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Gerald Weiss says he's not one to forget who he's working for. "Well, I enjoy working for the taxpayers of Davison County," he said. "The taxpayers pay the bills. We've got to remember we're spending their money." Weiss, 74, said his health is in good condition and he's energized for a third term as a Davison County commissioner. "You're as old as you feel," Weiss said. "Right now, I'm in good health. I like to work." He faces Leon Baier, of Mitchell, in Tuesday's Republican primary election.
The Farm Power Technology students at Mitchell Technical Institute received some information about the future on Thursday. About 40 students heard from Hoon Ge, a chemical engineer and expert in the world of diesel, particularly biodiesel.
WAGNER — New to Wagner, Geoff Fillingsness has an interesting way of meeting people and the homes they live in. Driving around the city in his pickup, he's on the lookout for unkempt lawns, poorly maintained structures, broken windows and unlicensed cars parked on the lawn. He sends out notices to the city's offenders to clean up their act within a set timeframe. Fillingsness was recently hired by the city to be their code officer and to enforce the city's rules on nuisances, a new position for the city.
It was a good day for the Mitchell Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts on Saturday. Hundreds of Scouts sprawled throughout town Saturday morning, walking the streets of Mitchell and collecting plastic bags of non-perishable food items to be donated to the Salvation Army. The event was part of the annual "Scouting for Food and Sight" event that the Boy Scouts of America sponsor. District Committeeperson Dave Kline said the food drive is much needed, especially now as the weather begins to turn cold and the Salvation Army's need for food shelf items gets larger.
U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler is not too pleased with the action of his former political party. After the state Republican Party passed a resolution to support the impeachment of President Barack Obama last weekend at its convention in Rapid City, Pressler said regardless of political standing, there should be an effort to work with the president. "It's an absolute embarrassment to the state," Pressler said Wednesday in a meeting with The Daily Republic editorial board. "We can disagree with the president. I disagree with him on a lot of things ...
PLANKINTON — Golf, at its core, is a simple game. And it's remained that way for the last century at Fish Lake Country Club. The club, located almost halfway between Plankinton and Mount Vernon off Old Highway 16, celebrated 100 years on Saturday with a golf tournament for members, followed by a social hour and a dance open to members of the public. The nine-hole course is a country club in name only. There's rarely a need for tee times and the course has a come one, come all mentality.
LETCHER -- Tanna Kingsbury is nothing short of an inspiration. There's not many 15-year-olds that can battle cancer and still keep a smile through the hardest of times. But her spirit is being tested again. Cancer is back and Tanna's fight is on again.
Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds had two goals on his trip to the Dakota Territory Gun Collectors Association Gun Show Sunday in Mitchell. First, Rounds had his eye out for a Winchester Model 61 rifle, with the same build as the gun that was passed through his family five generations down to its current holder: Rounds' grandson.
After three decades on the job, Leon Baier is done as a police officer. But, he said he would love to continue as a public servant. Baier is running for the District 3 seat on the Davison County Commissioner. He's facing incumbent Gerald Weiss, of Ethan, on Tuesday in a Republican primary election. Baier, 54, retired May 23 from his job as Mitchell's assistant police chief. He held that position for the last eight years. He started as a part-time police officer in Parkston in 1982 and became full-time officer two years later.