The Town and Country Fire District was called out to controlled burns that got out of control on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, they were at a location six miles north and two miles west of Woonsocket on what is known as Nelson ground. On Sunday, they were called to an area just north of Bud’s Body Shop on the east edge of Woonsocket along Highway 34. 

According to Fire Chief Travis Coulthard, both fires were controlled burns in junk pits that jumped out of the boundaries of the pit. Neither fire caused any damage or injuries, and the fire department from Woonsocket was the only department called to both fires.

Woonsocket – On Oct. 31, a search was conducted of the last known location of Eugene Prins.  The search was conducted using human remains detection canines and searchers walking. Unfortunately, no new evidence was found.

In March and April 2020, large scale searches were conducted using airplanes, drones, a helicopter, and persons walking, using side by sides and horses.  Those searches were hampered by the flooded areas from the year prior.  

Due to the dry summer, a large slough along with other wet areas dried up.  The slough and the other areas along with numerous private properties were searched.  

The Oct. 31 search was conducted by the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from Brookings County Search and Rescue, Yankton County Search and Rescue, Davison County Search and Rescue and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.

If anyone has any credible information into the disappearance of Eugene Prins, please contact the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office at (605) 796-4511.

Everyone has been anticipating the change of the four-lane highway through Woonsocket to a three-lane highway. Some have positive thoughts and some not-so-positive, but regardless, the time has come for the change to be here. Drivers are asked to ignore the tabs that were placed on the highway after the new surfacing was done and to now follow the freshly painted three lanes on the road. Parents are asked to make sure any young drivers in their homes understand how and when to use the new turning lane. Adjusting to change has become a norm for 2020, and this is just another thing to add to that list.
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