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OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, worst

CHEERS are in order regarding the improvements that have been made on the bike trails around Lake Mitchell. City and civic-interest groups have teamed up to help improve a number of trail issues around the Mitchell outdoor recreation showpiece, especially regarding mapping and smoothing out some of the natural-surface trails. We spend a lot of time talking about the water of the lake itself, but the trails in the area remain underrated and important to the community's overall health. The upgrades are a good example of civic engagement on all fronts.

HISSES to the continued reports of how rising interest rates are putting the crunch on farmers, among other industries. It's not a secret that farming and agriculture are a big part of our area's way of life and combined with all of the other factors needed to be successful, additional financial obstacles aren't needed. Let's hope the fiscal fortunes flip soon.

CHEERS to the news that the event formerly known as the Mike Miller Classic — now the Hoop City Classic — will remain in Mitchell and Sioux Falls. With the former namesake now coaching at the University of Memphis, Miller is no longer involved with the production of the event and that might have made a few locals nervous. But organizers say not much will change, and based on the early lineup for 2018, the talented players and teams will still be bound for the Corn Palace.

In Hutchinson County, CHEERS to making progress on building a new courthouse in coming years. There was a lot of worthwhile conversation about where to place the county's courthouse and whether it should be in the tiny hamlet of Olivet. But when it was clear that the county couldn't realistically move its county seat, the citizens of Hutchinson County wisely voted to approve building a new facility. And considering parts of the current facility date back to 1881, taxpayers have gotten their money's worth out of the existing structure. It's a good time to build for the future.