WAGNER — New to Wagner, Geoff Fillingsness has an interesting way of meeting people and the homes they live in. Driving around the city in his pickup, he's on the lookout for unkempt lawns, poorly maintained structures, broken windows and unlicensed cars parked on the lawn. He sends out notices to the city's offenders to clean up their act within a set timeframe. Fillingsness was recently hired by the city to be their code officer and to enforce the city's rules on nuisances, a new position for the city.
U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler is not too pleased with the action of his former political party. After the state Republican Party passed a resolution to support the impeachment of President Barack Obama last weekend at its convention in Rapid City, Pressler said regardless of political standing, there should be an effort to work with the president. "It's an absolute embarrassment to the state," Pressler said Wednesday in a meeting with The Daily Republic editorial board. "We can disagree with the president. I disagree with him on a lot of things ...
It was a good day for the Mitchell Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts on Saturday. Hundreds of Scouts sprawled throughout town Saturday morning, walking the streets of Mitchell and collecting plastic bags of non-perishable food items to be donated to the Salvation Army. The event was part of the annual "Scouting for Food and Sight" event that the Boy Scouts of America sponsor. District Committeeperson Dave Kline said the food drive is much needed, especially now as the weather begins to turn cold and the Salvation Army's need for food shelf items gets larger.
LETCHER -- Tanna Kingsbury is nothing short of an inspiration. There's not many 15-year-olds that can battle cancer and still keep a smile through the hardest of times. But her spirit is being tested again. Cancer is back and Tanna's fight is on again.
PLANKINTON — Golf, at its core, is a simple game. And it's remained that way for the last century at Fish Lake Country Club. The club, located almost halfway between Plankinton and Mount Vernon off Old Highway 16, celebrated 100 years on Saturday with a golf tournament for members, followed by a social hour and a dance open to members of the public. The nine-hole course is a country club in name only. There's rarely a need for tee times and the course has a come one, come all mentality.
Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds had two goals on his trip to the Dakota Territory Gun Collectors Association Gun Show Sunday in Mitchell. First, Rounds had his eye out for a Winchester Model 61 rifle, with the same build as the gun that was passed through his family five generations down to its current holder: Rounds' grandson.
After three decades on the job, Leon Baier is done as a police officer. But, he said he would love to continue as a public servant. Baier is running for the District 3 seat on the Davison County Commissioner. He's facing incumbent Gerald Weiss, of Ethan, on Tuesday in a Republican primary election. Baier, 54, retired May 23 from his job as Mitchell's assistant police chief. He held that position for the last eight years. He started as a part-time police officer in Parkston in 1982 and became full-time officer two years later.
PRESHO — The Lyman School District is considering a restructure. About 20 people attended a meeting of a 12-member committee earlier this week in the Lyman High School music room that discussed the idea of paring down the district from two elementary schools to one and having middle school students attend class in a different town. It was the first of many planned meetings on restructuring.
U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., visited Mitchell on Wednesday and said that regardless of how the mid-term general election goes, his branch of Congress needs to work better together. "People think of Washington D.C. and they think of this big trainwreck and there are actually are a lot of things that have bipartisan support," he said. "We have to get Washington moving again." Thune was the featured speaker during the Mitchell Rotary Club luncheon held at The Depot on Wednesday.
OACOMA — After approving the grant funds earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx saw first-hand the impact improved rail service west of the Missouri River will make for farmers and residents in central South Dakota. Foxx was led by U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Gov.