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OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, worst

CHEERS to people who donate to the Mitchell United Way. This year’s goal is $455,000, which is $15,000 more than last year’s target. We cannot stress enough how much United Way means to the Mitchell community, and also we cannot stress enough how the money that is donated stays local to fund great local programs and projects. United Way helps fund so many worthwhile causes, that we urge people to simply make United Way donations an annual habit. We especially like that many businesses offer payroll deduction programs, which really simplify the process.

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CHEERS to Mitchell’s designation as one of the world’s Smart 21 Communities. It’s the second straight year Mitchell has been so honored by the Intelligent Community Forum, and now our city is in contention for designation of the 2014 Intelligent Community of the Year, which will be awarded in June.

The award is based on cities having access to high-speed Internet and then figuring out ways to stimulate the local economy. This is a prestigious honor, and we’re proud that Mitchell not only earned it once, but especially that it earned the recognition twice.

CHEERS to the Trail of Governors, an ongoing project in Pierre. The trail includes bronze statues of former governors, and two statues were expected to be put in place last week. On a tour recently in Pierre, we saw the statues of former Governors Bill Janklow and Harvey Wollman, and we were impressed. We’re glad to see that they’re now being put out in public, for all to see.

HISSES to needless gun accidents. Last week, police were called to a parking lot at a local hotel after a shotgun went off, and it got us thinking about how so many of these incidents need not happen at all. In this recent incident, a family was transferring guns from one vehicle to another when one of the children accidentally discharged the firearm. There’s a lesson here for us all — there’s no reason a gun should still be loaded in town.

CHEERS to all of the hunting-related events that occur in Mitchell during pheasant season. We understand that bird numbers may be down, but we appreciate that folks still are celebrating this time-honored tradition in our neck of the woods.

Cabela’s last week gave away $15,000 in prizes, including an ATV, as it did its part in promoting local hunting. We suspect many others did the same types of promotions. Kudos to all who do their part to roll out the red carpet for visitors this time of year.