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OUR VIEW: Week in review

CHEERS to the recognition recently bestowed upon Korean War veterans. Last week, we reported that veterans from the region will be receiving a book titled “Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans For 60 Years of Growth.” The book came to the region with the help of Charlotte Friederich, whose husband Maynard, fought in Korea. When she made a request for the book, 240 books came — enough for all of the Korean War veterans in the state. The book commemorates the 60th anniversary of the war’s end, and in part shows the appreciation of the South Korean government to the American soldiers who fought in that war. This is a very deserving honor for the veterans, and we appreciate their efforts.

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CHEERS to the local Culver’s, which last week was named one of four finalists for the nationwide Culver’s Crew Challenge. As one of the divisional finalists, the local restaurant will advance and hope for the national title. Good for Culver’s and the people who work there. We wish them luck as they hope to bring home the prestigious award.

CHEERS to Ross Cimpl, the head football coach at Dakota Wesleyan University. Not only did Cimpl lead the Tigers to one of their most successful seasons in school history (with an 8-3 record), but Cimpl also has been named the Great Plains Athletic Conference coach of the year. Cimpl is a native of Wagner, and is entrenched in Mitchell and the region. This is a great honor, both for Cimpl and the university, and it definitely is deserved.

CHEERS to the decision of the Davison County Commission to move toward allowing youth sports teams to use the fairgrounds complex during the cold months of winter. The idea came from local businessman Scott Houwman, who suggested putting the facility to use for indoor sports training. The commission then gave the OK at last week’s meeting, and now kids will have a place to work out as winter rages. This is a good idea — the fairgrounds buildings are generally vacant this time of year, and kids sure could use a place to stay active. Too, the county will receive rent from the teams that use it. We see it as a win-win.

HISSES to the people who have the means to help someone this holiday season but yet don’t do it. Whether it’s through an organized effort (like Angel Tree) or through a few cents in the Salvation Army bucket or in a donation of food, all efforts will help. Please consider dropping a few coins in the bucket when you pass by this holiday season. Please consider making a donation to various charities. And please organize efforts at your place of work. We can make a difference, but we just have to make up our minds to actually do it.