Despite progress on a transportation bill, U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said a long-term solution is still a long way away. In an interview Friday with The Daily Republic, Thune—the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee—said the six-year bipartisan highway bill approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee may have to be whittled down to a shorter term deal. Instead, Thune said he would like to see a three- to four-year bill passed that would allow Congress to better address the funding issues that plague federal transportation funding.
EMERY—For the Bridgewater-Emery School District, the community finds itself at a facility crossroads. Both communities are dealing with aging facilities, primarily for athletics, which dominated the discussion Wednesday during a special meeting of the Bridgewater-Emery School Board. No official action was taken during the meeting. The board of seven members and about a dozen interested community residents met in Emery. The meeting centered on improving the football field in Bridgewater and potentially improving the gymnasium in Emery to host varsity high school sports.
MADISON — For spider and scorpion enthusiasts, South Dakota has mostly been undiscovered and untouched. On Tuesday, some of the people most interested in arachnids changed that. More than 30 participants took a field trip to the Madison Waterfowl Production Area in Lake County, looking for new species of spiders and investigating the eight-legged creatures that call South Dakota home. The field trip capped the 39th Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society, which met from Friday through Monday at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell.
Aside from some downed tree branches and short power outages, Mitchell fared well compared to other South Dakota towns during Monday's overnight storms. The storms lacked the punch and devastation found in other parts of the state when the sun came up Monday, but about 4,000 customers in Mitchell were without power for about two hours, primarily around Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, due to tree limb damage. Those were primarily in the southeast part of the city, Northwestern Energy Spokesman Tom Glanzer said.
The Davison County Commissioners will consider a wheel tax resolution during their Tuesday meeting. The commission will hold their regular meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. The county currently has a $2 wheel tax on vehicles, at a maximum of $8 per vehicle. Thanks to a change in state law, the county can increase that tax to $5 per wheel, at a maximum of $60 per vehicle. In addition to the wheel tax talk, the commissioners will hear the annual report from Planning and Development District III and the group's executive director Greg Henderson.
According to a national insurance company, South Dakota was the top state for hail damage in 2014. So goes spring and summer in South Dakota, which has traditionally been a top-five state for hail claims on a per capita basis.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS - The difference between June 18, 2014, and Thursday night - one year later - in Wessington Springs is night and day. On a dark, stormy night a year ago, Wessington Springs was a community sorting out the devastation left behind after an EF-2 tornado blew through town just before 8 p.m.
Mitchell Technical Institute President Greg Von Wald likes to talk about his kids. But while Von Wald has a family of his own, he considers the 1,237 students at the two-year technical school he's led for the last seven years to be "his kids." "There's something that gives me a tremendous amount of satisfaction in being able to set them up for success and not just professionally, but in a way that is mentoring," he told The Daily Republic Wednesday during an interview.
The Davison County Commission will decide on a wheel tax increase for vehicles registered in the county. A resolution will be presented to the commissioners during their June 23 regular meeting and will take public input before voting on an increase to the county's current wheel tax, which stands at $2 per wheel for up to 4 wheels.
Mitchell leaders are looking at a chance to make downtown more welcoming. The Mitchell City Council discussed Monday night adding a mural to Main Street that would be on the south side of the American Legion post building and would likely spruce up the open lot left after the former Longhorn and VFW buildings were torn down. "It's an eyesore, and we need to do something," said Councilwoman Susan Tjarks. The item was discussed during the council's regular meeting at Mitchell City Hall and was only a discussion item, meaning no official action could be taken. Two separate ideas for the Legio