Daily Republic Editorial Board
CHEERS to the area student-athletes who had tremendous success in track and field events over the weekend. There are too many success stories to mention by name, but regional student-athletes took to Sioux Falls, Brandon and Tea to show off the true passion for greatness they developed right here in south central South Dakota. Congratulations again, especially to the seniors who made the most of their final competitions of their high school careers. HISSES to the news that the Longfellow Lions Academy will be cut this summer.
National Emergency Medical Services week started Sunday. And following local events Tuesday, what a great week to recognize these first-responders and the aid they provide us. In about a 10-minute span, EMS crews were called to a two-vehicle crash in Mitchell and then were routed to Emery to help a man trapped in a collapsed trench. For those involved in the crash and for the construction workers to watch a crew member trapped, both were unbelievably scary moments. But for the EMS crews, it was another day at the office.
It was 10 months ago that much of South Dakota was begging for a drink of water. At least the fields were. Last year in July, more than half of our state was listed in some sort of drought status on the U.S. Drought Monitor. And in a state that relies heavily on agriculture production, drought is one of the worst enemies there is. Here, it's common for us to pray for rain each Sunday in church. That's why we've welcomed with open arms the moisture that's drenched our region recently.
CHEERS to the impressive turnout in Mitchell for Wednesday's Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America event. Despite rain and cold, people showed up by the hundreds to support the bikers who stopped in our city last week. It was undoubtedly an exciting day for our community to have this tour stop here. But we also recognize how well Mitchell was able to participate. Great community events like this won't continue happening if people don't participate, so we're glad to see a successful day despite less-than-ideal conditions.
The Gregory community achieved a fabulous feat recently. The community secured a down payment for a new digital projector at The Hilltop Drive-In Theatre in Gregory, raising $20,000 needed for the $45,000 projector. There's a special feeling about going out on a warm night under the stars to watch a film with family, friends or someone special, and Gregory area folks will get to hold onto that feeling. The movie-goers and others in the area who helped raise the funds deserve a round of applause, and their generosity got us thinking about Mitchell's closed drive-in.
Cadwell Park and Drake Field will be busier this summer thanks in large part to the Mitchell Baseball Association. That's because participation at the teener and Legion levels has grown, which is a good reflection of the organization that oversees baseball in Mitchell for players 13 and older. Yes, the great American pastime is rolling full steam ahead in our city. And we think it's appropriate to appreciate Mitchell Baseball Association (MBA) for making the sport successful here.
HISSES to what seems to be the uptick in vehicle crashes recently. We haven’t investigated statewide numbers for a while, but at least locally it certainly feels like we’ve been hearing more injury-related crashes in the past couple weeks. We reported on four crashes in or nearby Mitchell over the first weekend in May, and this past weekend we read about two fatal crashes in other areas of South Dakota.
If you're an outdoor enthusiast, take a moment and consider your feelings toward non-residents who come to South Dakota, fish the waters or hunt the land. We see out-of-state license plates at South Dakota boat accesses and we sometimes roll our eyes. We notice non-residents buying land in South Dakota, turning it into a habitat mecca and keeping it to themselves for hunting purposes.
CHEERS to the area student-athletes who competed and found success at the 92nd Dakota Relays over the weekend. Several area students performed well over the weekend in Sioux Falls that featured an exciting 200-meter race in which Winner's Cameron Kuil took home third and Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer finished fourth. Later, Kuil and fellow Winner High School boys won two relays, highlighting the strong program built in south central South Dakota.
Perhaps the only flaw in a recently proposed lake manager position in Mitchell was its name. On Monday, the Mitchell City Council narrowly defeated a proposal to create a lake manager job at a salary of approximately $53,000. Before the 5-3 vote against the plan, Councilman Mel Olson suggested the public opposed the proposal, citing a belief that "none" of the many lakes in Minnesota have lake managers.