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Month: June, 2017

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Dakota Wesleyan University men’s soccer coach Paul Bennett has resigned after one season with the program. Bennett’s resignation was announced by DWU Athletic Director Jon Hart via email on Thursday.  Bennett leaves the program after going 3-13 overall and 2-7 in Great Plains Athletic Conference action last season. He coached three All-GPAC Honorable Mention members in his one year with the Tigers. Prior to DWU, Bennett was the head coach of the University of Sioux Falls for three seasons and will move back to the Sioux Falls area.  The Tigers season is set to begin on August 12th with an exhibition game against Iowa Lakes Community College.  DWU women’s soccer coach Clay Glasgow will oversee the operations of the men’s soccer program during the search. 


The Mitchell Junior Legion baseball team is in the Rapid City Firecracker Tourney over the weekend and they split on day one.  Mitchell lost to Rapid City Post 22 8-7 in the first game and defeated Rapid City Post 320 11-1 in five innings in the second game.  In game one against Post 22, Brady Hawkins pitched a complete game and gave up three earned runs. Peyton Nash went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs.  In game two against Post 320, Jackson Sadler pitched a complete game and struck out three batters. Austin Kerr went 4-for-4, with four runs scored and three RBI. Brady Hawkins finished 3-for-3 and drove in four runs.  Mitchell will play Billings, Montana, today in the tournament in Rapid City. 


Hayden Kuiper hit two homeruns and knocked in three runs while Nate Spawn added three RBI as well as the Platte Killer Tomatoes earned a Sunshine League victory over Winner/Colome 10-1 last night in Platte.  Richard Sternberg picked up the win, tossing a complete game. Sternberg allowed one run on 10 hits with five strikeouts in nine innings pitched.  Platte improved to 4-6 overall and 2-6 in the Sunshine and will play winless Wagner on Sunday in Wagner. 


The Mount Vernon Mustangs used three big innings to fuel a 14-4 Sunshine League amateur baseball victory over the Wagner Rockets last night in Wagner.  The Mustangs scored three in the first, six in the second and four in the fifth to secure the win.  Zac Custer powered the Mustangs as he had two hits and scored three times.  Seth Cavanaugh added a three-run double.  Cameron Deinert hit one single and two triples. 


Owen London earned the win for Mount Vernon. He struck out six batters, scattered five hits and gave up one run in four innings.  Mount Vernon improved to 13-4 overall and 6-4 in the league and will host Corsica-Stickney at 7:00pm tonight in Mount Vernon.  Wagner fell to 0-8 overall and in the Sunshine League and will play Platte on Sunday in Wagner at 5:00pm. 


Fueled by a seven-run second inning, the Plankinton Bankers picked up a Pony Hills amateur baseball win over the Kimball/White Lake Nationals 14-1 in seven innings last night in White Lake.  Tyler Waddle had two hits including a home run and three RBI, while Chris Hill and Kyle Bruinsma each added two RBI. Jon Beckman also had three hits and picked up the win on the mound.  Beckman allowed one earned run on two hits with four strikeouts in five innings pitched.  For KWL, Brian Zeman had a double, while Trent Wookey added a hit. Zeman took the loss, allowing eight runs, two earned, on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 3 and 1/3 innings pitched.  Plankinton improved to 11-6 overall and 7-1 in the Pony and will play Miller on Sunday in Plankinton.  KWL fell to 2-6 overall and in the Pony Hills and will play Chamberlain on Sunday in White Lake.


Madison downed Canova 8-6 in a Cornbelt League amateur baseball game last night in Canova.  For Canova, Jason Miller had a two-run home run and had three hits. Garrett Gassman added two hits and scored two runs. Tim Gassman had three hits, while Devin Alfson recorded a hit and two runs.  Canova fell to 8-9 overall and 4-4 in the league with the loss and will play Humboldt/Hartford at 2:00pm Sunday in Canova. 


Flandreau hammered out 16 hits en route to a 10-6 win over the Salem Cubs in a Cornbelt League amateur baseball game last night in Flandreau.  Salem is now 2-12 overall and 1-7 in the Cornbelt League and will play Colman on Sunday in Salem.


The Parkston Mudcats will travel to Harrisburg tonight in a non-league game.  Sunday Alexandria travels to the Parkston Mudcats and Platte is at Wagner. 


The Mitchell Post 18 American Legion baseball team, 12-9 overall, had their doubleheader at Watertown last night postponed due to wet field conditions in Watertown.  No make-up date was announced and if they do make it up, it may be on the last week of the season before Mitchell hosts the Legion Region Tourney July 18th-20th.  Post 18 has won six in a row and will head to Pierre tonight for a doubleheader at 5:00pm and 7:00pm.  Both games will be on-line only at  Click on Listen Live then Special Events for all the action.  Tuesday Mitchell Post 18 travels to Valley Springs, Wednesday the host Sioux Falls West, Thursday Post 18 heads to Sturgis and then Friday thru Sunday play five games in Gillette Wyoming.    


There will be a lot of volleyball happening July 17th-20th in Mitchell as the Mitchell High School volleyball team will have its summer individual skills camp July 17th and 18th at the MHS gym.  The camp is open to players in grades 7-12 and the cost is $65 and includes a T-shirt. The camp will start at 9:00am each day with skill work and drills until Noon.  The camp will resume at 1:00pm with competitions and games until 4:00pm.  The Annual Kernel Klassic Team Camp of Champs is July 19th and 20th at the Mitchell High School. The cost is $30 per player and the camp features pool play format. T-shirts will be given to all players and coaches involved.  Pre-registration is due on June 30th and make checks payable to Kernel Volleyball.  For more details, contact head coach Deb Thill at 770-3097.


The Lil' Kernel Volleyball Camp is set for August 7th and 8th at the Mitchell High School.  The camp is for players entering grades third-through-sixth this fall. The time is from 9:00am to Noon each day and the cost is $35.  The focus of the camp includes the concepts of fun, fundamentals and the game concepts of volleyball. Each camper will also receive a volleyball T-shirt and various participation prizes at the end of the camp.  For more details, contact head coach Deb Thill 770-3097.  


City announces major street closure for construction

Monday, June 19, 2017
Burr Street will be closed from Home Federal Avenue to Hackberry Avenue beginning Wednesday June 21st for Street and Utility Improvements. 
Havens Avenue will remain open to east-west traffic only and be restricted to one lane in each direction. 
The detour for Burr Street will be around the back of Pizza Hut and the back of Walgreens on Home Federal Avenue and Austin Street and Hackberry Avenue and Davison Street, respectively.

The detour will be in place from June 21st until Mid August.

Mitchell Police searching for a suspect in a domestic incident

Thursday, June 15, 2017



West Nile Virus detected in Davison County

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Department of Health reminds South Dakotans to get in the habit of using mosquito repellent as the state’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the year has been detected in Davison County in the 60-69 age group.


“Most people who contract West Nile virus, about 70-80 percent, don’t get sick but those who do can be severely ill,” said Dr. Lon Kightlinger, state epidemiologist for the department. “While typical symptoms include fever, headache, body aches and rash, in severe cases WNV can invade the brain and spinal cord leading to stiff neck, confusion, paralysis, coma and even death.”

Kightlinger said South Dakota has a disproportionately high number of WNV cases and he encouraged residents to reduce their risk with the following precautions:

  • Apply mosquito repellents (DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535) to clothes and exposed skin. Limit exposure by wearing pants and long sleeves in the evening.
  • Limit time outdoors from dusk to dawn when Culex mosquitoes, the primary carrier of WNV in South Dakota, are most active.
  • Get rid of standing water that gives mosquitoes a place to breed. Regularly change water in bird baths, outside pet dishes, and drain water from flower pots and garden containers.
  • Support local mosquito control efforts.

These precautions are especially important for people at high risk for WNV – those over 50, pregnant women, transplant patients, individuals with diabetes or high blood pressure, and those with a history of alcohol abuse. People with severe or unusual headaches should see their physicians.

Since its first human WNV case in 2002, the state has reported 2,359 human cases, including 745 hospitalizations and 38 deaths. Every county has reported cases.

Visit the department’s website at for more information about WNV.


Chamberlain man arrested on drug charge

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

 Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Chamberlain Police Department, the Safe Trails Drug Task Force and the Division of Criminal Investigation have arrested Trevor Harden, 19, Chamberlain, as a result of a search warrant served in Chamberlain on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  
“South Dakota’s cooperative law enforcement operation has seized an estimated 20,000 fentanyl pills. The street value is estimated at approximately $500,000.  One officer was treated for exposure to fentanyl, and has been released from the hospital,” said Jackley. 
At this time, Harden has been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, fentanyl, class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years in the state penitentiary and/or $20,000 fine.  
Harden is presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty.  



Incumbents rule in Mitchell City/School Board election

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Incumbents easily won re-election during Tuesday’s joint Mitchell City/School Board election.

Matthew Christiansen earned 1004 votes in the school board race. Challenger Renae Gades picked up 567.

Ward One Councilor Steve Rice collected 236 votes, followed by challengers Clay Loneman with 87 votes and Sabrina Velin-Kraus with 22.

Newcomer Kevin McCardle won the one-year term in Ward Two with 246 votes followed by Tara Volesky with 71 and Christina Nath with 49.

First-timer John Doescher ran unopposed for the open three-year term in Ward Two.

Dan Allen picked up 299 votes to return for another term in Ward Three followed by challengers Blake Waddell with 97 and Edward Potzler with 25.

Susan Tjarks was the top vote-getter in Ward Four with 247 votes followed by challenger Susan Bennett with 155.

Voter turnout was a weak 13.5%

The City Council and School Board will now canvass and verify the results at upcoming meetings.

J.P. Skelly


Mitchell Election day has arrived

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Voters head to the polls today to elect five Mitchell city council members and a seat on the Mitchell School Board. Polls are open from 7am to 7pm at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy on North Capital.

You’ll find a list of candidates plus interviews on our website,

KORN News Radio will report results as soon the votes are counted. You’ll find them post on our website as well as Facebook.

Please be sure to vote!


Police seek help in finding stolen ATV tracks

Monday, June 5, 2017

On 05/24/2017 at approximately 4:00 AM a set of ATV tracks were stolen off a trailer located at 1601 E. Spruce Ave. Mitchell SD. The tracks will fit a Polaris ATV, model 850 and model 1000, for the years of 2010-2015. The tracks will have a Polaris logo on them but are made by a third-party company called Camoplast. The set consists of 2-front and 2-rear tracks. Value of the entire set is $4000.00. 

The photo attached are not the tracks stolen, but a close representation of those missing. 

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 358 crimes have been solved through information from Crime Stoppers.


Mitchell Police investigate home made fireworks

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A failed attempt at assembling what authorities called a “home made” fireworks device shut down the intersection of First and Main for just under an hour Sunday afternoon.

Police Sergeant Joel Reinesch says an individual had taken a number of fireworks, combined them together and then disposed of them in a trash can outside an apartment building on the west side of Main Street. “We did speak with the Division of Criminal Investigation and they spoke with their bomb tech agents, “ said Reinesch. “They told us how to neutralize it, which were essentially filling up the garbage container with water.”

The contents were eventually moved to a safe location.

Reinesch says Police closed off the intersection as a precaution even though the risk of explosion was extremely low.

He says Police know the person responsible and criminal charges are possible depending on what the investigation uncovers.

J.P. Skelly