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Month: January, 2016

Greenway cited for dedicated and distinguished service

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The South Dakota Pork Producers Council (SDPPC) honored Brad Greenway of Mitchell with the Dedicated and Distinguished Service Award at the Master Pork Producers Banquet on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.  "The Dedicated and Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual who provides outstanding and dedicated service to South Dakota's pork industry; and Brad certainly has demonstrated this type of service.  We are proud to honor him with this award," commented SDPPC executive board member and association services and membership committee chairman, Mark Fuoss of Armour.

Brad and his wife Peggy own a wean-to-finish swine operation that markets 10,000 pigs annually.  They also have 200 beef cows and raise corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa.

Brad finished serving two three-year terms on the National Pork Board in June, 2015 and most recently served as vice president. He is an Operation Main Street and OMS 2.0 presenter and has given over 100 presentations throughout South Dakota and nationally.  On the national level Brad is a member of the Trade Committee, Pork Safety/Quality/Nutrition Committee, and is currently Vice President of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance.  He has served on the National Pork Board's Nominating and Resolutions Committees, chaired the Environmental Stewards Task Force which created the new Pig Farmer of the Year award, and also chaired the NPB Domestic Marketing Committee for two years.  He served on numerous other committees over the years.  Greenway was a member of the 2003 Pork Leadership Academy.

Brad has been involved with the Davison County Pork Council for 28 years, served on the SD Pork Producers Council from 2000 to 2015, and served as state president in 2005 and 2006.  He received the SD Pork All-American award in 2002, the SD Master Pork Producer award in 2009, and the South Dakota Ag Ambassador of the Year award in 2014.  Brad and Peggy received the Pork Promoter of the Year award in 2015.  He is a member of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, the South Dakota Soybean Association, the South Dakota Farm Bureau, and serves on the local township board, Davison County Pork Producers, and Davison County Fair Board.

Brad and Peggy have two children.  Their son Brent and his wife Mollie live in Mitchell. Their daughter Mandi, her husband Cris, and their daughter Nora live in Madison, Wisconsin.



Police investigate a suicidal male

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
On 01-26-2016 at approx. 12:23 a. m. The Mitchell Police Division received a report of a suicidal male with a shotgun at 1235 W. Elm # 2 in Mitchell. Some roads in the area were blocked off and several people were evacuated from surrounding residences during this incident as a precaution. 
An adult male subject was detained at approx. 3:20 a.m. without incident. The evacuated people were allowed to go back to their residences. There were no reports injuries associated with this incident.

MTI once again named one of the best in the nation

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. – The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today again named Lake Area Technical Institute and Mitchell Technical Institute among the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds, as well as Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships.

The prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and access and success for minority and low-income students. Both schools have made the list since the inception of the award and LATI has been a finalist with distinction each time.  

 LATI President Mike Cartney and MTI President Mark Wilson issued a joint statement:

“Everyone in our organizations is focused on one mission: building South Dakota’s technically skilled workforce. Our students can be confident their education prepares them for in-demand technical careers; business and industry can be assured our graduates are ready to tackle the challenges of today’s dynamic and technology-driven environment. As a system of four technical schools, we are committed to continually improving. National recognition like the Aspen College Excellence Program affirms our efforts are making a difference.”

 Nearly half of America’s college students attend community college, with more than 7 million students – youth and adult learners – working towards certificates and degrees in these institutions across the country. More than 6,300 students are currently enrolled in South Dakota’s technical institute system.

 Tiffany Sanderson, director of career and technical education for the South Dakota Department of Education says, “The four technical institutes in Watertown, Mitchell, Sioux Falls and Rapid City do an outstanding job of preparing students as skilled scholars, ready to contribute to business’ goals and the communities where they live.  For half of our schools to be named to the nation’s top 15 percent of two-year colleges, speaks heavily to their quality.”

 Lake Area Technical Institute and Mitchell Technical Institute, along with 148 other community colleges announced today were selected from a national pool of over 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes in three areas:


·         Performance (retention, graduation rates including transfers and degrees and certificates per 100 full-time equivalent students)

  • Improvement (awarded for steady improvement in each performance metric over time)
  • Equity (evidence of strong completion outcomes for minority and low-income students)


LATI and MTI have been invited to submit an application to the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence containing detailed data on degree and certificate completion (including progress and transfer rates), labor market outcomes (employment and earnings) and student learning outcomes.

 Ten finalists will be named in fall 2016. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data. A distinguished prize jury will select a grand prize winner and finalists with distinction in early 2017.

 A full list of the selected colleges and details on the selection process are available at


Scholarship Opportunities

For the first time, the 150 prize-eligible institutions are also invited to nominate exceptional students enrolled in their best middle-skill STEM programs for scholarships. Up to 50 Siemens Technical Scholars will be selected from programs that provide outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in manufacturing, energy, health care and information technology. A partnership between the Siemens Foundation and the Aspen Institute, the Siemens Technical Scholars Program intends to help our nation’s community colleges and their business partners bridge the gap between projected shortages of skilled workers and the millions of high-demand jobs in these STEM industries. Scholarship winners and the programs that deliver rigorous training enabling their success will be announced in fall 2016. Lake Area Technical Institute was recognized this past year with three 2015 Siemens Technical Scholars. For more information and to view video profiles of 2015 Siemens Technical Scholars, go to:





Klumb submits petitions for a state senate run

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

District 20 Republican Representative Josh Klumb is running for the State Senate seat currently held by Senator Mike Vehle who is term-limited.

“When opportunity presents itself, it’s best to take that opportunity”, said Klumb. “I can be effective for the district in the Senate as I can in the House.”

Klumb made his move following discussions with Vehle and Representative Tona Rozum. Rozum is seeking another term in the state House.

Klumb’s senate candidacy leaves an open House seat in District 20.

J.P. Skelly

Mitchell Communications Specialist honored

Monday, January 18, 2016

Mitchell, SD – The Mitchell Department of Public Safety recently awarded Communication Specialist Jerry Fradet, the Pursuit of Excellence Award. This award is an annual award that is presented to an employee from the Mitchell Department of Public Safety that exhibits a professional commitment to the Mitchell Department of Public Safety and the citizens of the Mitchell area. The person receiving the award displays an attitude and work ethic that matches our motto of “We begin with Pride and end with Excellence.”

Communications Specialist Jerry Fradet was presented the Pursuit of Excellence award for his dedication that goes above and beyond what is expected from a Communication Specialist. Jerry has been employed by the Mitchell Department of Public Safety for over 19 years. Jerry has volunteered for many community functions to include the Mc Gruff Crime Dog appearances, Trunk or Treat, assisting with the Toys for Tots and shop-with-a-cop Christmas gift programs and many other community events as Santa Claus. Jerry is a member of the Crime Prevention Unit, a certified hostage negotiator, a member of the Honor Guard, and he is a training specialist for new employees.

Communication Specialist Fradet takes pride in having his uniform pressed and clean and shoes shined at the beginning of every shift.

Prior to his employment with the Mitchell Department of Public Safety he served 10 years in the United States Air Force as a security dispatcher.

Communication Specialist Fradet will be allowed to attend a national conference or training related to his field of work as a result of winning this award.


Gary Munsen memorial service set for Monday

Thursday, January 14, 2016

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — Memorial services have been scheduled for longtime Mitchell High School basketball coach Gary Munsen.

Munsen died of a heart attack on Tuesday. He was 72. Bittner Funeral Chapel says his funeral is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the Corn Palace.

Munsen coached for nearly half a century and won a dozen state titles in girls and boys basketball. He retired after the 2012 boys basketball season with a combined total of 902 wins.

Munsen will be buried in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in White Lake.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.


Mitchell Police seeking possible suicidal man

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mitchell Police are looking for a 23 year old Native American male, Gage Michael Brock. On Wednesday the Mitchell Police department received information that Brock had telephoned the Human Services Center in Yankton, stated he was suicidal and was walking on Havens Avenue in Mitchell, en route to the hospital. Brock was not located. Right now there is no known risk to the public but police want to check on Brock’s welfare. Brock is 5’5”, and weighs 175 lbs. If you see Brock or know his location, telephone the Mitchell Police Division at 995-8400 right away.


Mitchell K-Mart to close

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — The Kmart stores in Mitchell and Pierre will be shutting their doors this spring. The closings will put nearly 100 people out of their jobs.

Sears Holdings Corp. is shutting down 100-120 Sears and Kmart stores nationwide to reduce expenses as it changes it business model.

The Mitchell store, which has 52 employees, will begin liquidating its merchandise on Jan. 24 and close to the public in mid-April. The Pierre Kmart liquidation sale begins Jan. 14 and the store will close in mid-March. That store has 45 employees.

Customers with layaway contracts can either pay it off early or transfer it to another store.

Officials say there are no plans at this time to close any other South Dakota Kmart stores.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press


Mitchell Main Street and Beyond executive director leaving

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Mitchell Main Street & Beyond announces the resignation of its director, Kari Kirchmeyer and the beginning of the organization’s search for her replacement.

Mitchell Main Street & Beyond’s board accepted Kirchmeyer’s resignation during its monthly meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 13. Kirchmeyer cited personal reasons for her departure as director, wanting to spend more time at home with her children, but as her resignation was accepted so was she nominated to take a place on the board as a representative of Cell Phone Repair, her husband’s business on Main Street.

Mitchell Main Street & Beyond is a nonprofit economic development organization focused on marketing and rehabilitating Mitchell’s historic commercial district.

Kirchmeyer’s position as director focused on developing Downtown Thursdays, enhancing membership services, exploring streetscape plans, and coordinating the relocation of the MMS&B office to the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce building on Main Street. Her last day in the office will be Jan. 29; however, she will serve in a consulting capacity during the transition to a new director, as well as maintain a position on the board.

“Kari understandably has decided to resign her position to put her family first to stay at home with her three young children,” said Jeff Logan, MMS&B president. “She also plans to assist her husband with his Cell Phone Repair Business.  Kari will remain an active board member of MMS&B and we appreciate all she has accomplished in her position and are sad to see her leave.”

 The MMS&B board has formed a search committee for the next director. A job description and posting are pending and will be available on


Three options to watch the Mitchell City Council in action

Monday, January 11, 2016

Mitchell residents now have three options available to watch city government in action.

Midcontinent Communications has begun airing Mitchell City Council meetings live on KRNL in Mitchell.

Mitchell residents can watch the meetings the first and third Monday of every month on KRNL, channel 7, Mitchell’s public, educational and government access channel.

City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein says you can also view the meeting on the City of Mitchell’s YouTube channel as well as Mitchell Telecom channel 90.

J.P. Skelly