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Month: December, 2016

Encouraging bid numbers for Mitchell Indoor Aquatic canter

Friday, December 30, 2016

Bid numbers for Mitchell’s Indoor Aquatic Center look promising. City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein says the city had four competitive bidders on the eight-million dollar project and the top two were close. “After first review of the bids, that we will certainly recommend a project to the council, that will be within that established bid limit that the council had already in place,” said Ellwein.

Right now the city is reviewing the bids and factoring in professional services fees before forwarding a recommendation to the council.

Ellwein says the bids and final recommendation is set for the January 17th City Council meeting. She says anyone with questions may contact her office or the Mayor.


J.P. Skelly


Fire guts mobile home on Mitchell's west wide

Friday, December 30, 2016

Fire gutted a mobile home on Mitchell’s west side Friday night. Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris says firefighters were called out shortly after 6:30 to the mobile home park in the 900 block of West Second Avenue. When crews arrived they found the north end of the mobile home engulfed in flames.

Morris says no one was in the home and the occupants arrived later. No one was hurt. Firefighters knocked down the fire and remained on the scene to search for hotspots. The mobile home is a loss and fire officials are investigating the cause.


J.P. Skelly


Highway Patrol Mitchell Squad office hosts food drive

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Mitchell Highway Patrol Squad is hosting a food drive for the Mitchell Weekend Snack Pack program today.  The program provides healthy snacks are packed and given to children in need when they leave school for the weekend.  The Mitchell squad delivered some of the packs to schools a few weeks ago and decided to host a food drive to help supply more snack packs.

The program needs 15 ounce or single serving cans of ravioli, beef stew, spaghetti, and spaghetti-o’s.  Other items include peanut butter and jelly, single size servings of pudding or Jell-O cups, granola bars, macaroni and cheese, Ramen noodles, juice boxes, hot chocolate mix, fruit snacks and more.

The Mitchell Squad Office is accepting donations from 7-am to 7-pm today at 1300 South Ohlman, just north of I-90 exit 330.

15 oz. cans or individual serving size:

o       Ravioli

o       Beef Stew

o       Spaghetti

o       Spaghetti O’s

       Peanut Butter and Jelly

       Single serving size pudding or jello cups

       Rice Krispie treats

       Granola Bars

       Fruit or applesauce cups

       Peanut Butter or Cheese Crackers

       Mac & Cheese – boxes or individual size

       Ramen Noodles

       Microwave Popcorn-low salt

       Individual packages brownies/cookies

       Juice pouches/boxes

       Hot Chocolate Mix

       Fruit Snacks


Missing prisoner back in custody

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

An inmate who failed to return to the Davison County jail following a court-ordered furlough is back in custody. Sheriff Steve Brink says 21 year old Wetu Wastwin Kiyukan turned herself in around eleven this (Wednesday) morning.

Kiyukan was released on a two-hour, court ordered furlough Tuesday afternoon but failed to return at the appointed time.

She was serving a suspended penitentiary sentence for possession of meth when she escaped.

Brink says charges are pending.


Mitchell Radio Stations Return to Local Ownership

Friday, December 23, 2016

Riverfront Broadcasting, LLC of Yankton, South Dakota has announced the sale of KORN News Radio 1490, Q-1073, and KORN Country 92-1 to Nedved Media, LLC of Mitchell, South Dakota.

Steve and Nancy Nedved of Mitchell are the sole owners of Nedved Media, LLC. Nancy Nedved is owner/operator of the three station group.

“Nedved Media’s vision is to make a difference for our listeners, clients and the communities we serve,” said Nancy Nedved.

“Our stations remain committed to immediate and thorough coverage of news, weather, sports and local events, plus customized advertising campaigns designed to help each client’s business whether it is for gaining market position, growth, or recruiting the right staff.”

The ownership change is effective January 1st, 2017 with the station license transfer, pending Federal Communications Commission approval, occurring around April, 2017.

Riverfront Broadcasting, LLC owned the Mitchell stations for the past nine years.


City of Mitchell declares snow emergency

Friday, December 16, 2016

The City of Mitchell is declaring a snow emergency. All vehicles shall be removed from Snow Emergency Routes by 2:30 p.m. or they will be subject to ticket and towing. No Parking will be allowed on Snow Emergency Routes until after the storm is over and the streets have been plowed curb to curb.


Due to the expected snowfall ending early morning Saturday the City plans on clearing East and West streets starting at 7:00 a.m. on December 17th. Following the East and West streets the City will move to the North and South streets.

City of Mitchell


City of Mitchell Christmas garbage collection schedule

Monday, December 12, 2016

Due to the observance of the Christmas Day holiday on Monday December 26th, 2016 the garbage collection schedule will be changed.  Monday & Tuesdays garbage will be collected on Tuesday December 27th, 2016.

The City of Mitchell Regional Landfill will close Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at noon and will be open on Saturday, December 24th, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Mitchell Regional Landfill will than reopen on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 at 7:30 a.m.

Dependable Sanitation will follow the City schedule.

The schedule may change due to inclement weather.

 If you have any questions on garbage collection please call 995-8465 or 995-8448.


Mitchell Police giving away $10,000!

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Mitchell Police Division will be participating in a unique, $10,000 Christmas event this year, made possible by an anonymous donor.

One hundred, $100 dollar bills will be given away by Mitchell police officers over the next seven to ten days. The money will be given to random individuals who the officers come into contact with.  These contacts may be in the form of a traffic stop, call for service, or a casual interaction. The officers will disperse the $100 bills to those individuals in an effort to spread holiday cheer.

The anonymous donor stated that police officers were selected for this project due to the challenges that those in the law enforcement profession have recently faced.   Also, because of the large number of people officers come into contact with on a daily basis, they would have a good sense of judgment on who could truly benefit from this donation.

If any of the receivers of this money feel that they are not in need, they can simply refuse the money or pass it on to someone else or another cause they feel has a greater need than their own.

This event will be as rewarding to the officers as it is to the receiver of the gift.

We feel that an event like this is not only a reflection of the community of Mitchell but also the State of South Dakota.

The attached note from the donor, will accompany every $100 bill that is given away.

May you have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mitchell Police Department


Mitchell Police work with Marsy's Law

Friday, December 2, 2016

The recently enacted Marsy’s Law has law enforcement and judicial organizations scrambling to comply. Voters overwhelmingly approved the Constitutional Amendment designed to ensure crime victim’s rights.

Mitchell Public Safety Chief Lyndon Overweg says the intention of the law was good in protecting victim’s rights, but implementing it stretches resources. “When somebody inquires about reports and stuff, we have to notify the victim of that,” said Overweg. “We also have to notify victims anytime a prisoner or a suspect is releases.”

He says police may have to redact certain information from reports that could identify a victim. Which means you may not get a complete report.

He says Marsy’s Law includes the most serious crimes to misdemeanor offenses such as petty theft.

Overweg says initial crime investigations will go on as usual, but Marsy’s Law may inhibit follow up investigations. “We are working on a potential waiver that a victim could sign which would allow them to waive these rights to where we could…share some of the information especially in the investigative stage,” Overweg said.

Attorney General Marty Jackley has formed a task force to offer guidance for putting Marsy’s Law into place. The group met for the first time today.

J.P. Skelly


Woman rescued from collapsed building in Sioux Falls

Friday, December 2, 2016

Rescue workers have pulled a 22-year-old woman from the rubble of a collapsed building in a South Dakota city.

Sioux Falls emergency manager Regan Smith says the woman is "alive and well," but does have injuries to her leg. Smith says she has been taken to a hospital.

He says rescue workers continue to search for another person trapped in the rubble. Fire officials have said that person is a construction worker.

The building that collapsed Friday morning was being remodeled.


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