Mitchell firefighters contained a house fire to an attic Thursday afternoon, largely protecting the main floor from damage. The fire broke out around 2 p.m. in a home at the corner of Williams and Minnesota streets, just west of Dakota Wesleyan University at 1301 S. Minnesota St. Dispatch received a call of smoke coming from the roof. At the scene, thick white smoke billowed from the brick house in the frigid, subzero air.
Mitchell firefighters contained a house fire to an attic Thursday afternoon, largely protecting the main floor from damage. The fire broke out around 2 p.m. in a home at the corner of Williams and Minnesota streets, just west of Dakota Wesleyan University at 1301 S. Minnesota St. Dispatch received a call of smoke coming from the roof. At the scene, thick white smoke billowed from the brick house in the frigid, subzero air. The temperature at the time of the initial response was 3 degrees below zero, with a wind chill factor of 28 below.
P.E. class is about a lot more than kickball in the Mitchell School District. During an assembly Tuesday, Deb Thill, physical education teacher for both Longfellow and L.B. Williams elementary schools in Mitchell, proved that as she was honored as South Dakota Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Thill was given the award by the South Dakota Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and was recognized Tuesday at L.B. Williams.
Mitchell police arrested a 23-year-old man Monday for rape of a person incapable of giving consent. Kristopher Wilson, of Lawrence, Kan., allegedly had sex with an adult female who was highly intoxicated and unconscious at the time. Wilson is a student at Dakota Wesleyan University, where the incident allegedly occurred during the early morning hours Sunday. "It's not a common occurrence to have on campus here," said Mitchell Department of Public Safety Detective Lt. Don Everson.
ALPENA -- Natural gas will soon heat homes and businesses in the town of Alpena thanks largely to Link Snacks Inc., which continues to pour money into its production plant and the small community. A new 19-mile natural gas line stretching from the north to the town was paid for primarily by Link Snacks Inc., or LSI, the Wisconsin-based makers of Jack Link's Beef Jerky, and is now in place. Construction on the $2 million pipeline began in July 2012 and reached the substation at Link Snacks Inc. in December.
According to a new study published by Utah State University, South Dakota has sold nearly 75 percent of the school trust lands it received from the federal government upon statehood. School trust lands were granted by the nation's Continental Congress to the majority of westward expansion states to help them establish and maintain universal quality education. The states manage trust lands to generate revenue through oil and gas, forest products, minerals, agriculture, and commercial and residential leasing. The revenue is then added to a school trust fund that the state manages.
The Prairie Pothole Region, known to many as North America's duck factory, may see a big dip in production this year as drought continues to plague the area. The region, which extends from the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota into southern Canada, is home to more than 50 percent of North American migratory waterfowl, but without water, those potholes may dry up and duck populations will suffer. The lack of water has many concerned, including senior waterfowl biologist for South Dakota Game Fish & Parks, Rocco Murano. "Right now the ducks aren't winning," he said. The P
Winds, cold temperatures and icy conditions contributed to some minor accidents this weekend as a slow moving winter storm blew into the area. Drizzle Friday began to freeze as temperatures dipped throughout the afternoon causing slick conditions on roadways. Sheriffs in multiple counties in the region reported slick roads caused some vehicles to slip into the ditch but none reported any major accidents. Most said road conditions improved as the weekend continued with the worst reports coming Friday night.
Mitchell's most popular place to go dashing through the snow has been teeming with people eager to hop on their sleds, tubes and snowboards this winter. But the Lake Mitchell amphitheater -- a largely undeveloped, half-bowl shaped area near the lake's southern end -- remains without upgrades or safety features. Dusty Rodiek, the city of Mitchell's parks, recreation and forestry director, said improvements are in his department's five-year plan. In the meantime, Rodiek is happy to see people using the area. "That is what it is there for," he said.
Game, Fish and Parks officials say the first-ever bobcat season in South Dakota's East River region was a surprising success. A preliminary total of 33 bobcats was harvested in the five-county area that allowed hunting and trapping of the animal, said GF&P Wildlife Damage Program Coordinator Keith Fisk. Fisk said a report with official totals and information on each animal will be available soon. Hunters and trappers in Buffalo, Brule, Charles Mix, Bon Homme and Yankton counties were able to harvest one bobcat with a furbearer's license this year during a season that began Dec.