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MITCHELL — Chad Van Laecken swears he can hear ice talking. The ice "snaps and pops" every time Van Laecken spreads his specialized de-icing mixture — and he always stops to listen. "You just hear it talking to you. It's cracking. It's crying," Van Laecken said with a satisfied smile on his face. Van Laecken owns CE Construction, LLC in Mitchell, and after every winter storm — and sometimes beforehand, too — he spreads several tons of his de-icing mixture onto area parking lots to destroy ice left behind by the storm.
MITCHELL, S.D.—This year may not be great for motorists. Several national reports anticipate the average price for gasoline will jump in 2018. According to GasBuddy, a company that connects drivers with real-time fuel prices, the yearly national average will rise 19 cents to $2.57 per gallon — the highest since 2014. But one local station owner said drivers should anticipate only a minor increase in prices, and cold temperatures are to blame.
MITCHELL, S.D.—Afraid of packing on the pounds this holiday season? One dietitian has a simple solution: moderation. Kat Anundson, a clinical dietitian with Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell, said during the holidays, people tend to take on unusual habits — such as waiting several hours before eating one large meal — that can be damaging to one's overall health.
MITCHELL, S.D.—The Boy Wonder is looking to save the world one can of dog food at a time — and he's chosen a Mitchell manufacturer to help. Burt Ward, who portrayed the Robin in the original "Batman" TV series, has been working with Performance Pet Products in Mitchell to create a customized, high-end dog food for his charity called Gentle Giants.
LAKE ANDES, S.D. — The pain of being responsible for his brother's death in a drunken driving crash was enough punishment for 26-year-old Albert Fischer. That's what attorneys agreed upon Monday, April 3, before Fischer was sentenced to spend 60 days in the state penitentiary. During a hearing in the Charles Mix County Courthouse, he also was ordered to spend 30 days in county jail. Fischer, of Lake Andes, attempted to speak to the tear-filled courtroom full with his family members, but he was overcome by grief.
MITCHELL, S.D.-- A stray crayon on the floor could be a nightmare for art teacher Cassondra Grogan. Carefulness is key, as a potential step, slip and fall could aggravate injuries she sustained in a near-death car crash seven months ago.