Listen Live

Month: January, 2018

Downtown Thursday poll wants your opinion

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Mitchell Main Street and Beyond is looking for your opinion regarding the popular summer Downtown Thursday event. Executive Director Jen Johnston is inviting everyone to participate in an on-line poll whether to keep Downtown Thursday on Thursdays or move the event to Fridays.

“Everyone of course wants to see higher attendance and this event will be in its fourth year,” said Johnston. “While it’s done very well when we do the monthly events, we definitely think we could see closer to 2,000 people.”

She says the ultimate goal is to get more people downtown.

The poll is on Mitchell Main Street and Beyond’s Facebook page and is open until next Monday so you have plenty of time to vote. Nearly 250 have voted as of early Tuesday morning.

The results will help plan for this summer’s events next to the Corn Palace.

J.P. Skelly


MTI recognized for excellence in on-line learning

Monday, January 22, 2018, a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings, has recognized Mitchell Technical Institute for their excellence in online learning.  MTI was listed as the top two-year college for online programs in South Dakota.

The primary data points used to identify the best online colleges of 2018 included regional accreditation; in-state tuition and fees; percent of full-time undergraduate students receiving institutional financial aid; number of online programs offered; and student-to-teacher ratio.

MTI currently offers five fully online programs: Administrative Office Specialist; Advanced Medical Imaging; Medical Office Professional; Small Business Management; and Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.

"We wanted to honor the colleges and universities setting the bar for online learning," said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of "These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs an excellent option and more affordable.” has distinguished its ranking scale by using a Peer-Based Value metric. A “bang for your buck” metrics, the PBV compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same (or a similar) qualitative score. It also compares the qualitative score of the program to the score of other programs with the same (or a similar cost).



Mitchell storage unit burglary reported

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Between 12-31-17 at 4:00 P.M. and 1-8-18 at 7:10 P.M. an unknown person(s) forcibly entered a storage unit located in the 900 block of North Ohlman, Mitchell SD. Stolen in the burglary were several Dewalt cordless tools and a Yeti cooler. Total value of the property stolen is approximately $1100.00.

If you have information in relation to this incident, or if you have information regarding suspicious activity in this area at this time, or information relating to any other crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 996-1700. Remember that you do not have to identify yourself, and a CASH REWARD is available if it leads to the arrest of the subject or subjects involved. There are no caller ID’s attached to this phone line, so you will remain anonymous. To send a crime tip via text message, download the free APP. “Tipsubmit” on your smart phone and select Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers or text “MITCS plus your message” to “274637”. Upon receipt of a tipster’s first incoming message the system will auto-reply with a confirmation containing the tipster’s unique tip ID. Anonymous two way communication can then occur between the tipster and Investigators. You can also go to to submit a crime tip by e-mail.
Information received through CRIME STOPPERS remains totally anonymous. Tipsters who provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s) will be given a CASH REWARD

A minimum of $250 is paid for rewards on all “Crime of the Weeks” solved through Crime Stoppers. Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, Inc offers this reward. Rewards will not be paid if crime tips, leading to an arrest, are not made directly to Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. by telephone, text message or by web tip.

To date 348 crimes have been solved through information from Crime Stoppers. 



Police investigate accidental shooting

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Mitchell Department of Public Safety received a report of a male subject with a gunshot wound who was at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell shortly after 7pm last Saturday.  Officers investigated this matter and determined that the injury was apparently the result of the reckless handling of a firearm.

In this incident, a 19-year-old man was at his residence located at 1401 S. Main St. Lot #150 in Mitchell.  The man was practicing his “Quick draw” with a .45 caliber revolver that the man thought was unloaded.  The man shot himself one time in the leg with the revolver as he unholstered the firearm and received non-life threatening injuries.  It appears that the bullet then entered the floor, but did not exit the residence.   No other people were injured in this incident.  One other person was present at the residence when this occurred.

Criminal charges are possible as a result of this incident.   

The Mitchell Police Division would like to remind people to always treat all firearms as though they are loaded when handling them, and to make sure to always keep firearms pointed in a safe direction. 



Looking for the next South Dakota Dairy Princess

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Midwest Dairy Association South Dakota Division is seeking candidates to participate in the State Dairy Princess contest scheduled Mar. 27, 2018, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls. The event is held in conjunction with the Central Plains Dairy Expo and Convention.

The South Dakota Dairy Princess reigns for one year as the official goodwill ambassador for the state’s dairy industry, making a variety of public appearances to help consumers understand dairy products and the responsible practices used by dairy producers. The new princess will be South Dakota’s 63rd State Dairy Princess.

The entry deadline is Mar. 1, 2018.

Candidates must be 17 to 24 years old, a graduating high school senior this year, unmarried and have parents or guardians who are actively engaged in the production of milk for sale to a licensed plant. A candidate also qualifies if she, her parents or guardian is employed on a dairy farm or a young lady sincerely interested and passionate about the dairy community. Candidates are judged on their communication skills, personality, general knowledge of the dairy industry and enthusiasm for dairy promotion.

The 2018 South Dakota Dairy Princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Midwest Dairy Association. A $500 scholarship from the Central Plains Dairy Expo will be awarded to the first runner-up. All candidates competing in the 2018 South Dakota Dairy Princess contest will receive a $250 scholarship.

For complete rules and an application form, visit or contact Char Hovland, Midwest Dairy Association – Dairy Princess Consultant, 5313 Pop Fly Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57110 or 605.695.3131, or email



Mitchell Public schools conduct a short precautionary lock down.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Mitchell public and private schools were locked down for a short time Monday morning while Police investigated a threat that turned out not to be directed to Senior High. Superintendent Joe Graves says it happened around shortly before 10 am. Mitchell Police say a Senior High School employee told the School Resource Officer about a threat that was apparently directed at students at the High School.  The threat was reported to a Senior High staff member by a concerned adult who apparently saw a threat on the internet regarding students at “MHS.” The concerned adult assumed the threat was made toward students at Mitchell Senior High School.  In the threat, a picture of several firearms was posted on an internet site along with comments regarding “Don’t go to school tomorrow @ MHS.”

“We of course took that seriously and immediate called Police,” said Graves. “They immediately determined that what the person had seen was actually a threat against a school in a different state and nothing to do with Mitchell High School."

Police say it was determined the original post was from Albemarle County Police Department in Virginia. That original threat had been investigated by that jurisdiction and a juvenile was detained.  The lockdown was then lifted Graves says no one was hurt or in any danger. 

J.P. Skelly


Emergency shelters open for those without power

Monday, January 1, 2018

Northwestern Energy is reporting  power outage on Mitchell's north side affecting nearly 950 customers.

Emergency shelters are being opened for those without power. The shelters are located at the Davison County 4H Grounds, 3200 West Havens, and at the Corn Palace, 604 North Main St.

Power Crews are working to restore power. 

Northwestern estimates power restoration around 11 am.


Mitchell power outage repaired

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 got off to a rocky start for about 950 Northwestern energy customers in Mitchell New Year’s Day. Spokesman Tom Glanzer says power at the Lake Substation went out around 8:30 Monday morning. “We had a powerline on the ground which caused about 948 customers to be out of power,” said Glanzer. “We brought it back in at about 10:00 and 138 of those popped back off again and we knew we had something else going on.” He says crews determined the problem and corrected the issue.

Local officials opened the Corn Palace and the Davison County Fairgrounds as emergency shelters until repairs were made.

Glanzer says the cold weather had nothing to do with the outage but says problems like this seem to occur at the most inopportune times.

J.P. Skelly