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As the Mitchell City Council waits to hear a Lake Mitchell restoration plan, one councilman is doing some research of his own. Councilman Kevin McCardle is considering what impact dozens of storm runoff drains are having on Lake Mitchell. And according to documents provided to The Daily Republic by McCardle, there are about 40 outfalls that drain directly into the lake, most of them into bay areas. "I think it's real valuable, because the bays it runs into are some of the worst areas of the lake, probably," McCardle said of the drainage map.
Many Mitchell residents eluded parking tickets last month, but not because of a lack of enforcement. In January, only 21 parking tickets were issued in Mitchell, down from 143 issued in January of 2017. Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg had a simple answer for the drastic reduction in tickets. "This would simply be 1 or 2 less snow removal events during those months," Overweg said in an email to The Daily Republic.
In the crowded field for mayor, it's anyone's guess who will reign supreme in city hall — in Sioux Falls. In Mitchell, it's a far different story. Mitchell City Council member, former state legislator and Mitchell High School teacher Mel Olson is the only candidate so far. Plenty of other names have swirled through the rumor mill, but no one has officially expressed interest in challenging Olson since he unveiled his intentions last year.
Attorneys for the city of Mitchell and the mother of Curtis Meyer, who was shot and killed by a Mitchell police officer in 2015, continue to spar over the facts in an "unjustified" death lawsuit. In court documents released this week, an attorney for the city of Mitchell, Mitchell Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg and former Mitchell officer Russ Stevenson challenged an insinuation from the plaintiff, Meyer's mother Hon Kasselder.
U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds is one of 25 senators urging President Donald Trump to change his tune on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The South Dakota Republican's signature is listed second among the senators who wrote a letter to Trump asking him to re-engage in the trade pact with 11 Asia-Pacific nations. The deal would have slashed tariffs with the region that represents a massive percentage of the world's economy.
Outgoing Mayor Jerry Toomey attempted to rope Councilwoman Susan Tjarks into a parliamentary quarrel over her comments at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting at City Hall. A letter was sent out, dated Feb. 15, with Toomey’s permission, to some landowners near bicycle paths that they need to remove snow from the paths.
The Mitchell City Council will give Joseph Novak a shot at redemption. Novak says he served 15 years in prison for aiding and advising kidnapping and attempted murder, and he was put under the spotlight when Councilwoman Susan Tjarks questioned whether he should be allowed to serve as a Lyft driver in the city of Mitchell.
Could South Dakota be the new home for the National Rifle Association convention? It will if U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem has her way. After Dallas, Texas, Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway asked the NRA to find a new site for its convention following last week's school shooting in Florida, Noem offered up South Dakota as a option for relocation.
After a few months of debate, Burr Street property owners might finally know who will plow their sidewalks. The Mitchell City Council is scheduled to hold the second reading and consider adoption of an ordinance that would deem the city responsible for clearing snow and ice from the sidewalks on Burr Street between Kay Avenue and Spruce Street. The council will begin its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall with a work session focused on naming rights for city facilities.
Davison County residents are on track to see more of the same in their local government. With fewer than two months remaining before the deadline for primary election candidates to file petitions to appear on the ballot, Davison County Auditor Susan Kiepke, Sheriff Steve Brink, Register of Deeds Deb Young and Commission Chair Brenda Bode have filed petitions for re-election. All but Young filed as Republicans.