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For now, the Northwoods League isn't coming to Mitchell in 2019. But the city of Mitchell is leaving the door open for the popular summer collegiate wood-bat baseball league anyway. The Northwoods League's option agreement with the city of Mitchell calls for the league to commit to playing in Mitchell by Sept. 1 prior to the upcoming season. The deadline has passed with no change, but Mitchell Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Powell said everything remains in a holding pattern.
After a dip in fall 2017, enrollment is climbing once again at Mitchell Technical Institute this fall. The school reported Friday that it has 1,224 total students, compared with 1,208 students in fall 2017. MTI says the school has seen the largest growth in its Construction and Manufacturing division. That was despite a planned 20 percent reduction in the Power Line Construction and Maintenance program for the 2018-19 school year. The reduction was deemed necessary after careful study of recent placement data for graduates from the program, the school said.
For all of the success in Roger Musick's career, two points built the bedrock of his professional life. He's always been driven by a need to continue learning. And he's done it all in his hometown of Mitchell.
In a odd public hearing that devolved at times into name-calling and accusations, the Mitchell City Council decided Tuesday to delay a decision for three months regarding the revocation of the Speedy Taxi license to operate in the city. The council, voting unanimously, intended to wait until the Dec. 17 meeting to take up the issue once more due to a pending legal charge against the taxi service's primary employee Dustin Feistner. He was charged with reckless driving following an incident on July 12 on the north edge of Mitchell, which is currently awaiting a jury trial.
Wind energy projects and commercial animal feeding operations remain a big topic of conversation for area county commissions and boards. And they're not expected to go away anytime soon. A "mixed bag" of zoning issues was discussed this week during the Planning and Development District III regular meeting held at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell. District III Community Development Specialist Brian McGinnis said counties are primarily in the crosshairs because of those two topics. "Every county is dealing with this, and they're watching it closely," he said.
In a recent survey, area governmental officials have demonstrated support for the general direction of the region's people and economy, whereas some concern was shown regarding workforce issues and an aging population. A survey was completed earlier in August and presented Thursday during the Planning and Development District III regular meeting at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell.
TRIPP — So far, so good for an upgraded area intersection in Bon Homme County, where a pair of state highways meet. The intersection of South Dakota Highways 37 and 46 was the first intersection in the state to receive a Rural Intersection Conflict Warning System, which alerts drivers of vehicles on the intersecting road of oncoming traffic.
Signs in Mitchell could be seeing some new rules soon. City leaders are drafting updates to Mitchell's policies for signage, including on buildings and billboards. Mitchell City Planner Neil Putnam said the regulations are in need of updating because of new technology and a series of legal rulings, including a key U.S. Supreme Court case in 2015 that tightened governmental abilities to regulate signage based on content.
A plan for a barn event venue on the northern edge of Mitchell received preliminary approval Monday from the city's Planning Commission. Dan Fechner is applying for a conditional use permit to build an assembly hall, located west of the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex, along North Ohlman Street. The facility received preliminary unanimous approval from the commission, which met at Mitchell City Hall.
John Ball didn't come to Dakotafest on Thursday with much good news. Ball, who works for South Dakota State University Extension as a forestry specialist, said the emerald ash borer's arrival in the state is bad news for landowners and farmers who own ash shelterbelts. "You're in big trouble and that's not what you wanted to hear," Ball said.