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SIOUX FALLS — Concerns for the Highway 37 Bypass and north Minnesota Street intersection in Mitchell were addressed during Wednesday's South Dakota Department of Transportation's 2019-2022 State Transportation Improvement Program public meeting held in Sioux Falls. Mitchell Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg laid out personal and public concerns about the safety of the busy intersection and discussed future improvement plans with the DOT representatives at the meeting, held at the Ramada Hotel in Sioux Falls.
Mitchell's main tourist attraction is suffering because of the city's under-construction streets. Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt said during Tuesday's Corn Palace Entertainment Board meeting that visitor numbers are at 113,760 from May 1 to July 9, down roughly 13,000 visitors from last year's May 1 to July 9 report, which was at 126,004. Despite the decline in visitor numbers from last year, Schmidt said the Corn Palace has seen an increase in visitors since the Fourth of July in comparison to last year.
The re-elected president and vice president of the Mitchell Board of Education are optimistic and eager to continue the progress they've achieved while serving the public. The board re-elected Deb Olson, as president, and Neil Putnam, as vice president, for the 2018-19 fiscal school year during the regularly scheduled meeting, held Monday at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Center.
MOUNT VERNON — While Dave Deinert gazes at his corn crops in early July, he is pleased to see his crops surpass the age-old saying "knee-high by the Fourth of July." Instead, his corn is taller than he is, with most of July and all of August still ahead. Deinert has been farming 2,200 acres of corn for roughly 45 years on his farm near Mount Vernon with the help of his son Jared. The two farm roughly 4,000 acres of land, which includes 1,800 acres of soybeans as well.
For Air Force Col. James Breck Jr., his life has had deep roots in Mitchell. So on Monday, it was only fitting that the 29-year veteran held his retirement ceremony at Veterans Park in downtown Mitchell. Although Breck lives in Arizona where he grew up and spent most of his time in the Air Force as an officer and colonel, his parents were raised in Mitchell. Breck has a deep connection with South Dakota, as his family has spent the last two decades visiting the Great Plains during summer, which also influenced his decision to choose Veterans Park.
CHAMBERLAIN — As Brian Hodgins scrapes off his grill, making way for pork tenderloins and burgers to feed attendees at River City Friday Nights in Chamberlain, he prepares to cook for a cause. Hodgins, a general manager at Chamberlain Food Center, has been impacting the community by creating programs like "Shop of the Cop" and "Helping Ends Meat," which are geared toward helping less fortunate kids and families through free-will donations.
On Independence Day, "Old Glory" shines a little brighter. The American flag will be waving proudly across the country and in Mitchell this week as Wednesday's Fourth of July holiday nears, but several people who display the red, white and blue aren't following proper etiquette. Too often, "Old Glory" is in the dark.
The Mitchell School District will receive 7 percent more in local taxes in 2018-19, with most of that difference provided in higher assessed taxable valuations. The Mitchell Board of Education voted Monday to approve the district's budget for the K-12 schools and Mitchell Technical Institute during the board's regular meeting at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy.
Fourteen South Dakotans part of the inaugural South Dakota Change Network group gathered Thursday at the Highland Plaza Conference Center in Mitchell to further their mission aimed at creating positive change and inclusion in their communities. The Change Network group is funded by the Bush Foundation, a private group that invests in problem solving to make communities a better place.
Despite battling one of the toughest years for winter wheat production in 2017, South Dakota farmers are expecting to see a big spike in production this season. Projected totals of the crop have spiked to roughly 39.4 million bushels, up 90 percent from last year's crop, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Ideal weather conditions paired with adequate moisture have winter wheat farmers expecting to see the average yield forecast at 54 bushels per acre, which is up 14 bushels from last year.