OUR VIEW: Hisses and Cheers -- The week in review
HISSES to a decision to move half of this year's Mike Miller Classic high school basketball event to the Sioux Falls Pentagon. Earlier this week, our newspaper learned that this year's event will be a two-day classic, split between MItchell's Corn Palace and the Pentagon. The Miller Classic has been solely in Mitchell for four years, showcasing some of the nation's top talent on the same court that Mitchell native Mike Miller grew up playing on. Now, event organizers have decided to give Sioux Falls part of the classic, taking it from its home in Mitchell.
CHEERS to Platte Health Center Avera for getting top marks in patient care for the second year in a row. On Wednesday, we reported that the hospital received an Excellence through Insight award for overall emergency department experience patient satisfaction for hospitals under 100 beds, a national recognition based on patient survey information collected by HealthStream Inc. Whether it's removing fish hooks or helping a heart attack patient, quality health care is vital to our communities, and we're glad to see Platte continue its commitment to excellence.
HISSES to the news that nearly all of southeastern South Dakota is back to being classified as abnormally dry. An update released by the U.S. Drought Monitor Thursday revealed that about 29 percent of the state is abnormally dry, which played into the destruction of area crops during a late-July wind and hail storm. Thank goodness it hasn't been as hot as it could be, and here's hoping Mother Nature sends some real moisture our way before too long.
CHEERS to all of the teener baseball teams playing in state tournaments, and CHEERS to all of the amateur teams that have qualified for the state amateur tournament. Three Mitchell Baseball Association teener teams qualified for state, and several area teams are also playing in year-end tournaments. In amateur baseball, Alexandria -- the defending Class B state champion -- won the District 5 tournament Friday night and will be back at the state tournament, which starts Wednesday at Mitchell's Cadwell Park. Congratulations to all.
HISSES to all of the road construction going on in the city of Mitchell. Sure, we understand that construction leads to improvement of the streets, and we also understand that summer is the time of year these projects need to happen. But it seems like many of the highly traveled routes have detours, and they're all happening at the same time.