Daily Republic Editorial Board
CHEERS to a local nurse gaining national recognition for her work with Hutterite children across the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named Kerri Lutjens a 2015 Childhood Immunization Champion. Lutjens is a visiting nurse for Avera St. Benedict Hospital in Parkston, and provides service to seven Hutterite colonies in the region. We applaud her efforts to help families who might not otherwise be able to have access to the health care they need. CHEERS to Wessington Springs for its continued efforts to rebuild after last summer's devastating tornado.
Safety of the city's residents is clearly the top priority of the Mitchell Police Division. That's evident in the work law enforcement consistently provides in assisting with fires, accidents, injuries and people who break the law. Generally, we feel pretty darn safe. Sure, our town has crime, but crime is everywhere. People make bad decisions, so we appreciate the work of our law enforcement officials when bad decisions put others in harm's way. Specifically since the beginning of last year, the police division has utilized several resources to help keep us safe.
Last week, Jeanie Morgan graciously agreed to an interview with our newspaper. We were working on a story about police pursuits that ran in our Saturday edition, and Morgan sat down with one of our reporters and explained how a drunken driver who got into a police chase in 2012 changed her life. That was when Michael Sedlmeier, while trying to evade police, crashed into a vehicle holding Morgan's 9-year-old daughter, "Bella." The young girl was ejected from the vehicle and died. Morgan told us she has been driving to Sioux Falls a couple times each year to talk with Augustana College studen
CHEERS to the Mitchell City Council and Mayor Ken Tracy for agreeing that delegating the police pursuit policy to Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg is in the city's best interests. We've heard some complaints from community members following two pursuits last month about the policy, but we feel Overweg is the most knowledgeable person to make the decision whether the policy needs to be reviewed. We commend the City Council and the mayor for not micromanaging and over-reacting to this pursuits. HISSES to the news from South Dakota state climatologist Dennis Todey, who says dry conditio
Sometimes we wonder if people have their thinking-hats on. Then we just laugh and report the news. In the past couple weeks or so, we've heard some pretty interesting bits of crime going on in our region that police have responded to. Included in these still alleged crimes are a woman who admitted on Facebook she lied to police earlier in the day and was then caught because of the post; a man who started his vehicle on fire driving into a ditch looking for lost items and then was cited for drunken driving; and a man who was caught by an OnStar system stealing a truck. All of these incident
Lake Mitchell should be drained. Yes, our beloved lake that was built in 1927 should be drained and given a fresh start. It needs it. The idea to drain the lake came Tuesday night during the Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee's regular meeting. An official with South Dakota State University who studies fisheries management and ecology suggested emptying the lake to add habitat, control sediment and resculpt the lake. Lake Mitchell definitely needs some work. Let's not pretend it's perfect, because it has some major problems that need addressing.
Whether you're in favor of a new fine arts center getting built in Mitchell or not, we now know this project is happening. Monday evening, the Mitchell Board of Education approved, during its regular meeting, the bid for the Mitchell High School fine arts center project. It will cost $14.16 million. That's a lot of money.
CHEERS to the members of the Mitchell Dive Team and Davison County Search and Rescue for assisting in the search last week of a body of a 6-year-old boy in the Missouri River near Yankton. The boy went missing on Easter, and the search was ramped up because of rainy, windy weather. While it's undoubtedly a sad incident, we commend the members of the Mitchell Dive Team and Davison County Search and Rescue helped bring closure to the family. HISSES to what seems to be another drunken driving crash in Mitchell. Last week, a woman allegedly caused a three-vehicle crash on Sanborn Boulevard i
Is there anything more boring than watching a basketball game in which a player holds the ball and is not forced to make an offensive play? It can be like watching paint dry. That's why we feel all levels of South Dakota high school basketball should have a shot clock, which is like a 35-second timer that forces teams to shoot the ball. Since the 2008-09 season, teams that play in Class AA — the state's largest schools — have used a shot clock.
Sidewalks are coming. That was proclaimed by Councilman Mel Olson during Monday night's regularly scheduled Mitchell City Council meeting. New sidewalks in certain areas of Mitchell are on their way, but the council on Monday decided the installation of those sidewalks will be delayed one year. The council listened to a group of upset residents who felt they did not need sidewalks, or they felt it was too soon for them to fund the project. We commend the residents of Mitchell for making their frustrations heard to the council and to the city's Public Works Department.