OUR VIEW: Lots to cheer about this week
CHEERS to the Impact Lives event, held nine days ago at the Corn Palace. The event saw volunteers reach their goal of packing 340,000 meals, to be shipped to hungry people worldwide. Impact Lives is a nonprofit organization based in Minnesota that has been coming to the Corn Palace for a few years now, and we can see why. Mitchell people consistently rise to the challenge, as they did earlier this month, and have packed more than 1 million meals overall. It's inspir-ing to see so many people -- more than 1,200 this year -- volunteer to help this worthwhile cause.
CHEERS to U.S. Sen. John Thune, a Murdo native who once again was deemed the fastest member of Congress during an event last week in Washington, D.C. Thune finished the three-mile race in 18:54, which is 25 seconds faster than his 2010 time. The run raises money for Special Olympics, but it also sets a good example for people to stay active and exercise.
CHEERS to See South Dakota Week, which ended Sunday and ran in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week. Along with statewide events, Mitchell attractions had free admission Saturday and Sunday, providing community members an opportunity to see our town as tourists see it. We always have been appreciative of this unique weekend and hope South Dakotans are taking advantage. Now, we'll cross our fingers and wish for a busy tourist season, not only in Mitchell but statewide.
CHEERS to the law enforcement agencies who worked to capture an escaped convict last week in Lyman County. Lin-coln Williams had walked away from the state penitentiary and was located when a resident interrupted a burglary in progress Sunday near Reliance. Although Williams wasn't nabbed in that burglary, he was tracked down the next day thanks to a combined effort by the Lyman County Sheriff's Office, the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the state Depart-ment of Game, Fish and Parks, the Tripp County Sheriff's Office and a local pilot. Good job to all involved.
CHEERS to Jason Schmidt, a Mitchell native who last week was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference player of the year. Schmidt, who plays for Mount Marty College in Yankton, hit .364 this season in 46 games. He also hit 13 home runs and had 53 RBIs and event appeared in 10 games as a pitcher, going 2-0 with three saves. It sounds like an all-around great season and a effort worthy of accolades.