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The Mitchell Skating and Hockey Association is appealing the penalty handed down by the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association, which bans the boys varsity and junior varsity teams from postseason play.
In its first meeting of 2019, the Mitchell City Council dealt with more taxi service concerns Monday night, putting the end to one service's bid to renew its license and putting a second under more scrutiny for alleged tax concerns.
Addressing structural reparations for the Canal Bridge on North Harmon Drive will be a focal point for the Mitchell City Council during its regular 6 p.m. meeting Monday at City Hall. The city council will take action on whether to approve the submission of an application for a South Dakota Bridge Improvement Grant (BIG) that is estimated to cost $267,610, and the city of Mitchell has committed to paying 20 percent of the total cost, which would be $53,522, according to the council agenda.
Losing her 9-year-old daughter to a drunk driver in 2012 is something Jeanie Morgan has been coping with for seven years. The death of her daughter Bella prompted Morgan to help prevent other mothers having to go through the same pain of losing a child to drunk driving. Thus, Bella's Vans was born on New Year's Eve night, as two vans driving around Mitchell with the words "In loving memory of Bella Morgan" painted on the windows were providing safe transportation in the Mitchell area throughout the night from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
On a bitter Sunday morning following the three-day December snowstorm, Shane Taylor was at work clearing knee-high snow from Lake Mitchell's bike trails. After shoveling an inch of snow from a section of the biking trails near Camp Arroya, Taylor fired up his gas-powered snow rig to begin what he and other brave winter trail riders call winter trail grooming.
For 38 consecutive years, Doug Duitman and Kent Botsford have traveled 517 miles from their Fond du Lac, Wisconsin home to hunt the fields of South Dakota for pheasants. With the traditional pheasant hunting season nearing its end, Duitman and Botsford noted some advantages of hunting toward the end of the season and made sure to get their hunting fix before the season officially concludes Jan. 6, 2019. "The birds are concentrated and it makes for a good hunt, and we saw a lot of birds today," Botsford said.
MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon residence is a complete loss following a Sunday fire in which two women escaped without injuries. First responders were dispatched to the scene at approximately 2:15 p.m., while the Mount Vernon volunteer fire department were the first to arrive at the 305 W. Second St. home. When first responders arrived, the home was filling up with heavy smoke coming from inside of the house. "We had to go in and rescue the lady in the wheelchair, and the other lady made it out on her own," Mount Vernon firefighter Steve Gerlach said.
The effects of online shopping have led to a business casualty in Mitchell. The former Business Products Inc., or BPI, now known as Innovative Office Solutions, will close its doors on Monday, ending nearly 40 years of retail operations at the 215 N. Lawler St. storefront. Russ Heins, general manager at Innovative Office Solutions in Sioux Falls, oversees the South Dakota operations, which are located in Mitchell and Sioux Falls. He directly cited online shopping as the main reason for the company's decision to close the Mitchell store.
New year, better wages. During Thursday's Davison County Commission meeting, commissioners unanimously approved a 2 percent salary wage increase plus 50 cents per hour for all Davison County employees for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year. While commissioners Denny Kiner, Kim Weitala, Randy Reider and Susan Kiepke were able to battle the winter snowstorm and attend the meeting at the Davison County Commissioner's Room in the North Offices Building, commissioners John Claggett and Brenda Bode were present via conference call due to the inclement weather.
As the post-Christmas snowstorm rolls on, Mitchell can expect to see plenty more powder. With 100 percent chance of snow in the forecast for today, Mitchell will likely see an additional 6 to 7 inches of snow by the end of the day, according to Peter Rogers, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service of Sioux Falls. "The rain mixture is expected to turn over to snow by later this evening," Rogers said late Wednesday afternoon. "So, that's why there will be more snow (today)."