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AVON — A 61-turbine, $297 million wind farm project proposed in three area counties is moving through the process of being approved by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. Prevailing Wind Park’s application was filed with the PUC on May 30 to build a turbine project with a 219.6-megawatt capacity and earlier this week, the PUC considered the company’s filing fee to start the process to approval.
TYNDALL — Mark Maggs will have a chance to continue working for Bon Homme County for the remainder of 2018, but if he does, it likely won't be in law enforcement.
SIOUX FALLS — While Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was elsewhere in the state Wednesday, agricultural advocates gathered in Sioux Falls with an event to urge Pruitt to stop standing in the way of ethanol efforts.
The Corn Palace and Mitchell's Main Street will rev up with motorcycles once again this August. Mitchell's tourist stop will host a Main Street party for motorcyclists heading west for the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on Aug. 2. The event was discussed by members of the Corn Palace Events and Entertainment Board Tuesday at Mitchell City Hall, but no official meeting or business could be decided because the meeting lacked a quorum. About 400 riders are already expected for the event and that number could go up significantly, said Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt.
Nearly two decades since the last comprehensive development plan for Davison County, officials are looking to involve the county's three cities in its next version of the document. Davison County Planning and Zoning Administrator Jeff Bathke and District III Planning and Development Executive Director Greg Henderson separately presented Tuesday to the county's commission on efforts to update the county's comprehensive plan, which was last updated in 1999.
ARMOUR — A $1.4 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to help jump-start the Douglas Electric Cooperative's upgrades to its Armour facilities. The electrical co-op will move its operations to a central site, located 1 mile north of Armour, said Douglas Electric Cooperative Manager and Line Superintendent Jay Spaans. "Right now, we're at about four different sites around town," Spaans said.
The goals for the Mitchell City Council in the 2019 budget year came into focus Monday night and the council didn't provide any surprises: Infrastructure will be a focus of future construction efforts.
Kevin McCardle will get a chance to serve a full term for Mitchell's Ward 2 residents. McCardle, who took over a Mitchell City Council seat one year ago, won a three-year term on the city council in resounding fashion over challenger Debbie Emme in Tuesday's municipal race held in concert with the statewide primary. McCardle cruised and claimed 475 of the 569 votes, or 83.5 percent of the votes cast in the election. Emme picked up 94 votes, or 16.5 percent of the ballots cast in the city's southeastern ward.
Aside from the high-profile statewide races that are on the ballot Tuesday, a number of area contests will be in front of voters, as well. There are two area House of Representative primaries. In District 19, Republicans and incumbents Kyle Schoenfish, of Scotland, and Kent Peterson, of Salem, are challenged by Michael Boyle, of Parkston. District 19 includes Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, McCook and part of Bon Homme counties. The winners will face Democrat John Koch, of Freeman, in the general election.
KENNEBEC -- State Rep. James Schaefer — who represented District 26B in the South Dakota Legislature since 2011 — died Tuesday. Schaefer, 79, died at his ranch near Kennebec, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office announced Wednesday. The Daily Republic has learned Schaefer was involved in this fatal crash on Tuesday night.