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Elite Eight Academic Winners

The first ever Elite Eight Academic Honors Banquet on Wednesday May 23rd at the Depot in Mitchell.  Congrats to all!

Local Sports for Thursday May 24th, 2018

Up next for the Mitchell Kernel girls golf team will be the ESD Conference Meet today in Harrisburg at Spring Creek Country Club hosted by the Tigers starting at 10:00am.  Friday Mitchell will be in a dual with Yankton at Lakeview Golf Course starting at 2:00pm.  The State Golf Meet will be held June 4th …

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Local farmer lauds POET Biorefining-Mitchell expansion

Wednesday’s announcement of yet another expansion at POET Biorefining-Mitchell put a smile on the face of a long-time supporter. Farmer Jerry Rubendall was a major driver of building the plant, then known as Prairie Ethanol, years ago. He says it took five years to find an adequate water supply before it was built. Since its …

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North Korea claims to have dismantled nuclear test site, reports say

ABC News(PYONGYANG, North Korea) — North Korea has carried out the demolition of its nuclear test site in front of foreign journalists, according to Sky News and other news outlets. The demolition on Thursday took place deep in the mountains in the northeast portion of North Korea, according to reports. North Korea’s decision to shutter …

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Train derailment kills two, injures twenty in northern Italy

National Volunteer Fire Brigade Federation(TURIN, Italy) — At least two people were killed and 20 injured on Wednesday night after a passenger train derailed in northern Italy. The crash happened around 11:30 p.m. local time after the train hit a cargo truck near Turin, according to several local media outlets. The truck’s cargo wasn’t immediately …

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Dying man who was deported after cruise docked in Florida will return to US, attorney says

ABC News(MIAMI) —  A man with stage 4 cancer who was detained after disembarking from a cruise and sent back to China will soon be traveling back to the U.S. due to special permission granted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the family’s immigration attorney told ABC News. Yuanjun Cui and his wife, Huan Wang, …

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Street racers kill mother pushing a stroller, Florida police say

iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) — Police in Tampa say a mother pushing a stroller was killed Wednesday due to street racing. The Tampa Police Department have arrested Cameron Coyle Herrin, 18, Tristan Christopher Herrin, 20, and John Alexander Barrineau, 17, in connection with the death of 24-year-old Jessica Reisinger, it announced today. All three suspects are Tampa …

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Women’s pay still not adding up to what men earn

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau found that women are still earning less than their male counterparts in most occupations. The widest wage disparities are found in sales and finance positions even though women tend to comprise 45-55 percent of that workforce. Equal Pay Day is a public awareness event …

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Families of Sandy Hook victims, FBI agent file defamation lawsuit against right-wing radio host Alex Jones

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Six families of victims killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, as well as an FBI agent who responded to the scene, filed a defamation lawsuit today against radio personality Alex Jones, who has repeatedly called the shooting fake. The lawsuit accuses Jones, a staunch gun rights advocate …

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Mitchell man arrested following probation search

On Tuesday May 22, 2018, at approx. 1100 hrs., Officers with Mitchell Police Division conducted a probation search at a residence located at 1421 E. Hanson Avenue in Mitchell.  This residence is located less than 1,000 feet from Hitchcock Park in Mitchell, which has a public playground and public swimming pool. During the search of …

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Holy Family music ministry gets a lift…literally

The music ministry at Mitchell’s Holy Family Catholic Church has been raised to a new level…literally. Wednesday a crew removed a decades old organ and lifted a new state of the art instrument to the choir loft. It was an exciting day for Holy Family’s music director Benton Schmidt. “I’m uber pumped about it,” smiled …

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Online ads still plaguing Irish abortion referendum despite Facebook and Google ban

iStock/Thinkstock(DUBLIN) — Ads trying to influence the abortion referendum in Ireland are still appearing online despite a ban from Facebook, Google, and Twitter, according to an organization tracking the issue. The Transparent Referendum Initiative (TRI), which is a civic initiative tracking and calling for regulation of online political ads, told ABC News that it has …

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POET Biorefining-Mitchell breaks ground on a $5 Million-dollar project

Poet Biorefining-Mitchell has broken ground on another expansion of its line of livestock feed products. POET officials and staff along with local government and business leaders helped turn dirt Wednesday. Matt Reiners is vice-president of business development for Poet Nutrition. He says it’s a pelleted form of its traditional meal product for livestock. “We’re just …

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Conaway says House farm bill language will not change before June vote

House Ag Committee Chairman Michael Conaway says when the House votes again on their farm bill proposal, nothing in the bill will change.  “No, because right now, I can’t change the bill.  The motion to reconsider means you bring the exact same bill up so I’m not negotiating with my Republican buddies and I’m not …

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Details are unclear, but China and US resolving trade issues is welcome news for many farmers

A board member with the American Soybean Association says although there is no official deal between China and the US yet, there have been reports that China could purchase 30 to 40 percent more soybean products. Brandon Wipf farms in east central South Dakota. “Which would be fantastic if they actually follow through on that,” …

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Dayton deals Minnesota farmers another blow with more vetoes

Minnesota commodity groups say Governor Dayton has dealt farmers another major blow by vetoing two more bills containing legislation important to agriculture. Dayton struck down the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill, which would’ve provided $250,000 dollars for mental health and counseling for rural Minnesota. The Governor also vetoed the Omnibus Tax Bill that Minnesota Pork CEO …

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Mexican cattle buyers visiting Missouri don’t want to lose NAFTA

A group of Mexican buyers touring cattle operations in Missouri and Illinois this week say they don’t want to lose NAFTA. On Tuesday, the buyers visited Mead Farms in Barnett, Missouri. Marco Alvarez and Julio Gonzalez, a veterinarian from Guadalajara, said they are very concerned about losing the North American Free Trade Agreement, adding that …

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Missouri Farm Bureau applauds state gas tax vote

Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst calls legislative action on the state’s gas tax a big win for rural Missourians and the entire state.  Lawmakers passed a bill that will let voters decide whether to increase the gas tax by two-and-a-half cents each year for four years. “As much as we hate, particularly in these …

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US employee in China suffers brain injury after reporting strange sounds, pressure

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. government employee in southern China suffered a brain injury after reporting strange “sensations of sound and pressure,” – a strikingly similar account to what American personnel experienced in recent years in Cuba, State Department officials said on Wednesday. In a health alert to American citizens in China posted online Wednesday, the …

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Houston police chief battles NRA in vicious Twitter feud amid school shooting fallout

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The hard-charging publicity arm of the National Rifle Association is engaged in an increasingly vicious Twitter battle with Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, as the firearms organization struggles to contain fallout from yet another mass shooting. The result has been a multi-day social media battle between Houston’s top law enforcement official …

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