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WHITE LAKE — For White Lake students, Monday is more than the beginning of the school year. It's the beginning of a new era. As Superintendent Bob Schroeder strolls past each classroom, optimism and pride gleam through the freshly painted halls of the new $5,142,055 White Lake School District building. "White Lake has always prided themselves on education, and we had an option to either grow or consolidate," Schroeder said Tuesday, sitting in his brand new office.
Weld on. The Mitchell Board of Education affirmed their commitment to future welders receiving their education at Mitchell Technical Institute during the regularly scheduled board meeting Monday. To maintain a sufficient level of equipment for the training of MTI welding students, the board approved Matheson as the company responsible for providing the program's welders and accessories. The bid from Matheson came in at $39,300, which was lower than A-Ox's bid of $39,711.54.
The Mitchell Board of Education will determine whether or not to authorize the transfer of the Mitchell Technical Institute Technology Center to state ownership at its board meeting today. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. in Room 116 of the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy.
Just three years into the Mitchell Police Division's decision to implement officer body cameras, the devices are already on life support and need replacing. Speaking at Monday night's city council meeting, Mitchell Department of Public Safety Chief Lyndon Overweg noted that the batteries the body cameras use are reaching the end of their life cycle. In 2015, Mitchell was one of the first cities in South Dakota to equip its officers with body cameras, which provide more officer accountability during an arrest or encounter.
As the finishing touches are made on a massive mural inside Dakota Wesleyan University's new residence hall, returning students will notice a big difference on campus this year. Standing tall on the west side of campus rests Dakota Hall at 30,000-square-feet, primed and ready to house 114 returning students. "With our continued growth here at the university, maintaining good retention is key and having strong residence halls is a very important part of that equation," said DWU President Amy Novak.
It's been six years since Ryan Hohn died in a car crash, but his love for running carries on. The sixth annual Ryan Hohn 5K Run/Walk saw 125 contestants this year, as family and friends who loved Hohn crossed the finish line behind Resurrection Church in honor of the Parkston native. "It's a healing event, and it brings a lot of our family together," said Melody Hohn, mother of the late Ryan Hohn. "He loved to run." Ryan Hohn was a track and cross-country athlete who competed most of his life.
A sporadic weather-filled summer has South Dakota state park campsites on pace to end a decade-long upward trend in the number of camp-goers. Since the beginning of the calendar year, state parks have seen 210,314 nights of camping, down 2 percent from last year's report of 213,860, according to Bob Schneider, assistant director of the Division of Parks and Recreation with the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks.
Speckled across South Dakota next weekend are four small-town rodeos. It's the busiest weekend of the year for South Dakota Rodeo Association events — which are gaining in popularity and participation, officials say. Pretty much every weekend from the end of May through mid-September, somewhere in South Dakota a rodeo is being held. This year alone, the SDRA sanctioned 31 rodeos, an increase of two rodeos from last year with the addition of three rodeos and the loss of one from 2017.
Despite Mitchell's new Indoor Aquatic Center spiking a massive increase in check-ins at the Mitchell Recreation Center, the outdoor pool has remained a popular destination for local pool-goers. From the June 25 indoor pool opening day through July, the Rec Center has seen 2,884 more check-ins — which includes existing members and guest passes — compared to last year's check-ins throughout the same one month timespan, according to Parks and Recreation Director Kevin DeVries.
REDFIELD — A bases-loaded balk to send McCook/Miner to a walk-off win and the Class B state Legion championship round? Believe it. Cade Schmitt scored the game-winning run for McCook/Miner Post 140 after Spearfish pitcher Zachary Zwaschka committed a balk with one out to decide an 8-7 semifinal game Monday in Redfield.