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Photos from the Corn Palace Challenge on Saturday night
Trial for Kimball shooter to be moved out of Brule County
Menno man sustains no injuries in Wednesday crash that killed 78-year-old
Trial for Kimball shooter to be moved out of Brule County
78-year-old man who died in crash in Vermillion identified
Davison County receives Gold Level award
Samsung scraps Galaxy Note 7 over fire concerns
CorTrust Bank ALM Community Foundation awards grants
Bass Pro Shops hooks Cabela's in $5.5 billion deal
AgweekTV: Ethanol Plant Tour
New SDSU Swine Unit opens with dedication
Regents working with governor on a major research centers plan
GUEBERT: Little hope for farm bill.
SD Soybean Council elects new leadership, welcomes new board member
Corn crop showing good progress in South Dakota
Parkston man marks 90th birthday
Mitchell man marks 85th birthday
Mitchell woman celebrates 80th birthday
Former Mitchell man celebrates 80th birthday
Parkston woman celebrates 90th birthday
GFP offers refunds on archery, youth and muzzleloader deer licenses
Mitchell native brings SDWF, Hunting Film Tour to town
The best of Wiltz: Nightmare on Erika Street
Captive pheasants make up one-fifth or more of SD harvest
GFP Commission refuses to break state laws over non-resident waterfowl hunting licenses
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