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One of Mitchell's most prominent new features hosted no public performances all summer, but a school board member who supported the project doesn't expect that to hold true next year. The Mitchell School District's performing arts center went unused for public performances while students were off for the summer, according to district Technology and School Security Director Dan Muck. Muck said no revenue was generated at the site this summer, and he said none was expected. But much of the new $15.3 million center, which opened this year, was used by students.
Big-time baseball talent took one more step toward arriving in Mitchell. The Northwoods League, a college wood-bat summer league, has exercised its option agreement with the city of Mitchell, according to Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Powell. The league will pay the city $10,000 for the ability to play 39 games at Drake Field next season, Powell said, but exercising the option doesn't mean a new Mitchell franchise will be established. "So are they coming, I don't know," Powell said.
At least three Mitchell City Council members have confidence in the Mitchell Police Division amid a lawsuit that alleges an unjustified death against the city of Mitchell, the department and a former officer.
SIOUX FALLS — Breaking barriers isn't anything new for Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. At 46, the former congresswoman and current Augustana University president is the youngest of 10 inductees to the South Dakota Hall of Fame this year. And Herseth Sandlin, who was the first woman to represent her state in the U.S. House of Representatives, said her ability to break through that glass ceiling, coupled with a strong family tradition of public service, was likely what spearheaded her nomination to the state Hall of Fame at a young age.
Dozens of jobs and millions of dollars worth of investment are on their way to Mitchell. The Mitchell City Council approved a plan at Tuesday night's regular meeting to establish the 24th tax increment financing (TIF) district in city limits to support a multi-million expansion of Performance Pet Products' East Havens Avenue facility.
A piece of Davison County's emergency management equipment is on its last legs. According to Emergency Management Administrator Jeff Bathke, the county's mobile emergency operations center (MEOC) recently caught fire when the front brake locked up and melted through the rotor, requiring $2,114 to replace all four brakes and to repair the radiator on the 1994 vehicle. At Tuesday's regular Davison County Commission meeting, the five-person board authorized the repair costs, which were caused when the aging vehicle was recently used.
In just one week's time, the city of Mitchell could quickly complete the process to add a 24th tax increment financing district in city limits. At a 6 p.m. Mitchell City Council meeting Tuesday, the city will consider whether to approve a $2.6 million commitment to support Performance Pet Products' multi-million expansion on East Havens Avenue. The Tuesday meeting at City Hall comes one week after the first public meeting on the matter, and will follow a Planning Commission discussion on the issue at noon Tuesday.
Davison County officials spent much of Tuesday's meeting deciding future improvements at various county-owned buildings. From the Davison County Public Safety Center to the fairgrounds, courthouse and north offices, the Davison County Commission spent most of an hour with Director of Physical Plants Mark Ruml to determine priority projects for 2018. The discussion was part of the five-person board's regular Tuesday meeting at the Davison County North Offices.
A brief bout with wet weather didn't dampen the profitability of this year's Corn Palace Festival. According to Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt, the outlook for the annual festival looks strong, although the final profit hasn't been tallied. Over the weekend, the city sold tickets for three Corn Palace Festival concerts. Friday night's Eddie Money show sold 671 tickets, Saturday's double-billing of Diamond Rio and Blackhawk brought in 2,744 concert-goers and Sunday's Gary Lewis and The Playboys show attracted 1,165 attendees.
One month ago, the owners of Performance Pet Products could afford a $17 million reinvestment in Mitchell, but the company is now on track to receive some city support to get the project off the ground.