A handful of area towns will settle elections for school board and city council seats. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in all locations. The following elections are being contested: Burke: Locals will vote on three, three-year terms for the Burke School Board. Five residents are on the ballot including Jolene VanMetre, Don Stukel, Holly Mosterd, Luther Wilhelmsen and Lindsey (Jones) McCarthy. Voters will cast ballots at the Burke High School. Howard: A joint city-school election is being held for Howard City Council and Howard School Board.
ALEXANDRIA — In the words of SD Industries CEO Brian Stork, the swine industry is a small world that is rapidly expanding. The Alexandria-area company that commonly goes by SDI has recently completed a plant expansion of roughly 28,000 feet and has added more than $1 million in equipment to bolster its manufacturing business, which specializes in hog feeders.
TRIPP — The Delmont Tornado Disaster Benefit Musical Jamboree hit all of the right notes. Local community groups teamed up to host a musical fundraiser Sunday at the Tripp-Delmont High School gym, which raised $10,400 for the victims of the May 10 Mother's Day tornado to hit Delmont. An estimated 300 to 400 people were at the event, which ran all day until the last band left the stage at 9:30 p.m. "We had a really good day," Bob Just, a Tripp resident who was one of the organizers of the event, said Thursday.
TRIPP — The Beethoven Wind Farm is fully operational, according to the company CEO of the firm that owns the project. BayWa r.e. Wind CEO Florian Zerhusen told The Daily Republic this week the farm became operational beginning May 28, following numerous tests of energy. "It's a nice, clean site out there," Zerhusen said. "We have a couple of signs up that educate the public about what's going on out there, and it's like a power plant at the end of the day.
The Davison County Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday to deny an on-sale malt beverage and wine license for a local Mitchell businessman, denying the request for the second time in fewer than two years. Doug Aslesen applied for a malt beverage and wine license with Davison County to be used near the corner of West Eighth Avenue and North Ohlman Street, but the county's commissioners weren't satisfied with Aslesen's answers as to when the business will be operational, citing too many unanswered questions with the plan. Commissioners John Claggett and Denny Kiner voted for approval of the license, w
For a day, residents in the Mitchell area wrestled with high temperatures. On Tuesday, the mercury climbed near 100 degrees, hitting a record 98 degrees, for what is the highest temperature of the year. The high temperature was reported at the Mitchell Regional Airport shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to data from the National Weather Service. The previous daily record high in Mitchell for June 9 was 96 degrees, according to data from the National Weather Service. Prior to Tuesday, Mitchell hadn't had a day above 90 degrees in 2015. Other area towns also reported similar figures.
DELMONT — In the path of the tornado in Delmont May 10, Mother Nature did very little picking and choosing of buildings that were destroyed. Unfortunately, that included the town's fire hall. But after the storm, thanks to the help of other communities and their emergency services groups, there's been a lot of help for the Delmont Fire Department. "It's been a huge lifesaver for our community," said Delmont Fire Chief Elmer Goehring said Monday.
The Davison County Commission will meet Tuesday and consider renewing its Women, Infant, Children assistance, or WIC, contract for 2016. The board's regular meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell at 1420 N. Main St. The federal program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Burke PUBLIC MEETS ON BIKE/WALKING TRAIL: About 40 Burke residents met June 1 for a public meeting hosted by the Burke Wellness Coalition about the proposed walking and bike path from the city to the Burke Lake east of town. Erik Prunty, a project engineer with Brosz Engineering, said the project would entail a bed of gravel and 6 inches of reinforced concrete as the overlay surface.
WINNER — For kindergarteners, 7 miles is a long way away, let alone 7,000. But thanks to the connection of students in a Winner kindergarten class, home didn't feel as far away. Kindergarten teacher Linda Bergjord used her family ties to link up her class at Winner Elementary School with active military members serving in Afghanistan. Bergjord said her class usually makes crafts and other decorations for area veterans but last year, she thought of her cousin, Lt. Col. Carman Oldre, a 20-plus year veteran of the U.S.