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Last week was the second-hottest Aug. 25-31 period in Mitchell's recorded history. According to the National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls, Mitchell's mean temperature -- the average between the maximum and minimum -- was 82.7 degrees last week. The city's hottest Aug. 25-31 period occurred in 1953, hitting a mean temperature of 83.1 degrees. Last week passed 1991's average temperature -- 81.9 degrees -- between the same seven days at the end of August.
MENNO -- An early morning break-in at the offices of the Menno Public School netted a thief a small amount of cash, said local police. Menno Police Chief Andrew McCoy said an unidentified individual smashed a window and entered the school's office around 3 a.m. Tuesday. McCoy said damage to the building will exceed the amount of cash taken in the robbery. He did not disclose how much was taken. No immediate damage estimate was available.
A Notre Dame Academy All-School Reunion will be Sept. 13-15 in Mitchell. The last all-school reunion was in July 1994. The last graduating class from Notre Dame High School was in 1970. The earliest graduate currently registered for the reunion is Pat (Tobin) Hantz from the Class of 1941. There are more than 250 alumni already registered, with more being added every day. The public is invited to attend a dance at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the Highland Conference Center with a seven-piece band from the '60s, "The Torres," including Mitchell's
p>HURON, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Farmers Union hosted a farm bill rally at the South Dakota State Fair.
The Davison County Commission will discuss a potential software upgrade for the sheriff's office at its meeting this morning at the Davison County Courthouse in Mitchell. The commissioners heard a sales pitch from a representative of Zuercher Technologies, of Sioux Falls, which produces comprehensive law enforcement software at its Aug. 27 meeting. A discussion of the cost of the upgrade with Sheriff Steve Brink and Jail Administrator Don Radel is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on the agenda for this morning's meeting.
The South Dakota Pedal Pull competition for children was held Monday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The top three finishers in each age group qualify for the National Pedal Pull, to be held Sept. 21 at the Corn Palace. The results from Monday's competition were: 4-year-old girls: LaShae Peterson, of Lake Andes, first place; Alyssa Hoffman, of Howard, second place; Johanna Vandersnick, of Willow Lake, third place.
With the last Labor Day hot dogs and family outings finished, it's now back to work after Labor Day for South Dakota's and the nation's workers. However, for many this Labor Day week, a new study shows their wages have increased only pennies over past seven years. That's the conclusion of GoBankingRates.com, which recently studied the status of the U.S. workforce.
CHEERS to news that Mitchell's job count is at an all-time high. Last week, The Daily Republic reported that 9,130 people were employed in July in the city. That's a record -- at least according to statistics that have been kept in recent years -- and we figure it's great news for Davison County. Of course, it could be said that such high employment and such low unemployment could be a detriment to the region landing some new company or another, and we suppose that could be true.
Two Minnesota residents suffered minor injuries from a single-vehicle accident Friday evening on Interstate 90. According to South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Peterson, Carlos Alberto Lazo, a 55-year-old Red Lake Falls, Minn., resident, was driving a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee around 7:30 p.m. Friday night westbound on I-90, near mile marker 319, just west of the Mount Vernon exit. Peterson said the vehicle's rear passenger tire blew out, causing Lazo to lose control of the vehicle, which entered the median and rolled before resting on its driver's side.
BROOKINGS -- The South Dakota Humanities Council has announced the lineup for the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books, which will be held Sept. 20-22 in Deadwood. The 2013 festival lineup includes bestsellers, award winners and crowd pleasers among the more than 50 authors divided into six tracks. For the full lineup, visit www.sdbookfestival.com and click the "Presenters" tab. The majority of festival events are free, and the festival includes both nationally and regionally recognized authors.