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The May 10 storm that blew through Delmont and passed over Mitchell is still causing a stir. Davison County’s maintenance department fired accusations toward the county’s emergency management staff Tuesday during the regular commission meeting in Mitchell.
HURON — In the final stretch run of a long campaign and with an election around the corner, the leaders of Wheat Growers and North Central Farmers Elevator are embarking on a 17-stop barnstorming tour to convince their constituents they deserve their vote. But unlike a typical campaign, the two sides aren't fighting each other—they're working together. Representatives from Aberdeen-based Wheat Growers and Ipswich-based North Central Farmers Elevator spoke to more than 100 people Monday morning in Huron during an informational meeting at the Crossroads Event Center.
The Davison County Commission will discuss its protocol for making the county courthouse a storm shelter for area residents in need. The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. Following the May 10 severe storm that caused a tornado in Delmont and a tornado warning in Davison County, the commissioners have indicated that they would like to review the county's procedures to make sure local residents can use the courthouse as a shelter.
Lawmakers wheeled and dealed on transportation funding during this year's legislative session. The final deal, known as Senate Bill 1, left money for the state and local government transportation systems. But if there was a dream from counties and townships to have their funding problems solved, they'll continue dreaming. Of the estimated $85.7 million in total funding each year, the state highway fund will see about $68 million in fiscal year 2016, which starts July 1. Counties and local governments will have about $17 million per year.
DELMONT—For all of the goods that are piled up on tables and on the floor of the the Delmont American Legion Hall, the demand for needed items isn't expected to go away soon. That's perfectly OK, said Bob Forbes, a disaster response coordinator with Adventist Community Services, which is managing the donations in Delmont. He has encouraged those in need to make as many trips as they need. "We generally tell people to take what they need and don't be afraid to come back later," he said.
DELMONT—Citing the need to safely remove more debris from Delmont, the tornado-ravaged city will not be accepting volunteers today and Thursday and will close to vehicles and foot traffic in the damaged area. Much of the debris and destroyed property on the western half of the city has been cleared and taken away, but piles of rubble and debris are still scattered in the tornado damage area.
Considering their sacrifice to our country, a veteran's funeral is the final, proper salute. But making that salute run smoothly has changed in the past year.
CORSICA — Corsica really cares about its emergency health care services. Looking to raise $20,000 for a new ambulance, the Corsica branch of the Douglas County Ambulance Service more than tripled that goal, raising about $65,000 during a fundraiser with a silent auction, food and safety demonstrations. The event was held Wednesday night at the Corsica Fire Hall. Kathy Zomer, an EMT in Corsica, had fundraising numbers totaled Friday. She said more than 800 meals were served and free-will donations were accepted for a new ambulance.
DELMONT — Debris is getting discharged from Delmont. The properties of destroyed homes are being cleared in Delmont, as volunteer crews haul away more debris left from a EF-2 tornado that hit the small Douglas County town on May 10. Crews with chainsaws and skid loaders were an added help Thursday, Delmont Mayor Mae Gunnare said. The debris is being hauled to the Douglas County rubble site, which is located near Armour.
Mitchell students have given their input, and Mitchell's new police service dog will be named "Shadow." After a naming contest was held for elementary school students, Shadow was deemed best for Mitchell's four-legged addition to the police force.