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It was a Sunday morning surprise for citizens and runners alike in Mitchell. On the day of the inaugural Palace City Kiwanis Half Marathon, the city was coated in a light snow and below freezing temperatures. Officially, it was 30 degrees with a light snow when the race took off for the first time in front of the Corn Palace running 13.1 miles. In all, the race had 162 finishers, 119 women and 43 men, with participants running out and around Lake Mitchell before finishing again in front of the Corn Palace. (For more coverage and results, see Sports.)
WHITE LAKE — In the words of Wayne Haines, there will be a lot of memories in the former White Lake High School on Sunday. Everything else? It's for sale to the highest bidder.
With all of the technology available in the 21st century, there had to be a better way to treat gestational diabetes remotely. And leaders at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell have found it.
The members of the Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee are interested in seeking out philanthropic measures to help fund upgrades to the maligned lake, including exploring the creation of a nonprofit group. During the board's regular meeting Tuesday at Mitchell City Hall, members did not take any official action but discussed a possible nonprofit "Friends of ..." group to potentially raise funds and apply for grants to help improve the lake.
Much like the students in South Dakota's technical education system, there's been a lot for Nick Wendell to learn in the past year. Wendell, who grew up in Gregory, took over as the executive director of the South Dakota Board of Technical Education in November 2017. At the time, it was a new position created to lead a new board, which governs the state's four technical education institutions, including Mitchell Technical Institute, Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, and Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City.
WOLSEY—For a team that feasts on big plays at every turn, Wolsey-Wessington's Lynden Williams provided plenty for his top-ranked Warbirds Friday. Williams scored four times—two rushing, one receiving and one interception return—to power the No. 1 team in Class 9AA to a 34-13 victory over third-ranked Gregory at Warbird Field. The victory locked up an undefeated regular season for the Warbirds (8-0), clinching the Missouri Valley Conference championship in the process.
Enrollment and interest in technical education in South Dakota continue to grow each year, according to new statistics released Thursday. During a Thursday meeting of the South Dakota Board of Technical Education at the Mitchell Technical Institute Amphitheater, officials showed off a 2.6 percent increase in student enrollment at the state's four technical schools from earlier this fall, up 173 to 6,825 students. It marks the seventh time since the 2010-11 school year that the two-year technical institutes have seen year-over-year increases in enrollment.
Some rule changes on South Dakota lakes to loosen fishing restrictions could be finalized today, including on Lake Mitchell. The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks Commission will meet today in Deadwood for its regular meeting. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. Central time at the Cadillac Jack's SpringHill Suites in Deadwood, with the public hearing at 2 p.m., and the meeting continues through Friday.
Whose land is it anyway? That's a question the city of Mitchell is pursuing, trying to find out who owns a lot along North Duff Street. The Mitchell City Council discussed a possible quiet title action during its regular meeting Monday, but City Attorney Justin Johnson recommended tabling the item for two weeks until the Oct. 15 meeting, while some issues get worked out. "The land basically doesn't have an owner," Johnson said Monday.
The Corn Palace murals could use some help. As cold weather and snow draw closer, Mitchell leaders are looking for some part-time help to finish the murals that adorn the city's famous attraction. "We just need some manpower, more than anything else," Mayor Bob Everson said.