PARKSTON -- The Parkston School District is considering adding gymnastics to the school's extracurricular options for next year. Superintendent Shayne McIntosh said the request is being evaluated by the school board and will be examined further in the next month, with a decision likely in March. "Cost is obviously a factor," McIntosh said. "You want to give kids all of the opportunities that you can, but it needs to be within what we're able to accomplish from a curriculum standpoint, too."
A group of 12 local residents will leave Sunday for the African nation of Cameroon for a two-week mission trip. The trip will include building tin roofs for churches in the west central African country and sharing in fellowship. Ten members of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Mitchell and two members from St. John's Lutheran Church in Dimock will serve abroad until they come back to the area March 2. The trip has been coordinated through the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, with Trinity and the churches in Cameroon working as sister churches in recent years.
The South Dakota Legislature is moving closer to a statewide texting-while-driving ban, but officials in Mitchell think the legislation is too weak. State Sen. Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell, who has long championed a statewide texting ban, said the legislation that passed the House is "a step in the right direction" but said it's a weak bill overall. Mitchell Mayor Ken Tracy called the bill "feeble" but acknowledged that for now, a ban on texting while driving that has a $25 fine and is a secondary offense might be the best the Legislature can do.
GREGORY -- A basketball coach at Gregory High School has been suspended with pay for the remainder of the season. Christi Rozeboom, in her first year as the girls' varsity basketball coach, was suspended Jan. 27 after a weekend game at Kadoka during the Southern Plains Conference tournament.
When the walls of his rural Brule County house rumbled Friday afternoon, Dwayne Cooley did not suspect an earthquake. Rather, he wondered about the not-so-stable wall in his basement. "The basement isn't really that good, so I was worried that something happened down there," he said. "I never thought it was an earthquake." Cooley said the "strange event" was certainly loud. He was sitting with his wife in the living room of their home when it happened. "It felt like a sonic boom of sorts and it rumbled a little bit," he said.
A Monday morning power outage left more than 5,500 NorthWestern Energy customers in Mitchell and nearby towns without electricity. The length of the outage ranged depending on location, lasting up to more than an hour in one area of Mitchell and less in other areas. Residents in the northeast, southeast and southwest quadrants of the city of Mitchell, along with the communities of Dimock and Ethan, lost power at 8:22 a.m., according to NorthWestern Energy spokesman Tom Glanzer.
WAGNER — Jane St. John's business is unique in just about every way. Her clothing store, Jane on Main Boutique, is about the size of a long garage, 31 feet from front to back and only 9 feet wide from wall to wall, in a space she rents from a salon owner at 111 S. Main Ave. She's only 23 years old. But she's succeeded with good connections to wholesalers and a knack for marketing trendy clothes to women of all ages and sizes, recently selling a sweater and a scarf to a 93-year-old woman. "I think that's my new record," she said, laughing.
AVON -- The Avon School District is saying no to nuts. In January, the district banned peanuts and peanut products, such as peanut butter or granola bars, and all other nuts and nut products, which means none of those products is allowed at the school at any time. The ban applies to any food brought in by students, teachers and other individuals, and the food provided by the school's food service provider. Any snacks or treats brought into classrooms must also have an ingredient label.
After suffering criticism during the 2011 Missouri River flood, the Army Corps of Engineers has vowed to be more transparent and open. In an email earlier this week addressed to Missouri River basin stakeholders, the Omaha district of the corps vowed to keep the public informed with quarterly updates on dam repair projects. The corps also pledged to update local leaders once a month about the status of the Missouri River basin through June, and how the corps plans to operate the mainstem reservoir system during flood season.
Nonprofit hopes to bring big attractions to revived rural hotspot in Milltown.