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There's an important holiday this week, but it doesn't have anything to do with fireworks. July 3, according to various websites, is national "Compliment Your Mirror Day." I first stumbled upon this on www.holidayinsights.com . Ever the skeptic, I did some more searching, and sure enough—there's enough of a consensus (among holiday trivia websites, anyway) for me to proclaim this a real thing. According to holidayinsights.com, this holiday is easily celebrated. Basically, stand in front of your mirror with a big smile and your eyes closed.
They'd like to thank the community. Mitchell Area Community Theatre will unveil its revamped awards ceremony, renamed Patron Appreciation Night, at 7 p.m.
On a luminous day at Longfellow Elementary, students gather around Andy Jerke while clutching styrofoam cups freshly speckled with soil. "Who has a question?" queries Jessica Long, a paraeducator at Longfellow. Instantly, little hands shoot up. Those not called on bounce impatiently from one foot to the other, waiting for a second chance to speak. One student's question—"How old are you?"—draws a chuckle from Jerke. "Old.
A Mitchell man likely saved a little girl from drowning at Lake Mitchell over the weekend. Derek Davis said he and his family on Sunday were at Lake Mitchell when he noticed a little girl in the water. "I couldn't tell if she was playing or struggling," Davis said. The little girl, whose name he doesn't know, had been playing with his children, ages 5 and 3, earlier in the day. As he and his wife, Ashley, prepared to leave Sandy Beach around 4 p.m. Sunday, that's when he saw the girl in the water.
Going up. That's where school lunch costs are headed in the Mitchell School District—but not by much, officials say. During Monday night's regular Mitchell Board of Education meeting at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy, board members approved a 15-cent increase in student meal prices. Superintendent Joe Graves and Food Services Director Sean Moen recommended the increase, citing the district's need to combat a drop in school lunch participation rates and the continued rise of food prices.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third of three profiles on this year's Heart and Sole Cancer Walk honorary co-chairs. The event is today in Mitchell. The other honorary co-chairs are Terry Sabers and Darlene Hohn. A riot of color lines the walkway leading to Robin and Joyce Ackman's rural Mitchell home. Petunias, violas and other annuals offer splashes of purples and blues.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Mitchell's Destination Imagination teams have gone global—and are ready to do it again. Team managers for Mitchell's two Destination Imagination teams, G.B.R.-Greatness Being Reached and G.B.R. Brains, both finished within the top 10 in the world at the Global Finals event May 20-23 in Knoxville, Tenn. According to the team managers, the placings defied even their expectations. "It's unheard of," Brett Flemmer, team manager for G.B.R.-Greatness Being Reached, said, of two new teams placing in the top 10 at Globals. Alyssa Herman, co-team manager for G.B.R.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mitchell Technical Institute received a national award for its career preparation for students this week, officials announced. MTI received the Career Preparedness Award from ACT, which honors a community college that "demonstrates superior career preparation and planning programs, great student outcomes and development of relationships with local employers and communities." Scott Fossum, director of secondary pathways at MTI, said this is the first time ACT has named a Career Preparedness Award winner. "It's very exciting," Fossum said.
Bad weather means bigger premiums. Mitchell Board of Education members saw that Monday, when they approved renewing a participation agreement with the Associated School Boards of South Dakota Property and Liability Fund, which provides coverage for the district's property, auto and liability protection. The premium for next year is $230,380.
School board candidates Neil Putnam and Lacey Musick defeated opponent Tara Volesky in Tuesday's Mitchell Board of Education election. Of the 4,606 ballots cast, Musick got 1,863 votes, or 40.44 percent; Putnam received 1,828 or 39.69 percent of the vote; and Volesky registered 915 votes, or 19.87 percent. County Auditor Susan Kiepke said 11,172 registered voters were eligible to vote in Tuesday's election.