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The decision to permanently name the Corn Palace floor after former Mitchell High School coach Gary Munsen will have to wait until February, but the decision to temporarily name the court for the Mike Miller Classic is now in the hands of one man.
The "Gary Munsen Court" will have another shot at the Mitchell City Council meeting Monday. At its regular 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall, the City Council will consider a request to place stickers on the Corn Palace court honoring former Mitchell High School basketball coach Gary Munsen. The stickers would be funded through the Mike Miller Foundation, the foundation named after Munsen's former star pupil and longtime NBA player. Munsen coached for decades in Mitchell and died in 2016. But the council will have more information at its fingertips this time around.
Overall corn conditions are worse than they were in 2016, but South Dakota's growers are relieved nonetheless. A devastatingly dry year instilled a sense of dread early on for what was to come during the fall harvest, but timely moisture has harvesters happy in hindsight. "Most people are happy," said Will Walter, of the Farm Business Management Department at Mitchell Technical Institute. "A lot of them are quite surprised at the yields we are getting for as much stress as the crop had this summer."
If Mitchell can unlock the full potential of its large lake, it could be a boon for the local economy. But it will first come at a cost. During the final public presentation before a master plan is filed for the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Department, an $8 million estimate for Lake Mitchell water quality clean-up was mentioned by Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Powell. "We don't have a cost for Lake Mitchell yet, but we put in just $8 million for now until we get the final number," Powell said.
A request for new portable radios for Davison County Jail and Sheriff's Office employees will have to wait. The Davison County Commission decided it would be prudent to wait until it can apply for Homeland Security grant funds to purchase 20 new radios. The county could apply for the funds next year. The five-person board came to the agreement at its regular Tuesday meeting at the Davison County North Offices.
A cost estimate for restoration efforts to Lake Mitchell could come soon. During a Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday, Mitchell Mayor Jerry Toomey said the firm tasked with determining the cause of the lake's annual algae woes stands by its estimate that 60 percent of the restoration costs could be supported through federal funds. And as early as January or February, Toomey hoped the city could learn a dollar figure to repair the lake.
America's economic growth over the last decade is "not good enough," according to U.S. Sen. John Thune, and he said the Senate GOP tax plan could be the answer. Citing the Tax Foundation's estimate that the Senate plan would create 2,768 new jobs and add $2,528 in after-tax income for middle class families, the South Dakota Republican envisions the proposed GOP tax cuts bringing steady growth back to the U.S. economy.
The city of Mitchell could soon set a precedent impacting the future viability of short-term lodging in city limits. Mitchell's Planning Commission recommended the denial of a conditional use permit request from Tracy and John Fink on Monday to allow a gathering and lodging space called The Corner Retreat to operate at 1400 N. Capital St., which lies within a single-family residential district. The denial was recommended in a 3-2 vote at City Hall Monday and will face its final test before the Mitchell City Council at its meeting next week.
If you thought it looked big from the outside, just wait until you get a look at the inside of Mitchell's new indoor aquatic center. On a day as frigid as the March groundbreaking of the $8 million voter-approved facility, the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board toured the mammoth structure that has sprouted from the dirt on North Main Street. And the reviews were glowing.
The Mitchell City Council's new guys on the block have learned the ropes after a few months on the job. After officially replacing former Mitchell City Council members Bev Robinson and Dave Tronnes in July, Councilmen John Doescher and Kevin McCardle have enjoyed their tenure as public servants. "I have no complaints," McCardle joked in an interview with The Daily Republic last week.