A celebration of cupcakes and more

A popular Mitchell sweet shop celebrated its lucky anniversary Thursday. Robin Weins says Crazy About Cupcakes got started with a push from a few friends. “I used to do this at home and decided to just go for it and open up a little shop,” said Weins. “And here we are seven years later.” She …

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Local teacher earns special honor

The Mitchell Rotary Club presented its annual Carl Sprunger Educator of the Year Award to Mitchell High Language Arts teacher Melissa Miller on Thursday. She was selected from nominations made by graduating seniors of Mitchell’s two high schools. Committee member Tom Dice shared several of the comments including. “Because she goes above and beyond the …

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Corn Palace Plaza dedication ceremony

It’s been years in the making, and Thursday marked the culmination of the Corn Palace Plaza project. The Mitchell Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting to mark the occasion. Mayor Bob Everson says it’s more than a greenspace. “This wonderful facility stage where we can hold concerts and various things at,” said Everson. “We have …

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Local Sports

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 Sioux Falls East swept Mitchell in a doubleheader last night in Mitchell. In game one, Mitchell could not overcome a five run deficit and fell 9-6. Joe VanOverschelde had two of Mitchell’s six hits. Brady Hawkins had two RBIs. Then in game two, Mitchell could muster just four hits and committed …

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South Dakota sobriety check-points resume

South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety is resuming its monthly statewide sobriety checkpoints starting in July.   The checkpoints were halted in early March due to COVID-19. The checkpoints are done each month in different counties as a way to discourage drivers from drinking and then driving.   There are 19 checkpoints planned in 16 …

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Local Sports

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 Tucker Kingsbury’s two home runs and five RBIs powered Dimock-Emery to a 15-2 victory over Lennox last night. Sam Arend added three hits including a home run and four RBIs in the win. The Raptors, who have five straight games, host Menno Thursday night. Alexandria hosts Parkston Thursday night; Plankinton travels …

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Mitchell Tech unveils and new name and a new brand

Mitchell Technical College has taken on a new name and a new brand effective July 1. After the passage of House Bill 1083 during the 2020 South Dakota legislative session, each of South Dakota’s four technical institutes officially became colleges. The new name will better align the four schools with other technical colleges across the …

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Mitchell resident chosen as new Librarian

The Mitchell Public Library has a new leader and it’s a familiar face. City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein says the Library Board selected Kevin Kenkel as the new librarian. “It’s nice that we’re getting someone from the community that’s already aware of the Mitchell community and has ties to…  our library now,” said Ellwein. Kenkel is …

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Mitchell receives a portion of South Dakota Health Department funding to combat West Nile Virus

Mitchell is among more than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes sharing in $500,000 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus the Department of Health announced Tuesday. “South Dakota has a disproportionately high number of WNV cases when compared to other states. Local mosquito control efforts play a vital role …

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Local Sports

South Dakota State women’s golfers Sydney Bormann, Cassidy Laidlaw and Alex Kandolin were named Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar Team, announced Monday. The trio are among a total of 1,401 women’s collegiate golfers recognized with this prestigious honor. The criteria for this honor requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50. Bormann, a Parkston …

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Young artists strut their stuff

Give a child a canvas and the possibilities are endless. And the first ever “Art in the Garden” at the Corn Palace Plaza showcased the results. Sheila Slater is with the Friends Foundation for the Mitchell Public Library. “We handed out about 75 free canvasses to young, local artists aged five to fourteen to kind …

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South Dakota tribe sues feds to keep COVID-19 checkpoints

PIERRE, S.D.  — The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe alleges the federal government has been trying to coerce and threaten the tribe ever since South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem asked for help stopping its COVID-19 checkpoints on state and federal highways. The tribe filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that since Noem’s White House plea, the federal …

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‘Faces of the conquerors’: Trump trip to Rushmore draws fire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  — President Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore are drawing sharp criticism from Native Americans who view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them. Several groups led by Native American activists are planning protests for Trump’s July 3 visit, …

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Wildfire burns 150 acres near Mount Rushmore

CUSTER, S.D.  — South Dakota is bring in more resources to fight a wildfire near Mount Rushmore. The fire that started in Custer State Park Wednesday has burned an estimated 150 acres just south of the national memorial. Gov. Kristi Noem’s spokesman, Ian Fury, says South Dakota Wildland Fire Division is leading a multi-state, multi-agency …

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Noem addresses coronavirus problems for schools, state fair

HURON, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she will push for schools to bring students into classrooms at least part of the time during the upcoming school year. But she will will leave it up to school districts to determine exactly what instruction looks like. The Republican governor was visiting Huron to …

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Mitchell women arrested on manslaughter, child abuse and cruelty charges

MITCHELL, S.D. – Mitchell Police have arrested a 21 year old woman on manslaughter, child abuse and cruelty charges. On Monday, June 22, at approx. 8:00 a.m., the Mitchell Department of Public Safety received a 911 call from a female subject who stated that she was going to the emergency room at Queen of Peace …

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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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