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Nash Hutmacher, of Chamberlain, celebrates his win over Eddie Miller, of Brookings, during their Class A 285 pound state championship match during the second day of the state wrestling tournament last year at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Buzz growing for possible Casperson/Hutmacher title match
February 20, 2018 - 10:09pm
Joseph Novak, left, speaks before the City Council Tuesday night in Mitchell. (Evan Hendershot / Republic) play button
Council grants clemency: Man convicted of attempted murder to become local Lyft driver
February 20, 2018 - 8:35pm
Mitchell City Council: Toomey tussles with Tjarks
February 20, 2018 - 9:29pm
Wagner's Abby Freier (32) dribbles the ball up the court against Bon Homme's Rachel Sestak (1) during the Region 5A tournament on Tuesday in Wagner. (Ryan Deal / Republic)
Area postseason girls basketball roundup: Wagner fends off Bon Homme
February 20, 2018 - 10:06pm
A crowd listens to the Hutchinson County commissioners discuss their plan for building a new courthouse during a public meeting Tuesday night at the courthouse in Olivet. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)
Hutchinson County Courthouse project put in the spotlight
February 20, 2018 - 9:05pm
Wednesday need-to-know: 5 stories
February 21, 2018 - 8:12am
Middle school student shoots himself in school bathroom, had backpack that contained items to make explosives
February 20, 2018 - 2:13pm
Gary Roth cuts up a side of beef at Blue Bird Locker in Delmont. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Customers are the 'backbone' of Blue Bird Locker
February 20, 2018 - 10:42am
Police lights. (Republic file photo)
Sheriff: Lake Andes woman died of hypothermia
February 20, 2018 - 5:09pm
Dakota Wesleyan's Nygel Drury (5) looks to pass the ball around Hastings' Drew Callaghan (33) during a game earlier this month at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
DWU's double feature: Expect a big crowd during Wednesday's GPAC doubleheader
February 20, 2018 - 8:45pm
Mark L. Koenig
February 21, 2018 - 9:37am
Woonsocket Superintendent Rod Weber attends a meeting in 2016. (Daily Republic file photo)
Woonsocket could cut elementary principal position
February 20, 2018 - 3:04pm
Alwin Chen, 18, was charged Thursday with bringing this loaded gun to Clarksburg High School in Montgomery County, Md. MUST CREDIT: Handout courtesy of Montgomery County (Maryland) Police
AR-15, detonator devices found in home of teenager who brought handgun to school, prosecutors say
February 20, 2018 - 3:55pm
Mitchell's Jordon Johnson (4) puts up a shot between Aberdeen Central's Jonah Dohrer (20) and Collin Stoebner (22) during Tuesday night's game at the Golden Eagles Arena. Looking on is the Golden Eagles Nathan Rook, far left and the Kernels' Kaden Soukup and Carter Jacobsen (24). (John Davis / Aberdeen American News)
Golden Eagles drop Kernel boys
February 20, 2018 - 10:26pm
Kathy Guthmiller, center, poses for a photo with Anne Hunter Volunteer of the Year Award. Standing with her is Helen Geppert, eastern regional manager for South Dakota Farm Bureau, and Jon Bueber, Hutchinson County president. (Photo courtesy of the South Dakota Farm Bureau)
A fondness for farming
February 20, 2018 - 10:32am

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Todd and Su Lee hold their 2-month-old twins, MacHale, left, and Maxine, right, on Tuesday at their home in Howard. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

HOWARD — At home, tucked safely into the crook of their parents' arms, it's hard to tell MacHale and Maxine Lee have already overcome a mountain of odds stacked against ...

The Mitchell Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic Illustration)

After millions of dollars' worth of investment, the stars have aligned for an excellent tourism season at the World's Only Corn Palace.

A visit to the Corn Palace is always ...

10-year-old Oscar Anderson hands out the day's readings to parishioners as they make their way into Spirit of Faith church on Sunday for service in Woonsocket. (Matt Gade / Republic)

WOONSOCKET — Struck by tragedy and grief, Rachael Anderson wandered into the Spirit of Faith church four years ago.

Not knowing what to expect or what she'd find, Anderson sat ...

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs celebrates as he scores the game winning touchdown against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY Sports)

ALEXANDRIA—On Sunday, Ray Slaba shared a memorable moment with his sons and, eventually, the rest of the world.

The Hanson High School principal celebrated with his sons — Reggie and ...

Construction work continues on the new Performance Pet Products expansion east of the existing facility in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Without two city-supported projects, investment in Mitchell would have hit its lowest point since 2013.

Two of the three largest community investments in Mitchell in 2017 were supported through tax ...

Mitchell's Maria Krall performs on the balance beam during the Jill McCormick Invitational in December at Mitchell High School. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Maria Krall has already shown she's a talented high school gymnast.

But during this, her junior season, Krall has shown she has the confidence to lead the way for the ...

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, ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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