Jake Shama, Forum News Service
With its first shipments complete, Mitchell’s new Coca-Cola distribution center has been deemed the “flagship” for beverage distribution in South Dakota. The first shipments of Coca-Cola products were trucked out of the company’s newly constructed Commerce Street facility on Tuesday, 17 months after the last Mitchell distribution center was destroyed in a fire, and the facility’s manager says the company is better situated than ever.
IDEAL, S.D. — On Jan. 1, the nation's livestock ranchers will have restricted access to some drugs that were available on an over-the-counter basis. In October 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration amended its regulations regarding veterinary feed directive drugs, which will require livestock producers to gain approval from a veterinarian before purchasing some antibiotics.
LOOMIS, S.D. — The ethanol business is booming, and one local plant has turned its success into a $1 billion investment in the Mitchell community. Ten years ago, the energy company opened a facility about 2 1/2 miles northwest of the Mitchell Municipal Airport and has benefited from central South Dakota's steady corn market.
MITCHELL, S.D.—A Mitchell man is suing Coca-Cola after he allegedly grew ill from drinking a can of pop that had a mouse inside of it. Court documents state Duane Putzier purchased two 16-ounce cans of Coca-Cola on the evening of June 7 from a Mitchell gas station. Putzier opened and drank the first can, but when he opened the second can, Putzier got an unpleasant surprise.
GEDDES, S.D. — After a lifetime of farming, Harold Pavlis says it may be hard for young people to get into farming, but he faced his own challenges when he started his own operation in 1946. Pavlis, who lives about five miles north of Geddes, began farming his own land at age 24 with just one cow, one pig and seven chickens and slowly turned it into a 2,200-acre operation.
TYNDALL — The company behind a proposed wind farm near Avon has not given up on the project, which it believes is supported by a "silent majority." Roland Jurgens, project manager for Prevailing Winds, the Dell Rapids-based company hoping to build an 850,000-megawatt hours (Mwh) wind farm north of Avon, met with the Bon Homme County Zoning Board and community members Monday in Tyndall at the board's request to give an update on the project.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Gordon Thomsen, founder of Trail King Industries, "had a great sense of humor" and will be missed for more than his business acumen and generous donations. Thomsen, 89, died early Sunday morning due to complications from Parkinson's disease, which he was diagnosed with about 20 years ago, according to his children, Jackie Morrison and Jerry Thomsen. He was born and raised on a farm near Spencer, Iowa, but moved to Mitchell in 1969 and stayed ever since.
It's time for farmers to put as much effort into managing their pastures as they do their crops. Presenters from the United States Department of Agriculture's National Resource Conservation Service and South Dakota State University Extension discussed the importance of soil health Tuesday at Dakotafest in Mitchell and recommended ranchers take better care of natural grasses when cattle are grazing.
Physical and technological changes are giving Dakotafest a new look this year. Construction crews continue work on the Reaves Buildings Innovation and Technology Campus, which is slated for completion before the annual, three-day farm and ranch show opens on Aug. 16 at Schlaffman Farm southeast of Mitchell. "The new campus is a great addition to this year's show that we have not had in the past," said Samantha Castro, marketing manager for IDEAg Group, the company that hosts Dakotafest.
MOUNT VERNON, S.D. — A Mount Vernon man has been arrested for allegedly stealing $400,000 worth of grain by claiming it as his own and selling it. Merle Northrup, 46, was charged with grand theft on July 20 for selling corn and soybeans to Poet and CHS under his own name for about five years, Davison County Deputy Steve Harr said Tuesday.