SIOUX FALLS -- Mitchell businessman Roger Musick on Wednesday received recognition for his entrepreneurship and his impact on South Dakota's business landscape. Musick received the Spirit of Enterprise Award for Entrepreneurship during a luncheon at the Ramkota Inn conference center, held in conjunction with the twoday Innovation Expo in Sioux Falls. The Innovation Expo is hosted by the Enterprise Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides commercialization services to researchers, inventors and start-up companies in South Dakota.
Construction will begin in the coming days on an addition to Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell. The Mitchell nursing home and assisted-living facility will add 17,000 square feet to the north end of the campus. Seventeen new rooms will be included, predominantly singles, which will allow for the renovation of the smallest existing double rooms into singles.
Mitchell has been named one of the Intelligent Community Forum Smart21 Intelligent Communities. The ICF, a think tank that studies economic and social development of communities as it relates to communication, takes nominations from cities across the world every year and picks the 21 cities that are best prepared for the broadband economy. Mitchell Area Development Corp.
The cackle of a flushing rooster. The zing of a lunker fish taking a line. The chill of a north wind from a duck blind. These are just a few of the experiences that are on the rise in the United States, according to survey results released recently by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The survey shows the number of Americans who hunt and fish is up significantly after being in decline for two decades.
As pheasant hunters from across the nation begin to chase South Dakota's state bird today, the numbers should be in their favor. A mild winter and spring created ideal nesting conditions for the birds, and a summer brood count found an 18 percent increase in their population. An unscientific analysis of last year's population estimate paired with this year's 18 percent increase in the brood count indicates a population of around 6.1 million this year.
PIERRE -- A man accused of kidnapping his daughter and killing her dog in front of her pleaded not guilty Thursday morning. Clinton James Brown, 35, Presho, entered his pleas to multiple felony charges including aggravated kidnapping at the Hughes County Courthouse in Pierre. Brown allegedly held his 10-year-old daughter in a vehicle and a field for approximately three hours Aug. 17 before authorities arrived.
Area fire departments were busy Monday afternoon as dry and windy conditions fueled two rural fires. The larger of the two was located one mile west of Mount Vernon. A harvested corn field caught fire as a farmer was working in the field with a tractor. Wind gusts reaching 30 mph from the northwest blew thick smoke across state Highway 38, as crews from Mount Vernon and Mitchell fought the fire. The other fire happened just before noon when the Spencer Fire Department got a call about a small grass fire five miles northwest of Farmer on the west side of Long Lake.
LETCHER -- A rural Letcher farmhouse was destroyed when a fire ripped through the structure Thursday night. Frank and Kathy Zoss lived in the house with their two sons Andrew and Dalen. It is located 2¾ miles northeast of the state Highway 37 Letcher corner. The Zosses began to smell smoke around 8 p.m. Thursday. Letcher Fire Chief Rod Clarambeau said the fire may have started in the area of the Zoss' clothes dryer. "My youngest boy said he smelled smoke when he went to get a glass of water, and I walked out of the house and just saw an orange glow," Frank Zoss said.
The surplus of orange along Havens Avenue in Mitchell is making some motorists red in the face, but officials say the construction project is nearly complete. "Our town will be back to normal here very shortly," said Tammy Williams, South Dakota Department of Transportation Mitchell Area engineer. One of Mitchell's busiest roads has been under construction since April as the DOT has conducted a concrete rehabilitation project. During a meeting in March, the DOT said the project was expected to be complete by Oct.
As volunteers sifted through the charred remains of a trailer house Sunday morning, they remembered the woman who lost her life. Friends and family members told The Daily Republic that Cheryl Roop, 59, of Mitchell, died early Saturday morning when she was trapped inside her trailer home on West Second Avenue in Mitchell.