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OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, worst

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OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, worst
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HISSES to the H1N1 virus, which is rearing its ugly head again in South Dakota. This nasty bug caused a pandemic four years ago, and last week reports starting surfacing that it’s back. According to an Associated Press report, health officials in South Dakota attributed two deaths to H1N1, in Minnehaha and Jerauld counties.

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Back in 2009-2010, the virus was linked to 24 deaths in the state. The best protection is a flu shot. Supplies of the vaccine are plentiful, and there is still time to get yours this season.

CHEERS to the Delmont New Year’s Eve Day parade, which was held last week in that area town. This was the 12th year for the parade, and this year’s first-place winner was Shirley Weisser, who won after leading her donkey through town.

About 200 people attended the event, which also included other celebratory type activities, such as a chili cook-off. We love events like this, and we’re so glad to see that no matter how small the town, community pride and a sense of humor still exist in equal parts.

HISSES to the terrible weather that has struck the region. We’re OK with winter — after all, this is South Dakota, the Land of Infinite Variety. But long streaks of sub-zero temperatures, coupled with harsh winds, gets a bit tiresome and a lot dangerous. Meanwhile, CHEERS to the people who have to be outside and working in these conditions. Our thoughts are with these folks, and we are hoping for a break in conditions so we can go back to a normal winter — whatever that means up here in the Dakotas.

CHEERS to the new electric car station, which opened last week in Mitchell. The station is located near County Fair, and it’s meant to be a quick-fill station for people who own electric-powered cars and especially those who are traveling cross-country on Interstate 90. What a unique time we live in.

CHEERS to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, which recently was recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2012.

Queen of Peace was the only hospital in South Dakota to earn such an honor, and was recognized for pneumonia and surgical care measure sets.

Good for Avera Queen of Peace, which not only is a trusted caregiver but also one of the region’s top employers.

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