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Sports and music have helped lead Mike Lynch on his journey to becoming a social worker. Lynch, an Omaha, Neb., student of Dakota Wesleyan University, will celebrate his December graduation by walking through the spring commencement ceremony today at the Corn Palace. Baccalaureate will begin at 10 a.m. at the Sherman Center on DWU's campus, and graduation will start at 1 p.m. at the Corn Palace with 161 graduates. Lynch came to DWU with a music scholarship, to run cross country and track, and to major in biology.
KIMBALL -- The Kimball School District was awarded nearly $700,000 from its arbitration with Swift Contractors last week. The district had sued Swift Contractors, of Sioux Falls, for poor construction of the district's new school building in 2004. The school began showing signs of deterioration in 2006 when the ground below it started settling. Large cracks in several areas of the building were the most prominent problem. The district was awarded a total settlement of $684,375. The private arbitration took place April 16 to 19 at the Minnehaha County Courthouse in Sioux Falls.
The Shrine Circus is once again the "greatest show in town" starting with a 7 p.m. Monday performance at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The circus will also have performances Tuesday and Wednesday at 4:30 and 7 p.m. each day. Tickets went on sale March 26.
FORT THOMPSON -- A former Crow Creek tribal leader has regained his position of power on the reservation. Brandon Sazue Sr. was elected tribal chairman April 19. Sazue was previously elected chairman in 2008 but lost his seat in 2010 to Duane Big Eagle Sr., who had served previous terms as chairman totaling nearly 20 years. Big Eagle lost the position after he was convicted of bribery and conspiracy in 2011.
The Mitchell Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday approved a request from Brad Ciavarella to move forward with renovating the former Whittier School building. Ciavarella, his wife, Karol, and Ross and Amber Determan founded Whittier Lofts LLC in March and purchased the Whittier School on April 9 for $175,000. Ciavarella shared preliminary plans Wednesday during the commission's meeting at City Hall. The current plan is only to move Ciavarella Design into a portion of the lower level of the building.
The Mitchell Police Division arrested a sex offender Monday for failure to provide written notice of a change in his address. Dustin James Nordrum was convicted in December of fourth-degree rape. Judge Sean O'Brien sentenced Nordrum to five years in prison, but suspended the execution of the sentence if Nordrum followed certain terms of probation. He spent 75 days in Davison County Jail on the charge. Monday, the Mitchell Police Division received word Nordrum gave a girl younger than 18 some cold pills knowing she was going to use them to become intoxicated, said Detective Lt.
By ANNA JAUHOLA The Daily Republic The Kimball School District is in arbitration this week over problems with a school building constructed in 2004. Retired Judge Gene Paul Kean was named the arbitrator in 2010 after the district filed a civil lawsuit against Swift Contractors of Sioux Falls, the company that constructed the school.
AURORA COUNTY -- A Plankinton native raffled a quarter section of land last weekend to help fund programs that meet the medical needs of the under-served in South Dakota. Dr. Annette Bosworth bought the 160 acres of land on her wedding day 14 years ago -- a piece of land that's been in her family for 150 years. As of Monday afternoon, Bosworth said she'd heard the raffle winner, David Entmer, of Sioux Falls, planned to accept ownership of the land.
After a 2.57-inch rainfall over the weekend, farmers are anxious for the ground to dry up so planting can begin. According to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, the Mitchell area received 0.4 of an inch of rain Friday, 0.52 of an inch Saturday and 1.65 inches Sunday. Farmers will likely start planting toward the end of this week or early next week, said Chad Blindauer, president of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council and a Mitchell farmer. "By the time it dries up, it'll be time to get planting," he said. Larry Wagner, an Extension agronomy field specialist
The former Whittier School building at Second Avenue and Sanborn Boulevard in Mitchell has been cleared out, and new owners are preparing to tackle a renovation. Former owners Boyd and Kay Reimnitz transferred the deed to Whittier Lofts LLC for $175,000 on Monday, according to the Davison County Register of Deeds Office. Ross and Amber Determan, and Brad and Karol Ciavarella, all of Mitchell, are the initial members of Whittier Lofts LLC. The tentative plan is to put apartments in the building, and Ciavarella Design plans to locate its offices in the building. "If we can he