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Month: May, 2016

Mitchell Memorial Weekend a success

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Despite over an inch of rain throughout most of Saturday, the sun came out just in time for the annual Mitchell Memorial Weekend benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Hundreds of people gathered on the south end of Main Street to enjoy a children’s peddle pull, inflatables, a car show and shine, plus the centerpiece of the event, the annual barbeque competition.

Eighteen teams prepared their best rib and pork loin recipe for a team of sixteen judges. The Corn Palace Stampede took top honors in the loin category with Pheasant Country capturing first-place in ribs.

Two-Live Q won the Grand Champion trophy and Corn Palace Stampede, Reserve Grand Champion.

Pheasant Country also earned the People’s Choice Award for the fourth consecutive year.

Black Dynamite Barbeque was named best camp.

This is the first year cash prizes were awarded to the top barbeque teams. Most donated their money back to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

J.P. Skelly

Three graduate James Valley Drug and DUI Court

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The third floor courtroom in the Davison County Courthouse was the site of a celebration Thursday as Leah Shields, Amy DeMaranville, and Thomas Engebretson graduated from the James Valley Drug and DUI Court.

South Dakota Corrections Secretary Denny Kaemingk offered his congratulations and encouragement.

Drug and DUI court is an intensive supervision program providing an alternative to incarceration. Each participant spent almost two years in the program before graduation. Shields celebrated 251 days continuous sobriety, DeMaranville 577 days and Engebretson 575 days.

May is National Drug Court month.

J.P. Skelly


Students call awareness to drunk and distracted driving

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A group of Mitchell High School students grabbed the attention of fellow students and community members Thursday morning on the dangers of drunk and distracted driving. SPOOFED advisor Erin Fowkes says the demonstration involved two vehicles across the street from the high school. “We had three girls in one car being very distracted on their cellphones,” said Fowkes. “In our other car we had some young men who had been drinking pretty heavy before school.” The two vehicles collided nearly head on.

The students were made up simulating injuries including heavy bleeding, lacerations and amputations.

A Mitchell EMS crew assisted in the demonstration. Fowkes hopes those who viewed the scene will think twice about distracted driving and drinking while driving. Mitchell Senior High graduation is this weekend. SPOOFED stands for supporting players offering opportunities for educational development.

J.P. Skelly

Mitchell native named Voice of NDSU Bison Sports

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Radio FM Media and the North Dakota State University athletic department today announced Jeff Culhane has been named the next radio "Voice of the Bison" and sports director for KQWB-AM BISON 1660.
Culhane, 33, is completing his third year on the West Virginia Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG, following six years on the Husker Sports Network in Lincoln, Neb.  He is a native of Mitchell, S.D., and a graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University.
"We are thrilled to have Jeff join the team at Radio FM Media as the new voice of the Bison," said Nancy Odney, COO. "Jeff is a big time play-by-play announcer and one of the top sports radio hosts in the business.  His passion, experience and leadership will be invaluable as we enter a new era of sports radio with the debut of BISON 1660 AM."

At West Virginia, he hosted the pregame and postgame shows for football and was the lead play-by-play voice for baseball and women's basketball.   He called the 2014 West Virginia spring football game, and filled in on West Virginia men's basketball broadcasts.
Culhane was IMG Radio Network's national play-by-play voice for the 2016 American Athletic Conference men's basketball championship, where he called the four-overtime game between Cincinnati and Connecticut.
"The pool of candidates was very reflective of the high-profile nature of this position. Jeff quickly rose to the top based on his experience and in-depth knowledge of Bison athletics," said NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen. "We are very excited to have him join the Bison family."  
At Nebraska, he hosted and produced the three-hour talk show "Sports Nightly" and hosted the "Big Red Reaction" football postgame show.  He called Nebraska baseball for four years, filled in as a color analyst for men's basketball, and hosted the call-in show with former NDSU and current Nebraska head coach Tim Miles.

"North Dakota State fans will love the passion and professionalism that Jeff will bring to Bison sports," said University of Nebraska play-by-play voice Greg Sharpe.  "He has, through his associations with Nebraska and West Virginia, been a part of two programs that dominate the state's landscapes and with his familiarity with NDSU's rich tradition he is a natural fit."
Culhane got his start in broadcasting at the University of South Dakota, which followed time as a student-athlete at Dakota Wesleyan University, where he played football and baseball.

Culhane will start in June and will begin planning for the August launch of BISON 1660 AM.  He will call the Aug. 27 football season opener with analyst Phil Hansen and sideline reporter Jeremy Jorgenson when North Dakota State hosts Charleston Southern.

Police investigate hanging

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

At 12:49pm on May 18th 2016 Mitchell ambulance and Mitchell police were sent to the Highland Mall, 2100 Highland Way for an apparent hanging. A male subject was found at the location who appeared to have died by hanging. The investigation did not indicate foul play was involved. The Davison County Coroner’s office will be issuing an official cause of death at later time. The name of the deceased will not be released at this time pending notification of family.

Mitchell Police Department

Delmont commemorates tornado anniversary with a celebration

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The bells of Hope Lutheran Church rang one year to the minute that an EF-2 tornado tore through small town of Delmont as the community paused to remember. The twister took out nearly 50 structures, including homes, a new fire hall and century old church. Yet former Mayor Mae Gunnare says today’s a time to celebrate the town’s remarkable recovery. “We’ve got resiliency in Delmont,” said Gunnare. “We’re having a celebration today because we were blessed we did not lose anyone in the tornado.”

She said while the tornado may have changed the community, it failed to destroy it.  “We’re going to continue to be a community on the map,” Gunnare said. She says community celebrations such as the Delmont sausage supper, Delmont alumni reunions, and the Kuchen festival will continue.

Gunnare is inviting everyone to the celebration that includes a community supper, followed by a program and prayer.


Stabbing leads to drug arrests

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

On Friday May 6, 2016 at approx. 4:09 a.m. The Mitchell Department of Public Safety Dispatch Center received a 911 call regarding a 22 year old female who had been stabbed at a residence located on the 400 block of N. Duff Street in Mitchell.  The 22 year old had a small cut on her hand.  The 22 year old was treated at the hospital, then released.  Officers responded to the 400 block of N. Duff St. where the incident allegedly occurred at.  Officers made contact with a resident of 404 N. Duff St. #3.  Police found several people inside that residence.  Apparent marijuana pipes, several syringes, apparent methamphetamine pipes, a digital scale, marijuana residue, and several containers that appear to contain methamphetamine residue were found at the residence.

 As a result of this investigation, 34 year old Josie Kristin Boosinger and 27 year old Heaven Leigh Miller were arrested for Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled substance, Possession of less than 2 oz. of marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  In addition, Boosinger was also arrested for Keeping a Place for Controlled Substance use.

Unauthorized Possession of a Schedule 1 or 2 Controlled Substance and Keeping a Place for Controlled Substance use are both class 5 felonies, punishable by 5 years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and a $10,000 fine for each charge.   Possession of Less Than 2 Ounces of Marijuana is a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by 1 year imprisonment in a county jail and/or a $2,000 fine.  Possession of Drug Paraphernalia is a class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by 30 days imprisonment in a county jail and/or a $500 fine.  Additional charges from this incident are expected.   This is an ongoing investigation.

The Davison County Sheriff’s Office assisted with this investigation.  

Source: Mitchell Police Department


16 year old female assaulted, suspect sought by Police

Sunday, May 8, 2016

On 05/07/2016 at approximately 1145 p.m. a 16 year old female was assaulted in the 100 block of North Lawler St. The female had just left the movie theater and was getting into her vehicle when the assault occurred. 

The Mitchell Police Department is looking for a white male described as being approximately 5'8" or 5'9" with a round face and a medium to large build. The male had short dark hair and was wearing a green t-shirt and darker colored pants. The male was seen coming from the 100 block of East 2nd Ave crossing Lawler St just prior to the incident. After the assault occurred, the male ran to the east. 

If you have any information concerning this incident, please contact the Mitchell Police Department at 605-995-8400 or Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers at 605-996-1700.

Mitchell PD


Corn Palace murals to remain the same for another year

Friday, May 6, 2016

It looks like Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley will adorn the Corn Palace for another year. That’s the word from Mayor Jerry Toomey. He told KORN News Radio while the murals will remain the same, the natural grasses will be replaced.

Toomey says the move should save the city around $60,000 and will be re-evaluated later.

The Mayor says murals stayed the same on several occasions in the past, including three years during World War Two and most recently in 2000-2001.

Toomey says Wade Strand, who grows the colored corn is aware of the plans. He says the timing will allow the Sixth Avenue Plaza construction to go on without interfering with changing the murals.

The Corn Palace has incurred an operating loss for years and the city is attempting to control the deficit.

J.P. Skelly

State identifies those involved in Monday accident

Friday, May 6, 2016

The State Department of Public Safety has identified the people involved in a car-motorcycle accident Monday evening on North Main Street.

Spokesman Tony Mangan says 22 year old Jacob Osborn of Mitchell was driving the motorcycle. He was wearing a helmet and suffered serious, life-threatening injuries. Osborn was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital.

Mangan identified the driver of a Ford Escape involved as 77 year old Delores Schmidt of Mitchell. She was wearing a seat belt and uninjured. Charges are pending.



J.P. Skelly