Area farmers and ranchers dug deep at a rollover auction Thursday in Mitchell and raised nearly $25,000 to benefit West River cattle producers devastated by an October blizzard. As auction spotters scanned the 100-person audience for every wave, nod or lifted pop can, Mitchell Livestock auctioneer Lanning Edwards sold and resold a bewildered heifer that trotted the sale barn floor for nearly a half-hour.
University of South Dakota President Jim Abbott urged alumni during a Tuesday luncheon in Mitchell to visit their alma mater and see the results of capital campaigns that are transforming the 321-acre Vermillion campus. Abbott told about 20 people at Blarney’s Sports Bar and Grill that the USD campus looks great, its programs are being copied nationally and enrollment is steadily up. “I’m just visiting alums in several South Dakota cities over the next couple of days and visiting with some of our supporters and friends,” he said prior to the meeting.
Judge, sheriff make proposals for local courtrooms.
Members of the Mitchell City Council said Monday — with some reservations — that they are not opposed to hiring a professional fundraiser, but they want results. “My fear is that we could be throwing bad money after good,” Councilman Mel Olson said during the evening meeting at City Hall. Olson’s feelings were reflected by others on the council who generally felt that any fundraiser had to be worth his or her pay. In July, the council approved a $7.175 million plan for the Corn Palace, split into two phases.
KIMBALL —The city of Kimball is working to keep and expand the health care services available to its residents. “We’d like to keep what Sanford’s doing right now — but in a new building,” City Councilman Jesse Baker said.
Pro Hockey Celebrity Hunt brings in $45,000 for youth foundation.
EDITOR’S NOTE: As part of her contribution to Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Lori, 50, a domestic violence survivor, agreed to tell The Daily Republic her story. After months of counseling she now sees herself as an advocate for the Mitchell Area Safehouse, and it was there she was recently interviewed. Her full identity has been protected at her request.
Economy, more awareness of services seen as factors.
Stop sign complaint turns into $120 ticket for Mont. trucker.
WAGNER — If a wake-up call was needed to alert a city to a growing methamphetamine problem, it came for Wagner with the July 2012 death of Rielee Lovell. The lifeless body of the 2-year-old girl was found in the closet of Taylor and Laurie Cournoyer’s tribal housing project home near Wagner, where the child had lain for nearly two days