OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, worst
CHEERS to the revival of a health clinic in the town of Kennebec. We reported last week the town was eagerly awaiting its new clinic building, which was scheduled to arrive as early as last Tuesday. The new building will replace the one that closed in September 2012, when Sanford Health left due to what it said was a lack of medical providers. This new building was built at the prison in Springfield, and it will be staffed by the Avera Medical Group. Good for Kennebec, and all of the people in that area.
CHEERS to the recent shared birthday of the Mitchell Area Historical Society and the Carnegie Resource Center. The society last week celebrated its 25th anniversary, while the building marked its 110th year. Both are great assets to the community.
HISSES to news that 127 bridges in the state are considered “fracture critical” and “structurally deficient.” A report last week noted how those bridges — mostly on lightly traveled, rural roads — are part of a growing problem nationally. The problem is twofold: The number of troubled structures continues to grow, yet the number of dollars available to fix them evidently is shrinking.
CHEERS to Tessa Dee, who represented South Dakota at the recent Miss America pageant. Dee is a Mitchell native and was a contestant who we honestly felt had a chance to make waves at the competition, held in Atlantic City, N.J. She didn’t advance past the early round, but we hope she continues her cheery ways and dives into her yearlong role as Miss South Dakota. We were rooting for her, and we know that her hometown was behind her, too.