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Gordon Howie describes himself as the only true conservative in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson. "I'm in this race because I believe South Dakotans deserve a conservative choice," Howie said in an interview Wednesday with The Daily Republic at the newspaper's office in Mitchell. Howie, 65, is a former Republican state senator from Rapid City who lost a bid for governor in 2010. Now, Howie is running as an independent candidate against former Republican Gov.
HOWARD -- U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem sat down Tuesday at a table inside a cafe in Howard, a coffee mug in her hand, and listened. Noem, R-S.D., heard from local and state officials, who talked with her about a variety of issues, ranging from the price of corn to the upcoming start of the school year.
ALPENA -- There are still piles of debris at Ronny and Linda Kopfmann's farm south of Alpena, reminders of the tornado that tore through the area nearly two months ago. In the middle of it all, there's a new house, which arrived on the back of a truck from Watertown on Aug. 1.
The Mitchell Board of Education will consider approving one of three financial proposals for the district's proposed new fine arts center at its meeting at 5 p.m. tonight in the commons area at L.B.
SPENCER — A 66-year-old Pennsylvania man’s leg was severed in a motorcycle crash Friday afternoon on Interstate 90 south of Spencer. According to South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Casey Bassett,...
The city of Mitchell has added a net total of six full-time city employees in the last 10 years, far fewer than other similarly sized cities in South Dakota. There are currently 176 full-time employees on the city's payroll, according to Billie Kelly, the city's human resources director. That's about a 3 percent increase from 2004, when there were 170 full-time city employees. "Mitchell is very conservative when it comes to adding employees," Kelly said.
Construction of a new city hall in southern downtown Mitchell could begin as soon as this fall, according to Mayor Ken Tracy. On Wednesday night, Tracy presented the City Council with proposed plans for a new city hall, prepared by Architecture Inc., of Sioux Falls, the firm designing the project for the city. Puetz Corp., the project's construction manager, is still working to estimate a cost for the project based on the architect's plans, Tracy said.
The Mitchell City Council backed away from imposing a strict limit on the number of people employed by the city during the second of the city's annual budget hearings Wednesday night in Council Chambers at City Hall. At Tuesday night's budget hearing, the council agreed to a new set of rules, proposed by Councilman Steve Rice, to follow during the budget process, including a vow not to increase the total number of city employees. The city currently has 175 full-time employees, according to budget documents.