Tim Knight's backyard was for the birds Thursday afternoon. Dozens of sparrows and other small birds landed in his backyard at 601 E. Sixth Ave. in Mitchell. Knight, who considers himself a bird watcher, said they've taken to his birdbath because of the lack of water available right now. "I'm sure it's because of the drought that we have and I'm sure there's plenty of other bird watchers in the same boat. But they just swarmed when I put the water out."
A move to March? No problem for Mitchell’s annual celebration of chicken wings. The fourth annual Wingapalooza event was considered a smashing success after landing on a new weekend with nicer weather. More than 300 people gathered inside Mitchell’s Masonic Temple for the annual event, which included eight vendors and their wings. Beer and other beverages were also available at the all-you-could eat event.
The Davison County Commission will meet Tuesday to consider a couple of ongoing facility maintenance projects. The commission meets in regular session 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell, 1420 N. Main St. Among the items to be discussed is keypad locks for the Davison County Fairgrounds Complex and the jail showers at the county’s Public Safety Center. Both have recently been before the commissioners this year.
Mitchell author Jean Patrick holds up two plush prairie dogs to replicate the main characters in her newest book, "Four Famous Faces," on Wednesday during an event with students at L.B. Williams Elementary School. Patrick spoke to students as part of Read Across America week, which is being celebrated March 2-6. The school is holding dress up days in conjunction with the celebration. Patrick -- who is also The Daily Republic's book columnist -- told the students about the process of writing the book before reading the book to them.
Mitchell Public Library Director Jackie Hess speaks in front of about 50 people gathered Friday in the newly renovated Mitchell Public Library for the building's grand opening. The facility has...
The Mitchell City Council will meet tonight and consider a motion to support legislation that would allow municipalities to impose an additional sales tax to support special projects, if city voters support the measure. The council's regular meeting starts at 7:30 p.m., at Mitchell City Hall. The legislation is being promoted by the South Dakota Municipal League, which is the association of South Dakota city governments. Any city that is seeking the sales tax would still need voter approval to enact the tax, and would need a simple majority to pass.
Given how much medicine has changed over the years, Dr. Scott VanKeulen acknowledged his recent major diagnosis might have been a once-in-a-lifetime event. VanKeulen, who is the medical director of the emergency department at Mitchell's Avera Queen of Peace, was the first physician in Mitchell to recognize that a young child had measles on Dec. 27. Given that it's cold and flu season, the patient's coughing, fever and rash weren't dead giveaways that the disease was in Mitchell. "Measles is definitely one of those things that looks a lot like the flu or the cold," he said.