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A MINOR MISHAP happened along Highway 75 on Wednesday, April 16 across from S&D One Stop.  According to Ortonville Police Chief Jason Mork, a driver of a semi-trailor was adjusting the axles when something happened to the wheels of the trailer. The Ortonville Police Department, Big Stone County Sheriff’s Department and Big Stone City, SD Police were on the scene to direct traffic so they could do a temporary fix so the driver could get to The Shop in Big Stone City to repair the connections from the trailer to the semi. The area received nearly four inches of snow that day as travel in the area was difficult due to the icy roads and limited visibility.

Three individuals arrested on drug, burglary charges

Three individuals were arrested in an investigation conducted by the Big Stone County Sheriff’s Department on Monday, April 14 resulting from two search warrants at a home on Ortonville’s main street at 500 2nd St. SE.

According to Chief Deputy Sheriff David Hills, the investigation began when the sheriff’s office received a report of a burglary in progress at a garage in Beardsley at approximately 1 a.m. that morning. A deputy responded to this complaint, where they received a description of the suspects and the the suspects vehicle allegedly involved in the burglary. This information was then forwarded to the Ortonville Police Department.

The responding deputy met with the victim of the alleged burglary at this residence in Beardsley where the victim reported that several items were stolen from his garage. Witnesses reportedly made contact with the suspects during the alleged burglary attempt before they fled the area in a vehicle. The Ortonville Police Department located the suspects and vehicle at 500 2nd St. where they were detained and a search warrant was obtained to search the residence and vehicles for the property that was allegedly stolen.

At approximately 7:30 a.m., the first search warrant was executed. While looking for the stolen property, officers found what they believed to be illegal drugs. Based upon this new information, deputies applied for a second search warrant to search for illegal drugs.

The second search warrant was executed at approximately 11:50 a.m. Deputies were alleging that additional illegal drugs were located inside the residence and a vehicle. Marijuana, methamphetamine and other various drug paraphernalia was seized during the second search. The property that was alleged to have been stolen was not located.

Arrested and jailed were Michael Rodengen, 25, Chantel Rodengen, 24, and Michael Riley, 37, all of Ortonville. All three are believed to reside at 500 2nd St. SE in Ortonville.

All three made their first court appearance on Wednesday, April 16 in Big Stone County Court. Michael Rodengen was charged with several various counts including Felony Aiding and Abetting Burglary and Fifth Degree Controlled Substance Crimes. Chantel Rodengen was also charged with similar crimes. Riley was charged with one Felony count of Fifth Degree Controlled Substance Crime.

All three had bond set at $10,000 unconditional and $2,500 with conditions. All three remain in jail.

Board updated on roof, inside remodeling at Courthouse

Big Stone County Commissioner Roger Sandberg updated the board on the work being done at the courthouse at their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 15.

Sandberg stated that the shingling, capping of the chimney and removal of the flag pole on the roof has been completed and the scaffolding should be coming down sometime this week. The painting in the Rotunda area inside the courthouse is also nearly complete. They are looking at sometime this week for completion of that project.

The board approved a motion to accept the architectural proposal from Hasslen Construction for the work to be done on the first floor in Sheriff’s Department and the Assessor’s office.

Discussion was held on the fixing of the sidewalk at Main Street Industries in Clinton. The sidewalk/parking lot or drop off area is in need of repair near the busing area. The board approved a repair proposal to get the sidewalk fixed for under $1,000 with Commissioner Brent Olson abstaining.

Bruce Wellendorf representing the Big Stone County Fairboard was present to inform the board that they received a bill from Nelson Electric of Ortonville for work done at the fairgrounds. The electrical system was almost completely redone which was much needed. On a motion by Wade Athey, the board approved paying the $7,846.94 bill for the work done.

Human Resource Director Dawn Gregoire asked the board to approve the hiring of two seasonal workers for construction and other jobs with the  County Highway Department. The motion passed unanimously.

In other business, the board approved the Consumption and Display Permit and Beer License for the Graceville Golf Course.

The board approved the 2013 Financial Statements for publication.

The next meeting of the Big Stone County Board will be on Tuesday, May 6 at 8:30 a.m. in the board room of the courthouse.

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