Mitchell City Council places emergency COVID-19 related ordinance on first-reading

The Mitchell City Council unanimously placed an ordinance addressing the COVID-19 virus outbreak on first reading during a special meeting at the Corn Palace Tuesday night. The goal is to contain the spread to manageable levels. Two community members offered opposing opinions. Bar owner Jason Bates told the council he believes the ordinance is unfair …

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Mitchell Area Development Corp/Chamber of Commerce schedule coronavirus business info-sharing sessions

The Mitchell Area Development Corporation and Chamber of Commerce has scheduled several teleconference meetings with local businesses to provide a forum for sharing information and current practices related to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “This is a critical time for our businesses,” said Mark Vaux, MADC and Chamber CEO. “It is our responsibility …

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Mitchell School District expands food service offerings

The Mitchell School District is expanding its food service offerings, effective today. It is delivering meals–breakfast and lunch–to five locations throughout our community. Breakfast and Lunch Monday-Friday 10:00am-12:30pm at the following locations: Gainer Park (Minnesota and West 2nd Street) Loma Linda Dr. (Loma Linda Park) Hunter Street & E Hanson Ave (by Hitchcock Park) Mitchell …

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Digital DWU Initiative Aids University’s Transition to Online Instruction

The last few weeks have looked very different for people due to COVID-19. Despite unprecedented and challenging times, Dakota Wesleyan University remains committed to staying proactive in its efforts to provide a top-quality education and endless opportunities for students. Digital DWU, a DWU initiative first launched in February 2018, is now proving pivotal as DWU …

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Three of eight escaped inmates from the State Women’s Prison in Pierre are back in custody

Escapee update: Three of the female inmates who walked away from the Pierre Community Work Center March 23 are in custody. Inmates Kelsey Flute, Jordan Wakeman and Pamela Miller were taken into custody on the Crow Creek Reservation Tuesday. State officials are working with the tribe to return them to state custody.

Woman with Davison County ties one of 8 escapees from State Women’s Prison Minimum Security unit

A woman with ties to Davison County is one of eight female inmates who left a minimum-security unit in Pierre. Pamela Miller Miller is serving a 1-year, 11-month, 10-day sentence for failure to appear and a 4-year, 11-month, 10-day sentence for possession of a controlled substance from Davison County and a 4-year, 11-month sentence from …

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Avera Health is closing its hospitals to visitors

Avera Health is closing all its hospitals to visitors in response to the spreading COVID-19 virus.  Avera Queen of Peace CEO Tom Clark says it shouldn’t impact the Mitchell hospital greatly. “We had already gone to limiting to one visitor only, per patient,” said Clark. “The new policy really is we are just going to …

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Mitchell Mayor has COVID-19 commuting concerns

The fast-growing number of COVID-19 cases in Beadle County has the attention of Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson. He’s concerned about workers from the Huron area who commute to their jobs in Mitchell. “I did reach out to…Mitchell Area Development Corporation and asked them if they could reach out to…the Mitchell Area Manufacturers Association,” said Everson. …

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Governor Kristi Noem signs Executive Order designed to combat the COVID-19 virus

Governor Kristi Noem has signed an executive order in response to the spreading COVID-19 virus in South Dakota. It includes strong guidelines businesses need to follow. “This is a baseline I’m setting for the State of South Dakota,” said Noem. “If a business wants to operate in the state, they will follow the direction of …

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Avera Laboratory Validated for COVID-19 Testing

Avera’s laboratory in Sioux Falls has been verified by the South Dakota Department of Health to perform COVID-19 testing. The Avera Institute for Human Genetics has worked closely with the governor’s office as well as the state health department to establish guidelines on how pending tests are processed. This additional testing site will allow processing …

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Mitchell School District is making changes to its breakfast and lunch program

Superintendent Joe Graves says the Mitchell School District is altering it’s grab and go breakfast and lunch program starting immediately. “You know how little kids are, you give them an option of three things it takes them a couple of minutes to figure out what it is they want,” said Graves. “What that’s causing is …

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South Dakotans should get ready for the long haul with the COVID-19 virus

Get ready for a long battle with the COVID-19 virus. Governor Kristi Noem told South Dakotans during a Facebook live Sunday afternoon we’re just getting started. “This is not something that’s going to be over in a week or two,” Noem said. “In fact all of the studies and modeling that we’re looking at, looks …

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South Dakota’s COVID-19 positives jump by 7 with 6 new cases in Beadle County

Governor Kristi Noem says there are now 21 positive cases of the COVID-19 virus. There are six new cases in Beadle County and one in Brown County. “Every case we know of in Beadle County and the one outlier in Brown County was tied to travel, or connection to someone who already tested positive” said …

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Davison County taking further steps against spread of COVID-19 virus

In the interest of public health and welfare and the safety of our employees the governing board of Davison County, the Davison County Commissioners, advise the following to all County residents: All County facilities are here to serve the Public. In the interest of public health, Davison County will be conducting business primarily by phone, …

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Avera postpones some elective surgeries due to COVID-19

Due to the spread of COVID-19 cases, Avera is postponing some elective surgical procedures – including those at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital. Critical procedures needed are still available. A multidisciplinary group of Avera physicians developed a surgical case triage protocol that outlines a phased approach to decisions about elective surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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SBA approves Economic Injury Disaster Loan Fund Program access for South Dakota

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced today that small businesses and non-profit organizations in South Dakota that have been negatively impacted by the global COVID-19 virus are now eligible for economic assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The following are additional details provided by the SBA: SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up …

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COVID-19 related unemployment claims have jumped

The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) reports a dramatic increase in activity at the Unemployment Insurance Call Center during the last week due to COVID-19 related layoffs.“We are adding additional staff to the Call Center to handle the influx of claims, assigning additional staff to help reset passwords, and adding more phone lines,” said …

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Marquette’s Howard named to AP All-American first team

Marquette guard Markus Howard is joined on the first team with Dayton’s Obi Toppin, Iowa’s Luka Garza, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Oregon’s Payton Pritchard.

One Thing to Watch: Rob Gronkowski being “Gronk” before he hosts WWE Friday Night SmackDown

We bring you the ‘Gronkiest’ of Gronk moments before the former New England Patriots tight end hosts Friday Night Smackdown.

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