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On a summer day 23 years ago, a letter appeared on the desks of the editors at two regional newspapers, The Daily Republic of Mitchell and the Huron Daily Plainsman. It outlined the hopes and dreams and outright pleas of a 22-year-old with a full head of hair who only wanted to work at a daily newspaper. Surprisingly, both editors bought the pitch, and the kid couldn't believe his luck: He had his choice of sports-writing jobs in Mitchell or Huron.
In the movie “127 Hours,” actor James Franco portrays a lone hiker who slips while hiking and lodges his hand among boulders.
A new video on Youtube and Facebook outlines the financial troubles faced by the Mitchell Veterans of Foreign Wars post, which is struggling to save its business as a neighboring building is razed. The video was produced by volunteer Jenna Schmaltz, a Mitchell resident who is a veteran and a member of the Army Reserves.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard plans to spend a moment of quiet reflection as he remembers the life and legacy of former Gov. George S. Mickelson, who died 20 years ago today in a plane crash while on state business. Daugaard, in Mitchell Thursday to visit the local Rotary Club, said he doesn't know of any particular events or ceremonies that will mark the anniversary of that shocking day two decades ago.
Today's edition of The Daily Republic is a bit like a new feature we've unveiled on our comics page. Starting today, The Daily Republic will publish "Hocus Focus," a gamelike puzzle that asks readers to determine what's different between two similar -- but not quite matching -- drawings. For instance, a woman's hat may be different from one picture to the other. An object may be missing elsewhere in the frame, or a sign in the background may have different wording. So it is today with The Daily Republic.
As a Pheasants Forever farm bill biologist stationed in his hometown of Mitchell, Mike Blaalid spends his days helping area landowners create conditions ideal for wildlife habitat. He logs countless hours in the field and sees how the landscape is rapidly changing. Drain tile is being installed in rural fields. Wetlands are being burned away so they can be farmed. Rocky, erodible, native sod that's never been turned is being converted to cropland. Blaalid says that from a wildlife habitat standpoint, South Dakota is becoming the next Iowa, and that's not a good thing.
The Internet and national sports programs are buzzing about the kid from Grinnell (Iowa) College who scored 138 points in a small-college basketball game Tuesday. Jack Taylor reached the mark -- the new NCAA scoring record -- by going 52-of-108 from the field and 7-of-10 at the free-throw line. He was 27-of-71 from the 3-point line. The score was 179-104. He played 36 of the game's 40 minutes in a 75-point win over Faith Baptist College. I covered the 1992 game in which former Dakota Wesleyan University star Scott Morgan scored 57 points in a win over Mount Marty.
Mayor Ken Tracy said the city is negotiating for property to build a new city hall and the city is "reasonably close to closing the deal." Tracy, speaking Thursday to the Mitchell Rotary Club at the Ramada, discussed several proposed projects that are being considered by city leadership. The proposals include an addition to the existing hockey arena, a new library, a renovation of the Corn Palace and various plans to move city hall to an existing building or simply start from scratch. The proposals presented by the mayor aren't new, but he offered updates on each.
Another one of those letters arrived, this time from an Iowa woman. She experienced car trouble while in Mitchell. Employees at one business or another were very kind to her, helped her find a place to stay, fixed the trouble, etc. She sent a very kind note expressing how well she was treated in Mitchell and thanked the businesses that helped her. One problem: We don't run those kinds of letters.
I was still the editor of this newspaper when a couple of local business owners approached me about a story The Daily Republic had recently published. It was in 2009 and the story, assigned by me, outlined what I considered a unique event coming to Mitchell. Called "Treasure Hunters Roadshow," it paired gold buyers with potential sellers of gold and other household valuables. After the story was published, those business owners gave me the low-down on THR.