A successful season at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village reached a new high over the weekend. For the first time since 1928—when regular research started at the Mitchell site—archeology experts have found a ceramic vessel, or a small pot, that remains intact.
Davison County Commission will hear quarterly updates on the welfare, community nurse and civil deputy departments. The commission will hold a regular meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell.
From the drawing board to reality, formed by steel, glass and granite, the Avera Grassland Health Campus is coming to life. Tom Clark, who serves as regional president and CEO of Avera Queen of Peace, said the building is on track for a March 2016 grand opening. The building is about half finished, according to construction officials with Sioux Falls-based Journey Construction Professionals.
DELMONT — Battered but not beaten. And now building. Members of Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont have supported building a new church—more than 100 years old—and parsonage, both of which were destroyed in the May 10 tornado that hit two months ago. During a vote in late June, the congregation's voting members approved building new structures at the site of the previous church, located at 101 S. Seamans St., in the small town. A priority will be placed on constructing a parsonage to give the Rev.
GREGORY — Mike Klarenbeek loves to fly. That's been the case since he was 14 when he had his first discovery flight. When he was 17 years old, he became a licensed pilot.
The Davison County Commission wants to cut the wheel tax revenue distributed to cities in the county to the bare minimum. As in, one dollar bill. The commissioners held a first reading on the proposed wheel tax increase, which would raise the amount per wheel, but also discussed changing the split between what the county receives in wheel tax revenue and what is distributed to the townships and towns. Commissioner Brenda Bode said she would like to see at least a 5 percent share to the townships for them to put toward their maintenance and upkeep of roads.
Each year, something new is uncovered at the Thomsen Center Archeodome at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. But this year, the big find has been something small. Researchers working the archaeological site along Lake Mitchell have discovered troves of small, charred kernels of corn and sunflowers, each only a few millimeters wide, that remain intact more than 1,000 years after people lived in the area along Firesteel Creek.
STICKNEY — If a local emergency personnel group is successful in its effort to get certified, the town of Stickney will have an ambulance service for the first time in the community's 110-year history. Cherie Sauvage, a Stickney firefighter and first responder, is among the eight local residents who are currently taking an emergency medical technician class to become certified.
More Davison County taxpayers are using plastic to pay for their vehicle registrations and property taxes, according to county records. Through June 30, the county has taken in $279,103.85 in revenue via GovTeller, the online platform that allows for payment to the county at the Davison County Courthouse or wherever a person has internet access.
Based on past statistics, South Dakota Highway Patrol officers and state law enforcement officials expect to be four times as busy this weekend taking drunk drivers off the road. The Fourth of July holiday weekend is traditionally a busy time when South Dakotans and visitors make their way to events across the state. But, as statistics show, the levels of DUI arrests made by state law enforcement officers rises, too. For example, the South Dakota Highway Patrol made more than 2,100 arrests for DUI last year, averaging about six DUI arrests per day across the state.