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Luke Hagen


Luke Hagen was promoted to editor of the Mitchell Republic in 2014.

He has also served as the newspaper's assistant editor and sports editor. The Alexandria, Minnesota, native was hired at the then-Daily Republic in 2008 as a sports reporter after graduating earlier that year from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with a degree in journalism.

Hagen lives in Mitchell with his wife, Shannon, and two daughters, Grace and Zoey. He writes parenting, community and outdoors columns for the Mitchell Republic and serves on several community boards, including Mitchell Main Street & Beyond.

He enjoys all of South Dakota's outdoor opportunities but especially loves waterfowl hunting and walleye fishing.

Readers can reach Hagen at 605-990-6366 or Follow him on Twitter @lukehagen.

There were 56 entries on a chilly late-November evening on Mitchell's Main Street.
South Dakota has 2.15 million birds affected by the outbreak, according to USDA info. 
Annual holiday event held Tuesday on Mitchell's Main Street.
When people say (and yes, I do hear your comments), “The local newspaper just isn’t local anymore,” my response: That’s just not true.
The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department said hunters across the state are reporting “excellent bird numbers with many commenting how numbers are up from the previous few years.”
Annual fundraiser led to student celebration on Friday
Multiple hoaxes were called into law enforcement agencies in the Dakotas on Thursday, some reporting multiple fatalities while others reporting someone shooting at a school building.
Breaking News
The call initially came into Mitchell dispatch at about 9:21 a.m. Emergency personnel converged at Mitchell High School at about 9:23 a.m., about 2 minutes after dispatch received the call. The phone call claimed multiple students were shot. By 9:28 a.m., officers determined the call was a hoax.
I’ve heard a number of ways people have handled this situation, most people I assume just take the bird from the dog and drop it in the field. Rather than being unsure, we pulled up the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website and then regulations handbook.
Michael Uthe, high school and middle school principal, was arrested in the early morning of June 17 in Meade County after traveling on Interstate 90 east of Sturgis.