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Every once in a while -- maybe a couple times a year -- Cathy Weber will look across Main Street, only to have the memories start flooding back. Ten years ago earlier this week, on May 1, 2004, Weber's business selling home goods and handmade items changed forever because of a massive fire on Main Street "It was hard," Weber said, after collecting her thoughts this week. "But there was never a moment where I was thinking that I was going to hang it up and quit, because I love what I do." Built in 1915, the State Theatre building was located at 313 N. Main St.
With three fires downtown in the last 10 years, Mitchell's Main Street has had its share of heartbreak. But ranging from business owners to city officials, most feel it still stands with each property owner to make sure the historic Main Street is safe. "I don't think, as property owners, I don't think we can put all of the responsibility on the city," said Little Red Hen Owner Cathy Weber. "The fire department comes around and they do inspections. They give us ideas for what we can be doing, whether it's fire extinguishers or that type of thing.
With three fires downtown in the last 10 years, Mitchell's Main Street has had its share of heartbreak. But ranging from business owners to city officials, most feel it still stands with each property owner to make sure the historic Main Street is safe. "I don't think, as property owners, I don't think we can put all of the responsibility on the city," said Little Red Hen Owner Cathy Olson. "The fire department comes around and they do inspections. They give us ideas for what we can be doing, whether it's fire extinguishers or that type of thing.
PICKSTOWN -- As May arrives, so does South Dakota's biggest birding event. Starting today, the Fourth Annual South Dakota Birding Festival will be held. It runs through Sunday in Charles Mix County with stops in Pickstown, Lake Andes and Wagner. Mike Bryant, the wildlife refuge manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the event was moved earlier by a couple of weeks in hopes of better attendance. He expects 80 to 90 birders at the three-day event. That would be double what it had in its inaugural year in 2011. "It really is a great time to be out there," Bryant said.
South Dakota farmers had better yields in 2013, but dealt with lower prices when it came to selling their crops, according to a report released Wednesday by the South Dakota Center for Farm and Ranch Management at Mitchell Technical Institute. Yields for corn went up 77 percent compared to 2012 levels. Soybean yields were up 59 percent over the prior year. But the difference was felt with harvest prices. In 2013, the average harvest price for corn was $3.85 and $12.15 for soybeans.
Thanks to donations from the community, 15 Mitchell residents with disabilities attended the Corn Palace Shrine Circus Tuesday afternoon in Michell. Kathie Tupper, who works at Independent Living Choices in Mitchell, is a member of the Mitchell Area Disability Support Group and helps organize the annual event. She said the group, for at least five years, has taken people who otherwise might not have been able to go to the circus. "It's a great social activity for a lot of the people in our group," Tupper said.
No, this isn’t your typical rodeo. On Friday at Mitchell Technical Institute’s 12th Annual College Lineman Rodeo, there was nobody on a horse or anyone looking to hold on for 8 seconds. Instead, it was some of the region’s best power line maintenance students simulating their future profession’s work, replacing power line equipment.
Nancy Osterloo never envisioned doing anything else as a profession. The L.B. Williams kindergarten teacher was named teacher of the year for the Mitchell School District in 2013-14, the district announced Wednesday. Osterloo, in her 32nd year in education, has spent her whole career with the Mitchell School District. “I was delighted and very happy,” Osterloo said. “It’s a prestigious award and I’m just very honored. Osterloo said she’s always desired to teach.
WOONSOCKET — Smelly, dead fish were packed nearly six feet wide for nearly a mile. “So thick you could have scooped them up with a shovel,” said Allan Tiede, owner of Twin Lakes Resort, found on the Sanborn-Jerauld county line about nine miles southwest of Woonsocket. As a long winter ended, dead fi sh came to the surface along the banks of the lake, rotting away as the ice thawed. The stench beside the lake has become manageable but still apparent. “It was just crazy,” Tiede said. “I just thought it was a dead lake.
Rural parts of county good for development.