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LETTER: New ideas for Mitchell's Main Street
November 18, 2017 - 1:00pm
The Sisters of St. Francis of Our Lady of Guadalupe community in Mitchell from left, Sister Nancy Dwyer, Sister Loretta VonRueden and Sister Marita Pfau gather for a photo in front of the Our Lady of Guadalupe wall plaque that hangs in the entry way of their home in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)
A virtuous vow: Mitchell nun celebrates 70th year jubilee
November 18, 2017 - 2:00pm
Dakota Wesleyan University's Ashley Bray, right, looks to shoot the ball as Concordia's Sydney Feller, left, defends her during a Great Plains Athletic Conference game on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Eric Mayer / Republic)
Bulldogs outlast Tiger women
November 18, 2017 - 4:06pm
Amber Nelson, an elementary school teacher in Lake Andes, is battling breast cancer for the third time. Nelson credits the support of her family and community for helping her stay positive. (Libby Leyden/ Republic)
Lake Andes elementary teacher battles cancer for a third time
November 18, 2017 - 8:00am
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Bovine tuberculosis confirmed in Tripp Co. cattle
November 17, 2017 - 1:45pm
Shirley Thomsen
November 18, 2017 - 7:56pm
A sign in the Wessington Springs School District. (Republic file photo)
Wessington Springs bond election debate rages on
November 18, 2017 - 8:50am
Around the Region
Around the Region: Plankinton, Chamberlain & Howard
November 18, 2017 - 10:30am
McCook Central/Montrose's McKenna Kranz celebrates a kill during the Class A state volleyball fifth-place match Saturday against Sioux Valley at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)
MCM claims fifth place in Class A volleyball
November 18, 2017 - 4:19pm
Dakota Wesleyan's Jason Spicer, left, drives to the basket as Concordia's Zach Friel, right, defends him during a Great Plains Athletic Conference game on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Eric Mayer / Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan men snap skid, down Concordia
November 18, 2017 - 7:55pm
Dakota Wesleyan's Jason Spicer, left, drives to the basket as Concordia's Zach Friel, right, defends him during a Great Plains Athletic Conference game on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Eric Mayer / Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan men snap skid, down Concordia
November 18, 2017 - 6:14pm
Aurora Co. Courthouse renovation off to slow start
November 18, 2017 - 9:30am
Hanson's Jada Campbell, left, and Burke/South Central's Tressa Bull, right, tip the ball at the net on Saturday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. (Ryan Deal / Republic)
Hanson holds off Burke/South Central for fifth place
November 18, 2017 - 4:13pm
Always in Season: Grosbeaks may bring winter birding thrills
November 19, 2017 - 6:00am
Jackrabbits clip Coyotes in showdown
November 18, 2017 - 7:42pm

Inside The Daily Republic

John Harcinske, a volunteer with Mitchell Animal Rescue, holds one of the cats held at the pound in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Walking into the pound on Monday afternoon in Mitchell, John Harcinske was greeted with great news.

A German Shepherd and lab mix, a dog who was going on her fourth ...

Jody Van Zee, of Harrison, speaks about her children, four of whom were adopted after being foster children in the Van Zee home, Thursday afternoon. The children pictured are Van Zee's biological son 14-year-old Brandon, 19-month-old Marlee, 2-year-old Isaiah, 4-year-old Terrence and 5-year-old Jacklyn. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

CORSICA — For Jody Van Zee, family isn't necessarily related by blood.

The mother of eight and Dakota Christian Elementary teacher talks about each of her children with the same ...

Pictured in the front row, from left to right, is Gerhard Storm, Howard Bechen and Milton Handel. In the back row, from left to right, stands Dean Minder, Lyle Pence and Charles (Wally)
 Jones. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Although they never served together, the six war veterans at Avera Brady in Mitchell share a special camaraderie with one another.

All from six different South Dakota communities, the men ...

Angela Mogck, left, and her mother, Lori Mogck Doering, pose for a photo in Mitchell on Thursday afternoon. It has been 10 years since Mogck's two siblings were killed in a vehicle crash near Bridgewater. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

ETHAN — When the pulsing rhythm of red and blue police lights flashed behind the car Angela Mogck was a passenger in 10 years ago, she let out a sigh ...

Participants of the first Dylan Mentele Memorial Pheasant Hunt release balloons in his memory prior to the hunt Saturday morning in Alexandria. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

ALEXANDRIA — An Alexandria mother has turned her grief into action.

Melissa Mentele and her family hosted a pheasant hunt Saturday in Hanson County, drawing in more than 30 people ...

The Bender family works on corn harvest this week. From left to right: Patrick Bender, Jenica Bender, Jacob Bender, Jalyn and Jacee Bender, Tristan Bender, Lloyd Bender and Miranda Donahue. (Submitted photo)

FULTON — In the wake of tragedy, Fulton residents showed the true spirit of their community.

Between the Bender family's soybean and corn harvests, the family patriarch was killed in ...

Burr Street construction continues Wednesday afternoon in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

So far, so good.

Barring a major storm, the first phase of the $15.7 million Burr Street reconstruction is on track for completion by Nov. 17, putting the second phase ...

Dakota Wesleyan University quarterback Dillon Turner will finish his collegiate career on Saturday as the Tigers take on Dordt College at 1 p.m. at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. The Salem, Arkansas, native holds the record for both DWU and the Great Plains Athletic Conference in passing yards for a career. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dillon Turner set out to leave a legacy.

When Turner joined the Dakota Wesleyan University football team in 2014, the preseason talk centered around who would replace Jon Bane and ...

Jim Corrigan talks with a customer while making a sandwich on Thursday afternoon at Bread and Batter's new location on Fifth Avenue and Main Street in downtown Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

As the lunch rush slowed Thursday, Jim and Kalie Corrigan smiled with relief.

But even as it passed 2 p.m., more customers stopped into their downtown sandwich shop, called ...

Brenda Olesen owns Einstein's Costume and Prop Rental in downtown Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

There are never two days alike for Brenda Olesen and her costume shop.

Especially now, as customers flock to her shop in anticipation for Halloween next week. But it's nothing ...

For one year, Mitchell’s biggest attraction will serve as a monument to the military.

With two months to spare in 2017 and crews still working on hanging this year’s murals, ...

The giant inflatable pheasant and shot gun shell are on display outside of Cabela's on Friday in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

With trucks filled to the top with hunting gear and supplies, a group of men from Wisconsin made their annual stop in Mitchell on Thursday.

The group of more than ...

Brad Greenway is ready for life to slow down a bit.

For the past year, the former National Pork Board’s America’s Pig Farmer of the Year has been traveling ...

South Dakota Transportation Commissioner and former state Sen. Mike Vehle, of Mitchell, serves as master of ceremonies for the ribbon-cutting of the Foster Street bridge on Tuesday. The bridge rehabilitation was the first to be completed under the Bridge Improvement Grant system created through 2015's Senate Bill 1, a bill Vehle sponsored.  (Evan Hendershot / Republic)

Tuesday was a big day for Transportation Commissioner and former state Sen. Mike Vehle.

More than two years after his highway and bridge funding bill — known as Senate Bill ...

Photographs from Phyllis Salmen's past lay on the table as Dakota Wesleyan University senior Dylan Dethlefsen  interviews Salmen on Tuesday morning in her apartment at Wesley Acres. (Matt Gade / Republic)

A new learning style at Dakota Wesleyan University will allow the stories of Mitchell's senior residents to be shared worldwide.

Recently, Dakota Wesleyan has incorporated community-based learning into curriculum. And ...

Brooke Veurink, Amy Muth, Shawna Huls and Jenna Stroup — all from Mitchell — attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday night in Las Vegas where gunfire erupted. (Submitted photo)

Screams of joy soon became screams of terror.

Smiling and singing along with Jason Aldean as he performed "When She Says Baby" at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, Brooke Veurink, ...

Jerry Rubendall, center, was surprised by Poet Biorefining employees at the plant near Mitchell in honor of his 11 years on the company's board of directors. Rubendall is stepping down from the board, and played an integral role in bringing the plant to the Mitchell area. (Evan Hendershot / Republic)

If not for Jerry Rubendall, Poet's presence in Mitchell may have remained a pipedream.

What started as a group of investors each throwing $200 into a hat to hire a ...

Bennett Namanny, center in green, gets a group hug from his fellow Kimball students on Monday. Bennett will undergo a heart valve replacement surgery on Wednesday in Omaha, Nebraska. (Matt Gade / Republic)

KIMBALL — Kimball students have heart.

On Monday, a sea of red overtook Kimball High School with more than 150 students wearing the bright crimson to show support for one ...

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