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Month: July, 2017

Mitchell Police searching for a crime suspect

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Mitchell Police Department


Davison County authorities seeking escaped prisoner

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Davison County authorities are looking for an escaped prisoner. 23 year old James Wesley Spino was sentenced to four years probation on a possession of a controlled substance charge. He was ordered to serve 180 days in jail but was furloughed to attend treatment in Sioux Falls. While there he violated treatment center rules and left the facility without permission. He's wanted for second-degree escape and violation of furlough conditions.

Spino is a Native American, five-feet-eight, 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has numerous tattoos: :  “Without Fear There Is No Courage” – right arm;  “Spino” – right upper arm;  “Bear Claw Aaliyah” – on chest;  “Wesley with feathers” – Back;

If you know Spino’s whereabouts please call local law enforcement immediately.

Davison County Jail


Animal caused power outage

Thursday, July 20, 2017

There’s one less squirrel in Mitchell today. “About 11:15 (AM) we had a squirrel get into one of our powerlines, “ said Northwestern Energy spokesman Tom Glanzer. “It knocked out power for about 40 minutes to 491 customers.”

The affected area included Mitchell’s downtown area from Rowley north to Sixth Avenue and several blocks east.  

Glanzer says the system worked as designed. “Our system shuts down in case it would be a human contact or things like that,” he said. “The power goes out until we can find what caused that outage.” Once the problem is corrected, the system is re-energized.

Glanzer says it works on the same principle as a residential breaker box.

Crews restored power in about 40 minutes.

J.P. Skelly


Mitchell company gets $1.35-million dollar loan

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Vantage Point Solutions, a leading broadband and telecommunications engineering and consulting company based in Mitchell, S.D., was approved last week for a $1.35 million REDI (Revolving Economic Development and Initiative) Fund loan by the Board of Economic Development. The approved funding will help finance construction expenses of the company’s 25,000 square-foot expansion to their existing 30,000 square-foot facility.


“It is encouraging to see Vantage Point’s growth in the last 10 years, and I’m pleased this expansion will help support job creation in the Mitchell area,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard.


The additional office space will support the creation of about 50 jobs in the Mitchell area over the next five years, says Larry Thompson, Vantage Point’s CEO.


”Our community and state leaders have supported us since our incorporation in 2002, making our mission of a great work environment and unparalleled customer service a reality,” Thompson said. “As the demand for broadband has grown and technology has advanced, our services have continued to change and grow, too. Our customers, as well as our employees, drive what we do every day. Our expansion comes as we celebrate 15 years in Mitchell, and we look forward to continuing to make a positive impact on those around us for many years to come.”


“Vantage Point is a growing company that serves hundreds of clients in 44 states, as well as several international clients. The Mitchell-based company offers high quality professional, engineering, technical and staff support positions,” said Bryan Hisel, Mitchell Area Development Corporation’s executive director. 


Thompson says construction is already underway, and plans to be in the new facility by early 2018.

SD Office of Economic Development


Park and Rec board to consider water slide proposal

Monday, July 17, 2017

It looks like a water slide is back in the plans for the new $8.1-million dollar indoor aquatic center. Park and Recreation Director Nathan Powell says the park and rec board has a special meeting scheduled on Wednesday to discuss a beverage contract with Pepsi.

“We put out an RFP (request for proposal) to be the exclusive beverage provider for the Parks and Recreation Department to help us fund the new slide at the new indoor aquatic center,” Powell said. “Pepsi did put a full proposal out…we’re going to take that to the board on Wednesday.”

He says if the board approves the plan, it’s scheduled to go before the city council at a special meeting scheduled for next Monday.

Powell says the contract should cover the $202,000 cost of the waterslide which was originally eliminated due to budget concerns. He says it’s less expensive to install the slide during the original construction than later.

The Park and Rec board meeting is set for noon Wednesday at the Rec Center conference room. 

J.P. Skelly


Endangered person alert CANCELLED!

Saturday, July 15, 2017
Authorities have cancelled the endangered person alert issued earlier this week. The missing child has been recovered. Thank you.

Road closure scheduled

Thursday, July 13, 2017

North Main Street will be closed to thru traffic beginning Monday, July 17th, 2017 at 7:00 AM for approximately one week due to construction on the Mitchell Aquatic Center. Access to businesses in this area will be from the north at 15th Avenue.

City of Mitchell


Endangered Person Alert

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Authorities are asking for your help in locating an endangered person.

Endangered Missing Person Description:

Kyden Mapp, age 14

Bi-racial (white and black), female, 5'4" tall, 130 lbs., brown eyes, black curly hair Multiple tattoos: heart on left side of wrist, "Triforce" left top of wrist, Batman on left front hip.  Scar under bottom lip.  Last seen wearing, gray tank top, black shorts, gray shoes and artificial black circle ear plugs in ears.


Companion Description:

Chase Zingmark, age 18

white, male, 5'6" tall, 110 lbs., blue eyes wears corrective lenses.

Vehicle Description:

White, 2000, Dodge Grand Caravan, SD license plate: 43S 314 Missing from: Madison, SD


Details of Incident

Kyden Mapp was last seen at her home in Madison, SD on Tuesday evening at 11:30 pm.  Kyden was missing the next morning when the family awoke.  Kyden did not take any her required medication with her.

Kyden is believed to possibly be in the company of Chase Zingmark and traveling in a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan, white in color, SD license 43S 314.

They may be in the Sioux Falls or surrounding area.

There is an active warrant on Zingmark for crimes in which Kyden was the victim.


 Kyden Mapp


If YOU have seen Kyden Mapp, Chase Zingmark or this Vehicle, Call 605-256-7531 Immediately MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT


Local Sports

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mitchell is once again hosting the South Dakota High School Coaches Association Coaches Clinic this week.  The SDHSCA hosted its Hall of Fame and awards banquet last night at the Highland Conference Center and Mitchell High School football head coach Kent VanOverschelde was named the South Dakota High School Coaches Association football coach of the year.  Coach Van O was also named the KORN Tom Maxwell Mitchell Coach of the Year in May.  Coach V helped the Kernels to a record year, guiding the Kernels to an 11-1 record in his 10th season as the head coach. The team defeated Harrisburg 41-6 in the Class 11AA state title game, which was the school's first football title in the playoff era.  He has a 46-55 coaching record while at Mitchell.  Congrats!


The Mitchell Post 18 American Legion baseball team scored in every inning last night in Harrisburg except the first and rolled to an easy 21-3 seven inning victory and improved to 23-16 overall on the season.  Twenty-one runs and twenty-one hits on the night powered by two Sam Michels homeruns and seven runs batted in on the night.  Bryce Geraets, who missed the Gopher Classic over the weekend, had a two-run home run in the second inning, his sixth homerun of the season, and scored three runs as well.  Briggs Havlik had two of Mitchell's seven doubles and drove in four runs, while Spencer Neugebauer had a double, triple and drove in three. Elijah Pommer and Drew Kitchens also had two-hit games for Mitchell Post 18.  Calvin Hegg earned the win on the mound, tossing five innings, allowing three hits, two runs and striking out two. Jared Miller allowed one hit, one run and struck out two in the final two innings of relief.  Mitchell Post 18 will host Sioux Falls East to close the regular season at 7:00pm Friday at Cadwell Park for Senior Night.  After Friday Mitchell Post 18 will get ready to host the Legion Region starting on July 19th at Cadwell Park.  Mitchell will be seeded #3 behind Pierre and top seed Rapid City Post 320.  Sturgis is #4 seeded in the four-team regional tourney.  Rapid City Post 320 will play Sturgis at 4:00pm followed by Mitchell and Pierre on July 19th at 7:00pm.  The top two teams from the Mitchell Region will advance to the State American Legion Baseball Tourney in Rapid City July 26th-29th at Fitzgerald Stadium in Rapid City, the home of Post 22.  KORN News Radio 1490 will have complete coverage of the Mitchell Post 18 Legion Region from start to finish on AM 1490 KORN and on-line as always at 

According to, the Denver Nuggets have waived veteran Mike Miller, a Mitchell native.  Miller's $3.5 million salary for the upcoming season would have become fully guaranteed if he remained under contract past today.  The deal was part of the two-year, $7 million deal he signed with the team prior to the 2016-17 season. The move by Denver makes Miller a free agent.  Mike Miller, 37, played the last two seasons with the Nuggets playing a few minutes a game and mentoring the young roster of the Nuggets. Miller played in just 20 games last season.  Miller recently finished his 18th season in the NBA. He's also played for the Magic, Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Wizards, Heat and Cavaliers.  Miller is a two-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat, while also being named the Rookie of the Year in 2001 and the Sixth Man of the Year in 2006.  Miller has career averages of 10.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, while also shooting 40 percent from the 3-point line in his career.  Miller still wants to play in the NBA in any role that is asked of him, maybe a reuniting with good friend Lebron James in Cleveland.


The 47th Annual Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo is off and running with a full week of activities and entertainment for all ages of fans.  The rodeo will once again be held at the Horseman's Sports Arena north of town just off highway 37.  The rodeo performances will take place Thursday through Sunday, starting at 8:00pm each night.  Tonight, there will be team roping, starting at 7:00pm at Horseman's Sports Arena.  Tonight’s events are free to attend.  On Sunday, there will be a full day of events at the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo. The grounds will open at 7:00am as preparations for the chili cook-off begin and there will be a cowboy church service at 10:00am.  The cook-off will begin at 11:00am with prizes awarded for the best chili and best camp site. The family day events will also begin at 11:00am with wagon rides, inflatables, train rides, face painting, family games, along with hot dogs, pop and snow cones. The events are free to attend.  There will also be mutton busting held each night for children ages 4-6 and weighing 60 pounds or less, along with a candy toss.  Reserved tickets for the rodeo are $18. General admission tickets for each night of the rodeo are available in advance for $13 or at the gate for $15 for adults. Children's tickets for ages 6-12 are $7 and children under 5-years old are free.  The rodeo will also have its annual parade on Saturday, starting at 10:30am which will run south down Main Street and then turn on First Avenue and go back up Lawler Street in the downtown district. The parade theme is "Cowboys: Real to Reel". 


Thursday night marks the final regular season games in the Sunshine League before the District Tourney starts next week.  Thursday Alexandria will host Corsica/Stickney. Wagner travels to Mount Vernon and Platte is at Winner/Colome all at 8:00pm.  Six of the eight teams from the Sunshine League will make the State Tourney in Mitchell August 2nd thru 13th.    


Over 50 teams and 600 youth baseball players will be in Mitchell this weekend for the Annual State Youth Baseball Tourney’s held at the Cadwell Park Sports Complex Friday thru Sunday.  Four Divisions of 9, 10, 11, and 12-year-old baseball players will be in town competing for the top prize, a team championship.  Please welcome all players, fans and spectators to Mitchell this weekend. 


The Mitchell Kernel football coaching staff will host and spearhead some camps in July and August before the season starts in mid-August for the 2017 High School season.  Today Mitchell will hold the FCA Football Camp with USD Football coaches and the South Dakota FCA and Dr. Marty Christensen.  The camp will be held from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at Joe Quintal South Field.  $10.00 registration will be taken between 12:30pm and 1:30pm for Grades 3rd thru 8th.  Former NFL punter Brian Hansen will be on hand for the camp. 


There will be a Middle School Football Camp on July 26th and 27th hosted by Mitchell high school coaches.  All Mitchell 7th and 8th Grade Football Players are invited with No Cost involved.  It starts at 6:00pm each night at Joe Quintal South Field, register at the gate.  Shirts-shorts-cleats are all that is needed. 


A youth football camp will also take place on July 31st-August 3rd hosted by Mitchell high school coaches.  The camp is for All Mitchell 3rd through 6th Grade Players.  Four Nights of Football for Youth Development: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6:00pm-7:30pm each night.  There is No Cost and it will be held at Joe Quintal South Field, register at the Gate.  Shorts, Shirts, and cleats is all that is needed.  Any further questions on all football camps, please contact Mitchell Kernel head football coach Kent VanoverSchelde at 770-7264.

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 of Mitchell requests voluntary water conservation

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Due to the current heat and dry climate, Mitchell is experiencing high water demand. You can help! If you have an established yard: Limit yard watering to even/odd days. If your address ends with an even number, water on even days. Or find other ways to conserve. At this time, all measures are voluntary. Thank you for you cooperation. City of Mitchell, Public Works Department.