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Month: May, 2015

KORN News Radio is partnering up with Woelfel Jewelry to get your special someone a “Woelfel Jewelry Upgrade”

Friday, May 29, 2015
Starting June 1st, each week all through the summer KORN News Radio will be taking your story of when you met, 1st date, funniest, favorite, or fondest memory of you & someone special.  Then tell us what jewelry upgrade you would like them to have! Listen for our queue to call in, text in, email, or post on our facebook page for your chance to win!  Maybe it’s a bigger diamond for their wedding ring or diamond pendant, earrings or bracelet.  Or, maybe the upgrade you want is for something they don’t have…but you would like them to.  It can be for anyone you want, so who is special to you?  Tell us the story and they’ll have a chance to win big!

Every week for 13 big weeks, we’ll choose one really good memory from all submissions-that person instantly wins a $25 Woelfel Jewelry gift card & is a qualifier for the $1,000 Woelfel Jewelry Upgrade.  So, if your submission isn’t chosen, try again…and again…and again!  There will be 13 weekly winners & one of them will win the Woelfel Jewelry Upgrade worth up to $1,000!

Click here to submit your nomination online.

KORN News Radio earns high honors for broadcast journalism

Friday, May 29, 2015

KORN News Radio captured five first place awards in the small market radio division of the Associated Press Dakotas Broadcast News Contest.

News Director J.P. Skelly took top-honors in Newscast, Continuing Story, Feature, Writing, and Talk-Public Affairs and second place in General Reporting.

This is the 16th consecutive year that KORN News Radio has earned recognition from the Associated Press in a variety of categories, including three Overall Excellence Awards and several Instant News Citations.

The contest is open to Associated Press member radio and television stations in South Dakota and North Dakota.


Former Corn Palace Director sentenced

Friday, May 29, 2015

What started out as a report of questionable management practices at the World’s Only Corn Palace, followed by a state audit that uncovered major accounting and money-handling flaws, a lengthy investigation by state and federal authorities, execution of a search warrant and the dismissal of the man responsible for the facility’s operation is over.

Last Thursday former Corn Palace Director, 49 year old Mark Schilling, pleaded guilty in magistrate court to one count of petty theft which occurred around November 29th of 2013. A grand jury indictment accused Schilling of taking gift cards belonging to the city of Mitchell for his own use.

Magistrate Judge Gordon Swanson issued a suspended 30 day jail sentence, and fined him $500, plus $84 in court costs. He ordered Schilling pay $500 restitution to the City of Mitchell and ordered him to obey all laws and have no like offenses for 360 days. 

J.P. Skelly

Lawsuit filed against Mitchell Mayor and City

Friday, May 29, 2015

With just a few days to go before Election Day, the man who the City of Mitchell had originally hired to succeed Mark Schilling as Corn Palace Director is suing Mayor Ken Tracy and the City.

According to Federal Court Documents filed Friday, Steven Koch claims after being hired by the city, he was summarily terminated from his position as Corn Palace Director without any reason, formal proceeding, investigation or right to be heard.

The lawsuit also claims that Tracy made defamatory statements regarding Koch causing emotional distress.

Koch is asking for compensatory damages, for damages he has suffered, including punitive damages and others plus attorney fees and other relief the Court deems correct.

After he was hired, the city learned that Koch was accused of misappropriation of funds in August of 2001 and later pleaded guilty to a single count of petty theft. He was ordered to pay more than $45,000 restitution.

Tracy says he’s not been served papers as of yet. "neither I nor the city did anything that was inappropriate in the handling of that matter", said Tracy.

 As to the timing of the suit being filed within days of Mitchell’s Mayoral election, Tracy says he has no way of knowing whether it was coincidental or planned.

Tracy is asking for the community to keep an open mind until the situation is resolved.


J.P. Skelly


Mitchell car fire

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A vehicle fire destroyed a car just returning from a test drive at a Mitchell auto dealership. Fire Marshal Marius Laursen says the call came in shortly before 1:00 pm from the Vern Eide lot on East First Avenue. “On arrival they had a fully involved vehicle that was in the lot”, said Laursen. “Crews extinguished the fire within 15 minutes.”

He says a sales associate reported three people were in the car. “A husband and wife and a salesman were out for a drive”, Laursen said. “They didn’t notice anything funny until they started backing the vehicle in the spot in the lot when smoke and flames started to come from the vehicle.”

The fire was confined mostly to the engine compartment. However service technicians and firefighters had not determined a cause early on.

Laursen says no one was hurt.

We have pictures posted on our website at under Mitchell Car Fire.




Rapid City faces flooding

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities in the Rapid City area are warning of high creek levels and fast-moving currents as releases from Pactola Reservoir increase.
The Bureau of Reclamation and the Corps of Engineers are bumping up the water release this morning to 450 cubic feet per second.
That could go up to 500 cubic feet per second Thursday, and Pennington County Emergency Management Director Dustin Willett says that hasn't happened since 1965.
Rapid City spokesman Darrell Shoemaker says parts of the city could see flooding, and residents should be cautious along the city's bike path. Some flash flooding occurred in Rapid City earlier this week after heavy weekend rains.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press


Crash victim identified

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WALL, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified the man killed in a one-vehicle crash in Badlands National Park.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 51-year-old Richard Vasquez of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, died in the crash Saturday afternoon. According to the Highway Patrol, the pickup driven by Vasquez went off state Highway 240 and down a steep embankment, rolling twice.
The patrol says Vasquez was thrown from the pickup and died at the scene. An investigation is ongoing.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press


Special donation for special girls

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A local health insurance agent is turning a special recognition into a major gift to an organization that benefits girls.

Nancy Fradet of Fischer-Rounds recently earned the PROMISE AWARD from Wellmark as Agent of the Year. One of the prizes included a $10,000 donation to the charity of her choice that was health-related. Fradet chose “Girls on the Run”. She was looking for an organization that benefited children. “When I did my research, and I learned more and more about ‘Girls on the Run’, it was a perfect fit,” said Fradet.

Girls on the Run is a ten week afterschool program for third through fifth graders that incorporates a nationally researched curriculum with lessons on building self-confidence and learning to live a healthier life. At the end of the program the girls participate in a non-competitive 5K run/walk event to work together to achieve a goal and feel good about accomplishing it.

Several members of the Mitchell chapter, along with their advisor attended Tuesday’s presentation.


Soggy crop report

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Rain over the past week in South Dakota boosted soil moisture but hampered the planting of crops.
The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop progress report that topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 76 percent adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture is 64 percent in those categories.
The planting of corn and soybeans still remains ahead the average pace. About 60 percent of South Dakota's soybean crop and 91 percent of the corn crop is in the ground.
Spring wheat planting is almost wrapped up, at 98 percent complete. That's near the long-term average.
Livestock pasture and range conditions are rated mostly fair to excellent.


Copyright 2015 The Associated Press


Central Electric names new general manager

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

 The board of directors for Central Electric Cooperative at Mitchell, S.D. has announced that Ken Schlimgen will take over as the cooperative’s general manager on July 1, 2015.


Schlimgen has been with the cooperative for thirty years, the past 25 of which have been as the Manager of Member Services and Marketing. The Dimock native will replace current general manager Loren Noess who retires July 1, 2015.


Schlimgen himself said he is excited and looking forward to the opportunity and, "is grateful for the confidence the Board of Directors has placed in me. We are going to continue the cooperative’s record of providing outstanding customer service, and reliable electric service with an excellent safety record.”


Central Electric Cooperative is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative serving Jerauld, Sanborn, Buffalo, Brule, Aurora, Davison, Hanson and Miner Counties in eastern South Dakota. Central Electric is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information about Central Electric Cooperative, you can visit


 Source: Central Electric Cooperative

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