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Get ready for a summer of fun in Mitchell. The Mitchell City Council is set to consider an array of items Monday night to allow several spring and summer events to take place in 2018. The council meeting kicks off at 6 p.m. in City Hall. Among the items is a temporary street closure and overnight parking request for the Corn Palace Shrine Circus, which will be held April 23-25. Tickets for the circus go on sale March 27.
The city of Mitchell may have finally found a lake restoration plan its citizens can get behind. The Daily Republic conducted a survey via the print edition of the newspaper and on both Twitter and Facebook to determine whether locals would support a $7.62 million proposed dredging project to restore Lake Mitchell. The results were resounding in their approval.
Last year's newly implemented Lake Mitchell public warning system scared locals, according to one City Council member, and a local board used Thursday to make a small, but important change. Rather than one bad chlorophyll test forcing the city of Mitchell to discourage contact with the local lake, chlorophyll tests will have to fail in all three testing locations. The change was approved at Thursday's Parks and Recreation Board meeting at the Mitchell Recreation Center.
More South Dakotans are smokers, obese or die prematurely than the average American. A report released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute shows South Dakota has 3 percent more people than average who suffer from adult obesity and 1 percent more South Dakotans smoke than the national average. South Dakotans also lose 7,000 years of life before age 75 per 100,000 people, compared to 6,700 years of life lost before age 75 nationally.
Lance Koth made it crystal clear that a new grassroots group in Davison County isn't against the concept of wind energy. They just prefer turbines find the right home. The group is called Citizens for Responsible Development, a small nonprofit organization made up of a core team of approximately 15 to 20 people interested in wind energy systems.
PIERRE — U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds confirmed what most people already knew: President Donald Trump's management style is nothing like the White House has ever seen before. But Rounds isn't unhappy with what's become a revolving door of staff at the White House, although he acknowledged there's value to stability.
WASHINGTON — For the first time since 2001, five cabinet secretaries offered testimony before a Senate committee, and South Dakota's own U.S. Sen. John Thune was there for that slice of history. The five secretaries participated in a hearing titled, "Rebuilding Infrastructure in America: Administration Perspectives." The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hosted the hearing, a committee which is chaired by Thune.
South Dakota schools aren't immune to the national conversation on gun reform. And during a forum with Mitchell High School students on Wednesday, state Rep. Lance Carson told approximately 50 teenagers in attendance that changes are coming. "I don't believe that the school has metal detectors, but in the next five years, you'll probably see metal detectors in your school, you'll probably see more armed guards and officers walking the hallway," Carson said.
Hurry up and wait. During a Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday at the Mitchell Recreation Center, Joe Kippes was quick to bring up the issue on top of the minds of many in Mitchell. That issue? What's the status of Nebraska-based Fyra Engineering's license to operate in South Dakota?
Get ready to welcome more hogs to Davison County, as many as 4,800 more hogs to be exact. The Davison County Commission approved permits for two concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) at Tuesday's regular meeting, one in Tobin Township and the other next door in Lisbon Township. The first is in Tobin, where Tim Neugebauer will construct a swine finishing unit with the professional guidance of Sunterra Farms.