The murals on Mitchell's Corn Palace could become a casualty of the drought. High temperatures and insufficient rain have stunted some of the fields in which the colored corn planned for this year's Corn Palace murals is growing. "It's one of those things we're monitoring day by day," said Corn Palace Director Mark Schilling. "I am constantly talking to Wade (Strand, the corn grower for the Corn Palace) about where we are in the process." The Corn Palace Festival Board will discuss the issue during a Tuesday meeting at City Hall.
Brutal. That may be the best word to describe this summer's weather in Mitchell. Between the extremely high temperatures and dry conditions, visions of carefree summer days outdoors have devolved quickly into misery. But it hasn't quite been the hottest summer on record. Not yet, anyway. From the start of June through Tuesday, Mitchell experienced enough heat for this summer to qualify as the third hottest June 1 to July 24 stretch, with an average temperature of 77.9 degrees.
DOLTON -- A large law enforcement contingent converged Wednesday on the Dolton area for a sighting of an escaped prisoner, but as of Wednesday evening the prisoner had not been found. Numerous law enforcement personnel, two airplanes and police dogs were part of the response after a 911 caller reported a 10 a.m. Wednesday interaction with Oscar Antonio Herrera-Menjivar. "We had people here within 20 to 25 minutes of the call and set up a perimeter shortly after that," said Turner County Sheriff Byron Nogelmeier.
It was a family affair Tuesday night at the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Mixer. Two members of the Culhane family were honored for their service to the rodeo during the event at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell. Kevin Culhane was inducted into the rodeo's hall of fame, and his father Don Culhane was named parade marshal for Saturday's rodeo parade. "Kevin was part of the group that revitalized the rodeo in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and he has done some great things for the community after serving with the committee," said Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Chairman Jim Miskimins.
There are still natural places in this world that are protected from the ravages of time and modernity. One such place is Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It's a place where buffalo still roam over rolling hills and trout still swim in cool, clear mountain streams. It's a place where giant granite spires poke through forest landscapes like sewing needles through green fabric. It's a place where motorists are always surprised by what's around the next pigtail bridge, or what might be visible through the next mountain tunnel. Located about a half-hou
Joe Vasek was a member of the U.S. Army 3rd Division Regiment K, 15th Platoon, known as the "Can-Do Regiment." He saw heavy fighting during the Korean War and, for his bravery, was honored with the Purple Heart. But perhaps more important was the "can do" attitude he brought home. That outlook on life recently led him to pledge $275,000 to Avera Brady Health and Rehab's capital campaign.
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks commissioners proposed to make an emergency baitfish rule passed last month permanent during their meeting Monday. The rule disallows the catching of baitfish on Firesteel Creek below Lake Mitchell, as well as on the East Vermillion River and West Vermillion River. The emergency rule was adopted via teleconference of commissioners and put into effect in June as a way to battle the spread of the invasive aquatic nuisance species Asian carp. Signs were placed at popular fishing areas and parking lots to alert anglers of the rule change. With
A loud roar of engines from Harleys and Hondas reverberated off the buildings of Main Street Mitchell just after 1 p.m. Saturday. All the noise and the commotion wasn't without reason, though. It was the Army National Guard Combined Support Maintenance Shop Benefit Poker Run, heading out for a five-town tour. About 140 people took part in the run, which this year benefitted the Sehnert family, who lost their home and 3-year-old son Jaxon to a fire April 20. The event raised $5,600 for the family.
Mitchell has landed the 2013 Cowboy Fast Draw Association national championship event. It will bring about 200 competitors to the city, and it'll be the first time a state other than Idaho or Oregon has hosted it. "We are ecstatic about that," said Troy Bollock, co-founder of the Power Horn Ranch Regulators fast draw group in Mitchell. "It's a very big honor for our club, and it will be fun to have some of the best shooters in the country here." Meanwhile, the club is preparing to host the South Dakota championship event Aug. 24-26 at Cabela's.
Be sure to pack plenty of water for a Fourth of July picnic this year. Mitchell reached a record-setting 103 degrees Monday and is expected to remain hot throughout the week. Monday's mark beat the former July 2 local record of 101 in 1955. Today, more intense heat is expected, with a high that could reach 97. On Independence Day, the forecast high is 101 degrees with only a light wind.