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Wednesday's Congressional forum at Dakotafest had four participants and was structured to limit the back-and-forth typically found in a political debate. But the two major party candidates — Republican Dusty Johnson and Democrat Tim Bjorkman — found each other anyway, as the candidates faced off during the candidate forum in Mitchell.
The crops look good in South Dakota for both corn and soybeans. But it's everything else associated with the crops that is causing some concern, South Dakota State University Extension's Jack Davis said Tuesday at Dakotafest in Mitchell. Davis and his colleague Matthew Elliott spoke about the trends working in favor and against regional farmers. Davis, a crops business management field specialist for SDSU Extension based in Mitchell, said low prices and concerns about trade and tariffs are dampening what would normally be a strong year.
It's campaign season and Tim Bjorkman has no issues with introducing himself as a political newcomer. Bjorkman, the Democratic Party's nominee for South Dakota's lone U.S. House of Representatives seat, said he had to introduce himself to Democrats when he decided to under on their ticket to Congress.
The Mitchell City Council approved Monday a plan to spend more than $50,000 for a future water needs study, looking at other water supply options if the city could not use its main source. The project, which will cost an estimated $50,458, will evaluate whether rural water sources or groundwater sources, or a combination of others, are most realistic for the city to use as secondary sources for water. The work will be conducted by the Infrastructure Design Group, which has offices in Sioux Falls, Watertown and Mitchell.
The Mitchell City Council will consider an ordinance at its meeting tonight to clarify the city's sidewalk snow and ice removal law. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at Mitchell City Hall Council Chambers at 612 N. Main St. In the item agenda request from City Attorney Justin Johnson, the ordinance will repeal and replace the existing ordinance, but will have a lot of carryover from the existing ordinances. The ordinance will receive a first reading at tonight's meeting.
A plan to upgrade drainage in a residential and business area in Mitchell has changed in scope, moving to two phases over the next two summers. Officially named the East Central Drainage Basin project, the city has plans to upgrade drainage issues in the drainage basin, which is located south of Havens Avenue in the area of the Klock Werks and Patzer Woodworking businesses. The goal is to have the water drain to Dry Run Creek.
The pressure must remain on Russia regarding its impact on American elections, including sanctions, if necessary, U.S. Sen. John Thune said. As the Senate considers heavier sanctions on Russian industries, Thune, R-S.D., said that the Russians were defiant regarding the 2016 elections during the Congressional delegation's face-to-face meeting in Moscow last month. "They're not going to take responsibility for any of this. But we know they did it, they know they did it and they need to be held accountable," Thune told The Daily Republic in a recent interview.
It’s a new provider, new food, and a new look for the dining options at Dakota Wesleyan University. The university is rolling out a revamped food service operation this month, as students and faculty get into place for the first day of fall classes on Aug. 21. DWU and Fresh Ideas, a Missouri-based provider, reached an agreement earlier this summer to provide food services starting in 2018-19.
The Mitchell City Council opened the door Monday to potentially allowing for a boat slip area on Lake Mitchell for renting and docking boats or pontoons during the summer. During the council's regular 2019 budget work session, in which no official action was taken, the council did vote 6-2 to preliminarily allocate $50,000 toward the development of a boat slip area that would have a concrete walkway to the dock area, security lights and an indeterminate amount of docks.
SIOUX FALLS -- All throughout the Class B state amateur baseball tournament, the Canova Gang has scored runs in bunches. In the eighth inning Saturday, the runs arrived right on time. Trailing 7-6, Canova scored four runs in the eighth to gain control of their Class B state semifinal with Garretson in a 10-7 victory at Ronken Field at Augustana University.