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Month: March, 2016

Delmont church looking to the future

Monday, March 28, 2016

DELMONT, S.D. (AP) — Members of Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont celebrated Easter in the town's community center, but they hope to be worshipping in a new church come Christmas.

The congregation's century-old church was destroyed by a May 2015 tornado that damaged or destroyed dozens of structures and injured nine people.

Head Trustee Jim Kaufman says the final blueprint for a new church is being sent to five contractors for bids. The goal is to start construction sometime next month.

Kaufman says parishioners never considered not rebuilding. He says six generations of his family have attended Zion Lutheran.

Kaufman also says that with insurance money and donations providing the necessary resources, it's a "no-brainer" to rebuild.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.


Museum re-modeling complete

Monday, March 28, 2016

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — The Prehistoric Indian Village in Mitchell is opening its remodeled Boehnen Memorial Museum on Friday.

The renovation began in the fall of 2014. It includes a new audio-visual technology wing, exhibits, gift shop, lighting and a newly configured entrance. A large teaching garden also has been added to the museum's grounds.

Village Executive Director Cindy Gregg says the project will give visitors an expanded educational experience.

The site is a 1,000 year-old Native American village being excavated each summer by students from the University of Exeter in England and Augustana University in Sioux Falls. It's the only active archaeological site open to the public in South Dakota.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press


The Golden Egg has been found

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Laura Jorgenson and Trish Carlson will split the $1000 in radio fun money.  The egg came in on Wednesday morning, but they said they found it on Tuesday evening.

Congratulations Laura Jorgenson and Trish Carlson

Radio Auction

Monday, March 21, 2016

Thursday, March 24th, 2016 at 10am the LIVE radio auction can be heard in its entirety on Q1073 radio, KORN News Radio AM 1490.

A complete listing of all items will be found here. (PDF 56Kb)

All buyers must have bid numbers to participate.  Give us a call @ 605-996-1490 to get your bidder number during business hour. It’s better to have it ahead of time in case you want something that’s going fast!

Bidding will begin at 50% retail value.  Bids must increase in $2 increments.

All items must be picked up in person at 400 N Rowley St by 5pm Thursday, March 24th or 1pm Friday, March 25th. Credit cards are accepted with total purchases of $50 or more. Items not paid for by 1pm Friday, the 25th will be considered as unsold.

Auction Participants

Easy Come Easy Go
Papa Murphy’s Take n Bake Pizza
Hair Depot
Butch’s Tavern in Alexandria
Logan Luxury Theatres
Moody’s Western Wear
Fog n Droz
Crazy About Cupcakes
Ben Franklin Crafts
Woelfel Jewelry
Sylvan Learning
Chef Louie’s
Fashions Unlimited
Carquest of Mitchell
The Little Red Hen
Mitchell Area Community Theatre
Adorn Boutique
Anytime Fitness
Terry Peak Chalets
American Garage Door Company
Wild Oak Golf Course
Moonlight Bar
Alexandria Locker
Cherry Berry
Cherrybee’s Floral & Gifts
Pizza Hut
Creekside Veterinary Clinic
Black Tie Limousine
Dakota Tire & Repair
Cornerstone Coffeehouse & Deli
AJ’s Bar and Grill Alexandria
Big Dummy’s
Longhorn Bar
Perkins Family Restaurant & Bakery
Tri M Tunes
Riddle’s Jewelry
Mitchell Recreation Center
C & S Detailing
Golf Addiction
Northside Sinclair
True Fitness
Mitchell Main Street & Beyond
City of Mitchell Fun Passes/Lakeview Golf Course

Corn Palace Festival talent and ticket prices

Friday, March 18, 2016

The World’s Only Corn Palace is excited to announce the entertainment lineup for the 2016 Corn Palace Festival. This year’s festival is a star studded lineup including American rock band STYX, country music star Gary Allan and Happy Together which includes The Turtles, Mark Lindsay, Gary Puckett, Chuck Negron as well as The Cowsills and Spencer Davis Group.   The Corn Palace Festival will kick off the entertainment in brand new style this year with a free outdoor show featuring South Dakota’s own rock band Judd Hoos on the freedom stage on Thursday, August 25th.   STYX will rock the Corn Palace Stage on Friday, August 26th.  Gary Allan will perform on Saturday, August 27th  and the Corn Palace will welcome back the Happy Together Tour on Sunday, August 28th to wrap up the 2016 Corn Palace festival entertainment.  Tickets will go on sale for all shows Tuesday, May 3rd at 10:00am.  Tickets can be purchased at the Corn Palace Box Office, by calling 1-800-289-7469, or logging on to   Ticket prices for each show are as follows. 



Standing Room






Gary Allan




Happy Together





Three charged following GEAR UP probe

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

PLATTE, S.D. (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley says three people have been charged in an investigation into a college readiness program that began after the deaths of a family of five at their home in Platte.

Jackley filed criminal complaints against 58 year old Daniel Guericke of White Lake, 43 year old Stephanie Hubers of Geddes, and 42 year old Stacy Lee Phelps of Rapid City. They're charged with felonies for misconduct in the GEAR UP program.

All three have been released on bond.

Jackley earlier said his investigation had confirmed that the family's patriarch, Scott Westerhuis, had killed his wife and four children with a shotgun before setting the family home ablaze and then shooting himself.

Westerhuis was business manager for Mid-Central Educational Cooperative, which managed the GEAR UP program that sought to improve college readiness of Native Americans.

Jackley says the investigation suggests Westerhuis and his wife conspired to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars and likely over $1 million.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press


Two Mitchell businesses fail alcohol compliance check

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Fourteen of sixteen Mitchell businesses that sell alcohol passed a recent compliance check conducted by the South Central Alcohol Task Force. Freedom Valu Center, County Fair Food & Fuel, Cubby’s West, M&H, Kwik Phil, Walgreens, All-Star Convenience Store, Graham’s Mobile, I90 Travel Plaza, Thunderbird Lodge, Highland Travel Plaza, Rob’s Short Stop, Shopko, and Thirsty’s refused to sell alcohol to an underage confidential informant.


Officer Dan Kopfmann says there were two failures as a result of the alcohol compliance checks and they occurred at Easy Come Easy Go and Westside Sinclair.  In the Easy Come Easy Go compliance check the clerk not did check the Confidential Informants identification, but still made the sale of alcohol.  In the Westside Sinclair compliance check the clerk did check the Confidential Informants identification, but sold the Confidential Informant alcohol.   This is Easy Come Easy Go’s first failure within a 24-month period and this is Westside Sinclair’s second failure within a 24-month period.


Vandalism, stolen cars and vehicle burglaries keeping Police busy

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Mitchell Police have a full plate of vandalism, stolen cars and vehicle burglaries and are asking for your help in finding who's responsible.


Sometime from Friday, March 4, 2016, at midnight until Monday, March 7, 2016 at 9:39 a.m., approx. $5,000 worth of property was vandalized at, and near Kiwanis Woodlot Park, located close to Indian Village Road by Lake Mitchell.  5 permanently mounted Professional Frisbee disc golf baskets in the park were vandalized.   It appears that a blue vehicle was driving in the fenced in park area and drove over the disc golf baskets intentionally.  Also, during this time period, a park bench that was mounted on a cement base by the Lake Mitchell Amphitheater was also vandalized.  The bench was moved from it’s original location and recovered in a wooded area just north of the amphitheater, by some burned wood. 

Thefts From Vehicles

Sometime from Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. until Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 7:10 a.m. several vehicles were entered in several different locations in Mitchell and items were stolen from the vehicles.  A window on one of the vehicles that was entered was broken with a metal toy cap gun. Some of the stolen items include an Acer brand 17” lap top computer, one carton (10 packs) of Liggett ultra Light 100’s cigarettes, Apple IPad with black case (“164” is marked on back of the case), one set of Apple headphones with ear buds, one black and silver colored woman’s wallet (and contents)  and one gallon of Rotella T motor oil.   These items are valued at approx. $1,000.

2 Stolen Vehicles

Sometime from 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday March 8 until 7:40 a.m. on Wednesday March 9, 2016, two vehicles were stolen in Mitchell city limits.  One vehicle, a black 2008 Chevy Malibu was stolen from the area of 212 S. Langdon sometime after 6:00 p.m.  This car was located in a field just west of 407th Avenue, and North of Scott Supply (west of Mitchell) at 6:50 a.m. It appears that this vehicle was travelling southbound prior to leaving the roadway on 407th Ave.


The second vehicle that was stolen was a Silver colored 1998 Buick Lesabre that parked curbside on the 1500 block of W. Hanson Avenue, prior to the theft.    This vehicle was recovered from the back yard of a residence located on the 500 block of E. 7th (by the North Alleyway).  It is believed that at least two people are involved in both of these vehicle thefts and that the suspects may have walked on the rail road tracks from the area of the stolen vehicle in the field west of Mitchell, to the 1500 block of W. Hanson Ave. where the second car was stolen.

If you have information in relation to these crimes, or if you have information regarding 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 those 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, 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. Callers who provide information 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.  


A former legislator is running for the State Senate in District 20

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

It looks like there’s a race shaping up for the District 20 State Senate seat. Democrat Quinten Burg of Wessington Springs is on the ballot. The Secretary of State’s website indicates Burg filed today (Wednesday). Republican Representative Josh Klumb of Mount Vernon announced his intentions to run for the seat in January. Incumbent Republican Senator Mike Vehle of Mitchell is term-limited and cannot seek re-election to the Senate.

Burg is a former legislator.

District 20 includes Davison Aurora and Jerauld counties.

J.P. Skelly

Mitchell Schools name Teacher of the Year and Classified Staff of the Year

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Mitchell School District honored teachers and classified staff from each building Wednesday.

Cindy Gerlach of Mitchell Senior High earned Teacher of the Year.

Other teacher of the year candidates included Sara Schultz, Middle School, Sarah Fosness, GB Rodgers, Kim Brenden, LB Williams, and Kristina Starr, Longfellow.

Mary Pranger of L-B Williams elementary School earned Classified Staff of the Year.

Other classified staff of the year candidates were Donna Ellingson, Senior High, Mark Moore, Middle School, LeeAnne Williams, GB Rodgers, and Judy Freeman, Longfellow.

Each building nominates its respective candidates.

J.P. Skelly