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The parents of the Mitchell School District have spoken. Through parent surveys conducted at recent parent-teacher conferences, the 2018-19 calendar for the school district has been completed. And on Monday night, the Mitchell Board of Education approved the calendar, which includes a Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, school start date and a shorter winter break.
As 2017 winds down, the Mitchell Board of Education is already looking ahead to next year. The five-person board will consider approving the 2018-19 school year calendar as well as the city and school board elections for next year at 5 p.m. today during the regularly scheduled meeting at Mitchell High School. The calendar each year is completed through a process of parent surveys, draft calendars and a calendar committee.
With a huge smile on his face, 5-year-old Sebastian Carrillo looked down at his brand new light-up tennis shoes. Looking up at his mother, Tracy Pitts, who stood nearby watching and smiling, Sebastian jumped up and moved toward the large Christmas tree set up in the back of the Goodwill in Mitchell. Spying Santa Clause, he was quick to hop on his lap. After talking, laughing and taking a quick picture with Santa, Sebastian went on to pick out a stuffed animal, his mom close behind. "I think this is just a great event for children," she said.
The Mitchell Area Historical Society is up for a challenge. A challenge to raise $5,000 that is. The nonprofit organization was contacted by an anonymous donor recently who has tasked the group with raising $5,000. The donor will then match dollar for dollar donations up to that amount. This is the second year of the challenge gift and from now through Jan. 31, the organization will be fundraising to reach the fundraising goal to help bolster its work as a historical society.
Grab your light sabers, because you may have to battle it out for the remaining tickets to the latest "Star Wars" film at the Logan Luxury Theatres in Mitchell. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" will open across the country next week, including in Mitchell, where sales are going really well, according to Jeff Logan, owner of Logan Luxury Theatres. While not yet sold out, Logan anticipates a large crowd within the next week as the movie theater gears up for the Dec. 15 opening of the eighth episode in the "Star Wars" saga.
WINNER — For months, brothers Clay and Ryan Sell spent afternoons sorting thousands of clothing items. Twice per month, from January to May, the Sells — along with help from their fellow 4-H Clovervale Club members in Tripp County — sorted and donated items of clothing within their community of Winner and the surrounding area. By the end of the effort, the club collected 6,962 items and then distributed to 15 community organizations, shelters, non-profit organizations and state agencies to help local clothing needs.
Sherri Kayser thanks her late mother every day for an idea that now, 25 years later, has flourished into a full-fledged business. Kayser is the owner and operator of Peace Light and Stone, a Mitchell business created after her mother, Diann Plamp, invented the Peace Light in 1992. The light is a solar-powered memorial placed at gravesites. But since it's creation 25 years ago, it's grown into much more. Looking at a map on her office wall, Kayser points to the thousands of locations Peace Lights have been shipped, including Ireland and New Zealand.
Flute in hand, playing a quick tune comes natural to 15-year-old Allie Strong. Strong is becoming known as one of the best flute players in Mitchell, but this weekend she's putting her instrument down to take on a new challenge. Strong, a sophomore at Mitchell Christian School, is going to conduct the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra for one song during their annual Christmas concert at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Washington Pavillion in Sioux Falls.
In a matter of minutes, the Avera Queen of Peace Foundation raised more than $7,500 with the help of area cattle producers. Approximately a month ago on Nov. 9, the foundation and Mitchell Livestock Marketing partnered for the fourth annual Cattle for Cancer, raising $7,531.84 in seven and a half minutes, according to Molly Sutton, director of the Avera Queen of Peace Foundation. Area producers had the chance to sell cattle during an auction to benefit the Foundation's Cancer Care Fund, make a donation during the rollover sale or purchase cattle.
Afraid of packing on the pounds this holiday season? A local dietitian has a simple solution: moderation. Kat Anundson, a clinical dietitian with Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell, said during the holidays, people tend to take on unusual habits — such as waiting several hours before eating one large meal — that can be damaging to one's overall health.