A DWU spring tradition goes on….virtually

Since 2010, every spring, Dakota Wesleyan University dedicates one full day for community service projects. The day known as “The Great Wesleyan Giveback” pays tribute to DWU’s motto: sacrifice or service. This year, however, will be different. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Great Wesleyan Giveback will, for the first time in its history, …

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An open letter from Davison County Auditor Susan Kiepke: Please Vote By Mail

We are in the midst of a pandemic.  The Governor has asked us to practice social distancing until May 31, 2020.  The pandemic is projected to peak in June 2020.  The Primary election is June 2, 2020. I am asking the public to please absentee vote by MAIL for this election.  We have worked very …

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Smithfield Foods to close Sioux Falls plant until further notice

Smithfield Foods announced Sunday it’s closing its Sioux Falls plant until further notice a day after Governor Kristi Noem and Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken asked the facility be closed for at least two weeks. 293 of its workers have tested positive thus far for the COVID-19 virus. In a news release Smithfield CEO Kenneth …

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Mitchell School Board meeting goes virtual

The Mitchell School Board is joining the ranks of public entities conducting its meetings virtually. Superintendent Joe Graves says group will use technology called “Google Meet” for Monday’s meeting. “Each of the board members will be going on at a site of their own choosing on their own computer in order to keep social distancing,” …

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Governor and Mayor of Sioux Falls recommend Smithfield plant suspend operations for two weeks

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota has risen to 626. Of the 438 total cases reported in Minnehaha County, 238 have been tied to an outbreak at a Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Sioux Falls. In a letter to Smithfield president Ken Sullivan, Gov. Kristi Noem and Sioux Falls Mayor …

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Indoor Aquatic Center gets needed maintenance

There’s heavy duty cleaning going on at the Mitchell Indoor Aquatic Center during its forced closure due to COVID-19. Park and Recreation Director Nathan Powell says crews have drained the leisure pool thus far. “A basic acid-wash that you would normally do every couple of years,” said Powell. “We’ve had the pool open for two …

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Statewide COVID-19 count rises while Davison County holds steady

73 more South Dakotans have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus as of Wednesday. That brings the total to 393 cases statewide with 146 recovered and six deaths thus far. Negative tests are up to 6,355 and total hospitalizations at 26. Davison County remains at 3 cases with 3 recovered. Three counties directly adjacent to …

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Mitchell Technical Institute cancels commencement

Mitchell Technical Institute has canceled its public commencement ceremony scheduled for May 8 at the Corn Palace. In anticipation of the cancellation, members of the graduating class were surveyed regarding their preferences. Class members chose to forego a formal ceremony this year and will instead receive a specially designed graduation gift box mailed to them, …

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Potential COVID-19 exposure in Yankton

State Health officials announced Tuesday that an employee at the Yankton Walmart Pharmacy has tested positive COVID-19. The employee reported working two days, March 25 and March 30, while able to transmit the virus to others. Due to the risk of exposure, customers of the pharmacy on March 25 who visited between the hours of …

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Testing for new commercial drivers licenses opens Tuesday

South Dakota’s Driver Licensing Program will open driver exam stations starting Tuesday April 7th in four cities “by appointment only” to help those who are applying for new commercial driving licenses (CDL) or new CDL endorsements. CDL testing will be done on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the driver exam stations in Aberdeen, Pierre, Rapid …

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KORN News Radio recognized for excellence

For the third straight year, KORN News Radio has captured the First-Place Eric Sevareid Award for best small market radio newscast in a six-state region. The Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association announced the honor Saturday. The station also earned a Sevareid Award of Merit in the General Reporting category. News Director J.P. Skelly says it means …

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Governor Kristi Noem to discuss developments surrounding the coronavirus today at 2 pm

Governor Kristi Noem is asking South Dakotans to be alert today for additional state guidelines regarding the spreading COVID-19 virus. The Governor’s news conference has been moved to 2 pm (CDT) to discuss developments surrounding the coronavirus. You can access the news conference on-line at sd.net She issued the request during a Facebook live session …

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Two Mitchell residents arrested on drug related charges

Mitchell Police have arrested 25-year-old Casey Dwayne Nespor and 24-year-old Molly Margaret Nicholson as they both had an outstanding Davison County arrest warrant for several charges related to illegal drug distribution. On Thursday Police executed search warrants at their residence located at 601 E. Hanson Avenue, 2 storage units rented by Nicholson located at 409 …

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State prison inmates producing utility PPEs

State prison inmates are producing utility personal protective equipment  for Department of Corrections and Correctional Health staff members. Inmates in the Pheasantland Industries (PI) Garment Shop at the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield are producing cotton jersey face masks and nylon gowns. Inmates in several PI shops at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in …

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Davison County patients with COVID-19 virus have recovered

We now know the two patients in Davison County that tested positive for the COVID-19 virus have recovered. That’s the word from the South Dakota Health Department. The website covid.sd.gov is now including both the number of patients who’ve recovered plus their counties. Wednesday’s latest numbers indicate 129 cases of the virus which is up …

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Avera Health expanding virtual visits during COVID-19 crisis

Avera is temporarily changing its clinic practices in order to protect patients and employees, and conserve resources during the COVID-19 outbreak. Patients may have more appointments scheduled as virtual visits instead of in-person visits, unless the need is urgent or emergent. Virtual visits are face-to-face visits via smartphone, tablet or computer. If any medications are …

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Mitchell City Council unanimously passes COVID-19 emergency ordinance

The Mitchell City Council has unanimously voted to adopt an ordinance broadening the city’s powers in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. But not before several business owners challenged the need for the ordinance and requested clarification. The objective is to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus in enclosed areas or businesses where large …

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Davison County Commissioners to meet telephonically Tuesday morning

Tuesday’s Davison County Commission meeting is being held telephonically. Agenda items include citizen’s input, a discussion regarding the courthouse basement floors with Physical Plant Director Mark Ruml, rejection of bridge bids with Highway Superintendent Rusty Weinberg, plus setting the date and time for a malt beverage-wine license hearing. Commissioners will also address miscellaneous motions, approve …

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Longfellow Elementary School staff reaches out through a “wave parade”

There was a celebration of “social distancing” Sunday afternoon during a “wave parade” around Longfellow Elementary School. “We just had a way for the parents and the families who are so important to us to be able to come out and see us and greet us, and we could see them.” said Longfellow principal Lisa …

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Sanborn County authorities reassessing search operations for Eugene Prins

The Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office released a statement late Sunday evening regarding the search for Eugene Prins of Woonsocket: “As most have seen on the local news and social media, Eugene “Beaner” Prins of Woonsocket is missing and was last seen Thursday March 26, 2020 at approximately 7:30pm at a rural residence. The sheriff’s office …

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