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Mitchell's future is brighter thanks to proper planning from residents in the past. The community planning project known as Focus 2020 was such a success, Mitchell will likely kick off a similar initiative two years earlier than expected. In 2009, a large group of Mitchell residents dedicated more than 3,000 hours to craft a roadmap for the future called Focus 2020. Fast forward to 2017 and Mitchell has accomplished much of what the community plan hoped to see achieved by 2020, leaving the city in need of a new plan to continue moving Mitchell forward.
U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem welcomed State Sen. Billie Sutton to the governor's race Friday. During a call with reporters, Noem touched on topics ranging from the Senate's health care proposal to her Indian Health Service reform bill, but she closed the discussion by welcoming the Burke Democrat to the 2018 race.
ALEXANDRIA — What a difference a year makes. With Lake Mitchell covered in harmful blue-green algae and emitting a foul odor, nearby Lake Hanson has become a new hotspot for folks looking to enjoy the warm summer sun. That's according to Lake Hanson lifeguard Andrew Arend, who lives at the Alexandria lake and worked the shoreline in both 2016 and 2017. And with the city of Mitchell discouraging contact with its lake in early June, Arend's noticed an increase in visitors this year.
WASHINGTON — South Dakota's Republican senators are on board with the Senate health care plan released Thursday. Both U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds and John Thune see the Senate Republican proposed replacement of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, as a method to lower health insurance premiums for Americans.
Three years after the Mitchell City Council approved the project, the city's $8 million indoor aquatic facility is taking shape. Walls are beginning to rise from the construction site just south of the Mitchell Recreation Center on North Main Street, giving passers-by their first look at the blue-tiled interior walls of the voter-approved facility. And Robin Miller, the project's principal architect from MSH Architects, said the project is right on track. The structure, which Miller said will reach 35 feet at its tallest point, is approximately 15 percent complete.
Using the "Officer Friendly" approach, one local official is hoping to improve relationships between law enforcement and area youth to keep juveniles out of detention facilities. At Tuesday morning's Davison County Commission meeting, State's Attorney Jim Miskimins said he received approval from First Circuit Court Presiding Judge Steven R. Jensen to establish a court-approved diversion program in Davison County.
Outgoing Councilman Tronnes will not be able to attend the July 3 City Council meeting in which his seat with be passed over to Councilman-elect John Doescher, so Mayor Jerry Toomey took Monday to thank Tronnes for his time on the board. “Thank you, Dave, for your years of service to the city of Mitchell, we appreciate it, and thank you very much,” Toomey said.
So far, so good. The first weekend of two-way streets on Second, Third and Fourth avenues between Rowley and Lawler streets caused zero crashes, according to Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg. “People are adjusting,” Overweg told the Mitchell City Council Monday night. “I think it’ll come along pretty good.”
If all works perfectly, Main Street could be open as early as Tuesday. The portion of Main Street from Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue in front of the Corn Palace has been closed since late May for infrastructure work tying into the plaza being installed near the city’s main attraction. And after making a few calls Monday evening, Public Works Director Tim McGannon is hoping the city could reopen Main Street sometime Tuesday.
Next City Council meeting, the board is expected to decide whether the city should change the famed Corn Palace murals annually or every other year, and all indications are that the board will side with Councilman Marty Barington.