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WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that farmers, ranchers and landowners committed to protecting and conserving environmentally sensitive land may sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) beginning Monday. Vilsack also announced that retiring farmers enrolled in CRP could receive incentives to transfer a portion of their land to beginning, disadvantaged or veteran farmers through the Transition Incentives Program (TIP). "CRP is one of the largest voluntary conservation programs in the country," Vilsack said.
Steven Hesla, a Waconda native and professor of piano at The University of Montana's School of Music, will perform this season's first "Music in the Garden" concert at 7 p.m. Thursday. Hesla will present the inaugural performance on the new memorial Kawai Digital Piano that has been donated to Wessington Springs' Shakespeare Garden by the families of the late Dr. Roscoe E. and Helen Dean, and the Rev. Don and Betty Rogers.
The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is having a temporary exhibit from the South Dakota Historical Society beginning June 12 on the art of the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota peoples. The Dakota, Nakota and Lakota of South Dakota have a long history of creating beautiful works of art. Many items created were quite functional and were used as everyday objects. Beading, quillwork, painting and carving were all important facets of the art.
The Davison County Commissioners will meet Tuesday at the Davison County Courthouse. The commissioners will meet new 4-H Youth Adviser Amber Erickson.
A former Mitchell pharmacist turned himself into the Davison County Jail on Monday to serve a 10-day sentence for a misdemeanor conviction. Jim Buechler, 60, pleaded guilty in magistrate court on May 29 to misprision of a felony, which means he knew a felony had been committed but concealed it and didn't alert authorities. He was originally charged with possession of a controlled substance and grand theft, both felonies.
The Mitchell Board of Education is expected to approve MSH Architects, of Sioux Falls, as the architectural firm for the proposed fine arts center for the Mitchell School District tonight. Approval of the contract would allow the the school to begin design work on the building, estimated to cost the district $13.5 million. The school board will meet tonight in regular session at 5 p.m. at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy building. According to the board's agenda, the district's request for proposal resulted in interest from six firms and four firms submitted three bids.
At 5 p.m. Saturday in the Geddes Community Building, Geddes, the Charles Mix County Historical Restoration Society will sponsor a program called "Over Here, Over There: The World War I Correspondence of the Private John Warns Family." The presentation is based on more than 150 pieces of correspondence between Pvt. John Warns and his family, as well as members of his community in Wentworth during the Great War, which erupted 100 years ago and set the stage for the 20th century. The presentation will feature quotes from the letters as well as photos of Warns and his family.
NEW YORK CITY -- A Canada city was recognized for its intelligence last week. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was named the 2014 Intelligent Community of the Year on Thursday at the Intelligent Community Forum's annual awards in New York City, according to a press release. In October, Mitchell was named one of the world's 21 Smart21 Communities by the ICF for the second year in a row, but the city was not among the seven finalists announced in January. The Intelligent Community Forum, a nonprofit policy research organization, said this was the third year Toronto reached the finals and the Top7 In
Studies on the county's roads and the wages they pay employees are expected to be the main talking points during the Davison County Commission meeting Tuesday. The regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m.
Six businesses in the Mitchell area passed an alcohol compliance check recently. The South Central Alcohol Task Force conducted checks at Don's Place, Longbranch Bar, Rusty's Food Center, Corner Pantry and Howard Athletic Club, all in Howard, and the Cabaret in Carthage. The South Central Alcohol Task Force is comprised of the Aurora, Davison and Miner county sheriff's departments and the Mitchell Police Division. -- Source: South Central Alcohol Task Force