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School board members bade an early farewell to the Mitchell School District food service director Monday. After 10 years at the helm of district's food services, Sean Moen resigned his position. His last day is Dec. 31, marking Monday's Board of Education meeting at Mitchell Technical Institute's Campus Center Moen's last as a school district employee. "I really enjoyed the job here in Mitchell," he said. "Ten years is a long time. It came to a point where, maybe some new blood was probably a good thing." Leann Carmody will take the helm as the new district food service director on Jan.
As Thanksgiving nears, Americans are getting ready to open their mouths and loosen their belts to celebrate the day. So what makes up a traditional Thanksgiving meal? Well, that all depends on where you're from—what Grandma made, and how she made it. Josh Kranz, culinary arts department head and instructor at Mitchell Technical Institute, said Thanksgiving may be rooted in the original 17th-century celebration, but the modern feast and atmosphere is more about each family's traditions than trying to copy the original menu. "I don't think there's a real descript menu of what was serve
One man, one woman. That has been the traditional view of marriage for centuries. But on June 26, gay rights supporters across the nation celebrated when the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states. In Mitchell, most churches surveyed by The Daily Republic remain opposed to same-sex marriage, citing the Bible as the basis of their opposition. "We're just taking the Bible's stand," said Rev. Carroll Torberson, of Grace Baptist Church.
A Mitchell teacher who made it to the final round of a grant award program was not named one of the top three winners. Earlier this year, Mitchell High School art teacher/department chairwoman Marica Shannon received a $2,000 grant as part of Voya Financial Inc.'s Unsung Heroes program. The field of 1,000 candidates for the award was narrowed to 100 nationwide, according to Voya Financial. Shannon was one of two South Dakota winners. She competed with other finalists for one of the top three prizes.
History is at stake. With less than a week left, Mitchell United Way is still about $8,000 away from meeting this year's fundraising campaign goal. Campaign Chairwoman Julie Brookbank said this year's campaign goal was to raise $452,000. On Tuesday, she said about $444,000 had been raised—but she's got faith that number will keep rising. "I have a lot of faith in the generosity of people in this area, and we have so many agencies with people and clients who are deserving," she said. The campaign kicked off on Aug. 11 with the Day of Caring event.
Mitchell's new fine arts center is steadily progressing, and so is its funding. The Mitchell Board of Education approved an application for $215,000 in 2015 Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, or QZAB certificates, during its regular meeting Monday at L.B. Williams Elementary in Mitchell. Superintendent Joe Graves said QZAB bonds tend to be offered with lower-than-normal, zero or negative interest rates. To pursue the sale of the bonds, the board must approve the application, which it did. Business Manager Steve Culhane said it's not the first time Mitchell School District has used QZAB funds.
Another piece of funding for Mitchell's new fine arts center will be decided Monday. The Mitchell Board of Education will consider approving an application for $215,000 in 2015 Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, or QZAB certificates, during its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at L.B. Williams Elementary. Superintendent Joe Graves said the school is pursuing the bonds for the project because they tend to be offered with interest rates that are lower-than-normal, or even zero or negative.
Chuck Eilts said he didn't want to run around Lake Mitchell for nothing, and it seems he did not. Last week, Eilts and some close friends held a walk/run/ride to raise money for Angel Tree. On Wednesday, Eilts said the event—dubbed Operation Angel Tree—raised $2,565. That far surpassed the goal, which was to raise $1,000. "We thought that was pretty awesome," Eilts said. "I think we accomplished our mission." The event was born from a friendly wager between Eilts and Kyto Kpradith, both of Mitchell, when they challenged each other to finish a run around Lake Mitchell.
PLATTE—Nearly a month and a half after the death of a family of six rocked Platte, many people in the community still want to know: Why? But South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said on Tuesday that Scott Westerhuis' motives may never be clear. "I can look at facts, I can look at evidence, but I can't—I don't know what the intentions were," Jackley said. Jackley told a crowd of more than 150 people Tuesday during a press conference at the Platte Community Center that the Division of Criminal Investigation's into the house fire and Westerhuis family's deaths on Sept.