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FARMER—A Tuesday afternoon barn fire three miles north of Farmer in Hanson County killed a cow and calf and led to the structure being deemed a total loss. At approximately 1:41 p.m. Tuesday, the Hanson County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the scene of the barn fire, which is owned by Jeff and Marilyn Schaefers at 426 Ave., according to Hanson County Sheriff Brandon Wingert.
A group of Dakota Wesleyan University students channeled their competitive spirits for a class project that gave back to the community in a big way. As Camden Berndt, a sophomore at DWU, hustled across the city of Mitchell on Tuesday evening, going door-to-door with his classmates asking community members for donations that will be given to the Salvation Army, he was one of 10 students competing in the "Bigger and Better" drive.
Macy Miller's basketball talents have earned the Mitchell native a litany of achievements on the hardwood, but Monday night marked her first civic honor. After wrapping up a weekend full of workouts in preparation for the 2019 WNBA season with the defending league champion Seattle Storm, Miller walked into Mitchell City Hall, where she received a distinguished honor from the Mitchell City Council, as Monday was proclaimed as "Macy Miller Day."
The Lakeview Lawn Bowling Association will be responsible for paying a $3,000 annual increase in maintenance fees following the Mitchell City Council's approval of a new facility use agreement during Monday's council meeting. After lengthy discussion, the council unanimously approved to raise the annual maintenance fee from $3,500 to $6,500, with the contingency of the Lawn Bowling Association paying the 2018 maintenance fee of $3,500.
Fresh off of being drafted into the WNBA, Macy Miller is going to get a civic honor from her hometown today. The Mitchell City Council will consider a declaration making today, April 15, as Macy Miller Day in Mitchell. The council will meet starting at 6 p.m. at Mitchell City Hall at 612 N. Main St. The item was not on the agenda issued by the city late last week, but City Council member Kevin McCardle said city leaders are organizing to have Miller, the former Mitchell High School great, honored today.
When Tom Somerville isn't serving beverages behind the bar, he's traveling across southeast South Dakota keeping video lottery machines up and running. For the past 24 years, the Alexandria native has been operating his video lottery repair service out of his basement with the help of his brother Steve. What started off as a side business after graduating from Mitchell Technical Institute with an electronics degree in the early 1990s quickly blossomed into a profitable venture, as he grew the number of machines he serviced from 20 to 200 in his first two years of business.
The city of Mitchell is seeking to beat the heat on Monday. Mitchell's City Hall currently has an air conditioning system that is currently out of service and with the summer months approaching, the Mitchell City Council will look to approve a resolution to have that system replaced soon. The matter will be discussed during the 6 p.m. Monday council meeting in the building. The action seeks to declare the City Hall's air conditioning failure as an emergency.
One truckload of riprap at a time, Mick and Mike O'Connor are relieving the ongoing havoc Nebraska residents are facing with the state's devastating floods. For the past five weeks, a local trucking company has been hauling just over 100,000 pound loads of riprap—which are large rocks—to Nebraska, in efforts to minimize flood damage to sections of roads, homes, businesses and grain bins.
A historic B-25 bomber will be soaring over the South Dakota sky at 250 mph in honor of the "Doolittle Raid," as the WWII aircraft will make a scheduled pit stop in Mitchell on April 17.
William Flynn's passion for playing guitar has led the young jazz musician on a journey that's landed him right where he wants to be. As a former Mitchell High School band student, he electrified the Corn Palace crowds with his guitar during home sporting events. And now he's one of the youngest tenure-track music professors at Wichita State University, where the 30-year-old currently serves as the Director of Jazz studies. "Jazz is what really got me obsessed with playing guitar and music, and it's kind of odd that love of jazz developed growing up in Mitchell," Flynn said.