Sam Fosness

City News Reporter

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.

Fosness was an intern reporter at the Mitchell Republic in the summer of 2018. In the fall of 2018, he joined the Mitchell Republic newsroom as the city government reporter. Fosness covers a wide range of news topics, including outdoor sports, Lake Mitchell restoration work, local business happenings and real estate news. You can reach Fosness at and 605-990-6394.

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“A big thing is pedestrian movement. It will allow a safe scenario for them to cross the street,” Schroeder said.
The driver of the vehicle fled the scene after allegedly hitting a pedestrian on Monday at a Mitchell intersection.
While officers were speaking with neighbors near the area where the stabbing took place, they encountered Joshua Juhnke, who had “blood on his arms, legs, feet and face” from stabbing the victim.
The downtown business owner's concerns center around the slope of the sidewalk and placement of the stair feature in the concrete boulevard.
David Suarez, 24, is facing up to 10 years in prison for the child pornography charge he pleaded guilty to.
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Among the cases heard was a Mitchell man who pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon that stemmed from allegedly stabbing three victims in Mitchell.
After voters rejected legalizing recreational marijuana in South Dakota during the early November election, it has some city council members curious on whether it will alter plans for Mitchell's medical dispensaries.
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Although Mitchell's sales tax increases are perplexing as the nation saw inflation rise as high as 9.1% this year - a jump that hasn’t been seen since 1981 - City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein said the city’s ability to collect remote sellers tax has been pivotal for Mitchell.
In the past year alone, Mitchell's regional economic development leader and rural development corporations have helped bring $3.75 million in new housing to small surrounding Mitchell communities.
The locations the city is eyeing to build the gun range are northwest of the former Kelley property and an area near the city landfill