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OUR VIEW: Hisses and Cheers

CHEERS to the amount of public discussion surrounding the proposal to build a competition-sized indoor pool in Mitchell. Last week, the City Council agreed to schedule a public forum, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. Whether you agree or disagree with the proposal, we're glad to see city officials taking public input into account on a taxpayer-funded project.

We also know there have been people in the community who claim the City Council and other public entities try to hide big projects such as these and withhold members of the public from getting a say in the decision. This public forum is a great way to fend of those folks.

HISSES to the shortage of indoor practice facilities for sports teams in Mitchell, but CHEERS to a tentative deal approved last week by the Davison County commissioners that will give local sport teams a new winter practice venue at the county fairgrounds. This is a great option players will be able to have to practice their skills during the winter months.

CHEERS to another successful year of Dakotafest and the Corn Palace Festival, held last week in Mitchell. From the agricultural innovations to lively political debates at Dakotafest, to the fare food and back-to-back concerts at the festival, there was something for everyone. Both events bring a wide array of activities -- and food -- for area people to enjoy, all while celebrating the agricultural heritage and industry that have helped shape this community and this state.

HISSES to the damage done by a powerful storm that swept through the area Saturday night. Mitchell saw downed tree limbs, smashed cars and pieces of buildings flying through the streets during the worst of the storm. We're glad of the rain, to be sure -- we just wish it would have come with a little less fanfare.

CHEERS to all the people participating in the ALS ice bucket challenge. People all around Mitchell and the area are answering the bell to the so-called ice bucket challenge to help create awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Aside from just doing the challenge, people are donating money, too.

The challenge has swept the nation and been plastered all over social media for the past three weeks, and local businesses in Mitchell are taking part. We encourage people to accept the challenge and nominate others to do so as well.