Mitchell Technical Institute's wish list was completed this week. The South Dakota Department of Education has announced the programs eligible for the new Build Dakota Scholarship Fund. Among the MTI programs involved are Automation Controls/SCADA, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Heating and Cooling Technology, Propane and Natural Gas Technologies, Telecommunications, Welding and Manufacturing Technology and Wind Turbine Technology. MTI President Greg Von Wald said all of the programs are needs for the school. "I would say we got what we wanted," he said.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Kennebec CONSTRUCTION STARTS FOR WHEAT GROWERS FACILITY: Construction on the 444 acres owned by Wheat Growers for a new $40 million grain-handling facility is underway in Kennebec. The dry fertilizer storage building is currently being built and will be along the circle railroad track. It will be constructed using concrete columns and wood panels.
Authorities are still looking for leads regarding the killing of a horse earlier this week in rural Davison County. The horse was discovered dead by gunshot Tuesday in a field, according to Davison County Sheriff Steve Brink. The incident occurred about seven miles southwest of Mitchell and is still under investigation. Authorities estimate the killing occurred sometime between 8 a.m. Monday and 9 a.m.
This geocache was certainly found. Authorities on Friday blocked off streets for two and a half hours in western Mitchell to investigate a mysterious container attached to a sign post.
The Mitchell School District faces some tough decisions regarding the next step for a proposed fine arts center at the school, after the lowest bid on the project was $2.8 million over budget Thursday. Mitchell Superintendent Joe Graves said the proposed timeline on the project of starting construction this spring or summer and opening the facility in the fall of 2016 is now in jeopardy. "If the bids were correct, we definitely would have gone ahead," he said. "Now, I'm not so sure what we're going to do. This is part of the bidding process.
The city of Mitchell is already feeling the impact of South Dakota's minimum wage increase. Due to the new minimum wage of $8.50 per hour and the subsequent adjustment of pay scale for other experienced employees, the city's payroll for part-timers could increase by about $61,000 this year. "I think it shows that the increase goes beyond just bringing people up from $7.25 to $8.50," City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein said Wednesday. "You have to adjust the people who are already making more than that on the pay scale, so it's not just the people at the bottom.
An independent evaluator is looking into problems the city needs to address regarding City Hall. Last month, problems in the City Hall's basement with corroding pipes and a sewer gas smell were reported to city officials, and water damage, mold and asbestos were also discussed. "It's imperative for us to get an evaluation of our City Hall building and get some independent observations," Mayor Ken Tracy told the Mitchell City Council on Tuesday. Jim Larson, a consulting architect from St.
Legal backyard chickens in the city of Mitchell won't happen anytime soon. Citing widespread public opposition, the Mitchell City Council voted 5-2 to kill a motion that would have directed the city planning commission to draft an ordinance for poultry in city limits during the council regular meeting Tuesday at City Hall. Councilors Steve Rice and Marty Barington voted to continue the conversation regarding an ordinance.
SDSU Extension's director of 4-H Youth Development said a funding shift by Monsanto has caused issues for sponsoring the annual South Dakota State 4-H Leaders Conference and Volunteer Forum. The Davison County Commission on Tuesday met with Peter Nielson, director of 4-H Youth Development for SDSU Extension, who tried to explain how SDSU Extension is helping grow leaders through 4-H in rural areas. The discussion took place during Tuesday's regular commission meeting, held at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. "I'm afraid there was a misconception that there was funds taken away,
If a good business makes the most of its opportunities, look no further than locally based Lucid for doing just that. The Mitchell-based business specializes in wood and metal manufacturing, especially gun and archery stocks. But for the second time in three years, the company has been involved in building the auction Gun of the Year at the annual SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) show, which was held Jan. 20-23 in Las Vegas, Nev. "We feel like it's a great honor," said Lucid Co-Owner Rex Boyd.