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OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, worst

CHEERS to the work that’s fi nally being done to tear down the old Veterans of Foreign Wars building. That eyesore has been standing on Mitchell’s Main street for far too long. We’re glad work started to demolish that building last week, and we’re hopeful it’s completely gone by the time the Corn Palace Festival begins.

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HISSES to the news that summer tourist attendance at Mitchell’s Corn Palace is down this summer.

A total of 73,417 people visited the Corn Palace in July, according to the Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau. That’s down 9,305 visitors from July 2013, when 82,722 people visited the city-owned tourist attraction. That’s a significant drop, and we know there’s at least some direction correlation to the work happening with the two-phase, nearly $7.2 million renovation of the Corn Palace that’s being done.

CHEERS a groundbreaking ceremony that happened last week to celebrate the future of Avera’s Grassland Health Campus, located along Cabela Drive. Despite a persistent rain on the day of the event, about 150 people showed up to watch the groundbreaking, which shows the impact the hospital has on the community. We look forward to seeing the project resurrect.

HISSES to a situation brewing in Aurora County. Last week, about 100 residents from the county showed their displeasure to the County Commission on a decision to break up six miles of paved road east of Stickney. The road is 262nd Street, which was broken up to be rebuilt and have a gravel base built up. The county’s residents are upset that they weren’t notified of the project, and the commission said it does not want to micromanage the county’s highway superintendent.

CHEERS to the start of the state amateur baseball tournament, which kicked off Wednesday in Mitchell. Cadwell Park does a wonderful job hosting the nearly two-week event. Aside from the great games that have already been played, there are several volunteers all over the stadium helping with the event. It’s those volunteers that help make the tournament so special each year.