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Hoekstra Leads Renner Past Mitchell

Hoekstra Leads Renner Past Mitchell

RENNER, SD… The Renner Royals got off to a quick start in legion baseball with a 9-4 win over Mitchell Wednesday night. Roosevelt standout Nick Hoekstra homered and knocked in 4 runs to lead the way as the Royals used 6 pitchers bin the 7-inning game. Peyton Garbers just missed hitting a HR for Renner and Brady Hawkins had as…

School Zone: Mitchell

MITCHELL, S.D. – For this week’s edition of ‘School Zone,’ we head west to Mitchell. Students at Gertie Belle Rodgers Elementary School are learning through ‘personalized learning classrooms.’ P-L-C’s focus on student’s learning at their own pace, not through traditional measures. Things like a traditional classroom, K-5 grade levels, and ‘A’ through ‘F’ grading scales are thrown out. Students are…

Officials Watching Out For Possible Future Floods In Mitchell

MITCHELL. S.D. – Davison county is watching the water levels closely. They’re rising and that means flooding is a possibility.   Many of the Mitchell-area lakes are at their banks. It’s impacting more than just casual lake-goers. Lake Mitchell is a beautiful place to, say, take your grandchildren for a stroll. However, Josh Frost of Mitchell says the rising waters…

Meet the Williams: Mitchell’s First Black Mayor

MITCHELL, S.D. – Bud Williams always knew Mitchell, South Dakota as “home.” When he retired after an impressive military career, Bud followed his heart home with his wife, Bonnie. At first, Bud served on the Mitchell City Council before he decided to defy the odds. “He decided if he could do that, he could do the mayor job too,” said Bonnie…

Lyft Suspends Mitchell Man’s Account

MITCHELL, S.D.-Lyft ride-hailing service says they’ve revoked the driver account they’d previously granted to a Mitchell Man convicted of attempted murder 26 years ago.   On Tuesday Mitchell City Council approved Joseph Novak for a taxi cab license, the last step needed for him to drive for Lyft. He passed lyfts background check because under South Dakota law they only…

Fifth Graders Team Up to Revamp Community Park

MITCHELL, S.D. – Today is Veronica’s birthday, and it’s also Joclyn’s birthday. However, everyday is a celebrating when you walk into Mrs. Becker’s classroom at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary in Mitchell. It’s Molly Becker’s first year teaching, and she wanted to do something special so that she would remember her first class forever. “It makes me excited to see someday you…

Ex-convict’s Lyft License Driving Debate in Mitchell

MITCHELL, S.D.- An application for the ride-sharing company Lyft is driving debate in Mitchell. The service just started up in town, and a man convicted of attempted murder and helping with a kidnapping in 1992 wants to be among the first lyft drivers. He says he did his time in jail and 26 years later wants to get on with his…

City of Mitchell Approves Lyft License for Former Felon

MITCHELL, S.D. – The Mitchell City Council has approved a ride-hailing driver application for a man convicted of attempted murder and aiding kidnapping. At least one council member expressed safety concerns for anyone using Joseph Novak’s Lyft services. Novak told the council Tuesday night he was incarcerated for 15 years following a 1992 conviction and now works for CHS Farmers…

Dakota Wesleyan University Partners With Apple To Bring Technology To The Classroom

Mitchell, S.D.- A South Dakota university plans on changing the way their students learn by introducing technology in the classroom by partnering with Apple. “I think this is going to be huge. I think it’s really going to set us up well for getting jobs and being successful in the workforce,” says Junior Athletic Training Student Maria Koenen. Dakota Wesleyan…

Out-Of-State Social Media Threat Causes Mitchell School Lockdown

MITCHELL, S.D. – Mitchell High School went into lock down on Monday at approximately 10 a.m. after an employee reported a threat directed at students. The threat came to the employee’s attention after a concerned adult saw a threat on the internet regarding students at “MHS.” The adult assumed the threat was directed at Mitchell High students. In the threat,…

Death Penalty Not Sought In Mitchell Man’s Murder Trial

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Prosecutors have decided against pursuing the death penalty against a Mitchell slaying suspect should he be convicted. Forty-nine-year-old Anthony Lewis is charged with murder in the stabbing death last August of 30-year-old Quinn Schleuning during a confrontation outside of an apartment complex. Police say the two men knew one another and had an adversarial relationship. Lewis…

Broken Pipe Causes Minor Flooding At Mitchell Arts Center

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A broken sprinkler system pipe caused minor flooding at the Mitchell High School Performing Arts Center on New Year’s Day. Fire Department Battalion Chief Ben Vanden Hoek told The Daily Republic that everyone inside left the building, and the sprinkler system was shut off. There was no fire – Vanden Hoek says a system malfunction likely…

Update: Power Restored in Mitchell, Davison County

MITCHELL, S.D. — Power is restored to customers in Davison County after multiple outages Monday morning. Mitchell Police Dept. officials posted on Facebook around 10:00 a.m. that they had opened the Corn Palace and the Davison County Fair Grounds for emergency shelters for those without power, as temperatures sit at minus 20 and will remain below zero throughout the day. Northwestern Energy…

Mitchell Tech Grad Donates $1.1 Million To Alma Mater

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Mitchell Technical Institute has received the single largest gift in its nearly 50 year history. Dick and Darlene Muth have given the tech school $1.1 million – a combination of endowed funds, in-kind contributions and past donations. Dick Muth is a graduate of the school. The school also announced Thursday night that the technology and campus…

Mitchell Man Accused Of Killing Wife Denies Violating Order

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A Mitchell man accused of suffocating his wife has denied violating a protection order. Thirty-nine-year-old James Brinker has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and manslaughter in the death of 36-year-old Marie Brinker last October. Brinker allegedly was staying at the couple’s residence despite a protection order filed against him. Brinker denied violating the order…

Police: Mitchell Suspect Flees, Still At Large

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A man with a lengthy criminal record fled from authorities after he was believed to be under the influence of drugs while at the Davison County Courthouse for an appearance. Mitchell police say when a sheriff’s deputy approached Brian Mattke at the courthouse he fled on foot Tuesday. The deputy pursued Mattke who got into his…

Mitchell Man Charged After Hitting Woman with Vacuum

27-year-old Jacob Stulken is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and her mother

MITCHELL, S.D. – A Mitchell man accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend with a vacuum cleaner and punching her mother has pleaded not guilty. Authorities allege 27-year-old Jacob Stulken entered the residence of his ex-girlfriend without permission on Oct. 10, punched her in the face multiple times and hit her on the head with a vacuum cleaner. Stulken also allegedly punched…

Mitchell Man Pleads Not Guilty To Suffocating Wife

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A Mitchell man accused of suffocating his wife has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and manslaughter. Thirty-nine-year-old James Brinker is charged in the death last month of 36-year-old Marie Brinker. The Daily Republic reports that he entered his pleas Wednesday and trial was scheduled for Feb. 13. Court documents allege Brinker wrapped his wife…