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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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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