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It’s a new time for NorthWestern Energy in the Mitchell area. That was celebrated Tuesday at the public utility company’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for its 5,700-square-foot customer service office building and celebrated the 14,000-square-foot expansion of the company’s Mitchell warehouse building, as well. All told, the $3 million in upgrades signify both NorthWestern’s commitment to Mitchell and its customers.
This will be the fourth time U.S. Sen. John Thune has had a hand in writing a farm bill in the United States Congress. And this will likely be the toughest of those four efforts, the senator said Thursday at a question-and-answer meeting with about 40 community members at the Cornerstone Coffee House in downtown Mitchell.
At Rotary Park, it's time to let the light shine. And to let time itself shine, as well. Since the park's creation in 2005, there's been a four-sided manual clock that displays the time at the corner of Main Street and Seventh Avenue. But for much of the last decade, that clock has not been illuminated. Thanks to the efforts of Mitchell's chapter of Rotary International and a local business, the lights are now shining. "It's been a good chance for us to put a little life into it," said Pat Clark, a member of the Rotary Club of Mitchell. "It needed some updating."
After turning down another wind proposal, officials are setting out to provide some clarity on what the rules are in Davison County for commercial wind projects.
Only a handful of area legislative races will go through the primary process, for which voting opens today at county offices around the state. Primary races will take place in a pair of House contests. In District 19, Republican incumbents Kyle Schoenfish, of Scotland, and Kent Peterson, of Salem, will be challenged by Parkston’s Michael Boyle. The top-two vote-getters will take on Freeman’s John Koch, the lone Democrat running in the district in the general election.
It might be 40 years in the making by the time it happens, but Mitchell is getting back into the rotation to host the state gymnastics championships. The Corn Palace will be the host site for the South Dakota state high school gymnastics meet in 2022, as the South Dakota High School Activities Association voted on first reading Monday to approve its state event sites for 2021-22. Those sites will be finalized in June.
WINNER — The big dig is in full force in south-central South Dakota. The communities of Winner and Gregory were among the area communities hit hardest by the April blizzard blowing through the state on Friday and Saturday. And now it's hard for Brent Gill and his crews to push around. The Winner City Superintendent has at least 20 inches of snow to deal with after the storm passed through, as officials worked to make progress Monday.
Spring isn’t sticking around Mitchell much longer. Starting Friday, the snow will have its say. A potential record-setting snowstorm — forecast for 12 to 17 inches — is expected to move through the Mitchell area, leaving the region with more than a foot of snow and providing a rough reminder of what April weather can look like in South Dakota.
For the second time in three years, the Davison County Commission has said no to a major wind project west of Mitchell. The county’s commissioners, meeting as the Board of Adjustment Tuesday, unanimously voted in opposition to a conditional use permit application for a nine-turbine wind farm in Beulah Township from Davison County Wind, LLC and its parent company Con Edison Development. That decision was made by the five-person board at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell.
It's a big day for local elections around the area today. In Winner, voters will decide on how they'd like to see traffic traverse their Main Street starting in 2020, while also deciding on the city's mayoral ballot.