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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

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CHEERS to several local and area people who were the focus of good-news stories last week. They included Earl Nordby, of Huron, who donated to Mitchell's community theater and soccer complex in the past and whose most recent gift is $1 million to help build a new 4-H hall at the state fairgrounds in Huron; Jeff Krall, of Mitchell, who invented anti-headache technology that will be put to use in new therapeutic lenses; and Brooklyn Toliver, a high school student in Wagner whose silhouette art was selected as Most Unique Structure/Art Installation in a contest run by book supplier Cenage Learning, as part of National Library Week.

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HISSES to whomever vandalized traffic signs, mailboxes and a shed last week near Lake Mitchell. Paired with previous news about motorized-vehicle damage to public property near the lake, it's a discouraging sign of the disrespect some people show toward public and private property. It may seem fun to the vandals, but it always comes with a cost.

And, on a related note, more HISSES to whomever stole two puppies valued at $599 each from Ed's Pet World in Mitchell, which was another act of thoughtless disrespect.

CHEERS to Mitchell's Larry Larson, who is retiring from coaching basketball after 41 years at the sub-varsity level. It was a job in which he taught the fundamentals of the game and formed important relationships with young players, but it was also a job that kept him out of the limelight. Players and families across the decades owe him a debt of gratitude, as do basketball fans who enjoyed watching his players when they got to the varsity team.

CHEERS to Chet Brokaw, who recently retired from a 33-year career with The Associated Press and was honored by the South Dakota Newspaper Association. Brokaw was stationed in Pierre and covered the state's annual legislative sessions, along with other statewide topics. Though few people outside Pierre probably knew Chet or his name, an enormous amount of the statewide news emanating from Pierre over the last three decades was reported by him and his longtime colleague Joe Kafka, who left the AP before Chet did. They were old-school, hard-working, objective reporters who provided a great service to the people of South Dakota, and their work will be missed.

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