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Mitchell Technical Institute has added another layer of technology to its internet presence with the launch of a mobile website for smart-phone users. Interactive Services Director Bob Kobernusz said the mobile site puts the functionality of a large website into the palm of a user's hand. The new mobile site pares down the information on MTI's regular website -- www.mitchelltech.edu -- and adjusts site readability for the smaller screens of smart-phone devices.
U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., said Thursday that she has two goals for a newly formed bipartisan working group set up to address flooding issues along the Missouri River. First, she wants to get all U.S. House members from Missouri River states to coordinate their efforts on the flooding issue. Second, she wants the group to "push to get straight answers" from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "We want to know, could there have been more done to prevent this? Also, what changes need to be made so it never happens again?" Noem said.
WHITE LAKE -- A woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident that caused her vehicle to roll over Wednesday afternoon. Cornelia Jervis, 71, Ashland, Mont., was driving west on Interstate 90 in the passing lane when a 1999 Kenworth semi, driven by Darrell Docken, 66, Mitchell, moved into the passing lane in front of her. Sgt. Paul Gerkin of the South Dakota Highway Patrol said Docken thought he had room to move over in order to pass slower vehicles in front of him, but clipped Jervis' 2005 Volkswagen Beetle with the back of his trailer.
Ranchers who have suffered cattle deaths during this summer's heat wave should notify their Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible in order to be paid for the loss, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Wednesday. "This past week's high temperatures and humidity have taken their toll on livestock across South Dakota," Thune said. FSA officials need to be notified no later than 30 days after a death in order to document a proof of loss, he said.
PARKSTON -- The city of Parkston will celebrate its 125th birthday starting Friday and continuing through Sunday. The quasquicentennial events will begin Friday with breakfast on Main Street and children's activities. n Friday: Phil Baker, a children's entertainer, will perform from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday in Rose Bormann Park just prior to the kid's parade, games, a pie-eating contest and cake walk, all at the park at 2 p.m.. The McNeil Band will perform at 3 p.m. Friday in Rose Bormann Park.
HURON -- Huron voters rejected a $1.5 million school opt-out for five years on Tuesday. According to a news release from the Beadle County auditor's office, the opt-out proposal lost by a 1,113-953 margin. Voter turnout was 20 percent. Huron school board chairman John Halbkat had said if the opt-out was rejected, as many as 32 full-time teaching positions will be cut from the district budget. The state-mandated 6.6 percent budget cut means $700,000 less for the Huron School District. The district has a $1.2 million shortfall for its 2011-12 school year, officials have said.
EF Foundation for Foreign Study is accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year, according to Sherry Stilley, international exchange coordinator. Those interested in hosting can contact Stilley at 996-3595 or go online at www.effoundation.org . Host families provide a home for a 15- to 18-year-old from one of 25 countries around the world, and students come for one or two semesters and attend the local high school. Host families also undergo a screening process to ensure they are well suited for an exchange experience.
A total of 13 area businesses passed alcohol compliance checks on July 12. Heng Heng Chinese Restaurant, Whiskey Creek, Walmart, Casey's General Store, Village Bowl/Spare Change Casino, Steak N' More, Blarney's Sports Bar, Super 8 Motel, Twin Dragon, Chef Louie's, Sudz, Rob's Short Stop and Wild Oak County Club all passed the checks.
The identity and fate of a juvenile accused of plotting and executing the murder of a 16-year-old Mitchell girl remains a mystery, at least to the public. The South Dakota Attorney General's Office is remaining quiet on any details surrounding "M.D.," the accused girl who was 15 when she was arrested for the Nov. 10, 2009, murder of Jasmine Guevara. A representative from the office cited a policy that prohibits the office from commenting on juvenile matters.
A Mitchell man died Saturday as a result of a crash with a train four miles west of Brookings. Catlin James Hemmah, 25, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer eastbound on U.S. Highway 14 near Brookings when his vehicle struck a Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad train at approximately 4:50 a.m., according to a news release from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The train was crossing the highway at the time of the accident. Hemmah's vehicle erupted in flames following the collision. Hemmah died at the scene, said Sgt.