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Jordan Hanson is a risk taker. He's taken many in his professional life, gleaning a wealth of knowledge in the process. The 31-year-old has started seven businesses, but his latest endeavor of becoming a property manager is what he calls the most intriguing and rewarding. Since 2012, he's purchased six houses and flipped them into rental properties, aside from his first.
The Mitchell City Council will take action on approving an agreement aimed to upgrade the city's airport runway during Tuesday's irregular meeting at City Hall in recognition of Presidents Day. A soils investigation is required to implement the design of the project before reconstruction of the runway. The city of Mitchell's consulting engineers recommend American Engineering Testing, Inc. for completing the soil investigation at a cost of $12,570.
MOUNT VERNON — Barb Johnson values her patrons. After all, their suggestion prompted her to open a bar inside of the Mount Vernon gas station she's owned for 11 years known as Westy's One Stop. "I had a lot of customers ask me about opening a bar in the area where people eat, and I thought it was a great idea," Johnson said. On a recent Sunday night, a local dart team filled the freshly painted bar, while sharing plenty of smiles while aiming for bull's-eyes on the four new dartboards aligned against the south wall at Wild Westy's bar.
In Dave Barz's nine years as a large animal veterinarian for Mitchell Livestock, he's witnessed a positive trend in the beef industry: Beef Quality Assurance certification. While attaining a BQA certificate is not federally mandated, the growing list of beef packing and processing plants requiring BQA certified beef is putting pressure on cattle producers to join the movement, which has sparked some mixed reactions.
Kathy and Delbert Northrup have developed a special Valentine's Day tradition. For the past three years, rather than spending the day of love with special reservations at a fancy dinner, the Northrups — a married couple of 57 years — assist in transporting wheelchairs, carrying food trays and delivering flowers to patients, as volunteers at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. On a day of romance for most everyone else, the Mitchell couple's habit of caring for others shows through.
A proud Chesney Garnos is watching her organization dedicated to suicide prevention continue to grow. Since launching Break the Chains in 2017, the Presho native has watched it expand, while witnessing the impact it's having on kids dealing with mental-health issues. What started off as a solo effort blossomed into a 13-person team. In the past two years, she's added an executive director and four board members, along with an advisory, ambassador and media relations team.
The Davison County commissioners will look to award bids for several highway projects Tuesday during the board's regularly scheduled meeting. Highway Department Superintendent Rusty Weinberg is set to meet with the commissioners at the Davison County North Offices, where he will provide a report on several bridges undergoing construction improvements throughout the county. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at 1420 N. Main St. Discussing right of way agreements and a bridge inspection report are a few other key items on the agenda for Weinberg and the commissioners.
A brisk 17-degree Saturday morning couldn't stop a group of 65 youth ice fishing participants from casting their poles into Lake Mitchell. In its eighth year, the Elks Youth Fishing Derby united a large group of youth anglers and saw rookie 3-year-old Adelynn Everson walk away with the award for the most fish caught during the five-hour tournament on Saturday. Everson's five fish were enough to solidify her the top spot, earning herself a $25 gas station gift card for the top prize.
Driving to work on a minus-20 degree January day, Jeremy Gunkel couldn't believe what he saw laying on the side of the road. About 3 miles east of Kimball were four puppies huddled next to each other, shivering for their lives. Gunkel slammed on his brakes, turned around and attempted to track down the dogs. "They're puppies, and they didn't do anything to deserve fighting for their lives in the middle of a freezing day," Gunkel said. "No dog ever deserves to be left out in the cold, and I was going to do whatever it takes to try and help them make it."
They used to walk the halls of Parkston High School, and now they're selling out some of Sioux Falls' most popular music venues with their vibrant hip-hop music. Nick Bader, Jared Thomas and Drake Pannkuk are the members of Elevated Rebellion, a rap group that is making a name for itself on the state's hip-hop scene. "We're brothers, and it's been a beautiful thing to connect with so many people from this state and all over the Midwest through our rap music," Bader said.