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10-year-old boy killed, five others injured in crash near Platte
"Meet the Creator" and closing reception at Dakota Discovery Museum
Vegetation management planned on Missouri River sandbars
Man arrested after two crashes, injuring passenger
Platte-Geddes using grants to enhance ag, welding programs
New iPhone to ditch headphone jack, come with better camera
Hulu ends free streaming service
BankWest announces new banker in Mitchell
A spa in Burger King? A Taco Bell lounge? This is the future of fast food.
Study indicates Yankton can support more retail businesses
Egg-laying chickens and eggs up in South Dakota
Scouts find subpar corn yields, big soy pod counts in South Dakota
AgweekTV: North Dakota sweet corn patch donated to charity every year
South Dakota cattle on feed up 5 percent from last year
South Dakota milk production up 6 percent in July
Area high school volleyball roundup: Hanson advances to championship
DWU golfer records ace
Chamberlain wins Mobridge-Pollock golf Invite
DWU releases men's basketball schedule
DWU wrestling team signs 10
Marion man to celebrate 90th
Mitchell woman to celebrate 96 years
Weisser reunion to be held in Tripp
Strand birth announcement
Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary holds July meeting
Mildred "Millie" Gritzmacher
Lillian (Buchholz) Brandt
OUR VIEW: Education best place to start meth fight
In his 30 years, Dunn did a lot of quiet things for our futures
OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers
LETTER: Radical Islam worse than perceived
Six fish species of state records set thus far in 2016
WILTZ: Cecil, Bullwinkle and the grizzly bears
North Dakota lowers mountain lion quota for first time
WILTZ: Some things we don't know bother me
Special August hunting season for Canada geese eliminated
August 4, 2015
OPINION: Not ready to retire
Last spring, I congratulated a colleague superintendent on the public announcement of his retirement. He thanked me and asked me how soon I would be making a similar announcement. I demurred, noting that it would be many years. He cautioned me that I shouldn't wait too long, that...
August 4, 2015 - 10:06am
July 23, 2015
Fine arts center excavation leads to unexpected discovery
An inconvenience for one can be a treasure for another. Excavation in preparation to build the Mitchell School District's new performing arts center led to the discovery of a century-old water pump and some rails from the nearby railroad. "We thought they might have some historic...
July 23, 2015 - 10:12am
May 12, 2015
OPINION: Helping along the American Dream
Last summer, when I was planning for the pre-service days for the school year which is now drawing inexorably to a close, I decided that I wanted try to do a TED talk. TED is an acronym for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and those three terms do offer a decent description...
May 12, 2015 - 11:01am
April 27, 2015
GRAVES: Coloring our own decline
Sometime ago, I was flipping channels on the television and came upon a teaser for a new series, "The Last Man on Earth." What a great premise, I thought. Not to mention what a great way to produce a relatively inexpensive television show, since there would be but one cast member. Of...
April 27, 2015 - 5:15pm
March 16, 2015
GRAVES: Not only the Irish who are mad
The great Gaels of Ireland Are men that God made mad For all their wars are merry And all their songs are sad. -- G.K. Chesterton I offer this bit of poetry not only because today is St. Paddy's Day and thus timely, but also because it is not only the Irish that God made mad....
March 16, 2015 - 9:45pm
March 2, 2015
I pledge resilience
At the beginning of every academic day at Mitchell Middle School, wherein my office resides, we stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. This...
March 2, 2015 - 9:07pm
January 6, 2015
GRAVES: State requirements vs. parental rights: a dilemma
Many years ago, as the superintendent of a small school district in southeast Iowa, I was working with a gracious, elderly lady boxing up the...
January 6, 2015 - 10:29am
December 12, 2014
GRAVES: Steps toward safety
For some time now, I have been wanting to write an Educationally Speaking column on the topic of school safety. It is almost a constant issue in the various news media, is of extraordinary interest to parents everywhere and is a fundamental task of schools. (It is, in fact, the only...
December 12, 2014 - 12:02am
November 24, 2014
GRAVES: Money ain't everything
When I was a little boy, I had the great good fortune to spend large swaths of my summer vacations with my maternal grandparents in Ashton, Iowa....
November 24, 2014 - 10:55pm
November 20, 2014
GRAVES: Stopping the swing of the educational pendulum
One of the things I do not like about my chosen profession is its tendency to wander from its hallowed, proven traditions, a phenomenon teachers often call the pendulum effect. Select any issue in education, any pedagogical method, any instructional goal or any student achievement...
November 20, 2014 - 9:01am
November 18, 2014
GRAVES: Get ready for some bad news
Recently, I was reading Scott Adams' (creator of Dilbert) new book, "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big." (Yes, in fact, I would appreciate it if you would refrain from commenting on why I would read a book with such a title.) In it, Adams lauds the virtue of simplicity...
November 18, 2014 - 9:37pm
Middle school parking lot bid comes in over budget
The Mitchell School District will likely alter its parking lot project at Mitchell Middle School as the lone bid was too high. The district's Board of Education will meet tonight in regular session at 5 p.m. at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy building. The east...
November 18, 2014 - 8:50pm
GRAVES: Changing demographics don't change mission, purpose of schools
Though it came with little fanfare or even notice in the general media, in the educational media it was something more along the lines of breaking news (though the criterion for what qualifies as such seems remarkably low these days). In the fall of 2014, school enrollments for the...
November 18, 2014 - 1:15pm
GRAVES: Mom set the bar high for so many
Of late, I have been spending more than my usual amount of time in school cafeterias, talking to students about what they like and dislike about...
November 18, 2014 - 1:12pm
JOE GRAVES: Time to forge a new frontier
When, in 1893, Professor Frederick Jackson Turner published his scholarly paper on the importance of the frontier in American history, he gained...
November 18, 2014 - 1:10pm