It was a shock to Mitchell physical therapist Scott Houwman when his picture showed up on the front of an industry magazine. When the October 2012 issue of Rehab Management, a magazine for physical therapists, came out, a patient of Houwman's brought the cover to his attention. "I was amazed," Houwman said.
An event designed to bring shutterbugs together from across the state is happening next month in Mitchell. The second annual Camera Club Roundup, sponsored by the Mitchell Camera Club and the Central South Dakota Photography Club, will be held April 13 throughout Mitchell. "This is an event to get the camera clubs together, meet other photographers in the state, and have a day of shooting," event organizer Betsy Petersen said. The event gives participants a chance to shoot a variety of assignments throughout the day and discuss photography with other enthusiasts in the state.
Mitchell police engaged in a high-speed pursuit through the southern part of the city after a man fled as the result of a noise complaint early Monday morning. Speeds reached 70 mph in the city and 100 mph when the chase left city limits. The suspect, Rocky Clark, 31, of Mitchell, was arrested and faces charges including drunken driving, eluding police, reckless driving and intentional property damage. A call came in to dispatch at 2:27 a.m. Monday about someone pounding on doors and windows at the Best Western hotel in Mitchell, said Assistant Police Chief Maj.
The barricades around the former Mitchell National Bank Building have been removed after a restoration company hired by the owner to look at the building said the area was safe. The site was blocked off after a roughly 3-foot piece of the building fell off and crashed to the ground more than a month ago.
Clocks were set to "spring" forward Sunday morning, but when many area residents woke up, the weather outside was still very winter-like. A storm Saturday and into Sunday brought rain and snow to much of the region during the weekend. In Mitchell, rain started early Saturday morning before switching to snow after noon and continuing into Sunday. Snow flurries continued throughout Sunday afternoon. Mitchell received about 1.5 inches of snow during the storm after receiving 0.92 inch of rain Saturday.
Rusty Munsen is modest about his art. The soft-spoken Mitchell eighth-grader said he just likes to draw when he gets bored, so it was a surprise to him when he won a statewide contest earlier this year. As part of the Youth Art Month contest to design a flag that represents a state, Munsen was chosen to represent South Dakota at the National Art Education Conference this weekend in Fort Worth, Texas. Youth Art Month is observed in March and is designed to promote art education across the country. The contest asks students across the nation to design a flag that represents t
South Dakota Pulse Processors is close to reaching its investment fundraising goal to build a processing plant and is getting the word out about pulse crops in the state. After holding several investor meetings across South Dakota within the last year, the company has now raised $1.16 million, about 77 percent of its minimum goal, as it hopes to help grow the output of pulse crops. Pulse crops are legumes that produce seeds used in food products or eaten alone.
The Pheasant Country chapter of Pheasants Forever will host a landowner appreciation habitat education event Sunday at the Moose Lodge in Mitchell. The event starts at 5 p.m. and will feature two speakers, a buffet and gun raffles. Any landowner is invited to attend the program. The cost is $35, which includes a meal and a one-year membership to Pheasants Forever. Pheasant Country President Dave Allen said the night is not intended to be a fundraiser but rather a way to show appreciation to landowners in the area and give them more education about preserving habitat.
Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell has been ranked one of the top nursing homes in South Dakota by U.S. News and World Report rankings. The Mitchell facility received an overall five-star rating, a distinction that about 18 percent of nursing homes in the state received. It was also one of only two nursing homes in the state to receive five stars in all three categories. The three rating categories were health inspections, nursing staff and quality measures for residents.
The process for hiring Dakota Wesleyan University's 20th president is officially under way. A search committee has been formed and is headed by DWU Board of Trustees Chairman Brad Pratt. Current President Bob Duffett announced in December he would be leaving the university in May after leading Dakota Wesleyan for 12 years. Duffett took a job as president at Eastern University, a private Christian school in St.