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Having legendary crooner Neil Diamond aboard South Dakota's float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was the cheapest part of the project, according to a state tourism official. The state Department of Tourism spent about $220,000 on a float and some mascots at the parade. Performers are not compensated for appearing in the parade, but the department will pay up to $5,000 for Diamond's travel and other expenses associated with his appearance.
The six people hired by South Dakota State University Extension to work as educators at its regional office in Mitchell are experiencing firsthand how the program has changed after major restructuring. After state government budget cuts forced Extension to move services out of county offices and into eight regional offices, 44 field specialists were hired to staff the new offices. The Extension had cut all 99 of its field specialists earlier in the year as part of the restructuring. Some, but not all, were hired back to work at the regional offices.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- The 1905 Opera House in Wessington Springs will reprise its role as a community movie theater next month when movies will be shown regularly at the historic building for the first time in nearly a century. Through private donations from the local community, the Wessington Springs Area Development Corp. purchased a new movie projector and plans to begin showing films at the 1905 Opera House early next month.
Through a coordinated effort of state governments, South Dakota's farmers are providing relief and much-needed hay to areas in Texas suffering from severe drought. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has re-issued an executive order, now in effect until Dec. 22, which suspends the permits needed for oversize vehicles transporting baled hay or other livestock feed out of South Dakota. The order was originally set to expire Oct.
Turkeys weren't all that got cooked this Thanksgiving. The Mitchell area felt the heat from record-high temperatures Thursday, with the National Weather Service reporting a record-high of 71 degrees. Thursday's high temperature surpassed the previous high for Nov. 24 of 70 degrees, set in 1923.
Clinton Greenway, program director at KORN Radio, right, and Jonathan Guenthner, of Endorf Lurken Olson & Co., left, bag groceries Friday at Country Fair Foods in Mitchell in an effort to raise awareness and encourage donations for the American Cancer Society. (Chris Mueller/Republic)
Mitchell United Way announced Friday at the Ramada that the organization's annual fundraising campaign brought in $437,738, nearly $13,000 beyond the goal. It was the 31st consecutive year that the local United Way attained its goal.
Hannah Walters, director of the Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau, is resigning after making the decision to relocate with her family to Aberdeen. Walters said leaving her position was a difficult decision to make. "My work here has been very rewarding to me," she said.
Students, faculty and the Mitchell community had the chance to go on a world tour in only an hour at Dakota Wesleyan University's Around the World cultural festival Thursday afternoon. The DWU Multicultural Committee hosted the event, which invites students, faculty and local residents to set up booths and represent a country or culture that is of interest to them. "People on campus can get a taste of all the different countries," said Mikayla Davis, DWU senior and member of the Multicultural Committee. Many representatives stocked their booths with samples of food from whicheve
Clean-up at Corsica High School continues as administrators assess the damage after a ruptured water main flooded parts of the school. The break released thousands of gallons of water into the school on the morning of Nov. 3. Superintendent Vern DeGeest is confident the school will continue to operate as close to normal as possible until repairs are completed. "It's been a major inconvenience, but it hasn't been anything we haven't been able to work around," DeGeest said. The school's soggy situation began shortly after 11 a.m. on Nov.