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A former Mitchell man who died during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008 will soon receive the Bronze Star for Valor. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy Vrooman, who grew up in Mitchell from third to 11th grade, has been deemed a hero by soldiers he led into a mission July 15, 2008. The Bronze Star for Valor is awarded for an act of merit and includes a V on the ribbon, which is awarded for heroism. The award is the fourth-highest combat award given in the U.S. Armed Forces, and the ninth-highest military award.
A new, four-pawed arrival at Ed's Pet World in Mitchell had a brief hiatus Wednesday afternoon when two adults and a juvenile allegedly took a cocker spaniel puppy from the store. Ed Anderson, owner of the store, said he visited with the three people when they entered the store around 1:30 p.m.
Court Appointed Special Advocates are more than just volunteers. "They are friends." That's according to Jackie Horton, the First Circuit CASA executive director. Horton said an advocate is the only constant in the lives of children who are going through tough situations with their families. On Wednesday, volunteers and students from Mitchell Christian Early Learning Center placed blue pinwheels in front of the CASA office. Each of the 42 pinwheels represents one child CASA has helped since Jan. 1. That number is down from 53 last year, Horton said.
Unseasonably warm weather has dramatically increased rounds played during March at Lakeview Municipal Golf Course in Mitchell. The course reported the number of rounds has tripled from 2010, when it was open for a good part of the month, and increased by 14 times compared to 2011, when it was open for only a few days. Lakeview opened March 13 this year, and in the 19 days the course was open in March, golfers played 1,700 rounds, said Dan Sabers, general manager. "This is somebody up above looking out for us," Sabers said with a laugh Saturday afternoon.
SPRINGFIELD -- A veterans memorial at Springfield is still a work in progress and organizers have decided to move back the original ambitious completion date of July 4 to about three years from now. Connie Allen, chairperson of the Springfield Veterans Memorial Committee, said Thursday soil samples will be taken to determine where bedrock sits and how much concrete is needed to support the weight of the granite memorial. "That's a biggie for us," she said.
SPRINGFIELD -- Activity at regional state parks and recreation areas has already been steady after many were cleaned up from last year's flooding. Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area near Yankton last weekend had 50 campsites filled, which is "unheard of" for this time of year, said Shane Bertsch, district Game Fish & Parks director. The Springfield Recreational Area on Lewis and Clark Lake was one of the hardest hit by flooding last year, but is also nearly ready for visitors. State employees had to move two camping cabins to Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area last summer
CORSICA -- Residents in Corsica will decide April 10 whether to approve sales tax bonds for a $1.72 million street and drainage project. The City Council voted the measure to the ballot during a February meeting. To pass the measure, the people of Corsica must vote 50 percent plus one in favor of approving the bonds. A vote in favor of the bonds will bring the city a maximum of $1.786 million in financing, which would cover the proposed project cost, said Dick Brink, mayor. According to City Council minutes from February, the council doesn't want to raise property taxes by
A Mitchell mayor candidate is trying to revive the idea of building a joint recreation and wellness center with Dakota Wesleyan University and Avera Queen of Peace Health Services. Tara Volesky, one of six candidates for mayor in the June 5 election, said it only makes sense for the city to work with the two entities to provide a state-of-the-art facility for its residents. Currently, city employees are considering an expansion of the existing Mitchell Recreation Center on North Main Street, which is connected to Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School. "I'm against the expansion,
Gas prices in Mitchell have fallen in line with those in other eastern South Dakota communities. According to Gasbuddy.com, a site that monitors gas prices around the nation and is updated frequently each day, gas prices range from an average of $3.925 per gallon in Chamberlain to $3.717 in Mitchell. From a visual survey around Mitchell Wednesday, The Daily Republic found the highest regular unleaded gas price to be $3.99 per gallon at a station near Interstate 90.
Two area governmental entities will opt out of normal tax limitations, unless the people object and put the matter to a vote. The Woonsocket School District has approved an opt-out for $250,000 annually over the next seven years, and Fairview Township of Hanson County has approved an opt-out for $14,900 annually over the next five years. Both opt-outs would start with 2012 taxes payable in 2013. An opt-out means a local government has made a decision to opt out of state-imposed limits on annual property tax increases.