SPRINGFIELD-- After being hit hard with floodwaters and debris for much of the camping season last year, attendance at the Springfield Recreation Area has been strong this year. "It looks like we are going to get back to 2010 number this year and maybe even beat them," District Parks Supervisor Shane Bertsch said. Floodwaters ravaged the State Recreation Area, Located along the banks of the Missouri River just one mile east of Springfield, in 2011, forcing it to close in for much of the camping season. This summer has been a different story, since attendance has been strong in t
AKG North American Operations, Inc. announced Tuesday it will be adding approximately 60,000 square feet of manufacturing space to its location on the south side of Mitchell. During a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, AKG North American Operations Vice President Wolfgang Dallmann said the expansion will be built because of a need for more warehouse space. "We have been a bit crowded in our production area and this will give us more room to be efficient," he said.
Some lake-goers may have noticed one less spot to swim at Lake Mitchell this summer. The Public Beach along North Harmon Drive on the north side of Lake Mitchell has been closed as city workers make improvements to it. "Basically, that beach was highly underutilized because the slope of the beach didn't allow for sand to stay on the beach," said Mitchell Parks and Recreation Director Dusty Rodiek. A two-tiered retaining wall has been put in and the slope that is adjacent to the water was flattened out to help hold sand on the beach. Rodiek said he expects the beach to be op
Go out on top. That's what Mitchell native Mike Miller could do if he decides to retire after his electric performance in Thursday night's NBA finals game. Miller was 7 of 8 from 3-point range as the Miami Heat cruised to an NBA title, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106. He was just one 3-pointer shy of the Finals record, set when Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen made eight against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010. Still, the 32-year-old Miller isn't sure if he wants to hang up his jersey after the high point of his professional career.
Thunderstorms socked much of the region with heavy rain and caused some minor flooding issues early Wednesday morning, along with a truck-sized sinkhole in Chamberlain. The heaviest amounts of rain came in a band that extended from Chamberlain and moved northeast to Huron. Chamberlain received 2.52 inches and White Lake got 2 inches of precipitation. Among towns in the Mitchell area, Wessington Springs saw the most rain from the storm, with 3.15 inches falling but no flooding.
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks commissioners unanimously adopted a rule disallowing the catching of baitfish on Firesteel Creek below Lake Mitchell.
Battle lines are being drawn in the fight against Asian carp in South Dakota, and one of the lines falls squarely on Firesteel Creek. South Dakota Game Fish and Parks officials have proposed closing Firesteel Creek below Lake Mitchell to the taking of baitfish, both commercially and by anglers. GF&P Chief of Aquatic Resources John Lott said the proposed change is to stop the accidental spread of the nuisance fish.
Biologists from the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks recently confirmed the presence of curly pondweed, a nuisance plant, at Lake Mitchell. The exotic plant has detrimental effects to boating and other plant life because it forms a thick mat on the surface of the water, which can get stuck in propellers and shade submerged plants.
Following errors in Tuesday's election results that caused a Thursday recount, some have wondered about other election results in the recent past. But local officials say they are not concerned that past results were skewed. "I think part of the reason I'm not worried about past results is that with this one, there was some number incongruity that you guys at The Daily Republic found and Susan (Kiepke) did too," said Davison County Commission Chairman John Claggett. "If there was a problem in those past elections, I think we would have found the same thing happening with those n
Thought you would get a reprieve from presidential primaries now that that race is decided? Think again. Names such as Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul will still be on ballots for Republicans in today's election, even though Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee and all others have ceased active campaigning. South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant said the names will still appear on the ballot because candidates who drop out have to file months in advance of the election to be removed from the ballot.