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When Tom Week retires next month, the state Department of Transportation will be losing a longtime leader. Week, the Mitchell region engineer, plans to finish his DOT career on May 8. He will have served DOT for 39 years, state Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist said.
The Mitchell Fire Division responded to a possible structure fire Thursday afternoon at a home at 423 W. First Ave., but found only a smoking oven. Firefighters responding to the possible fire arrived at the scene and saw no signs of a fire from outside the house. They found smoke but no fire coming from an oven inside. The occupants of the home had gone outside before calling the fire department. No one was injured in the incident and the stove sustained only minimal damage.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- A Wessington Springs man was found dead April 19 in his home. Law enforcement received a 911 call around 10:30 p.m. and when emergency personnel arrived, they found the body of Frederick J. Gregg, 32. Gregg was pronounced dead at the residence. The Jerauld County Sheriff's Department and South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation are investigating the incident. The Buffalo County Sheriff's Office and South Dakota Highway Patrol also responded to the call.
The mail processing facility at Huron and a series of small rural post offices slated for closure are likely to get a reprieve under a bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The bill passed in the Democratic-led Senate, but the Republican-led U.S. House has a group of competing proposals at odds with the Senate's bill. Under the Senate-passed bill, the Huron mail processing facility would likely remain open due to a requirement to maintain overnight mail delivery between nearby communities, said Sen.
MENNO -- A Menno teenager was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident Tuesday evening near Menno. Hutchinson County Sheriff Jim Zeeb said Cody Herrboldt was driving a four-wheeler ATV in a ditch on the road right-of-way around 5:40 p.m. He jumped an approach and slipped off the vehicle. Zeeb said Herrboldt was airlifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.
The Daily Republic is seeking historical photographs from throughout its readership area for an upcoming special section. The Daily Republic will attempt to shoot modern equivalents of the historical photographs for a "Then and Now" special section. If The Daily Republic receives a photograph of a small-town Main Street, for example, the newspaper will attempt to shoot a modern photo from the same vantage point. The special section will be published at the end of the summer. To submit a historical photo, e-mail the photo, along with any relevant information, to chuber@mitch
The Davison County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular weekly meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners' Room at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. The agenda includes: * 9 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, approval of past meeting minutes, citizen input. * 9:30 a.m. Community Family Planning Nurse Natalie Van Drongelen with the quarterly nursing report. * 9:45 a.m. Sheriff Dave Miles and Deputy Steve Harr regarding overtime as it pertains to a federal alcohol grant. * 10 a.m.
The Mitchell Board of Education will get its first look at the 2012-2013 budget when it meets today in regular session at 5 p.m. in room 116 at the north campus of Mitchell Technical Institute, 821 N. Capital St. Also, the board will consider approving or rejecting numerous bid packages for the MTI Trades Center building. Bidders for general construction duties on the multimillion dollar job were Gil Haugan Construction and Sunkota Construction, both of Sioux Falls. Sunkota's general contracting bid was $5,517,000.
Plans are being finalized for the Mitchell High School after-prom party Saturday night, which is open to MHS juniors and seniors and their dates, at the Corn Palace. For their $20 tickets, party attendees will receive a cooler bag, which contains various coupons and tickets from city businesses. In addition to the goodie bag, teens will have unlimited access to food and drinks, be entertained by a hypnotist at 2:30 a.m. and have free run of games, including giant trike races, bungee run and volleyball.
WINNER -- A pair of ties in Winner City Council races have been broken. David Baker will represent Ward 1 on the Winner City Council, beating out incumbent Roger Root by one vote. Two recount boards recounted all ballots Wednesday that were cast for Ward 1 and Ward 3 council seats during the city's election April 10. Ballot counters accepted a previously rejected ballot for Baker, giving him 137 votes to beat out Root, who received 136 votes. Meanwhile, Mayor Jess Keesis drew Orville Lund's name after ballot counters found again that Lund and Brad Schramm each received 127