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It was almost exactly 18 months ago that Trevon Duval electrified the Corn Palace at the Mike Miller Classic. A dynamic point guard with the ability to score, pass and steal, Duval and his IMG Academy teammates left the Palace excited and signed autographs for kids in the locker room after the game. On Dec. 29, 2016, after a 90-51 win over DeLaSalle (Minn.), we didn’t know Duval was headed for Duke yet but he looked the part of someone could be a one-and-done player in college, bound for the NBA.
What is the next building project for Dakota Wesleyan University? School officials have an answer. DWU is applying to potentially use federal funding sources to help construct a new Center for Business and Innovation on the southeast corner of the Mitchell campus. That 30,000-square foot facility is estimated to cost $6.7 million and address a need for one of the most popular fields of study at the private university.
Citing security and similar costs, the Davison County Commission discussed Tuesday having its full-time employees use separate work cell phones. The discussion, which took place during the board's regular meeting at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell, ended with a few tasks. A county employee policy will be drafted to be consulted by attorneys, while technology provider Tech Solutions will draft a plan with Verizon and evaluate how many phones are needed.
Important changes are being conducted for how South Dakota's homeless are directed to finding help. The South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium is in the process of rolling out the South Dakota Coordinated Entry System. In short, that will be the funneling system to direct services to homeless applicants, sorting those who need it most and deliver help as quickly as possible.
BURKE — In the first step of what could be a decades-long project, a preliminary permit in Gregory County has been filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to study building a pump storage hydropower project along the Missouri River. The project is currently in the midst of a 60-day comment period. If approved, it would allow the applicants from the Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency three years to study the site for a potential hydropower generation plant.
In excess of $10 million for the two primary options, the costs of dredging Lake Mitchell and working to solve the city’s issues with water quality are better known following Monday’s Mitchell City Council meeting. Officials from Fyra Engineering pointed toward dredging -- either mechanically or hydraulically -- as its top recommendation in front of a capacity crowd in the meeting room at Mitchell City Hall.
The Mitchell Veterans Park can get off to a good start for its maintenance budget, thanks to the funds leftover from the park’s construction. A total of $70,739.16 is in the Veterans Park account after the construction of the project, and the Mitchell City Council will vote today to authorize the movement of those funds to a maintenance account for the park. The council will meet starting at 6 p.m. at Mitchell City Hall, 612 N. Main St.
AVON — A 61-turbine, $297 million wind farm project proposed in three area counties is moving through the process of being approved by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. Prevailing Wind Park’s application was filed with the PUC on May 30 to build a turbine project with a 219.6-megawatt capacity and earlier this week, the PUC considered the company’s filing fee to start the process to approval.
TYNDALL — Mark Maggs will have a chance to continue working for Bon Homme County for the remainder of 2018, but if he does, it likely won't be in law enforcement.
SIOUX FALLS — While Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was elsewhere in the state Wednesday, agricultural advocates gathered in Sioux Falls with an event to urge Pruitt to stop standing in the way of ethanol efforts.