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PLANKINTON -- Paul Mayclin works inside his farm shop in rural Aurora County and hardly notices the cars and trucks rolling by right outside on U.S. Highway 281. Still, Mayclin is grateful the road is there. "We are blessed, or lucky, this place is on (U.S. Highway) 281," Mayclin told The Daily Republic in an interview Thursday. U.S. Highway 281, which is maintained by the state, is one of the few paved roads in Aurora County, a largely rural area with a population of 2,710.
The Mitchell City Council continued Thursday night to discuss a proposed increase of the sewer and water rates charged in the city, while at the same time debating priorities for the budget. The discussion took place during a special meeting intended to be the first of several informal work sessions to let council members talk about priorities and long-term plans for the city.
A soon-to-be-released documentary featuring a South Dakota State University graduate turned Minnesota hog farmer will be screened next week in Sioux Falls. The documentary, "Farmland," by award-winning director James Moll, features six young farmers and ranchers, all of whom are now responsible for running their own farming and ranching businesses. Among those featured in the film is Ryan Veldhuizen, a fourth-generation farmer from Edgerton, Minn., and an SDSU graduate. Veldhuizen is taking over the operation of his family's hog farm with his brother and sister.
A soon-to-be-released campaign ad from Republican U.S. Senate candidate Stace Nelson will prominently feature the Corn Palace. The ad, filmed earlier this week in front of the Corn Palace in Mitchell, should be released within a week, Nelson said in an interview this week with The Daily Republic.
Two construction bids submitted by Mitchell companies last week for the first phase of the renovation of the Corn Palace are on the City Council's agenda Monday night. The agenda includes a 7 p.m. Public Health and Safety Committee meeting, a 7:05 p.m. Traffic Commission meeting, a 7:20 p.m. Finance Committee meeting and the 7:30 p.m. council meeting, all in Council Chambers at City Hall, 612 N. Main St. Mueller Lumber submitted the lowest bid for the Corn Palace renovation, with an amount of approximately $3.95 million.
The smoke has cleared, but the businesses affected by a fire earlier this month in downtown Mitchell are still working to recover from the blaze. The three owners of Shear...
Get ready to battle the cold, and some big bluegills. Lake Mitchell will be the site of a national ice fishing tournament next winter, according to Mitchell Parks and Recreation Director Dusty Rodiek. The tournament will be held Feb. 1 at Lake Mitchell and hosted by the North American Ice Fishing Circuit. It will be preceded by two other events -- a Jan. 30 ice fishing education program open to the public at Cabela's and a Jan.
When visitors arrive in Mitchell this summer, some students from L.B. Williams Elementary will be able to say they had a hand in welcoming them. A teacher at L.B. Williams, Cheryle Aslesen, said her students, first- and second-graders, have been working with a class of fifth-graders, and focusing all school year on learning the importance of making a good first impression.
After building a few homes, Mitchell Regional Habitat for Humanity is preparing to knock one down. At a meeting Monday night, Mitchell Habitat's board of directors voted to go ahead with the purchase of a piece of property at 615 W. Fourth Ave. in Mitchell. That's where a house partially destroyed in a fire last October is still standing, though city officials have already said it will need to be torn down. Lori Baye, the board's co-president, said Mitchell Habitat has not yet closed on the property, but expects to do so later this month.
Two Mitchell companies submitted construction bids Wednesday for the first phase of the renovation of the Corn Palace, and both were slightly higher than those involved in the project expected. Mueller Lumber submitted the lowest bid of approximately $3.95 million. Puetz Corporation submitted the only other bid, with an amount of $4.27 million.