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Mitchell Technical Institute President and CEO Chris Paustian told Mitchell Board of Education members Monday that his school is fulfilling its workforce delivery and development mission. In a review of district goals for the past school year, Paustian said articulation agreements continue to be developed between MTI and four-year institutions, but he would like to see even more courses at MTI that could be transferred for credit. He also said MTI continues to collaborate with other state technical institutes to maximize funding from the state general fund.
CARTHAGE -- Sean Penn's production company, "Into the Wild, LLC," will be looking for a few good extras from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the Carthage Community Center. The town of 157 people is readying itself for a Hollywood-style invasion that will swell the population with high-profile actors, production staff, about 100 extras and, probably, legions of the curious. The independent movie begins shooting in July and will be in town about a week.
PLANKINTON -- Those who can't find enough to do in Plankinton this weekend may want to check for a pulse. The town's quasquicentennial -- or 125th anniversary -- celebration begins with a Friday golf tournament and ends with a Sunday afternoon poker run to benefit the Aurora County Cancer Fund. The celebration's agenda runs the gamut for variety, from a Saturday "Plankinton Pride" parade down Main Street to a demolition derby, alumni dinner and street dance on Saturday.
More than 20 area farmers and businessmen converged on the Tuesday commission meeting at the Davison County Courthouse to voice their disapproval of a proposal to lower both vehicle weight and speed limits on county roads. The tentative limits, discussed June 15 by officials from five area counties, would cap gross vehicle weight of trucks at 80,000 pounds on paved secondary roads and would limit speeds to 40 mph. The reason for the proposal is to have consistent weight and speed limits in area counties that would be affected by higher traffic due to a new ethanol plant, north of Mitchell.
PARKSTON -- It was the stories he heard from the late Kermit Mogck that fired Jim Weiss's imagination and started him thinking about a book on Parkston's history. That book -- the 114-page "Pictorial History of Parkston" -- is now a reality.
Auditor Kathy Goetsch on Thursday told members of the Davison County Commission that the county will have no on-sale liquor licenses available until next year. In an e-mail to Goetsch, State's Attorney Jim Taylor told Goetsch he thoroughly researched the subject, and "I am certain that Davison County will not have an available on-sale liquor license until January 2007." He said the on-sale license granted by the county to Thomsen Enterprises is still a county license until it expires at the end of the year and is renewed by the City of Mitchell.
District 5 Republican John Claggett and District 3 Democrat Gerald Weiss were Davison County Commission winners in a primary election that saw a turnout of just 13.2 percent of the county's 11,052 registered voters. County auditor candidate Susan Kiepke also was a winner, beating fellow Republican Sheri Andersen and taking 62 percent of the vote. Kiepke now will challenge Democrat Beth Eisenbraun in the Nov. 7 general election. There were 1,462 votes cast by both parties 632 by Republicans and 830 by Democrats. In the auditor race, Kiepke had 392 votes to Andersen's 238.
District 5 Republican John Claggett and District 3 Democrat Gerald Weiss were Davison County Commission winners in a primary election that saw a turnout of just 13.2 percent of the county's 11,052 registered voters. County auditor candidate Susan Kiepke also was a winner, beating fellow Republican Sheri Andersen and taking 62 percent of the vote. Kiepke now will challenge Democrat Beth Eisenbraun in the Nov. 7 general election. There were 1,462 votes cast by both parties - 632 by Republicans and 830 by Democrats. In the auditor race, Kiepke had 392 votes to Andersen's 238.
Two new appointees to the State Fair Advisory Commission say a renewed commitment to agriculture, 4-H, and a more action-packed schedule will make the fair better than ever. Loren Noess, Mitchell, and Pam Geppert, Kimball, are among four appointees chosen by Gov. Mike Rounds to fill five vacancies on the State Fair Advisory Commission. Their selection was announced Thursday. Both are hoping to use their 4-H backgrounds to help move the fair forward. Other newly-appointed members are Richard Shelton and Scott Cordts, both of Huron.
A head-on collision between a sedan and tractor-trailer rig south of Mitchell shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon has resulted in one death. Lewis Olson, 63, Tyndall, died when his car veered into the southbound lane of State Highway 37 and into the path of a semi. The accident occurred about one-quarter mile south of Spruce Street.