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PIERRE – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced recently that he will appoint Kent A. Shelton of Huron as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court.

“I thank Kent Shelton for taking on this important role as circuit judge,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Kent is a respected member of the bar and a well-known member of the Huron community. He will do an excellent job.”

Shelton has been in the private practice of law in Huron since 1990, and is a partner in the Churchill, Manolis, Freeman, Kludt, Shelton and Burns law firm. Shelton has a general practice that includes criminal defense, family law, real estate and property, estate planning and corporate law.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve my community and state as their circuit court judge,” said Shelton. “I have always respected the judges and their decisions and will maintain the honor that goes with the position.”

Shelton is a lifelong native of Huron. He graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in 1986 and a law degree in 1989. Shelton has served as chairman of the Huron College Endowment Fund and on the boards of directors of the Huron Chamber of Commerce, the Beadle County Humane Society and the Cornerstones Career Learning Center.

Shelton and his wife, Laurie, have three daughters and three grandchildren. He will succeed Judge Jon Erickson, who is retiring in June. The Third Circuit includes Beadle, Brookings, Clark, Codington, Deuel, Kingsbury, Grant, Hamlin, Hand, Jerauld, Lake, Miner, Moody and Sanborn counties.


PIERRE—The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced recently that the Mid-Dakota Rural Water public water system and the system’s operation specialists have been awarded a Secretary’s Award for Drinking Water Excellence. 

“Safe drinking water delivered to our homes for the price of your water bill is truly a modern day miracle,” said DENR Secretary Steve Pirner. “DENR thanks the best drinking water systems and operation specialists in South Dakota with these awards and urges you to thank them too. The Mid-Dakota Rural Water has successfully met all of the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act for seventeen consecutive years.”

To qualify for the Secretary’s Award for Drinking Water Excellence, public water systems and their system operations specialists had to meet all of the following requirements for the consecutive years or more: compliance monitoring and reporting, drinking water standards, and certification requirements.

Vandals destroyed the key pad lock on a storage shed at Rossy Park in Letcher on earlier this month.

On Saturday, April 7, an act of vandalism in the park in Letcher was reported to the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office. It was determined that the damage had occurred sometime in the 10 days prior to the date of reporting.

The damage included broken locks and lights on the storage shed and bathrooms at Rossy Park. There was also damage to fence posts and a fire pit in the park.  It appears that there are remnants of burned logs that were used for a bonfire in the middle of the road.

According to Sanborn County Deputy Sheriff Jason Coenen, this is an ongoing investigation, and if anyone has information about this criminal act, they should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 796-4511.