The city of Mitchell lost one of its favorite restaurants earlier this week during a massive fire, the good news, is it doesn't sound like they will be without it for a very long time.

The Perkins restaurant located near 1301 South Burr Street caught fire just after midnight on Wednesday, (November 15). Dakota News Now is reporting that when crews arrived they could see smoke jetting out of the roof of the building. Crews entered the structure through a south door and encountered heavy fire conditions. It took nearly two hours to completely contain the blaze.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported, but the building was deemed a total loss by fire inspectors.

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According to Dakota News Now, the origin of the fire is still under investigation.

Mitchell residents quickly began to rally around all the 40 fellow citizens working at the Perkins location who lost their positions due to the blaze. Most of these folks had full-time jobs. A number of other area restaurants and businesses throughout the Mitchell area are reaching out to the displaced employees to offer them opportunities to pick up work elsewhere.

Social media was abuzz immediately after hearing the word that fire had broken out inside the popular Mitchell restaurant.

The Perkins store manager in Mitchell told Dakota News Now, that the company plans to start rebuilding the location just as soon as possible.

Source: Dakota News Now

The 10 Most Redneck Towns in South Dakota

Are you a 'Redneck?' I guess to some people, all of us in South Dakota are rednecks.

If we use the Jeff Foxworthy Scale of Redneckeness, I have, in fact, been too drunk to fish. So by definition, I am a redneck. And so are many people I know.

Not that being from the country is a bad thing, and it can be fun to poke fun at ourselves.

With that in mind, we found that the folks at RoadSnacks put together a list that claims 'These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In South Dakota.'
What is a Redneck?

The dictionary says that a redneck is someone "...who lives in a small town or in the country, especially in the southern U.S., who typically has a working-class job, and who is seen by others as being uneducated and having opinions and attitudes that are offensive."

Well, a few things. First, South Dakota isn't THAT kind of 'south.' We're to the south of North Dakota, but to the north of 'The South.'

Plus that definition sounds awful mean and serious. I thought we were having fun here.

RoadSnacks leaned into the funny, Jeff Foxworthy-based version of a redneck. Then they rounded up select data on places in SD to determine their rankings. RoadSnacks Redneck Criteria:

  • Small towns
  • Least amount of high school graduates
  • Number of bars per city
  • Number of mobile home parks per capita
  • Number of tobacco stores per city
  • Number of places to get fishing gear
  • Number of guns and ammo stores per city
  • Walmarts, Bass Pro Shops, and dollar stores nearby

Gallery Credit: Ben Kuhns

Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives in Sioux Falls

In June of 2020, Guy Fieri and his crew from Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives came to Sioux Falls and made quite a stir.

In case you've never been lured into an hours-long binge of the show on Food Network, Guy Fieri visits places off the beaten path and tries out their signature dishes and visits with locals.

Gallery Credit: Ben Davis


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