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For more than 100 years, students have played sports at Dakota Wesleyan University. And starting in January, they'll enter the field of play in something completely different. Esports will be a sanctioned club sport on the DWU campus and begin competition next semester. The university announced the news Tuesday at the Sherman Center in a 20-minute unveiling of the games they'll play and part of the roughly 30-person, co-ed roster.
The Mitchell City Council approved the next step in tearing down the dilapidated building near Third Avenue and Main Street, but not without some arguments over how the building has been handled over the last 18 months.
The region's first blast of snow is expected this weekend, as portions of central South Dakota are expecting a half-foot or more of snow to be coupled with strong winds. The National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls is forecasting about 8 inches of snowfall in the Mitchell area over the three-day span, while areas to the south and west are expecting between 9 and 13 inches of snow.
Mitchell Christian High School has shown they have the oral interpretation game down pat. The school won its district competition on Nov. 1 and advanced to the South Dakota State Oral Interpretation Festival this weekend, which will be held Friday and Saturday in Watertown on the campuses of Lake Area Technical Institute and Watertown High School. Mitchell Christian has won Class B Team Excellence honors in five of the last seven years, including in 2017, and appears to be in line for more recognition at the state meet once again.
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.