Superintendents from the Mitchell region varied in their critiques of President Barack Obama's Tuesday speech to schoolchildren, with opinions ranging from outright disapproval to embracing the president's message. In his speech, given at a high school just across the District of Columbia border in Virginia, the president urged students to stay committed to their schoolwork. He told the students that "there is no excuse for not trying" and reminded them to pay attention in school and complete their assigned work. The speech was expected to draw controversy and did.
Steve Kueter spent years as the head football coach at Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School, one of the most successful football programs in South Dakota history. These days, Kueter is athletic director at O'Gorman and has been involved with the expansive renovations that have occurred at the school's privately owned football stadium along 41st Street in southern Sioux Falls. He offers straightforward advice to anyone considering stadium construction or renovation: Install artificial turf and enjoy the benefits. "I quote my buddy (Sioux Falls School District Activities Director) Mar
The stadium at Joe Quintal Field is dank and musty. In places, the foundation is crumbling and it leaks when it rains. Players don't even use the locker rooms on game day, and instead dress and shower across the street at Mitchell High School.
The Mitchell School District is monitoring the ever-changing H1N1 strain of influenza and the guidelines that accompany it, Superintendent Joe Graves said Monday, but it's unlikely Mitchell schools will close in response to a flu outbreak. A letter will be sent this week to parents within the school district, noting that the district "will respond to the threat posed by the H1N1 flu consistent with the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control." The letter is expected to be sent Friday. Mitchell's 2009-2010 school year begins today. Monday, reports compiled by The Associ
The ladies love the long ball, an old television commercial used to proclaim. Maybe that's why typical advice-seekers ask Dakota Wesleyan University golf coach Adam Anderson how to improve their long game. "More people probably want to know how to hit their driver longer or straighter," Anderson said after playing 18 holes Thursday afternoon. "It's frustrating for me because if I could change one aspect of everybody's game, it's their chipping and putting, rather than their driving." It's best to trust Anderson's judgment.
When Hannah Walters first considered moving to Mitchell, she didn't know much about the town or its famous tourist attraction. Her husband's grandmother certainly did. "She knew exactly where we were going," Walters told The Daily Republic this week. "She had five or six postcards (of the Corn Palace) ... and pulled them right out. She said we have to go see it." That was eight years ago. Now, on the eve of the 2009 tourist season, Walters is the director of the Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau, hired to the position in January.
Seven auto dealerships in South Dakota are among those that have been scheduled for product cutbacks or closure by the Chrysler Corporation, including one in Mitchell that will no longer carry the Jeep line. Palace Motors is expected to lose its affiliation with Jeep, which is traditionally sold through Chrysler-affiliated dealerships. Palace Motors is a GM dealership, but has sold the Jeep line for years, according to Controller Brian Nash. "It doesn't change much. Jeep is a pretty small percentage of what we do -- probably less than 1 percent of our business.
The U.S. Senate Energy Committee spent Wednesday considering legislation that would jumpstart the construction of highvoltage electricity transmission lines, a move that Sen. Tim Johnson says is needed for South Dakota to realize its renewable energy potential. Johnson, during a conference call with the media Wednesday morning, said his focus is to ensure that the country has a 21st century electric superhighway.
Members of South Dakota's congressional delegation on Wednesday lashed out at what they perceive as "questionable" and "ridiculous" land-use models that they feel could devastate the American biofuels industry. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, in a statement sent to the media, and Sen. John Thune, during a conference call, both derided an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to determine the carbon footprint left by the biofuels industry, and especially in relation to ethanol production.
A subcommittee of the Focus 2020 planning group suggests hiring a community education director to coordinate the many educational offerings already present in the city, as well as those that may develop in the future. The Education Subcommittee on Wednesday released its list of recommendations for long-term educational development in Mitchell, suggesting the creation of a "clearinghouse for community education opportunities," among other ideas.