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Aside from the high-profile statewide races that are on the ballot Tuesday, a number of area contests will be in front of voters, as well. There are two area House of Representative primaries. In District 19, Republicans and incumbents Kyle Schoenfish, of Scotland, and Kent Peterson, of Salem, are challenged by Michael Boyle, of Parkston. District 19 includes Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, McCook and part of Bon Homme counties. The winners will face Democrat John Koch, of Freeman, in the general election.
KENNEBEC -- State Rep. James Schaefer — who represented District 26B in the South Dakota Legislature since 2011 — died Tuesday. Schaefer, 79, died at his ranch near Kennebec, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office announced Wednesday. The Daily Republic has learned Schaefer was involved in this fatal crash on Tuesday night.
ETHAN — Davison County officials took advantage of the chance Tuesday to learn more about Tim Neugebauer's swine finishing facility. Neugebauer hosted a handful of officials on his farm in Tobin Township near the Hutchinson County line to check out his concentrated animal feeding facility, which is nearing completion. He hopes to get his first batch of pigs into the facility in about about three weeks, which has all of the traits of a modern swine facility with automated curtains and feeders, natural ventilation and easier to clean pens.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final candidate profile for Mitchell City Council Ward 1 election, which will be decided during the June 5 election. Dan Sabers says he likes to dig in to a project. If elected to the City Council in Ward 1, Sabers would have a chance to do that for Mitchell. "It's something I've always wanted to do and something I felt that I would want to try out at some point," he said. "This feels like a good time." Sabers is one of three candidates for the opening in Ward 1, joined by Tim Goldammer and Clay Loneman on the ballot.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of three candidate profiles for Mitchell City Council Ward 1 election, which will be decided during the June 5 election. Clay Loneman ran for Mitchell City Council one year ago and did not win. But he wasn't to be deterred, and Loneman is campaigning once again for a seat in Ward 1, looking to bring a young voice to the city's governing board.
Poet's investment in its Mitchell plant struck gold Wednesday. The company ceremonially broke ground on about $5 million in upgrades to expand equipment on site, including its Dakota Gold pellet business, which uses the distillers grains produced in the process of making ethanol and forms it into pellets that can be consumed easily by animals. The upgrades in Mitchell are the first of their kind for the company, Poet Vice President of Business Development Matt Reiners said.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of three candidate profiles for Mitchell City Council Ward 1 election, which will be decided during the June 5 election. Tim Goldammer has immersed himself in Mitchell. And he'd like to do the same for the Mitchell City Council. Since moving to Mitchell five years ago, Goldammer has been involved with both colleges in the community through his employment, is involved with the area theater group and said the direction of the city going forward is something he feels strongly about.
Tony Venhuizen has a history of leading others and then setting the table for the next person to pick up where he left off. It dates back to running the Armour High School homecoming celebration for three years until he graduated in 2001. And some of those skills will be applicable when he's done as Gov. Dennis Daugaard's chief of staff early next year, transitioning to a new gubernatorial administration.
SIOUX FALLS—The Mitchell High School baseball team didn't get enough offense Friday night at Harmodon Park. Mitchell mustered just four hits and couldn't capitalize on its chances to bring home runners in scoring position, as ninth-seeded Yankton eliminated the eighth-seeded Kernels 2-1 in the first round of the Class A high school baseball playoffs. "We just didn't give ourselves very many opportunities," Mitchell head coach Luke Norden said. "We hold a team like that to two runs and we should be able to capitalize on that."
ABERDEEN — So far, it's been a smooth start for Agtegra Cooperative. The newly formed cooperative created by merging the former South Dakota Wheat Growers and North Central Farmers Elevator co-ops has been up and running for three months. And aside from the rebranding behind a new name and logo, building a viable business has been hard work but rewarding, Agtegra Executive Vice President for Grain Mike Nickolas said.