Mitchell Christian High School sent off a class of six seniors Saturday during its commencement exercises, prideful of its class makeup, even if small in size. In his commencement address, Salutatorian Aaron Lemon noted three of the six students have been part of the class from the start, when they had 10 students at the pre-kindergarten level. That includes himself, Valedictorian Wes Vander Pol and Alexa Van Laecken.
About 90 historic cars took advantage of the nice weather Friday evening for the inaugural Mustangs on Main event in Mitchell. The event was put on by Vern Eide of Mitchell at their Ford location on North Main Street and benefitted Make-A-Wish of South Dakota. The event raised about $600 for the organization to assist children with life-threatening medical conditions in the region. "It was awesome. We had a great night for it and it went really well." said Tyler Laffey, who is Vern Eide's finance manager and organized the event.
The average farm in South Dakota spent more than $900,000 in expenses in 2013, almost $15,000 more than what was spent on average in 2012. That's according to a report released Wednesday from Mitchell Technical Institute's South Dakota Center for Farm and Ranch Management.
KIMBALL — Kimball will get a new medical clinic. A $250,000 grant from the state has been approved for the project, bringing the total amount raised to $650,000. Eric Ambroson, community development specialist with the District III Planning and Development group in Yankton, said the application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) was made for $350,000 and the city will receive $250,000 toward the project, which will still be enough to meet the city's goal.
SCOTLAND -- Delmar Strunk was never sure the moment would occur. But Wednesday in Scotland, after nearly 70 years of waiting, Strunk and his heroic service took center stage. Strunk, 92, received his medals for his service in World War II during a ceremony at the Scotland City Auditorium. Those medals weren't awarded when Strunk was honorably discharged in 1945 because many of the records showing he served in the famed "Merrill's Marauders" in the Pacific theater were lost.
SALEM — Ask Wayne Saxton about his favorite medal, and the answer might be surprising. No, it's not his Purple Heart. And it's not the medal that lauds his marksmanship with a rifle, a bayonet and machine gun. It's the Army's Good Conduct medal. "That's the one I'm most proud of," he said last week at Salem's Golden Living Nursing Home, where he resides.
WAGNER — New to Wagner, Geoff Fillingsness has an interesting way of meeting people and the homes they live in. Driving around the city in his pickup, he's on the lookout for unkempt lawns, poorly maintained structures, broken windows and unlicensed cars parked on the lawn. He sends out notices to the city's offenders to clean up their act within a set timeframe. Fillingsness was recently hired by the city to be their code officer and to enforce the city's rules on nuisances, a new position for the city.
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The Farm Power Technology students at Mitchell Technical Institute received some information about the future on Thursday. About 40 students heard from Hoon Ge, a chemical engineer and expert in the world of diesel, particularly biodiesel.
Gerald Weiss says he's not one to forget who he's working for. "Well, I enjoy working for the taxpayers of Davison County," he said. "The taxpayers pay the bills. We've got to remember we're spending their money." Weiss, 74, said his health is in good condition and he's energized for a third term as a Davison County commissioner. "You're as old as you feel," Weiss said. "Right now, I'm in good health. I like to work." He faces Leon Baier, of Mitchell, in Tuesday's Republican primary election.