OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, worstA look back at the week that was, from Jack Links to Black Friday to a Christmas tree downtown.
By: Editorial board, The Daily Republic
CHEERS to the expansion at the Jack Link’s plant in Alpena. The Daily Republic outlined the expansion last week in a report that noted the factory —which produces tasty Jack Link’s beef snacks — has nearly finished a 26,000-square-foot addition. The plant also has invested in the expansion of the Alpena wastewater treatment plant and made a donation of $70,000 to the fire department in Alpena. And even better news: The upgrades could result in another 75 jobs added to the facility’s growing payroll.
HISSES to news that the worst American drought in decades appears to only be getting worse. Although some encouraging reports were floated in recent months, it appears that things are worsening. More than half of the continental United States has been in drought conditions since summer, and those misty September showers we’re used to here in South Dakota never really made their appearance. We are hoping for some snowfall, followed by a good wet spring.
HISSES to the arguments, fights and conflicts that arise around Black Friday-type shopping events. For the life of us, we cannot understand how people can come to blows over some product that’s on sale the day after Thanksgiving. Just as we urge readers to keep perspective when it comes to sports or opinions, we also urge readers to keep their heads about them while shopping. Gee whiz.
CHEERS to the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony last week on Main Street. Although the Parade of Lights met an unfortunate demise, we are pleased to see that the Christmas spirit won out and that almost 1,000 people attended Monday night’s festivities, held in front of the Corn Palace. It was a great event and we hope people are even more excited about it next year.