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SIOUX FALLS — The South Dakota Habitat Conservation Foundation, along with South Dakota State University and The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced Wednesday a new project called Every Acre Counts, designed to give agricultural producers new ways to manage low producing acres while increasing their bottom line.
"The Cost of Opioid Abuse: A forum on opioid abuse in South Dakota," is set for 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, in the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell. This event is free and open to all. It will also be live-streamed at www.dwu.edu/live and later posted to DWU's YouTube channel.
A man accused of setting his Mitchell apartment on fire as part of a feud with a neighbor pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday, and he was allowed to leave jail on bond pending trial. Harry Kirkvold, 64, had been in the Davison County Jail since Oct. 10, when he was arrested. Following his not guilty plea to first-degree arson, Kirkvold was granted a personal recognizance bond by Judge Chris Giles at the Davison County Public Safety Center on Tuesday morning.
Mitchell residents who typically receive garbage collection on Tuesdays will have a Wednesday pickup next week. Due to the observance of the Christmas Day holiday on Tuesday, Dec. 25, the Tuesday and Wednesday garbage will be collected on Wednesday, Dec. 26. The city of Mitchell Regional Landfill will close at noon on Monday, Dec. 24 and reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 26. The schedule may change due to inclement weather. For more information, call 995-8465 or visit cityofmitchell.org and look at the News Flash portion of the website.
CANISTOTA—A Canistota woman was sentenced last week to about two years in prison for involvement in two crashes in one day while intoxicated and in possession of marijuana. Law enforcement responded to a single-vehicle rollover crash at about 6:45 p.m. on May 3. At the site of the crash, which was about four miles east and two miles north of Canistota, police found 52-year-old Julie Buskol standing outside an overturned Chevy Uplander.
HURON — The South Dakota State Fair announced Tuesday that Little Big Town will be coming to the State Fair grandstand on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. A pre-sale on VIP tickets will begin May 21, followed by backrest holders on June 3 and June 6 for Friends of the Fair. General public ticket sales will begin June 10.
The following cases were among those heard during a felony court session Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center. • John Ridgeway, 55, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, a Class 5 felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000, and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class 2 misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in the county jail and a fine of $500; Jury trial scheduled for April 22.
Two executive session periods are on the Davison County Commission agenda, as they are scheduled to meet Tuesday in Mitchell. The meet will take place at the Davison County North Offices, located at 1420 N. Main St. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. The commissioners will meet with Sheriff Steve Brink at 9:15 a.m., and Register of Deeds Debra Young at 9:45 a.m. behind closed doors, citing personnel issues. The following items are on the meeting agenda:
The Mitchell City Council will consider Monday a purchase agreement and whether to buy the former Casey's General Store property at 701 N. Main St.
Q: The Mitchell School District has a corn burning furnace (I think at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School). In the past, it was used for heating purposes but as corn prices rose it became more expensive than natural gas. Has the school district resumed burning corn due to the low price of corn, and if not, where is the break-even point between natural gas and corn for heating?