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Tony Venhuizen has a history of leading others and then setting the table for the next person to pick up where he left off. It dates back to running the Armour High School homecoming celebration for three years until he graduated in 2001. And some of those skills will be applicable when he's done as Gov. Dennis Daugaard's chief of staff early next year, transitioning to a new gubernatorial administration.
SIOUX FALLS—The Mitchell High School baseball team didn't get enough offense Friday night at Harmodon Park. Mitchell mustered just four hits and couldn't capitalize on its chances to bring home runners in scoring position, as ninth-seeded Yankton eliminated the eighth-seeded Kernels 2-1 in the first round of the Class A high school baseball playoffs. "We just didn't give ourselves very many opportunities," Mitchell head coach Luke Norden said. "We hold a team like that to two runs and we should be able to capitalize on that."
ABERDEEN — So far, it's been a smooth start for Agtegra Cooperative. The newly formed cooperative created by merging the former South Dakota Wheat Growers and North Central Farmers Elevator co-ops has been up and running for three months. And aside from the rebranding behind a new name and logo, building a viable business has been hard work but rewarding, Agtegra Executive Vice President for Grain Mike Nickolas said.
Dusty Johnson has made Mitchell his home. And he's making it a big part of his campaign for Congress, as well. It was a year ago today that Johnson launched his campaign from the Corn Palace in pursuit of South Dakota's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. And he said he's still committed to making his political dreams possible, starting from Mitchell.
Mitchell Technical Institute has broken through to some national recognition. The Aspen Institute, which biennially recognizes the top community and technical colleges in the country, has named Mitchell Tech to its list of the top 10 colleges for 2019. The original pool included nearly 1,000 public community colleges nationwide, and MTI is being honored in the top 10 for the first time in school history. Now, the honor puts MTI in the running for a $1 million prize to be awarded in April 2019.
The finances remain firmly on the side of utilizing the state's drug and alcohol courts, the South Dakota's top judge said Thursday in Mitchell. South Dakota Supreme Court Justice David Gilbertson, speaking at the Mitchell Rotary Club's meeting at the Ramada Inn, said the cost savings and reduced recidivism rates among targeted offenders has allowed the the state's system to continue working.
Infrastructure, Lake Mitchell and Main Street were the dominating topics at the Mitchell city election candidate forum Thursday, as nine contenders for the city's mayor and city council seats discussed municipal matters.
It’s a new time for NorthWestern Energy in the Mitchell area. That was celebrated Tuesday at the public utility company’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for its 5,700-square-foot customer service office building and celebrated the 14,000-square-foot expansion of the company’s Mitchell warehouse building, as well. All told, the $3 million in upgrades signify both NorthWestern’s commitment to Mitchell and its customers.
This will be the fourth time U.S. Sen. John Thune has had a hand in writing a farm bill in the United States Congress. And this will likely be the toughest of those four efforts, the senator said Thursday at a question-and-answer meeting with about 40 community members at the Cornerstone Coffee House in downtown Mitchell.
At Rotary Park, it's time to let the light shine. And to let time itself shine, as well. Since the park's creation in 2005, there's been a four-sided manual clock that displays the time at the corner of Main Street and Seventh Avenue. But for much of the last decade, that clock has not been illuminated. Thanks to the efforts of Mitchell's chapter of Rotary International and a local business, the lights are now shining. "It's been a good chance for us to put a little life into it," said Pat Clark, a member of the Rotary Club of Mitchell. "It needed some updating."