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OUR VIEW: Hisses and Cheers

CHEERS to the brood count report issued by the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Department that says pheasant numbers have increased 76 percent compared to last year.

After last year's low numbers, it's great much of the state saw better weather conditions to help rebound the population of the state bird. We're excited about all of the benefits that better pheasant numbers bring, such as successful hunting opportunities and the impact that local businesses see because of tourism.

HISSES to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that says lower soybean and corn prices will drive down profits for farmers by an estimated $113.2 billion this year. That's a decline of 14 percent from last year's record. We know how much the agriculture industry means to our state, and better grain prices directly lead to a better economy.

CHEERS to the South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Association for going away from the norm and giving Mitchell and Cadwell Park the 2016 state amateur baseball tournament.

In recent years, the commissioners have typically given Mitchell the state tournament two out of every three years, with Sioux Falls getting the third year. Instead, 2016 will be the third consecutive year Mitchell gets the tournament. That's great for local clubs that fundraise during games, and shows that people are really starting realize Cadwell Park is the best ballpark in the state.

HISSES to the news that the Corn Palace's construction led to the removal of the Class B state high school volleyball tournament this fall in Mitchell. During Thursday's regular South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors meeting in Pierre, the board unanimously agreed to pull the state tournament from Mitchell and move it to Aberdeen. There's also no guarantee Mitchell will get a tournament to make up for this year's lost one, either. That's frustrating for the hotels, businesses and restaurants that were looking forward to the event.

CHEERS to the community of Parkston, which hosted Gov. Dennis Daugaard during Wednesday's Capital for a Day. The day-long event included business visits, a town social and a roundtable with community leaders. Daugaard told community members they are doing a quality job of building the community. He also congratulated the citizens of Parkston and their local government, which, Daugaard said, carries no debt. Parkston should be proud of all it has going for it.