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CHEERS to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital's upcoming fundraiser, "Roses ... Just Because." Through this project, people are able to purchase a dozen long-stemmed roses for $25 to help support diabetes. It's the 19th year the hospital has held the "Roses" project and it's a good one. We especially like that the timing of the project (the roses don't arrive until April 7) doesn't interfere with traditional flower days like Valentines Day and Mothers Day, so it doesn't bite into profits of local flower shops. This is a good fundraiser and for a good cause, and we suggest folks call 995-6345 to participate.

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CHEERS to news that Northern Plains states have lower home foreclosure rates than most of the nation, according to a report from CoreLogic. According to a piece we publishedSaturday, there were 48,000 completed foreclosures in the nation last month, down from 59,000 in January 2013. Of those, North Dakota and South Dakota ranked among the lowest numbers nationally.

CHEERS to the Mitchell High School debate team, which is wrapping up another successful season. The program generally doesn't get much press, but its members spend countless hours each winter working on arguments and preparing cases. Coached by Ron Grimsley, Mitchell often has kids that are among the best in the state, and it's been that way for years now.

HISSES to electronic cigarettes. These battery-powered devices seem to be the rage right now, as actual cigarettes have been banned in most public places. But they still contain nicotine and they shouldn't be in the hands of kids. They also are a subject of debate this year in the state Legislature, and rightly so. To us, they are the same as cigarettes and should be recognized as such.

CHEERS to the 11th annual Mitchell Community Scholarship Fund Radiothon. This year's event raised $55,640, and that's a load of money. Because of the nature of our business, radio and newspapers don't always get along, and nothing probably will ever change that. But a great effort is still a great effort, and KMIT Radio once again did a great job with this year's scholarship fundraiser and deserves a thumbs-up for the effort.

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