "probable no."

The issue has taken center stage in the waning days of this Congress in hopes it will boost the prospects of Louisiana's Senate candidates.

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu pushed for the Senate vote. Her rival, GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy, sponsored the bill the House passed late last week.

All 45 Senate Republicans support it, along with 14 Democrats.

The White House has issued veto threats of similar bills.


Volunteers to decorate SD Capitol Christmas display

More than 90 Christmas trees are expected to be decorated at the South Dakota Capitol as part of the annual holiday display.

Volunteers will decorate the trees over the weekend in preparation for a lighting ceremony next Tuesday evening. The theme of this year's decorations is "125 Years of Christmas in South Dakota."

This year's specially featured tree is a 37-foot blue spruce donated by Brandon residents Gus and Joan Rysavy.

The tree can be viewed from Nov. 25 through Dec. 27 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.



SD officials warn about illegally dumping snow

South Dakota transportation officials are warning public and commercial snow removal operators about illegally dumping snow on the roadways.

It is illegal to dump excess snow on a highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches.

Department of Transportation area engineer Doug Sherman says there have already been several violators from the weekend snowstorm. He says it hampers the ability of plow operators to clear the road and presents a safety hazard.

Violators face a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. They will also be billed for the costs of removing the snow.


House Fire in Thedford Claims Life

Thedford - Sunday a.m. a house fire east of Thedford claimed the life of 95 year old , Arlyne 'Beanie' Werner.  A trucker driving by at approx. 6:30, called the fire in.  The first responders got her out, but Werner had succumbed to smoke inhalation.

The fire appeared to have started on the east edge of the home, Werner's bedroom was on the west.  They found her still in her bed.

The community is shocked as well as the Thedford United Church of Christ as this is the 3rd loss of members from the congregation in 3 weeks.  100 year old Alfred Goehring, 84 year old Lenore Holt celebration of life services were back to back on November 7th and 8th. "We just had played cards with her on Friday," a fellow card loving friend stated.  Services are pending.


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