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By streamlining its membership process and making it easier for Kernel fans to be a part of the group, the Mitchell Athletic Booster Club is hoping to create more interest for the 2018-19 school year. The booster club is making two primary changes: replacing its traditional booster club night format with a punch pass and season pass structure for members, and combining the booster club membership and Kernel Bowl sponsorship structures.
Rolls of artificial turf are expected to arrive at Joe Quintal Field as soon as this week, as the $1.2 million renovation of the historic stadium's playing surface continues. Mitchell High School Activities Director Cory Aadland said the project is a little behind due to rainy weather Mitchell got in June. Dakotaland Sod and Stockwell Engineers, both of Sioux Falls, are conducting the work. "That two- or three-week stretch of rain has set them back. But they're going to be throwing labor at the project on the days they can to get it done," he said.
After a 27-day wait to become Mitchell's next mayor, not even a 10-minute delay was going to dampen Bob Everson's excitement. Despite Judge Patrick Smith's delay in getting to Mitchell City Hall to administer the oath of office, Everson was sworn in as the city's 35th mayor during Monday's City Council meeting, and the lifelong resident of the city said he's eager to get to work. "I've been busy," he said of the month-long run-up to his move into office. "So far, that part hasn't been too bad, certainly nothing overwhelming."
The new mayor of Mitchell will get to work tonight for the first time. Bob Everson, who was elected less than a month ago, will be sworn in as the city’s new leader, starting a three-year term at the Mitchell City Council’s regular meeting at Mitchell City Hall. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. tonight.
HURON—Mason Moody doesn't usually hear the crowd when he's in the chute and when he's atop a bull. But this week was different. Competing in his backyard, Moody, of Letcher, was one of 41 South Dakotans who had a big advantage over the rest of the 1,000 other competitors at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.
ALEXANDRIA — At the confluence of some key routes in the state, Hanson County is a hub of pipeline activity in South Dakota. Today, an event is being held in Alexandria to increase public awareness of pipeline matters and to help local officials plan for possible pipeline incidents. Hanson County is hosting a Pipeline Public Awareness Event from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the county courthouse. Hanson County Emergency Manager Kevin Kayser said the event will allow members of the public to have questions answered about pipelines.
On the South Dakota basketball calendar, the Hansen-Anderson Basketball Camp still stands out. Now in its 40th year, the annual camp was long the preeminent event in the state for high schoolers to showcase their talent against top competition and potentially in front of college coaches. The camp was founded in 1979 by Dick Hansen and was led for years with high school coaches from around the state, starting in Huron before moving to Mitchell and the Dakota Wesleyan University campus.
In its first test of severe weather and with lightning nearby, the Mitchell Indoor Aquatic Center played it safe. With about 50 people in the water on Wednesday morning, pool employees temporarily closed the brand-new facility while the storm moved through. That forced swimmers out for 30 minutes. Mitchell Parks and Recreation Department Director Nathan Powell said the city made its decision on Wednesday based on the American Red Cross' recommendation regarding water safety in the vicinity of lightning.
HURON — The best junior high rodeo athletes in the United States and beyond are competing in South Dakota this week for the right to call themselves national champions. The National Junior High Finals Rodeo is underway at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron and continues through Saturday. In all, 1,068 boys and girls in grades 6-8 and age 16 and under are coming to central South Dakota for the event, which includes 14 different rodeo events and shooting sports. The junior high finals include participants from 42 states, five Canadian provinces, Mexico and Australia.
Efforts to improve public hunting areas are underway for local Pheasants Forever leaders.