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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."
The weather may not be helping out, but those leading the Burr Street construction project are continuing to plug along on the work. According to an update at Monday's Mitchell City Council meeting, the Nov. 15 deadline to complete the bulk of the work on Phase II of the project is expected to be done on time. Mitchell Public Works Director Kyle Croce said the weekly progress meetings between city officials, the South Dakota Department of Transportation and the primary contractor T&R Contracting, of Sioux Falls, indicate there has been no change in the timeline.
There was plenty of discussion Monday night regarding the future location of the Corn Palace Festival carnival, but there's no consensus on making a change.
The Mitchell City Council has a number of items on the agenda tonight, including the finalization of changing the way the city does tax increment financing districts. The council will meet starting at 6 p.m. at Mitchell City Hall, located at 612 N. Main St. At its last meeting on Oct. 1, the council approved on first reading the change to have city staff review potential TIF proposals that would come before the city.
It was a Sunday morning surprise for citizens and runners alike in Mitchell. On the day of the inaugural Palace City Kiwanis Half Marathon, the city was coated in a light snow and below freezing temperatures. Officially, it was 30 degrees with a light snow when the race took off for the first time in front of the Corn Palace running 13.1 miles. In all, the race had 162 finishers, 119 women and 43 men, with participants running out and around Lake Mitchell before finishing again in front of the Corn Palace. (For more coverage and results, see Sports.)
WHITE LAKE — In the words of Wayne Haines, there will be a lot of memories in the former White Lake High School on Sunday. Everything else? It's for sale to the highest bidder.
With all of the technology available in the 21st century, there had to be a better way to treat gestational diabetes remotely. And leaders at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell have found it.
The members of the Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee are interested in seeking out philanthropic measures to help fund upgrades to the maligned lake, including exploring the creation of a nonprofit group. During the board's regular meeting Tuesday at Mitchell City Hall, members did not take any official action but discussed a possible nonprofit "Friends of ..." group to potentially raise funds and apply for grants to help improve the lake.
Much like the students in South Dakota's technical education system, there's been a lot for Nick Wendell to learn in the past year. Wendell, who grew up in Gregory, took over as the executive director of the South Dakota Board of Technical Education in November 2017. At the time, it was a new position created to lead a new board, which governs the state's four technical education institutions, including Mitchell Technical Institute, Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, and Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City.