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CHEERS to news that a bridge that spans the Missouri River will be named in honor of the South Dakota American Legion. The two-lane bridge, which runs from Chamberlain to Oacoma, will be called American Legion Memorial Bridge in honor of Legion members. We have urged hesitation in the past when certain groups seek to name highways after individuals, but this seems like a reasonable request, since it honors so many people who have made so many sacrifices.

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HISSES to the troubles that are occurring on the mountain highways near Wind Cave National Park. For some reason, buffalo are getting hit by cars at an alarming rate this year, resulting in at least 14 bison deaths in 2013. Six of the deaths have been in the last three months. It’s a miracle no humans have died as a result of these crashes, and we’re hoping for the best as people try to figure out why it’s happening and also what solution can be put in place to prevent a tragedy in the future.

CHEERS to Avera Medical Group, which is pioneering a genetics-based approach to offer more personalized treatment for patients recovering from surgery. We reported this last week, and we commend the folks at Avera for this modern approach, which allows patients to have their blood tested to determine which pain medications could best be utilized after surgeries. Such technology has never been offered in South Dakota, and we’re happy for Avera as it unveils this cutting-edge program.

CHEERS to news that South Dakota’s public universities and technical schools have increased their graduates over the past half-decade. A report we published last week noted that the five-year trend for universities shows an increase from 5,746 major degrees awarded in 2009 to 6,711 in 2013. Tech-school numbers were recorded a bit differently, but still showed a significant increase, from 1,875 in 2007 to 2,312 in 2012.

CHEERS to a report that shows North Dakotans and South Dakotans are generally more polite and swear less than others. The Marchex Institute made that determination in a recent study, and noted that the Dakotas generally are among the most polite and least profane in the United States. Why, thank you, nice folks at Marchex.