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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

CHEERS to the Mitchell City Council for making the smart choice and unanimously voting to demolish an aging building on Main Street.

After several reports stating the former Jitters Coffeehouse building was unsafe and unsightly, the council made the obvious choice on Tuesday to tear down the building. There were no voices of concern from the public, and we're glad Mitchell is on the same page about the plan.

Mitchell's Main Street is in need of a fresh look, and a deteriorating building constructed in 1916 wasn't doing the city any favors. And as for the historic value, there doesn't appear to be any. As Councilman Mel Olson put it, "It's just old."

We're looking forward to learn what the Mitchell City Council decides to do with the space, but certainly anything else will look better than the vacant building a stone's throw from the Corn Palace.

HISSES to the man indicted for providing gasoline to a tenant to set a Delmont apartment building on fire in 2016.

Alvin Andersen was indicted by a grand jury last week on four felony charges, including conspiracy to commit arson and aiding and abetting arson. Andersen is believed to have assisted Brian Good in the arson in an effort to collect insurance money for the loss.

News of this latest conspirator is disappointing, and the fire itself was the last thing Delmont needed when it had just experienced a devastating tornado in the previous year. But we're glad Douglas County officials were able to nab the perpetrators.

CHEERS to the latest round of award winners at the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce, Mitchell Area Development Corporation and Mitchell Main Street & Beyond's annual recognition event. Winners included the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, First Dakota National Bank's Nathan Sparks, Bobbie Clark, Krall Eye Clinic and Bryan Hisel.

CHEERS to Cherie Ramsdell for painting a pretty nifty mural along the wall of the Bridgewater-Emery School District's new gymnasium.

Mitchell's been fortunate enough to enjoy Ramsdell's work along the sides of the Corn Palace for about a decade via the murals she designed. Since the Palace decided to go a different route to design the murals, we're glad Ramsdell was able to find another outlet for her craft.

It's exciting to see so much artistic talent in our region, and we're glad the Bridgewater-Emery School District gave Ramsdell another opportunity to let her talent shine.

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