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For months, the old Veterans of Foreign Wars building has sat in a state of disrepair on the corner of First Avenue and Main Street in Mitchell. But according to Mitchell Mayor Ken Tracy, it could be weeks, or even months more, before the building is torn down.
The Mitchell City Council awarded a bid to a local company for the renovation of the Corn Palace at its meeting Monday night at City Hall, but only after agreeing to a few changes to keep the project within budget. With a unanimous vote, the council awarded a bid for the construction of the first phase of the renovation of the Corn Palace to Mueller Lumber, which submitted the lowest bid for the project of $3.95 million.
In a cramped, dimly lit room, a film projector came to life, it's light cutting into the night air and illuminating a giant screen a few hundred feet away. It was April 9, 1976, and rows of cars filled Mitchell's Starlite Drive-in for a double feature -- "Walking Tall Part 2" and "Macon County Line" -- on the first night of movies after Jeff Logan bought the drive-in. "It was busy," Logan said in a recent interview with The Daily Republic. "It was a kick." Now, the Starlite's projection room sits quiet. The Starlite closed after a final show -- "Despicable Me 2" -- on Sept. 21.
ARMOUR -- A hunting lodge in rural Armour that was destroyed by fire last fall is being rebuilt and should be ready for use once hunting season opens. Marty Jensen, general manager of South Dakota Pheasant Acres, a pheasant hunting preserve on about 3,000 acres west of Armour, said in an interview Thursday that the footings for a new two-story, 4,800-square-foot lodge have already been poured and, if the weather cooperates, the rest of the lodge will be finished by August. "It's really exciting to see things start to happen and see things start to fall in place," Jensen said. James "Doc" Mo
A pedestrian bridge linking Dry Run Creek Park to Mitchell's historic downtown district could improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists in the city, a group of South Dakota State University students told city officials Friday at City Hall. And that was one of the ideas presented by the students, who were tasked with coming up with ideas to encourage physical activity by enhancing amenities available to pedestrians and cyclists in the city, all as part of program that brought together the students, the city and the South Dakota Department of Health. Mayor Ken Tracy, who attended the pre
Before this year's Dakota Wesleyan University graduates crossed the stage and received their degrees Saturday at the Corn Palace, they were told to be ready for the opportunities that await them after graduation. Terry Grindstaff, a 1999 graduate of DWU, gave the commencement address to the 209 graduates who received degrees at Saturday's graduation ceremony. Grindstaff is now an assistant professor at the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. "I firmly believe that preparation helps you best recognize opportunity," Grindstaff said.
DIMOCK -- The cleanup of liquid fertilizer spilled into a ditch from a crashed truck Monday evening near Dimock is complete, according to Central Farmers Cooperative General Manager Steve Domm. Dirt contaminated by the fertilizer was removed Monday night and Tuesday morning and was hauled from the site of the spill, which occurred in the north ditch of 270th Street south of Dimock.
It promises to be an evening of horse racing, extravagant hats and mint juleps. The Mitchell Area Safehouse Foundation will host "A Night at the Races," a fundraising event scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell. Tickets are $35 and are being sold at County Fair Food Store, First Dakota National Bank and the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce. Attendees of the event will be allowed to place bets on videos of horse races, with half the proceeds going to the foundation.
Mitchell's old Veterans of Foreign Wars building will be demolished sooner than city officials initially planned. Earlier this week, Mayor Ken Tracy said the city still planned to demolish the VFW building in conjunction with the construction of a new city hall, which isn't expected to begin for months. But Tracy said Friday he now intends to demolish the old VFW building as soon as possible. For months, the building has sat in a state of disrepair since it was damaged during the demolition of the old Longhorn Bar, with which it shared a common wall. "It looks bad," Tracy said.