Fundraisers for Bella's Butterfly Garden recently got the promise of a boost from a South Dakota business donor. If $5,000 is raised before March 1, a matching donation of $5,000 will be given from Thompson Law in Sioux Falls to help build the garden memorial for Iszabella "Bella" Morgan, the 9-year-old Mitchell girl who was killed by a drunken driver on March 24. The garden, which is set to be built in the southeast corner of Northridge Park in Mitchell, was designed and is planned to be built by city of Mitchell Parks Department staff if enough money is raised for the project. The site wa
The Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board has given preliminary approval to a restructuring of family passes at the Outdoor Aquatic Center. The proposal would allow up to four people to be on one pass for the base rate of $120. Those people must either be legally married, or be children or siblings. Mitchell Parks and Recreation Director Dusty Rodiek said four children who are siblings could be covered under a family pass. Children must be under the age of 22 and must be able to be claimed as a dependent. For an additional $15, a person who meets the criteria can be added to a family pass.
The idea of land near Lake Mitchell becoming a state park isn't dead in the water, but it certainly isn't going anywhere soon. The Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee, along with the city of Mitchell, pitched the idea to Gov. Dennis Daugaard while he was in town for the Capital for a Day event in 2011. It has gained little traction since then. "There is some concern from people in my office that the tracts of land available are small in number and non-contiguous," South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Secretary Jeff Vonk said.
The Mitchell High School band is waking up in the Florida warmth this morning. About 100 kids and 20 chaperones left Wednesday afternoon on three buses for the 32-hour trip to Orlando, Fla., for two musical opportunities. The first starts this morning, when the group will spend three hours working with Disney music clinicians. "They will basically be scoring one of Disney's animated films.
The decision to drop wrestling, one of the original Olympic sports, from the 2020 Olympic Games is infuriating and perplexing many in the South Dakota wrestling community and causing some to blame the sport's international leaders. "Running and wrestling are the two oldest sports. To not have one of them in the Olympics is ridiculous," said Randy Lewis, a 1984 wrestling gold medalist and Rapid City native. "I'm in shock right now.
The final tally for Mitchell's weekend snowfall, according to the National Weather Service, was 9.6 inches. The snow was produced by the biggest local winter storm in several years. Strong winds and heavy snow caused large drifts, making lots of work for snow blowers and shovelers Monday morning. Mitchell's 9.6 inches of snow equated to 0.95 of an inch of precipitation.
Mitchell High School's show choir Friend de Coup had a strong showing over the weekend at the LaCrosse Logan (HS) Invitational, LaCrosse , Wis. The group took third place out of more than 20 groups competing. They also won the Best Opening Song Award and the People's Choice Award. "I was very happy with how we performed," said director Chris Miller. Mitchell senior Bradley White also won a "Showstopper Award," an award given to outstanding male performers. The group's next competition will be Feb. 23 in Vermillion for the Rhythm and Red Invitational.
The largest storm this winter blew into the area late Saturday night and by early Sunday morning blanketed most of the state in the white stuff, bringing moisture to drought-stricken South Dakota. The low pressure storm system first brought rain Saturday before yielding to snow in the early morning hours Sunday. When Mitchell residents woke up Sunday about 5 inches of snow had already fallen according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. In total, as much as 8 inches of snow were expected to fall in Mitchell by Monday morning.
The 29th annual Mitchell Christian School Benefit Auction begins today at 5 p.m. with the doors opening at 4 p.m. at the Mitchell Christian School gym. The auction will also continue Saturday starting at 9 a.m. with doors opening at 8 a.m. The fundraiser will feature both live and silent auction formats.
A large stone piece from the former Mitchell National Bank building on the 200 block of North Main Street in Mitchell fell to the ground Wednesday afternoon. The roughly 3-foot-wide piece of the building fell from the corner of the pediment (a triangular piece that sits atop columns) more than two stories up and crashed to the sidewalk. No one was hurt, and Mitchell police blocked off the affected section of sidewalk shortly afterward. The building is empty and has for-sale and for-rent signs on it.