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A first-of-its-kind event is taking place in Mitchell this week, with representatives of nearly 20 small colleges gathering to discuss how they can better serve the rural areas which they serve. The Rural Higher Education Institute event started Tuesday evening and continues through Thursday at the Sherman Center on Dakota Wesleyan University's campus. Almost all of the schools—generally under 2,000 students and in communities of 25,000 people or less—are seeking to improve the reputations and perceptions of small, rural colleges.
SIOUX FALLS—Steve Stricker and Brandt Jobe will share the lead heading to the final round of the Sanford International Champions Tour golf tournament after each shot rounds of 67 Saturday at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls. Jobe and Stricker will be in Sunday's final group, along with Jerry Smith, who stands one shot back, teeing off at 11 a.m. Also in the hunt is Scott McCarron, who continued his strong play with a round of 68 on Saturday.
TYNDALL—It wasn't a final score that screamed two offensive-minded nine-man football powers. But instead No. 1 Gregory and No. 3 Bon Homme bludgeoned each other with defense and turnovers to win a Class 9AA high school football showdown, 7-6, at Jim Flevares Stadium in Tyndall on Friday night. The Cavaliers salted the game away over the final five minutes with a 12-play, 41-yard drive that included a pair of 4th-and-1 conversions. The victory ended the win streak of the two-time defending state champion Gorillas, who had won the last 28 contests entering the contest.
For more than 30 years, Bryan Hisel has been all business in Mitchell. And while he's not sure how easily he will be able to leave all that knowledge and experience, he said now is the time to let someone else take over and lead Palace City's business community. Hisel, 67, has worked for 33 years in a dual role, leading the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mitchell Area Development Corporation. He will officially retire next week. Hisel is being replaced in both roles by Mark Vaux, who previously worked in business development roles in both North and South Dakota.
BROOKINGS — Kanin Nelson is going to remember the first few times he picked up game action as South Dakota State University's quarterback. On Sept. 8, he made his college debut in a 45-14 victory over Montana State, and on Saturday, Nelson quarterbacked much of the second half in a 90-6 blowout over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. For the Mitchell High School graduate and redshirt sophomore, it was a chance to play meaningful snaps on the Dykhouse Stadium turf for the first time in yellow and blue.
Facing another set of commercial animal feeding operation decisions, the Davison County Commission voted to approve a separate pair of 2,400-head swine finishing barns in Blendon and Lisbon townships. Both conditional use permit votes Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell were for 960 animal units, with Christ Christopher seeking to build in the northwest corner of the county, while Jarod Klock was seeking approval in Lisbon Township, which is located southwest of Mitchell.
The hopes of Mitchell's city leaders to approve a master plan and economic study for Lake Mitchell were shot down Monday night, as the council voted 6-2 to knock down a plan to spend nearly $120,000 on a study. Council members Kevin McCardle, John Doescher, Dan Allen, Jeff Smith, Dan Sabers and Marty Barington voted against the spending, while Steve Rice and Susan Tjarks were in favor of the plan.
The Mitchell City Council unanimously decided Monday to approve a conditional use permit allowing the community's lone pheasant cleaning operation to remain in business. At the urging of the community's business and hunting advocates, that decision reversed the vote of the city's planning commission denying a permit for Tami Dammann to continue running a business she's had for nearly 30 years out of her home at 412 N. Foster St. The decision was made as the council sat as the Board of Adjustment during a regular meeting at Mitchell City Hall.
The outcome of Saturday's college football game in Brookings on Saturday was hardly a surprise. The score? South Dakota State 90, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6. Now, that turned some heads. The social media wildfire soon followed. A number of national sports outlets tweeted out the score and watched the reactions roll in. For example, ESPN's college football Twitter account tweeted out the final score with the caption: "An actual score, from an actual college football game." That tweet has generated more than 7,000 reactions alone.
BROOKINGS -- “Record-setting blowout” doesn’t even cover Saturday’s game for the South Dakota State football team. The No. 3-ranked Jackrabbits busted the school record books for points in a game (90), total offense (926), passing touchdowns (eight), and passing yards (557) in a single game. It all added up to a 90-6 pounding of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the 52nd annual Beef Bowl in front of 14,526 fans at Dykhouse Stadium.