OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best and worstHisses and cheers from the week that was, from returning Guardsman to MTI grads to wicked weather.
HISSES to all of the road work that’s being done in Mitchell, but CHEERS to the fact that it appears to be getting done faster than anticipated. We realize it’s needed and that renovation is a necessary and vital part of road maintenance, but that doesn’t mean we have to like the inconveniences that always accompanies road work. Naturally, we were pleased to read last week that the work is going well and that maybe it’ll be completed ahead of schedule.
CHEERS, as always, to veterans who are returning home from tours in far-off places like Afghanistan, Iraq and other foreign ports of call. The 200th Engineer Company of the South Dakota National Guard recently returned and brought with it many men and women from the Mitchell region. Thank you to all veterans for your efforts.
CHEERS to Mitchell Technical Institute, which on Friday saw its 15,000th graduate receive a diploma. Kyle Uttecht was the notable grad, and when he crossed the stage he helped MTI reach yet another important milestone. What a great couple of years it’s been for MTI, which is undergoing great expansion and mind-blowing construction while still providing exceptional education that directly benefits Mitchell and the region.
CHEERS to the South Dakota Lions clubs that helped pay for bioptic glasses for Jacob Carsten, a 14-year-old from Kimball. These lenses are high-tech, with a miniature telescope mounted in the upper part of the glass; they allow Jacob to better go about his life. The Lions is a great organization with two clubs right here in Mitchell. The clubs’ members are involved in many projects, and we’re proud of the role they play in Mitchell and beyond.
HISSES to yet another scam that has come to light in the area. This latest is using the website Craigslist.com, and preys upon people who are looking for places to live. The scammers swipe actual listings from reputable places, and then ask for payment upfront from would-be renters and owners. Don’t fall for it, and be sure to mention it to your loved ones.
HISSES to that wicked storm that brought hail and high winds to the region May 5. We always are excited about a little rain, but destructive winds and stones were a sad side dish when that front rolled in. We know millions of dollars in damages were reported in the area, and that just can’t be helped. What we really hope is that no serious physical harm came to the hardy residents of the region.