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A former Mitchell police officer accused of unjustifiably killing Curtis Meyer says he feared for his life during the incident in 2015. In court documents filed Tuesday, an affidavit from former officer Russell Stevenson states he was unaware his body-worn camera wasn't recording and that he feared he would be shot during a struggle with Meyer, who was armed when confronted by Stevenson at a house party on Sept. 4, 2015.
In an effort to contain the spread of extremist propaganda across the web, South Dakota's longest tenured member of Congress had one key question to ask: Is big tech doing enough? U.S. Sen. John Thune chaired a hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Wednesday about the relationship of terrorism and social media. And while he acknowledged social media can play a positive role in society, he was slightly pointed in his opening remarks.
Demolition is the only option. A Mitchell Main Street building constructed in 1916 and served as the home to the local Salvation Army will be torn down, possibly in July, as the Mitchell City Council unanimously approved Tuesday night. The building has been determined unsafe by city officials, and restoration of the building, known to many as the former Jitters Coffeehouse building, was estimated to cost around $560,000. With that in mind, the council saw no other alternative but to tear the building down.
A staple of Mitchell's Main Street for 101 years may soon come down. The Mitchell City Council will consider voting to demolish the building that formerly served as the home to Jitters Coffeehouse at its 6 p.m. Tuesday meeting at City Hall. The building is located at 512 N. Main St., sandwiched between the long-time home to NorthWestern Energy and a parking lot. The council recently bought the NorthWestern building, authorizing a $300,000 purchase price from the Rozum Trust.
History isn't on his side, but that hasn't dampened state Sen. Billie Sutton's resolve in his campaign for governor. It's been a decade since the last Democratic Party victory in a statewide election in South Dakota, and it's been 39 years since the last Democrat served as governor, but the Burke Democrat has no fear. In fact, his confidence continues to grow as he meets more and more South Dakotans.
The Northwoods League is out in Mitchell, at least for now. The city of Mitchell on Friday morning said the Northwoods League will not be fielding a team in Mitchell this year. “Expansion is possible for 2019 but expansion will not be determined until a later date,” according to a statement from Nathan Powell, Mitchell Parks and Recreation director.
South Dakota's two Republican U.S. senators are still touting last month's major achievement. And in the wake of South Dakota-based Great Western Bank's decision to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour and provide other benefits for workers, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds expects to see similar business efforts in the future. "We really expect more businesses, in order to compete, are going have to be looking at doing the same thing where they share some of the benefits with their workforce," Rounds said in a call with reporters on Thursday.
After a bit of sticker shock from the first Lake Mitchell restoration proposals, water resources officials with Fyra Engineering attempted to walk back and reclassify their recommendations.
South Dakota's annual legislative session has arrived, and three area legislators are bringing their own sets of priorities to Pierre. The session kicks off in full force with Gov. Dennis Daugaard's State of the State address Tuesday, and state Rep. Tona Rozum, of Mitchell, state Sen. Troy Heinert, of Mission, and state Sen. Joshua Klumb, of Mount Vernon, all have different ideas in mind for bills they'd like to carry.
Political pundits are sure to scrutinize state Sen. Billie Sutton's voting record this legislative session, but the Democratic candidate for governor won't change his approach to decision-making. The Senate minority leader, Burke resident and former rodeo star has his sights on campaign finance reform, early childhood education and open records, among other items, in his final session as a South Dakota state senator. But Sutton's not going to let politics get in the way of legislating on behalf of his constituents in Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Gregory and Tripp counties.