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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.
WOLSEY—For a team that feasts on big plays at every turn, Wolsey-Wessington's Lynden Williams provided plenty for his top-ranked Warbirds Friday. Williams scored four times—two rushing, one receiving and one interception return—to power the No. 1 team in Class 9AA to a 34-13 victory over third-ranked Gregory at Warbird Field. The victory locked up an undefeated regular season for the Warbirds (8-0), clinching the Missouri Valley Conference championship in the process.
Enrollment and interest in technical education in South Dakota continue to grow each year, according to new statistics released Thursday. During a Thursday meeting of the South Dakota Board of Technical Education at the Mitchell Technical Institute Amphitheater, officials showed off a 2.6 percent increase in student enrollment at the state's four technical schools from earlier this fall, up 173 to 6,825 students. It marks the seventh time since the 2010-11 school year that the two-year technical institutes have seen year-over-year increases in enrollment.
Some rule changes on South Dakota lakes to loosen fishing restrictions could be finalized today, including on Lake Mitchell. The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks Commission will meet today in Deadwood for its regular meeting. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. Central time at the Cadillac Jack's SpringHill Suites in Deadwood, with the public hearing at 2 p.m., and the meeting continues through Friday.
Whose land is it anyway? That's a question the city of Mitchell is pursuing, trying to find out who owns a lot along North Duff Street. The Mitchell City Council discussed a possible quiet title action during its regular meeting Monday, but City Attorney Justin Johnson recommended tabling the item for two weeks until the Oct. 15 meeting, while some issues get worked out. "The land basically doesn't have an owner," Johnson said Monday.
The Corn Palace murals could use some help. As cold weather and snow draw closer, Mitchell leaders are looking for some part-time help to finish the murals that adorn the city's famous attraction. "We just need some manpower, more than anything else," Mayor Bob Everson said.
It was a case of right time, right place for Mark Vaux earlier this year. An Aberdeen native, Vaux has spent more than a decade working in economic development in both North and South Dakota, most recently in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. But he was looking for a place where he could take a leading role, live closer to his family and be in a location where the civic and community leaders were pulling in the same direction. And Mitchell caught his eye.
BURKE — Community is the key word in everything about the Burke Community Memorial Hospital, right down to the name itself. For example, it boasts a large number of homegrown employees, the hospital is locally owned and operated, and in a town of just 600 people, the hospital is a critical and valued part of Burke. So it's only fitting that this weekend, the Gregory County town will celebrate its new hospital expansion, something that has been $6 million and more than a decade in the making.
PARKSTON — Sunterra Farms is no stranger to the South Dakota pork industry. But this week, the company celebrated something new. It is finishing up its new research nursery facility, which will focus on research with small pigs and their various feeding methods before they advance to finishing operations. The 2,400-head facility was celebrated with an open house Tuesday a few miles south of Parkston, an area that has become the heart of Sunterra's South Dakota operations. The barn is the first of its kind for Sunterra in the region.