Davison County wants to get a better handle on the vehicles using its roads by purchasing three devices to track the traffic. The traffic counters, which will be purchased from Australian firm MetroCount, are expected to cost $3,365. The purchase was approved Tuesday during the county commission's regular meeting at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. Davison County Highway Superintendent Rusty Weinberg said the data gleaned from the devices should help gather information for the future. "These counters can do daily mass counts with estimated mass," he said.
Former Corn Palace Director Mark Schilling has been indicted by a grand jury for petty theft, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. An indictment was filed Friday...
Davison County will consider purchasing traffic counters Tuesday to better understand how its roads are being used. The regular commission meeting is set to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell at 1420 N.
Frank Friedrick doesn't have plans to use the sidewalk that the city of Mitchell wants to put in his front yard. And neither does anyone else, he said. "It's a sidewalk to nowhere. It's a dead end going this way and it's a dead end going that way," he said. He's referencing North Davison Street between East 11th Avenue and East 12th Avenue, just north of Joe Quintal Field. The street is only one block long in that part of Mitchell, capped by the stadium on the south end and residences on the north end of the street. "There's nobody who walks down our street for most of the year," he said.
PLATTE — Dr. Jerome Bentz took a moment to run through all of the changes that have occurred in his nearly 32 years as a family physician in Platte. Then, he paused. "I'm starting to sound kind of old," he said. He laughed about that, but there has been quite a bit of change in his tenure. There's more technology, with digital files and E-emergency consultations. There's also been more renovations to the hospital.
SCOTLAND — Randall M. Dewitt considers Delmar Strunk to be one of South Dakota's most important World War II veterans. Dewitt, of Mitchell, recently published a book about Strunk, who resides in Scotland, S.D., and was honored at a ceremony last year when he received war medals he waited nearly 70 years to get. "Jungle Stories: The Life of Delmar Strunk: From the Fields of South Dakota to the Jungles of Burma" was published Feb. 28 and is now on sale.
Ken Tracy will see at least one familiar name in his bid to be re-elected as Mitchell's mayor. Jerry Toomey will challenge Tracy, the incumbent, as they both have turned in petitions to run in the June 2 election. Both were candidates during the city's six-person race for mayor in 2012 when Tracy won. Toomey told The Daily Republic he wants the voters to have a choice. He decided to take out a petition Tuesday. "It was one of those things where I figured 'Why not?' " he said.
Mitchell has added enough multi-family housing to meet demand and has left room for growth, according to a new study released this week. The Mitchell Area Development Corporation commissioned a rental housing earlier this year to update a study from 2012 regarding the city's housing situation. The study was conducted by Community Partners Research, of Lino Lakes, Minn., and the firm's vice president Scott Knudson, who conducted the 2012 study. The report notes that since 2010, the city has permitted 371 multifamily units to be built.
Nobody wants to finish the Corn Palace construction project more than Dave Epp. Epp, project manager for Mueller Lumber Company, of Mitchell -- the project's contractor -- said the project is reaching the home stretch now, with a month before construction workers hope to have most of their work finished. That would allow the building to be ready for the Corn Palace Shrine Circus, scheduled for April 27-29. For now, patience remains an emphasis. "We're excited, and I want to get it done," said Epp, who gave The Daily Republic a tour of the construction area on Wednesday.
Davison County is looking at ways to cut back on more than $100,000 in medical expenses for county jail inmates. The commissioners met with Dr. Paul Rasmussen, the physician manager at the Mitchell Clinic on Tuesday. The clinic visits inmates at the Davison County Jail three times a week and is the county's contracted provider of medical care for inmates. The county has held a contract with the Mitchell Clinic since 1998. Rasmussen said the clinic is seeing more than twice as many patients since the contract started.