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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

CHEERS to Longfellow Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Amanda Christensen for earning national recognition for her dedication to her students and school district.

Christensen was one of only 35 educators across the nation to earn the $25,000 Milken Educator Award, becoming the second Mitchell teacher to receive the honor.

The Mitchell School District is lucky to have a teacher like Christensen, a Mount Vernon native who was praised for her enthusiasm, humility and dedication, and we congratulate her for the well-deserved recognition she received.

HISSES to the news the Mitchell School District's performing arts center grand opening will be delayed until February.

While we're glad the district decided to make the prudent and responsible decision not to spend additional funds to ensure the $15.3 million facility would be open on Jan. 15, it's disappointing the long-awaited building will be under construction a little while longer.

As we wait for the performing arts center to finally open, we're looking forward to seeing the final product unveiled.

HISSES to the frigid temperatures that are persisting throughout the region.

We may sound like a broken record as we harp on the cold temperatures week after week, but we're excited to put the freezing cold behind us and enjoy the summer sun.

CHEERS to Mount Vernon native and Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway for wrapping up his 11th, and possibly his last, season in the National Football League.

Whether Greenway calls it a career or hits the gridiron for another season, it's been great to see a local sports legend have so much success at the highest level for more than a decade.

While it would be fun to see Greenway roam the field for a few more Sundays, we wish him the best of luck with whatever decision he makes.