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If President Donald Trump has his way, tanks and jets will parade through the nation's capital on July 4, a show of force not seen since 1991. But U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds isn't as excited. During a call with reporters Thursday, Rounds was elated over the bipartisan budget deal unveiled by the Senate the day prior, particularly the impact it will have on defense spending. And after arguing in favor of military funding hikes despite the negative impact it could have on the federal deficit, he quickly balked at the idea of a military parade in Washington, D.C.
Mitchell received exciting news last week when it was announced the 2019 South Dakota Class A American Legion tournament will be held in town, and the event doesn't spell doom for the future of the Northwoods League in city limits. The Cadwell Sports Complex will be a crowded house next summer, with the Legion tournament expected to precede 2019's S.D. Class B state amateur baseball tournament. Those two tournaments will be played at Cadwell Park, which sits a fly ball away from Drake Field.
The 2018 governor's race continued to take shape Wednesday, as former state legislator Lora Hubbel announced her running mate. Bruce Whalen, who challenged then-U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin in the 2006 midterm election, was announced as Hubbel's running mate. Hubbel, a Republican, is the first candidate to announce a candidate for lieutenant governor.
One-by-one, a key player in the tax reform debate listed some of the many companies that improved their employees' financial well-being since the tax overhaul was approved. U.S. Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican and member of the Senate Finance Committee, took Wednesday to celebrate the initial impact of the reforms that cut taxes for corporations and the majority of individuals. From Pfizer to Fiat Chrysler to Great Western Bank and AT&T, Thune hit the Senate floor this week to spread "the good news."
Dusty Feistner doesn't think what happened to taxi operators in Sioux Falls will happen to him. A recent report from the Argus Leader found eight cab drivers in Sioux Falls missed the deadline for license renewal, and five indicated they are closing shop for good. Then, on Monday, Lyft landed in Mitchell, leaving the future of taxicab operators in Mitchell in limbo.
The city of Mitchell opened the floodgates to Lyft drivers. The Mitchell City Council was given a crash course on the Lyft ride-sharing service Monday night at City Hall shortly before approving a taxicab license for new Lyft driver Thomas Schaffner.
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.