Links 12 Mar 2015

About Mitchell, South Dakota   Mitchell is located in the heart of South Dakota, with rich rolling farmland leading into wide open prairies. Our population is at just about 15,000 residents, and we have plenty to offer. Aside from our excellent attractions, Mitchell boasts unique Main Street shopping and a wide selection of services, entertainment, […]

Local Historian and Author to Speak on Wild Bill Hickok 11 Sep 2014

The September Middle Border Lecture Series will be hosted on Monday, September 15 at 7:00 pm and will feature local historian and author, James McLaird. McLaird, Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at Dakota Wesleyan University, will speak on the research for his upcoming publication, Wild Bill Hickok: Deadwood Legend highlighting the life and […]

Mitchell Celebrates South Dakota’s 125th Anniversary 08 Sep 2014

The Rodeo Grounds will be the site of food, history, children’s activities, and horse-drawn wagons on Tuesday, September 9 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Families, friends, and guests will enjoy an evening full of musical entertainment by Fiddler Nelson, hands-on activities for children provided by the Ingalls Homestead of DeSmet, food for purchase from […]

“Dinosaur 13″: The Story of Sue is Coming to Mitchell! 22 Aug 2014

In 1990,  American paleontologist Pete Larson and his team, while excavating in the South Dakota Badlands, uncovered the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found. They named their discovery “Sue”. “Sue” was seized from Larson by the federal government and a ten-year legal battle ensued.  Larson eventually spent 18 months in prison. Producer Todd […]

Dakota Discovery Museum to Host Fourth of July Event 27 Jun 2014

The Dakota Discovery Museum will be the site of good fun and music during their Independence Day Celebration on July 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guests will enjoy flavorful ice cream, watermelon and lemonade while listening to the Country and Patriotic tunes of Uncle Roy and Friends, led by Roy King of Armour.  […]

Museum Hosting Open House to Kick Off Membership Drive 23 Jun 2014

The Dakota Discovery Museum invites the community to a free Open House event on Friday, June 27.  The museum, which was founded in 1939, holds a vast collection of historic items, photographic and archival material, as well as nearly 300 original works of art, including the nation’s largest collection of works by SD born illustrator […]

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village awarded 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 17 Jun 2014

Recognized as a Top Performing Museum/Attraction as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site The Prehistoric Indian Village in Mitchell, South Dakota has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying […]

Summer Soul-stice Gearing Up For First Year 17 Jun 2014

Mitchell Main Street & Beyond’s Summer Soulstice Arts Festival is almost here. The Summer Soulstice Arts Festival will be held June 21 in downtown Mitchell. The festival will run from noon to 8:30 p.m., with live music ending at 9:30 p.m. The festival returns after a three-year hiatus. The traditional community arts in the park […]

Temporary Exhibit comes to Prehistoric Indian Village 17 Jun 2014

Living Traditions: Dakota, Nakota, Lakota Art The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village will have a temporary exhibit  from the South Dakota Historical Society beginning on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 on the art of the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota peoples. The exhibit will remain at the Prehistoric Indian Village until August 12. The Dakota, Nakota and Lakota […]

Dakota Discovery Museum to Host Retrospective Exhibit of Work by Robert Freeman 27 May 2014

The Battle, Robert Freeman

The Dakota Discovery Museum is pleased to announce its newest exhibit Robert Freeman: A Retrospective, which opens on June 6 with an artist’s reception scheduled from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.  Robert Freeman will present a gallery talk at 6:00 pm. Born on the Rincon Indian Reservation in 1939, Freeman is Hunkpapa Sioux and Luiseno. […]

Archeology Field School Date Set 13 May 2014

Archeology students working in the Thomsen Archeodome at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. Photo credit: South Dakota Department of Tourism.

The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village will host students from the University of Exeter, England and Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota from June 19th to mid-July for its 11th Annual Summer Archeology Field School. First year archaeology and anthropology students will continue the excavations in the Thomsen Center Archeodome at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. Visitors are […]

Snap – Post – Tag – Win! Instagram Photo Challenge 02 May 2014

Tag photos on Instagram with #MitchellSD and @VisitMitchell for a chance to win Mitchell Money!

The Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau wants to see how you see Mitchell during National Travel and Tourism Week, May 3-11, 2014. Everyone is invited to post photos to Instagram featuring any of the subjects below for a chance to win prizes! How to play: Take a photo of any Photo Challenge subject (above) Post […]

Activities Planned for National Travel & Tourism Week 30 Apr 2014

National Travel and Tourism Week

The Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau today announced several activities happening in town to celebrate the travel and tourism industry and the economic and social contributions it brings to Mitchell. “Our visitors and the city-wide hospitality team really appreciate all that the community does for tourism, and National Travel & Tourism Week is a perfect […]

Mitchell’s ‘Friend de Coup’ a Community Treasure 01 Apr 2014

Mitchell High School Show Choir: Friend de Coup 2014 Performance

Dozens of performers, singing, dancing, and playing instruments in a concerted, professionally choreographed, award-winning effort to entertain and inspire hundreds of audience members. Sound like a show you can’t miss? You’d be right – and the surprise is, these are high school students. If you’re looking for something to do in Mitchell, look no further. […]

Dakota Discovery Museum to Host Reception for Youth Art Month Participants 24 Mar 2014

The Dakota Discovery Museum will be hosting a reception for the artists’ featured in the 2014 Youth Art Show on Saturday, March 29 from 1 pm to 4 pm. The annual Youth Art Show offers South Dakota students the opportunity to show their work in a gallery setting and have it evaluated by professional artists. Works […]

Dakota Discovery Museum Exhibiting Seldom Seen Harvey Dunn Painting 24 Mar 2014

The Dakota Discovery Museum will have on special exhibition the oil painting Prairie Farmer’s Wife by Harvey Dunn. Received on loan from the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, Prairie Farmer’s Wife will be on exhibit in the Leland and Josephine Case Art Gallery. Completed in 1938, the painting is one of Dunn’s prairie themed […]

Dakota Discovery Museum to Celebrate National Youth Art Month with 2014 Youth Art Show 13 Feb 2014

Circus Picture by Haesel, 5th Grade 2013 submission

March is National Youth Art Month, and to recognize students in our region the Dakota Discovery Museum is hosting the 2014 Youth Art Show. This annual exhibit offers South Dakota students the opportunity to show their work in a gallery setting and have it evaluated by professional artists. The arts are often considered of limited […]

Dakota Discovery Museum to host Mystery Dinner Theater 27 Jan 2014

Join the top echelon of Hollywood to attend a special red carpet VIP premiere for the newest blockbuster superhero adventure movie ‘Mistman.’ Reservations are being accepted for the evening of February 7, 8 or 15.  Every guest plays a part in this riveting mystery. The stars arrived on the red carpet at Hollywood’s prestigious Dakota […]

Hunting More Than Pheasants 09 Jan 2013

There has been a lot of talk recently about the decline in pheasant population in the Mitchell area, and it’s impact on hunters visiting our great city. The Daily Republic ran an excellent report on the various stakeholders involved, and it’s clear that there is no easy solution. Farmers and landowners have no obligation to […]

CP: Corn Palace, or Community Pride? 12 Dec 2012

On December 1, I celebrated the six-month mark in my tenure at the Convention and Visitors Bureau. In the days since, I have been reflecting on the fun I’ve had rediscovering Mitchell from a brand-new perspective; so today, I will close my thoughts on Mitchell’s excellent attractions by writing about – what else? – the […]

Give ‘Snowbird’ a whole new meaning! 06 Dec 2012

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With weeks left to go in the pheasant hunting season, now is a great time to plan or create your favorite outdoor tradition. Brood numbers are up this year, but due to the summer drought, those birds are playing hard-to-get. Deterred? Don’t be! There are many reasons a late-season hunt is a great getaway. Safety […]

Trash, treasure, and what makes a great community 18 Sep 2012

It seems that we’ve all had that moment: the moment you realize that something very important is not where it should be. For one recent visitor, that “something” was a wallet! All is well that ends well, however, and due to some great customer service and the spirit of helpfulness characteristic of Mitchell the owner and wallet […]

ABA Names Corn Palace Festival a Top Event 10 Sep 2012

Mitchell may be seeing more tour buses stopping by the Corn Palace next summer. The American Bus Association has named the Corn Palace Festival one of the top events for group travel in 2013 in their annual “Top 100 Events” publication. The Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau, an ABA member, nominated the event. “This is […]

Pheasant numbers are up! 30 Aug 2012

Pheasant numbers up for Mitchell area; CVB anticipates excellent hunting season. With pheasant numbers up, Mitchell should see another excellent pheasant season this year. The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks department has released their annual August pheasant brood counts and the numbers are up statewide as well as for the Mitchell area. “Mitchell is […]

Corn Palace mentioned in the New York Times! 24 Aug 2012

The New York Times mentioned the Corn Palace in their Book Review section, published August 23, 2012. While reviewing various Atlas apps for electronic media devices, book review production editor J.D. Biersdorfer wrote: “These features jump around linear time — a Viking long ship and the half-­submerged Titanic are both visible in the North Atlantic — […]

Carnegie Resource Center 10 Aug 2012

Years ago I spent a summer volunteering at the Oscar Howe Art Museum, formerly housed in a beautiful pink quartzite building just off of Main Street in downtown Mitchell. My memory is a bit fuzzy – it was a decade ago – but I distinctly recall two things from that summer: learning to use a […]

Carnegie Resource Center 24 Jul 2012

This is a guest post from Pam Range of the Carnegie Resource Center in Mitchell, SD. Just a short walk from the World’s Only Corn Palace lies a hidden gem in Mitchell’s downtown area: the Carnegie Resource Center. Built in 1903 as the Carnegie Library, this historic building amazes all who enter its majestic splendor. Upon […]

Dakota Discovery Museum (or, the barbed wire blast from the past) 10 Jul 2012

In a span of three years, over 200 patents were filed for various types of barbed wire… which begs the question, how many different ways can you make barbed wire? A lot. Twelve of them are currently on display at the Dakota Discovery Museum, along with other artifacts dating from the 1600’s to 1940. The […]

Prehistoric Indian Village (or, the tale of the wrong pair of shoes) 27 Jun 2012

Have you ever seen a movie where a comically overdressed individual is stumbling around, clearly out of their element? Friends, that was me. The first thing you should know about visiting the Prehistoric Indian Village is that thin, high heels are not the best footwear for exploring the museum and dig site; I would have […]

Rediscovering Mitchell 12 Jun 2012

A funny thing happens when you move around as a kid – the concept of ‘home’ begins to take on a new significance. When my family moved to Mitchell in 1998, I’m not sure I believed that we would be staying – I’m not sure I believed that we had finally settled, finally found a […]

With all due respect, we disagree! 02 May 2012

We’ve seen the Pheasants Forever Blog article, “The 25 Best Pheasant Hunting Towns in America,” and Mitchell’s rating as the 16th best pheasant hunting town, and with all due respect, we disagree.  South Dakota still maintains the largest pheasant population in the country and is the top destination for the traveling pheasant hunter. Even with […]

Oscar Howe’s “Sun and Rain Clouds Over Hills” dome mural at Carnegie Resource Center 18 Apr 2012

At the corner of West Third Avenue and Rowley Street in Mitchell, South Dakota is a beautiful quartzite building.  This 109-year old building once housed generations of knowledge and now preserves the memorabilia of the Corn Palace and the history and genealogy of the Mitchell area. The handsome quartzite rock structure – only one of three such […]

Mitchell is “the place to be” this summer! 28 Mar 2012

As spring arrives, it is very exciting and heartening to see the broad development of community events designed, in both a large and small scale, to make Mitchell “the place to be” this summer! Our new creative featuring summer events will be launched in May to our target markets. Here’s your chance to see a […]

South Dakota. It is such an incredibly rich and diverse state… 05 Mar 2012

South Dakota.  It is such an incredibly rich and diverse state (and I don’t just say that because I live here!). It is so much more than grasslands, buffalo and presidential monuments.  While those are very important aspects of our Great Plains state, it is more often the small things, those places, people and events […]

“Skinny Mike” and the World’s Only Corn Palace 27 Feb 2012

Is it against blog etiquette to post a link to a video? Well, if it is, oh well. We’re new at blogging so we’re posting the video anyway, because it’s worth sharing! Before Mike Miller won awards in the NBA, he was drawing the attention of college coaches nationwide as the most highly recruited basketball player […]

A Thousand Years of Corn in Mitchell, South Dakota 27 Jan 2012

Long before there was a Corn Palace, long before there was mill on the James River and long before the French fur traders came to this area, there was a small village of perhaps 200 people. This village, whose name we shall never know, sat on a bluff, overlooking a creek that we call Firesteel.  […]

Why Mitchell, SD is the perfect choice for your next conference 13 Jan 2012

As I prepare and pack for the State Tourism Conference to be held in Pierre next week, I think about Mitchell’s convention facilities and the excellent food and friendly service they offer. So, if you are a meeting planner, I ask you to consider Mitchell, South Dakota as your next host location for your meeting, convention, or […]

The one and only majestic, uniquely American, folk art icon 23 Dec 2011

When I’ve traveled cross-country, people often ask where we’re from or they get a glimpse of my driver’s license (when checking into a hotel)… When we say we’re from Mitchell, South Dakota, it more often than not is followed up by a statement or question like, “I’ve been there! I went to the Corn Palace […]

Sometimes, the early bird doesn’t get the worm. 09 Dec 2011

Mitchell, South Dakota is famed for its nationally recognized pheasant hunting, attracting visitors from across the country. It’s an opportunity unlike any other, experiencing the thrill of the hunt amongst family and friends, and partaking in a rich tradition of sportsmanship and skill. What many don’t realize is that late season hunting presents a myriad […]