Farmers are planting and harvesting too close to the Mitchell-Rapid City railroad, a group involved with the rail line agreed Thursday. State rail officials, local operators and county representatives on the Mitchell-Rapid City Regional Railroad Authority board were in agreement with that position, they said during a teleconference Thursday. Dakota Southern Railway Roadmaster Lester Thompson said the issue needs enforcement. He identified eight locations along the railway in Davison, Aurora and Brule counties where encroachment is an issue over a roughly 60-mile stretch.
DIMOCK — A frozen sewer main this week caused some problems for the town of Dimock before it got a leak stopped Tuesday, according to local and state officials. Al Spangler, a surfacewater discharge permit team leader with the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said the leak occurred after an overflowing manhole cover came loose sometime last week.
It might be hard to find another South Dakota mayor who is more proud of a commercial metal building than Jim Fedderson. The mayor of Beresford spoke about the city's speculative building, or spec building, which is a metal building in the city's business park meant to attract employers and new businesses.
Davison County's new veterans service officer has been reaching out to make connections, including covering some new ground for the county. Jessica Davidson, who started her job last month as the county VSO, briefed the Davison County Commission during its meeting Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. Much of the effort so far has centered on reaching beyond the typical points of the office. That includes working with both Dakota Wesleyan University and Mitchell Technical Institute with students who might need assistance to receive their G.I. Bill benefits.
PARKSTON -- Tanner Stirling has a good story, and he got a chance to share it Monday night. More than 75 people gathered inside the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan University to hear from the Parkston High School senior. Stirling is a standout athlete among roughly 4,000 participants in Special Olympics statewide.
Pat and Lori Essig's time in Mitchell came full circle Friday night. Almost 21 years to the day, Lori said, from when they first moved to Mitchell, the couple were awarded with the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce's Community Service Award, which is the organization's highest recognition for people committed to making a difference. The Essigs were among five groups, individuals or businesses honored Friday at the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce and Development Corp.
SALEM — Residents of Salem hope some outside opinions can make the city a safer place to live, work and play. "Because we're outsiders, some of our students might be able to say the things that others are afraid to," said Don Burger, a professor of landscape architecture at South Dakota State University.
IROQUOIS — There was no question of what the talk of the town was on Thursday in Iroquois. In the town of about 250, roughly 100 people gathered inside the town's gym to hear from the three members of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and from officials of a Texas-based company, which has plans to build a 1,134-mile pipeline to move crude oil from the Bakken oil formation in North Dakota to southern Illinois, where it would be refined elsewhere in the United States. The two-and-a-half hour hearing was rarely contentious but it was clear from area residents that there's a con
Considering the care they received when cancer affected their lives, Roger and Jan Torkelson knew they wanted to give back. And with cattle being a part of their lives for more than two decades, making a donation through a new cattle program to help others made a lot of sense, as well. The Howard couple was one of the families that donated cattle to be sold at the Mitchell Livestock Auction during the inaugural Cattle for Cancer fundraising event for the Avera Queen of Peace Foundation Wednesday in Mitchell. "When he was sick, there was so much help available for cancer patients, and we jus
The Davison County Commission said no Tuesday to a plan for a $3.1 million tax-increment financing district on the east side of Mitchell. The commissioners voted 4-1 to deny the project from proceeding any further. Chairman John Claggett, Denny Kiner, Kim Weitala and Brenda Bode all voted against the project. Commissioner Randy Reider was the only commissioner to vote in support of the project during the meeting at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. Firesteel Links LLC, which is led by developer Dave Backlund, applied for the creation of Davison County Tax Increment District No.