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EMERY — For months, Cherie Ramsdell spent her Friday nights in the Bridgewater-Emery School District's new gymnasium. She wasn't catching a game, but instead was completing one of the largest projects in her artistic career: a mural.
George McGovern will not be forgotten — at least not at Dakota Wesleyan University. The university put the late senator's memory in the spotlight Monday evening during the Living the Legacy Gala, hosted by the McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service. Raised in Mitchell, McGovern is most known as the Democratic nominee in the 1972 presidential election. But it wasn't just McGovern — who died in 2012 — honored Monday night, but several Dakota Wesleyan students, who are now following in his footsteps.
PARKSTON — After medications for her autoimmune disease failed to help, April Valeski began to look at a more natural fix — and The Natural Sisterhood was born. Valeski held the grand opening for her business, The Natural Sisterhood, Saturday on Parkston's Main Street with the help of her best friend, Beth Kroll.
Energy efficiency is Ed Scherrer's passion. The longtime Minneapolis resident brought his insulation company, InSoFast, to Mitchell two years ago, and already has made big impacts on South Dakota. Recently, Scherrer was asked to be part of a project with South Dakota State University, providing the exterior insulation technology for a passive house — a structure that is highly energy efficient and meets rigorous standards to achieve passive house certification.
Brittney Eide can recall the day she noticed an entire lunch table of Mitchell Middle School students saying "milk" in a different language. The assistant principal noted a new student, who didn't speak English, was also sitting at the table. "You can hear the kids talk about what it's called in their language and pretty soon the whole table is calling 'milk' something else. It's fun," Eide said. " ... You get to see a whole different world, with the stories and the different family dynamics."
After running out of space for incoming students last fall, Dakota Wesleyan University is hoping to avoid facing a similar scenario with its latest building project. The university has revealed its plans to build a $5 million residence hall facility on the western side of campus. The three-story building will feature 114 beds to accommodate the university's growing enrollment, according to Theresa Kriese, executive vice president at Dakota Wesleyan.
One Mitchell education official will soon find himself in the Dominican Republic. Neil Putnam, vice president of the Mitchell Board of Education, was selected to participate in an intensive volunteer effort to build a new community center and cafeteria in Rio Grande, Dominican Republic. The selection is part of the January 2018 Lifetouch Memory Mission, a group that began in 2000 to volunteer and rebuild communities around the world. The project Putnam is a part of will continue to add onto a local K-8 school, and he's eager to get started.
The quality and selection of food throughout the Mitchell School District is here to stay. On Monday night, the Mitchell Board of Education quickly and unanimously approved the membership agreement for a second year in the Eastern South Dakota Food Buying Group. The group — which is made up of Brandon Valley, Brookings, Yankton and Mitchell school districts — pools together purchases to reduce costs of food while maintaining the quality and selection of items available, according Food Service Director Leann Carmody.
The top administrative official at the Mitchell School District will soon be put under the spotlight. During its regularly scheduled meeting today, the Mitchell Board of Education will conduct its annual evaluation of Joe Graves as the superintendent of the Mitchell School District. The five-person board will meet in executive session during its 5 p.m. meeting at Mitchell Technical Institute for the purpose of "discussing the qualifications, competence, performance, character or fitness of any public officer or employee or prospective public officer of employee."
"Welcome to level two," a voice rang out as a group of eight teenagers cheered and high-fived their quick success. The group had just begun an escape room four minutes earlier inside of That Place for Teens at Mitchell's Life Church on Mitchell's Main Street. And though they had an hour to complete their multi-level challenge, tension filled the air of the closed off space. But tensions quickly turned into laughter as the eight teens moved on to solve the next level. They would have at least 10 more before winning.