Traffic Signal Project to Begin in Mitchell

The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work for the installation of traffic lights and signals will begin on Monday, April 26, 2021. The project is located at the junction of S.D. Highway 37 and Minnesota Avenue in the city of Mitchell. Minnesota Avenue will be closed to thru traffic for approximately 18 days on …

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Authorities say Sunday night house fire labeled as suspicious in origin

Authorities are treating a Sunday evening fire at an abandoned house as suspicious in nature. Mitchell Fire Marshal Shannon Sandoval says firefighters arrived within in minutes of the 911 call at 212 West Fourth Avenue. “They did find the fire on a back patio stairway and inside a back entry door,” said Sandoval. “We actually …

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KORN News Radio garners three regional broadcast journalism awards

KORN News Radio was recently honored with three Eric Sevareid Awards of Merit from the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association. The awards were in the Small Market Radio division for Newscast, Series and Social Media. In the Social Media category, KORN News Radio’s entry “School Board Scuffle Over Mask Mandate” was recognized for its coverage of …

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Former MADC executive director takes similar job in Watertown

It didn’t take long for the Watertown Development Company to name a new executive director. Less than two weeks after Chris Schilken left the job, its been announced that Mark Vaux will replace him. Vaux has ties to Watertown. His parents were born and raised there, and his grandfather was the former Watertown police chief. …

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Avera Queen Of Peace Plans April 23 Walk-In Vaccination Clinic

Avera Queen of Peace Hospital will host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 23, in the Avera Patient Financial Services building located at 1308 West 15th Avenue (on the Highway 37 bypass next to Floor to Ceiling). Scheduled appointments are preferred for planning purposes, but will not be …

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A Perfect Ending to a Perfect Season for Mitchell Friend de Coup

Friend De Coup earned Grand Champion, Best Vocals and Best Choreography awards during the 2021 Show Choir Live Virtual Competition on April 10. Twenty-eight choirs from Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin competed for the championship during three separate weeks of virtual competitions in February and March with the …

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Mandatory 10-digit dialing set to begin in South Dakota

–Beginning on April 24, South Dakotans are encouraged to start using 10-digit dialing (605 area code + phone number) to make all local phone calls. This transition is a necessary first step in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) move to establish 988 as a new three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and …

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Mitchell United Way 2022 funding application deadline for new agencies is May 3rd

David Stevens, Executive Director of the Mitchell United Way, would like to remind any 501(c) (3)   Tax Exempt Organizations that are not currently a United Way approved agency need to have their applications completed and returned to the United Way office located at 417 N Main, Suite #103 no later than May 3, 2021. If …

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Avera Launches Online Appointment Option for COVID Vaccines

Vaccinations in South Dakota have opened to group 1E and Avera has launched online appointments for the public. Group 1E includes fire service personnel and other critical infrastructure workers: Water and wastewater Energy Finance Food service Food and agriculture Legal Manufacturing Shelter and housing Transportation and logistics Information technology Communications South Dakota residents seeking vaccination …

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Mitchell Regional Habitat for Humanity partners with students and State Farm in a unique fund-raiser

Mitchell Regional Habitat for Humanity is one of 14 groups selected to receive a matching grant from State Farm®.  Mitchell Habitat has been awarded $5,000 and must raise a matching amount through a partnership with a local youth organization.  Several student groups from MCTEA leapt at the opportunity to support Mitchell Habitat’s efforts to increase …

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Mitchell Pizza Hut one of 11 South Dakota locations purchased by a California based group

Mitchell’s Pizza Hut is one of 11 South Dakota franchises recently sold to a California-based group. It’s one of more than 900 franchises across the country purchased by San Francisco, CA, based Flynn Restaurant Group LP. A news release from Flynn Wednesday says they’re the largest franchise operator in America owning brands such as Applebee’s®, …

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DWU McGovern Library hosting a special World War Two exhibit and lecture

At Home & Abroad: South Dakota in World War II, a traveling exhibit from the South Dakota State Historical Society, is currently on display at the McGovern Library on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University. The exhibit is free and open to the public.  All visitors are asked to follow CDC COVID-19 protocols including masks …

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Mitchell School Board member Lacey Musick decides against seeking re-election

Mitchell School Board member Lacey Musick is no longer seeking re-election. Musick said in an email that she and her husband Kyle decided to relocate their family to Colorado this summer. Musick went on to say she and her husband began discussing the option at the end of February and decided this week, following discussion …

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Bomb threat prompts evacuation of the Davison County Public Safety building

No one was hurt after a bomb threat was telephoned to the Davison County Jail Tuesday morning. Chief Deputy Steve Harr says the call came in at 8:49.  The caller stated a bomb was planted in the second-floor courtroom in the public safety building. “We immediately evacuated the entire building,” said Harr. “Followed by about …

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Dakota Wesleyan University ranked by U.S. News and World report, Intelligent.com

Dakota Wesleyan University has been ranked among America’s Best Regional Colleges-Midwest, Best Undergraduate Teaching-Regional Colleges Midwest, Best Value Schools-Regional Colleges Midwest, and Top Performers on Social Mobility according to the U.S. News & World Report 2021 Best Colleges Rankings. This is the eighth time that DWU is ranked as one of the U.S. News & …

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Central Electric Crews working to restore power

Central Electric line crews have been working since midnight last night to restore power after snow and ice build-up on trees and power lines caused a wave of power outages throughout the area. Approximately 650 members were out of power at one point today, and as of 4:40 p.m. the number of outages had dropped …

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Avera Queen of Peace among the top 100 rural and community hospitals in the nation

Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell has been named among the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the United States. It joins four other Avera hospitals on the list. The Chartis Center for Rural Health evaluates hospital nationwide. The four other Avera facilities named to the Top 100 list include: Avera Sacred Heart …

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South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating an apparent hit and run incident west of Mitchell

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating what appears to be a hit and run incident west of Mitchell. South Dakota Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan says Davison County Sheriff’s Office personnel found a 25 year old man laying in the ditch on West Highway 16 around 8 am. The man was walking …

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NorthWestern Energy asks South Dakota customers concerned about their winter bills to contact the energy company

The extreme weather that gripped the Midwest the week of Feb.15 resulted in temperatures that were far below normal. Record energy demand throughout the Midwest during this time caused natural gas prices to spike. NorthWestern Energy and other South Dakota energy companies worked with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission to address the impact on …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Now Offered to All in Priority Group D

The South Dakota Department of Health today announced that the remainder of those in priority group D – teachers, childcare workers, college staff, college students, and funeral workers – are now eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine through Phase I vaccinators.   “Given South Dakota’s strong position on vaccination efforts and the increased points of …

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