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ALEXANDRIA—What do books, feathers, a plant and a microscope have in common? They're all components Hanson High School Senior Tasha Determan used to define herself in her award-winning doodle, "Depicting Myself." Determan used sculptures to depict her eclectic interests and personality as part of the contest's theme, "What makes me...me." "I can't tell you who I am unless you know me," Determan told the crowd, eliciting laughs.
Mitchell School District is "blessed" by the expertise of its teachers, according to school board members. On Monday, Mitchell Board of Education members commended Tricia Neugebauer as the recipient of the 2016 Kelly Lane Earth and Space Science Grant; and Julie Olson as the 2016 recipient of the Robert E. Yager award and co-presenter at two sessions at the National Science Teachers Association Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. "We are blessed to have your expertise," Board President Deb Olson said.
Mitchell will host its first "Kernel Bowl" this fall, thanks to an effort by a local booster club to create the event. The event is scheduled for Aug. 27, a Saturday, which is the Kernels' first home football game against Harrisburg, and will be sponsored by the Mitchell Athletic Booster Club Kernel Bowl Committee members.
The Mitchell School District will consider formally endorsing the Blue Ribbon Task Force's plan to increase teacher pay in South Dakota. Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed the task force to examine the issue of teacher pay in South Dakota, which ranks lowest in the nation. In response to the task force's findings, Daugaard has proposed a half-cent sales tax increase to help raise teacher pay, but his plan needs two-thirds approval in both the House and the Senate.
Dreams do come true. That was the message during Thursday's dedication ceremony for the DWU/Avera Sports and Wellness Complex. "This is a great day to be a Tiger," Dakota Wesleyan University President Amy Novak said to applause. More than 600 people filed into the complex's fieldhouse for the morning event, which featured speeches, music, a ribbon cutting and self-guided tours of the facility. The new facility opened in January, but was dedicated Thursday in a ceremony that paid tribute to the donors, officials and partners who helped bring about the new facility.
Private donations to Mitchell School District’s new fine arts center have picked up, thanks in part to a lower asking price for naming rights. Superintendent Joe Graves said private donations...
Davison County needs more people. That's one of the major takeaways of a recent workforce survey by the Mitchell Area Development Corporation. Hiring difficulties, led by a low number of applicants and a lack of qualified applicants, are among the biggest challenges facing employers in Davison and Hutchinson counties, according to the survey. Jacki Miskimins, regional workforce coordinator for the development corporation, said most of the survey's results confirmed what she and her colleagues already suspected about workforce challenges in the region.
South Dakota's governor is confident that teacher pay will get a boost this year, though how is still being determined. "I'm sure we'll get something done," Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Tuesday. "Will it end up being exactly what I proposed? Doubtful. Will it be pretty close? I think it will be pretty close."
Trish Bates, owner of Hollywood Style in Mitchell, likes giving back to the community. Especially when that also means helping family. Sarah Helling, a stylist at Hollywood Style, and Bates described the Hollywood Style team as a close-knit group, which meant everyone was on board to support Helling when she recently learned her niece, Brylie, has a rare medical condition. "They're a big part of our family here," Bates said of the Hellings.
A Mitchell man who allegedly simulated pulling a firearm on a police officer was tased and arrested on multiple charges Monday night after leading police on a foot pursuit. Mitchell Police Sgt. Joel Reinesch said Houston J. Redday, a 27-year-old, was arrested for domestic simple assault, interfering with emergency communications and obstructing, all class 1 misdemeanors.