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Mitchell Republic Oct. 4 quick news bits: Talk about a great hiring bonus

Here's what you should know.

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The World's Only Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Republic file photo)

The Mitchell Area Development Corporation was awarded $50,000 from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for workforce recruitment assistance.

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Funds are to be used for hiring incentives, such as relocation or signing bonuses for out-of-state recruits, the MADC said Monday. For businesses to receive the benefit, the open position must have a wage of $20 per hour or more. Funds can also be used for education, certification, or training for a current employee to move to a vacant higher-level position.

The matching funds are a partnership with the employing business, the Mitchell Area Development Corporation and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

For more information, call the Mitchell Area Development Corporation at (605) 996-1140.

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Dry conditions continue

The United States Department of Agriculture said Monday that 40% of South Dakota’s soybeans have been harvested. That’s according to the most recent National Agricultural Statistics Service report.

Historically, 28 percent of soybeans have been harvested by now. But 2020 was an exception, with 56 percent done by this date. Key takeaways from the report said 41% of the state’s corn crop is rated very poor or poor; 18% of South Dakota’s corn harvest is complete; and 78% of our pastureland is rated very poor or poor.

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Corn in South Dakota. (Michelle Rook / Agweek)

Road closed ahead

West Harmon Drive, Mitchell, will be closed on the West side of 29 W. Harmon Drive to a point approximately 750 feet west, for utility improvements.

This closure begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct 6, and will continue for approximately six weeks. Road closure signs will be in place. Please use alternate routes.

For information contact Terry Johnson at 995-8435 at the Public Works Department, City of Mitchell.

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SD DSS: Remember there is help available

The South Dakota Department of Social Services is reminding residents of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Its main message? Know there is help available for those dealing with mental health challenges.

“Mental health is vital to our overall health and well-being,” said DSS Cabinet Secretary Laurie Gill. “Mental illness is treatable, and South Dakota has resources and support available for those who need it.”

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness each year.

DSS contracts with 11 accredited community mental health centers across the state to provide services to both adults and youth. To find a service provider in your area, please visit dss.sd.gov/behavioralhealth/agencycounty . Dakota Counseling Institute serves Mitchell.

Today in South Dakota history

On Oct. 4, 1927, construction led by Gutzon Borglum began on Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills.

Looking for some good news?

Mitchell High School seniors Jordan Beukelman and Aidan Patrick are in the 4%.

Of the over 100 million American youth who have participated in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) since the organization’s inception in 1910, only 4% achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

Beukelman and Patrick saw over a decade of dedication to the Scouts actualize over the weekend , as each were named Eagle Scouts at their courts of honor.

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Jordan Beukelman, center, and his father, Dan, left, stand as Scoutmaster Pat Oleson, right, speaks at Jordan's Eagle Scout court of honor ceremony on Lake Mitchell on Sunday, Oct. 3. (Hunter Dunteman / Mitchell Republic)

Not so good news

A committee is recommending to trim about $90,000 from the requested subsidy applications that were submitted to the city of Mitchell. Each year, the city reviews subsidy applications submitted by local nonprofit organizations, which are then reviewed by a committee made up of council members.

Combining all of the subsidy applications that were submitted, a total of $611,540 was requested. But the council committee is recommending trimming the amount to $522,800 , according to City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein.

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