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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Oldest living South Dakotan announced

The South Dakota Health Care Association’s Century Club is pleased to announce Vivian Grover as the 2020 Centenarian of the Year! Born in February of 1911, Vivian is 109 years old, and the oldest member of the Century Club! This marks the third year Vivian has been recognized as the current oldest living South Dakotan! …

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DWU to implement “Drop and Go” move-in option for students

The Drop and Go system will help eliminate move-in day congestion and will spread out the amount of people moving in their belongings at one time by allowing students to come to campus early and deliver the bulk of their belongings to their room, and then return home until their respective move-in times in August. …

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Noem says she is not interested in 2024 presidential run

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she is not interested in running for president in 2024 and would rather stay in South Dakota. The first-term Republican governor has drawn attention from conservative commentators for avoiding lockdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic. Supporters on social media have even called for her …

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Mount Rushmore fireworks cost South Dakota $1.5 million

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota spent approximately $1.5 million for its Independence Day celebration that featured a speech from President Donald Trump and fireworks above the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The estimate from the Department of Tourism covers all security, transportation and pyrotechnics for the event. The fireworks display alone cost the state …

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Indoor movies set to return to Mitchell

The long intermission from movies at the indoor movie theatres is finally coming to an end. The Luxury 5 Cinemas is preparing to reopen on July 17. Jeff Logan, President of Logan Luxury Theatres Corporation owners of the theatre, announced the re-opening date today.  He said the company has taken extensive measures to ensure the …

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Mitchell School Board to consider recommendations for the start of the 2020-2021 school year

The Mitchell School Board will consider adopting a plan to open schools in August. Superintendent Joe Graves says a task force has completed its work and has a recommendation for the board. “We’ll be going physically to school with students present,” said Graves. “When and if that is disrupted, we will do some e-learning or …

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Mitchell’s Chief of Public Safety has resigned

Mitchell Public Safety Chief Glen Still has resigned. That’s the word from Mayor Bob Everson. “We will miss him in that position, he did a wonderful job,” said Everson. “He did a really good job for us while he was here.” Still replaced long-time Public Safety Chief Lyndon Overweg after serving on the Fremont, Nebraska …

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Avera Queen of Peace has a new CEO

Bob Sutton, Avera Health President and CEO, announces that Doug Ekeren has been selected as the Interim Regional President and CEO of Avera Queen of Peace Hospital (AQOP). He will succeed Tom Clark, who was recently named the Chief Strategy and Growth Officer for Avera Health. Clark will assume that role July 12, at which …

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A busy Sunday for Mitchell firefighters

Sunday morning. Mitchell Fire Marshal Shannon Sandoval says firefighters responded to the A non-fireworks-related fire destroyed a garage and its contents early blaze at 162 North Harmon Drive shortly after 1-am and found the two-stall detached garage fully-involved. He says firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 20 minutes and remained on the scene until shortly …

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