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LETTER: Move to Mitchell was great decision

To the Editor:

As a newbee to South Dakota and to Mitchell, I would like to express some thoughts about moving here. When I decided to leave my home of more than 45 years, it was not easy. But that oil-crazed area of northwestern North Dakota had turned into a disaster for many people: traffic, crime, prices, rents, safety issues, even emergency services. I began to look at South Dakota as a possibility. I was looking at the Spearfish area.

Then a longtime friend who lived in Mitchell suggested here. My first thought was the Corn Palace. She assured me, however, that Mitchell had a lot more to offer and to come and see. And so I did, several times, and was very pleasantly surprised with the town and area. So almost a year ago, I made the move and have not regretted it one bit.

The pluses of Mitchell are many — great traffi c fl ow and patient drivers as I slowly moved along, trying to fi nd an address on the one-way streets. The service people are kind, helpful and patient. Going to a restaurant is nice; even being alone, I have been treated with courtesy, friendliness and excellent service. The apartment I have is just what I wanted and the other people here made me feel very welcome. I found a bowling group, a special group of welcoming people, and many others. These are just a few of the attributes I have found here; there are many more. Thanks to references and investigating, I have a doctor, clinic, dentist, mechanic and a few essentials. I still have a couple more to find but that will fall into place as well.

So, when friends call and want to know how I like this South Dakota living, I can tell them honestly that this was the best decision I have ever made, and that Mitchell is indeed now my home. The one thing I didn’t know was about the humidity, but it’s a small price to pay for everything else I have found here. Mitchell truly welcomed me and made me feel at home.