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Facing another set of commercial animal feeding operation decisions, the Davison County Commission voted to approve a separate pair of 2,400-head swine finishing barns in Blendon and Lisbon townships. Both conditional use permit votes Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell were for 960 animal units, with Christ Christopher seeking to build in the northwest corner of the county, while Jarod Klock was seeking approval in Lisbon Township, which is located southwest of Mitchell.
The hopes of Mitchell's city leaders to approve a master plan and economic study for Lake Mitchell were shot down Monday night, as the council voted 6-2 to knock down a plan to spend nearly $120,000 on a study. Council members Kevin McCardle, John Doescher, Dan Allen, Jeff Smith, Dan Sabers and Marty Barington voted against the spending, while Steve Rice and Susan Tjarks were in favor of the plan.
The Mitchell City Council unanimously decided Monday to approve a conditional use permit allowing the community's lone pheasant cleaning operation to remain in business. At the urging of the community's business and hunting advocates, that decision reversed the vote of the city's planning commission denying a permit for Tami Dammann to continue running a business she's had for nearly 30 years out of her home at 412 N. Foster St. The decision was made as the council sat as the Board of Adjustment during a regular meeting at Mitchell City Hall.
The outcome of Saturday's college football game in Brookings on Saturday was hardly a surprise. The score? South Dakota State 90, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6. Now, that turned some heads. The social media wildfire soon followed. A number of national sports outlets tweeted out the score and watched the reactions roll in. For example, ESPN's college football Twitter account tweeted out the final score with the caption: "An actual score, from an actual college football game." That tweet has generated more than 7,000 reactions alone.
BROOKINGS -- “Record-setting blowout” doesn’t even cover Saturday’s game for the South Dakota State football team. The No. 3-ranked Jackrabbits busted the school record books for points in a game (90), total offense (926), passing touchdowns (eight), and passing yards (557) in a single game. It all added up to a 90-6 pounding of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the 52nd annual Beef Bowl in front of 14,526 fans at Dykhouse Stadium.
The improvement of Dakota Wesleyan University's athletic training program could be looked at somewhat like a successful injury rehabilitation. When the program turned to the 21st century, there wasn't much success. It was maligned with students struggling to pass the exam to become certified and the curriculum was underwhelming. Almost two decades later, the DWU's program has taken some leaps forward as one of the university's most popular majors, and the proof is in the school's alumni.
For now, the Northwoods League isn't coming to Mitchell in 2019. But the city of Mitchell is leaving the door open for the popular summer collegiate wood-bat baseball league anyway. The Northwoods League's option agreement with the city of Mitchell calls for the league to commit to playing in Mitchell by Sept. 1 prior to the upcoming season. The deadline has passed with no change, but Mitchell Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Powell said everything remains in a holding pattern.
After a dip in fall 2017, enrollment is climbing once again at Mitchell Technical Institute this fall. The school reported Friday that it has 1,224 total students, compared with 1,208 students in fall 2017. MTI says the school has seen the largest growth in its Construction and Manufacturing division. That was despite a planned 20 percent reduction in the Power Line Construction and Maintenance program for the 2018-19 school year. The reduction was deemed necessary after careful study of recent placement data for graduates from the program, the school said.
For all of the success in Roger Musick's career, two points built the bedrock of his professional life. He's always been driven by a need to continue learning. And he's done it all in his hometown of Mitchell.
In a odd public hearing that devolved at times into name-calling and accusations, the Mitchell City Council decided Tuesday to delay a decision for three months regarding the revocation of the Speedy Taxi license to operate in the city. The council, voting unanimously, intended to wait until the Dec. 17 meeting to take up the issue once more due to a pending legal charge against the taxi service's primary employee Dustin Feistner. He was charged with reckless driving following an incident on July 12 on the north edge of Mitchell, which is currently awaiting a jury trial.