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"Will you teach me everything you know about goats?" A long-time 4-H buddy sent me that message last week. She needed a refresher because she's judging the goat portion of a county's 4-H Achievement Days Round Robin. These are the questions you can only ask a true friend. It brought back memories of my favorite childhood extracurricular: 4-H. I've always been interested in a million different things, and threw myself into as many as time (and my mother) would allow. I liked most of them.
The show must go on. Long the mantra of thespians everywhere, that held true for the Mitchell Area Community Theatre in 2004 when the group's beloved State Theatre burned to the ground. Before the smoke had cleared, ACT members were resolute they would rebuild. "We knew we could do it. We knew the Mitchell community and all surrounding towns would get behind the theater, just like they had been coming to shows," said Paula Deckert, who was the ACT's office manager in 2004.
BRIDGEWATER—Jeff Hoffman peers around the corner, looking for something. "Where's my walker?" he asks his wife, Deanna. Pushed aside to make room for vacuuming, the walker sits around the corner from the stairs, out of Hoffman's eyeline and his reach. His "upstairs walker" normally rests in the hallway next to the stairway that bridges the main level and downstairs of the Hoffmans' rural Bridgewater home.
Lower rates, but higher taxes. Increased property valuations mean most people in the Mitchell School District will see a small increase in the school tax for 2015-16, despite drops in the tax levies for those properties. The total tax requests from the school district increased by about $145,920 from last year to this year, from $12.147 million for the 2014-15 school year to $12.293 million for the 2015-16 school year, according to Mitchell School District Business Manager Steve Culhane. That's despite an across-the-board drop in the tax levies, which are set by the state. "In most instanc
FREEMAN—An Indiana man suffered serious injuries Tuesday after allegedly leading authorities on a high speed chase across three counties before crashing a stolen vehicle. South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Nelson said John Reed, 41, was driving a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer from Hartford, registered to Wayne Walstead, which was reported stolen. Nelson said Minnehaha County deputies first pursued Reed, whose last known address is from Cutler, Ind., around 9 a.m. on Tuesday before they terminated the pursuit. McCook County deputies then spotted the stolen vehicle around 12:20 p.m.
The Mitchell Board of Education closed out the 2014-15 fiscal year by approving a $27.055 million K-12 budget for the 2015-16 school year. It's an increase of about a half-million dollars from last year's budget of $26.53 million. Board members approved the budget unanimously during their regular meeting Monday at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy.
LifeQuest named a new executive director last week, officials confirmed Monday. Longtime employee Pam Hanna assumed the role of executive director on Friday afternoon, according to LifeQuest Board of Directors President Ken Stach. He said the former executive director, Steve Johnson, was finished at LifeQuest effective Friday afternoon, but declined to provide additional details. A Mitchell-based agency, LifeQuest's mission statement is to create opportunities that enrich lives while working with people who have developmental disabilities.
The Mitchell Board of Education will welcome new board member Kevin Kenkel and say goodbye to outgoing board member Theresa Kriese today during its meeting. Superintendent Joe Graves said there will be a social at 4:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy, just before the board meeting, to thank Kriese for her six years of service on the board. He said the event is open to the public. The school board meeting, also at MCTEA, starts at 5 p.m. Kriese chose not to re-run this year.
A Mitchell home is uninhabitable after sustaining heavy smoke, fire and water damage from a Friday afternoon fire. Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris said the fire started around 4 p.m. at 909 W. Third Ave., in the home of Kevin Roth. Morris said crews arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and fire in the kitchen area, and smoke choking the entire house. Firefighters were able to knock down the blaze in about 8 minutes. Morris said investigators have ruled the fire accidental.
As usual, Independence Day will end with a bang in Mitchell. The holiday's annual fireworks show at Lake Mitchell will start around 10:10 p.m. Saturday, according to Troy Eilts, a member of the Mitchell Exchange Club.