OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, worst
CHEERS to Platte's Tennyson Erickson, who had the chance earlier this summer to take part in a Make-A-Wish event, meeting with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald at the team's practice facility. We've previously documented Erickson's fight with leukemia but the meeting with Fitzgerald once again showed off Erickson's spirit and courage. And by all accounts, he couldn't ask for a better role model than Fitzgerald. A former NFL Man of the Year, Fitzgerald has partaken in mission trips, funded youth health efforts and has worked tirelessly on efforts to fight cancer. Making time for Erickson was another great move by a good guy.
HISSES to the news about a dangerous multi-vehicle crash in a construction zone on State Highway 44 in Hutchinson County this week, where nine people were injured, including one in a serious manner. It's a frightening reminder of how important it is to slow down in work zones on streets and highways. In some places, there's merely a foot or two between the driving lane and the work being done. We've all seen the signs and the awareness campaigns about slowing down in construction zones and unfortunately, this might be a needed reminder of how to drive through those areas.
CHEERS to the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo committee for putting on another great week of rodeo events. It would be hard to imagine summer in Mitchell without this event and it's become a great staple for this region. While most of us focus on the week's worth of rodeo performances, family events and the parade, the efforts made in the months and weeks in advance to ensure the annual rodeo remains a hit.
CHEERS to the efforts of a handful of area, locally-owned telecommunications cooperatives that have invested in infrastructure upgrades for high-speed internet. Last week, Santel announced a five-year plan to make $24 million in upgrades in many of their small towns and rural service areas. Officials admit that it's a high cost project that will ultimately impact a smaller number of people than if the same project was in a big city, but those opportunities are needed in rural South Dakota in order to allow communities to both compete and grow.