Davison County's new veterans service officer has been reaching out to make connections, including covering some new ground for the county. Jessica Davidson, who started her job last month as the county VSO, briefed the Davison County Commission during its meeting Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. Much of the effort so far has centered on reaching beyond the typical points of the office. That includes working with both Dakota Wesleyan University and Mitchell Technical Institute with students who might need assistance to receive their G.I. Bill benefits.
PARKSTON -- Tanner Stirling has a good story, and he got a chance to share it Monday night. More than 75 people gathered inside the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan University to hear from the Parkston High School senior. Stirling is a standout athlete among roughly 4,000 participants in Special Olympics statewide.
Pat and Lori Essig's time in Mitchell came full circle Friday night. Almost 21 years to the day, Lori said, from when they first moved to Mitchell, the couple were awarded with the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce's Community Service Award, which is the organization's highest recognition for people committed to making a difference. The Essigs were among five groups, individuals or businesses honored Friday at the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce and Development Corp.
SALEM — Residents of Salem hope some outside opinions can make the city a safer place to live, work and play. "Because we're outsiders, some of our students might be able to say the things that others are afraid to," said Don Burger, a professor of landscape architecture at South Dakota State University.
IROQUOIS — There was no question of what the talk of the town was on Thursday in Iroquois. In the town of about 250, roughly 100 people gathered inside the town's gym to hear from the three members of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and from officials of a Texas-based company, which has plans to build a 1,134-mile pipeline to move crude oil from the Bakken oil formation in North Dakota to southern Illinois, where it would be refined elsewhere in the United States. The two-and-a-half hour hearing was rarely contentious but it was clear from area residents that there's a con
Considering the care they received when cancer affected their lives, Roger and Jan Torkelson knew they wanted to give back. And with cattle being a part of their lives for more than two decades, making a donation through a new cattle program to help others made a lot of sense, as well. The Howard couple was one of the families that donated cattle to be sold at the Mitchell Livestock Auction during the inaugural Cattle for Cancer fundraising event for the Avera Queen of Peace Foundation Wednesday in Mitchell. "When he was sick, there was so much help available for cancer patients, and we jus
The Davison County Commission said no Tuesday to a plan for a $3.1 million tax-increment financing district on the east side of Mitchell. The commissioners voted 4-1 to deny the project from proceeding any further. Chairman John Claggett, Denny Kiner, Kim Weitala and Brenda Bode all voted against the project. Commissioner Randy Reider was the only commissioner to vote in support of the project during the meeting at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. Firesteel Links LLC, which is led by developer Dave Backlund, applied for the creation of Davison County Tax Increment District No.
With the creation of a new program, cattle producers have a new way to make a donation to the Avera Queen of Peace Foundation. On Wednesday, the foundation will sponsor a special cattle sale to kick off its "Cattle for Cancer" program, which allows for producers to donate toward cancer prevention and medical care. The sale is being held in conjunction with Mitchell Livestock and will start at 1 p.m at the Mitchell Livestock sale barn. Avera Queen of Peace Foundation President Tracy Pardy said the intent is for the funds to go toward cancer care at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.
The Davison County Commission will consider the tax increment financing plan that is being considered for the eastern edge of Mitchell during its meeting Tuesday. The county commissioners will hold their regular meeting starting at 9 a.m. at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. At 9:30 a.m., the public hearing regarding Davison County Tax Increment Financing District No. 4, will begin, which would extend an initial TIF district in the area for up to 20 years to fund $3.1 million worth of improvements in the Wild Oak development. During its Jan.
WAGNER -- If there is one thing South Dakota has, it's food. "We might never have a professional football team in South Dakota or have a lot of fancy department stores. But we have food here," SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist Kari O'Neill said.