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OUR VIEW: Hisses and Cheers

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

CHEERS to the six area men who are a part of the 2014 induction class to the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Bill Sudbeck, Jim Sudbeck, Tom Sudbeck, all of Dimock; Canova Gang teammates Jerry Kampshoff and Ted Gosmire; and Frank Cutler, of Platte, make up the local men who will be honored Aug. 16 at the 82nd annual state amateur baseball tournament, held at Mitchell's Cadwell Park. The induction ceremony banquet will be Sept. 27 in Canova.

These men have helped keep South Dakota's amateur baseball tradition strong over the years, and have many success stories at the ballpark.

HISSES to the increased amount of mosquitoes in Mitchell this summer. Those little bugs can carry West Nile virus, which accounted for three deaths in South Dakota in 2013. The city uses traps to track mosquito populations, and when the number of mosquitoes reaches a certain threshold for consecutive days, a fogging machine is used city-wide to spread an insecticide that targets mosquitoes. While mosquitoes have been higher this year, CHEERS to the city for targeting the problem. Earlier this week, we reported that the city of Mitchell has fogged three times for mosquitoes already, which is up from only fogging once last year. This year, the city got help fighting mosquitoes in the form of a $24,717 grant from the state Department of Health.

CHEERS to the 25th anniversary celebration of the Burke Stampede Rodeo in Burke, and Mitchell's annual Corn Palace Stampede, which drew strong crowds again this year. While Sunday's attendance was not yet available as of this writing, about 4,000 people attended the Stampede on Friday night, the largest crowd up that point for the event since 2009, according to rodeo officials. We have a strong tradition of rodeo in the Mitchell community and the state of South Dakota, and it's good to see our state sport thriving.

HISSES to yet another criminal suspect allegedly fleeing from police. A trooper attempted to pull over a suspect on July 11 for speeding on Highway 262, and the driver took off. The driver allegedly reached speeds of 80 mph before getting stuck north of Emery and taking off on foot. We've said it before, and we'll say it again: chases like this are dangerous -- for the people involved, and the people on the sidelines.

CHEERS to the Ethan community for its creative way of saving a piece of town history. When the town built a new water tower a few years ago, community members banded together to salvage the lid of the old structure, built in 1912, which now sits atop a gazebo near the new water tower. We applaud the people of Ethan for finding a way to make necessary upgrades to city infrastructure while preserving what some called a "beacon of home."

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