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The future of Mitchell's oldest building is in doubt after an interior wall collapsed Nov. 15. Longhorn Bar owner Jason Bates, who gained ownership from his father, Charlie Bates, just 45 days prior to the wall collapse, said it's been an emotional time. The building that houses the bar is 132 years old. "Dad bought it when I was 5," Jason Bates said of the bar. "I'm not happy about it, but if there's nothing I can do, there's nothing I can do." The insurance claim through Lemars Insurance Company, of Minneapolis, is still in limbo, he said. The company had wanted Puetz Corp.
The South Dakota Supreme Court has denied an appeal by a Mitchell family regarding a boy's 2006 death. The family of Ethan Holznagel appealed a 2010 trial judge's decision to disallow evidence of habitual marijuana use by a man involved in Holznagel's fatal traffic accident. Holznagel's vehicle collided with a Dependable Sanitation truck driven by John Cutsinger at Gamble Street and Eighth Avenue in April 2006.
BankWest has officially announced its plans to open another banking branch in Mitchell at 1920 N. Sanborn Blvd. The bank has had a temporary structure at the location for two years and has operated its trust, investments and brokerage departments from there, said Charles H. Burke III, chairman/president/CEO of BankWest. "In response to our growing number of customers in the north end of Mitchell, we felt it was time to seek permission from the state and federal regulators to open a full-service branch on the north end," he said Wednesday.
A pool liner manufacturing company is disputing a judgment against it for a 2010 pool collapse in Mitchell. The liner company claims "welding defects in the pool bottom" caused the collapse, not defects in the company's liner. The Seaman Corp., of Wooster, Ohio, filed a motion Dec. 14 to vacate a default judgment against the company entered Nov. 22 by Judge Tim Bjorkman. Nautilus Insurance Company, which covers the Mitchell Aquatic Club, filed the lawsuit in August.
A conservator for a man injured at a Mitchell bar in September alleges that the incident has resulted in more than $75,000 in damages. Vicki Hubner, mother of and appointed conservator for Clint Dreyer, 36, who was severely beaten at Thirsty's Bar, filed the lawsuit Monday. She is suing V.V.
Although Brown's Shoe Fit Co. in Mitchell has been celebrating its company's 100th anniversary for much of this year, the shoe store's origins go back a bit further. According to historical documents provided by the Carnegie Resource Center, Brown's, located at 322 N. Main St., traces its beginning to the Blynn Shoe Co., which was launched in 1901 when Ray Blynn opened a shoe store in Mitchell. A year later, Ray and his father, William A. Blynn, founded the Blynn Shoe Co.
It's beginning to look a lot like a brown Christmas this year. Sunday's high of 60 in Mitchell was the latest in a series of warm, dry days as the winter holiday approaches. It was only a week away on Sunday, but it felt like months. The high on Sunday didn't quite break records, but it came close. The record high in Mitchell for Dec.
A master's degree program is in the works at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell for students seeking what is described as a focused and practical business education. Although the master's of business and strategic leadership program will likely not be available until August, officials are excited about its potential. "It's unique as far as not only the delivery, but also the general feel of it," said Wade Druin, associate professor and business department chair at DWU.
Christmastime is meant to be a cheerful time as shoppers head to many retail stores to purchase gifts. But some of those who seem to be shoppers are actually shoplifters. Local retailers and law enforcement say it's a common crime during the holidays and year-round. So far this year, the Mitchell Police Division has had 88 reports of shoplifting, which is about on track with 2010, said Detective Lt. Don Everson.
The Mitchell Police Division has arrested another Dakota Wesleyan University student they said is connected with a series of burglaries that took place over the Thanksgiving break. Ashley Kay Styer, 18, was arrested Tuesday for her alleged role in the burglaries. "Through investigation, her name came up as a suspect," said Detective Lt. Don Everson of the Mitchell Police Division.