OUR VIEW: Week in review: The best and worstFrom a clinic in Kennebec to Habitat for Humanity to the flu.
By: Editorial board, The Daily Republic
CHEERS to the progress being made in Kennebec, as residents there work to bring a medical clinic to their town.
Sanford left town last year, literally loading the building on a truck, and left residents without a close option for basic medical care.
Late last week, The Daily Republic reported that Avera Health and the town were close to signing an agreement to establish a new clinic in town.
At last report, the town’s clinic committee was hopeful that a new clinic will be up and running by June.
We hope this all works out, and we commend Avera Health and the people of Kennebec for fighting this great battle to keep medical care nearby for local residents. Maybe in the end, it won’t work out. But no matter what, a great effort is being made and for a very noble reason.
CHEERS to the latest project by the Mitchell Regional Habitat for Humanity chapter.
The group took some time off to accumulate funds and with that task completed, the chapter is ready to build a $100,000 single-family home near Longfellow Elementary School. The process now begins to find that home a family.
HISSES to the influenza epidemic that is rolling through the United States.
News reports published in our newspaper have outlined how hospitals nationwide are swamped with flu patients, and we fear that it’s just the beginning of a long fight against the virus.
Here in South Dakota, at least nine people have died from influenza this season, and 135 people overall have been hospitalized. Expect those numbers to climb even higher. It’s not too late to get a flu shot, by the way.
CHEERS to the annual Jerry Opbroek Invitational wrestling tournament, which was held over the weekend at Mitchell High School.
The event — informally known as the Mitchell Invite — has been bringing hundreds of wrestlers to town for decades. The tournament is well run, brimming with fans and features some exceptional high school wrestling.
It also brings a lot of people to town, and we know that is important for our off-season tourism industry.
CHEERS to Chad Greenway’s inclusion on the National Football Conference Pro Bowl team.
The Mount Vernon native learned last week that he’ll again be headed to Hawaii for the Jan. 27 matchup between the NFC and the AFC.
Greenway, of course, is doing South Dakota proud as a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings.