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FREE Attraction Weekend

Stop into all five of Mitchell’s attractions this weekend for FREE!
Admission is waived in honor of National Travel & Tourism Week.  Make a point to stop into the Corn Palace and see the new renovations.  Learn about the settlers of the middle boarder region at the Dakota Discovery Museum and while you’re there ask about their summer programs too! While you’re on the DWU campus, walk across the street to the McGovern Legacy Museum and learn about the late Senator George McGovern’s incredible contributions to the fight against world hunger. Check out the new exhibit at the Prehistoric Indian Village, Kids dig for a FREE arrowhead! National travel and tourism week is also a great reason to visit the Carnegie Resource Center, the home of the Mitchell Historical Society and Mitchell Genealogical Society.

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Rides the Pacific Northwest for its 23rd Annual Route

23 years of revving up for the cause – to raise funds to send deserving kids to camp at Victory Junction

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017 – The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, one of the most successful and popular charity rides in the country, today announced the route for its 23rd annual motorcycle trek. For the first time in almost a decade, the Ride led by former NASCAR driver and NBC Sports racing analyst Kyle Petty, will travel across the Pacific Northwest.

With Manheim, North America’s leading provider of used vehicle services, as returning presenting sponsor, the Ride will leave Portland, Oregon, on May 13 and arrive in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 19, covering eight states in seven days. Petty will lead 200 bikers on the weeklong, 2,400-mile route to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction – a camp dedicated to providing life-changing camping experiences for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

What started out as Petty and a small group of friends riding together for fun in 1995, has grown into one of the most successful and popular charity rides in the country. This year, more than 20 first-time riders will join the dedicated team of men and women riding for the cause, along with new sponsors and a continued sense of passion.

“It’s pretty straightforward: every single mile we ride is for one cause, and that is to send chronically ill children to camp at Victory Junction at no cost to their families,” said Petty. “The Ride is an enriching experience for everyone involved, and this year we’ll be riding through some spectacular parts of the country like Mount Rushmore, and for the very first time the Columbia River Gorge.”

The Ride will see many of our country’s historic landmarks including Yellowstone and Badlands National Parks; Bighorn National Forest; and the iconic Harley-Davidson Museum, the birthplace of the all- American motorcycle manufacturing company. Emblematic of the American open road, riders will also take in roadside attractions, including the world’s largest ball of twine rolled by one man in Darwin, Minnesota.

Fans are encouraged to come support the cause and greet riders at one of the Ride’s seven overnight stops or daily pit stops. Spectators along the route may also purchase memorabilia or contribute to the Ride’s “Small Change. Big Impact.” program, which accepts donations at each stop.

23rd Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Schedule:
(Information about scheduled pit stops can be found on the Ride’s Facebook page.)

  • Day 1, Saturday, May 13 – Portland, Oregon to Walla Walla, Washington
  • Day 2, Sunday, May 14 – Walla Walla, Washington to Missoula, Montana
  • Day 3, Monday, May 15 – Missoula, Montana to Cody, Wyoming
  • Day 4, Tuesday, May 16 – Cody, Wyoming to Deadwood, South Dakota
  • Day 5, Wednesday, May 17 – Deadwood, South Dakota to Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Day 6, Thursday, May 18 – Mitchell, South Dakota to Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Day 7, Friday, May 19 – Minneapolis, Minnesota to Milwaukee, Wisconsin

As a result of the Ride, 7,985 children have attended Victory Junction at no cost to their families. Last year alone, the Ride raised more than $1 million, sending 100 children to camp. Victory Junction has served as the Ride’s primary beneficiary since its establishment by Petty and his family in 2004 in honor of his late son, Adam.

This year’s Ride will feature several celebrity riders, including:

  • NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time champion Richard Petty
  • NASCAR legends Harry Gant, Hershel McGriff and Donnie Allison
  • Former NFL great and ESPN’s 2016 Coaches Poll greatest college football player of all time, Herschel Walker
  • Heisman Trophy winner (1980) and Super Bowl champion (XXII) George Rogers
  • NBC Sports NASCAR personalities Rick Allen and Rutledge Wood
  • Harley-Davidson Museum president, Bill Davidson, who comes from a long list of Harley-Davidson greats starting with his great grandfather who founded the company.

“As we travel to new parts of our country – or ones we haven’t seen in a while – the Ride brings with it a passion for sharing the great work of Victory Junction and a comradery that can’t be matched. That’s what makes it one of the most popular motorcycle rides in the country,” said Kyle’s father Richard Petty.

The 2017 Ride is made possible by presenting sponsor Manheim, as well as Coca-Cola, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, FCA Fleet, Racing Electronics, WinCraft Racing, FLUIDYNE Racing Products, Petty Family Foundation, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Headbands of Hope, Piedmont Moving Systems, ArticBlu, Select-A- Vision, Heated Wear and Goody’s.

“Giving back to the community is a core value of Manheim, so we’re thrilled once again to be supporting Victory Junction and the children who camp there,” said Janet Barnard, president, Cox Automotive Inventory Solutions. “Our teams are excited to welcome the Ride at two of our operating locations, Manheim Portland and Manheim Minneapolis, and offering their local support to this worthwhile cause.”

To keep up with Petty and the riders live, follow along on social media:

For more information about the 23rd Annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America or to make a donation, please visit

About Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America
Led by former NASCAR driver and racing analyst Kyle Petty, the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is an annual cross-country motorcycle trek that raises funds and awareness for Victory Junction. The Ride is one of the most successful and popular charity events in the country. Now in its 23rd year, more than 7,950 riders have logged 11.6 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised more than $17.5 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities.

About Victory Junction
Victory Junction is a year-round camping environment for children, ages six to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Co-founded by Kyle Petty and his family in honor of their son Adam, the camp is located in Randleman, North Carolina. Victory Junction exists to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment, always free of charge. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous individuals, foundations, organizations and corporations to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. Since the camp’s inception, more than 24,870 children and families have received not only a circle of support but experiences thought to only be possible by healthy children. Victory Junction is a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network of Camps founded by Paul Newman, and is accredited by the rigorous guidelines of the American Camping Association. To learn more, please visit a

About Manheim North America (
Manheim® is North America’s leading provider of vehicle remarketing services, connecting buyers and sellers to the largest wholesale used vehicle marketplace and most extensive auction network. Through 125 traditional and mobile auction sites and a robust digital marketplace, the company helps dealer and commercial clients achieve business results by providing innovative end-to-end inventory solutions. Approximately 18,000 employees enable Manheim to register about 8 million used vehicles per year, facilitate transactions representing nearly $57 billion in value and generate annual revenues of more than $2.6 billion. Headquartered in Atlanta, Manheim North America is a Cox AutomotiveTM brand. For more information, visit

The Secret to Using All of Your Vacation Days This Year (And How)

Study after study has proven that downtime has real benefits, and while the majority of Americans believe strongly in the value of time off, we continue to function under the assumption that endless face time serves us better than taking the occasional break.

More than half (55%) of us aren’t using our hard-earned vacation time, resulting in a stockpile of 658 million unused vacation days and a workforce always on the brink of burn out. What’s even worse, we’re doing nothing to correct our work martyr mentality—if anything, we’re letting it thrive. While senior business leaders overwhelmingly recognize the importance of using time off, they aren’t talking, as nearly two-thirds (65%) of employees say their company says next to nothing about time off. Couple that silence with our fears and anxieties about taking time off, and it is a recipe for keeping us at the office. According to research from Project: Time Off, the top barriers for employees include:
• Concern over returning to a mountain of work, 37%
• Feeling that no one else can do the job, 30%
• Impression that taking time off is harder as you grow in the company, 28%
• Wanting to show complete dedication, 22%

There is a secret to overcoming all our vacation fears: planning.

Planning is the most important step in making vacation possible and, according to Project: Time Off, planners are more likely to use all their earned time off and take longer breaks at once. They are also happier with their personal and professional lives—not to mention they have bosses who have plenty of advanced notice to cover them while they’re out.

It’s time for you to take back your calendar and put downtime at the top of your list of priorities. Planning for vacation can be achieved in three simple steps:

1. Determine how much time off you earn and identify the vacation policies at your workplace.
2. Get to dreaming! How do you want to spend your time off this year?
3. Add your vacation plans to the calendar and share with your manager, your colleagues—everyone!
This year, don’t let your vacation days be part of a statistic. Stop missing out and start defining yourself by something other than work. Your bucket list can be a to-do list with dedicated thought and planning.

We’ll even help you get started.

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Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau Debuts Community App

Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, and Development Corporation Debuts Community App

MITCHELL, SD (October 17, 2016) – The answer is just a tap away.

Download today on the Apple App Store or Google Play

With the debut of the new Mitchell Community smartphone app, that’s the message the Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau has for visitors and residents seeking information about the Mitchell community.

The free app, titled “Mitchell SD – Find Your Palace,” is available for both Android and Apple mobile devices. It is designed as a one-stop resource for travelers, hunters, conference attendees, students, and residents, offering information on events, businesses, restaurants, hotels and campgrounds, maps, news, and jobs.

Additionally, the app also includes suggested itineraries for various lengths of stay, from “If I had a day” to “Active Lifestyle” recommendations.

“We want it to be easy for visitors to find what they’re looking for in Mitchell, and a smartphone app literally puts that information in their pocket,” says Katie Knutson, Director of the Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau. “But we also recognize that residents want easy access to this information, too. So we designed it with both audiences in mind.”

App users can tag certain businesses or events as ‘favorites,’ allowing them more direct access to information about each one. Users will also be able to opt-in to notifications about events, promotions, and reminders.

“Since the CVB is really the hub for information about things to do and places to go, we wanted to make it easier for people to find answers to the questions we get all the time, like ‘What’s going on this weekend?’” Knutson says. “Now those answers are right on your phone. And visitors, who may download it for maps and hotels, will get a more robust view of the community as well.”

To make the app as comprehensive as possible, the Convention and Visitors Bureau partnered with the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mitchell Area Development Corporation’s workforce division. The partnership, Knutson says, was essential to making the app useful for more than just visitors. “We’re very proud that this is a community app – community businesses, community information, community-focused,” she says.

Jacki Miskimins, Regional Workforce Coordinator with MADC, agrees. “Integrating the job listings from directly onto the app gives people one more way to access the jobs available in our area,” she says. “It breaks down the job search barrier, and literally puts hundreds of jobs right in your pocket. And it’s all seamless. From a user’s perspective, it’s incredibly easy to navigate.”

The Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce also contributed to the app, connecting business information and events into the app’s database. Sonya Moller, Director of the Chamber, says “It’s uncommon for a community of this population to have all of the amenities and options that we have in Mitchell. This app is a way to unite all of the unique and surprising elements of our community, in an easy-to-use app that residents and visitors can both enjoy.”

Ultimately, Knutson says, the partnership and comprehensive community information is what makes the app so useful for users.

“Mitchell has a lot going on, and we wanted to capture all of that in a smartphone app. So now people have the knowledge they need to have a great time in Mitchell – to find their own palace, if you will – no matter how long they’re here,” Knutson says.

“It’s all just a tap away.”