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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

CHEERS to all the state fire departments and the Presho community who gave their support to the family and friends of former Presho Fire Chief Donny Manger last week.

Manger died this month at the scene of a fire, but he won't soon be forgotten. And the outpouring of support last week showed the bond our state's firefighters have and how much they care for one another.

In an otherwise difficult week for Presho, it's wonderful to see people celebrate the life of their fallen comrade. And this is yet another reminder that we should show as much appreciation for South Dakota's firefighters as they do for each other.

HISSES to the news of an alleged manslaughter in Mitchell last week.

The details are awful and difficult to comprehend.

We hope we never have to report on a death like last week's ever again.

CHEERS to the installation of the corn sculpture at the Corn Palace plaza.

The structure cost $19,300, but was supported in part by a $12,000 donation from the Mitchell Lions Club.

We'd love to hear from our readers on the sculpture. Like it? Dislike it? Was it worth the price?

At the very least, the sculpture is unique, adding a little flair to our downtown, and we'd like to see more interesting features added in the coming years.

CHEERS to the two local transportation legends in the Mitchell area who made the news last week.

Kimball's own Todd Yeaton announced he would not seek re-appointment to the state's Railroad Board after more than 14 years of service. And his service wasn't lost on Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who honored him by declaring last Wednesday Todd Yeaton Day in South Dakota.

When you get a chance, thank Yeaton for his public service.

Here in Mitchell, former state Sen. Mike Vehle saw his years of work come to fruition.

The Foster Street bridge was the first completed using Bridge Improvement Grant funds — which were established through a bill he sponsored in 2015.

Like Yeaton, Vehle's played a huge role in getting all sorts of stuff where it needs to go, something we often take for granted these days.