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Mitchell School District's finances are in fine shape, according to an audit of the 2014-15 school year. Jay Tolsma, an accountant, of ELO, presented the audit report to the Mitchell Board of Education members during their regular meeting Monday evening at the Mitchell High School library. In a brief presentation, Tolsma told board members that one of the audit's main objectives is to check the district's internal controls of financial reporting and whether there is, essentially, any fraud or abuse based on government standards.
WINNER—Most people look forward to Fridays, but a couple of area schools say "TGIF" for different reasons. Of the 150 school districts listed on the South Dakota Department of Education website, 34 use a four-day school week instead of the traditional five-day week, and one uses a modified schedule. In The Daily Republic's print circulation area, two schools follow a four-day school week schedule: Winner School District and the Bon Homme School District.
PLANKINTON — Gary Gjesdal doesn't seek the spotlight. He just wants to help people. Living simply and spending carefully, the 59-year-old rural Plankinton man retired from farming about nine years ago to focus on a new passion: giving back. "The Lord has blessed me, and I just like to share with others," he said.
As 2015 comes to an end, I've been waxing philosophical about the year and all it contained. What defined it, I wonder? Milestones? Let's take a look. Some of 2015's milestones include: • 15 years ago: New school. • 10 years ago: Graduating high school. • 5 years ago: My first grown-up job. • This year: Babies everywhere. • This year: Staying home sick.
As workers put the final touches on Dakota Wesleyan University's newest building, several rooms bear a simple request as you walk in: "This room has been final cleaned. Please do not make a mess." Ahead of its originally scheduled opening, the DWU/Avera Sports and Wellness Complex is nearly done and will be ready for student athletes when they return from Christmas break in January, according to DWU Vice President of Marketing and Communications Lori Essig.
A video vignette featuring a Mitchell teacher will air on national television this week. Shane Thill, of Mitchell, is one of the LifeChanger of the Year nominees to be highlighted in a short video, or vignette. National Life Group, which runs the LifeChanger of the Year program, announced recently that Thill's taping is scheduled to air this weekend on Sports Stars of Tomorrow, a national TV show showcasing the top prep athletes from across the country. In South Dakota, it will air on Fox affiliate, KTTW, at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
HURON—Despite an unexpected dip, agriculture land values are on a steady rise across South Dakota, experts say. Values for ag land have been increasing over the long-term, even greater more than the rates of inflation, according to Matt Elliott, an assistant professor and South Dakota State University Extension agribusiness specialist.
On a cold Thursday night in December, a line of people stretched from the movie theater on Lawler Street down the block and around the corner onto Second Avenue. And that was just the first showing. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” a continuation to the iconic original trilogy that started in 1977, opened nationally on Friday, with special advance screenings on Thursday in some locations -- including Mitchell.
Mitchell’s City Council did not violate state law, the South Dakota Open Meetings Commission ruled Wednesday. The panel met telephonically on Wednesday afternoon due to inclement weather throughout the region.
As the climate changes, so will agriculture. How exactly? That's what several experts examined Tuesday during a Climate and Agriculture Workshop at the Davison County Fairgrounds in Mitchell.