Daily Republic Editorial Board
About one year ago, a small group of students battled to keep the Mitchell High School newspaper together. It was significant extra work, some of it thankless. But the hours added up. They captured important moments in journalistic forms, via news stories, opinion editorials and photography. They did it for their readers, the students and faculty at MHS and others who were interested in what was going on at the high school. Most importantly, though, they recognized the importance and value of a newspaper.
CHEERS to the corn crop's comeback following what felt like a devastatingly dry summer. Early indications were grim for South Dakota corn, with a lengthy drought putting future yields at risk. Despite the drought, the nation is looking at its third-highest corn yield in recorded history. Although South Dakota is expected to see a 16 percent drop in its corn yield, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, it's a much better outcome than many had predicted.
The lack of public events at the Mitchell School District's performing arts center should be viewed as a learning experience, not as a failure. Last week, we reported that the $15.3 million performing arts center went unused for public performances while students were away on summer break. That's right, a $15.3 million building owned by a public entity was not shared with the very public that made it possible. Although, to be fair, it was used for a few camps for students.
The city of Mitchell may be hurting its own case for more police officers. Long have we heard the calls for more police officers in Mitchell. But a recent policy enacted by the city of Mitchell shows the city either has enough officers, or their time isn't being managed correctly. Mayor Jerry Toomey, joined by Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg and City Attorney Justin Johnson, recently decided to station a police officer outside of the door to council chambers at City Hall during closed-door executive sessions. Here's the city's reasoning behind the decision:
CHEERS to the 10 new South Dakota Hall of Fame members who were inducted this weekend in Chamberlain. The Daily Republic wrote features on three of this year's inductees, but all 10 are worthy members of the prestigious honor. And we hope all 10 inductees and the attendees to the events enjoyed this weekend's festivities in Chamberlain. And while the type of person who finds their way into the S.D. Hall of Fame is typically humble, we hope they were showered with the praise they deserve for their contributions to our great state.
Performance Pet Products' recently approved $20 million expansion is fantastic for Mitchell, but the way the company went about the project wasn't.
CHEERS to the outstanding community support Saturday during the second annual Kernel Bowl. This sounds familiar — the Mitchell football team (2-0) picked up another win and the volleyball team is still unbeaten, now eight matches into the season. Fall sports are in full swing, and Mitchell fans have reason to be excited. The Kernel Bowl was a huge success again this year with strong turnout. About 2,500 attended the football game and 500 for volleyball. There also was good food, an awesome post-football game fireworks show and, of course, victories for the Kernels.
CHEERS to the Davison County Commission for kicking in money from their personal pockets to help get a fundraiser for a local veterans group off the ground. Last week, the commission decided it would donate $250 to help cover costs for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2750 to rent the Davison County Fairgrounds facility for a fundraiser. The fundraiser will help support the renovation effort of the VFW.
For nearly a week each August, Mitchell's Main Street is blocked off with carnival games, rides and trailers with deep-fried foods. Corn Palace Festival week is among us. It's the time of year that signifies the start of school, the end of summer and a reminder that fall harvest is right around the corner. And each year, when officials are setting the dates for the festival, they consider when farmers will get into the fields and ensure it doesn't overlap with the South Dakota State Fair in Huron and other large events in Sioux Falls.
A short discussion on the consent agenda was held during the Mitchell Board of Education's meeting Monday night. And typically, that's not a big deal. Except this week one of the five topics listed under the consent agenda was "conflict disclosures/waiver requests," a policy in place due to South Dakota Codified Law 3-23-6. The reason for the policy is to avoid school board members and other school officials from having an interest in a contract or receiving a direct benefit if the school district is a party to the contract.