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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.
PIERRE -- An attorney from Lake Andes argued Tuesday that his client can't be charged with drunken driving because a statute necessary for the charge was mistakenly repealed in 2012. Tim Whalen represents Nicole Mundy-Geidd, who was arrested, charged with and convicted of drunken driving in Charles Mix County, where Lake Andes is the county seat.
After 50 years, there were plenty of photos. As residents and visitors gathered Sunday at Wesley Acres, a senior living facility on Havens Avenue in Mitchell, for an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate the facility's 50th year in existence, they looked at album after album of photos, each containing memories of those who have lived and worked at the facility. Wesley Acres CEO Donna Weiland said Sunday the residents of Wesley Acres, both past and present, deserve the credit for the facility's longevity. "It's just a wonderful facility to live in," Weiland said. "It's just the people.
Only six months after he retired, Daryl Kilstrom says he fell into another job almost by accident. Kilstrom, who retired in March after more than 35 years as executive director of LifeQuest in Mitchell, is now the executive director of Community Support Providers of South Dakota, a statewide advocacy organization for providers of services and support for people with disabilities. The organization asked Kilstrom if he was interested after the last executive director left to take another position.
There's a hole in the wall of the Corn Palace and Mayor Ken Tracy helped put it there. Standing atop the Corn Palace's marquee Friday, Tracy and Tourism/Corn Palace Area Development Committee Chairman Doug Dailey put on hard hats and used a power tool to cut bricks from the wall, officially kicking off a two-phase, nearly $7.2 million renovation of the city-owned arena and tourist attraction. But before the small-scale demolition began, Tracy spoke to a crowd of about 50 people gathered for the start of construction -- or "corn-struction," as the organizers of the event coined it. "This has
It's been more than five years since Kristin Vilhauer found out she had breast cancer. "I don't even remember the day," Vilhauer said in an interview Tuesday with The Daily Republic. "I remember the phone call and I was in my office. The rest of the day is kind of a blur." The day after that phone call, Vilhauer, a Mitchell resident who was 32 years old at the time, was in Sioux Falls discussing her options for treatment. "It's just a numbing feeling, and exhausting," she said. Her cancer was still in an early stage when it was discovered and didn't require chemotherapy.
Rows of orange cones lined the sidewalk and street in front of the Corn Palace on Monday as a two-phase, nearly $7.2 million renovation that's been years in the making got under way. Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Jacki Miskimins, whose office is directly across from the Corn Palace, said Monday it was exciting to see construction begin. "It's been a long process and a long time coming, so to actually get started feels a little bit surreal, but very, very positive," she said. The large murals on the front of the Corn Palace had been completely stripped of corn by Monday af
LETCHER -- At least $32,000 has already been raised in an effort to build a new, $200,000 addition to the fire hall and community center in Letcher that would roughly double the size of the facility. Poet, an ethanol company with a plant in Loomis, about 10 miles south of Letcher, donated $25,000 to the project and at least another $7,000 has been donated by other businesses and individuals in the community, according to Tiffany Hoffman, president of the Letcher Community Development Foundation. Another $25,000 has been pledged by CorTrust Bank, which has a branch in Letcher, but that money
With a push and a nudge, a new statue was put in place Friday at Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery in northern Mitchell. The statue, which depicts one modern soldier carrying another, was delivered and hoisted on its concrete pedestal, and then, slowly but surely, pushed squarely into position with a skid loader. Jimmy Traupel, a 91-year-old Mitchell resident and World War II veteran, stood in the cemetery Friday and watched as the statue arrived on the back of a truck and was lifted into place.
WHITE LAKE -- In a windswept field, Ken Barbour unshouldered his shotgun and began to walk. A line of hunters, clad in orange, walked in step to his left while more waited at the far end of the field. Barbour walked at brisk pace until he and the others neared the far side. Then, one by one, pheasants began to reveal themselves. A rooster burst into the air from between the withered corn stalks, and Barbour took aim. He fired and the bird fell to the ground.