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A program at Avera Queen of Peace — that officials call "an unseen safety net" — is seeing success in preventing one deadly infection. Two years ago, Avera Health started an antimicrobial stewardship program, which helps prevent the inappropriate use of antibiotics by monitoring dosage, duration of therapy and administration of the drug. The program allows pharmacists within Avera's 33 hospitals to work with infectious disease professionals to request recommendations for local patients receiving antibiotics to improve therapy.
CANISTOTA — Ruth Neuberger's list of life accomplishments goes on and on. The 86-year-old Canistota woman has lived a long life and she couldn't be happier with her life, and now, she may be awarded for her many accomplishments. Neuberger has been nominated for the Spirit of Dakota Award in South Dakota, and on Oct. 7, she'll find out if she's this year's winner. The award, which has 11 nominees, is given to a woman who has demonstrated vision, courage and strength of character in the development of her family, community and state.
Jada Hohn's favorite part of school is seeing more supplies flow into the classroom. Hohn, a sixth-grader at the Mitchell Middle School, and her class have been dubbed Harvey Helpers for their efforts in collecting school supplies for a school in Texas following a Category 4 hurricane. Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Aug. 25, destroying homes, businesses and schools in its path. And the destruction that followed left many schools, including Brookside Intermediate in Friendswood, Texas, in a state of emergency and without the basic necessities.
Mitchell Technical Institute's enrollment faltered this year, and a program restructuring is to blame, officials said. The technical school released its fall enrollment this week for the 2017-18 school year, which showed a 4.6 percent drop in students. The 10-day census count showed 1,215 students enrolled from last fall's 1,274.
For Badger Clark fans, it was a year of milestones. 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the publication of Clark's "Grass Grown Trails," the 80th anniversary of him being named South Dakota's first poet laureate, the 60th anniversary of Clark's death and the 20th anniversary of the PBS film about Clark — based on the play written by Mitchell native Kenn Pierson titled, "Mountain Thunder: A Ballad of Badger Clark."
Instead of its students worried about earning an "A," it's the Mitchell School District's turn to see how they fared on this year's report card. On Tuesday, the South Dakota Department of Education released its annual report card for each of the state's school district, measuring graduation rates, attendance, proficiency and college readiness. And after seeing Mitchell's results, Superintendent Joe Graves feels "pretty good."
The spirit of Mitchell High School shined bright Monday night. And it wasn't just the annual burning of the "M" lighting up the Joe Quintal Field. Instead, it was the 2017 homecoming coronation, held at the performing arts center. Complete with five interlocking rings and an American flag, this year's coronation boasted an Olympic theme. And the winners of the gold medal Monday evening were Naomi Powers and Jarod Uher, who were crowned homecoming queen and king.
It's now easier than ever for the Mitchell community to get their hands on Kernel gear. Thanks to Cory Aadland, activities director of the Mitchell School District, the sale of Kernel apparel and gear has gone digital. "The whole intent here is to make stuff more available for everyone in the community. I've gotten a lot of good feedback from both staff members who have already looked at it, and community members," Aadland said.
With a wide open, grassy space, children raced through the Corn Palace plaza. People threw bean bags in another part of the plaza while others enjoyed greasy food from several vendors nearby. But nowhere was there a frowning face during the grand opening ceremony of the Corn Palace plaza on Saturday night, following a full day of activities for the Corn Palace plaza kick off and dedication day.
Ernie Haase and Signature Sound is known for their harmony. And that harmony will soon fill the Corn Palace, as the Grammy-nominated group, along with featured vocalist J. Mark McVey, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday. The group's performance is called the Inspiration of Broadway, and will feature songs "Climb Every Mountain," and "You'll Never Walk Alone." It's the kickoff performance for the 2017-18 Mitchell Area Concert Association (MACA) concert series. And according to Marlys Sprang, MACA president, this concert will be worth every penny.