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Four area students will travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., this weekend to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Alyson Roth and Emily Mudder, of Avon High School, entered a joint project, and Justin Krell and Taylor Kinyon, of Plankinton High School, each entered individual projects. The students took top places at the South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Dakota Wesleyan University in March at Mitchell.
The James River Water Development District board of directors approved a request Tuesday from the Tripp Lake Association for funding to stabilize the banks of the dam that forms Tripp Lake. The $20,000 will help replenish the association's account, since it has already started work on the dam. Wayne Dempster, vice president of the association, told the board the association raised $50,000 to start the process of stabilization. "We wanted to get enough money to get this stabilized so it wouldn't get washed out the next time a spring rain came," Dempster said. The group has s
Mitchell Technical Institute drew closer to consolidating into one campus Monday after the Mitchell Board of Education approved final bids for the Trades Center and MTI broke ground for the building. At the groundbreaking ceremony, MTI president Greg Von Wald recognized former president Chris Paustian for pioneering the south campus, which sits along East Spruce Street and is visible from Interstate 90.
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.