Sam Fosness

City News Reporter

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.

Fosness was an intern reporter at the Mitchell Republic in the summer of 2018. In the fall of 2018, he joined the Mitchell Republic newsroom as the city government reporter. Fosness covers a wide range of news topics, including outdoor sports, Lake Mitchell restoration work, local business happenings and real estate news. You can reach Fosness at and 605-990-6394.

A Huron, S.D., resident speculated the rocks that the city placed in the James River next to the dam, paired with a lack of oxygen, were largely responsible for the pileup.
“I’ve been fishing here since I was a teenager, and it feels great to get my first National Walleye tour win on this body of water,” said Brookings angler Dustin Kjelden.
"I like that I can just grab my poles and gear and head out here to fish after a day of work and not have to get everything ready like you do for a boat," said Dana Dozark, a Chamberlain area angler who fishes the Missouri River shorelines.
“It was a good day on the river. We mixed it up a bit today,” Austin Earley said of the fishing tactics that he used to reel in five walleye weighing in at a combined 18 pounds.
“These fish are fun to catch. Everything works. That’s the great thing about the Dakotas,” Pro angler Brian Bjorkman said of the Missouri River system.
"We have a fantastic fishery on Lake Francis Case. Anytime you can bring that many fishermen and fisherwomen, they are going to come back," Chamberlain Mayor Chad Mutziger said.
“It is bad enough we have a hunting season on mountain lions when there is no need for one, but to allow the use of hounds is truly despicable. This isn't hunting, it's cruel and unsportsmanlike,” Teresa Hicks, of Rapid City, wrote in her submitted comment to the GF&P Commission, opposing the proposed changes.
“It was really a test of will power. I didn’t catch one 18-incher during my pre-fishing practice, except for way down south of the lake,” Pro angler John Hoyer said.
"Everywhere you go, you see signs that are welcoming fishermen, including gas stations, hotels and retail businesses," said Tanner Jerome, executive director of the Mobridge Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Midwest pro angler fished his way to become the champion of the first tournament of this year's National Walleye Tour on Friday, taking home a $81,922 check and new fishing boat.