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I recently got distracted, as I often do, by a news story that flitted across my Facebook feed. It was about zebras running loose in some municipality somewhere. I blocked out all the other details because I was fixated on one word in the article: "dazzle." Normally I wouldn't be so intrigued, but context is everything. The article referred to a "dazzle" of zebras, which caught my fancy. Is that what a group of zebras is called instead of a herd? I didn't know. So I looked it up. Turns out, yes, according to the Internet—which is never wrong—a group of zebras is called a dazzle.
It's official: Mitchell School District is building a fine arts center. The Mitchell Board of Education awarded the bid for the Mitchell High School fine arts center project to Puetz Corp. during the school board's regular meeting Monday night at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy. In February, the school received two base bids. The high bid came from Peska Construction, for $15.3 million, and the low bid was $14.6 million from Puetz Corp., of Mitchell.
May the best wine win. The Mitchell Area Community Theatre's inaugural Old World vs. New World wine tasting event is this weekend, and ACT Managing Director Megan Reimnitz said the community seems ready for it. Reimnitz said about 60 tickets have been sold so far, which was the sales goal. She said event organizers are planning for about 100. "We've gotten great response," Reimnitz said. "They're pretty excited for what's going to happen." It starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre.
Mitchell Technical Institute is in the final stages of hiring a new president. Mitchell School District Superintendent Joe Graves said Tuesday he hopes to bring the recommended candidate before the Mitchell Board of Education during its regular meeting on Monday. Graves said 45 to 50 people applied for the spot soon to be vacated by Greg Von Wald, who in January announced his plans to retire. His tenure ends June 30, the conclusion of the school year.
Mitchell's Destination Imagination teams are going global. The two teams from Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary, G.B.R.-Greatness Being Reached and G.B.R. Brains, won first place in their respective divisions at the state Destination Imagination tournament Saturday in Huron. Greatness Being Reached competed in the elementary division Structural Challenge.
There is still time to impact lives. Deb Weitala, of Mitchell, said this year's Impact Lives Food Pack at the Corn Palace is still shy of funds and helping hands for the April 18 event. During the day, volunteers will pack 286,000 meals over eight hours, enough to fill a shipping container. This is the fifth year Mitchell has hosted an Impact Lives Food Pack, and this year's event will mark 1,572,000 meals packed. "I love our community," Weitala said. "They're meeting the needs of people they've never even met." As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 400 spots left for people to pack food.
When someone told Kendra Zirpel and Sam Weller they wouldn't make All-State Band as freshmen, they had the same reaction: Oh, yes we will. Weller, now 18, said someone told him that making All-State band as a freshman is "difficult." Zirpel's naysayer was more direct. Someone told her she wouldn't make it. "I said, 'Well, we'll just see about that,' " Zirpel, 17, said. Both Mitchell High School students made the audition-only band that year, and every year since.
Amid a sea of sequins, silverware and decorations, a familiar scene began to take shape Monday at the Corn Palace: Friend de Coup's annual dinner theater. As the Mitchell High School show choir sang "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire" -- part of this year's movie soundtrack-themed show -- a dedicated group of parents and volunteers put together the decor that makes up the annual dinner theater. For this year's theme, "Lights, Camera, Action! ...
First stop? Mitchell. Destination? Imagination. Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary's two Destination Imagination teams -- named Brains and G.B.R. (Greatness Being Reached) -- are new, but they are well on their way to a state title after each team won first place over the weekend at the regional tournament in Huron. "We kind of thought we were the underdog going in," said Brett Flemmer, team manager for G.B.R.
As this year's Mitchell School District Teacher of the Year nominees lined up in front of friends and colleagues Wednesday, they represented nearly 100 years of teaching experience. "Not all of those are Clint's," Mitchell High School Principal Joe Childs said, in response to some good-natured finger-pointing at the longtime MHS teacher, Clint Kiewel. Kiewel and four others were part of the district's 2015 "all-star team," during Wednesday's ceremony recognizing this year's Teacher of the Year for the Mitchell School District.