OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, worstA look back at the week that was, from a radiothon to senior volunteers to highly rated nursing homes.
CHEERS to the grant recently awarded to the South Central South Dakota RSVP program in Mitchell. The program, which utilizes senior volunteers, received a $71,579 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The volunteers in the program do all sorts of community-minded activities, from aiding during times of emergency to helping with meal programs.
This grant will go a long way toward promoting the program.
CHEERS to the five-star ranking achieved by Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell, according to a survey published recently in the U.S. News and World Report.
A five-star ranking was only achieved by about 18 percent of the nursing homes in the state, and Avera’s facility was only one of two homes in the state to receive five stars in all three scoring categories.
CHEERS to the fundraiser held last week to raise money for the Mitchell Community Scholarship Fund.
KMIT-KOOL Radio in Mitchell held a radiothon and raised $58,590 for the fund, which will provide scholarships to any graduating senior from Mitchell High or Mitchell Christian who is going on to higher education.
Last year, the program doled out scholarships of up to $550, and it looks like that level should be able to be reached again this year.
HISSES to the terrible, terrible tragedy that befell a Sioux Falls family last week.
A car crash on Interstate 90 claimed the lives of four members of the Vollmer family, and serves as a grim reminder that life is short and fragile.
All highway mishaps and untimely deaths are sad, but any accident that claims the lives of four family members and leaves a fifth member alone in a trying time is just heartbreaking.
CHEERS to the Parkston High School wrestling team, which set a state record last week when it scored 164 team points at the state Class B wrestling tournament. The record propelled the Trojans to the state team title.
The Mitchell region always has been home to some great wrestling, from the Freeman and Kimball teams of the late 1980s, the Mitchell teams of the 1990s and the Wagner, Parkston, Howard and Bon Homme teams in the years since.
Parkston has continued that tradition, and looks strong in the years to come, too.