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PHOTO GALLERY: Daily Republic 2013 photos of the year

Smoke billows into the sky from the scene of a head-on collision that killed two area people on Sept. 25 six miles south of Mitchell on state Highway 37. (Sean Ryan/Republic) 1 / 6
William Schaefer, 11, of Mitchell, goes over a small ramp constructed by sledding enthusiasts in January at the amphitheater alongside Lake Mitchell. (Chris Huber/Republic) 2 / 6
Students in Mitchell Technical Institute’s powerline construction and management program practice skills in the training area on MTI’s south campus in January in Mitchell. (Chris Huber/Republic) 3 / 6
Movie goers sit on top of a car to watch “Despicable Me 2” in September, the last movie to be shown at the Starlite Drive-In Theater in Mitchell. (Sean Ryan/Republic) 4 / 6
Maddie Breidenbach, 12, left, Brooke Degen, 13, center, and Taylor Graves, 12, right, all of Mitchell, spin around on the carnival rides in August in downtown Mitchell at the annual Corn Palace Festival. (Sean Ryan/Republic) 5 / 6
The Mitchell Kernels football team waits to run onto Joe Quintal Field before its homecoming game against Spearfish on Sept. 20. (Sean Ryan/Republic) 6 / 6

Here are some of the year’s most compelling and memorable images taken and compiled by Daily Republic news staffers and photographers. Check Saturday for more 2013 photos of the year.