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OUR VIEW: Hisses and Cheers

HISSES to troubles associated with propane prices in the region. We don't blame anyone for this — propane-related businesses are simply doing their jobs — but we do lament that it has come to this. As we reported in a story last week, propane prices in the region have tripled in recent weeks. Prices have been on a roller-coaster, and that's not good news as arctic-like temperatures continue to linger throughout our region and also across the nation.

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CHEERS to the proposed new medical facility in Kimball. A fundraising drive is under way and about $70,000 has been raised, with hopes of getting that number up to approximately $600,000 by autumn. The proposed building would house a medical clinic, along with dental or vision offices. We hope this project happens, since these are vital services that could be of great use to Kimball residents.

CHEERS to steady increases in the number of college degree-holders in South Dakota. Since 2000, the rate of bachelor's degree completion in South Dakota has risen from 21.5 percent in 2000 to 26.3 percent. When counting residents 25 years old and older who hold a bachelor's degree, South Dakota still only ranks 34th nationally, but at least our number is steadily rising.

CHEERS to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its recent decision to be more open. In an email last week addressed to Missouri River basin stakeholders, the Omaha district of the corps vowed to keep the public more informed with quarterly reports on dam repair projects. The corps also pledged to update local leaders once a month about the state of the river basin through June, and also on the corps' plans for the reservoir system during the flood season. The corps often takes a beating from the public, but today, we appreciate what this government agency is trying to do — keep us informed of key issues that definitely affect South Dakotans.