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Mitchell residents living near Dry Run Creek will soon have access to better drinking water after the Mitchell City Council approved a resolution Monday to replace aging infrastructure on some of the city's water facilities.
The Mitchell City Council is set to approve H&W Contracting as the low bidder for completing Phases II and III of the Sanborn Boulevard and bridge project during Monday's regular council meeting. While the three bids submitted to complete the next phases of the Sanborn Boulevard and bridge projects came in above the engineer estimates on Jan. 17, the city staff and the project's engineering consultants, SPN Engineering and Brosz Engineering, recommended the low bidder, H&W Contracting, of Sioux Falls. The combined cost of the three projects is $8,530,086.96.
Mitchell High School's Future Business Leaders of America organized a community business event Thursday, providing an opportunity for the group to get expert advice from local leaders. The event kicked off in the MHS Library, as FBLA chapter reporter Sara VanErdewyk and Vice President Caleb Jarding spoke to the group of young leaders, stressing the importance of listening to some of Mitchell's business experts.
As a polar vortex blasted through the Mitchell area this week, bringing life-threatening, subzero temperatures with it, some local workers play a vital role for the safety of others. Anytime temperatures dip below zero, work ramps up for a local HVAC business. Josh Paulson, commercial project manager at Paulson Air, Heating & Cooling, said there's always a significant spike in service calls when frigid weather moves in.
For the past 11 years, Gene Stehly has been fulfilling his dream of converting his pasture into a native prairie grassland and riparian buffer. Not only has the local farmer been successful in doing so, but his efforts earned Stehly the first-ever legacy farm award from the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition last week in Brookings as recognition for his work along the mile of Firesteel Creek that runs through his farmland 3 miles northwest of Lake Mitchell.
Art Streetman has seen plenty of changes in his eight years of owning one of Mitchell's local taxi businesses. But none of those changes matched what the owner of E-Z Ride Taxi has seen with the app-based rideshare service Lyft, which first made its appearance in Mitchell about one year ago. Now, there's a definite transition in Mitchell's taxi services. When the first Lyft driver was approved in Mitchell in February 2018, there were three taxi businesses in the city. Now, there are seven city-approved Lyft drivers and two taxi businesses.
It's been nearly 20 years since Teri Leuning tried methamphetamine for the first time, but she remembers every detail like it was yesterday. "I was a sophomore in high school, and I felt fearless after I tried it for the first time," Leuning said of her first experience with the drug. "It was easier to get than beer, and I fell in love with it right away."
The Mitchell City Council unanimously approved Wednesday the $4.1 million purchase of land near Lake Mitchell, providing the city a long-awaited chance to slow down the lake's algae and phosphorus woes. Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson unveiled the land purchase proposal that will create a wetland along Lake Mitchell's watershed in front of a packed City Hall during a special meeting.
To fulfill the ongoing Sanborn and East Central Drainage project, water and sewer rates will increase by $7.75 combined for each household in the city of Mitchell.
Lori's Lift is back in business after the Mitchell City Council dealt with the issues facing the local taxi company.