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The Mitchell Fire Division is seeking bids for a new tanker truck. "It's something we've been budgeting for five years," said Paul Morris, assistant fire chief. Bids will be received until 1:30 p.m. on March 11 at Mitchell City Hall at 612 N. Main St. The fire division is looking for a 2,000-gallon tanker. The division recently negotiated a new contract with the Mitchell Rural Fire Association, he added. Mitchell will now provide fire protection services to portions of Beulah and Lisbon townships in Davison County and portions of Hanson and Plano townships in Hanson County.
A judge determined Tuesday that Kristopher Aslesen is a danger to the public and deserves prison time. The 31-year-old Mitchell man pleaded guilty in December to fourth-degree rape, which means the victim was between 13 and 16 years old and the perpetrator is more than three years older than the victim. Aslesen was accused of the crime in March 2014 and pleaded not guilty in April 2014. Later that year, he changed his plea. Judge Tim Bjorkman sentenced Aslesen to 15 years in prison -- the maximum penalty for the crime -- but suspended five of those years.
Unexpected issues in the Corn Palace have led to nearly $175,000 in change orders throughout Phase 1 of the renovation. The city started with more than $302,000 in a contingency fund in case changes were needed during construction. Stephanie Ellwein, Mitchell's city administrator, said contractors found several issues that needed immediate fixing and updating. For example, they opened up a dropped ceiling and found another ceiling above with light fixtures that needed to be removed.
Mitchell's CHS Farmers Alliance plans to start rebuilding its chemical storage warehouse in the next couple of weeks. The former warehouse burned in an early-morning November fire that blanketed the town in a putrid smell. CHS General Manager Jim Morken said Thursday the estimated losses from the fire will total more than $2 million. He explained the warehouse will be built on the same site as the previous building.
In the last two years, Joel Amick, Kelly Carpenter and many others who are going through drug court have helped stabilize the prison population in South Dakota. Both convicted criminals who live in Mitchell, Amick and Carpenter are successfully making their way through James Valley Drug Court. Amick, 28, is nearing graduation and Carpenter, 34, is close to entering her final phase in the program. Drug court is an intensely supervised experience overseen by a team of professionals, including a judge, attorneys, treatment counselors, court services officers and law enforcement.
LOWER BRULE -- A judge on Thursday ordered the Lower Brule Sioux tribal council must hold a council meeting in March. The judge was finally able to issue his order just before 1 p.m. after four hours of the council members and attorneys attempting to find a resolution to their conflicts in discussions behind closed doors not open to the public. Without coming to an agreement, the council members, attorneys and judge met in the courtroom. Judge B.J.
A Mitchell man allegedly stole a vehicle, nearly struck a police car and ran from the police while he was drunk. Myles Tuttle, 21, led police on a foot chase through the yard of a concrete plant late Wednesday night after he allegedly stole a vehicle from the parking lot behind ScoreBoard Pub & Grille in Mitchell. The incident started when Mitchell Police Officer Russ Stevenson had a vehicle stopped along the 800 block of North Rowley Street and had the driver in his car. Stevenson noticed a vehicle that appeared to be driving directly toward his patrol car, Patrol Sgt.
Pat Oleson is elated. Two Boy Scout troops in Mitchell are producing at least nine Eagle Scouts this year, and seven others are working on Eagle Scout projects. "I've never seen this many at one time," said Oleson, leader of Boy Scout Troop 72. "I've been Scout leader since 1999 and have 41 Eagle Scouts, but this is the largest number I've seen at one time in one year." As the troops celebrate National Boy Scout Week this week, some of those boys have recently completed projects, passed their Eagle Scout board of review or gone through their Eagle Scout ceremony.
This week, Becky Pitz will make her second trip to Washington, D.C. to help reinforce the importance of renewable fuels. Pitz, the general manager of POET Biorefining in Mitchell, will be one of about 30 people flying to the nation's capital through Growth Energy, a nonprofit that includes members from ethanol and agribusiness industries, such as POET. The group will visit with lawmakers about renewable energy. Pitz said POET invited one general manager from each state the company has plants, to attend the event, which will take place today and Thursday.
Shopping carts full of merchandise sat in lines without shoppers Tuesday afternoon at Walmart in Mitchell. The computer system at the retail and grocery store were down, leaving the employees unable to check out customers, according to officials at the store. Some customers chose to leave their carts at the checkouts with their names taped to the handles. Others left the store either shrugging their shoulders or slightly disgruntled that their trip into town was wasted. Signs on the doors of Walmart greeted customers saying the store is temporarily closed.