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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a three-part series profiling the candidates for the two open, three-year term on the Mitchell Board of Education up for election on June 2. The Daily Republic will run another three-part series next week profiling the candidates for the single, one-year spot that is up for election on June 2. Tara Volesky has a mission. Volesky, 55, is one of three candidates for the two open three-years spots on the Mitchell Board of Education.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a three-part series profiling the candidates for the two open, three-year terms on the Mitchell Board of Education up for election on June 2. The Daily Republic will run another three-part series next week profiling the candidates for the single, one-year spot that is up for election on June 2. To Neil Putnam, it all comes back to education. The educational system, he said, is the cornerstone of a nation's economy, society, culture and democracy. "Education to me is the foundation of everything," he said.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a three-part series profiling the candidates running for two open, three-year terms on the Mitchell Board of Education up for election June 2.
DELMONT — Within an hour of Sunday's tornado in Delmont, Kelly Kramer's employees were calling. Soon after, Kramer, owner of Vern Eide of Mitchell, said employees had a plan of action to help the storm-stricken community. "It's a devastating situation," Kramer said of the tornado. "I can't imagine what it would be like to one minute have a home and the next minute not have a home, or a car, or a toothbrush or a pair of shoes." In response, Kramer said Vern Eide is collecting donations for Delmont, which was hit hard by an EF-2 tornado on Sunday.
LETCHER—When Ken Stach saw a strange, black object headed toward his farm on Sunday, he thought it was a bird. "I thought, 'What the heck is a bird doing out in this horrible weather?' " Stach said. Stach's family was in the storm cellar, waiting out what he described as "wicked" looking skies.
DELMONT—Officials who visited Delmont on Monday all agreed: the scene is overwhelming. "It's just staggering," said Sen. John Thune. Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem visited Delmont the day after a tornado ripped through the town, leaving a swath of decimated homes and personal items in its wake. Sen. Mike Rounds did not visit, citing committee commitments in Washington, D.C.
DELMONT—Despite its own fire hall collapsing, there was no lack of support for Delmont residents following the devastating effects of Sunday's tornado. Douglas County State's Attorney Craig Parkhurst said 25 structures were destroyed, including Zion Lutheran Church and the town's fire hall.
WATERTOWN — Many college graduates walk across the stage, collect their diploma and worry about what comes next. Not Chase and Austin Shroyer. Both 2013 graduates of Mitchell High School, the twin brothers graduated from Watertown's Lake Area Technical Institute on Friday with jobs lined up, ready for the next step. "I'm excited to be done," Austin said. "I did my two years and getting out," he added with a laugh. The 20-year-old graduated with a degree from LATI's agriculture program, and will work for Syngenta in Brookings.
When Coy Yonce asked a room full of fourth-graders if they like video games, he got a resounding response: "Yes!" Yonce, co-founder of Mantis Digital Arts visited Longfellow Elementary on Wednesday to talk about a topic near and dear to the hearts of many of them: video games. "I have been playing video games pretty much my whole life, so I was about your age," Yonce said to the crowd. The event also recognized several members of Amanda Christensen's fourth-grade class, who placed in Mantis Digital's 2015 writing contest.
Mitchell School District's future fine arts center received two more sizeable donations recently, according to Superintendent Joe Graves. Graves told the Mitchell Board of Education on Monday that a Mitchell family has asked for the naming rights to the new facility's band room, which is a $50,000 commitment. He said they haven't selected the name yet. For Mitchell High School Director of Bands Ryan Stahle, the donation is special for a couple reasons.