PARKSTON — In a business where there's never much time to waste, efficiency is a priority. And by all measures, officials say improvements being made at Avera St. Benedict's Health Center in Parkston are making the hospital more efficient. The health center opened a new therapy center at the start of 2015 and is renovating its emergency room area to make it about 50 percent larger and more modern, with added outlets and increased access to the loading area, from which patients are brought via ambulance. The renovations to the emergency room started Feb.
Davison County is getting closer to putting its long unresolved jail showers situation to rest. The commission narrowed down a plan for proceeding on the shower project at the Davison County Jail Tuesday during its meeting Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. The county can't afford to wait much longer, Commission Chairman John Claggett said. "We want to light a fire on this thing, so we can get it done," Claggett said. "You don't need an architect.
Thanks to the shuffling of some overlay projects to 2016, the Mitchell Public Works Committee has recommended finishing more pressing parking lot and storm sewer projects this year. The recommendation came from the committee -- made of Mitchell City Council members -- during a Public Works Committee meeting held prior to the council's regular session Monday night at City Hall. Among the projects moved up in priority are additional parking at Lakeview Golf Course, finishing the West End Boat Ramp parking lot on the edge of Lake Mitchell, a parking lot and alley at the former Krohmer Plumbing
A large swath of central South Dakota is in a blizzard warning today, with measurable snowfall expected for much of region this morning. Winds are expected to make travel difficult. The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls on Monday issued a blizzard warning for much of east central South Dakota and the Missouri River region from Pierre to Chamberlain that went into effect Monday night and continues through Tuesday.
A large swath of central South Dakota is in a blizzard warning Tuesday, with measurable snowfall expected for much of region this morning. Winds are expected to make travel difficult. The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls on Monday issued a blizzard warning for much of east central South Dakota and the Missouri River region from Pierre to Chamberlain that went into effect Monday night and continues through Tuesday.
Due to an error in the city's billing department, the Mitchell City Council will consider a recycling fee increase for a second time. In January 2014, the council approved a resolution authorizing a 30-cent increase for residential units to cover the city's recycling department expenses, bringing the total to $3.30 per month for each residential unit. But that fee was never administered, according to city officials, and a December 2014 resolution with all of the city's fees still had the fee at $3 per month when it was approved.
A familiar topic -- the showers at the Davison County Jail -- is on the county commission's agenda again Tuesday. The commission will meet in regular session at 9 a.m. at the Davison County North Offices, 1420 N. Main St., in Mitchell. The jail showers have been a persistent problem for the county for several years, with moisture causing issues in maintaining the showers' structural integrity.
As the economy continues to improve, the amount of foreclosures in Davison County hit a 15-year low in 2014. There were just 16 foreclosure notices filed last year with the Davison County Register of Deeds, down seven from 2013 when 23 were filed and only 12 sheriff's deeds were transferred in 2014, the lowest number in the county since 2011. Mitchell Area Development Corporation Executive Director Bryan Hisel said there is often a correlation between an improved economy and the decrease figures in foreclosures. "Clearly the economy helps drive those numbers," Hisel said.
The event pits size versus speed, brains against brawn and sportsmanship above all. On Saturday, let the best robot win. Mitchell Technical Institute and the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy are hosting the South Dakota VEX Robotics State Tournament Saturday at the Nordby Trades Center on the MTI campus. Of the 26 teams entered in the tournament, three are from Mitchell with two from the high school and one at the middle school level. The round-robin portion of the tournament will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Nordby Trades Center at MTI.
For 100 years, Scott Supply Co., of Mitchell, has attempted to set the gold standard in selling farm equipment. Or perhaps more fittingly, the red standard. Next month, the business is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a store. Since 1915, the business has thrived in Mount Vernon, and since 1962 in Mitchell, selling Case IH and New Holland farm equipment. That's a lot of tractors, combines and implements; a lot of parts, service and sales. The four generation business hasn't just been in the Scott family name.