The squeak of shoes against the hardwood was traded for the pounding of hooves against dirt Friday night as the Corn Palace hosted its first ever bull-riding competition. The Wilbur Ellis Corn Palace Challenge is a Championship Bull Riding (CBR) Horizon Series contest that brought 975 people out to watch the action. Capacity for the event is 2,150. Mitchell Corn Palace director Mark Schilling said he expects tonight's crowd to be better. The event continues today at 7:30 p.m. with tickets still available at the Corn Palace box office. Seats are $20 or $30 for padded seats.
One person is dead and three others are injured after a fire struck a trailer house early Saturday morning in Mitchell. "Anytime we have a fatality, it's a tragic incident, and our hearts and prayers go out to the family," said Mitchell Public Safety Chief Lyndon Overweg. Mitchell dispatch received a call at 4:06 a.m. for a trailer fire at 900 W. Second Ave., Lot 43. There's a dirt-road trailer park in that area located alongside Dry Run Creek and a set of railroad tracks.
When County Fair remodeled and expanded its Mitchell grocery store this year, it tripled the size of its craft beer offerings. There's a good reason for that.
For the first time ever, bull riding is coming to the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The indoor Wilbur Ellis Corn Palace Challenge will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The event is a Championship Bull Riding (CBR) Horizon Series contest and will attract some of the top talent from across the country, plus some of the area's best local talent, as they compete for $14,000 in total prize money. Each night will feature 47 rides. "It's going to be a great couple of nights," said organizer Sheldon Tobin, of Plankinton.
Chamberlain High School senior Brady Bunker has never been to a concert, but that will change in May. Bunker will travel with his family to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville through a South Dakota Make-A-Wish Foundation grant. Bunker, who has cerebral palsy, is having his wish granted by employees at Cabela's in Mitchell. The outdoors store raised $6,035 through a 12-person committee.
LAKE ANDES -- From dilapidated to delightful, the Lake Andes City Park has made a stunning transformation thanks to an online contest, a grant and fundraising efforts. Once in a state of disrepair, the city park is now complete with a new jungle gym and swing set as well as wood chips and a concrete sidewalk surrounding the playground structures. The city park facelift was made possible by a $10,000 prize the city won through the Reader's Digest We Hear You America Contest.
It's often been said that one man's trash is another man's treasure. Rarely has that saying held more truth than during a recent incident in Mitchell. Michelle Cormack, from Vancouver, Canada, was on a trip across the Midwest that included a stop at the Corn Palace. After leaving Mitchell and driving roughly 200 miles west to Badlands National Park, she panicked. She didn't have her wallet, and she suspected she had accidentally thrown it in a trash receptacle at the Corn Palace.
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks held its lottery drawing for East River firearms deer tags this week without a reduction in tags, despite continued reports of dead deer. The cause of the deer deaths is believed to be Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD, a viral disease passed by flies known as midges. Andy Lindbloom, GF&P senior big game biologist, said just because licenses have not been reduced yet doesn't mean they won't be. "We are still assessing the situation and deciding what to do about the problem," Lindbloom said. Possibilities include giving
The electricity generated from hydroelectric dams is creating some friction in Washington, D.C. The hotly contested "Chu Memorandum," named for Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, was up for discussion Tuesday during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing in Washington.
PLATTE -- The people of Platte said goodbye Saturday to an institution that has served the community for 56 years. About 50 community members attended the South Dakota Army National Guard Re-Stationing Ceremony at the National Guard armory in Platte as they bid farewell to the DET 2, 155th Engineer Company. Similar ceremonies were held in Salem and Winner Saturday, as the South Dakota Army National Guard relocates six units across the state in order to save money. The Platte and Winner units will relocated to Wagner and Rapid City; while the Salem unit will relocate to Yankton.