OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, worstFrom Missouri River levels to breaking basketball records to 'extreme illness.'
By: Editorial board, The Daily Republic
HISSES to the recent prediction that runoff into the Missouri River this year will only be about 80 percent of normal. That’s not good news, considering the river level was on its way down last year and also since there already is much griping downstream about upstream water containment. Let’s just hope for plenty of rainfall this spring to help get things right again on the Mighty Mo.
CHEERS to Mitchell High School senior Kerri Young, who last week broke the MHS girls’ basketball scoring record. In a 65-37 win over Spearfish, Young scored 14 points and surpassed the previous mark of 1,565 points, set by Jeana (Hoffman) Krome. We loved watching Jeana play, along with her twin sister, Jenna, and have many great memories of that exceptional Kernel tandem. Meanwhile, we are gaining new memories, thanks to great players like Young. Mitchell sure has had some exceptional girls’ basketball players.
HISSES to the bug that swept through the Bridgewater-Emery School District. Friday, classes in the district were canceled following an outbreak of what Principal Chris Schultz called “extreme illness.” About 31 of 80 high school students were out six Thursday with symptoms that included vomiting and diarrhea. We truly hope things are back to normal over in Bridgewater and Emery and likewise hope that the trouble doesn’t spread into other schools.
CHEERS to the Glass Slipper, a local organization that helps match girls with second-hand prom dresses. The event began Friday and ran through Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Mitchell, and area high school girls were welcome to browse the selection of dresses and accessories. Items were available for free for prom-goers. This is a great idea, and we hope it continues in the future.
HISSES to the corner of Burr Street and Norway Avenue. This is a tricky corner in Mitchell, thanks to its proximity to two adjacent service roads. We know this corner well, and have seen many near-misses at that spot, in addition to the ones that we have reported in our news pages. Last week, another mishap occurred there. We urge parents to warn their kids about this dangerous spot in south Mitchell.
CHEERS to the early spring, at least as predicted by Punxsutawney Phil. The goofy-looking groundhog last week didn’t see his shadow during his annual ceremony in Pennsylvania, and because of that, legend tells us that spring will be here earlier than usual. Of course, that’s rather tough to believe after the rough weather that hit our region and the Northeast over the weekend, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed.