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CHEERS to the three Mitchell Technical Institute students who helped save a young girl’s life last week. Brandon Sandoz, Abby Albin and Corey Ramold pulled 2-year-old Lauryn Claggett from the wreckage of a deadly accident south of Mitchell Wednesday. It’s usually impossible to find a silver lining from an accident that kills two people, but this time there was a speck of good news among the tragedy.

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We commend the students for their bravery, while we also lament this sad loss of life.

CHEERS to Ken Ashmore, a Rapid City man who recently marked the 1,000th consecutive time he attended church service.

The 78-year-old marked the milestone at Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Rapid City. This is impressive, and we’re glad Ashmore’s story was carried on the news wires so others could learn about his dedication.

CHEERS to students and staff at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School in Mitchell, which last week was recognized as one of the top schools in the nation.

Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced 286 schools nationwide as winners of the 2013 National Blue Ribbon, and GBR was among them.

The award is bestowed upon schools that show great academic achievement or great student improvement. Only three other schools in the state received the honor this year. Principal Vicki Harmdierks and Superintendent Joe Graves must be proud, and deservedly so.

CHEERS to Dakota Wesleyan University’s homecoming festivities, which concluded over the weekend. We always have been enamored with the homecoming parades and the pageantry associated with homecoming football games, and Wesleyan always seems to do it right.

HISSES to news that the number of waterfowl hunters in South Dakota is declining. According to a report last week in The Daily Republic, the number of resident waterfowl hunters has fallen from 19,640 a decade ago to 12,797 last year.

According to state Department of Game, Fish and Parks statistics, that’s an all-time low.

Meanwhile, waterfowl populations in the region have, at times, been incredible. We wonder what this means for the future of this traditional sport.