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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.
Winter wonderland at the Corn Palace? With the sod in place in the Corn Palace plaza in Mitchell, the Corn Palace Events and Entertainment Board took Tuesday to determine how to put the space to good use. And while no formal decision was made during the meeting at City Hall, the board decided to move forward with a subcommittee to organize a "Winter Wonderland" setup at the new park space in the coming months.
A jail perennially exceeding its budget is on track to subsidize other counties that utilize its facilities. Davison County Jail Administrator Don Radel reported to the Davison County Commission Tuesday that the cost per day to house inmates in 2017 is at $96.56 as of Oct. 31. But out-of-county contracts, which allow counties without jails to make use of Davison's services, pay $95 per day.
The majority of a city block south of the Corn Palace is in now under city control, but its destiny remains undetermined.
The wait continues for "Gary Munsen Court." The Mitchell City Council decided in October to seek more input before voting whether to name the Corn Palace floor "Gary Munsen Court," honoring the legendary Mitchell High School basketball coach who died in 2016. But Monday's meeting, which will be held three weeks after the council tabled the vote, does not include a discussion on the Corn Palace floor. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall on Main Street in Mitchell.
FULTON — In the wake of tragedy, Fulton residents showed the true spirit of their community. Between the Bender family's soybean and corn harvests, the family patriarch was killed in an automobile crash in late October. The death of Robert Bender, 57, shook the small town to its core, marking the loss of a man beloved in the area and involved in several Hanson County organizations. And as Fulton grieved, the Bender family was left with the task of harvesting approximately 300 remaining acres of corn without the help of their father.
South Dakota’s three congressional delegates are all aboard with the latest Republican tax reform plan. Aside from the wealthiest Americans, who would see their individual tax rates maintained at 39.6 percent under a plan unveiled Thursday, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem said the “once-in-a-generation” reform effort would help reduce rates for lower- and middle-class Americans.
So far, so good. Barring a major storm, the first phase of the $15.7 million Burr Street reconstruction is on track for completion by Nov. 17, putting the second phase on pace to meet its mid-November deadline in 2018. And despite the standard traffic troubles caused by a full-scale street reconstruction, S.D. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Mitchell Area Project Engineer Rick Brandner said the first phase of the project reconstructing Burr from Havens Avenue to Interstate 90 has gone well.