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Legislature decides to hold an electronic “Veto Day” next week

When the South Dakota Legislature meets on March 30, 2020 for its last scheduled day of the 2020 session, to consider bills vetoed by the Governor, there will be plenty of social distance between members. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the guidance to limit the size of gatherings to fewer than ten people, Veto …

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Mitchell City Council places emergency COVID-19 related ordinance on first-reading

The Mitchell City Council unanimously placed an ordinance addressing the COVID-19 virus outbreak on first reading during a special meeting at the Corn Palace Tuesday night. The goal is to contain the spread to manageable levels. Two community members offered opposing opinions. Bar owner Jason Bates told the council he believes the ordinance is unfair …

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Mitchell Area Development Corp/Chamber of Commerce schedule coronavirus business info-sharing sessions

The Mitchell Area Development Corporation and Chamber of Commerce has scheduled several teleconference meetings with local businesses to provide a forum for sharing information and current practices related to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “This is a critical time for our businesses,” said Mark Vaux, MADC and Chamber CEO. “It is our responsibility …

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Mitchell School District expands food service offerings

The Mitchell School District is expanding its food service offerings, effective today. It is delivering meals–breakfast and lunch–to five locations throughout our community. Breakfast and Lunch Monday-Friday 10:00am-12:30pm at the following locations: Gainer Park (Minnesota and West 2nd Street) Loma Linda Dr. (Loma Linda Park) Hunter Street & E Hanson Ave (by Hitchcock Park) Mitchell …

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Digital DWU Initiative Aids University’s Transition to Online Instruction

The last few weeks have looked very different for people due to COVID-19. Despite unprecedented and challenging times, Dakota Wesleyan University remains committed to staying proactive in its efforts to provide a top-quality education and endless opportunities for students. Digital DWU, a DWU initiative first launched in February 2018, is now proving pivotal as DWU …

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Three of eight escaped inmates from the State Women’s Prison in Pierre are back in custody

Escapee update: Three of the female inmates who walked away from the Pierre Community Work Center March 23 are in custody. Inmates Kelsey Flute, Jordan Wakeman and Pamela Miller were taken into custody on the Crow Creek Reservation Tuesday. State officials are working with the tribe to return them to state custody.

Woman with Davison County ties one of 8 escapees from State Women’s Prison Minimum Security unit

A woman with ties to Davison County is one of eight female inmates who left a minimum-security unit in Pierre. Pamela Miller Miller is serving a 1-year, 11-month, 10-day sentence for failure to appear and a 4-year, 11-month, 10-day sentence for possession of a controlled substance from Davison County and a 4-year, 11-month sentence from …

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Avera Health is closing its hospitals to visitors

Avera Health is closing all its hospitals to visitors in response to the spreading COVID-19 virus.  Avera Queen of Peace CEO Tom Clark says it shouldn’t impact the Mitchell hospital greatly. “We had already gone to limiting to one visitor only, per patient,” said Clark. “The new policy really is we are just going to …

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Mitchell Mayor has COVID-19 commuting concerns

The fast-growing number of COVID-19 cases in Beadle County has the attention of Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson. He’s concerned about workers from the Huron area who commute to their jobs in Mitchell. “I did reach out to…Mitchell Area Development Corporation and asked them if they could reach out to…the Mitchell Area Manufacturers Association,” said Everson. …

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Governor Kristi Noem signs Executive Order designed to combat the COVID-19 virus

Governor Kristi Noem has signed an executive order in response to the spreading COVID-19 virus in South Dakota. It includes strong guidelines businesses need to follow. “This is a baseline I’m setting for the State of South Dakota,” said Noem. “If a business wants to operate in the state, they will follow the direction of …

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