South Dakota State Fair announces 2020 grandstand entertainment

The South Dakota State Fair Grandstand will bring a different experience to fair-goers this year. The revised line up for 2020 includes The Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash to be held Thursday, September 3 and Friday, September 4. The “Thunder at the Fair” Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull sponsored by Kibble Equipment will …

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DWU now offering principal and new language endorsements for teachers

Dakota Wesleyan University will now offer two additional concentrations in the Master of Arts in Education program: English as a New Language (ENL) and K-12 Principal. Both new programs focus on meeting the needs of rural South Dakota schools, by providing relevant coursework central for teachers transitioning to administration positions or looking to improve education …

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Davison County set to make-over website

Davison County’s website is getting a much-needed makeover. Commission Chairwoman Brenda Bode told a gathering of County Department heads Tuesday there’s a lot of outdated information, including her own. “We have to do a lot better with our website,” said Bode. I found that during this time of stay home, stay isolated, this was probably …

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South Dakota couple plead not guilty to using prod on kids

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota couple have pleaded not guilty to charges that they gave four children illegal drugs and zapped them with a cattle prod to get them to comply with orders. Thirty-six-year-old Lance Long and 40-year-old Crystallynn Long of Sioux Falls made their initial court appearances Monday. The Longs pleaded …

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Davison County courthouse set to fully re-open

The Davison County Commission is lifting restrictions at the courthouse. Chairwoman Brenda Bode says they’re opening all doors starting Wednesday morning. “We still have appointments available, a lot of times it’s more convenient for people,” said Bode. “But as we move and transition into a more normal schedule, we’ve decided…we will not have the doors …

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Eagles tight end Goedert assaulted at South Dakota bar

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A Florida man is accused of punching Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert at a bar in South Dakota, the player’s home state. A prosecutor in Brown County says the 29-year-old man is charged with misdemeanor assault and has been released on a personal recognizance bond. The 25-year-old Goedert is a …

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Governor announces a $200-million dollar COVID-19 relief fund for cities and counties

Governor Kristi Noem announced Monday there’s $200-million dollars available for South Dakota’s cities and counties through the new Local Government COVID Relief Fund. The City of Mitchell’s allocation is $3,545,000 with Davison County eligible for $1,306,000. The distributions are based on current U.S. Census data. The Governor says it’s a first-step. “In making sure that …

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Families set to receive food assistance due to COVID-19

The South Dakota Department of Social Services in collaboration with the Department of Education will be providing additional assistance with food costs to families who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals in response to COVID-19 related school closures. Pandemic EBT  will provide families with a one-time benefit of $285 per eligible child. The …

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City of Mitchell awarded $3.1-million dollar federal grant for storm water management

Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3.1 million grant to the city of Mitchell, South Dakota, to make improvements to storm water management infrastructure. The EDA grant, to be matched with nearly $775,000 in local investment, is expected to create or retain about …

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Recycling road trip

Several Mitchell City Councilors along with Mayor Bob Everson and other city officials took a field trip Wednesday to get at first-hand look at the city’s recycling program. First, the group boarded a Palace Transit bus and followed the recycling truck as it made several pick-ups on West Fourth Avenue. Then it was on to …

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New information regarding Tuesday pursuit

We’re learning more regarding a three-county pursuit that started in Davison County Tuesday afternoon. A news release from the Mitchell Police Department says on Tuesday, at approx. 2:52 p.m., a Davison County Sheriff’s Office employee attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a stolen 2012 Chevrolet K2500 pickup in rural Davison County located to the …

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SDHSAA Board of Directors Approves Girls Wrestling Division for 2020-21, Becomes the 25th State to Sanction the Sport

At the June 11, 2020 South Dakota High School Activities Association meeting of its Board of Directors, the Board approved a second reading of a proposal to add a Girls division in Wrestling, effective the 2020-21 school year. South Dakota becomes the 25th state to sanction girls wrestling, joining area states Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, …

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$10,000 Reward Offered Regarding Mitchell Pawnshop Burglary

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, announced a reward today for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Palace City Pawn, a federal firearms licensee in Mitchell. The Mitchell Police Department and ATF …

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Mitchell Middle School student a three-time champion

Mitchell Middle School student Bane Briggs recently accomplished something that hadn’t been achieved before. He’s the first three-time winner of the school’s Geography Bee which has been held for more than 30 years. Congressman Dusty Johnson was on-hand to celebrate Bane’s accomplishment. “The fact that you have been able to be better than all of …

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Dimock woman sentenced on federal drug conviction

United States Attorney Ron Parsons says a Dimock woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on May 18, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.  45 year old Jacqueline Ann Muhs was sentenced to 120 months in federal custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release.  She was also ordered …

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ACT testing set for Saturday morning at Mitchell High School

The ACT exams set for Mitchell Senior High on Saturday are going on as planned. Counselor Erin Fowkes is expecting 127 students. The students should arrive no later than eight o’clock Saturday morning. “That’s when the kids need to be there at the very latest,” said Fowkes. “They can certainly come earlier. We do have …

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Severe thunderstorm roars through Mitchell

Heavy rains and high winds roared through Mitchell around six this morning leaving a trail of toppled trees and branches some flooded streets and property damage. National Weather Service Meteorologist Samantha Garretts was following the storm on radar. “A line of thunderstorms that ended up strengthening just to the west of Mitchell and moving through …

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Remaining S.D. Driver License Exam Stations to Open June 15

South Dakota’s 20 remaining driver license exam stations will open by appointment only starting June 15. The exam stations are located in: Armour, Belle Fourche, Chamberlain, Custer, Elk Point, Hot Springs, Madison, Martin, Milbank, North Sioux City, Parker, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Sisseton, Spearfish, Sturgis, Vermillion, Wagner, Webster and  Winner. Starting today, June 8, appointments for …

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2020 Dakotafest cancelled

It looks like the 25th Dakotafest will have to wait a least a year. Mitchell CVB Director Sonya Moller says she got the word Friday. “They want to ensure the safety of our vendors, our attendees, all of our volunteers,” said Moller. “And with the year of COVID…it’s kind of uncertain and they just felt …

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Mike Miller leaves Memphis coaching staff to focus on family

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Miller is leaving Memphis coach Penny Hardaway’s staff after two seasons, saying he needs to spend more time with his family. Miller announced his decision Wednesday on social media. The former NBA player quickly joined Hardaway’s staff after Memphis hired Hardaway in March 2018. Miller helped Hardaway land the No. …

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