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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

CHEERS to the support and positive movement of Mitchell's downtown.

Following the frantic Black Friday deals, people were enjoying Mitchell's Main Street for Small Business Saturday in search of holiday gifts.

And, for the shoppers who aren't as familiar with Mitchell's streets, the two-way downtown roads were likely easier to figure out than the old one-ways.

About six months ago, Mitchell's downtown switched to all two-way streets in hopes of achieving easier routes for tourists. With no crashes due to the change, we're calling this a win for Mitchell.

HISSES to yet another report that vehicle break-ins in Mitchell are on the upswing.

Last week, the Mitchell Police Division said officers are spending more time responding to calls of items stolen out of vehicles. By the end of the week, at least one person was arrested for such crime.

This not only is a good reminder to lock your vehicles overnight, but to contact authorities if you see anyone who looks suspicious and could be doing harm.

CHEERS to Mike Miller, Ernie Kuyper and the Mike Miller Classic, which is calling all former Kernel players to join in a night to remember longtime coach Gary Munsen.

On Dec. 29, at least for one night, the Corn Palace floor will be named after Munsen. We love the idea to bring all former players back to the Palace to remember Munsen and hope to see a packed crowd that evening.

HISSES to the lingering questions involving the recent termination of the Davison County Veteran Services officer.

Last week, the Davison County Commission announced the firing of VSO Jessica Davidson, but officials failed to disclose any reason.

While county and state officials are not obligated to explain the decision, we think there should some sort of explanation for the veterans who worked with Davidson.

Currently, Davison County's website states that until a new VSO is hired, people need to contact the Sioux Falls claims office for assistance. That's not good service for the veterans or our community.

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