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Area basketball roundup: Rustlers earn road win at Menno
January 16, 2018 - 11:13pm
Dakota Wesleyan University's Amber Bray, left, looks up at the basket as South Dakota State University's Tylee Irwin, right, during a women's basketball game on Tuesday at Frost Arena in Brookings. (Eric Mayer / Republic)
Miller, Jackrabbits too much for DWU women
January 16, 2018 - 10:49pm
Police: Man accidentally shot in leg practicing quick draw
January 16, 2018 - 1:59pm
Mitchell City Hall. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Former Jitters building to be demolished
January 16, 2018 - 8:43pm
Mitchell's Baley Miller (23) drives to the basket as Huron's Teegan Evers (22) defends during a game on Tuesday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Kernels can't overtake Huron boys
January 16, 2018 - 11:30pm
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton reacts towards the fans in the crowd after a fourth quarter touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Images show Saints coach Sean Payton taunted Vikings fans with skol chant before losing playoff game
January 16, 2018 - 2:00pm
Aberdeen man, 34, identified as victim when vehicle hits construction container in ditch in NE SD
January 16, 2018 - 3:12pm
Conquistadors from the 16th century as depicted in a painting from the 1700s.   Library of Congress
Scientists find possible cause for mystery epidemic that wiped out Mexico 500 years ago
January 16, 2018 - 12:02pm
Mitchell's Kyler Bauder controls Brookings' Jaxon Bowes on Tuesday at the Mitchell High School Gymnasium. (Ryan Deal / Republic)
Mitchell wrestling beats Brookings
January 16, 2018 - 10:44pm
The National Park Service Advisory Board members who just quit en masse said they tried unsuccessfully to engage with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, seen here at an event in Washington, D.C., in September. Bloomberg photo by Zach Gibson
Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration
January 17, 2018 - 7:04am
Sees, Nagel power Pirates past MCS girls
January 16, 2018 - 11:11pm
Ice accumulates following a winter storm. (Republic file photo)
Too cool for school? As temperatures dip below zero, schools stay closed for safety
January 16, 2018 - 3:52pm
Howard's Evan Kizer, left, goes for a takedown against Wagner's Jace Johnson during the 220-pound semifinals Saturday at the Jerry Opbroek Invitational at Mitchell High School. (Eric Mayer / Republic)
Howard holding own on wrestling mat
January 16, 2018 - 9:00am
Charges amended against man who accused Wagner police of excessive force
January 16, 2018 - 6:49pm
State Sen. Billie Sutton, a Burke Democrat, speaks at an event at Mitchell's Cornerstone Coffee House & Deli in January. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Sutton swings for the fences
January 15, 2018 - 8:52am

Inside The Daily Republic

White River and Bennett County compete for the opening tip-off marking the start of the first game of the 50th Jones County Invitational Tournament on Thursday in the Harold Thune Auditorium in Murdo. (Matt Gade / Republic)

MURDO — Murdo's cozy Harold Thune Auditorium will be crammed with fans and 50 years of memories this week.

The Jones County Invitational, which is South Dakota's longest-running basketball tournament, ...

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Anna, Brooklyn, Logan and Charles will likely empty their parents' pocketbooks.

Some of the most popular baby names for newborns in 2017 at Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell, those ...

Patrons visit the Dollar General store in Parkston earlier this week. (Matt Gade / Republic)

With a target on rural towns, Wagner appears to be the prime spot for Dollar General's next store.

The company has plans to tear down a former business and build ...

At center, state Sen. Billie Sutton, of Burke, mingles with guests during an event held at Cornerstone Coffee House & Deli on Wednesday evening in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Political pundits are sure to scrutinize state Sen. Billie Sutton's voting record this legislative session, but the Democratic candidate for governor won't change his approach to decision-making.

The Senate minority ...

Julie Brookbank is The Daily Republic's 2017 Person of the Year. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The strong, familiar voice of Mitchell Technical Institute is Julie Brookbank.

The longtime marketing director of Mitchell Tech has been the voice, spokeswoman and go-to gal at the school for ...

The hugs and smiles were never-ending Friday night, as scores of former Kernels reminisced about a South Dakota basketball legend.

Surrounded by state championship trophies, family members and former players, ...

Times change, but the talk of the town stayed the same.

In 2016, we named the progress to restore water quality at Lake Mitchell as The Daily Republic's story of ...

Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Riley Reiff (71) blocks Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) during a game Oct. 15 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. (Matt Gade / Republic)

For most of this decade, they've been South Dakota's three most recognizable professional athletes.

And in 2017, Chad Greenway, Mike Miller and Riley Reiff — all of whom call the ...

Former Davison County Veterans Service Officer Jessica Davidson has consulted with an attorney and is considering filing charges for wrongful termination against Davison County. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Davison County's former veterans service officer believes she was terminated for "whistleblowing" on the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, which she said upset state Veterans Affairs Secretary Larry Zimmerman, ...

Alexandria native Amanda Hart is in her second season at the director of basketball operations for the Nebraska women's basketball team. (Isabelle Thalken / Nebraska Athletic Communications)

LINCOLN, Neb.—If the University of Nebraska women's basketball team is like a ship, Amanda Hart is there to steer it.

The Alexandria native is in her second season as the ...

Paige Jacomet stands for a photo on Tuesday morning in Wessington Springs. In April, Jacomet was severely beaten by Vernon Parsells, who was sentenced on Tuesday to 15 years in prison. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

WESSINGTON SPRINGS — Paige Jacomet knew she was in danger before Vernon Parsells hit her the first time.

The two had spent the afternoon and evening of April 4 together, ...

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)

Holding back tears, Dick Muth proudly told the crowd he's a graduate of Mitchell Technical Institute.

Standing by his side was his wife, Darlene, and together they thanked the technical ...

Bonnie and Hank of Bonnie’s DeKor pose for a photo inside of the store earlier this week. (Matt Gade / Republic)

There's no place like Bonnie's DeKor.

Bonnie Kor can list cities — such as Chicago, Tucson, Omaha and Washington D.C. — from which customers and visitors have traveled from to ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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