OUR VIEW: Hisses and Cheers - Week in review: the best, worst
HISSES to a report from Sturgis Police that showed calls for service and arrests were both up during this year's motorcycle rally.
According to the report, there were 1,534 calls for service, an increase of 15 percent from last year. Citations and arrests rose 19 percent, to 568. The number of people jailed rose 8 percent to 118, and the number of charges filed jumped 37 percent to 194.
Thirty-six accidents were reported, seven with injuries. That was about the same as last year.
It's absolutely shocking to see how much crime goes on during what's otherwise a proud event for South Dakota.
CHEERS to everyone who participated in the annual Mitchell United Way's Day of Caring, which was held Wednesday around Mitchell.
The United Way held a luncheon Wednesday and thanked its 196 volunteers for setting aside time to help the community. Twenty-six groups completed 29 service projects such as cleaning up hedges, painting curbs and fire hydrants and conducting general yard work.
Great job to everyone involved.
HISSESto the Delmont City Council for approving an ordinance Thursday night during a special meeting that keeps "insects, fowl and certain animals" within the city limits on residences that are 11 acres or smaller.
This is a silly law that seems to be tailored to benefit specific people and is not a progressive move to help the town grow.
Also HISSES to Delmont Mayor Mae Gunnare for not answering questions from the public during the meeting. She refused to explain the justification for setting the 11-acre threshold, or how the city plans to enforce the new law and how much it will cost the town's citizens.
A town's mayor is always in the public eye and should be held accountable when a new ordinance passes and people have questions.
CHEERS to Zach Dalrymple, an emergency medical technician and Mitchell firefighter who helped save a man's life during a men's slowpitch softball game last week.
Dalrymple was playing in the Mitchell city league tournament Tuesday with his team, Guns and Hoses, when a player from another team ran to his dugout and asked for medic.
Dalrymple and other members of the team who also have medical training helped the man who was suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration by cooling him down.
Acts of heroism like this are great to hear about.