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The financial implications are unprecedented, the scope of the project is massive and there's still more public education to be done. With those factors in mind, four Mitchell City Council members see the value in putting the future of Lake Mitchell in the hands of the voters.
Among the proposed solutions to improve water quality at Lake Mitchell are a handful requiring the city to acquire land. But what if property owners won't budge? In its first formal report as part of a $73,725 study of Lake Mitchell, Omaha-based water quality specialists Fyra Engineering laid out 14 broad solutions that could be applied to address algae growth in the 693-acre lake.
South Dakota's congressional delegates continue to trumpet their chambers' respective tax reform plans. A day after U.S. Sen. John Thune announced he will serve on the committee tasked with negotiating a tax reform bill between the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds took time Thursday to further ballyhoo the tax reform plans.
A major food source for algae growth nearly doubled in Lake Mitchell in 2017, and a study unveiled this week helped pinpoint the causes. A report from Omaha-based water quality specialists Fyra Engineering, which cost the city of Mitchell $73,725, shows an average of 889 parts per billion (ppb) in Lake Mitchell this year. On average from 1991 to 2017, the level sat at approximately 474 ppb.
Producers should expect to see changes to a popular federal commodity payment program under the next farm bill. During a Wednesday meeting of the South Dakota Soybean Association in Sioux Falls, adviser to U.S. Sen. John Thune and farm bill veteran Lynn Tjeerdsma said the Agriculture Loss Coverage-County (ARC-CO) program isn't going to cut it for growers in the future without some adjustments. "ARC isn't working, just because of the nature of the formula," Tjeerdsma said. "That needs to be changed.
The wait is over, but the cost estimates are unprecedented. Mitchell city officials forewarned that the costs appearing in Fyra Engineering's Lake Mitchell restoration report are preliminary estimates and are by no means what will be presented to the City Council in January, but stacked side-by-side with other recent projects in Mitchell, the estimates to solve a decades old problem are stratospheric.
Davison County is on the hunt for its next veterans service officer, but the reason for Jessica Davidson's ouster remains clouded in mystery. At Tuesday's regular Davidson County Commission meeting, the board decided to accept applications for the veterans service officer position until Dec. 29. Davidson was terminated from the position last week, one day after an closed-door executive session was held at the Davison County North Offices. Neither Commission Chair Brenda Bode nor Commissioner John Claggett would offer details about Davidson's firing.
Mitchell's Monday night weather was frightful, but also fitting for the discussion at hand for the Sidewalk Committee. During a meeting at Mitchell's City Hall prior to the regular Mitchell City Council meeting, the Sidewalk Committee met to discuss who's responsible for clearing snow on the new walkways and bicycle trails on Burr Street. After some brief discussion, the committee unanimously recommended to have the city clear the sidewalks this season and keep track of the cost to plow private sidewalks.
The Burr Street reconstruction comes with new sidewalks and bicycle trails, and area landowners will soon learn who's responsible for clearing snow on them. Prior to Monday's Mitchell City Council meeting, the city's Sidewalk Committee will take a bus tour at 12:10 p.m. of the Burr Street sidewalk. Then, the committee will review the layout of the plan at 6 p.m. at City Hall and discuss the responsibilities of nearby property owners in removing snow.
Mike Miller knows he wasn't the most talented player in the NBA, but the foundation of success he cultivated at home in Mitchell helped set him apart from the rest. Backed in part by the guidance of his Mitchell High School coach, Gary Munsen, Miller went on to be one of the longest tenured players in NBA history. And after 17 seasons in which he collected individual awards and helped two dominant Miami Heat teams win consecutive NBA Finals, Miller still looks back fondly at a time when he learned to become a better player and person.