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Between possible flood events in Davison County, the county's commission approved an annual rite of spring. The board approved placing weight limits on most of the county's roads, effective Wednesday. The limit is six tons per axle weight and will be posted for an 80,000-pound gross total. The Davison County Highway Department is placing signs notifying of the limits on county roads, and the limits are in effect once the signage is up. The limits remain in effect until further notice.
Major flooding is forecast for the James River and its tributaries near Mitchell early next week. According to Davison County Emergency Management Director Jeff Bathke, area residents along the river should prepare for major flooding in the coming days. "Come Monday, I think we're going to be in a world of hurt," Bathke said. The National Weather Service gauges near Mitchell measured the James River at 20.58 feet on Monday, and that has climbed to more than 21.25 feet on Tuesday. Minor flooding begins at 17 feet on the river near Mitchell.
Dakota Wesleyan University received some news Monday that was good for business. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that DWU has been awarded a $14.5 million loan to be used primarily for construction on the university's new Center for Business and Rural Innovation. The university has plans for a 30,000-square foot facility that will cost an estimated $6.7 million. Construction on that project could start this fall.
An expert in community engagement spoke to Mitchell community members, telling them now is the time to act to improve the city's attributes for the future.
SPRINGFIELD—The Missouri River was getting a lot of attention on Friday. That included the Veterans Memorial Park lookout platform in Springfield. There was one way into the park because the roads were soft and soggy, emblematic of the entire southeast corner of the state after 3 inches of rain fell in the region earlier this week. Holly Neth, who lives between Scotland and Tabor, and her 12-year-old son Steven were at the park lookout, taking photos for a 4-H project. They figured the high water on the South Dakota-Nebraska state line might be worth capturing.
At midday Thursday, the assembly line for sandbags was chugging along. City of Mitchell workers were scooping sandbags, tying them off and stacking them on pallets for members of the community to use to stifle high waters that have been threatening Mitchell basements and homes for the last two days.
U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson said Wednesday that he's introducing legislation to waive federally required environmental reviews required by the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act in order to expedite building a border wall with Mexico.
SIOUX FALLS—Macy Miller didn't leave much doubt on Tuesday. With 30 points and 11 rebounds in an 83-71 victory over the Jackrabbits' archrivals, the Mitchell native and fifth-year senior guard for South Dakota State University asserted herself as the greatest player the Summit League women's basketball tournament has seen. Miller is now 12-0 in the four Summit tournament games she's played (she missed the 2017 event with a knee injury), and all four of those championships were capped with victories over the University of South Dakota.
SIOUX FALLS -- Seeking its ninth Summit League tournament championship, South Dakota State turned to its player who has never lost on the big stage in Sioux Falls. Macy Miller scored 18 points in the first half, finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds, and helped lead the Jackrabbits to their ninth championship in the last 11 years, with an 83-71 win over rival South Dakota Tuesday at the Premier Center.
SIOUX FALLS—It's what every women's college basketball fan in South Dakota hoped for and expected since the season started. After both teams cruised in their semifinal contests, the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University will duel for the fifth time in the Summit League tournament championship game at 1 p.m. Tuesday.