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City leaders are taking a conservative look to Mitchell's sales tax figures from 2018, balancing a couple of different outlooks. For the year through October, Mitchell was up 4.08 percent in first- and second-penny sales tax collections over 2017 figures. Mitchell had collected $4,638,025.57 in revenues, up slightly from $4.45 million through the first 10 months of 2017. One reason for that increase is from the estimated $8 million Performance Pet expansion project. The city benefitted from roughly $200,000 in one-time revenues from equipment purchases from Performance Pet.
The Mitchell Fire Division has a second location up and running. The city recently placed a fire truck at the Mitchell Municipal Airport, which will be an unmanned satellite station for the Mitchell Department of Public Safety. If it's needed in an emergency, it's available, Assistant Fire Chief Marius Laursen said. "It's a fully functional fire truck," Laursen said. "At this time, there's no plans to staff it around the clock but it's there in the case that we need it."
Paula Mazzer admitted she thought it was a gimmick. When Dakota Wesleyan University announced in February that it was giving an iPad to every student on campus prior to the start of the fall semester, more than 900 in all, Mazzer, an associate professor of biochemistry, was not easily convinced. But the eighth-year professor at DWU soon found plenty of uses to turn her from skeptic to believer.
Deadlocked in public opinion, downtown business owners and city council members, Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson cast the decisive vote Monday to move the 2019 Corn Palace Festival carnival location further north on Main Street. The plan is that the festival will be moved north for one year as a trial period, while the city plans to seek a long-term extension with its carnival provider Goldstar Amusements. The council, in its regular meeting at Mitchell City Hall, cited construction on Sanborn Boulevard next summer as being one of the key reasons to make the trial move.
BROOKINGS -- Boasting a big offense and a stout defense, the South Dakota State University football team continued its dominance over its in-state rivals on Saturday. Pierre Strong ran for 253 yards and three touchdowns, while Taryn Christion had four total touchdowns in a 49-27 regular-season finale victory over the University of South Dakota in front of 8,517 fans at an icy, cold Dykhouse Stadium.
A survey of Mitchell downtown businesses didn't provide much of a consensus on whether the city should move the annual Corn Palace Festival carnival location along Main Street. The survey asked business owners if they would approve, disapprove or have no preference for the proposed changes to move the festival carnival further north on Main Street between Fifth Avenue and Eighth Avenue.
A longtime Mitchell landmark — in the literal sense of the word — has been getting a closer look. The tower at the Mitchell Municipal Airport, which dates back to the 1940s when the airport was a military airbase, received a structural evaluation earlier this fall. Formerly, the tower was used for water, but today, it houses a large beacon for incoming planes. Airport Manager Mike Scherschligt said he thought it was time to make sure the city knew what kind of condition the tower is still in after all of these years.
A haunting exhibit of South Dakota's past at the Dakota Discovery Museum will conclude on Thursday in Mitchell, mixing artistic interpretations with a horrible period in the state's history. The museum's Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum exhibit, which has been on display since September, will come to a close with a reception and event to discuss the artwork on display and the lasting lessons of the facility. Rod Brown, the manager of the Dakota Discovery Museum, said the story is "not a happy one, but one that has to be told."
With the support of veterans, a traditional Mitchell hunting fundraiser is helping a new cause this year. The Sam Tronnes Memorial Foundation Hockey Hunt has become one of the area's most notable hunting fundraisers, gathering funds for high school scholarships and getting more young people to play hockey in South Dakota. And the hunt, an annual event, will continue to do that.
The three Republicans on the ballot in District 20 for the South Dakota Legislature cruised to victory Tuesday. Mount Vernon's Josh Klumb locked up a return to the state Senate, while Paul Miskimins and Lance Koth, both of Mitchell, are bound for the state House for the first time.