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A first-of-its-kind report in South Dakota is taking the temperature of the state's aging population. "A Profile of Older South Dakotans" is a report from South Dakota State University Extension, which was written by Leacey Brown, a Rapid City-based gerontology field specialist who studies aging in the state.
WHITE LAKE — Federal investigators have confirmed that an individual was shot and killed Sunday night at a rest stop along Interstate 90 near White Lake.
PIERRE — Kim Vanneman is not boastful about her new role as South Dakota's agriculture secretary. She doesn't need to be. After all, her new boss is handling that. Gov. Kristi Noem picked Vanneman, a Tripp County farmer and former state legislator, to be her new secretary of the state's Department of Agriculture. Noem then specifically praised Vanneman in Tuesday's State of the State Address at the Capitol.
LAKE ANDES — Almost everything is new at the Andes Central school facility. And just as importantly, it's all under one roof. A $13 million addition of about 55,000 square feet was christened Monday with a ribbon-opening on the first day of school after the holiday break. Also held was an afternoon open house for community members to check out the new space.
New year, new Legislature, new role for Josh Klumb. Klumb, a Republican from Mount Vernon, will enter his second term in the State Senate this year. He has served in the Legislature for District 20 since 2015 and is one of four Republican majority whips. It's the first time Klumb has served in a leadership role in the state legislature. Prior to his November re-election, Klumb, 34, said he would be interested in being a part of the leadership contingent in his party in the Senate.
If there's one commonality when looking at the entirety of Dr. Martin Christensen's career, it's his ability to create change. In almost every instance, that change has been for the better. It's created a lengthy and accomplished career for Christensen, 67, who now has some time to reflect. He recently retired as a family physician at Mitchell Clinic and Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, capping a career of more than 30 years in medicine, coupled with a 33-year career in the military.
SIOUX FALLS—The coaching star power was at the Hoop City Classic on Saturday. And this year, that includes a new but familiar name. Kansas coach Bill Self was in the front row on the sideline Saturday at the Sanford Pentagon taking in a few games at the ninth annual event. The same was the case for Mike Miller, the Mitchell native and first-year assistant coach at the University of Memphis, who had the chance to enjoy the event that used to bear his name.
By their nature, elections are always big news. But in Mitchell and throughout South Dakota in 2018, that was especially true. South Dakotans elected the state's first woman to be governor in Kristi Noem, and they voted Mitchell resident Dusty Johnson to be her replacement in Congress. Locally, Mitchell voters passed the torch from Jerry Toomey to Bob Everson to be the city's mayor.
The Mitchell City Council decided Monday to let the taxi license for a controversial taxi service in the city expire at the end of the month, citing a number of criminal convictions and concerns about his driving.
With the emerald ash borer in South Dakota, the city of Mitchell is working on making plans. And on Thursday at the Mitchell Parks and Recreation board meeting, members tried to balance the city's existing rules with the need to potentially take out dangerous trees if the infestation makes it to Mitchell and what the costs might be. Currently, Mitchell's ordinance says that city employees will remove dangerous trees that are located along the street or boulevard but will charge property owners a fee. But currently, the city doesn't charge a fee for that service.