Evan Hendershot / Forum News Service
FULTON, S.D. — In the wake of tragedy, residents in the small southeast South Dakota town of Fulton just outside of Mitchell showed the true spirit of their farming community. Between the Bender family's soybean and corn harvests, the family patriarch was killed in an automobile crash in late October. The death of Robert Bender, 57, shook the small town to its core, marking the loss of a man beloved in the area and involved in several Hanson County organizations.
MITCHELL, S.D. — If not for Jerry Rubendall, Poet's presence in Mitchell, S.D., may have remained a pipedream. What started as a group of investors each throwing $200 into a hat to hire a lawyer to bring an ethanol plant to town, as Rubendall put it, turned into the Poet Biorefining plant that towers over any structure on the horizon. Among those investors was Rubendall, a 76-year-old third-generation farmer determined to make his vision a reality.
There's a bright side to the bad weather that scorched the fields of farmers this season. Despite an improved outlook backed by a break from the early summer sun, corn production is forecasted to drop in South Dakota this year. But U.S. Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, sees a ray of hope amid an arduous season in agriculture.
PLATTE, S.D. — Llamas and rabbits and yaks, oh my. The 52nd annual "One of a Kind Sale" was held at the Platte Livestock Market on Saturday, bringing hundreds to the small South Dakota town to view and purchase an array of odd or exotic animals not typically seen at a common consignment sale. And despite it's 52nd go-round this February, event organizer Lonnie Sharping said the huge turnout shows there's a need for an event like the One of a Kind Sale.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Two of Mitchell's city websites are getting a makeover. The city of Mitchell intends to launch a pair of new websites Friday, one for the city itself and a separate site for the Corn Palace. The sites were created through CivicPlus, a company that exclusively creates government web pages. City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein said the city spent $29,193 to purchase both the new sites and a mobile application. The city had budgeted $35,550 for the sites and app.
Hot dog lovers can rejoice. The Mitchell Planning and Zoning Commission approved a plan for a new restaurant, called Hungry Dog, to move into the old Zesto location on 422 S. Sanborn Blvd. The Hungry Dog, which plans to sell primarily hot dogs and some sandwiches, hopes to open in mid-September or October.
MONTROSE, S.D. — It's been one of the wettest years in South Dakota history, but one Montrose farmer hasn't let it rain on his parade. Brian Smith, who farms with his father Paul, said what is the 15th wettest start to the year in South Dakota since 1895 — according to the National Centers for Environmental Information — hasn't had a significant impact on his operations. "There's other areas that have had a lot more trouble than us," Smith said. "I think we've been fortunate."
MITCHELL, S.D. - The Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee is taking lake restoration one step at a time. At the monthly meeting Tuesday at the Mitchell Recreation Center, the board voted to recommend the inclusion of lawn, leaf and tree debris dumped in Lake Mitchell into the city's littering ordinance.
LETCHER, S.D. — A proposed wind farm has drawn the displeasure of some Letcher residents. To the dismay of at least one neighbor, a recently denied renewable energy project seems to have gained a second wind in Sanborn County.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's 2017 budget could have big implications for both farmers and taxpayers in South Dakota.