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OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, worst

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

HISSES to a nasty storm over the weekend that caused damage and power outages to areas near Corsica, Stickney and Armour.

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Saturday morning, hail, rain and wind blasted through the area and several homes, businesses and even a ballpark in Corsica were hit hard. Luckily, no one was injured, according to authorities, but the damage caused by these storms is very costly.

CHEERS to Mitchell Mayor Ken Tracy and the city of Mitchell for finding a use for one of the old Corn Palace domes. One of the smaller domes will be saved, along with two turrets, and could be used at Mitchell’s Visitor Information Center building near Interstate 90. The domes that were taken off the Palace this summer are a piece of history, and we’re proud at least one of those domes will be saved for tourists and residents to view for years.

HISSES to the ongoing situation with a backlog of late railroad cars. U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said last week that a status report shows Burlington Northern’s backlog in South Dakota is 444 cars, and the average car is 7.1 days late.

“The number of late cars has doubled over the last two weeks,” Thune said. As harvest creeps closer for the 2014 season, many in the agriculture industry are worrying about when trains might be able to pick up grain still from the 2013 harvest. Railroads and members of the Surface Transportation Board need to find a way to improve service in South Dakota, where agriculture is the state’s top industry.

CHEERS to local playoff baseball.

It’s that time of year when games really mean something. Youth, teener, Legion and amateur baseball teams are nearing the end of the season, which is always a bittersweet feeling. Although it’s sad that the season is coming to an end, there’s not much better than watching a South Dakota playoff baseball game in late July and early August. The Class B state Legion baseball tournament kicked off last week in Tabor and continues early this week. Several other teener state tournaments have already been held, and amateur baseball playoffs lead to one of Mitchell’s favorite events: the state amateur baseball tournament, held at Cadwell Park in early August.

HISSES to those people who think it’s OK to leave their pets outside during the sweltering heat. Early last week, Mitchell saw it’s hottest temperature of the year at 94 degrees, and some people thought it was just fine to leave their dogs outside without any water. The Mitchell Police Division fields a handful of calls daily during hot temperatures due to animals being left outside unattended. Even one is too many. When an animal owner makes the decision to care for a pet, that owner needs to accept the responsibility to care for it properly.

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