For a second straight year, it was a standout showing for Mitchell and the state amateur baseball tournament. More than $65,000 was collected in gate receipts for the 83rd annual state tournament in 2015, which topped the previous record at $56,928 from last year. The announcement came during the Class B championship game between Parkston and Alexandria, both Sunshine League teams that were among many area teams to bring large cheering contingents for the 12-day tournament.
It's a powerful time for NorthWestern Energy in South Dakota. The company, which provides electricity to 62,500 customers in eastern South Dakota, is in the process of closing on the $143 million purchase of the Beethoven wind farm, located between Tripp and Avon on the border of Charles Mix, Douglas and Hutchinson counties. And consumers of NorthWestern's services probably noticed an increase in their electric bills last month, when interim rates went into effect. The company is proposing its first rate increase in 35 years.
LOOMIS — Ethanol remains big business in South Dakota. A report released Thursday by South Dakota-based ethanol producer Poet says the company generated more than $13.5 billion in sales for U.S.
WAGNER—There are few relationships as strong as one between a mother and daughter. And Tiphany and Alexandra Dvorak are about to have a life-changing experience that is rarely shared together. They're headed for Kuwait to serve a year-long tour with the 155th Engineer Company of the South Dakota National Guard. Both Wagner residents are among the 162 members of the group that was officially deployed Wednesday during a ceremony in Rapid City.
WAGNER—For Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Meyerink, his second deployment overseas will be a little more difficult. When he was overseas with the South Dakota National Guard in 2004, Meyerink's two daughters, ages 8 and 6, weren't born yet. On Tuesday, his daughters were pulling on his uniform's pant leg and Meyerink, of Platte, was thinking about his wife, Tricia, who is pregnant with their third child. "It's hard," he said. "Mainly because I'm really going to miss these kids." In between the tears and hugs, there was a lot of support in the Wagner High School gym Tuesday afternoon.
A Minnesota-based company has received permission to test the wind for a potential wind farm between Mitchell and Mount Vernon, after the Davison County Commission provided its blessing Tuesday. The commission voted 5-0 to approve a conditional-use permit for Juhl Energy to construct a 198-foot test tower in Beulah Township.
LAKE ANDES—The bald eagle population in South Dakota is flying high once again. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission voted last week to take bald eagles off South Dakota's list of threatened species, making a move that parallels what was done at the federal level nearly 10 years ago. Experts say the bald eagle population is as healthy as it's ever been, especially on the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge Complex near Lake Andes and Pickstown. Mick Hanan, a wildlife biologist with the U.S.
HOWARD — As a nurse, Elizabeth Blankenfeld has made a professional commitment to helping people. Now, she's made a personal vow to do the same. Blankenfeld has been deemed a match to donate a kidney to her former high school principal and former Howard School Superintendent Mike Cullen, who has been undergoing dialysis and is need of a kidney transplant. "She's just my hero," Cullen said Friday in an interview with The Daily Republic. "I get upset with people when they say that our kids aren't motivated or just don't care about people like they used to.
LANE — There's not many places doing business in Lane, South Dakota. There's an auto repair shop and used cars being shopped along the highway that skirts the town. For almost all the other needs, Shirley Hines' cafe is the spot. Aptly named Shirley's Lane Cafe, the business is open six days a week, serving morning coffee and lunch specials. But the cafe is much more than a place for a hot meal and fellowship. It's also the Lane Post Office. And the Lane Town Board's meeting location.
The Mitchell Police Division will soon have enough body cameras for all of its patrol officers. A $9,980 grant from the state of South Dakota to purchase about 20 body cameras was awarded to the city's Department of Public Safety.