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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first story in a series on the candidates from District 20 running for the state House of Representatives in the Nov. 4 election. No votes have been counted, but Tona Rozum is already looking forward to getting back to work. Rozum, of Mitchell, is seeking to be re-elected to a third term in the South Dakota House of Representatives. "I like campaigning, but it takes a lot of time and it takes a lot out of you," Rozum told The Daily Republic last week. Rozum, a Republican, is one of three candidates from District 20 running for two available seats.
Mitchell Main Street & Beyond has hired Kari Kirchmeyer as its newest director. Kirchmeyer, of Mitchell, will fill the vacancy left when the downtown advocacy group's former director, Molly Goldsmith, resigned in June. MMS&B announced Kirchmeyer's hire in a news release Tuesday. "I'm passionate about the city, Main Street and the people that live and work in this community," Kirchmeyer said in an interview. Kirchmeyer and her husband, Jeremiah, have two children, Connor and Madeline, and are the owners of Cell Phone Repair Pro, a business with locations in downtown Mitchell and Rapid City.
SIOUX FALLS -- Jon Hart, associate athletic director at Dakota Wesleyan University, was still hospitalized Monday in Sioux Falls after being shot in a hunting accident Sunday night in rural Hutchinson County. Curt Hart, Jon's father and the Dakota Wesleyan's athletic director, confirmed his son's involvement in the accident in an interview Monday with The Daily Republic. "We're just hoping for the best, that he can recover from this and be back to normal," he said.
Despite a shower that moved through Mitchell and much of the surrounding region Monday morning, the city still remains well below its normal rainfall total for the month. When the rain slowed to a sprinkle and the sun began to peek through the clouds above Mitchell at about 1 p.m. Monday, a total of 0.28 inches of rain had already fallen on the city that morning, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.
Earl Nordby, a retired businessman, is making a $1 million contribution to Mitchell Technical Institute, the largest cash donation ever made to a technical school in South Dakota. The donation...
Mitchell has been named one of the Intelligent Community Forum's Smart21 Communities for the third straight year. That means Mitchell and 20 other communities are in the running to be named the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year, which will be decided at an event in June in Toronto, Canada, the 2014 Intelligent Community of the Year. This year, Mitchell's nomination was focused on how the city's broadband infrastructure was aiding efforts to fight population decline in the region, as well as on the city's education system, according to a Wednesday news release from the Mitchell Area Deve
Now, more than ever, the Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation is ready to give. Tona Rozum, the foundation's president, said the foundation will be able to give away at least $100,000 to local organizations next year. That is, by far, the most the foundation has ever been able to give away and about twice the amount it gave away this year, she said. "It's huge because we know there are tons of needs," Rozum told The Daily Republic on Wednesday.
Farmers in South Dakota are behind the corn harvest pace set last year but are expected to hit the fields hard in the coming days to take advantage of favorable weather conditions. According to the weekly crop progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service, 19 percent of the corn crop in South Dakota was harvested as of Oct. 19.
Mitchell Mayor Ken Tracy cast the deciding vote Monday night to delay the construction of a new city hall, clearing the way for a competition-sized indoor pool to be built in the city. Tracy cast his vote after members of the City Council split 4-4 on a vote to delay the construction of a new city hall.