The Davison County Commission will honor three volunteers Tuesday for their efforts in transporting veterans to medical appointments. County Veterans Service Officer Jessica Davidson said a recognition event will be held in conjunction with the commissioners' regular meeting, starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell.
With spring here and nicer weather sticking around, Adam Hillman says it's time for some additional attention to car care. As service manager at Vern Eide Ford in Mitchell, Hillman said April and May are common months to emphasize car care. "It seems like it follows the weather," he said.
SALEM — Lining the walls of the McCook Central High School shop room are hundreds of plaques, trophies and certificates. When almost all of the school's senior class is involved in the local FFA chapter, it is clear the school has a strong ag-education tradition. Of the school's 26 members in the senior class, 22 are involved in the McCook Central FFA Chapter. Adviser Terry Rieckman said it's become a tradition at the school. "You create this tradition and it almost becomes this dragon, and that dragon is hard to slay," he said, laughing.
SALEM — Adam Eichacker is a student who is rarely stumped. But during a recent interview, a tractor—a special tractor—wouldn't start for the 18-year-old McCook Central High School senior. Along with his instructor Jim Giesler, Eichacker has been working to restore a 1959 Cockshutt 570, an antique tractor that was owned by his late grandfather. The goal is to finish restoring it before graduation day, which is a little more than three weeks away. The tractor has started before, Eichacker said, and it will likely start again.
The portion of Main Street in front of the Corn Palace is expected to open to traffic today and a large crane will arrive on site. But the installation of the domes will have to wait for the proper paperwork, construction officials say. Project Manager Dave Epp, with general contractor Mueller Lumber Company, of Mitchell, said they're waiting on engineering certification from dome contractor MG McGrath, of Maplewood, Minn.
ALEXANDRIA — It's a bittersweet time for the Hanson School District. As school comes to a close for students and staff, the district will say goodbye to eight staff members. That, in itself, is not uncommon. But 248 years of experience all leaving in one summer is more than Hanson Superintendent Jim Bridge has ever experienced before. "I don't think we've ever had anything like this," said Bridge, himself a 30-year veteran of the district.
A committee said Tuesday a proposed tax increment financing district at the site of the former Happy Chef in Mitchell would meet the city's guidelines. The city of Mitchell's TIF Finance Committee unanimously recommended that the project plan be submitted to the city Planning Commission for review, which meets at noon Monday.
Davison County Commissioners approved a plan Tuesday to have a study conducted on a drainage system west of Mitchell. The nearly mile-long project was approved during the commission's regular meeting at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. The project will cost $40,000 and the county's share will cost $25,300, or 63 percent of the total cost.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — Like the day nine months ago, the weather Monday wasn't very nice on the top of the Wessington Springs hill. But the day was marked by celebration instead of heartbreak, as one of the community's cornerstones—Willman-Fee Post 14 American Legion—officially broke ground on its new building after losing the previous facility in the June 18 tornado. The building will be the new home of the American Legion's meetings and events, along with a larger kitchen and more room for weddings, graduations and other parties.
SALEM — The people of Salem have had their chance to weigh in on their city pool's future, and they've spoken clearly. They support having a pool in town, and support upgrading the current pool with an eye to the future and building a new facility. Those were the findings released earlier this week during a meeting in Salem to update the public on where the pool project stood.