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WINNER — A Winner man is suing the city of Winner, his previous employer, for discrimination after allegedly being told he is "too old" to be transferred to a different department for a new job. Vern Olson is requesting a jury trial to settle a dispute centered around an incident in which he said he was terminated from the city of Winner's Parks and Cemetery Department. He said he was fired after complaining about not being hired for a job in the Street Department based on his age.
ARTESIAN — As summer heats up, the prominence of street dances across the region is cooling down. But one town is determined to keep its annual event going amid a slew of other towns that are discontinuing their annual summer dance. Artesian's street dance, scheduled for Saturday night, can draw in more than 2,000 people, skyrocketing the town's normal 137-person population. The event begins at 9:30 p.m. and has become an event that people across the region flock to, giving the rural Sanborn County town its yearly day in the spotlight.
PLATTE — A $2.3 million loan from the state Board of Water and Natural Resources will help the city of Platte complete a wastewater project city officials have been discussing for several years. The board met Thursday and approved the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan for Platte to reline or replace clay sewer pipe throughout the city, addressing inflow and infiltration problems in the system. The $2.3 million funding package will cover the estimated cost of the project.
BURKE — Local boards are on pace to complete a plan by July 1 that would restructure two schools. After officially deciding to move forward with a joint powers agreement in April, the Burke and South Central school boards have been working to determine the parameters of the agreement, which allows students to attend classes in Burke without pursuing a consolidation or dissolution of the South Central School.
PLATTE — When the opportunity arose for Courtney Goldstein and Kevin Hedrick to open Sugarbeat & Co. Woodwork on Platte's Main Street, they couldn't resist.
Two area towns will have new leadership following Tuesday elections. A one-vote margin decided the mayoral election in Canova, with Todd Glanzer crowned victorious. Glanzer received 15 votes to defeat William Perrine, who received 14 votes for the four-year term. Glanzer will replace Ron Miller, who did not seek re-election after eight years as mayor. Voter turnout for the election was 37.66 percent, with 29 of 77 eligible voters casting ballots.
The portion of Main Street from Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue in front of the Corn Palace is now open to traffic, according to the Mitchell Police Division. The roadway has been closed since May for infrastructure work in conjunction with the plaza project in the works near the Palace. At Monday night’s Mitchell City Council meeting, Public Works Director Tim McGannon said the final dirt work in the area could be finished Tuesday.
MILLTOWN — A rural Hutchinson County park and campsite that was revived five years ago is seeking more renovations, and a Sunday event helped organizers get closer to their goal. The Fifth Annual Show-N-Shine Car Show, held at the Milltown Island Park, helped raise funds that will go toward implementing six additional campsites, showers, handicap bathrooms and more, according to Milltown Island Park Association Board Member Brian Stirling.
PRESHO — After receiving a $300,000 donation, Presho city officials are in the process of finalizing plans for an expansion to the town's library. Willed to the city by the late Everett Turca, Presho City Council Building Committee Member Colby Brakke said the city is excited for the possibility of expanding the facility's children's area and adding a meeting and classroom area.
Voters in two area towns will head to the polls Tuesday in cast ballots to determine who will be awarded mayor positions. After serving as mayor for eight years in Canova, Ron Miller decided to not seek re-election, so voters will be tasked Tuesday with selecting his replacement between candidates Bill Perrine and Todd Glanzer. The winner will retain the mayor seat for four years.