IROQUOIS — There was no question of what the talk of the town was on Thursday in Iroquois. In the town of about 250, roughly 100 people gathered inside the town's gym to hear from the three members of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and from officials of a Texas-based company, which has plans to build a 1,134-mile pipeline to move crude oil from the Bakken oil formation in North Dakota to southern Illinois, where it would be refined elsewhere in the United States. The two-and-a-half hour hearing was rarely contentious but it was clear from area residents that there's a con
Considering the care they received when cancer affected their lives, Roger and Jan Torkelson knew they wanted to give back. And with cattle being a part of their lives for more than two decades, making a donation through a new cattle program to help others made a lot of sense, as well. The Howard couple was one of the families that donated cattle to be sold at the Mitchell Livestock Auction during the inaugural Cattle for Cancer fundraising event for the Avera Queen of Peace Foundation Wednesday in Mitchell. "When he was sick, there was so much help available for cancer patients, and we jus
The Davison County Commission said no Tuesday to a plan for a $3.1 million tax-increment financing district on the east side of Mitchell. The commissioners voted 4-1 to deny the project from proceeding any further. Chairman John Claggett, Denny Kiner, Kim Weitala and Brenda Bode all voted against the project. Commissioner Randy Reider was the only commissioner to vote in support of the project during the meeting at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. Firesteel Links LLC, which is led by developer Dave Backlund, applied for the creation of Davison County Tax Increment District No.
With the creation of a new program, cattle producers have a new way to make a donation to the Avera Queen of Peace Foundation. On Wednesday, the foundation will sponsor a special cattle sale to kick off its "Cattle for Cancer" program, which allows for producers to donate toward cancer prevention and medical care. The sale is being held in conjunction with Mitchell Livestock and will start at 1 p.m at the Mitchell Livestock sale barn. Avera Queen of Peace Foundation President Tracy Pardy said the intent is for the funds to go toward cancer care at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.
The Davison County Commission will consider the tax increment financing plan that is being considered for the eastern edge of Mitchell during its meeting Tuesday. The county commissioners will hold their regular meeting starting at 9 a.m. at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. At 9:30 a.m., the public hearing regarding Davison County Tax Increment Financing District No. 4, will begin, which would extend an initial TIF district in the area for up to 20 years to fund $3.1 million worth of improvements in the Wild Oak development. During its Jan.
WAGNER -- If there is one thing South Dakota has, it's food. "We might never have a professional football team in South Dakota or have a lot of fancy department stores. But we have food here," SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist Kari O'Neill said.
It was the type of event that Mitchell Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg feared could happen in rural South Dakota. And so when a standoff between a gunman and law enforcement occurred north of Kimball in Brule County on Jan. 7, the local response was ready. The Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP vehicle, currently on loan to the Mitchell Department of Public Safety was deployed to the standoff site.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Chamberlain DRUG CRIMES DOUBLE IN 2014: A trend of drug crimes in Chamberlain more than doubled last year, according to Chamberlain Police Chief Joe Hutmacher. He gave the Chamberlain City Commission a report on drug crime numbers Jan. 5. In 2014, drug-related arrests and citations rose to 88 instances, more than what city authorities had seen in 2012 and 2013 combined.
Thanks to the work of the students at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy, the Mitchell Regional Habitat for Humanity is getting a little extra help. About 30 students built a 25-foot by 14-foot shed that will be delivered to a worksite in Mitchell and will hold equipment and materials needed to build homes. In addition to Mitchell, students from Ethan, Mount Vernon and Sanborn Central were also part of the effort, which took place in the Intro to Building and Trades class.
LAKE ANDES -- Low participation is starving senior meal programs across the region, officials say. More people above the age of 60 and 70 are working longer, meaning there's not as many people available to take advantage of the program that provides low-cost noon meals for seniors above 60 years old and their spouses. Low participation numbers caused the Dakota Senior Meal programs that served Presho, Kennebec, Reliance and Colome to end at the conclusion of 2014.