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HOWARD — Cancer has affected many lives in the community of Howard, and the high school student council is stepping up to fight the disease in a big way. Tucked next to the ticket booth at the Howard High School homecoming football game on Friday were two tables full of T-shirts being sold by the students who coordinated the fundraising campaign known as Step Up 2 Cancer. The money made from the $10 T-shirts goes to Miner County cancer patients going through cancer treatment.
AVON — With November midterm elections around the corner, it was only fitting to celebrate the late George McGovern and his political legacy in the small town where it all began. The first and only native South Dakota-born presidential candidate to win a primary election and represent the Democratic party united a group of proud South Dakotans on Saturday evening in honor of McGovern at his monument in Avon, where McGovern was born and raised.
The Mitchell City Council will consider approving the request of the master plan and economic study agreement as part of the Lake Mitchell Development strategy during Monday's 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall. The request includes a total of $119,700 for professional services with RDG Planning and Design. Requests for proposals were sent to nine different firms, which included local planning firms. Of the nine, only two firms responded with proposals. This proposal was selected by a committee that included the mayor, a city council representative and city staff.
It hasn't been a full year since Gilbert Luis moved from his Los Angeles home to be with his girlfriend in Mitchell, but his West Coast style tacos have already made their presence known. In its fourth weekend of being open, Luis' window restaurant known as West Coast Tacos sold out with an hour left before closing time at 3 a.m. "I wanted to open on Friday and Saturday nights to feel out what the people of Mitchell thought of my tacos," Luis said. "I think it's safe to say people are enjoying them."
Results from the 2018 South Dakota State Pedal Pull competition held at the Corn Palace on Monday. 4-year-old girls: Olivia Pechous, of Tabor, first place; Elsie Pavel, of Lesterville, second place; Kaylee Sestak, of Tabor, third place. 4-year-old boys: Mason Reints, of Chancellor, first place; Conrad Paulson, of Hudson, second place; Noah Hall, of Lennox, third place. 5-year-old girls: Berklie Mellegaard, of Sioux Falls, first place; Brianna Helling, of Elk Point, second place; Kiersten Mittelstedt, of Huron, third place.
HURON—Deer hunters shared their concerns Saturday surrounding a new deer hunting license proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks during a Q&A at the State Fair in Huron. While the new proposal is designed to help increase the number of hunters drawing their preferred firearms deer license, longtime hunter Roger Johnson is opposed to the alternative lottery system, particularly the rule of having to choose one preferred season.
BONESTEEL — One man is dead following a semi-truck and trailer rollover in rural Gregory County Friday afternoon. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says a 36-year-old male passenger died, while a 32-year-old male driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The crash occurred at 1:52 p.m. Friday, 25 miles east of Bonesteel on U.S. Highway Authorities said a 2014 Volvo semi-truck and trailer was driving northbound on U.S. Highway 281 and entered a curve when the driver lost control, causing the semi-truck and trailer to roll into the west ditch.
The Mitchell Board of Education will discuss the 2018-19 school district goals during its regularly scheduled meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy. Among the top goals for the 2019-18 school year is maintaining the South Dakota Next Generation Accountability Model. The school board will use the model to maintain a percentage of highly qualified instructors at 100 percent. The school board will also discuss student achievement goals, such as aiming for Mitchell High School ACT scores to continue exceeding state and national averages.
WAGNER — The Wagner Speedway has survived some tough years, but Rod Pattison has Friday nights in the small town roaring once again. The 3/8-mile dirt track that was once frowned upon in Wagner has regained the town's trust, thanks in large part to Pattison engaging with the community and looking for ways to give back since he rejoined the speedway two years ago.
WHITE LAKE — For White Lake students, Monday is more than the beginning of the school year. It's the beginning of a new era. As Superintendent Bob Schroeder strolls past each classroom, optimism and pride gleam through the freshly painted halls of the new $5,142,055 White Lake School District building. "White Lake has always prided themselves on education, and we had an option to either grow or consolidate," Schroeder said Tuesday, sitting in his brand new office.