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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

CHEERS to voters in south central South Dakota, who could see a matchup of two locals in the race for the state's U.S. House of Representatives seat next fall.

With Kimball native Tim Bjorkman entering the race last week, the region could see a Kimball vs. Mitchell race if Dusty Johnson overcomes Secretary of State Shantel Krebs in the Republican primary.

We hope the locally-based candidates get every opportunity to meet with the folks in the region, and south central South Dakota is lucky to see some familiar faces enter the field.

HISSES to the news Mitchell basketball legend Mike Miller was waived by the Denver Nuggets.

We hope Miller finds another home in the NBA, but we can't help but be nostalgic of the days when Miller was lighting up the scoreboard on the Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies.

Maybe we'll see the local hero on an NBA court once again, but there's no denying his journey was fun to watch while it lasted.

If Miller gets another crack on the hardwood, we'll be keeping an eye out to see if the sharpshooter can close off his career with one last dunk — a feat, according to Basketball Reference, he hasn't accomplished since the 2013-14 season.

CHEERS to Trever Vermeulen, the Alexandria Angels ace who mowed down dozens of batters on his way to a record 34th consecutive win.

Vermeulen's streak also serves as a reminder that the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Tournament is right around the corner in Mitchell, at the same site where he and the Angels squashed their opposition on the way to a Class B championship.

We're looking forward to the upcoming tournament, and maybe Vermeulen will be able to keep his streak intact.

HISSES to the news the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) denied a grant request from the city of Mitchell to fund a watershed coordinator position to assist in the restoration of Lake Mitchell.

If you've seen Lake Mitchell — or maybe just smelled it — you'd know this new city employee could've done some good.

Hopefully the city finds other sources to fund the watershed coordinator post, because when it comes to cleaning up algae at Lake Mitchell, the city needs all hands on deck.

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