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Instead of a "budget-breaker," the Davison County Commission was met with an affordable bid for jail security improvements Tuesday. The board approved a $49,530 purchase, contingent on the project being completed by Dec. 31, to do headend improvements, door-lock integration and the replacement of select cameras throughout the Davison County Jail. Essentially, the project would replace the surveillance system that was damaged last year. And the cost was to the liking of the board.
The “Gary Munsen Court” will have to wait. The Mitchell City Council had nothing but kind words to say about former Mitchell High School teacher and legendary basketball coach Gary Munsen, but council members tabled a decision to rename the Corn Palace floor after him to receive more public input. “Once you name it, I don’t think you can unname it,” Council President Steve Rice warned.
A name easily recognizable to many Mitchell residents could soon appear in the city's most famous building. In January 2016, more than 800 people gathered in the Corn Palace to remember the life of former Mitchell High School basketball coach Gary Munsen. And on Monday, the Mitchell City Council will consider naming the event center's court after the man who guided 12 Kernel teams to state championship titles. The Mitchell City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall to consider naming the court in honor of Munsen, who died last year at the age of 72.
The estate of a man killed by a Mitchell Police Division officer in 2015 has yet to offer a settlement demand. According to court documents made available Thursday afternoon, counsel for the estate of Curtis Meyer met by telephone with representatives of the city of Mitchell, Mitchell Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg and former Mitchell Officer Russ Stevenson on Oct. 9. Meyer, 37, was killed by Stevenson during a struggle over Meyer's gun, and Stevenson's actions were later justified by the South Dakota Attorney General's Office.
Backed by a unique edge unlike anything around, Jason Bates is hoping his new business is a cut above the rest. The Brew Parlor opened on Main Street in August, and its clientele is steadily growing. But the main function — providing haircuts — isn't what sets it apart from the competition.
Compromise was king at the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board meeting on Thursday. In an effort to be fair to the Mitchell Aquatic Club, the group that pledged $1 million to support the city's $8 million aquatic center currently under construction, the board approved a fee agreement for use of the structure in 2018.
It's been a long time coming, but Mitchell residents will soon learn how their $73,725 was spent. The Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee hopes to nail down a date for Omaha-based water quality specialists Fyra Engineering to present their research and data isolating the cause of the annual algae blooms at the lake. The committee, which met Tuesday at the Mitchell Recreation Center, hopes to set a date when Fyra can visit the City Council during a trip to Omaha today.
The vision behind Mitchell's next new restaurant is becoming clearer. Keke Leiferman, owner of Kimball-based restaurant The Back 40, took to the Mitchell Planning Commission on Tuesday to gain a plan approval for her move to Mitchell. And Leiferman received some well-wishes from those in attendance. "And good luck, I hope it does very well," Mitchell Public Works Director Tim McGannon said.
With one bridge rehabilitation winding down, the Davison County Commission already has its next rehab project in the hopper. On Tuesday, the Davison County Commission determined it would open the Foster Street bridge, which has been closed for months throughout a rehabilitation process. At its regular board meeting, the commission said it would rule the bridge north of Avera Queen of Peace open later that afternoon. "I think we need to open it in fairness to the neighborhood," said Commission Chair Brenda Bode.
After a brief break from legislative service, State Sen. Stace Nelson returned to Pierre to deliver on a campaign promise. And the Fulton legislator followed through.