When auctioneer Lanning Edwards' gavel came down shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Mitchell Livestock Auction, South Dakota State University had officially sold the first cows in its Send a Cow to College fundraising campaign. The nine cows raised a total of about $8,200. Program backers hope that generosity will be duplicated at sale barns statewide. While the donated cows won't be going to college, the money from their sale will be used to fund a new $4.1 million South Dakota State University Cow-Calf Education and Research facility.
Local businessman-developer John Clarke appeared before the Davison County commissioners Tuesday at the courthouse in Mitchell to finalize details for county Tax Increment Financing District 3. Clarke, accompanied by attorney Don Petersen, signed the agreement on behalf of his development Edgerton Place LLC, which broke ground last week.
Counties and cities using tax increment financing must demand accountability from developers, economic development specialist Toby Morris told government leaders Tuesday at the Davison County Courthouse in Mitchell. "If a city or county is going to pass a TIF, they should want accountability on the developer's side. It's a public-private partnership," he said.
A do-over. That's what Davison County commissioners authorized Tuesday at the courthouse as they voted unanimously to invalidate the results of a July 10 auction of public land and to hold a new auction. "I think there was confusion and I think we ought to do it right," said Commissioner Randy Reider. The action came at the request of winning bidder Jeff Bathke, who also works as the county planning and zoning administrator. On July 10, Bathke bid $180,000 for the 3 acres of county land south of the Public Safety Center.
Mitchell's most dangerous intersection could be part of a 1.4-mile, $8.35 million reconstruction of South Burr Street in 2016, state highway officials said recently. A December 2011 review of state highway accident statistics found the Burr Street/Norway Avenue intersection to be Mitchell's most accident-prone. Between 2006 and 2011, the traffic hotspot was the site of 12 injury accidents and 37 non-injury accidents. The state Department of Transportation recognizes the need for improvements on Burr. "It's really needed," Mitchell Area Engineer Tammy Williams said in a phone interview.
MENNO -- A giant fell in Menno last week. Tree workers took down the huge American elm tree that sheltered the home of 98-year-old Hazel Bertsch, at 201 N. High St., and shipped it away last Saturday. The tree had died earlier.
A Daily Republic telephone survey of South Dakota counties found that only Minnehaha, Lincoln and Pennington counties have full-time courthouse security personnel. In all three of those county courthouses, visitors are screened for weapons by law enforcement using X-ray machines and metal detectors at building entrances. The remaining counties, including Davison, do not regularly screen courthouse visitors. Some counties provide courtroom security, but metal detectors are not regularly used.
Harvey Ymker, of Corsica, and former state legislator Frank Kloucek, Scotland, testified Thursday that road projects for upcoming years should include improvement to the intersection of highways 44 and 281, south of Corsica. The topic arose at Mitchell Technical Institute during a state-government-hosted input session on the Mitchell Region portion of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. Kloucek said his group wants to get flashing lights mounted on intersection stop signs and rumble strips on Highway 44 as a warning to motorists.
Aslesen denied when he won't divulge details of proposal By ROSS DOLAN The Daily Republic Citing a lack of information and the applicant's ownership in a bar with a history of fights, the Davison County commissioners voted 3-2 on Tuesday to deny local businessman Doug Aslesen's application for malt beverage and wine licenses. The action occurred during a public hearing on the application that was part of the commission's regularly scheduled meeting at the courthouse. "We weren't given a plan," Commissioner Randy Reider said after the meeting.
The 43rd Annual Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo rumbles into Mitchell this week with 8 o'clock nightly performances Thursday through Sunday, and with highlights such as a top-rated bucking horse, new bucking and roping chutes, new entertainers and new family themed activities. "We're thrilled that rodeo week is finally here," rodeo chairman Jim Miskimins said Monday. "Our committee has put in countless hours getting the facility ready and lining up details for the show.