The Mitchell City Council will meet tonight and consider a motion to support legislation that would allow municipalities to impose an additional sales tax to support special projects, if city voters support the measure. The council's regular meeting starts at 7:30 p.m., at Mitchell City Hall. The legislation is being promoted by the South Dakota Municipal League, which is the association of South Dakota city governments. Any city that is seeking the sales tax would still need voter approval to enact the tax, and would need a simple majority to pass.
Given how much medicine has changed over the years, Dr. Scott VanKeulen acknowledged his recent major diagnosis might have been a once-in-a-lifetime event. VanKeulen, who is the medical director of the emergency department at Mitchell's Avera Queen of Peace, was the first physician in Mitchell to recognize that a young child had measles on Dec. 27. Given that it's cold and flu season, the patient's coughing, fever and rash weren't dead giveaways that the disease was in Mitchell. "Measles is definitely one of those things that looks a lot like the flu or the cold," he said.
The count of confirmed cases of measles related to Mitchell is now at 12, although the rise is occurring out of state. Three more cases of the measles in Arizona were confirmed Wednesday in relation to the Mitchell outbreak, according to the South Dakota Department of Health. Eight Mitchell residents have been infected with the disease since last week when the initial case was reported in a child under the age of 5. Six males and six females have been confirmed with measles within the ages of 19 months and 41 years of age.
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With 3 to 4 inches falling in the region, snow caused treacherous driving conditions Monday in south-central South Dakota. Today, expect cold temperatures to grip the area once again. Mitchell had received 3 inches of snow as of 8 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. As of 5:30 p.m. Monday, the NWS reported a Mitchell-area high of 4.5 inches of snow in Gregory, followed by reports of 4 inches in Kimball and Gregory and 3 inches separately in Tyndall and Platte.
CORSICA -- A Monday morning house fire in rural Douglas County destroyed a farm house, but no one was injured. The home, owned by Mike Burke, is located about five miles southeast of Corsica at the corner of 393rd Avenue and 274th Street. It caught fire around 8 a.m. Monday. Firefighters arrived on the scene soon after. Burke, his wife and two grandchildren were in the house when the fire started, but no one was injured.
Volunteers sew items for children in Haiti at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mitchell.