Mitchell School District starts new school year with no positive COVID-19 cases

The first three days of the new school year in the Mitchell school district are in the books and Superintendent Joe Graves is pleased overall. Graves issued his weekly reports to parents Friday which appears below and addresses the COVID-19 issue: Dear Mitchell School District Parent, For several months now, I’ve been sending you this …

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Second COVID-related in Davison County death reported Thursday

A second Davison County resident has died as a result of the COVID-19 virus. The South Dakota Health Department posted the death on its website Thursday. Meanwhile the county has three new COVID-19 infections bringing its total to 104 with 9 active and 95 recovered plus 2,506 negative tests. Davison County’s two-week trend continues upward. …

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South Dakota Technical Colleges Still Accepting UpSkill Applications

Technical colleges in South Dakota are still accepting applicants to the UpSkill program, an effort announced by Governor Kristi Noem in July. UpSkill is a dynamic new program designed to support dislocated workers, impacted by COVID-19. The program is a joint venture of the Board of Technical Education and the Department of Labor and Regulation …

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Kernel Boys Golf finishes day one of the Warrior-Lynx Invite Team

Sioux Falls – Mitchell Kernels Boys Golf placed 10th out of 15 teams at day one of the Warrior-Lynx Invite on Monday at Willow Run Golf Course in Sioux Falls. Mitchell shot a 342 (+62) as a team, led by Macon Larson’s 82 (+12). Larson finished the day with 10 pars, including the final five …

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South Dakota High School Football Preseason Poll Released

Less than a week away from the first high school football games of the 2020 season, the South Dakota Prep Media preseason poll has been released. Pierre (11AA), Viborg-Hurley (9AA) and Canistota/Freeman (9A) are unanimous selections at #1. All three teams are defending state champions in their respective classes. The Mitchell Kernels (5-6 in 2019) …

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Missouri Valley Football Conference cancels 2020 fall season

The Missouri Valley Football Conference Presidents Council has announced the league’s schools will not conduct conference competition this fall. The MVFC will play a full 8-game spring league schedule with the expectation to culminate the season with the FCS Playoffs. “Without question the most important part of our decision-making process was listening to our student-athletes …

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S.D. Health Department reports first COVID-19 death in Davison County

Davison County has its first recorded COVID-19 related death since the State Health Department began tracking pandemic statistics in mid-March. A comparison of health department statistics from Tuesday to Wednesday indicate the death was a male in his 70’s. Deaths are reported by a person’s county of residence. That raises the state’s overall total to …

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Mitchell Technical College to require masks starting Monday

Effective Monday, August 3, Mitchell Technical College will require face masks for all students, staff and visitors to campus. In a statement, President Mark Wilson said, “We can’t take our eyes off the goal of getting back on campus this fall with our students, while minimizing COVID-19’s impact and controlling the spread as much as …

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South Dakota has its first case of West Nile Virus of the 2020 season

A McCook County resident is South Dakota’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the season, the state Health Department reported Friday. “Active transmission of West Nile virus is occurring in South Dakota and people need to protect themselves, especially during evening outdoor activities,” said Dr. Joshua Clayton, State Epidemiologist for the department. Clayton …

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S.D. Labor Department says work search waiver is set to end August 1st

The Department of Labor and Regulation waived the requirement that workers filing for unemployment must actively search for work to be eligible for benefits starting March 21. This waiver will end on Aug. 1, 2020. Claimants receiving benefits will be required to verify at least two work searches occurred each week when requesting their weekly …

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Mitchell Main Street property available to Non-profit organizations to use

The Mitchell Area Development corporation is offering a unique opportunity for area non-profit organizations. The MADC currently owns the lot at 301 N. Main Street. Plans for development are on the horizon but in the meantime, the lot will be offered as an exclusive unique opportunity to our local area non-profit organizations. “We feel this …

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South Dakota Awarded Federal Funds Under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that $250,000 has been awarded to South Dakota by the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) under Phase 37 of this program and an additional $297,533 has been awarded under the CARES Act. These are two separate awards that are running concurrently …

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Deadline approaching in South Dakota for SBA Working Capital Loans due to severe storms and flooding

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded South Dakota small businesses of the Aug. 18, 2020, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in Aurora, Brookings, Charles Mix, Davison, Hanson, Hutchinson, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, …

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Davison County COVID-19 cases jump by eight on Friday

Davison County has seen a jump in new COVID-19 cases. The South Dakota Health Department is reporting eight new cases on Friday boosting the county total to 65 cases, 19 of which are active and 46 recovered with 1,899 negative tests thus far. That’s the highest single-day increase since June 3rd and 5th when the …

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South Dakota ends its fiscal year with a $19-million dollar surplus

South Dakota closed the 2020 budget year on June 30 with a surplus of $19.1 million, Governor Kristi Noem announced today. Although total revenue finished $7.9 million lower than adopted estimates, the state general fund budget ended with expenditures approximately $27.2 million lower than budgeted. The state spent $74.8 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds in …

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Face masks sought for students taking the ACT exam at Mitchell High School Saturday

Approximately 100 students are scheduled to take the college ACT exam Saturday at Mitchell High School. However, Counselor Erin Fowkes says students are required to wear face-masks as per Mitchell School District policy. “And they will be sent away if they refuse or won’t wear one,” said Fowkes. She’s looking to round up about 100 …

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Local Sports

Mitchell native Jill (Theeler) Schlekeway is one of eight individuals that will be inducted into North Dakota State University’s Bison Athletic Hall of Fame in October. A 19-time All-American, Schlekeway was also a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, MVP multiple times of the NCC indoor and outdoor championships, and a member of the 2002 National Champion …

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Dakotafest seeking nominations for first annual Dakotafest Woman Farmer of the Year

Producers of Dakotafest seek nominations for the first annual Dakotafest Woman Farmer of the Year Award. Dakotafest producers have created the Dakotafest Woman Farmer of the Year award to honor hard-working female farmers across South Dakota who selflessly give their time to growing crops and raising livestock on the farm. Five nominees will be chosen …

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Mitchell School Board approves a return to school plan requiring face masks for all

The Mitchell School Board voted 5-0 Monday to adopt the Student Services Return to School Protocols Table. The document says the Mitchell School District will follow guidelines by the South Dakota Health Department. It includes a provision that anyone on school property will be required to wear a mask until such time as the pandemic …

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Saturday’s “Tribute to Essential Workers Parade” is cancelled

Saturday’s parade to pay tribute to essential workers has been cancelled. Dave Stevens of the Mitchell United Way says it’s because the workers are truly “essential”. “A lot of our businesses said that they could not spare their essential workers to come,” said Stevens. Plus others were concerned due to the COVID-19 pandemic and would …

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