A pair of area counties are in the midst of burn bans because of dry weather. Hanson and Hutchinson counties have each enacted burn bans due to the dry conditions. Hanson's decision was made Tuesday, while Hutchinson's ban started March 13. Both are indefinite until the area gets precipitation or the landscape greens up. Davison County has not enacted a burn ban to this point, according to Emergency Management Director Jeff Bathke, although it has been discussed by the county commission.
The Davison County Register of Deeds office saw its share of revenue drop by 15 percent last year, according to the department's annual report. According to Register of Deeds Deb Young, a decrease in property sales across the county is partly to blame for the big switch. After a record figure in 2013 -- when the county counted nearly $76 million in property transactions -- the transactions moved down to $68.8 million for 2014.
Despite the recommendation of the Mitchell City Planning Commission to deny a variance request, the Mitchell City Council approved the application Monday night. Meeting as the Board of Adjustment, the vote to approve the variance request was 6-1 in favor of the homeowners, Allison and Jason Hohn. The decision was made during the council's regular meeting Monday at the Council Chambers at Mitchell City Hall. The application was for a sideyard variance of 4 feet on a corner lot for the Hohns, who live at 1500 E. Ash Ave.
A couple of changes have been made to the Davison County Commission meeting agenda for Tuesdays's meeting. The commission meets in regular session 9 a.m. today at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell, 1420 N. Main St. The commissioners will not have an iPad training session and have instead added an executive session for personnel at 10:15 a.m.
A 33-year-old Mitchell man was killed Saturday morning after hitting a parked car following a vehicle pursuit by authorities. The Mitchell Police Division said Sunday evening that Ryan McManus was...
With discussions of long-term planning for Mitchell again on the table for the City Council and a bevy of high-profile projects ongoing, remnants of Mitchell's last community planning effort are standing in the rearview mirror. Six years ago, Mitchell leaders collaborated to create Focus 2020, a list of goals and recommendations that could be acted upon in both a short- and long-term manner.
AVON — Gregg Hubner isn't interested in more wind turbines in his neighborhood. Hubner, who built a new house in 2012 about 2.5 miles north of Avon, is leading an effort to inform local residents about another proposed wind farm in the area. Last month, Ron Hornstra, of B&H Wind, and Roland Jurgens, a consultant with Carstensen Energy, briefed the Bon Homme County commissioners about plans to build another wind farm. This proposed wind farm project would be located in Bon Homme and Charles Mix counties.
The Davison County Commission continues to make efforts to integrate technology in its business. That technology initiative took another step Tuesday, when the commissioners spent about an hour learning how to synchronize their iPads to the large screen in the front of the room. It's the second tutorial the commission has received from their technology provider, Tech Solutions.
When the federal government proposed an update to regulations regarding a common type of rifle ammunition, Eric Krietlow was shocked. Not because changes were proposed, but because the federal government was asking for public input. "I just figured they would change the rules without asking for any public comment, and that would be that," he said. The federal government received public input, and a lot of it. More than 80,000 people, including Krietlow, contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
SIOUX FALLS -- Call it "surreal," as Macy Miller did. Or "special," like Kerri Young. Call it whatever you want, as long as it starts with "champion." Miller and Young, a duo from Mitchell, are Summit League champions and headed to the NCAA tournament for the first time.