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.
The Mitchell City Council will meet tonight to conduct a work session and set goals for the coming months. The session is starting at 6:30 p.m. in the North Activity Room at the James Valley Community Center.
Plans for development at Wild Oak Golf Club moved forward Tuesday in Mitchell. A tax increment financing proposal for the eastern edge of Mitchell moved along Tuesday when the Davison County Planning Commission voted 5-2 to approve the plan for $3.1 million in development to be funded with future tax dollars. Officially known as Davison County Tax Increment District No.
Davison County's part-time employees will get a raise to match what their full-time colleagues received. The Davison County Commission approved a 2 percent plus 50 cents raise for all of the county's part-time employees, which is the same raise the county's full-time employees received at the beginning of 2015. The measure was approved retroactively to Jan.
A website geared toward comparing schools in the United States has placed the Mitchell School District among South Dakota's top 10 schools, after combining user reviews and student achievement scores. The Mitchell School District ranks sixth among South Dakota school districts, according to ranking from Niche, a website that intends to provide statistics and reviews for families to be able to compare schools. Mitchell Superintendent Joe Graves said it's "pretty darn good" when compared to the 150-plus districts in the state, but it's also hard to know exactly what the criteria or motives are
The Mitchell Board of Education has declared intent to transfer land at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School to the city of Mitchell in its effort to build a new indoor pool. The vote passed 4-0 to approve the intent to give the land to the city during the school board's regular meeting Monday night at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy.
A plan to add $3.1 million in improvements to the Wild Oak development in Mitchell through tax increment financing returns today to the Davison County Planning Commission. The commission will vote on the project plan, which will be presented during the Davison County Planning Commission's meeting. It starts at 1:15 p.m. today at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. A TIF district uses the new property taxes generated by a development project — otherwise known as the tax "increments" — to pay for public improvements in the project area.