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Mitchell storage unit burglary reported

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Between 12-31-17 at 4:00 P.M. and 1-8-18 at 7:10 P.M. an unknown person(s) forcibly entered a storage unit located in the 900 block of North Ohlman, Mitchell SD. Stolen in the burglary were several Dewalt cordless tools and a Yeti cooler. Total value of the property stolen is approximately $1100.00.

If you have information in relation to this incident, or if you have information regarding suspicious activity in this area at this time, or information relating to any other crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 996-1700. Remember that you do not have to identify yourself, and a CASH REWARD is available if it leads to the arrest of the subject or subjects involved. There are no caller ID’s attached to this phone line, so you will remain anonymous. To send a crime tip via text message, download the free APP. “Tipsubmit” on your smart phone and select Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers or text “MITCS plus your message” to “274637”. Upon receipt of a tipster’s first incoming message the system will auto-reply with a confirmation containing the tipster’s unique tip ID. Anonymous two way communication can then occur between the tipster and Investigators. You can also go to to submit a crime tip by e-mail.
Information received through CRIME STOPPERS remains totally anonymous. Tipsters who provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s) will be given a CASH REWARD

A minimum of $250 is paid for rewards on all “Crime of the Weeks” solved through Crime Stoppers. Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, Inc offers this reward. Rewards will not be paid if crime tips, leading to an arrest, are not made directly to Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. by telephone, text message or by web tip.

To date 348 crimes have been solved through information from Crime Stoppers. 



Police investigate accidental shooting

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Mitchell Department of Public Safety received a report of a male subject with a gunshot wound who was at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell shortly after 7pm last Saturday.  Officers investigated this matter and determined that the injury was apparently the result of the reckless handling of a firearm.

In this incident, a 19-year-old man was at his residence located at 1401 S. Main St. Lot #150 in Mitchell.  The man was practicing his “Quick draw” with a .45 caliber revolver that the man thought was unloaded.  The man shot himself one time in the leg with the revolver as he unholstered the firearm and received non-life threatening injuries.  It appears that the bullet then entered the floor, but did not exit the residence.   No other people were injured in this incident.  One other person was present at the residence when this occurred.

Criminal charges are possible as a result of this incident.   

The Mitchell Police Division would like to remind people to always treat all firearms as though they are loaded when handling them, and to make sure to always keep firearms pointed in a safe direction. 



Looking for the next South Dakota Dairy Princess

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Midwest Dairy Association South Dakota Division is seeking candidates to participate in the State Dairy Princess contest scheduled Mar. 27, 2018, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls. The event is held in conjunction with the Central Plains Dairy Expo and Convention.

The South Dakota Dairy Princess reigns for one year as the official goodwill ambassador for the state’s dairy industry, making a variety of public appearances to help consumers understand dairy products and the responsible practices used by dairy producers. The new princess will be South Dakota’s 63rd State Dairy Princess.

The entry deadline is Mar. 1, 2018.

Candidates must be 17 to 24 years old, a graduating high school senior this year, unmarried and have parents or guardians who are actively engaged in the production of milk for sale to a licensed plant. A candidate also qualifies if she, her parents or guardian is employed on a dairy farm or a young lady sincerely interested and passionate about the dairy community. Candidates are judged on their communication skills, personality, general knowledge of the dairy industry and enthusiasm for dairy promotion.

The 2018 South Dakota Dairy Princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Midwest Dairy Association. A $500 scholarship from the Central Plains Dairy Expo will be awarded to the first runner-up. All candidates competing in the 2018 South Dakota Dairy Princess contest will receive a $250 scholarship.

For complete rules and an application form, visit or contact Char Hovland, Midwest Dairy Association – Dairy Princess Consultant, 5313 Pop Fly Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57110 or 605.695.3131, or email



Mitchell Public schools conduct a short precautionary lock down.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Mitchell public and private schools were locked down for a short time Monday morning while Police investigated a threat that turned out not to be directed to Senior High. Superintendent Joe Graves says it happened around shortly before 10 am. Mitchell Police say a Senior High School employee told the School Resource Officer about a threat that was apparently directed at students at the High School.  The threat was reported to a Senior High staff member by a concerned adult who apparently saw a threat on the internet regarding students at “MHS.” The concerned adult assumed the threat was made toward students at Mitchell Senior High School.  In the threat, a picture of several firearms was posted on an internet site along with comments regarding “Don’t go to school tomorrow @ MHS.”

“We of course took that seriously and immediate called Police,” said Graves. “They immediately determined that what the person had seen was actually a threat against a school in a different state and nothing to do with Mitchell High School."

Police say it was determined the original post was from Albemarle County Police Department in Virginia. That original threat had been investigated by that jurisdiction and a juvenile was detained.  The lockdown was then lifted Graves says no one was hurt or in any danger. 

J.P. Skelly


Emergency shelters open for those without power

Monday, January 1, 2018

Northwestern Energy is reporting  power outage on Mitchell's north side affecting nearly 950 customers.

Emergency shelters are being opened for those without power. The shelters are located at the Davison County 4H Grounds, 3200 West Havens, and at the Corn Palace, 604 North Main St.

Power Crews are working to restore power. 

Northwestern estimates power restoration around 11 am.


Mitchell power outage repaired

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 got off to a rocky start for about 950 Northwestern energy customers in Mitchell New Year’s Day. Spokesman Tom Glanzer says power at the Lake Substation went out around 8:30 Monday morning. “We had a powerline on the ground which caused about 948 customers to be out of power,” said Glanzer. “We brought it back in at about 10:00 and 138 of those popped back off again and we knew we had something else going on.” He says crews determined the problem and corrected the issue.

Local officials opened the Corn Palace and the Davison County Fairgrounds as emergency shelters until repairs were made.

Glanzer says the cold weather had nothing to do with the outage but says problems like this seem to occur at the most inopportune times.

J.P. Skelly


Mitchell Driver License station adds an extra day

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Mitchell’s driver license exam station will be open four days a week beginning in January.

 Currently, the station is open from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Starting Friday, Jan. 5, the station also will be opened the same time every Friday as well.

“We have a lot of demand for use of the Mitchell exam station,” says Driver Licensing Director Jane Schrank.  “We think adding a fourth day to the Mitchell site will help provide more opportunities for those who need to apply or re-apply for a driver’s license or ID card.”

The Mitchell station is located at 1315 N. Main St., suite 100.

 Schrank reminds people that they have 180 days prior to the expiration date to renew their license. For information about online renewal or what documents are needed for a license renewal and a list of exam stations, go to:

An estimated 225,000 driver licenses and ID cards are either applied for or renewed each year in South Dakota.

The Driver Licensing program is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.


MTI Foundation recognizes donors

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Mitchell Technical Institute Foundation held its 12th annual Donor Recognition Event on Thursday.  Five awards were presented to donors in different categories.

The Volunteerism & Service Award was presented to Bob Banks and Doug Kazmerzak who were instrumental in setting up the Ag Class of 1974 Scholarship.  The scholarship is funded by 1974 graduates of the MTI Ag Technology program.  The scholarship is in its fourth year and this year will consist of two $500 scholarships for second year ag students.  This award is given to an individual who has given of their time and talent to the MTI Foundation.

The Individual Donors of the Year award was presented to Carrie Grimes and Connie Tiensvold for their establishment of the Kenneth B. Carlson endowment fund.  Carlson, an area farmer, is memorialized by the fund which provides an annual scholarship to a student who comes from a family farm smaller than a thousand acres.  This award is designated to be given to an individual or family who has made a single or multi-year commitment to an MTI Foundation initiative, a program or a scholarship.

The Corporate Donor of the Year award was given to Windwalker Transportation and NTA Limited.  These two companies have provided no-cost leases of semi-tractors for the new Professional Truck Driving program.  This award is given each year to a company which has made a single or multi-year commitment to an MTI Foundation initiative, a program or a scholarship.

The Donor Legacy award, which is given annually to a donor who has consistently supported the MTI Foundation, was presented to the South Dakota Rural Electric Association Line Superintendents Association.  Since 1997, the Line Superintendents have awarded more than 100 scholarships totaling nearly $83,000 to students in the Power Line Construction & Maintenance program.

Finally, the Industry of the Year award was presented to the Agriculture industry, specifically the donors to MTI’s Plant A Seed fundraising campaign.  In what would become the first deal of its kind, Mitchell Technical Institute, the MTI Foundation and the MTI Farm Enterprise Fund combined forces, aided by the donations of nearly a dozen donors, to fund the purchase of a new John Deere 12 row, NT 1775 planter.  This award recognizes an industry which, as a whole, has come together to support an MTI program with donations of cash, equipment, supplies, training or provided internship or employment opportunities to MTI graduates.)

In other news, those attending were informed that nearly $200,000 in scholarships were awarded in the past year and the Foundation’s endowment balances now exceed $3 million.  Total scholarships and program support increased from more than $251,000 last year to nearly $445,000 this year.




Mitchell Parade of Lights award-winners

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Here is the list of winners from Mitchell’s annual Parade of Lights

Small Business

Best use of Lights

1st Place – Olson’s Pest Technicians

2nd Place – Culver’s


Best use of Theme

1st Place – Nedved Media

2nd Place – James Valley Solutions


Large Business

Best use of Lights

1st Place – Davison County Implement / C&B Operations

2nd Place – Muth Electric


Best use of Theme

1st Place – Muth Electric

2nd Place – Davison County Implement / C&B Operations


Community Organization

Best use of lights

1st Place – Billy Sutton’s Campaign Team

2nd Place – Cruisin’ For a Cause


Best use of Theme

1st Place – Mitchell Area Children’s Choir

2nd Place – Mitchell Assembly of God


Mitchell area crime update

Saturday, December 2, 2017

A suspect has been identified regarding recent burglaries that occurred in Ethan on November 28th.  Mitchell Assistant Police Chief Mike Koster says suspect is also responsible for several burglaries in the Mitchell, including the burglaries that occurred on November 1st in the 800 block of N. Main and November 17th in the 1300 block of West Havens.  Charges are pending. Authorities will release the individual’s name after formal charges are filed.

Two juveniles have been charged regarding vandalisms that occurred on November 29th. Several businesses in the main street area, Joe Quintal Stadium and Mitchell Senior High were spray painted with graffiti.

Meanwhile, 21 year old Tyler Vincent Roubideaux was arrested on November 30th for 1st degree burglary regarding November 27th burglary at a Mitchell residence.  Two guns as well as other property taken during the burglary where recovered.

MPD/JP Skelly

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