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MEL OLSON: City deserves real solutions — really

June 6, 2013 in The Daily Republic

The suggestion that the public consumption of wine will revitalize downtown is laughable. Continue Reading

Vehle, Olson clash over city manager

June 2, 2011 in The Daily Republic

Olson stands by ‘hates democracy’ accusation; Vehle defends himself Continue Reading

Councilman proposes end to city approval of taxi licenses

February 25, 2011 in The Daily Republic

The Mitchell City Council should no longer approve drivers for private taxi firms in the city, according to a councilman.
The council currently reviews applications for drivers and votes whether or not to allow them to work for Becky’s Vans-Designated Drivers or E-Z Ride Taxicabs, the two privately operated taxi services in the city. Continue Reading

Interest groups press issues at dozens of Pierre socials

February 11, 2011 in The Daily Republic

South Dakota Town and Township Association members were serving ice cream at the state Capitol on Wednesday, but their minds were focused on a different form of sustenance.
“We’re just trying to get a little more of the fiscal pie,” said Cindy Foster, the association’s president.
State officials, legislators, lobbyists and staff members lined up for the free ice cream, which was being handed out, complete with toppings, in the Senate President’s and House Speaker’s lobbies.
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Proposed change to lake law stymied by state code

November 5, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Councilman Mel Olson would like to add a few words to the Lake Mitchell land designation law that was passed Tuesday.
But he can’t, at least for a year.
Olson planned to introduce language either as an amendment or a separate ordinance that would alter the impact of the initiated measure that passed by a 53-47 percent margin three days ago. Continue Reading

Mayor says Sunday liquor ban is unfair; councilman says restriction is reasonable

October 27, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Mayor Lou Sebert argued that the off-sale of liquor on Sunday will boost the local economy, while not allowing it only punishes people who drink responsibly.
City Councilman Mel Olson said he thinks liquor has enough of a foothold in Mitchell without tossing out one of the last limits on it. Continue Reading

Public forum on local issues is tonight at MTI

October 26, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Candidates for the state Senate and a discussion of Sunday off-sale of alcoholic beverages will be featured at the second of two political forums in Mitchell tonight.
The Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee is sponsoring the forum, which will be held at the Mitchell Technical Institute Technology Center amphitheater, 1800 E. Spruce St., at 7 p.m. Denny Kaemingk will be the moderator. Continue Reading

Only one speaker planned for forum on lake land

October 15, 2010 in The Daily Republic

A pair of local forums on political races and city ballot questions will offer speakers from all sides, except for a segment on the debate over land usage at Lake Mitchell.
The first of two political forums sponsored by the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee is set for Tuesday. Continue Reading

Opinion: Vote ‘no’ on ordinance and then let’s start fresh

October 13, 2010 in The Daily Republic

I wish to make clear at the outset that, while I serve on the City Council, I am writing as an individual and not as a representative of the city or the City Council. Nor am I writing on behalf of the mayor.
The City Council held several hearings to listen to the grievances, objections and rationale of (mainly lake) residents over the proposed swap of property that involved the stand of pine trees just off of National Guard Road. After those hearings, the City Council voted to reject the land swap. We listened to the citizens and did what they asked us to do. No further action had been taken by the City Council prior to the introduction of this initiative. Continue Reading