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Month: April, 2016

Crash victim identified

Thursday, April 28, 2016

WAGNER, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 22-year-old Lake Andes man who died in a one-car crash in Charles Mix County.

The Highway Patrol says James Fischer was a passenger in a car that went into the ditch off state Highway 50 and rolled several times, striking several trees.

Fischer died at the scene. The car's driver suffered minor injuries.

The crash just before 8 p.m. Tuesday happened about 3 miles northwest of Wagner.


Copyright 2016 The Associated Press


2nd Annual MAC Triathlon

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Join us on June 11, 2016 for a Sprint Triathlon in the beautiful city of
Mitchell, South Dakota!

Enjoy the scenic routes as you complete an open swim in lake Mitchell, bike
around Lake Mitchell, and run around the scenic Lake Mitchell.

Make sure to mark your calendars for the Pasta Night on Friday, June 10,
2016 and the Breakfast of Champions on Saturday morning prior to the race
(both at the Ramada Inn, Mitchell).

The MAC Triathlon will start and finish at the Public Beach at Lake
Mitchell. The Public Beach is located off of North Harmon Drive.

Swim: 500 meter triangular swim near the shore of Lake Mitchell
Bike: 13 miles around the scenic Lake Mitchell
Run: 5k (3.1 miles) enjoying the scenic Lake Mitchell

Three different ways to register:
Teams of 2 (all male, all female, co-ed)
Teams of 3 (all male, all female, co-ed)

Medals will be awarded to:
top 3 males overall
top 3 females overall
top 3 teams overall

Register by June 1, 2106 to guarantee a shirt size.

Visit or on facebook MAC Triathlon

Statewide tornado drill set for today

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

As part of Severe Weather Awareness week in South Dakota, a statewide tornado drill is set for later this morning.

The National Weather Service will issue a test tornado watch at 10 a-m, followed by a test tornado warning at 10:15 a-m.  At that time outdoor warning sirens across the state will be activated. Again, it’s only a test.

The Test tornado watch and warning ends at 10:30.

J.P. Skelly

Middle School and High School staff recognized for service

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Mitchell School District recognized Middle School and High School staff for their years of service, plus new retirees on Wednesday.

At the High School, Jennifer Falor, Ralyna Schilling, Gretchen Smith, Clayton Gropper and Susan Allen were recognized for 15 years of service. Nancy Heckenlaible, Clinton Kiewel, and Kathy Mills for 25 years. Dan Muck, Steve Easton, and Mike Keena for 30 years. And Jan Weisser for 35 years of service. Retirees included Susan Allen, Dan Sonne, and Maribeth Hohn.

For the Middle School, Kate Kramer and Michelle Mebius were honored for 15 years of service, Cheryl Miller and June Wenande for 25 years, and Cindy Auch and Janelle Hearnen for 30 years.

Middle School retirees included Cindy Auch, Ron Clough (kluff), Kate Kramer, and Larry Larson. Superintendent Joe Graves says Larson spent his entire 44 year teaching career at the Middle School.

J.P. Skelly

Dakota Wesleyan University is seeking public comment

Monday, April 25, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University is seeking comments from the public about the university in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.

The university will host a visit Oct. 24-25, 2016, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission, which requires each university up for accreditation to solicit opinions from its community – on and off campus. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college to the following address:

Public Comment on Dakota Wesleyan University

Higher Learning Commission

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and received by Sept. 23, 2016.

Dakota Wesleyan University has been accredited by HLC since 1916.

Source: DWU



Mitchell man arrested for false reporting and drug charges

Monday, April 25, 2016

On Friday, April 22, 2016 at 3:29 p.m. The Mitchell Police Division Dispatch Center received a 911 call from 20 year old Alex John Schaffer.  Schaffer said that he had just been assaulted at his residence by two male subjects.  Schaffer said that one of the subjects “Pulled” a handgun at Schaffer during the incident.  Schaffer later told Police Officers that Schaffer had not seen a handgun during the incident.  The other subjects involved in this incident denied having a handgun during the altercation.  No handgun was found in the possession of any of these subjects.   As a result of this investigation, Schaffer was arrested for the offense of false reporting to a Law Enforcement Officer, a class one misdemeanor, in violation of S.D.C. L. 22-11-9.  This incident appears to be related to a dispute arising from a fire that occurred at Schaffer’s residence on 04-22-2016 when Shaffer was cooking. 

Schaffer was also arrested for possession of less than 2 oz. of marijuana, in violation of S.D.C. L. 22-42-6 and for ingesting an intoxicant, in violation of S.D.C. L. 22-42-15 regarding alleged drug use that occurred earlier on 04-22-2016. 

The Davison Co. Sheriff’s Office assisted in the Investigation.  

Source: Mitchell PD


Mitchell School District lauds elementary school educators and retirees

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Mitchell School District honored thirteen elementary school educators and four retirees during a special event Wednesday.

“I’m a Teacher...What’s Your Super Power?”, served as the theme.

Terriann Murray, Kristina Borgan, and Donna Ripp were recognized for fifteen years of service, Joanna Meyers, Sonya Fossum, and Eileen Toman, twenty years. Deb Thill and Mary Nath, twenty-five years, Hallie Tate, Susan Dodd, and Jane Dahme, 30 years. Plus Cheryle  Aslesen and Mary Marchand, 35 years.

Marchand, along with Patty VerSteeg, Kathy Ewing, and Joan Pfaff are retiring.

School board member Neil Putnam and Superintendent Joe Graves distributed tokens of appreciation and thanked the honorees for their service.

Senior High Assistant Principal Shane Thill served as emcee.


Police seeking help in horn theft

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Mitchell Police are looking for help in finding whoever stole two air horns from two railroad engines stopped on Mitchell’s west side. The Nathan brand horns were taken between the hours of 6 pm on April 11th and 8 am on April 12th in the area of the 2300 block of West Ash. The horns are valued around $2,000.

If you have information regarding this incident please call Mitchell Area Crimestoppers at 996-1700. You may also e-mail a tip at or text MITCS plus your message to 274637.

You’ll remain anonymous with either method. A minimum of $250 is paid for rewards on all crimes of the week solved through tips to Crimestoppers.


DWU enters articulation agreement with Nebraska college

Monday, April 18, 2016

A recent articulation agreement between Northeast Community College, Norfolk, Neb., and Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, will make it more efficient for Northeast graduates to transfer and achieve bachelor’s degrees within four years of beginning their post high school education.  

With about 45 percent of Northeast Community College graduates continuing their education at four-year colleges, DWU dean of admissions Fredel Thomas saw an opportunity for a new partnership.

“We decided to approach Northeast Community College because their programs align so perfectly with our own – they have 10 two-year degrees that are highly compatible with our programs, in addition to others that could complement and give those students a way to earn a bachelor’s degree.” Thomas said. “These range from criminal justice and wildlife management, to business and entrepreneurship, to athletic training and nursing.”

Dakota Wesleyan has also created program maps that outline exactly what a Northeast student needs to take and do in order to transfer after two years straight into a junior-level position at DWU.

“DWU has a transfer coordinator in our admissions office – Derek Lien – who created program maps for each major to ensure their credits are transferable to DWU,” Thomas said. “In most cases, as long as the student declares his or her major as a freshman at Northeast Community College and follows their program map, when they transfer to DWU they should be able to still graduate within four years – that’s our goal.”

In the case of the nursing program at Dakota Wesleyan, Northeast nursing students will enter into the DWU program as RNs and immediately begin the RN to Bachelor of Science-nursing online program and should be able to finish within 13 months.

“And because our RN to Bachelor of Science degree is online, students do not need to relocate to Mitchell to finish – which is a great advantage to students who might already be working in the field, have families or just cannot make the move,” Thomas said.

Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast president, said he is pleased to be partnering with a such a quality institution as Dakota Wesleyan.

“Our students will be excited and encouraged with such a partnership,” Chipps said. “It will allow them to pursue additional higher education opportunities at a quality private institution. As senior leaders, we have a professional responsibility to open avenues for them to fulfill their hopes and dreams. Dakota Wesleyan will be a wonderful choice for Northeast transfer students who desire a private, liberal arts, university experience.”

“Dakota Wesleyan will provide a perfect transfer path for many Northeast students,” said John Blaylock, vice president of Educational Services at Northeast. “I appreciate DWU’s commitment in providing our students yet another avenue to continue their pursuit of a four-year degree. With each of us known for traditions of academic rigor and excellence, I believe this collaboration will be a win-win for our students.”

There is also a special perk for Northeast Community College transfer students – they will receive a $1,000 transfer bonus toward tuition. They will also be eligible to receive GPA-based transfer scholarships; a $2,000 Phi Theta Kappa honors society scholarship for those already members; and apply for United Methodist, performing arts and athletic scholarships.

 In 2015-16 school year, DWU had its largest enrollment in history, and the campus continues its growth in capital projects with two new buildings in the last three years and a new theatre facility in the planning stage. This success is due in part to the many partnerships with donors, alumni, businesses and other colleges. Dakota Wesleyan has articulation agreements with Mitchell Technical Institute, and Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, and is hoping to explore other opportunities with two-year colleges that align with the university’s programs and vision.

“We’re really excited to welcome Northeast students to campus – those who will be right here on campus are going to experience everything we have to offer and love so much about our campus community and culture,” Thomas said. “I’m excited that I get to be a part of this process in introducing a new group of transfers to Dakota Wesleyan.

 Dakota Wesleyan University is a private, four-year liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. DWU has been educating future leaders since 1885 and offers 40 majors and minors, as well as two master’s degrees and two online bachelor programs for nursing and organizational leadership. For more information about Dakota Wesleyan University, visit



Twelve of thirteen businesses pass alcohol compliance check

Friday, April 15, 2016

Twelve of thirteen Mitchell businesses passed the latest compliance check conducted by the South Central Alcohol Task Force.  Café Teresa, Coborn’s, Casey’s General Store on North Main, Village Bowl/Spare Change Casino, Lakeview Golf Course, Walmart, Twin Dragon, All-Star Sports Bar, Cattleman’s Steakhouse, Sudz, Chef Louie’s, and Dr. Lucky’s refused to sell alcohol to a confidential, underage informant.

The lone failure occurred at Yessica’s Restaurant where the clerk did not ask to see the Confidential Informants identification, but still served the alcohol to the C-I.  This is Yessica’s Restaurant’s second failure within a 24-month period.