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Editorial: Week in Review

CHEERS to the Mitchell Lions Club and its Strides Walk/Run, which was dedicated to diabetes awareness. The event was held at Joe Quintal Field over the weekend and was deemed a "celebration of what we can do to promote our good health," according to Mitchell Lions Club President Nancy Erck. We appreciate this new event and hope it will indeed be a tool that pushes awareness about diabetes and better overall health for everyone.

HISSES to the two men who were sentenced last week for burning down a church near Artesian. John Bothwell, of Artesian, and Joey Johnson, formerly of Fedora, each were sentenced to four years in the state penitentiary and also will be required to pay back $35,000 in restitution. The two burned down Artesian's First Lutheran Church in November 2009. They initially pleaded not guilty, but later changed their plea to admit their guilt. Burning down a church is such a dastardly act; along with the religious implications, it befuddles us that anyone would want to do harm to a small-town congregation and their gathering place. These men are getting a rightful punishment, and we hope all involved will forgive them in due time.

HISSES to the shaky weather that has hit the region in the past few weeks, and which is making it difficult for farmers to harvest their crops. State Climatologist Dennis Todey last week told The Daily Republic that he has some basic advice for grain producers: Don't delay, and take advantage of every break in the weather that comes your way. Just as the rains cleared from last week, Todey says October is looking to be a wet month, too. We wish the best for the farmers in the region who still have crops to cut.

CHEERS to news that Central Electric Cooperative appears headed for a large new building west of Mitchell. At present, Central Electric has a North Main Street facility; last week, General Manager Loren Noess said indications are strong that the board of directors will give the OK for the new 40,000-square-foot service center. Expansion is good news, and we're happy for any company that is able to grow beyond its current work space.

HISSES to the troubles that have plagued the melon producers in the Mitchell region. It appears 2010 will be a down year for those James River Valley producers, thanks to the heavy rains that drowned out the melon and pumpkin fields. Kelly Larson told The Daily Republic last week that "it has been the most trying year I have ever experienced." We hope that niche industry along Highways 34 and 37 north of Mitchell does OK this year and then comes back strong in 2011. And in the meantime, don't forget to pop open a plump Forestburg melon if you get the chance this fall, whether it comes from one of the stands along the highway or at a local grocery store. It's a delicious way to show support for local producers.