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A Davison County committee has OK'd a conditional-use application to allow a Minnesota-based wind energy company to install a temporary wind tower that will gauge the feasibility of wind turbines between Mitchell and Mount Vernon. The approval was granted in a 7-0 vote Tuesday night during the Davison County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. Next, the Davison County Board of Adjustment, which consists of all five county commissioners, will consider the request during an Aug.
The Davison County Commission took aim at the cost of providing medical care at the Davison County Jail again Tuesday, this time targeting drug retailer Walgreens. Commissioner Kim Weitala presented her findings to the board that showed the county spent $7,345.65 during a recent month with Walgreens on inmate prescriptions.
TYNDALL — The South Dakota Department of Transportation is proposing a $14 million reconstruction project for parts of State Highway 50 in Bon Homme County, eliminating the portions of the four-lane roadway for a safer three-lane alternative with a center turn lane. The transportation department hosted a public information meeting and open house Monday night at the Tyndall Community Auditorium to present the plan and receive public input to eliminate the SDDOT Transportation Planning Engineer Mark Malone said in a phone interview with The Daily Republic prior to the meeting that the pr
There's a quick consensus about operating a municipal swimming pool in South Dakota: you don't do it to make money. Even so, dozens of pools across the state provide an unmistakable part of summer, drawing people of all ages to the water to cool off. Regardless of the expense of running a pool, community leaders say having one is worth it to provide a summer standard that dates back generations. For the community of Alpena, the pool is priceless—as in, there's no cost to swim there on a daily basis.
WHITE LAKE — White Lake School District Superintendent Robert Schroeder doesn't mince words about the status of the heating and air conditioning system in his district's 76-year-old building. "Our air conditioning runs non-stop during the winter," he said. "The maintenance costs are just crazy, and our heating and cooling system is pretty much terrible. We're just lacking a lot of the efficiency that we need." With that, the school district is now in the process of saving funds for facility upgrades.
For the builder of the Corn Palace's much-talked-about domes, the Minnesota firm says it would do the project again without a second thought. Mike McGrath, the president of MG McGrath, of Maplewood, Minn., said the project is a source of pride for its employees, who shared pictures from South Dakota back to headquarters Monday as the domes were finding their new home atop the Corn Palace. "We'd do it again in a heartbeat, no question," he said. He said he felt that his company—which specializes in architectural sheet metal works—didn't deserve the blame it received for the lengt
After a long wait, the Mitchell Rural Fire District breezed to approval Tuesday. Voters in three Davison County townships resoundingly supported the formation of a new fire district through an election. Of the 94 ballots cast in the election, 81 were in support of forming the district—a roughly 86 percent approval rate. Thirteen voters were against the plan.
Some Davison County employees are in line for significant pay increases, if recommendations to the Davison County Commission are accepted. Planning and Zoning and Emergency Management Administrator Jeff Bathke and Auditor Susan Kiepke presented a proposal for revamping the county's current salary schedule and to bring employees into line with other like-sized counties for pay.
Homeowners in areas of rural Mitchell will have a chance to vote on forming a rural fire district during a special election tonight at the Davison County Fairgrounds. Voters in parts of Beulah, Lisbon and Prosper township are eligible to vote on forming a new Mitchell Fire Protection District. The voting will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Davison County Fairgrounds.
DELMONT — They're claimed to be "the best pickles you've ever had." It's a big statement, sure. But there may be justification for the Grosz family's pickles. About 50 people—some traveling up to three hours away—recently spent their entire Saturday on a pickle-making assembly line. And they paid to take some of these famous pickles home. For each of the last 18 years, family and friends and some newcomers have made their way to Delmont to be a part of the annual Grosz Pickle Packin' Party held at the Delmont Community Center.