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WINNER — The big dig is in full force in south-central South Dakota. The communities of Winner and Gregory were among the area communities hit hardest by the April blizzard blowing through the state on Friday and Saturday. And now it's hard for Brent Gill and his crews to push around. The Winner City Superintendent has at least 20 inches of snow to deal with after the storm passed through, as officials worked to make progress Monday.
Spring isn’t sticking around Mitchell much longer. Starting Friday, the snow will have its say. A potential record-setting snowstorm — forecast for 12 to 17 inches — is expected to move through the Mitchell area, leaving the region with more than a foot of snow and providing a rough reminder of what April weather can look like in South Dakota.
For the second time in three years, the Davison County Commission has said no to a major wind project west of Mitchell. The county’s commissioners, meeting as the Board of Adjustment Tuesday, unanimously voted in opposition to a conditional use permit application for a nine-turbine wind farm in Beulah Township from Davison County Wind, LLC and its parent company Con Edison Development. That decision was made by the five-person board at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell.
It's a big day for local elections around the area today. In Winner, voters will decide on how they'd like to see traffic traverse their Main Street starting in 2020, while also deciding on the city's mayoral ballot.
The fines at the Mitchell Public Library are floating away. Effective Sunday, the library will no longer impose fines for overdue books. Mitchell Public Library Director Jackie Hess said the change helps the library fulfill its mission and taking away a possible barrier to more people accessing the library. The move coincides with National Library Week, which begins Sunday.
Replay reviews are here to stay in the sports we know and love. But this is a simple plea to keep things moving along. It doesn't seem to matter what sport we're talking about — football, basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball — there's a bunch of reviews and a lot of them take too long.
With a packed meeting room watching Tuesday, the Davison County Planning Commission narrowly voted to deny a proposed wind turbine project between Mitchell and Mount Vernon. After two-and-a-half hours of testimony from both of Davison County Wind, LLC's supporters and its naysayers, the commission voted 4-3 against granting conditional use permits for a nine-turbine project in Beulah Township, primarily on the land of Brad and Peggy Greenway. About 60 people crowded into the county commission room for the meeting at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell.
Another year for the Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, another year of stopping drugs in the community. A majority of the crime-fighting group's reported tips were regarding narcotics, according to the Crime Stoppers' annual report released Wednesday. During 2017, Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers received 113 anonymous tips and 85 of them regarded unique cases. Of those 85, 60 percent (51) were related to narcotics.
Democrats in District 20 will be well represented in the upcoming elections for state Senate and House of Representatives seats. Three Mitchell residents joined the race on the Democratic Party ticket for the November elections. Ione Klinger and Jim Schorzmann are among four candidates running for two seats in the state House of Representatives. They face Republicans Lance Koth and Paul Miskimins, both of Mitchell. In the state Senate, Dan Miller will run as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Josh Klumb, of Mount Vernon, for the contested seat.
As the season wore on for the Mitchell High School boys basketball team, the Kernels were solid on defense and took care of the ball. But the true test of improving will come this summer, as the MHS boys program looks forward to a chance to improve the team's offense and improve the team's shooting. The Kernels shot at a 34 percent clip on field goals, while hitting 24 percent of their 3-pointers and 61 percent of free throws. That won't cut it going forward, MHS coach Todd Neuendorf said.