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Compromise was king at the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board meeting on Thursday. In an effort to be fair to the Mitchell Aquatic Club, the group that pledged $1 million to support the city's $8 million aquatic center currently under construction, the board approved a fee agreement for use of the structure in 2018.
It's been a long time coming, but Mitchell residents will soon learn how their $73,725 was spent. The Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee hopes to nail down a date for Omaha-based water quality specialists Fyra Engineering to present their research and data isolating the cause of the annual algae blooms at the lake. The committee, which met Tuesday at the Mitchell Recreation Center, hopes to set a date when Fyra can visit the City Council during a trip to Omaha today.
The vision behind Mitchell's next new restaurant is becoming clearer. Keke Leiferman, owner of Kimball-based restaurant The Back 40, took to the Mitchell Planning Commission on Tuesday to gain a plan approval for her move to Mitchell. And Leiferman received some well-wishes from those in attendance. "And good luck, I hope it does very well," Mitchell Public Works Director Tim McGannon said.
With one bridge rehabilitation winding down, the Davison County Commission already has its next rehab project in the hopper. On Tuesday, the Davison County Commission determined it would open the Foster Street bridge, which has been closed for months throughout a rehabilitation process. At its regular board meeting, the commission said it would rule the bridge north of Avera Queen of Peace open later that afternoon. "I think we need to open it in fairness to the neighborhood," said Commission Chair Brenda Bode.
After a brief break from legislative service, State Sen. Stace Nelson returned to Pierre to deliver on a campaign promise. And the Fulton legislator followed through.
Following a mass shooting in Las Vegas that claimed the lives of more than 50 people, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds is willing to consider legislation relating to firearm attachments or add-ons. During a call with reporters on Thursday, the South Dakota Republican said he's interested to read a bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, that would bar bump stocks, which are believed to have been used in the Las Vegas shooting to modify semi-automatic firearms.
U.S. Sen. John Thune said a comment he made to a reporter following the mass shooting in Las Vegas was taken out of context. On Tuesday, South Dakota's senior senator offered a suggestion for victims in a shooting scenario to "get small" to minimize harm, referencing a San Antonio police chief's advice. The comment made to NBC News gained steam on social media, and some questioned Thune's statement — suggesting he blamed prospective shooting victims.
Newly proposed legislation could save taxpayers $50 million over 10 years while closing an unintended loophole to the sodsaver program. A bipartisan initiative backed by U.S. Sen. John Thune, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and two Minnesota Democrats would expand the sodsaver initiative from the Prairie Pothole Region nationwide, a program that disincentives farmers from converting native sod to cropland. But the legislation known as the American Prairie Conservation Act would also provide an added benefit.
Attorney General Marty Jackley spent two days announcing one of the state's worst-kept secrets: he's running for governor of South Dakota. On a chilly autumn morning, Jackley stood behind a podium at Innovative Systems in Mitchell to make his pitch for the Republican Party's nomination for governor in 2018. And Jackley, whose top challenger at the moment is U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, has his eyes on the prize rather than the partisan infighting that could arise in a heated primary battle.
If not for Jerry Rubendall, Poet's presence in Mitchell may have remained a pipedream. What started as a group of investors each throwing $200 into a hat to hire a lawyer to bring an ethanol plant to town, as Rubendall put it, turned into the Poet Biorefining plant that towers over any structure on the horizon. Among those investors was Rubendall, a 76-year-old third-generation farmer determined to make his vision a reality.