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As the South Sanborn Boulevard project comes to a conclusion, the Mitchell City Council continued laying the groundwork for the 2019 and 2020 project work further north on the primary Mitchell route.
The city of Mitchell will continue moving toward the demolition of the Jitters building in the downtown district with a set of expected moves today. The Mitchell City Council will meet today starting at 6 p.m. at City Hall for its regular city council meeting. A traffic commission meeting will precede the council's regular meeting.
ALEXANDRIA — A Hanson County couple has filed a complaint to halt the construction of a proposed hog barn between Alexandria and Emery, arguing the county's leaders had deficiencies in the hearing process for the project's approval. A court filing in the First Circuit Court filed on behalf of Loren Huber and Amy Nolan-Huber, of rural Alexandria, seeks a writ of prohibition to stop the project. A hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. July 25 in Alexandria.
AVON—With both supporters and opponents getting their way, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission heard public testimony Thursday about the 61-turbine, $297 million wind project proposed for the Avon area.
The Mitchell Department of Public Safety has promoted Marius Laursen to assistant fire chief, the city announced Wednesday. Laursen, who been the city's fire marshal since 2010 and has worked for the Mitchell Fire Division for the last 21 years, will become the city's leader in the fire and emergency medical services division on July 15. He replaces Paul Morris, who retired June 15 after 20 years with Mitchell's fire department.
For a business with a history of rapid growth and success, it's fitting Vantage Point Solutions nearly doubled its office space with its new addition. Likewise, it's appropriate that much of that new space is filling fast again. The company's roughly 150 Mitchell-based employees joined South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard in celebrating the new 25,000-square-foot addition to the company's 10-year-old headquarters, marking more progress for the telecommunications engineering and consulting business that started 16 years ago.
By all accounts, Mitchell's trial run with a new fireworks policy at Lake Mitchell had a solid debut. "Overall, things went really well," Mitchell Department of Public Safety Chief Lyndon Overweg said. "We really didn't have too many incidents and nothing serious." In all, Mitchell had 15 fireworks complaints for the two-day span of July 3-4. There were seven warnings issued and a report of one item smoldering in a dumpster by the lake.
By streamlining its membership process and making it easier for Kernel fans to be a part of the group, the Mitchell Athletic Booster Club is hoping to create more interest for the 2018-19 school year. The booster club is making two primary changes: replacing its traditional booster club night format with a punch pass and season pass structure for members, and combining the booster club membership and Kernel Bowl sponsorship structures.
Rolls of artificial turf are expected to arrive at Joe Quintal Field as soon as this week, as the $1.2 million renovation of the historic stadium's playing surface continues. Mitchell High School Activities Director Cory Aadland said the project is a little behind due to rainy weather Mitchell got in June. Dakotaland Sod and Stockwell Engineers, both of Sioux Falls, are conducting the work. "That two- or three-week stretch of rain has set them back. But they're going to be throwing labor at the project on the days they can to get it done," he said.
After a 27-day wait to become Mitchell's next mayor, not even a 10-minute delay was going to dampen Bob Everson's excitement. Despite Judge Patrick Smith's delay in getting to Mitchell City Hall to administer the oath of office, Everson was sworn in as the city's 35th mayor during Monday's City Council meeting, and the lifelong resident of the city said he's eager to get to work. "I've been busy," he said of the month-long run-up to his move into office. "So far, that part hasn't been too bad, certainly nothing overwhelming."