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Travis Runia looks back at winter with a sigh of relief. "Yes, it was very cold, but we didn't have blizzard conditions or very much snowfall," said Runia, the upland game biologist for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. One of Runia's main duties is to study the state bird, the ring-necked pheasant.
A method of tracking the population of young walleye in Lake Mitchell showed its highest numbers ever in 2013, a new report by the state Game, Fish and Parks Department says. In September, the GF&P for the sixth consecutive year held its two-hour nighttime electrofishing survey, which is when electricity is sent into the water that temporarily stuns fish that are then netted after surfacing.
About 14,000 tons of salt have been used to clear interstates and state highways this winter in the southeastern part of the state. That's according to Jeff Gustafson, an operations engineer for the state Department of Transportation in the Mitchell region, which covers 2,500 miles of roads in southeastern South Dakota from the Missouri River east and from state Highway 34 south to Nebraska. "I would say that's fairly typical," he said of using 14,000 tons by this point in the season. Today, a spring storm will force the DOT to use even more salt. Jeff Chapman, a National Weather Service m
During a recent holiday, Bart Friedrick stayed up until 2 a.m. watching Mitchell High School basketball game tapes from the 1984 and 1985 championship seasons. The former Mitchell standout can’t remember the exact details of when he put those tapes in the VCR, but seeing those highlights brought back memories of how impressive those teams he starred for played. “You forget a lot of it, but then it comes back after you watch those games,” said Friedrick, recalling that he watched the games with his father, Jim, who still lives in Mitchell.
WAGNER — While Robert Kokesh is one step away from being a national champion, Alex Kocer is taking his first steps at the national tournament. Both Wagner natives, Kokesh and Kocer will compete this weekend at the NCAA Division I national wrestling tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla. The three-day meet starts at 11 a.m.
Mass Customized Learning lets students work at their own pace. A meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday for those interested in signing up for next year.
The Mitchell Board of Education gave Superintendent Joe Graves a new three-year contract Monday evening, but chose not to increase his annual salary at this time. The board met in a closed-door executive session for nearly an hour at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy building to evaluate Graves' job performance as a part of the regularly scheduled meeting. Board member Dana Price later said the review was positive and explained Graves' salary will be considered at a later date.
October snow was slamming his ranch, but 37-year-old Monty Williams was not initially concerned about the whiteout conditions, or his cattle. "We've been through major storms that were by far worse than this one," the Box Elder man said, referring to Winter Storm Atlas. "But those storms were at different times. They were when the cattle were prepared for that kind of weather. I had never seen weather affect cows like this."
Steve Johnson feels like this will be a homecoming, even though he has never lived in South Dakota. Last week, the 55-year-old Johnson was announced as the new executive director of LifeQuest, a Mitchell-based agency that works to create opportunities to enrich lives for people who have developmental disabilities. "When I was growing up, the town I am from was just about the size Mitchell is today," the Aurora, Ill., native said. "Everyone knew each other and it had that nice Midwest feel. I've really missed that after I've lived in some large metropolises."
Mitchell Technical Institute is closing early today due to a break in a water line on the third floor of Campus Center. All MTI classes Monday afternoon have been called off, said Julie Brookbank, MTI’s director of marketing and communication. “We have water currently coming down three floors with a lot of people mopping and cleaning up,” Brookbank said. “Today has been quite a day.” Brookbank said the problem is in the ceiling’s sprinkler system, forcing water to be shut off at Campus Center. “Unfortunately, a lot of it has occurred over the top of our library,” Brookbank said.