Daily Republic Editorial Board
And finally, the time of year has come when children glow with anticipation. Their eyes sparkle from the reflection of the brightly lit trees and their smiles beam with happiness and joy. Christmas is a beautiful time of year to be refreshed with youth and innocence.
CHEERS to Mount Vernon native Chad Greenway for being named a Walter Payton Man of the Year Award finalist. All 32 NFL teams selected their man of the year, qualifying them as finalists for the honor presented at the Super Bowl's NFL Honors show on Jan. 31. Greenway, a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings, is among the finalists. We're proud to have Greenway representing his home state of South Dakota so well.
Chad Greenway could be headed to the Super Bowl. Earlier this week, the Mount Vernon native was named nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which will be presented at Super Bowl XLIX at the NFL Honors show on Jan. 31. All 32 NFL teams selected one player for the nomination, and three finalists will be announced next month.
Dive in, residents of Mitchell. A new indoor swimming pool for the city is really gaining momentum, and now it has a probable location determined. The Mitchell City Council on Monday voted 6-2 in favor taking steps toward building the pool at the city's existing city-owned Recreation Center.
The college football bowl season is about to get underway. Saturday marks the first day of several end-of-the-year bowl games that stretch through Jan. 12, the night of the national championship. What's exciting this year, though, is that there's a two-game, four-team playoff to qualify for the national championship.
CHEERS to an anonymous person who donated an engagement ring to The Salvation Army in Mitchell recently. A ring, valued at about $1,200, was found with an anonymous note in one of The Salvation Army's red kettles.
CHEERS to the completion of construction at the Mitchell Public Library. The expansion, which had the library under construction for more than a year, was complete last month, and gave the library more space on the east and west sides and a new, larger circulation desk. The added spaces include reading areas for adults and children, a new room for teens, a larger community room and an archive room.
A man who endured a fairy-tale romance gone wrong made lemonade out of lemons. Last week, an anonymous note and engagement ring were dropped in a Salvation Army kettle in Mitchell. The donation was a part of The Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle national tradition that collects money for needy families. The note read, "This ring made me the happiest man in the world when she said yes, and the saddest when she returned it so hope you can use it to make some kids happy. Thanks for all you do." The ring was made of 14-karat gold and had a half-carat diamond.
There's an overwhelming problem in South Dakota involving the level of cooperation between tribal police and state, county and city law enforcement officials. In South Dakota, there are nine American Indian reservations and also millions of acres of tribal trust land. Indian Nations have sovereign power on that land because of treaties and acts at the federal level. Tribes have their own local governments, their own court systems and their own police forces.
The city of Mitchell could soon force you — the residents of the city — to pay about $75.60 more each year on your utility bill. The potential increase is to help pay to repair or replace aging water lines and old sewer pipes in the city. That's according to Terry Johnson, the city's deputy public works director, who spoke to the City Council on Monday night. The council will vote on the proposed increase at its next meeting, which is scheduled for Dec.