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After weeks with one candidate, the race for Mitchell’s mayor seat ballooned Friday. City Planning Commissioner Bob Everson and former mayoral candidate Tara Volesky have entered the field, throwing their hats in the ring with Mitchell City Councilman Mel Olson for the three-year position. Everson is a Mitchell native and former Mitchell Board of Education and Parks and Recreation Board member, and he said his campaign is off to a good start.
There are still a few kinks to iron out on the logistical side, but Mitchell's $8 million indoor pool project remains on track for a June opening. At last week's Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board meeting, department Director Nathan Powell gave the board a brief update of the large addition to the Mitchell Recreation Center. "We don't have an opening date yet set," Powell said last week. "I think they're going to be on time."
The gun reform debate won't go anywhere if the conversation is focused on firearms, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds said Thursday. During a call with reporters, the South Dakota Republican reiterated his stance that school safety should trump gun control in the national gun reform debate. "Why is it that even if we go to an airport, we have more security and safety even at an airport than we do in school?" Rounds said.
President Donald Trump didn't make any friends in the agriculture industry Thursday. Trump announced $60 billion worth of annual tariffs on Chinese imports in a retaliatory move for China's assumed theft of American intellectual property. But the tariffs didn't settle well with the South Dakota Corn Growers Association. "We are greatly disheartened by President Trump's decision to place new tariffs against China," said S.D. Corn Growers Association President Troy Knecht. "That announcement is almost certain to provoke China into retaliating against U.S. agriculture."
Mitchell’s Ward 1 City Council race just got a lot more interesting. Former Corn Palace Director Dan Sabers has entered the field, becoming the third candidate in the race for one open seat to represent southwestern Mitchell.
Just in the nick of time, Fyra Engineering and co-owner Mike Sotak are on track to receive proper licensing from the state of South Dakota. After years of preliminary reports and draft work conducted for the city of Mitchell, the firm will acquire proper licensing just days before it's set to propose a Lake Mitchell restoration project. The firm and Sotak appear on the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions' Friday agenda, and Mitchell Mayor Jerry Toomey told The Daily Republic earlier this month that Sotak looks forward to serving as an engineer in South Dakota.
Weather isn't doing Sanborn Boulevard any favors. Dell Rapids-based BX Civil and Construction visited with approximately 30 attendees to a forum Tuesday at Mitchell Technical Institute in an effort to answer any questions people might have about the upcoming Sanborn reconstruction project. Although the firm was able to answer all questions, there's one item they can't control. Nic Auringer, project engineer, said BX planned to kickoff 2018's portion of the Sanborn reconstruction next Monday, but wet weather hasn't been in their favor.
Months after the firing, the Davison County Commission made the termination of former Veterans Service Officer Jessica Davidson official. After a closed-door executive session, the Davison County Commission accepted a motion to terminate Davidson effective Nov. 29, 2017. The motion was made Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices. After the meeting, Commissioner John Claggett said the item was a simple formality to clear the air for the public. There was no discussion on the matter during the open portion of the meeting.
A Main Street beautification effort is starting to come together. A public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. May 7 at Mitchell City Hall regarding the creation of Business Improvement District (BID) No. 3, a plan that will tax Main Street commercial building owners to improve the appearance of the historic district.
The race is on for Ward 1. Tim Goldammer told The Daily Republic he intends to run for the open Mitchell City Council seat to represent southwestern Mitchell, setting up the city's first contested race of the 2018 election season. Goldammer, a culinary academy instructor at Mitchell Technical Institute and president of the Mitchell Area Community Theatre board, said he hadn't always thought of himself as a politician. But he said several people asked him to run for the seat, a race which is wide open as incumbent Councilman Mel Olson seeks the mayor's office.