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Private donations to Mitchell School District’s new fine arts center have picked up, thanks in part to a lower asking price for naming rights. Superintendent Joe Graves said private donations to the project now exceed $860,000. Graves said the district decided in the fall to lower the amount of naming rights donations to align them more closely with charitable giving in the area and region. Compared to the area, Graves said the initial naming rights were too high.
Davison County needs more people. That's one of the major takeaways of a recent workforce survey by the Mitchell Area Development Corporation. Hiring difficulties, led by a low number of applicants and a lack of qualified applicants, are among the biggest challenges facing employers in Davison and Hutchinson counties, according to the survey. Jacki Miskimins, regional workforce coordinator for the development corporation, said most of the survey's results confirmed what she and her colleagues already suspected about workforce challenges in the region.
South Dakota's governor is confident that teacher pay will get a boost this year, though how is still being determined. "I'm sure we'll get something done," Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Tuesday. "Will it end up being exactly what I proposed? Doubtful. Will it be pretty close? I think it will be pretty close."
Trish Bates, owner of Hollywood Style in Mitchell, likes giving back to the community. Especially when that also means helping family. Sarah Helling, a stylist at Hollywood Style, and Bates described the Hollywood Style team as a close-knit group, which meant everyone was on board to support Helling when she recently learned her niece, Brylie, has a rare medical condition. "They're a big part of our family here," Bates said of the Hellings.
A Mitchell man who allegedly simulated pulling a firearm on a police officer was tased and arrested on multiple charges Monday night after leading police on a foot pursuit. Mitchell Police Sgt. Joel Reinesch said Houston J. Redday, a 27-year-old, was arrested for domestic simple assault, interfering with emergency communications and obstructing, all class 1 misdemeanors.
I don't usually need to talk myself into going to the movies. Usually, it's just a matter of what movie, which showtime and what size popcorn should I get? This week is no different, and this week's big draw is Quentin Tarantino's newest film, "The Hateful Eight," which I've been anticipating for several months. I'm told westerns are a big draw around here, so perhaps I'm preaching to the choir (presumably of a cowboy church).
When Ryan Stahle set up an online fundraiser for his friend Allen Remily, he didn't expect the response he would get. Remily, a former Mitchell Middle School music teacher, resigned from teaching a couple of years ago due to his worsening multiple sclerosis. He and his friend and former colleague, MHS band director Stahle, had discussed a fundraiser to help offset some of Remily's medical expenses. In particular, Remily needed a lift chair.
LETCHER—If you see a stagecoach in Mitchell this week, don't worry. It's just getting ready for its closeup. On Friday, Quentin Tarantino's newest film, "The Hateful Eight" will show at the Luxury 5 Cinemas in Mitchell and Huron Luxury Cinemas. And while Logan Luxury Theatres Corporation President Jeff Logan said westerns are always popular in this area, "The Hateful Eight" has a special local connection—a stagecoach handcrafted just a few miles up the road in rural Letcher by Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop.
Millennials. They're so lazy. They're so entitled. Where did their parents go wrong? We recently had a reader point out that Millennials, which typically describes that infuriating generation of tech-savvy people born between 1981-1997, are known for "failing at work" because they want to play, not work. And thank goodness someone finally brought this up. It's about time. After all, look at some of the ridiculous things millennials are demanding:
Through the snow, ice and dirt, a new fine arts facility is beginning to take shape. Puetz Corporation's site superintendent Jed Liedtke led a tour of the construction site Monday afternoon as part of the Mitchell Board of Education's regular meeting. Excavation began in June on the $15.3 million project, which will feature a 1,200-seat theater, rooms for the school's music and drama programs and a smaller black box theater.