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OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, worst

CHEERS to Vicki Harmdierks, principal at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School in Mitchell. Last week, Harmdierks learned that she’ll be presented with the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership during an event in Washington, D.C. Harmdierks is in her seventh year in the Mitchell School District and was nominated for the national honor when GBR was recently designated with a Blue Ribbon Award, one of only 286 schools nationwide to receive the honor.

CHEERS to Officer Dan Fechner and others who worked to save a man’s life last week in Mitchell. When a man collapsed at a job site, his co-workers sprang to action and administered CPR. Fechner, an officer with the Mitchell Police Division, arrived and put to use the defibrillator that was in his patrol car. Last we heard, the victim was breathing on his own. Kudos to Fechner and the others who played a part in this dramatic incident.

CHEERS to the anonymous yet kind-hearted soul who donated a 2001 Tahoe to the local Weekend Snack Pack Program. The person prefers to remain unknown, and we can appreciate that. What many people may not know is that the Weekend Snack Pack Program goes to great lengths to ensure that underprivileged youngsters have enough to eat when they’re not at school, and people also may not know that it’s a bigger problem than they can imagine. Evidently, the person who donated this vehicle understands that, and made a donation that will make a big difference to this deserving charity.

CHEERS to the state football champions from the region. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan and Avon both won nine-man titles, while Parkston came up just short in Class 11B. We offer congratulations to all of the players involved, and remind them to enjoy these great times and memories.

HISSES to all of the terrible crimes against children that seem to be occurring lately in the area. Just a week after we profiled some of these sad cases, another arrest was made in another tragic case. Please do your part in reporting things like this directly to the police, or through the anonymous Crimestoppers tip line at 996-1700. Tips that result in an arrest are eligible for a cash reward.