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Safely sitting in the shade will soon be easier during softball games at Cadwell Park. The city of Mitchell is in the process of bidding out a project to add sunshade protective netting over the bleacher area, which will cap a series of improvements to the east softball complex at the park.
ETHAN — A group of 25 citizens gathered Monday night in Ethan to discuss the feasibility of a community center in the town. The group decided the issue needs more studying and information. Since church services are no longer being regularly held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Ethan, the building and the property is being put up for sale by church leaders. That provoked conversation among community members to wonder whether the city should step in and purchase the building.
Carrying on a proud school tradition in speech and debate, two Mitchell high school students have earned a trip to nationals. Junior Ryan Solberg and sophomore Raina Grimsley each finished in first place in their respective events at the district qualifying tournament held Feb. 20-21 at Watertown High School.
Mitchell Technical Institute's wish list was completed this week. The South Dakota Department of Education has announced the programs eligible for the new Build Dakota Scholarship Fund. Among the MTI programs involved are Automation Controls/SCADA, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Heating and Cooling Technology, Propane and Natural Gas Technologies, Telecommunications, Welding and Manufacturing Technology and Wind Turbine Technology. MTI President Greg Von Wald said all of the programs are needs for the school. "I would say we got what we wanted," he said.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Kennebec CONSTRUCTION STARTS FOR WHEAT GROWERS FACILITY: Construction on the 444 acres owned by Wheat Growers for a new $40 million grain-handling facility is underway in Kennebec. The dry fertilizer storage building is currently being built and will be along the circle railroad track. It will be constructed using concrete columns and wood panels.
Authorities are still looking for leads regarding the killing of a horse earlier this week in rural Davison County. The horse was discovered dead by gunshot Tuesday in a field, according to Davison County Sheriff Steve Brink. The incident occurred about seven miles southwest of Mitchell and is still under investigation. Authorities estimate the killing occurred sometime between 8 a.m. Monday and 9 a.m.
This geocache was certainly found. Authorities on Friday blocked off streets for two and a half hours in western Mitchell to investigate a mysterious container attached to a sign post.
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.