What goes down, must come up. Or so it seems that's the case with gas prices. After about four months of falling gas prices across the nation, including in South Dakota, the average cost for a gallon of gas is nearing $2 per gallon. According to a report issued Tuesday by AAA, the national average price for regular gasoline fell for a record 123 consecutive days.
Roads and bridges remain the largest issue in the state Legislature, and it was the bulk of the conversation at the 2015 session's first District 20 cracker barrel. Legislators Sen. Mike Vehle and Rep. Tona Rozum, both of Mitchell, and newcomer Rep. Joshua Klumb, of Mount Vernon, took questions Monday from interested community members for an hour at the Mitchell Technical Institute Amphitheatre.
The Davison County commissioners will discuss how to lock the Davison County Fairgrounds during their meeting Tuesday. The commission meets for a regular meeting starting at 9 a.m. at the Davison County North Offices at 1420 N. Main St., Mitchell. Davison County Commissioners have concluded previously the building needs a new system to provide entry for the athletic practices at the fairgrounds complex but wouldn't require the use of physical keys.
Farmers are planting and harvesting too close to the Mitchell-Rapid City railroad, a group involved with the rail line agreed Thursday. State rail officials, local operators and county representatives on the Mitchell-Rapid City Regional Railroad Authority board were in agreement with that position, they said during a teleconference Thursday. Dakota Southern Railway Roadmaster Lester Thompson said the issue needs enforcement. He identified eight locations along the railway in Davison, Aurora and Brule counties where encroachment is an issue over a roughly 60-mile stretch.
DIMOCK — A frozen sewer main this week caused some problems for the town of Dimock before it got a leak stopped Tuesday, according to local and state officials. Al Spangler, a surfacewater discharge permit team leader with the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said the leak occurred after an overflowing manhole cover came loose sometime last week.
It might be hard to find another South Dakota mayor who is more proud of a commercial metal building than Jim Fedderson. The mayor of Beresford spoke about the city's speculative building, or spec building, which is a metal building in the city's business park meant to attract employers and new businesses.
Davison County's new veterans service officer has been reaching out to make connections, including covering some new ground for the county. Jessica Davidson, who started her job last month as the county VSO, briefed the Davison County Commission during its meeting Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. Much of the effort so far has centered on reaching beyond the typical points of the office. That includes working with both Dakota Wesleyan University and Mitchell Technical Institute with students who might need assistance to receive their G.I. Bill benefits.
PARKSTON -- Tanner Stirling has a good story, and he got a chance to share it Monday night. More than 75 people gathered inside the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan University to hear from the Parkston High School senior. Stirling is a standout athlete among roughly 4,000 participants in Special Olympics statewide.
Pat and Lori Essig's time in Mitchell came full circle Friday night. Almost 21 years to the day, Lori said, from when they first moved to Mitchell, the couple were awarded with the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce's Community Service Award, which is the organization's highest recognition for people committed to making a difference. The Essigs were among five groups, individuals or businesses honored Friday at the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce and Development Corp.
SALEM — Residents of Salem hope some outside opinions can make the city a safer place to live, work and play. "Because we're outsiders, some of our students might be able to say the things that others are afraid to," said Don Burger, a professor of landscape architecture at South Dakota State University.