We had suspected that the drought would play a role in the state’s hunting season, and it apparently did.RELATED CONTENT
He never lost an election at all during his political career, despite serving one of the nation’s most conservative states — a feat that surely required a healthy dose of support every election cycle from South Dakota Republicans.RELATED CONTENT
During the next 12 to 18 months, city officials, downtown representatives and the general public will be asked to weigh in on the future of Sioux Falls’ downtown business district.RELATED CONTENT
Here at The Daily Republic, few subjects raise the ire of readers as much as the removal of trees.RELATED CONTENT
It seems many people are working the streets of Mitchell lately, fundraising for various facilities and activities, or considering options to raise public money for high-dollar projects.RELATED CONTENT
While there still will be almost two years before Johnson leaves his Senate post, today it’s appropriate to thank him for his generosity of time, knowledge, commitment and grace to a state that benefited from his work.RELATED CONTENT
If anybody with a computer and a Facebook account could learn so much about Davidson in so little time, there’s no reason the DOC shouldn’t be doing the same.RELATED CONTENT
Just because Republicans and Democrats agree on a particular policy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good one.RELATED CONTENT
A look back at the week that was, from "Adopt a Farmer" to SDSU basketball to poverty.RELATED CONTENT
The world will burn that tar-sand oil no matter how it is shipped to markets. It just as well pass through a pipe.RELATED CONTENT
CHEERS to the recent inductees into the South Dakota Basketball Hall of Fame. A handful of former players from the Mitchell area were among the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011, including Alan Miller of Mitchell (formerly of Stickney), longtime Dakota Wesleyan coach Gordon Fosness, Terry Slattery of Salem St. Mary’s and Jerry Wingen of Canova. All were honored at an event last month in Madison.RELATED CONTENT
The tough new abortion law passed by the South Dakota Legislature and recently signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ignited debate across the country. The 72-hour wait for an abortion in South Dakota, along with mandatory counseling at a state-approved anti-abortion center, make this law one of the strictest in the nation.RELATED CONTENT
We were sorely disappointed earlier this year when the South Dakota Legislature considered, but failed to pass, a ban on texting while driving.
We said then it was a bad decision to reject the bill, and it looks even worse now.
Wednesday, Justin Iburg, 21, of Fulton, was convicted of reckless driving for his role in the September death of Jon Christensen, 44, of Mitchell.
More high schools in the region are considering forming cooperative agreements for athletics, some of which may have seemed entirely unlikely a generation — or even a decade — ago.
Lately, there have been many talks between schools in the region.
We were surprised to read that Mitchell’s February unemployment rate rose to 5.2 percent, the highest mark since March 2010.
And we agree with Bryan Hisel, head of the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce and Mitchell Area Development Corporation, who said that 5.2 percent seems high. After all, anecdotal evidence seems to point toward economic recovery in Mitchell.
HISSES to the news that Mitchell’s unemployment rate rose in February for the third straight month, to 5.2 percent. The state Department of Labor said employment fluctuations can be a normal part of recovery from a recession. We hope that’s the case, and that Mitchell’s rising unemployment is not a sign of negative forces at work in the economy.RELATED CONTENT
With a record snowfall of 74 inches and counting, spring flooding in Watertown and the surrounding area seems inevitable. Flood watches have been issued for parts of the James River and Big Sioux River and Gov. Dennis Daugaard has already requested an emergency flood declaration from the federal government.
An already sad story from Menno has taken a sadder twist after a 911 call center worker admitted that his mistake cost emergency responders about a half-hour of wasted time when responding to a fire earlier this week.RELATED CONTENT
Funding for a multimillion-dollar rail line west of Mitchell apparently is safe, and that’s great news for the region.
It was announced recently that a $16 million grant from the federal government has been authorized for the project, which is expected to see a reconstruction of the line between Mitchell and Chamberlain. Separate from the track rehabilitation plan but dependent upon that project, a group of South Dakotans has announced that it wants to build a new $25 million shuttle grain facility in the Kimball area.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard proved a point earlier this month when he vetoed a bill that would raise money to repair rural roads in South Dakota.
A few hours later, the state Legislature also proved a point, showing that the new governor’s hard-line stance against new taxes still is at the mercy of lawmakers who have their ear to the ground in their home districts.