The last meeting of the 2014 could bring some finality to the long-talked about plans for sports practice equipment to be installed at the Davison County Fairgrounds. The Davison County Commission will discuss the matter during its regular meeting, starting at 9 a.m Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. During last week's meeting, the commissioners received a copy of the proposed facility use agreement between the county and the user, Avera Queen of Peace, from Deputy State's Attorney Jim Taylor.
There's a few things to know about Cheryl Miller's classes at Mitchell Middle School. First, it's not gym or physical education, as the class may have traditionally. The school's official name of the class is Personal Health and Wellness. "Make sure you write that down," she said.
WAGNER — With 2015 fast approaching, weight loss resolutions will be a popular pick for the new year. But for Tony Thompson, it wasn't enough to have a weight loss competition among friends or within one gym. He's making it into a community-based battle that stretches into three states. Thompson, who is the owner of Complete Fitness in Wagner, is the organizer of the inaugural Statewide Weight Loss Challenge, which includes 16 fitness centers around the state trying to lose the most weight over 30 days.
SIOUX FALLS — This is exactly the boost needed for Mitchell Technical Institute and the state's other three technical schools. That's what MTI President Greg Von Wald said about the announced partnership between South Dakota and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford for $50 million in scholarships for workforce development. The announcement was made by Gov.
The Davison County Sheriff and Jail Departments are over budget in 2014 for overtime pay, but the heads of those respective departments say it's unavoidable. According to figures through the end of November, the sheriff's budget has spent $23,000 on overtime pay. It's worse for the jail, which has spent $81,000 in overtime through November. For 2014, the county only budgeted $10,000 and $15,000 for the respective departments. The topic received attention from the Davison County commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday at the county's North Offices in Mitchell.
After weekend temperatures in the 50s, Mother Nature gave South Dakotans a reminder of what December and winter typically bring. Sleet and ice followed by snow and strong winds made travel difficult, closed schools and created power issues Monday in the south central part of the state, where as much as 6 inches of snow fell and winds neared 45 mph. As of 4 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service had reported 6 inches of snow in Platte, 1.5 inches in Chamberlain, 4 inches in White Lake, 3 inches of snow in Gregory and 2 inches in Wessington Springs.
The Davison County Commission will discuss overtime wages for the county's sheriff's department and county jail employees during its regular meeting Tuesday. The commission will meet at 9 a.m. at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. The commissioners will likely discuss the budgets of both departments, as both need supplemental funds at the end of the year to close out 2014.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — Jerry and Kathy Voorhees had to leave town. More than two months after a tornado changed Wessington Springs forever, and after construction crews tore down what was left of their gas station and repair shop on Aug. 28, the couple took a vacation. It was a belated honeymoon for the couple, married for two years. For the all of the difficulty the tornado caused, it gave Kathy one thing she always wanted. "I always joked with Jerry that it would take an act of God to get him to clean up his shop," she said.
Davison County received a pair of bids for properties taken for tax deed amounting to a grand total of ... $600. Of the five properties on the auction, two of them received formal bids and there were just a few interested parties at the auction, which was held Thursday morning in the entryway of the Davison County Courthouse in Mitchell. A $500 bid was received from Aaron Gerlach on a property at 219 N. Second St. in Ethan, and a $100 bid from Doug Carlson was received for Lot 7 on Bonnie Court in Perry Township.
Davison County's bridges need some work and the county's highway department has a plan. Highway Superintendent Rusty Weinberg presented the county's bridge program for 2015, with a list of five bridges that will receive work next summer and outlined long-term plans for a dozen more bridges. That plan was presented Tuesday during the Davison County Commission meeting at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell.