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CHANCELLOR — Fresh off the announcement of loosening restrictions on E15 ethanol blends, South Dakota farmers and agriculture advocates had the ear of Sonny Perdue on Thursday morning. And they're looking for more accomplishments on the ethanol front. The former governor of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary toured southeastern South Dakota on Thursday morning, meeting with farmers and producers who are eager to see the ethanol business in the state continue to grow, in spite of tough crop prices.
Dusty Johnson took care of his business at the ballot box on Thursday. Polling released earlier in the day show he's on his way to doing the same in South Dakota's U.S. House race, with a 23-point lead with less than two weeks until Election Day.
For the first time in the building's vaunted history, the murals at the Corn Palace will receive a special dedication. And for a good reason. The community will officially recognize the landmark's murals — themed "A Salute to Military" in a noon ceremony Friday on Main Street in Mitchell. While the event grew organically, organizers say it will be a worthwhile way to recognize the hard work and dedication of the nation's veterans and service members, while also paying tribute to the efforts to adorn the Corn Palace with new murals for the 2019 season.
Two weeks before Election Day, five of District 20's six South Dakota Legislature candidates for the upcoming races faced the public Tuesday and took questions about how they would govern in Pierre, if elected.
Providing a recommendation to the Mitchell City Council, the city's Planning Commission voted against a plan to have a set of lots at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Minnesota Street rezoned from residential to a commercial district. The measure was considered Monday at the commission's regular meeting, held at Mitchell City Hall. It failed with three members voting against, two voting in favor of rezoning, and one abstention. The plan is at the request of Dave Bechen, the owner of Bechen Electric, who is planning to build the new workshop and garage for his business.
With a new federal farm bill likely in gridlock until after the midterm elections, South Dakota's lone congressional representative says she is convinced the work will be done before she leaves her U.S. House post. Kristi Noem's fourth term in Congress will be complete in January, regardless of how she fares in her Nov. 6 bid to be South Dakota's next governor. But she left no doubt that a new farm bill will be a top priority in her final few months in Washington, D.C.
A pumped storage project study for the Missouri River in Gregory County from a Minnesota-based power authority has received initial approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The preliminary permit, issued Sept. 7, allows the Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency to study the feasibility of the 1,200-megawatt project for the next three years. The site would be about five miles northeast of the tiny Gregory County unincorporated village of Lucas, about 13 miles northeast of Burke and 15 miles southwest of Platte.
Kristi Noem would like to be South Dakota's next chief executive. And the Republican congresswoman made her case on Thursday afternoon during a visit at the Mitchell Rotary Club, using her experience in Washington to provide some clarity on South Dakota's needs.
There are roughly 30 rental cars and vans awaiting visitors. And a large orange "Welcome Hunters" sign gives a hint of what time of year it is. The employees at the Mitchell Municipal Airport treat October as if it's business as usual. But without question, the bird-themed buzz on the north end of town goes hand-in-hand with South Dakota's pheasant hunting pastime, which opens statewide Saturday.
It was 3 a.m. Sunday and Marissa Lee and her fellow organizers were setting up the Palace City Kiwanis Half Marathon. Even with snow and below-freezing temperatures, Lee was convinced the inaugural 13.1-mile race would be a success in Mitchell. And a few days after the event, Lee said that feeling hasn't gone away. "I'm still on a high," Lee said. "I'm tired, but I'm flying high."