DALLAS -- In the small town of Dallas, almost everything has changed in the last 100 years. But on Saturday, the community will come together to celebrate one of its constants. The town will hold its Carnegie Library centennial celebration, which opened in 1914, and still functions as a library. Local authors and South Dakota State Librarian Daria Bossman are expected to speak as part of the anniversary program, which starts at 10 a.m. and will include memories of old Dallas and the library.
To protect pheasants in South Dakota fields, what's old is new again. A Mitchell pheasant advocate has created a flushing bar, a way to save pheasants from spring hay cutting in the field, which can put growing pheasants at risk. "It's a something to think about and it's a solution that we can have to keep some critters from being killed," Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Biologist Mike Blaalid said.
After seeing one in action, Duane Lunne could see himself buying a drone. The Dallas cattle farmer and his friend Brad Kahler, of Colome, live two miles apart and were checking out a drone demonstration on Tuesday morning, the opening day of Mitchell's Dakotafest. The drones look cool, for sure, hovering and flying, with the high-quality models traveling up to 35 to 40 mph and weighing only 3 to 5 pounds. But there's a practical use for farmers on the plains to use them.
Two local residents, including one who just left the Mitchell Board of Education, are pursuing a now-open seat on the school board, Superintendent Joe Graves said Monday. Marc Bernard and Dana Price are two applicants to fill the open position that was created by last week's resignation of Rick Johnson, who had a stroke in December 2013 and has been unable to participate. Applications for the open position will be accepted until 4 p.m. Wednesday. The school board then will likely interview candidates in executive session during its Aug.
WINNER — Heather Walker didn't grow up in Winner, but she's starting to adjust to the dialect of ranchers from the area. It has been a bit of a culture shift for the third-year medical student, even though she grew up in Vermillion, a place she still considers to have a small-town vibe. But she admits the first few times she talked to farmers and ranchers of the Winner area was an adjustment, even though she was equipped with the skills after studying communication at the University of South Dakota. "It has been different, there's no question," she said.
Slow down in school zones, Mitchell drivers. With the start of school Monday, the Mitchell Department of Public Safety is urging caution to motorists passing through school zones, and likely will equip those areas with speed boards. The city has three of the portable devices that use radar to monitor the speeds of those driving through town.
DELMONT — The Delmont City Council approved an ordinance Thursday that bars residents from keeping "insects, fowl and certain animals" within the city limits on residences that are 11 acres or smaller. The council passed the ordinance by a 4-2 vote during the special meeting, held at the Delmont Community Center. Despite the vote, a group of residents is already preparing to refer that decision to a vote of the people in the small Douglas County town. Members of the council voting in favor of the ordinance were Todd Gross, Valrae Schwaderer, Clark Will and Mike Redd.
A Presho native and Dakota Wesleyan University alumna is being remembered for her commitment to Iowa history, while never forgetting where she came from. Dorothy Schwieder died Wednesday from lymphoma. She was 80. Her colleagues at Iowa State University, where she worked for 34 years as a researcher and professor, said her commitment to education and community was her greatest trait. "She was a marvelous person," said Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, who is the chair of the history department at Iowa State.
Despite both sides being in the same room, the war of words did not subside over the alleged smell at Jackrabbit Farms south of Mount Vernon during a Tuesday meeting of the Davison County Commission. Representatives from Pipestone System, the firm that manages the hog facility for its investors, said they have taken every step to diminish the farm's odor. "We can work to improve the efficiency, but I'll tell you this: If you're asking for it to be 100 percent odor free, it's not going to be that.
MANKATO, Minn. — About 15 minutes into a light walkthrough practice on a breezy Monday morning, first-year Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer changed the tone of his defensive teaching. Instead of verbalizing the call for the next defensive play, only hand signals were used from the coaches on the sidelines to the players on the field. The team's work was in preparation for playing in a loud stadium or if the players' in-helmet earpieces fail during a game. "No talking," Zimmer said to the defense.