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There is no question Rick Johnson is an active member of the community. The 51-year-old Johnson is a member of the Mitchell Board of Education, a member of the Knights of Columbus and helps lead a local chapter of Boy Scouts. So when Johnson, 51, suffered a stroke Dec. 29, the local community was quick to rally for his support.
Ryan Stahle is excited about this year's Palace City Jazz Festival. Its not just that the fifth-annual event, Tuesday at the Sherman Center on Dakota Wesleyan University's Campus, is the only high-school sponsored jazz festival in South Dakota.
Dakota Wesleyan University President Amy Novak said a new wellness center in Mitchell continues to be a top priority. How quickly a project can start, she said, is dependent on where the passions of the school's donors lie. She said the project is still in the planning stages, and "there's not firm commitments at this point."
Hands continued to fly toward the sky. Bidders were gathered around at Mitchell Christian's annual benefit auction last February, throwing thousands of dollars at one of the most coveted items -- a gavel, which the winning bidder would not even get to take home. When the bidding concluded, the sale of the gavel raised nearly $17,000. Every dollar was a donation -- through the mock purchase of the gavel -- to Mitchell Christian School.
Daryl Kilstrom took a six-week job, never knowing it would turn into a 35-year career. In September 1977, the now-executive director of Mitchell's LifeQuest took a position with Aberdeen's Adjustment Training Center filling in for an employee who was on medical leave. The short-lived job entailed working alongside people with disabilities, driving around town in what he called the RUM (reusable, used materials) truck and picking up items such as cardboard and paper.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is showing exactly how vital he believes career and technical education will be to South Dakota's future. Wednesday, Daugaard announced 12 recipients of the Governor's Grants for Career and Technical Education, including a grant of $1,240,228 awarded to Mitchell School District. The money locally will go toward renovation of the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy (MCTEA) building and its programs, which prepare high school students for specific trades, crafts and careers.
Students studying agriculture at Mitchell Technical Institute will continue to benefit from a county agreement for five more years. Rick Kriese, an ag instructor at MTI, asked the Davison County Commission on Tuesday at the courthouse for a new five-year contract to allow students to continue using county-owned land for educational purposes, a program MTI calls its "land lab."
Sens. John Thune and Tim Johnson showed support for the new farm bill Tuesday, each voting in favor of its passage.
GREGORY — When Julie Yager crunches the numbers for heating her car wash and laundry business, the result has not been pretty. Typically, her Gregory business uses about 500 gallons of propane per month in the winter, costing about $900 to keep temperatures comfortable and equipment working. But the price quoted to her last week -- north of $5 per gallon -- would nearly triple that to $2,550 for the month. "It's running and running and it's not turning off," she said. "We have to keep heating it. We can't close up and walk away for two weeks."
Wildlife Damage Management Program gets new plane to help control predator numbers.