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BROOKINGS—Angela Yahne likes beer. But for Yahne, it's not just a career. It's a craft. "I think it's not only being surrounded by beer," Yahne said with a laugh. "The people and industry are just extremely friendly. Everyone I work with, we're really good friends. It's a very inviting industry." Yahne, 24, is the taproom manager at Wooden Legs Brewery in Brookings. Originally from Mitchell, Yahne graduated from Mitchell High School in 2009. Her parents, Lynn and Scott Yahne, still live in Mitchell.
Mitchell isn't known for its Red Carpet events, but maybe it soon will be. "Walt Before Mickey," a new biopic on the early years of Walt Disney, made its Midwest premiere this week, with Red Carpet Premiere Showings at the Logan Luxury Theatres in South Dakota—including Mitchell's. Joining the premiere were the film's producers, Armando Gutierrez and Arthur L. Bernstein, who met and befriended Logan Luxury Theatres Corporation President Jeff Logan at a Cinemacon Convention in Las Vegas two years ago. "We're just really excited and honored to have these guys here.
Focus. That's one of Mark Wilson's favorite things about technical schools: a focused mission to train highly skilled technical workers. "Really the drive is to help our students be successful so they can fill the shortage of the workforce needs in our state," he said.
Unofficially, it looks like Mitchell School District's enrollment is up for the 2015-16 school year. Superintendent Joe Graves told the Mitchell Board of Education on Monday that the school's unofficial, preliminary count shows the school could have an increase of about 30 students, with increases at Longfellow and L.B. Williams elementaries and at the high school.
Order up—just not as often. The Oak Room at Mitchell Technical Institute will serve meals on fewer days per week this fall, according to Julie Brookbank, MTI's director of marketing and public information. A restaurant open to the public through MTI's Culinary Academy, The Oak Room will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the fall semester instead of serving meals five days per week as it has in the past. Its first day to serve meals for the fall semester is Sept.
Mitchell School District is ready to start a new school year. That's the update Superintendent Joe Graves gave Mitchell Board of Education members Monday night during their regular meeting at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy. Graves said all of the school district's buildings are fully staffed, and despite some "minor issues here and there," all of the major projects are complete. "Principals have done a great job of staffing and staffing early," Graves said. "We largely went into the summer with our positions filled." The first day of school is Aug.
The Mitchell Board of Education will consider updating another section of policy for Mitchell Technical Institute during its regular meeting, which starts at 5 p.m. today at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy. Board members will consider approving the second reading of MTI policies 100 (Foundation and Basic Commitments), 200 (Board Governance and Operations) and 300 (General School Administration). Among the proposed policy updates are revisions to the school's vision statement and core values, in the 100 section on foundations and basic commitments.
Mitchell's RSVP Thrift Store is closing its doors soon. Jessica Pickett, community services director for Mitchell, said the store, which is at 512 N. Main St.—just north of Fifth Avenue and Main Street—will close permanently on Aug. 15. When the group first announced the store's closing, it listed Aug. 8 as its last day, but Pickett said the store moved the date back. "We added another week because we have so much stuff we want to get rid of," she said. Originally, Pickett said the plan was to close the store in September. However, the store's lone part-time employee is moving.
Don't just get a degree. Discover your strength. Long the mindset of Dakota Wesleyan University, the faith-based college decided to weave that concept into its new institutional logo. The revamped institutional logo and athletic logos both were unveiled today at the school's campus. DWU Vice President of Marketing and Communications Lori Essig said school officials have discussed changing the logo for several years, seeking to replace the "wavy 'W.' " She said that image doesn't stand alone very well, because it is a single initial. "We just felt that image was dated," Essig said.
This year's Dakotafest will be bigger and better than ever, organizers say. Ray Bianchi, senior director of expositions and events for IDEAg Group, which owns Dakotafest—said this year's Dakotafest will span 1.35 million square feet and feature 581 exhibitors. He said that's up from about 520 exhibitors last year, making this year the biggest Dakotafest yet. The event runs Aug. 18-20 on the Schlaffman Farm near Mitchell Technical Institute. "It's just a really good community and a good show," Bianchi said.