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Many Mitchell area residents began their Sunday clearing their sidewalks and driveways after a weekend storm brought several inches of snow to the area. According to the National Weather Service, Mitchell received 2.6 inches of snow, but just 7 miles south of Mitchell, in the Ethan area, snow totals climbed to 6 inches. In Mitchell, the snowfall began around 3 p.m. Saturday and lasted until roughly 8 a.m. Sunday. While the snow tapered off in the northern and eastern surrounding areas of Mitchell, it was a different story in many towns to the south.
The Davison County Commission will look to sign a highway bridge grant and discuss wage increases for some county jail employees during its regular meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Highway Superintendent Rusty Weinberg will join the County Commission to discuss adopting an equipment resolution during the meeting at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. The commission's agenda is as follows: • 9 a.m.: Call meeting to order, Pledge of Allegiance, approve minutes, hear citizens input and board reports. • 9:15 a.m.: Discuss liquor license renewals.
The Mitchell City Council will look to approve a proposed resolution outlining the potential demolition of a corroding Main Street building during Monday's 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall. The resolution's approval would mean the council would make findings of fact about the building located at 301 N. Main St., including those that support demolition as the only plausible remedy for the partially-collapsed building.
B.J. Jones has devoted his life to creating art. But his passion to do so nearly ended, as the Mitchell native faced an obstacle that profoundly changed his life and artistic process forever. On May 4, 2003, a car crash in Phoenix, Arizona left Jones with a severe and traumatic brain injury, along with restricting his ability to use his dominant right hand. Following the crash, Jones was in coma for about four months but awoke at a Sioux Falls hospital, where he spent most of his time rehabilitating with his family and friends.
High school speech and debate teams across the state funneled into Mitchell over the weekend to compete in the 27th annual George McGovern Forensic Invitational Friday and Saturday. The two-day tournament drew in 432 entries from a total of 21 schools. It was Sioux Falls O'Gorman who walked away with the coveted Class AA sweepstakes award, while Aberdeen Central placed second. For the Class A sweepstakes award, Sioux Falls Christian earned first place, while Beresford came in second. Mitchell finished sixth overall in the sweepstakes scoring.
Local and area community members showed up in a big way for the First Circuit Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) annual fundraiser benefit Friday at the Moose Lodge in Mitchell. A sold-out dinner and auction kicked off the Cool Nights, Warm Hearts benefit, reflecting the community's continued support for Mitchell's First Circuit CASA nonprofit organization and its impact on the lives of children.
Gary Holzinger's passion for railroads led him on a wild journey through South Dakota in an old motorcar during the mid-1990s. And now, that very passion has inspired him to write a book that details South Dakota's unique history through what used to be one of America's largest railroads, the Milwaukee Road. Holzinger's book "The Badlands Route: The Milwaukee Road from Mitchell to Rapid City," was published on Oct. 23, and the Iowa native held a book signing Saturday at the Dakota Discovery Museum in a town that comes up often in his book, Mitchell.
WOONSOCKET—Despite battling a 103-degree fever, along with a foot plagued by severe tendinitis, Jeff Schulz managed to run 180 miles from Le Sueur, Minnesota to the South Dakota border for his longtime friend and Woonsocket classmate Marie Collum. Since running has been what Schulz calls one of his life's biggest blessings, he decided to use it in an effort to support Collum's ongoing battle with a recurring brain tumor known as a chordoma, which generally occurs near the spine.
Although he's only a sophomore in high school, Riley Brown knows what it takes to be a hero. After all, he saved his mother Melonye Brown's life three years ago in what could have been a horrific house fire, if not for the courageous act of heroism from the then 13-year-old. For Riley, staying calm in the face of grave danger can be traced to his decade-long involvement as a Boy Scout.
The late Rob Marchand's legacy extends far beyond the borders of South Dakota. On Sept. 10, Marchand's wife Mary, joined by daughter Kate and son Jay, trekked all the way to a Haitian island, where a group of local children eagerly awaited the family's arrival to dedicate the Rob Marchand Education Center in Anse-a-Galets on the La Gonave island in Haiti.