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The Mitchell City Council is set to decide tonight whether to repeal the city's ban on texting while driving once a new statewide ban takes effect later this year. The agenda includes a 6:30 p.m. Public Health and Safety Committee meeting, a 6:35 p.m. Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee meeting, a 7 p.m. Sidewalk Committee meeting, a 7:10 p.m. Public Works Committee meeting and the 7:30 p.m. City Council meeting, all in Council Chambers at City Hall, 612 N.
A total of 40 people have applied to be the city of Mitchell's first-ever city administrator, according to Billie Kelly, the city's human resources director. The deadline to apply for the newly created position was Monday, and now the applications will go through a reading process before being turned over to Mayor Ken Tracy, who will actually do the hiring, Kelly said. "We thought we would have a good response," Kelly said. "We're very happy with the number we got." In December, the City Council approved adding a city administrator to the city's government.
Boaters who don't own land next to Lake Mitchell have long faced the hassle of hauling their boats back and forth to the lake. Now, the Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee wants to help. At a meeting scheduled to take place on Monday before a regular City Council meeting at City Hall, the committee plans to hear public input on a proposal to start a public dock program at Lake Mitchell. According to a draft of the proposal, anyone who lives in the city, or within 30 miles of the city limits, would be allowed to apply for a spot on a section of shoreline between the Sportsman's Club and the Spo
A remodel of the main lodge at Camp Arroya is nearly complete a few months after the 12-acre lakeside camp returned to the city's control. Camp Arroya, tucked away on the northern shore of Lake Mitchell, is owned by the city of Mitchell, but was managed by a nonprofit group until city officials -- many of whom felt the camp was being underutilized -- decided last summer not to renew the city's 25-year, dollar-a-year lease with the group.
These days, Earl Nebelsick has trouble hearing. Nebelsick, 81, was in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955, and worked as both an artilleryman and a paratrooper, though he was never deployed overseas. "When I got out they really did a poor job of checking the hearing," he said. Nebelsick, of Mitchell, recalled a hearing test he was given as he was leaving the Army.
Two 8-week-old puppies were stolen during a break-in shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday at Ed's Pet World in Mitchell. Ed Anderson, the store's owner, said the thief -- who he calls the "puppy bandit" -- broke into the store through a back door not often used by employees and immediately headed for the cash register, which contained less than $50 in change, all of which was taken.
HURON -- Even with more than half the money raised in an effort to build a new 4-H exhibit hall at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron, those involved in the project know there's still a lot of work to be done. "It's work worth doing," said South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch in an interview Tuesday with The Daily Republic. "The future of agriculture is embodied in this building." About $4 million will need to be raised to replace the rundown Clover Hall, which was torn down after last year's State Fair, with a new 46,910-square-foot exhibit hall.
Former Dollar Tree employees start their own business.
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PLANKINTON -- Jeremy Johnson has done a lot of explaining this week. Johnson, 35, is a farmer who lives between Mount Vernon and Plankinton, and about four miles north of...