The Mitchell School District faces some tough decisions regarding the next step for a proposed fine arts center at the school, after the lowest bid on the project was $2.8 million over budget Thursday. Mitchell Superintendent Joe Graves said the proposed timeline on the project of starting construction this spring or summer and opening the facility in the fall of 2016 is now in jeopardy. "If the bids were correct, we definitely would have gone ahead," he said. "Now, I'm not so sure what we're going to do. This is part of the bidding process.
The city of Mitchell is already feeling the impact of South Dakota's minimum wage increase. Due to the new minimum wage of $8.50 per hour and the subsequent adjustment of pay scale for other experienced employees, the city's payroll for part-timers could increase by about $61,000 this year. "I think it shows that the increase goes beyond just bringing people up from $7.25 to $8.50," City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein said Wednesday. "You have to adjust the people who are already making more than that on the pay scale, so it's not just the people at the bottom.
An independent evaluator is looking into problems the city needs to address regarding City Hall. Last month, problems in the City Hall's basement with corroding pipes and a sewer gas smell were reported to city officials, and water damage, mold and asbestos were also discussed. "It's imperative for us to get an evaluation of our City Hall building and get some independent observations," Mayor Ken Tracy told the Mitchell City Council on Tuesday. Jim Larson, a consulting architect from St.
Legal backyard chickens in the city of Mitchell won't happen anytime soon. Citing widespread public opposition, the Mitchell City Council voted 5-2 to kill a motion that would have directed the city planning commission to draft an ordinance for poultry in city limits during the council regular meeting Tuesday at City Hall. Councilors Steve Rice and Marty Barington voted to continue the conversation regarding an ordinance.
SDSU Extension's director of 4-H Youth Development said a funding shift by Monsanto has caused issues for sponsoring the annual South Dakota State 4-H Leaders Conference and Volunteer Forum. The Davison County Commission on Tuesday met with Peter Nielson, director of 4-H Youth Development for SDSU Extension, who tried to explain how SDSU Extension is helping grow leaders through 4-H in rural areas. The discussion took place during Tuesday's regular commission meeting, held at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. "I'm afraid there was a misconception that there was funds taken away,
If a good business makes the most of its opportunities, look no further than locally based Lucid for doing just that. The Mitchell-based business specializes in wood and metal manufacturing, especially gun and archery stocks. But for the second time in three years, the company has been involved in building the auction Gun of the Year at the annual SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) show, which was held Jan. 20-23 in Las Vegas, Nev. "We feel like it's a great honor," said Lucid Co-Owner Rex Boyd.
The winning word proved to be fitting for 11-year-old Mackenzie Christensen during the 23rd Annual Corn Palace Regional Spelling Bee. Christensen, of Huron, clinched with the word wunderkind -- the German word for a child prodigy or a someone who succeeds in a competitive or difficult field at an early age.
Due to the Presidents Day holiday, the Mitchell City Council will meet Tuesday night for their regular meeting. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at Mitchell City Hall inside the...
The Davison County Commissioners will likely hear a different side of the story Tuesday, regarding the relationship between the county, 4-H and South Dakota State University Extension. SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program Director Peter Nielson will speak to the commissioners at 10:30 a.m. The commissioners' regular meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices, 1420 N. Main St., in Mitchell. Nielson told The Daily Republic last week that he thought SDSU Extension was misrepresented by the comments made during the Feb.
Authorities in Mitchell are investigating a one car crash Saturday night near Longfellow Elementary School. The crash occurred after 11 p.m. in the 1000 block of East Second Avenue when...