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One final item remains on the Mitchell City Council's checklist before a $202,000 waterslide can be added to the city's indoor aquatic center, and it may be approved Monday night. The Mitchell City Council will consider approving a change order for the city's aquatic center project to add a large waterslide that many initially expected would be part of the project. If approved at Monday's City Council meeting at Mitchell City Hall, the construction portion of the contract will rise to $7,615,500.
The alt-right could learn a lesson from South Dakota. With far right rallies being scheduled nationwide in the wake of racially charged demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds suggested South Dakota's recent reconciliation efforts with Native American tribes could serve as a positive example for the nation.
South Dakota’s past two governors have declined to endorse a candidate for the post in next summer’s Republican primary. Former governor and current U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds became the second person who’s served as governor to tell The Daily Republic that he won’t endorse a gubernatorial candidate in the 2018 South Dakota GOP primary, joining current Gov. Dennis Daugaard in staying out of what is expected to be a close primary battle next year.
It may take a boatload of cash to restore Lake Mitchell. For the first time in several public meetings, Mitchell Mayor Jerry Toomey shared an estimated expense to improve algae-stricken Lake Mitchell, and it's no small chunk of change. While the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board heard preliminary feedback on a master plan for the department, Toomey acknowledged the restoration of Lake Mitchell could cost as much as $30 million. "It could be that much, especially if you had to dredge it," Toomey said during the Tuesday meeting at the Mitchell Recreation Center.
Bipartisan support could be the spark that leads to a farm bill replacement before it expires in September 2018. U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds told The Daily Republic on Wednesday that he expects the farm bill to have a good chance at being approved by Congress by the fall of 2018. "They want — Republicans and Democrats — want to see a good farm bill in place before it expires, that is helpful," Rounds said.
The clock is ticking on the current iteration of the farm bill, and South Dakota's three congressional delegates were on hand at Dakotafest to talk shop with area farmers. Below the roof of the Reaves Building on Dakotafest grounds in Mitchell, U.S. Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem sat shielded from the much-needed rain to answer questions about the ag industry amid a drought-stricken summer in their home state.
The Davison County commissioners terminated the burn ban they put in effect one month ago, thanks to a couple days of wet weather. After reviewing various resources and consulting with local fire chiefs, Davison County’s Deputy Emergency Management Administrator Mark Jenniges said fire danger has eased.
A summer scare for Mitchell's top tourist destination was narrowly avoided. Despite an excessively dry summer, Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt said the city will have enough corn to decorate the nine corn murals surrounding the World's Only Corn Palace. While the city voluntarily skipped redecoration of the murals in 2016, it hadn't faced a drought scare since 2012. And with approximately 275,000 ears of corn needed for the building, coupled with the dilapidation of the 2-year-old murals adorning the building, Schmidt was relieved when a recent rain saved the day.
Eddie Money isn’t exactly living up to his name. The 1970’s chart topping rocker is on pace to sell the lowest amount of Corn Palace Festival tickets of the last five years, with only 378 tickets sold according to Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt on Wednesday.
On the heels of President Donald Trump’s praise of the United States’ nuclear capabilities and his threat of “fire and fury” toward North Korea, South Dakota’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representative backed the strong rhetoric. “It’s important we send North Korea a strong message,” Noem said in a written statement.