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Dancing could grind to a halt at Mitchell High School, some students say. Some members of the MHS student body lamented the school administration's desire to stop "grinding" at school dances, including last weekend's prom. "I don't think that creates a climate of mutual respect," first-year MHS Principal Joe Childs said Tuesday of the dance move. In January, Childs sent a letter to parents and guardians of students, outlining specific dance guidelines.
The newly consolidated Corsica-Stickney School District elected its first-ever school board Tuesday night. Douglas County Auditor Phyllis Barker said seven people were elected to the new board, three people to three-year terms, two people to two-year terms and two people to one-year terms. Elected to the three-year terms were Chad Clites, with 350 votes; Jason Lagge, 234 votes; and Jeremy Wright, 318 votes. They defeated Jared Gerlach, who received 176 votes; and Kent DeBoer, 50 votes. Lagge, Gerlach, DeBoer and Wright were all Corsica School Board incumbents.
Every year, nearly 3 million people visit South Dakota's most iconic landmark, Mount Rushmore. But the man who gave life to the Black Hills' most famous faces, Luigi Del Bianco, still hasn't received the credit he deserves, a new book contends. "Del Bianco may not be a household name, but it should be," Douglas Gladstone wrote in an email interview with The Daily Republic. Gladstone, an author from Albany, N.Y., recently released his second book, "Carving a Niche for Himself; The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco." The book, published by Bordighera Press, was released on April 15.
After cowboys, surfer boys and fiddlers, it's time for some brass. That's just what the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass will bring to the Corn Palace tonight, as the final show in the 2013-14 Mitchell Area Concert Series. Described as a "dream team" of virtuoso brass players, the group's press materials say it is "dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences." Members of the group have performed with instrumental groups like the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and Boston Brass.
Mitchell School District will consider Deb Olson as a representative for the Large School Group of the South Dakota High School Activities Association during tonight's meeting. The district's Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m.
YANKTON -- Welcome, paddlers. That's Jarett Bies' Facebook profile picture, as the co-founder of the South Dakota Kayak Challenge gears up for this weekend's race. Bies said about 150 people are signed up for this year's race, which starts at 7 a.m. Saturday at Riverside Park in Yankton, and ends 72 miles later at Bev's On the River marina in Sioux City, Iowa. Racers have until 1 p.m. Sunday to finish. "It's a good turnout; we're happy with it," Bies said. Bies, 45, of Vermillion, and Steven Dahlmeier, of Sioux Falls, got said the event's first race was in 2010.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your pickin'. "American Pickers," a History Channel documentary series, will visit South Dakota soon, and the team is looking for candidates to visit. "We scour the whole country," show producer Thomas Giglio said Tuesday. "We look and see what areas we haven't been to in a while." Giglio said the team has already crossed several states in its quest to pick out interesting items, and South Dakota is one of the next locales on the list.
It looks like Dorothy isn't in Kansas anymore -- again. This weekend and next, the Mitchell Area Community Theatre will close out its season with the renowned musical, "The Wizard of Oz." Play Director Cat Erickson said her cast of nearly 60 people has been working since February to prepare for the production. "I think people are going to love the show regardless of their memory of it, and the actors -- all actors, children and adults -- have just been working really hard and have done a wonderful job," she said. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and May 9-10, and at 2 p.m.
A grill-sparked fire that started to spread was short-lived and caused no injuries or major damages on Friday, authorities reported. Capt. Ben VandenHoek, with the Mitchell Fire Division, said shortly after 6 p.m. on Friday, at 13 Arrowhead Pass, homeowner Jordan Widstrom reported starting up a grill on an outdoor wooden deck, then going inside the house. When Widstrom came back outside, the grill had caught on fire. VandenHoek said Widstrom then pulled the grill away from the house, and the deck started on fire.
Cake and comedy. That's the perfect combination Principal Joe Childs said is needed to honor more than half a century's worth of teaching experience for the Mitchell School District -- and both were present in ample amounts on Wednesday. More than 60 friends, family members and colleagues gathered in the Mitchell High School cafeteria Wednesday afternoon for the retirement party in honor of outgoing teachers/coaches Mark Horan and Arend Kuyper.