Around the Region
A look at news around the Mitchell region, compiled from weekly newspapers.
AG BUILDING RENOVATION: After months of deliberations, the Aurora County Commission directed Auditor Susan Urban to advertise for sealed bids on the initial phase of the county ag building’s renovation. Early bids for electrical, windows, heating and cooling, and remodeling were too high and the commission decided to break the project into three phases. Phase I will include window replacement and the remodeling of bathrooms. Sealed bids are due for Phase I by Nov. 19.
—The South Dakota Mail
DISC GOLF COURSE APPROVED: The Douglas County commissioners voted recently to approve the construction of a disc golf course in Armour on a portion of the county 4-H grounds. Only two holes of the course would be on county ground. Disc golf is similar to traditional golf, except that golf balls are replaced by Frisbees which are tossed into special baskets along a course. The project is the brainchild of Armour High School students and is being funded by the city, the community foundation and donations from local businesses.
—The Armour Chronicle
HONOR SONG DISCUSSED: At Thursday’s meeting of the Chamberlain School Board, held at the Lode Star Casino in Fort Thompson, community members gave input on behalf of American Indian students who attend the district. Concerns were expressed about the 2014 graduation ceremony since an honor song was denied at the 2013 graduation. Community member Tiffany Monteau said her children should not have to sacrifice their cultural identities to get a good education. Teacher Belinda Joe-Rencountre suggested that the honor song be sung half in English and half in Dakota. Board President Rebecca Reimer said a decision on the matter will be made before May.
— Chamberlain-Oacoma Sun
VOTERS OK LAND PURCHASE: On Oct. 22, Gregory residents voted 238-123 to proceed with the purchase of 66 acres of land for future development. It was a 45 percent voter turnout. Gregory/Dallas Chamber of Commerce Director Holly Glover said, “I think it’s wonderful to have this opportunity for the growth of the community, for business and for families as well.” More affordable housing will bring more families to town, she said.
— Gregory Times-Advocate
NEW FIRE HALL: The Scotland Volunteer Fire Department announced a new fire hall project at its 129th annual Fireman’s Masquerade Ball. The new hall will cost $675,000 and will be on the corner of Main and Railroad streets, the site of an old creamery. About $500,000 has been pledged to date for the 120-by-80-foot building. The building will feature multiple, separate truck bays, which allow quicker response time for emergency and fire calls.