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Editorial: Week in review

CHEERS to the Hanson School District, which ranks third in the nation among small schools in a national survey that points out digitally advanced schools. The survey was conducted by e.Republic's Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association. It recognizes districts' use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students

community, improve - trict operations. It's the second straight year Hanson has checked in among the Top 10, ranking ninth last year.

CHEERS to news that the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks will be purchasing native prairie rangeland in McCook County and will spend more than $1 million to improve other public lands for outdoor use in the state. The land in McCook County is near Montrose and Canistota and adds to the GF&P's existing East Lake Vermillion game production area. The state has taken many opportunities in recent years to purchase land and make it available to outdoorsmen, and we consider this a very noble and beneficial practice. We hope it continues at this rate in future years.

CHEERS to a November survey of supply managers in the Midwest that suggests the Plains region will continue the pace of its economic recovery in the coming months. A report last week in The Daily Republic showed that the Business Conditions Index for nine Midwestern and Plains states noted the 12th consecutive month that the index has shown growth. "Strength in the region's agriculture and energy sectors is spilling over into the rest of the area economy," one analyst said. We're seeing that first hand here in the Mitchell region and hope it continues.

Speaking of the economy, CHEERS to what appear to have been brisk sales locally on Black Friday. Several business owners and managers told The Daily Republic last week that the Friday after Thanksgiving -- and that weekend in general -- produced good sales receipts. That's good news indeed, and as the holiday season kicks into high gear, we ask that shoppers consider their home markets first.

HISSES to state government for its handling of the Wall Lake state game bird refuge in Hand County. The Legislature officially dissolved the refuge last winter by repealing the state law that had established it. The Legislature took its action with the support of the state Game, Fish and Parks Department at the request of one landowner, while failing to ask the other families who own land in the refuge. Last week, at the request of those other landowners, the state GF&P Commission reinstated the refuge. It was a sad example of bureaucrats and lawmakers acting from Pierre without taking the time to fully consider how their actions would affect people beyond the capital city. Hopefully, it was a lesson learned.