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It won't be looking a lot like Christmas in Mitchell anytime soon. The National Weather Service forecast calls for a high temperature of 45 degrees today in Mitchell, then a high of 51 degrees Friday and 57 degrees Saturday. If the temperature Saturday actually reaches 57 degrees, it will be the warmest the city has been since Nov. 4, when the temperature hit 58 degrees. It is unlikely, though, the high temperatures this week will set any records in Mitchell. The high temperature record in the city for Dec. 11 is 65 degrees, set in 1968; for Dec. 12 is 59 degrees, set in 1939; and for Dec.
If Santa Claus is coming to town, he may want to bring a hard hat. The city of Mitchell's Christmas tree sits behind orange and white barriers on East Sixth Avenue, directly south of the Corn Palace. The ongoing renovation at the Corn Palace prevented the tree from being placed in the courtyard across from the city-owned tourist attraction, where it was last year, Mayor Ken Tracy told The Daily Republic on Tuesday. "It's probably not the ideal location, but under the circumstances it's one that will serve us for this year while we're under construction," Tracy said.
Joe Pengitore arrived in Mitchell five years ago with an idea and not much else. Pengitore, 64, wanted to start a place where children could come play and spend time with other children, rather than playing by themselves. He bought a building, located at the corner of 10th Avenue and Sanborn Boulevard, more than two years ago and started Ark Ministries. "I wanted to provide a place -- a safe, Christian atmosphere -- where children can come and play in groups," Pengitore said. On Monday, the first day the facility was open, the shelves were stacked with board games and movies.
The officer who shot and fatally wounded a woman in an incident Nov. 8 at the Quality Inn in Mitchell feared for his life because she pointed a gun at...
LAKE ANDES -- Students from Andes Central High School in Lake Andes came to Mitchell on Thursday with the future on their minds. The students, 54 in all, spread out after they arrived as they took the opportunity to job shadow at one of 14 businesses and organizations in the city. Donna Veurink, the school's counselor, told The Daily Republic she hopes the job shadowing helps the students decide which careers they want to pursue -- or, which careers they might want to avoid. "There is such a wide range of careers out there," Veurink said.
PLANKINTON -- In the glow of the National Christmas Tree, lit for the first time Thursday night in Washington, D.C., there hung little pieces of South Dakota on a smaller tree not far away. Those pieces, which included stones from the Badlands and quartz from quarries near Sioux Falls, served as ornaments on a tree representing South Dakota.
The shortage of skilled workers remains the most important issue affecting businesses in South Dakota, David Owen, president of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Wednesday. Owen, who spoke during an event at the Ramada Inn in Mitchell, said the state needs to take steps to address its shortage of workers with the skills to fill the jobs that are in demand, which include many manufacturing positions. "You don't just grab somebody who is walking in the park, hand them a welding rod and tell them lunch is at noon," Owen said. The solution will require a change in the perc
There have been no cases of Ebola in South Dakota, but health officials in the state are still preparing to deal with patients who could potentially have the disease. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger said during a Wednesday conference call with other health officials that there have been three travelers to the state monitored for Ebola, but all three were low risk and finished the mandatory 21-day monitoring period without developing any symptoms. "We're ready, able and willing to receive any more arrivals," Kightlinger said. There have only been four confirmed cases of Ebola in the U.S
CORSICA -- The busy rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is over.
The Mitchell City Council plans to vote at its next regular meeting on a proposed increase of the sewer and water rates charged in the city. The increase would raise the usage rate for water by 30 cents, to $3 per 100 cubic foot unit. It would also increase the usage rate for sewer by $1.05, to $2.95 per 100 cubic foot unit.