Dakota Discovery Museum's longtime director is leaving her full-time position, and the facility will be closed this winter. The museum's board of directors made the decision and will plan out a future for the museum in coming months. Museum Director Lori Holmberg said the decision to leave the position that she's held for the last 11 years was mutual. She ran the day-to-day operations at the museum. Her last day is Friday. She said rumors are swirling and emphasized the museum will not be closing permanently. "Honestly, the museum has done very well," Holmberg told The Daily Republic.
Setting aside the location question for now, the Mitchell City Council decided Monday night to pursue the most expensive indoor pool option currently on the table with an estimated cost of $8 million. The council approved a 22,600 square foot building that would include a 25-meter by 25-yard competition pool and a separate leisure pool with zero depth entry -- as proposed by the architecture firm, JLG Architects, of Fargo, N.D. That option was selected over a $7.3 million, 20,500-square foot building that would have had a smaller competition pool but would have retained the separate leisure
With the voting all finished in the 2014 general election, the Davison County commissioners will approve the results during their meeting Thursday. The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell.
Fewer Mitchell High School students are taking advanced placement tests, but that's not necessarily a bad thing for students looking for college credit before high school graduation. Students are taking advantage of dual credit courses, which count for both high school and college credit depending on the post-secondary option the student pursues. Mitchell Superintendent Joe Graves briefed the Mitchell Board of Education on the district's annual report card, which sums up the district's progress in various disciplines. The topic was a part of a regular monthly meeting, held Monday night at G
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — The newest addition to the Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital emergency room is always at the ready. And its hospital colleagues know it will correctly do its job every time. The Wessington Springs hospital recently received its Lucas 2 chest compression device, which is a machine that senses the size of a patient and delivers standard CPR compressions to help resuscitate a patient who has suffered cardiac arrest and showing no pulse or is unconscious. Once the patient is situated inside the device, the machine works on its own and gives automated and continuous CPR.
More than 100 years in the making, the railroad life of the Thune family has come full circle. In 1906, U.S. Sen. John Thune's grandfather and great-uncle built the railroad that currently is known as the Mitchell-Rapid City line. "It's neat to see the history in my family and how they got to this country, and it was all kind of around the railroad and the railroad right in this area," Thune told The Daily Republic this week. "It's nice to see us rebuilding those lines that they helped lay almost 110 years ago.
Law enforcement and firefighters responded Thursday afternoon to a pile of photocopiers on fire west of Mitchell, which caused thick smoke to swell over the city. The fire occurred before 4:30 p.m., and was located at 2100 W. Fifth Ave. at a property owned by David Hohn. The property is outside Mitchell city limits. A small crew of Mitchell Fire Division firefighters sprayed water on a pile of the industrial-sized copiers, which were being burned on the lot. Mitchell Fire Captain Steve Nedved said the fire is being termed as an unattended fire and that it remains under investigation.
HURON — Parkston received another $39,000 for a wastewater sewer project this week. Thursday, the James River Water Development District board of directors approved the $39,000 during its regular meeting at the district's office in Huron. The money will go toward the city of Parkston's wastewater sewer upgrades in the southwest part of the city, and the sewer lines that go to industrial businesses in that part of the city. The city was pursuing money from the JRWDD to help cover engineering costs associated with the project.
Mitchell Technical Institute is just one of the nation's thousands of schools that has had to adapt to new federal standards for reporting crime on college campuses and MTI President...
An update to the Mitchell School District's plan for special education headlines the agenda for the Mitchell Board of Education meeting tonight. The regular meeting will be held at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School at 5 p.m. The district is updating its comprehensive plan for special education, which was approved by the South Dakota Department of Education in May 2010.