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Bonnie and Hank of Bonnie’s DeKor pose for a photo inside of the store earlier this week. (Matt Gade / Republic)
South Dakota's decor destination: Bonnie's DeKor
December 16, 2017 - 7:00am
Letcher native and South Dakota State University freshman Myah Selland drives to the basket against Oklahoma on Dec. 6 at Frost Arena. (Dave Eggen / Inertia)
Selland playing key role early for Jackrabbits
December 16, 2017 - 9:00am
Darlene and Dick Muth receive a round of applause after an announcement of a $1.1 million donation to Mitchell Technical Institute on Thursday evening in the Campus Center. (Matt Gade / Republic) play button
Dick and Darlene Muth, Muth Electric donate $1.1 million to Mitchell Tech
December 14, 2017 - 8:17pm
Bankruptcies for Dec. 7 through Dec. 12
December 15, 2017 - 11:21am
Dakota Wesleyan's Ty Hoglund (24) goes to the basket past Briar Cliff's Jay Wolfe during a game on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic) play button
Tiger men drop GPAC thriller against Briar Cliff
December 16, 2017 - 8:45pm
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Stevens pulls away from Mitchell boys in second half
December 16, 2017 - 5:06pm
Mitchell's Payton Morgan shoots the ball during a prep girls basketball game against Rapid City Stevens on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Eric Mayer / Republic)
Offensive woes plague Kernel girls against Raiders
December 16, 2017 - 5:21pm
Mitchell Aquatics and Recreation Coordinator Jamie Henkel, bottom left, and Parks and Recreation Board member Ryan Tupper look on at the construction site for the city of Mitchell's indoor aquatic center under construction on North Main Street. A tour of the facility was given in November. (Evan Hendershot / Republic)
Mitchell aquatic center makes 'great strides' toward completion 2 years after public vote
December 16, 2017 - 9:00am
President Donald Trump is visible on a video screen as he speaks to graduates of the FBI National Academy , a bureau program that offers advanced training for American and foreign law enforcement officers, on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 in Quantico, Va. Earlier on Friday, Trump escalated his criticism of the FBI over its investigation of possible links between Russia and his campaign, calling the inquiry a "very sad thing to watch." (Tom BrennerThe New York Times Copyright 2017)
FBI officials' text message about Hillary Clinton said to be a cover story for romantic affair
December 15, 2017 - 8:04pm
A lawmaker accused of molesting a teen killed himself. His widow calls it a 'high-tech lynching.'
December 15, 2017 - 2:08pm
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WATCH: Pet dog survives coyote attack caught on backyard surveillance camera
December 15, 2017 - 4:56pm
Area basketball roundup: Wolves edge Beavers in OT
December 15, 2017 - 10:51pm
Mitchell's Tayler Factor, right, is fouled by Rapid City Central's Bailey Johnson, left, while going to the basket during a prep girls basketball game on Friday at the Corn Palace. (Eric Mayer / Republic)
Kernels contain Cobbler girls
December 15, 2017 - 9:35pm
Dakota Wesleyan University's Amber Bray, right, drives to the basket as Briar Cliff's Taylor Vasa, left, defends her during a Great Plains Athletic Conference women's basketball game on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Eric Mayer / Republic)
Balanced Tiger women dismantle Chargers
December 16, 2017 - 6:36pm
Defending champ James Madison returning to FCS title game after beating SDSU
December 16, 2017 - 8:14pm

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Marc Reiner stands in one of his soybean fields east of Tripp this past summer. (Matt Gade / Republic)

TRIPP — Soybeans are always on Marc Reiner's mind.

And now even more so as the Tripp farmer was appointed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to serve as one ...

Lake Mitchell in the summer of 2017. (Evan Hendershot / Republic)

The wait is over, but the cost estimates are unprecedented.

Mitchell city officials forewarned that the costs appearing in Fyra Engineering's Lake Mitchell restoration report are preliminary estimates and are ...

Mike Miller (Republic file photo)

Mike Miller knows he wasn't the most talented player in the NBA, but the foundation of success he cultivated at home in Mitchell helped set him apart from the rest. ...

Bill Marquardt gives instructions to the Mount Vernon/Plankinton girls basketball team last season. Marquardt is retired, but he's still around the game. (Eric Mayer / Republic)

Bill Marquardt has stepped away from coaching basketball, but he hasn't stepped away from basketball.

Marquardt, 66, retired from teaching in April 2013, but continued to coach the Mount Vernon/Plankinton ...

Emery native Jeremy Jansen returned to his family's home for Thanksgiving after having spent Monday through Wednesday volunteer decorating inside the White House. (Matt Gade / Republic)

EMERY — By day, Jeremy Jansen is an accountant — but by night, he's decorating.

As Christmas approaches, the Emery native's flare for holiday decor is beginning to show. But ...

Mitchell High School junior Mackenzie Miller has been named the Daily Republic's Volleyball Player of the Year. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Mackenzie Miller can do a little bit of everything on the volleyball court.

In that way, she’s the perfect embodiment of the Mitchell High School volleyball program.

Miller, ...

Gregory High School quarterback Andy McCance has been named The Daily Republic's Football Player of the Year. (Matt Gade / Republic)

GREGORY — Andy McCance's accomplishments are second to none.

In three years as Gregory High School's starting quarterback, McCance led the Gorillas to back-to-back 12-0 seasons that ended with Class ...

Mike and Janelle Phillips pose for a photo on Monday afternoon in their business Shakes 'N' Stuff. The Mitchell couple purchased the diner in May and opened in early October. (Sara Bertsch/ Republic)

Mike Phillips has always dreamed of opening his own ice cream shop.

And approximately a month and a half ago, his dream became a reality as he and his wife, ...

Amanda Halsey, owner of Servant Sips, stands for a portrait on Saturday in Mitchell. Servant Sips is an online business that sells fair trade certified coffee, with a portion of all sales donated to organizations geared toward helping homeless people. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

Amanda Halsey has plenty to be thankful for this year.

On Nov. 30, the Dakota Wesleyan University student will celebrate the one year anniversary of owning her own business, which ...

A roar of applause and cheers filled the Highland Conference Center on Friday as the Mitchell United Way unrolled a lengthy banner.

The banner revealed that, for the 37th year ...

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)

With a serious face, Sister Nancy Dwyer turned to her fellow sisters to ask a question.

"What do they call a nun who took the bar exam?" she said, staring ...

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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