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YANKTON -- Gerald Koster's home on the Missouri River southeast of Yankton is no longer on the Missouri River. "I'm the only guy who built his house by the river, and the river left," said Koster, 62, who constructed his home in 1990. Koster, who owns the Walnut Tavern in Yankton, later acknowledged that neighbors were also affected by the massive water releases from Gavins Point Dam in 2010 and 2011 that shifted the Missouri's channel from Koster's front yard to a point about a mile farther south.
YANKTON -- Slower water releases from North Dakota and a better way to handle field drainage were among issues tackled by the James River Water Development District Thursday during a regional meeting at Yankton's Best Western Kelly Inn. Yankton farmer Harold Klimisch told U.S.
The Davison County commissioners gave final approval Tuesday to an $802,188 tax increment financing district for a new Edgerton Place apartment complex in Mitchell. In two swift steps, the commissioners defined the boundaries of County TIF 3 -- which include Lots D and E in Block 6 of Mitchell's Sunnyside Addition, and the right-of-way for West Williams Avenue -- and they also approved the development plan for the $6.5 million apartment project. "I'm just happy for our community that we can move forward with this project to help solve a community need for housing," said County Fair F
In its last action of 2012-2013 fiscal year, the outgoing Mitchell Board of Education unanimously approved a $24.865 million K-12 budget for the coming school year. The regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy. School district Business Manager Steve Culhane said the new budget will cost the owner of a $100,000 home in the district about $943.50 per year.
The Davison County commissioners will consider the second tax increment financing district in as many months when they meet in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners' Room at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Avenue, Mitchell. The main item up for consideration will be County TIF 3, which would pay for a street to serve the proposed 130-unit Edgerton Place apartment complex south of Havens Avenue and the County Fair Food Store. County Fair President John Clarke is a major investor in the project, which proponents say is needed to fill Mitchell's need for housing.
Davison County planning and zoning commissioners voted 5-0 at the courthouse Tuesday evening to recommend approval of a tax increment financing district, but the commissioners had pointed questions about the use of county bonding capacity for city infrastructure. "Does the county have a responsibility to build city streets?" asked Planning Commissioner Brenda Bode. West Williams Avenue, which would run east to west from Edgerton to Ohlman streets, probably should have been built years ago, said Bode.
Avera Queen of Peace Hospital Vice President and CFO Will Flett announced Tuesday that the hospital has acquired Mitchell's University Physical Therapy. "We are excited to welcome the staff from University Physical Therapy to the Avera Queen of Peace family," Flett said in a news release. "They are an excellent addition to our rehab services." The outpatient rehab center will be called Avera University Physical Therapy.
A bridge too small. That's the argument longtime county resident Arlis Osen made to the county commissioners Tuesday about a county bridge near his home at 25951 406th Ave. between 259th and 260th streets, about 5 miles south of Mitchell over a tributary of Enemy Creek. Osen has made regular pilgrimages to the commissioners about installing bridge expansion, but nothing has been done.
Mary Andrews is no Girl Scout -- but she used to be. Now 83, Andrews still remembers her pre-teen years as a scout and summer visits to Camp Arroya on the north shore of Lake Mitchell. These days, the 12-acre camp is barely visible to those driving by on North Harmon Drive.
The latest edition of the U.S. Drought Monitor shows the drought is loosening its chokehold on South Dakota. The monitor shows that 46 percent of the state is experiencing no drought; 54 percent is abnormally dry; but only 28.6 percent and 5.3 percent, respectively, are experiencing moderate and severe drought conditions. What a difference six months can make. On Jan. 1, the entire state was experiencing some degree of drought.