Editorial: Week in Review
CHEERS to Mitchell Regional Habitat for Humanity, which held its first "Brush With Kindness" event earlier this month. On a Saturday, 26 volunteers showed up, ready to paint the home and clean up the yard of a Mitchell woman. The event was made possible with gifts from the Mitchell Charitable Foundation, South Dakota Habitat for Humanity and donations to the local chapter. Even better news: The organization wants to do it again next year, perhaps painting as many as two or three homes in the Mitchell area. We commend the Mitchell Regional Habitat for Humanity for its efforts and hope the group continues to be able to find volunteers to aid with these worthwhile projects.
CHEERS to Mitchell Technical Institute, which last week announced its largest ever enrollment. According to MTI numbers, there are 1,109 students attending classes there this fall, surpassing last year's record number of 1,004. That's an increase of 10.5 percent over last year and it's all good news for the entire city. Mitchell has two exceptional postsecondary educational options -- including MTI and Dakota Wesleyan University -- and not many towns in South Dakota can boast of such a thing.
HISSES to the announcement that there will not be fireworks at Mount Rushmore again in 2011. The annual celebration was canceled this year because of the fear of wildfire and the same fear has put an early end to next year's patriotic display as well. We agree that it's a responsible course of action -- as noted by Mount Rushmore's acting superintendent -- but it's still a disappointment.
CHEERS to college football in South Dakota. Dakota Wesleyan University has started the year off on a successful note, the University of South Dakota created a national ripple with its win over Minnesota and South Dakota State University this week will travel to Nebraska to challenge the mighty Cornhuskers. It's a great time of year for anyone who has even the most remote interest in football and our local colleges are making it even more interesting with their early success.
HISSES to news that the number of working-age poor has climbed the its highest level since the 1960s. That news came via The Associated Press and notes that the ongoing recession has throw millions of people out of work, leaving one in seven Americans in poverty. That's sad news.
CHEERS to the 2010 Mitchell High School homecoming royalty, members of which were announced last week. This year's candidates for king and queen are Cole Johnson, Brandon Weber, Blake Guymon, Collin Moen, Nick Young, Olivia Essig, Chenise Berens, Katrina Young, Morgan Overweg and Courtney Miller. Coronation is set for 7:30 tonight at the high school auditorium, and typical homecoming activities will be held throughout the week, culminating in Friday night's football game against Aberdeen Central.