Evan Hendershot, Forum News Service
PIERRE, S.D.—As governor of one of the nation's most prominent crop producing states, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard's stance on ag issues carries weight. And with two years left in office, Daugaard is hoping one particular federal program is expanded to improve his state's ag economy that's floundering through a tough stretch of low commodity prices. During a stop through Mitchell last week, Daugaard said he'd like to see an expansion of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
MITCHELL, S.D. - Lake Mitchell has a problem, and no one knows how much it will cost to fix it. That's according to Mike Sotak, an owner and engineer with Omaha-based water resource management firm Fyra Engineering, who led a public forum Wednesday at Mitchell Technical Institute's Nordby Trades Center.
Public outcry may have stopped another area wind project in its tracks. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission will consider approving the withdrawal of a permit to build a 100-turbine wind farm in Charles Mix and Bon Homme counties after hearing significant resistance from the surrounding communities. The withdrawal will be considered at Tuesday's meeting at the Capitol Building in Pierre.
MITCHELL, S.D. - A few familiar faces proved popular at the 2016 Corn Palace Festival. The three returning acts at this year's festival attracted 126 more paid spectators per night than last year's event, with country performer Gary Allan leading the charge with 1,786 tickets sold.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Mitchell Mayor Jerry Toomey remains confident Lake Mitchell's algae problems are solvable. Toomey, Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Powell and Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee Chairman Joe Kippes visited Omaha last week to meet with the water quality specialists at Fyra Engineering, the company that proposed a $73,000 development plan to determine the best methods of improving the lake.
MITCHELL, S.D. - With no congressional debates at Dakotafest in 2016, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jay Williams took the stage Thursday to respond to the comments made one day prior by his opponent, U.S. Sen. John Thune. Williams, of Yankton, spent 30 minutes speaking to a crowd of about 20 people on the Dakotafest grounds in Mitchell about the same agriculture-related issues Thune discussed Wednesday.
MITCHELL, S.D. - South Dakota's congressional delegation said federal regulations are disrupting what U.S. Sen. John Thune called the state's "most important industry." Thune was joined by fellow U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem to discuss Washington D.C.'s impact on the agriculture industry as part of a forum Wednesday at Dakotafest in Mitchell. Atop a raised stage in front of approximately 100 attendees, the trio of elected officials criticized a slew of regulations suppressing the income of farmers.
Down go the crop prices. Every year since 2012, the price per bushel of corn and soybeans has dropped, and 2016 will likely continue the trend. Jack Davis — a South Dakota State University Extension crops business specialist — gave a presentation on the grain price outlook during the first day of Dakotafest on Tuesday in Mitchell, and the outlook is not good.
MITCHELL, S.D. - The Lake Mitchell restoration may have found its plan B. After receiving some discouraging feedback from city officials in Carter Lake, Iowa, about Fyra Engineering, the company that proposed a $73,000 lake analysis, Mayor Jerry Toomey heard from another company that thinks it has the solution to Lake Mitchell's decades-long algae problems.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Mayor Jerry Toomey's proposal to change the Corn Palace murals every other year is receiving mixed reviews from his fellow elected officials. Last week, Toomey announced his intention to keep the current Corn Palace murals up for a second consecutive year due to conflicting work schedules between the mural replacement and the upcoming construction on the Sixth Avenue plaza.