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Bob Wieger was 22 years old back in April 1992. Short on business experience, he recognized a need for Mitchell shoppers and opened Xtreme Trendz , a shop that at the time specialized in CDs.
Five years ago, Renny DeBoer looked at the situation as a shopper -- not necessarily a future business owner. Mitchell, she said, just didn't have enough specialty shops. "I always wanted to my own business, and I thought, what doesn't Mitchell have? They didn't have a store like ours." After about a year and a half, DeBoer and her husband, Marty, decided to open Simply Unique. It was a process that Renny DeBoer last week said was, at times, "scary." "You're really counting on your hometown people. You really are," she said.
Jan Christensen comes to work around 8 or 9 a.m. and often puts in 12-hour shifts. She said the employees at her store -- Ben Franklin Crafts -- are diligent as well, "and the only investment they have is their paycheck and their pride in the workplace." It takes that kind of effort, Christensen said, to get a business off the ground. She would know. She and her husband, Ron, considered opening a business for about a year before the idea began to truly take root this spring.
Mitchell's uptown business district is as healthy as it's been in years, says Woelfel's Jewelry owner Brad Jamison, and as the Christmas shopping season gets under way that's good news for the city and the region's shoppers. "I guess it's about as good as it's been in quite awhile. Most of the stores are full and it looks really nice. It's probably as good as it's ever looked," Jamison said. "I think we do pretty well with what we have." Shopping at home can preserve that, he said. "I would say it's really important.
Billboards in town show photos of neatly wrapped Christmas gifts, with bold print proclaiming "Mitchell, more than ever." As the holiday shopping season gets under way in these days of economic uncertainty, Mitchell's uptown merchants hope such an obvious reminder won't go unheeded. "Shop at home" always has been a popular slogan and especially so during the holiday season since, as Mitchell business owner Brad Jamison says, "Christmas is the busiest time of the year for us." Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally is the busiest shopping day of the year, and it's likely that shop
Dakota Wesleyan's greatest football season came in 1992, when coach Joe Kramer pieced together a team that not only breezed to a league title, but gained national recognition. In 1992, his Tigers finished the regular season unbeaten. The next year, they were 7-3. I hadn't given much thought to those great teams until I read the other day that Wesleyan finished this football season 7-3 -- the best finish for the Tigers since Kramer did it 15 years ago. These days, Kramer is dean of students for the Avon School District.
Anyone hanging out at the polling places in Mitchell Tuesday may have heard that large, collective sigh of relief exhaled from voters weary of the 2008 election season. Barack Obama began campaigning for the presidency about 21 months ago. John McCain began around November 2006. In the past few days, their incessant solicitation of voters' attention peaked. Add to that the barrage of state and local advertising and it's been a busy end to Election 2008.
Opposing sides of Initiated Measure 10 sparred over the source of funding for each other's campaign and their actual standing in public opinion -- as well as a long list of other issues of contention -- during a debate Thursday in Mitchell. The event, sponsored by the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce, was held at Mitchell Technical Institute's Technology Center before a sparse crowd on a night when Mitchell High School was playing a home football game across town. According to the wording on the Nov.
It's a new world, and one that I have struggled to come to grips with. Turns out, the Internet is indeed a force in the newsgathering process. Back in, say, 1996 or so, I didn't believe it would become a factor. I just didn't see it. Now, in the days leading up to the election, even I find myself checking in on Election Central at mitchellrepublic.com, looking to gather up last-minute information about candidates and other issues, such as the myriad ballot measures that await voters Nov.
The pheasant population figures that accompany each South Dakota hunting season are based on science and thousands of hours of work, according to the head of the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks Wildlife Division. But all that effort still doesn't exempt the agency's annual estimate from endless coffee shop talk, doubt and sometimes general disdain for the GF&P's supposed motives, said Tony Leif, who has heard a few complaints over his two decades with the GF&P. "I will guarantee you that if we as an agency decided we wanted to fluff our prediction on the population, it would not be