Amid Pipeline Worries, Drivers Fill Up, Pumps Are Running Dry

The Bottom Line: Several states are reporting gas shortages as drivers fuel up over fears that a pipeline problem will limit supplies. Drivers in the South and on the East Coast are starting to scramble after the shutdown of the Colonial pipeline we’ve been telling you about. In areas where stations aren’t empty? There are long …

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Some GOP Members Lean Toward Party Split

More than 100 Republican former officials are reportedly threatening to form a new party. Reports say the influential Republicans plan to release a call for reforms within the GOP and will form a new party if change doesn’t happen. The group will reportedly release a statement Thursday calling on Republicans to “either reimagine a party …

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Mitchell Public Works Department announces temporary road closures

The following street will be intermittently closed to all traffic beginning Wednesday May 12th at 9 am for road repairs.  W. Norway from S. Main to S. Rowley St 23rd Ave from Ohlman St. to Pheasant St.  N Burr St from E. 5th Ave. to E. 6th Ave ALTERNATE ROUTES WILL NEED TO BE UTILIZED DURING …

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South Dakota’s public universities set to go mask optional as of May 10th

As South Dakota’s public universities close out spring semester this week and transition to summer operations, operational adjustments are underway. These activities coincide with the Board of Regents’ plans for a return to normal campus operations this fall. At the recommendation of university presidents, a system-level protocol that required face coverings in all public indoor …

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Mitchell Police seeking information regarding residential burglary

On 4-25-2021 between 1:30 AM and 3:30 AM an unknown person(s) forcibly entered an apartment in the 800 block of North Minnesota and stole cash from the residence. If you have information in relation to this incident, or if you have information regarding suspicious activity in this area at this time, or information relating to …

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Mitchell School District awarded South Dakota Workforce education grant

Four South Dakota Workforce Education Grants, totaling $690,245, have been awarded to four South Dakota public school districts. In 2013, the South Dakota Legislature established the Workforce Education Fund. Part of that fund was designated to provide grants for career and technical education programs in secondary schools. The Mitchell School District received $118,791 for updated …

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SD-DOH Confirms Detection of the Brazil Coronavirus Variant in South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Health has confirmed the P.1 variant, also known as the ‘Brazil variant” of COVID-19, has been detected in South Dakota. The findings were verified by an out-of-state commercial laboratory, and while only one case of the variant has been identified in Pennington County, it is safe to assume other cases …

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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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