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After millions of dollars' worth of investment, the stars have aligned for an excellent tourism season at the World's Only Corn Palace. A visit to the Corn Palace is always a unique experience — it is the only attraction of its kind, after all. But the corn-adorned building has accumulated more features in the last few years, from an education center and art gallery on the second floor to new domes and turrets along the structure's roof.
A decision that could have financial implications for businesses along a section of Sanborn Boulevard will be made Wednesday. The Mitchell City Council will award a bid for the Sanborn Boulevard reconstruction at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The decision is part of a special City Council meeting, and no other items are included on the agenda. The council will consider two bids for the project that is expected to close Sanborn from Havens Avenue to just south of First Avenue, with both low bids coming from Dell Rapids-based BX Civil & Construction.
Let there be better light at the Davison County Courthouse. The Davison County Commission decided Tuesday to go with the higher cost option to replace the lights in the Davison County Courthouse's third floor courtroom. But with energy savings and longer lasting LED bulbs replacing the old style metal halide bulbs, Director of Physical Plants Mark Ruml's initial recommendation suggests the more expensive bulbs will pay for themselves.
WATERTOWN — Republican state Sen. Neal Tapio confirmed what many already knew on Monday. The Watertown native, fourth generation South Dakotan and state campaign director for Donald Trump’s successful campaign for president in 2016 announced he’d join the field of candidates in the 2018 race for U.S. House of Representatives.
In the quietest room full of people in Mitchell, one student ruled the day. As Sam Pardy, of Sioux Falls O'Gorman Junior High School, stepped to the microphone to spell his final word, it was so quiet in Dakota Wesleyan University's Sherman Center that you could hear a pin drop. And with all eyes on him, Pardy was able to snare the victory in the Corn Palace Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday. The winning word was "susceptible." Pardy overcame a strong slate of competitors, including second place Mason Davis and third place Noah Beck, both of Huron.
Backed by decades worth of knowledge of the city, longtime Mitchell Planning Commissioner Bernie Schmucker was always able to offer some insight to his fellow board members. Up until his last Planning Commission meeting this month, Schmucker was still providing input on several matters. He died Thursday at age 94. Councilman Dan Allen, who sat next to Schmucker at his last Planning Commission meeting, said he valued Schmucker's opinion, adding that he was "a very knowledgeable fellow." Allen also valued Schmucker for always being willing to say what's on his mind.
Long gone are the days the Minnesota Twins could win a playoff game. I would know, as the last playoff game the flailing franchise won was against my beloved New York Yankees in 2004. The Twins still lost that series 3-1, of course, while the Yankees went on to suffer the embarrassment of a lifetime in their American League Championship Series bout with the Boston Red Sox. But that's beside the point.
It's been a slow session, but area legislators say they don't mind. During a District 20 cracker barrel at Mitchell City Hall on Friday, the three state legislators representing Aurora, Davison and Jerauld counties agree that the 2018 South Dakota legislative session has moved along at a mellow pace. But state Rep. Tona Rozum, R-Mitchell, expects the session to heat up soon. One of the items that will certainly be a topic of conversation in the coming weeks is a resolution to the non-meandered waters issue.
Long has U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds railed against temporary government funding measures, and with the recent government shutdown just days in the rearview, his concerns remain as strong as ever. During a call with reporters on Thursday, the South Dakota Republican recounted tales of being on the Senate floor shortly before the shutdown went into effect last Friday night. But Rounds, who often expresses enthusiasm about moving toward a long-term government funding approach rather than relying on continuing resolutions, came out swinging against what he called a "broken budget system."
One water main break led to another in Mitchell this week, and it left Councilman Kevin McCardle empathizing with his constituents. Since a water main break on Saturday, the city has experienced at least four different breaks on the Wallace Street water main, affecting water service at six houses as of Wednesday afternoon, according to City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein. As of Wednesday afternoon, the most recent break had occured around 11 p.m. Tuesday.