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PIERRE -- South Dakota's Office of Highway Safety reminds drivers that a statewide ban on texting while driving takes effect on July 1. "Texting while driving, like other forms of distracted driving, has always been unsafe and a bad idea,'' said Lee Axdahl, director of the Office of Highway Safety. "People know that, and most people pay attention while driving.
Both the Mitchell Board of Education and the Davison County Commission have moved their next meeting dates. The school board will meet at 4:30 p.m. July 21 at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy for its annual organizational meeting. The meeting is a change from the board's usual 5 p.m. meeting time on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The county commission will not meet at its regularly scheduled time on July 1. The commissioners will attend a legislative study session in Yankton regarding road funding. It will next meet at 9 a.m. on July 8.
Although the tornado that devastated Wessington Springs on June 18 was strong, the National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday the tornado that destroyed a farmstead southwest of Alpena that same day was stronger. Todd Heitkamp, warning coordinator meteorologist for NWS, declined to say what EF rating the tornado had, but said it was higher than the EF2 tornado that ripped through Wessington Springs. He plans to release the EF rating today. He said at least 10 tornadoes were confirmed within Jerauld County on June 18.
A boy, Hunter Lee Heidinger, was born on May 14, 2014, to Kimberly and Justin Heidinger, MItchell, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Grandparents are Larry and Leanne Heidinger, Plankinton; Rhonda Putzier, Platte; and James and Bonnie Puetz, Mitchell.
A boy, Graham Norman Bier, was born May 31, 2014, to Cody and Emily Bier, at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, N.C. He joins siblings: Aurora, Lauren and Laney. Grandparents are Craig and JoAnne Bier; and Harlan and Joyce Star, all of Mitchell.
A girl, Grace Averill Hagen, was born Tuesday, June 17, to Luke and Shannon Hagen, Mitchell, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Grandparents are Bruce and Linda Hagen, of Alexandria, Minn., and Bob and Becky Grussendorf, of New Ulm, Minn.
Clarence and LaRue Steffes, of Mitchell, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 28. An open house will be held at 6 p.m. June 28, in the basement of the American Legion, 107 N. Main St., Mitchell. Lunch will be served.
Area groups have joined forces to serve meals to victims of last week's tornado in Wessington Springs. The American Red Cross is serving meals, along with snacks and water, in Wessington Springs as part of the relief efforts following the June 18 tornado. The Salvation Army, with the assistance of other community groups from the Mitchell and Huron areas, is assisting in the creation of those meals. Maj.
Mitchell Police Department CAD Press Log 6/24/2014 From: 6/23/2014
The Mitchell Board of Education decided Monday to reject the primary construction bid for the renovation of the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy and re-bid the project. The decision came after the lone bid from Sunkota Construction of $735,000 was deemed too high.