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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.
A major hurdle was cleared Monday night to clean up one of Mitchell's more infamous properties. The Mitchell City Council unanimously declared a nuisance on the property at 1305 E. Havens Ave., and City Attorney Justin Johnson said legal proceedings are the next step toward improving the land on the outermost edge of city limits. The council declared the property a nuisance at its regular Monday meeting at City Hall, but cleaning up the property could be a massive undertaking even if a court order were granted this week.
South Dakota's trio of Republican congressional delegates are trumpeting new tax reform guidelines, but the South Dakota Democratic Party isn't as keen on the proposal. The plan unveiled last week would drop the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent and the top income tax rate from 39.6 to 35 percent. It would also consolidate the individual tax brackets from seven to three.
A car-filled lot covered with dead vegetation is widely-known in southeast Mitchell, and it could take a court order to clean the property. The Mitchell City Council will consider declaring a property at 1305 E. Havens Avenue a nuisance at its regular 6 p.m. Monday meeting at City Hall.
There's a bright side to the bad weather that scorched the fields of farmers this season. Despite an improved outlook backed by a break from the early summer sun, corn production is forecasted to drop in South Dakota this year. But U.S. Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, sees a ray of hope amid an arduous season in agriculture.
On the heels of another failed GOP health care reform bill, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds didn’t go as far as saying a full repeal of Obamacare without a replacement is the next step.
Commuters in northeast Mitchell will soon rejoice. The Foster Street bridge is set to be re-opened Oct. 10, three months after closing for repairs to extend the life of the bridge. The Davison County Commission began organizing the grand re-opening at Tuesday's regular meeting at the county's North Offices building. The ribbon-cutting was set for 11 a.m. on Oct. 10 at the site of the bridge, which Commission Chair Brenda Bode said most know as the bridge north of Avera Queen of Peace. And Bode said there's one final component needed to make the day perfect.
Behind the scenes of the nonstop debate and continued protests on health care reform, lesser-known legislation is still in the works on Capitol Hill. As the Obamacare reform debate rages on in full force, U.S. Sen. John Thune doesn't have his sights set entirely on the headline-stealing topics of health care and tax reform. The always busy South Dakota Republican is also eyeing legislation for the growing autonomous vehicle market, or self-driving cars.
Garth Brooks will rock Sioux Falls for another weekend of sold-out shows, but don't expect to see the country music star playing the Corn Palace any time soon. As Garth Brooks fever strikes Mitchell's neighbor to the east for another weekend, the question of whether the Palace City could ever rope in a top-tier performer of Brooks' caliber has been asked by some. So what are the chances a Garth Brooks-level entertainer comes to Mitchell? Slim to none.
Local athletics associations facing the possibility of raised fees may soon learn the cost of bringing heightened "quality of life" to Mitchell. A discussion long in the works came to a head this week when City of Mitchell Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Powell brought a proposal to the City Council to establish a fee structure for 2018.