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Voters in South Dakota agreed to raise the state's minimum wage in Tuesday's election, but the majority of voters in Davison County opposed the measure. Initiated Measure 18, a ballot measure to raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $8.50 per hour, was approved statewide with 55 percent of voters in favor of the increase and 45 percent against it. In Davison County, though, 55 percent of voters were against the minimum wage increase and 45 percent were in favor of it.
Digging isn't unusual at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.
State Rep. Tona Rozum was elected Tuesday to her third term in the South Dakota House of Representatives, and Josh Klumb, a Mount Vernon farmer, was elected to his first term. Rozum and Klumb, both Republicans, defeated James Schorzmann, a Democrat, in the three-way race for District 20's two seats in the state House. District 20 includes Davison, Aurora and Jerauld counties. Rozum, of Mitchell, received 4,400 votes, the most overall, or 37 percent. Klumb received 4,383 votes, or 37 percent.
Authorities searched the home of former Corn Palace Director Mark Schilling last week, and new details of the investigation have since emerged in court documents filed in conjunction with the search. A search warrant and its supporting affidavit filed Monday, both prepared by Chris Konrad, an agent with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, show investigators looked for -- and, in at least one case, found -- items Schilling allegedly bought from Cabela's in Mitchell with Cabela's gift cards meant to be donations from the store to the Corn Palace Festivals in 2012 and 2013. A g
The man who until Friday morning was in line to become the next director of the Corn Palace once faced multiple felony charges for misappropriating funds while working for his...
Even at 70 years old, Bob Mueller still works about 60 hours a week. "Then, when somebody calls up and says they're going fishing, I'm the first one in the boat," Mueller said with a grin during a recent interview with The Daily Republic. As much as Mueller, the president of Mueller Lumber Company, enjoys the days he spends fishing, hunting or pursuing another hobby, he has no plan to retire anytime soon. Mueller was 30 years old when, in 1975, he started the construction business in the basement of the home where he lived with his wife, Gail, just west of Mitchell.
As he prepares for a fourth-straight term in the South Dakota Senate, Mike Vehle has a simple formula for success. "The bottom line is you've always got to do what's right," Vehle said in an interview this week with The Daily Republic. "It might not be politically popular, but you do what's right." Vehle, a Republican, is running unopposed as the only candidate seeking District 20's seat in the state Senate. Though Vehle has no opponent, the race will still be on the ballot.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third and final story in a series on the candidates from District 20 running for the state House of Representatives in the Nov. 4 election. This is only Jim Schorzmann's second political campaign, but he's already used to going door to door. Schorzmann, a retired mail carrier who worked for nearly 27 years in Mitchell, is seeking to be elected to his first term in the South Dakota House of Representatives.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second story in a series on the candidates from District 20 running for the state House of Representatives in the Nov. 4 election. As a farmer, Joshua Klumb has been busy lately -- but not just because of harvest. Klumb, of Mount Vernon, is seeking to be elected to his first term in the South Dakota House of Representatives. "It's is always fun to meet people and talk to them," Klumb told The Daily Republic on Thursday.
As work continues on a multimillion dollar renovation of the Corn Palace, the cityowned arena and tourist attraction could soon get something it hasn’t had for months — a director...