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OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, worst

HISSES to the escalating costs associated with the Longhorn building in downtown Mitchell. The tally now is approximately $500,000 that the city will pay to tear down the Longhorn and purchase the adjoining Veterans of Foreign Wars post. This is a project we just wish would finish, so we could put it in the rearview mirror and move on.

CHEERS to the national award won recently by Patzer Woodworking of Mitchell. The company was honored by the Cabinet Makers Association for a kitchen it designed for Tom and Mary Day. The project was designed by Brenda Puetz, a Patzer employee, and won the first-place Diamond Award in a category titled “Kitchen, European, under $25,000.” It’s exciting news for all involved and shows once again that some of the nation’s best and move innovative people and businesses are right here in Mitchell.

CHEERS to the uptick in enrollment in the Mitchell School District. A Daily Republic report last week noted that enrollment in the district could exceed 2,600 for the first time in 10 years. Early counts show there are approximately 50 more students this year than in 2012-13. Official numbers won’t be available for a while, but we like what we’re hearing so far.  CHEERS to the open house held last week for the new weight room at Mitchell High School. This project, which brought in approximately $140,000 in private funds, completely renovated the training facility, which before June 1 was outdated and even a bit dilapidated. Friday, the public was invited to view the new room and its equipment. This new weight room will be relevant for years to come and will affect so many students — not just varsity athletes.
 HISSES to the record-breaking heat. We reported last week that Aug. 25-31 was the second-hottest week (for that time frame) in history in Mitchell. We also reported that the city set a record for the highest minimum temperature during one of those days, when the thermometer bottomed out at 77 degrees. We say it’s time for some cool autumn breezes.