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Month: May, 2017

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

It was a chilly night for baseball last night at Cadwell Park but it warmed peoples heart in the first of five baseball fundraisers for Tennyson Erickson of Platte.  Last night the Parkston Mudcats played the Brewers of Sioux Falls to raise funds for the medical expenses for a six-year-old boy with Leukemia.  The Mudcats blanked the Brewers 3-0 as Parkston took advantage of six errors and only three hits to pull out the win.  Brandon Nickolite earned the win and pitched five innings for the Mudcats. He gave up seven hits, struck out four batters and did not walk a batter. Ty Kinneberg had two hits for the Mudcats, while Connor Merriam had Parkston's other hit. Dylan Mogck finished the final four innings for the save.  Parkston improved to 8-2 overall while the Brewers fell to 0-1 overall.  The Mudcats will host the Corsica/Stickney Horned Frogs on Thursday in the Sunshine League. 


The Mount Vernon Mustangs collected 13 hits in a 9-1 win over the Freeman Black Sox last night in Mount Vernon.  Chase Hetland and Deric Denning powered the Mustangs with three hits apiece. Hetland drove in two runs, as did Eric Giblin and Zac Custer.  Cody Renken earned the win for the Mustangs. He threw three innings, allowed zero runs and one hit.  Mount Vernon improved to 6-1 overall and will play the Platte Killer Tomatoes on Thursday in Platte.  The other game in the Sunshine League Thursday has Alexandria playing at Dimock/Emery.  Sunday Wagner will host Winner/Colome, Mount Vernon will host Dimock/Emery and Platte travels to the Parkston Mudcats.  


The Mitchell Kernel girls golf team plays at Brandon on Thursday and then the ESD Conference Meet on Tuesday for their next action.    


The first day of the Class AA State Track and Field Meet will be held on Friday in Brandon and then finish up the season in Sioux Falls on day-two of the State Meet on Saturday.   


The Mitchell spring baseball team finished their season at 20-8 overall and will now focus on the Post 18 American Legion summer season starting on Friday.  The spring leaders in hitting were led by Jed Schmidt, who led Mitchell in plate appearances (117), at-bats (103), hits (38), singles (24), doubles (12), runs (34) and stolen bases (29).  Also, leading Mitchell in hitting was Elijah Pummer with 21 RBI, hit by pitches (9), walks (18) and best batting average at .377.  Spencer Neugebauer led the team in triples and tied with Bryce Geraets with one homerun on the season.  Mitchell pitching was led by Baley Miller, Briggs Havlik and Jared Miller all with four wins each.  Briggs Havlik and Jed Schmidt led with seven games started with Koby Larson leading the way with nine appearances.  Larson also led the team with four saves and never allowed an earned run in 13 innings pitched.  Havlik had an amazing ERA of 1.77 in a team high 39.2 innings pitched.  Mitchell’s team batting average was .283 and the team ERA was 2.72 for the spring season. 


Mitchell baseball will now turn its attention to the American Legion season.  Mitchell Post 18 will open the season on Friday in Aberdeen with a doubleheader that starts at 5:00pm.  Monday Post 18 will host Huron in one nine inning game that now starts at 3:00pm.  Tuesday Mitchell will host Rapid City Post 320 in one nine inning game that starts at 5:00pm at Cadwell Park.   


With the spring baseball season over, KORN News Radio 1490 will switch gears to bring you the best and most complete coverage of American Legion baseball this summer to either AM 1490 or on-line only at  Coverage begins on Tuesday May 30th on-line only as Post 18 will host Rapid City Post 320 in one nine inning game at 5:00pm on and click on Listen Live and then click on Special Events.  KORN or on-line will NOT have coverage of Post 18 at Aberdeen Friday or at home Monday against Huron.    


Planned road closure

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Starting Tuesday May 23rd for one day

or until the project is finished, 

the road will be closed for storm sewer construction.  If this affects you, please use alternative routes.

  The areas included are:


Between the 3200 and 3300 Blocks of N Ohlman

North of the golf course entrance


If you have any questions, please contact

Jon Vermeulen, Wastewater Superintendent, at 995-8433.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Vivian man indicted in baby's death

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
 Attorney General Marty Jackley and Lyman County States Attorney Steve Smith announce that Gerald Raymond Brink, 36, Vivian, was indicted today by a Lyman County grand jury on one count of second degree murder, class B felony, mandatory life sentence in the state penitentiary, two alternative counts of manslaughter in the first degree, class C felony, punishable by up to life imprisonment and/or $50,000 fine, and one count of aggravated battery of an infant, class 2 felony, punishable by up to 25 years in the state penitentiary and/or $50,000 fine. 
The arrest stemmed from an incident in Vivian on the evening of Thursday May 4th, 2017, resulting in the death of a 7-week old infant.   
Brink is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 
This case is being investigated by the Lyman County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation. 

Re-call petition drive falls short

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The man who led a petition drive to recall Mayor Jerry Toomey says it’s fallen short. Brad Bowling told KORN News Radio the drive collected just under 1,000 signatures which he says was about a third-short of the number needed to force a recall election.

At the February 6th city council meeting Bowling accused Mayor Jerry Toomey of bullying him over a year earlier and being drunk following an incident in front of Bowling’s home. Toomey claimed that Bowling ran red lights on Mitchell’s Main Street and followed him to his residence where the two exchanged words.

The accusations resulted in a heated argument during the meeting where Bowling said he would work to re-call Toomey.

Bowling says even though the effort fell short, he felt it was worth it and, in his words, “wasn’t all bad.”

Even though Bowling is unhappy with Toomey, he praised the city council for its work.

J.P. Skelly


Early graduation on par with student from Parkston

Monday, May 15, 2017

Graduating senior Jordan Bormann, a biology major from Parkston, South Dakota, will miss Commencement on Saturday because she'll be competing in the NCAA DII National Golf Championship in Findlay, Ohio.

So, AU officials and faculty and staff from the biology department organized a mini commencement for her on Monday inside the Froiland Science Complex.

President Rob Oliver and Registrar Joni Krueger were on hand as well to present Bormann with her diploma before members of her family and coaches from the Augustana women's golf team.

Bormann is bound for the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota this summer. 


Augustana University


Police seeking stolen car dolly

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Between  5:00 p.m. on May 7th and 12:30 p.m. on May 10th someone stole a Car dolly trailer from a storage lot located in the 1100 block of North Ohlman St. in Mitchell. This trailer is a gray Demco Car Dolly trailer with chrome wheels. The trailer has trailer brakes and a movable trailer tongue.

If you have information in relation to this incident, or if you have information regarding suspicious activity in this area at this time, or information relating to 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 the subject or subjects 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, download the free APP. “Tipsubmit” on your smart phone and select Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers or 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. Tipsters who provide information to Crime Stoppers 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.

To date 357 crimes have been solved through information from Crime Stoppers. 


KORN News Radio earns four broadcast journalism awards

Thursday, May 11, 2017

KORN News Radio recently earned four awards from the Great Plains Associated Press Broadcast News Contest.

They include two 1st Place honors in Broadcast Writing and Feature categories for News Director J.P. Skelly’s story regarding Civil War veteran Corporal James Parker’s grave finally receiving a permanent headstone 104 years after his death.

KORN News Radio also earned a 2nd Place award for General Reporting and 3rd Place for its signature 5 pm Weekday Newscast.

The Associated Press has recognized KORN News Radio with numerous awards, including twice for Overall Excellence, for 18 consecutive years.


City Council-School Board Candidate Forum set

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee is sponsoring a candidate forum for those running for Mitchell School Board and City Council.  All candidates have been invited to participate. 

The forums will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd, at City Hall Council Chambers, located at 612 N. Main St., beginning at 6:00pm.  Forums are open and free for the public to attend. The forum will also be live streamed on the City of Mitchell YouTube channel. A link will be available on the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce website. KORN News Radio will live-stream the forums on-line at

Representatives from local media entities have been invited to pose questions to the candidates. Individuals from the public who choose to attend will be able to submit questions to the media representatives. Media representatives have final selection of which questions to ask during the forum.


Dakota Wesleyan University announces two retirements

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Dakota Wesleyan University celebrated the years of service while announcing the official retirement of two longtime employees Wednesday – Boyd Blumer and Lori Essig.

Blumer and Essig were recognized during the Employee Recognition Breakfast Wednesday for their years of service, receiving special gifts from the college, President Amy Novak, and songs written about them by math professor and musician Dr. Mike Catalano – which has become a tradition at DWU.

Blumer has been a religious studies adjunct at the university since 1997 and also joined the physical plant staff in 1999, both teaching and working in maintenance as needed. He was hailed for his patience and wisdom and caring in the classroom and his willingness to tackle any project the campus needed.

“Of all the many gifts Boyd has given DWU, the most important may be a simple willingness to listen to the stories individuals tell, to accept those stories as they come and to speak God’s grace into them,” Novak said. “One of my favorite stories: a freshman student told me during finals, ‘My friends told me I HAD to take Boyd’s class before he retired, and I’m so glad I did. He wrote personal responses to every paper. I saved all the ones he sent me because they were so genuine.’ ”

Essig, former vice president of marketing and communications, has been with Dakota Wesleyan since 1999. In her position at DWU, she oversaw strategic institutional marketing and communications efforts for admissions, institutional advancement, academics, special events and media relations. Her dedication to the campus and facilitation of events like the McGovern Library dedication – complete with arranging the transportation and security for President Bill Clinton – are valued and will be missed.

“Lori has been a remarkable asset to DWU,” Novak said. “She has truly spearheaded a new era of momentum at the university. She was the voice and the vision behind the Wesleyan story and she courageously put DWU in a position to thrive. Her insight, wisdom, ability to coordinate a fantastic event, and attention to detail will be deeply missed.”

Dakota Wesleyan University


Scientific sisters earn major award at science fair on renewable resources

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Madison Hetland and Hannah Hetland, of Mitchell High School, won the bronze award at the I-SWEEEP science fair. The Hetlands exhibited their research, “Constructing a Solar Graphene-Based Supercapacitor,” during the world’s largest science fair on renewable resources May 3-8 in Houston, Texas. The bronze also came with a $150 award.

They qualified for I-SWEEEP through the South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair March 21 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The Hetlands were named the I-SWEEEP contestants, as well as winning the senior division group project; the Association for Women Geoscientists award; first place from the United States Army Recruiting Center; and United States Department of Navy/Marine Corps senior division placing.

Dakota Wesleyan University