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Our view: Hisses and cheers

CHEERS to the Mitchell Elks Lodge, which donated $9,000 for more solar-powered speed signs to be placed around Mitchell.

The check was presented to the Mitchell City Council last week at the regular council meeting and was welcomed by a round of applause.

We love the speed signs all over the city, which are placed strategically near parks and school zones to keep speeders in check. They're a good reminder to keep an eye on your speed and help make our community a safer place.

HISSES to grain prices that have quickly dropped this month.

On June 1, corn was listed at $3.50 per bushel, and beans were $9.27. Now, those prices are $3.24 and $8.01.

While that's not good news for farmers, we did report on the strong winter wheat crop expected for South Dakota this year. Officials say this year's winter wheat crop is forecasted to be up 90 percent from 2017 due to ideal weather conditions.

Timely rains have really been good to farmers in some parts of South Dakota this year, and we're hoping that continues into July to help bring good corn and bean crops this fall.

CHEERS to South Dakota for its work in the Supreme Court ruling to allow the state to charge sales tax to online shoppers.

Attorney General Marty Jackley argued in front of the Supreme Court justices, and we applaud his efforts. Clearly his comments helped our state win a massive case that will bring in millions of dollars in new tax revenue.

This decision levels the playing field and should help Main Street businesses be more competitive with online retailers.

CHEERS to Rob Van Laecken and Ken Ruml, who are being honored for their years of high school coaching.

Van Laecken with the Parkston girls basketball team and Ruml with the Howard wrestling squad were both longtime coaches who impacted many young student-athletes.

Their dedication and love for their respective sports cannot be questioned when they're inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame this week.

Congratulations to Van Laecken, Ruml and all the people who helped them achieve their success.