Mitchell School District weekly COVID-19 update

Here’s the weekly Mitchell School District update from Superintendent Joe Graves: The main point of this update going forward will be to report to you any COVID-19 cases that are relevant to our schools.  Three different categories of affected students/employees will be reported: Active Case Count (Those with active cases of COVID-19.) Total Confirmed Case …

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DWU announces Clarke Award recipents

Paula Mazzer has been awarded the prestigious Clarke Award for Teaching Excellence. The Clarke Award, first instituted in the 1996-97 year, was endowed by John and the late Vicki Clarke as an award to be given annually to a Dakota Wesleyan University faculty member for excellence in teaching, serving the needs of students and service …

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Mitchell homecoming activities curtailed

The Mitchell School District’s 2020 Homecoming activities are being curtailed. Superintendent Joe Graves notified students, parents, staff and others in the following letter: When we began this school year, we did so with three priorities: Protect our students and staff to the maximum extent possible from COVID-19. Hold school with students and staff physically in …

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Governor Kristi Noem Announces $1.663 Million Loan for Mitchell Wastewater System Improvements

Gov. Kristi Noem announced the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $1,663,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan for the City of Mitchell to make wastewater lift station improvements. The loan will be administered through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Terms are 1.375 percent for 30 years. “I am pleased …

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Dakota Wesleyan University announces its 2020 Homecoming Royalty

MITCHELL, S.D. — Dakota Wesleyan University crowned its homecoming royalty Monday night during Coronation. Logan Amundson, of Watertown, and Wyatt Voelker of Newcastle, Wyo., were named the DWU homecoming queen and king for 2020. Logan Amundson, Watertown, is majoring in psychology and minoring in family studies with a concentration in counseling. She is captain of …

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Mitchell School District reports three active COVID-19 cases as of Friday in weekly update

COVID-19 Report by Building: Data as of                                                                                                                 Total Confirmed               Recovered Active Cases       Case Count                         Case Count Longfellow Elementary School:                                  0                              0                                              0 Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School:                  1                              1                                              0 L.B. Williams Elementary School:                               0                              1                                              1 Mitchell Middle School:                                                 0                              0                                              0 Mitchell High School:                                                      2                              3                                              1   Beyond the active cases, …

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Dakota Wesleyan University continues to flourish despite uncertain times

During a year where many would say that odds are stacked against higher education, specifically small colleges and universities, Dakota Wesleyan University continues to show signs of positive momentum heading into the 2020-21 academic year. DWU’s enrollment numbers for 2020-21 display upward trends in all major categories. Total headcount stands at 948 – up from …

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State Railroad Board Accepts Proposal to Purchase the Mitchell to Rapid City Railroad Line

The South Dakota State Railroad Board (Board) accepted a proposal today for possible acquisition of the state-owned Mitchell to Rapid City Railroad (MRC) Line. The proposal was presented by Watco Companies who have ownership in 43 other shortline railroads in North America and Australia. “The proposal from Watco is very encouraging and shows that the …

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Two Mitchell businesses honored for employing people with disabilities

The 2020 Governor’s Awards were presented Tuesday to seven individuals and businesses across the state to recognize their contributions toward the rehabilitation and employment of people with disabilities. Governor Kristi Noem presented the award for Outstanding Private Employer in the large employer category to Boyd’s Gunstocks of Mitchell. “Over the past 10 years, Boyds has …

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Mitchell man removed from school board meeting for refusing to wear a facemask

Police escorted a Mitchell man from Monday’s school board meeting for refusing to wear a face mask required by the district. Reed Bender refused board president Deb Olson’s request several times. Superintendent Joe Graves called Mitchell Police. Bender refused the officers request and became combative when they attempted to remove him. “You’re going to have …

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Mitchell School District Weekly Update-September 11th

September 11, 2020 Dear Mitchell School District Parent, The main point of this update going forward will be to report to you any COVID-19 cases that are relevant to our schools.  Three different categories of affected students/employees will be reported: Active Case Count (Those with an active case of COVID-19.) Total Confirmed Case Count (Both …

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A green and yellow convoy arrives at Mitchell Technical College

A convoy of green and yellow farm implements rolled into Mitchell Technical College Thursday as part of a donation by C&B Operations of Mitchell. It included eight tractors, a loader, a baler, compact excavator, a skid steer, nutrient applicator, pay loader, combine, sprayer and a Gator. MTC president Mark Wilson says the donation benefits the …

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Mitchell Technical College Selected for FAA Training Program

Mitchell Technical College has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected its Geospatial Technologies program for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Collegiate Training Initiative program or the UAS-CTI. According to MTC program director Devon Russell, “The FAA’s Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program will allow Mitchell Technical College to collaborate with the FAA and other institutions …

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Boyds Gunstocks and Mitchell School District Food Service receive outstanding employer awards

The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Statewide Independent Living Council accepted nominations to recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to improving employment opportunities and independent living for people with disabilities. On September 15th Gov. Kristi Noem will recognize awarded businesses at the …

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Local agricultural organization says thank you

The Davison-Hanson Farm Bureau said thanks Tuesday to Dispatch, EMS, Fire, Police and Sheriff’s Offices for working to keep communities safe, secure and healthy. Farm Bureau’s Cindy Foster, Linda Bannwarth and Heather Lenz made the deliveries in Alexandria and Mitchell where there are a total of 132 people serving the respective communities. Foster says they …

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Mitchell School District Weekly Update

August 28, 2020 Dear Mitchell School District Parent, Allow me to begin this week’s communique with a reminder:  the main point of this update going forward will be to report to you any COVID-19 cases that are relevant to our schools. I’ll start with a few clarifications: The data I’ll be giving you is only …

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Mitchell man arrested for an apparent stabbing

On Friday August 28, 2020 at approximately 1:45 a.m. Mitchell Police Officers were dispatched to a report of an injured male in 200 block of West 2nd Ave. This male ended up being located in the 200 block of West 1 Ave where he was transported to Avera Queen of Peace with life threatening injuries …

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S.D. Health Dept. reported 343 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and corrected a reporting error

The South Dakota Department of Health is reporting 343 new cases of COVID-19 infection in the state today. Today’s update also includes cases that were not reported on August 25th and 26th due to a reporting aberration. The South Dakota Department of Health has identified a reporting aberration that was isolated to the number of …

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DWU announces alternative activity in place of Blue and White Days parade

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and following guidance from local and state officials, Dakota Wesleyan University has decided to cancel this year’s Blue & White Days homecoming parade. Instead DWU will be offering something different for community members as an alternative to the traditional homecoming parade. Members of the Mitchell community are encouraged to …

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South Dakota records its largest one day number of new COVID-19 cases

The South Dakota Health Department reported the largest daily jump in new COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March. On Saturday South Dakota added 251 new cases boosting the state’s total to 11,135 cases overall with 1,540 active cases. 9,435 have recovered for a recovery rate of just under 85%. The previous daily record …

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