OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best and worstA look back at the week that was.
By: Editorial board, The Daily Republic
CHEERS to the many businesses and local people who have come forward to help a couple from Massachusetts, stranded in town after fire consumed their camper. Dana and Gayle Condit’s camper burned May 22, along with everything the couple owned. In the month since then, they have received help from various Mitchell residents and businesses, including Cabela’s, Jack’s Campers, the Scoreboard, Ruby Tuesday and Mayor Lou Sebert. There are probably more donors out there that we don’t know about. The mayor tells us that this kind of spirit personifies Mitchell’s welcoming attitude, and we couldn’t agree more. We commend the businesses and people who have come forward to help the Condits, and we wish the Condits well after this unfortunate and prolonged incident. Mitchell is a great place to visit and an even better place to spend a lifetime.
CHEERS to CHR Solutions, which plans to bring 170 jobs to Mitchell in the coming years. CHR already existed in Mitchell, but the consulting firm for telecommunications companies made an announcement last week that it plans to expand. This comes at a great time, considering Mitchell was shaken by the April news that Verifications Inc. will close the doors to its local building in November, and 79 jobs will be lost.
HISSES to the pending closure of the Farm Service Agency office in Wessington Springs. The Daily Republic last week noted that the agency office will close by the end of July, along with three others in the state. FSA files in the Jerauld County office will transfer to Sanborn County’s office in Woonsocket, unless a client requests files go to another county. These farm-related closures always come with a modicum of reasons — declining population, better technology, etc. — but it doesn’t necessarily make it right for the people that are affected. It’s unfortunate news for the producers of Jerauld County.
CHEERS to a fundraiser that benefitted the Sehnert family, which was rocked by the fire-related death of 3-year-old Jaxon Sehnert. Earlier this month, neighbors of the family, along with the help of donations from local businesses, ran a rummage sale and raffle to raise money for the family’s expenses. The young boy’s death is such a sad story, and it’s great to see friends, neighbors and even strangers coming together to provide comfort and aid.