Bomb threat prompts evacuation of the Davison County Public Safety building

No one was hurt after a bomb threat was telephoned to the Davison County Jail Tuesday morning. Chief Deputy Steve Harr says the call came in at 8:49.  The caller stated a bomb was planted in the second-floor courtroom in the public safety building. “We immediately evacuated the entire building,” said Harr. “Followed by about …

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Dakota Wesleyan University ranked by U.S. News and World report, Intelligent.com

Dakota Wesleyan University has been ranked among America’s Best Regional Colleges-Midwest, Best Undergraduate Teaching-Regional Colleges Midwest, Best Value Schools-Regional Colleges Midwest, and Top Performers on Social Mobility according to the U.S. News & World Report 2021 Best Colleges Rankings. This is the eighth time that DWU is ranked as one of the U.S. News & …

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Central Electric Crews working to restore power

Central Electric line crews have been working since midnight last night to restore power after snow and ice build-up on trees and power lines caused a wave of power outages throughout the area. Approximately 650 members were out of power at one point today, and as of 4:40 p.m. the number of outages had dropped …

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Avera Queen of Peace among the top 100 rural and community hospitals in the nation

Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell has been named among the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the United States. It joins four other Avera hospitals on the list. The Chartis Center for Rural Health evaluates hospital nationwide. The four other Avera facilities named to the Top 100 list include: Avera Sacred Heart …

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South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating an apparent hit and run incident west of Mitchell

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating what appears to be a hit and run incident west of Mitchell. South Dakota Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan says Davison County Sheriff’s Office personnel found a 25 year old man laying in the ditch on West Highway 16 around 8 am. The man was walking …

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NorthWestern Energy asks South Dakota customers concerned about their winter bills to contact the energy company

The extreme weather that gripped the Midwest the week of Feb.15 resulted in temperatures that were far below normal. Record energy demand throughout the Midwest during this time caused natural gas prices to spike. NorthWestern Energy and other South Dakota energy companies worked with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission to address the impact on …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Now Offered to All in Priority Group D

The South Dakota Department of Health today announced that the remainder of those in priority group D – teachers, childcare workers, college staff, college students, and funeral workers – are now eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine through Phase I vaccinators.   “Given South Dakota’s strong position on vaccination efforts and the increased points of …

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Alert: Looking for suspects involved in vehicle theft/pursuit.

SD Hwy Patrol is looking for an African American male and white female in connection with a stolen vehicle that was involved in a vehicle pursuit in Mitchell this afternoon. The male was last seen wearing black sweats and black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, multiple tattoos, possibly on his neck area. White female …

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Long-time Mitchell School Board member decides against seeking another term

A long-time Mitchell School Board member has decided against seeking another term. Neil Putnam says it’s time to move on. “It’s been an honor to serve the Mitchell School District,” said Putnam. “And I’ve been humbled by the experience and I’m grateful to everyone who has given me the support over my…almost 21 years on …

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Three South Dakota law enforcement organizations request Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg resign from office

The South Dakota Fraternal Order of Police, South Dakota Chiefs’ of Police Association and the South Dakota Sheriffs Association are unified in requesting Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg resign as South Dakota Attorney General. Ravnsborg’s involvement in the death of Joe Boever on September 12th have resulted in a lack of confidence in his ability to …

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DWU adds graduate certificate in Athletic and Activities Administration to graduate program offerings

Dakota Wesleyan University is launching a new graduate certificate in Athletic and Activities Administration as part of its graduate-level program offerings. The program will prepare students to develop specific skill sets for management of entertainment venues, sports teams, or large events in a variety of settings like high schools, colleges, and professional organizations. The certificate …

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Mitchell School District honors outstanding teachers and classified staff

The Mitchell School District recognized its teaching and classified staff Wednesday at the Performing Arts Center. Each building selects its individual honoree and a committee selects the district honorees. This year’s classified staff building honorees include Administrative assistant Judy Miller from GBR, Para Educator Terri Juhnke from LBW, Para Educator Patricia Sides from Longfellow, Para …

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Department of Social Services offers help with heating

The bitter cold stretch that recently gripped South Dakota required families to use more energy to stay warm. For families struggling to pay winter heating bills, the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) may be able to help. The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) helps vulnerable South Dakota families stay safe and warm by …

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State lawmakers are considering impeaching Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg

Lawmakers in Pierre are considering impeaching South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. Articles of Impeachment could be brought in the State House as early as today and would be required to be filed no later than 5 p.m. TUESDAY. The South Dakota Broadcasters Association is reporting House members have been privately discussing impeachment since last …

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Mitchell woman among those killed in a two vehicle crash last Tuesday in Charles Mix County

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety has released of the four people who died last Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Wagner. A 2003 Chrysler Sebring was southbound on South Dakota Highway 50 and failed to stop at the intersection. It collided in the intersection with a 2008 Jeep Cherokee which was …

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Older home creates challenges in fighting a fire

Mitchell Firefighters along with crews from out of town responded to a fire in a three-story home in the 800 block of East Fifth Avenue late Friday morning. Fire Marshal Shannon Sandoval says there was smoke coming from the east side of the structure when firefighters arrived around 11:15. He says two people and two …

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Four people die in a two vehicle crash west of Wagner

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety is reporting  four people died and another person was injured Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Wagner. Names of the five people involved are not yet being released pending notification of family members. A 2003 Chrysler Sebring was southbound on South Dakota Highway 50 and failed …

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South Dakotans may experience temporary rolling black outs as part of an energy emergency

Energy grid operators are ordering utilities to implement unplanned power outages to keep the grid stable in this emergency created by widespread frigid temperatures. Customers may experience outages for up to an hour throughout the day without notice. South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Chairman Chris Nelson joined South Dakota power providers to urge conservancy. “Unfortunately …

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SD Army National Guard legacy unit receives Valorous Unit Award for service in Iraq

A South Dakota Army National Guard legacy unit has received the U.S. Army’s Valorous Unit Award nearly 17 years after the company’s service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The former Parkston and Platte-based Company C, 153rd Engineer Battalion, and its assigned soldiers were awarded the VUA for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed …

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DWU President Amy Novak is moving on

Dakota Wesleyan University President Amy C. Novak, Ed.D. was introduced today as the next president of St. Ambrose University, a private, Catholic institution of more than 3,000 students located in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Novak will remain president at DWU through July 2021 and will begin her tenure at St. Ambrose in early August, succeeding Sister …

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