Longer work days will continue for the Davison County Highway Department for another month. The county commissioners approved Tuesday extending the summer work schedule of four, 10-hour work days per week for the county's highway workers through September. The Commission held its regular meeting at the Davison County North Offices. The county's highway department usually runs its summer schedule from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This week would typically be the final week of that schedule.
The South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association threw a curveball when it decided Mitchell will host its state tournament for what will be the third straight year in 2016. South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association President Dale Weber told The Daily Republic on Monday that the association's commissioners unanimously agreed on the location last week, following the conclusion of this year's tournament. In recent years, Mitchell has hosted the tournament on a two- out of three-year rotation.
It was a banner year for the South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament at the box office. A record-setting total of $56,928 was collected in gate receipts this year for the tournament, which was held Aug. 6-17 at Mitchell's Cadwell Park. That is an all-time high for the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association. The previous high was $48,043, taken in 2011. That figure is helped by a bump in ticket prices for the tournament, which went to $8 for adults and $5 for students per session.
South Dakota State Climatologist Dennis Todey speaks Thursday during Dakotafest, updating farmers and ranchers on current weather and climate matters. Along with South Dakota State University Extension Climate Field Specialist...
DALLAS -- In the small town of Dallas, almost everything has changed in the last 100 years. But on Saturday, the community will come together to celebrate one of its constants. The town will hold its Carnegie Library centennial celebration, which opened in 1914, and still functions as a library. Local authors and South Dakota State Librarian Daria Bossman are expected to speak as part of the anniversary program, which starts at 10 a.m. and will include memories of old Dallas and the library.
To protect pheasants in South Dakota fields, what's old is new again. A Mitchell pheasant advocate has created a flushing bar, a way to save pheasants from spring hay cutting in the field, which can put growing pheasants at risk. "It's a something to think about and it's a solution that we can have to keep some critters from being killed," Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Biologist Mike Blaalid said.
After seeing one in action, Duane Lunne could see himself buying a drone. The Dallas cattle farmer and his friend Brad Kahler, of Colome, live two miles apart and were checking out a drone demonstration on Tuesday morning, the opening day of Mitchell's Dakotafest. The drones look cool, for sure, hovering and flying, with the high-quality models traveling up to 35 to 40 mph and weighing only 3 to 5 pounds. But there's a practical use for farmers on the plains to use them.
Two local residents, including one who just left the Mitchell Board of Education, are pursuing a now-open seat on the school board, Superintendent Joe Graves said Monday. Marc Bernard and Dana Price are two applicants to fill the open position that was created by last week's resignation of Rick Johnson, who had a stroke in December 2013 and has been unable to participate. Applications for the open position will be accepted until 4 p.m. Wednesday. The school board then will likely interview candidates in executive session during its Aug.
WINNER — Heather Walker didn't grow up in Winner, but she's starting to adjust to the dialect of ranchers from the area. It has been a bit of a culture shift for the third-year medical student, even though she grew up in Vermillion, a place she still considers to have a small-town vibe. But she admits the first few times she talked to farmers and ranchers of the Winner area was an adjustment, even though she was equipped with the skills after studying communication at the University of South Dakota. "It has been different, there's no question," she said.
Slow down in school zones, Mitchell drivers. With the start of school Monday, the Mitchell Department of Public Safety is urging caution to motorists passing through school zones, and likely will equip those areas with speed boards. The city has three of the portable devices that use radar to monitor the speeds of those driving through town.