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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

HISSES to anyone who damages the ground in public-use areas around Lake Mitchell with motorized vehicles in unauthorized areas.

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Dusty Rodiek, Mitchell’s director of parks, recreation and forestry, said the damage has been especially bad this year.

Anyone who notices that kind of activity should report it to police.

CHEERS to the Hanson School District, which was recently honored as the No. 2 small school district in the country for technology, as awarded by the National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network and the Center for Digital Education.

It’s the fourth time the school has been honored since 2008 in the top eight among its classifi - cation, which is for districts with fewer than 3,000 students.

HISSES to yet another violent rampage at a school.

A 16-year-old student wielding two knives went on a stabbing spree in the hallways of a Pittsburgh-area high school Wednesday, wounding 22 people before he was tackled by an assistant principal.

In the aftermath, the usual stories began circulating about the attacker being unusually “quiet” or being bullied.

Though every case is different, and this one is still under investigation, many times attackers at schools have been teenagers who are isolated from their peers. If there is any hope of preventing this kind of violence, it probably lies in devoting more resources to school counselors and to training for other school employees to identify and help troubled kids.

CHEERS to Mitchell’s Jack Theeler for his induction into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.

Among his athletic accomplishments are the 1,573 points he scored while playing basketball for the University of South Dakota, an average of 21.5 points per game.

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