GREGORY — The growth of Gregory has made the town more successful, locals say. And now it has made the town a winner. The community of nearly 1,300 residents was honored as the 2015 South Dakota Community of the Year by the Governor's Office of Economic Development. The announcement was made Wednesday at the state agency's annual conference in Sioux Falls by Gov. Dennis Daugaard. Gregory Mayor Maurie Schlaht said they were "surprised as heck" when they first heard. "It's just been a combination of a lot of different areas that have been working together," Schlaht said.
DELMONT—One vote was the difference in Delmont. The controversial ordinance to tighten the rules on animals in town was held up by voters Tuesday. The "yes" vote had 60 votes, while the "no" vote to remove the ordinance had 59 votes. The ordinance prohibits the keeping of insects, fowl and certain animals within the city limits on lots of 11 acres or less.
In light of a grass fire over the weekend that got out of hand, Davison County officials want to look into tougher rules for burn ban violations. The item was a discussion item Tuesday during the Davison County Commission's regular meeting at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. The fire Saturday located about six miles west of Mitchell in Beulah Township near the corner of Betts Road (403rd Avenue) and Cemetery Road (252nd Street).
DELMONT — The controversial animal ordinance debate in Delmont is about to be settled. Voters in the small Douglas County town will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to keep the rule that would make it illegal to own most animals inside city limits. The vote itself is referring the move to make the changes to the original ordinance that Delmont had on the books. A "yes" vote would change the ordinance, strengthening the policy against animals. A "no" vote would leave the ordinance as it was before the Delmont City Council approved it last August. The change barred "insects,
Mitchell Superintendent Joe Graves is recommending that the Mitchell Board of Education accept bids for the school's proposed fine arts center, after negotiating for the last two months to bring the costs of the project down to about $14 million. Tonight, the school board will consider to raise its loan amount for the project by $450,000 to $13.95 million and approve Mitchell-based Puetz Construction to be the contractor of the project. The board's regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m.
The Davison County Commission will begin the equalization appeal process this week. The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell, located at 1420 N. Main St. The county board of equalization will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and then the first of a series of consolidated board meetings, which include representatives from Mitchell, Mount Vernon and Ethan school boards and city councils, will take up appeals.
If one of the best ways to learn something is by doing, some local residents got quite the lesson in fire protection Saturday. The Mitchell Fire Division and the Mitchell...
Davison County authorities are investigating a pair of stolen vehicles, including one that is still missing from the Mitchell area. Davison County Sheriff Steve Brink said Sunday that two pickups were reported stolen Sunday morning from Saturday night. One was taken from Mitchell city limits and was later found abandoned about 6 miles south of Mitchell on State Highway 37. Another truck was taken near that location and is still missing, he said. Brink said they're following some leads and the investigation is ongoing.
In his mind, it was Patrick Sibson's turn to build a structure meant to last on the family farm. His grandfather did it. His father, David, did, too. And even though he had been away for the past seven years, Patrick said he was next. So he's building a 16-foot by 24-foot tool shed building that will serve as a special place in family lore and also serve as a guide when Sibson takes on the challenge of building his own home. But this isn't your conventional farm shed, with posts on the outside and tin on the walls.
Legislation with South Dakota roots has been proposed in Congress to loosen the rules regarding school lunch standards. U.S. Rep.