Daily Republic Editorial Board
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.
It's time. It's finally time to see what's next for Lake Mitchell. After years of serious research and discussion, meetings held and ideas presented, reports delivered — we're mere months away from action. At least, we should be. The Mitchell City Council needs to make a bold move. Within the next two months, council members will gather during work sessions and budget hearings — and a serious consideration for our city must be lake improvement.
HISSES to the surroundings the visit of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt last week. All told, it's fine that he visited South Dakota on his tour of Great Plains states and it's good that he met with concerned farmers. His meeting with NorthWestern Energy, while not as publicized, could be just as important as his farm-policy discussions.
CHEERS to everyone who participated in the Heart and Sole Cancer Walk last week at Mitchell Middle School. The annual event is a great community fixture and brings people together for a wonderful cause. We featured three people who were honorary co-chairs in our newspaper, and we hope everyone had a chance to read their empowering stories. To battle and beat cancer is an amazing feat. HISSES to some unsettling crime that made the news last week. We reported on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder and first-degree kidnapping recently.
CHEERS to all of the candidates who put themselves out there for us. Many will lose despite their best efforts and the support of loyal followers. We wish everyone who took the time, effort and money to give the voters a real choice the best of luck on Tuesday. Each of us can thank the candidates by voting.
CHEERS to the official dedication of Mitchell's Veterans Park at the corner of First Avenue and Main Street on Saturday. Each of the five primary branches of the military is represented, as are those killed in action. Considering the level of community involvement needed to make the project happen, the hard work of the project's donors certainly deserve to be recognized. Most readers will remember just a few years ago when that property had become an eyesore at the entrance to the city's Main Street area.
HISSES to the news about the emerald ash borer making an appearance in Sioux Falls. The state avoided infestation for years, but the slow spread westward through the Midwestern states might have made this news inevitable for South Dakota. Unfortunately, that means the deaths of numerous trees, but the best way to limit emerald ash borer concerns is to limit the movement of firewood. Considering camping season is upon us, hopefully residents and visitors take this seriously.
CHEERS to all the retiring teachers who are winding down their final school years. We applaud all the work and effort that goes into the profession. Last week, we featured three educators from Sanborn Central School District who have a combined 112 years of teaching experience. They've influenced hundreds of students throughout their years as teachers, and there are plenty of other South Dakota teachers out there calling this year their last. Thank you for molding young minds and helping so many people become better versions of themselves.
CHEERS to all the weekend graduates from Mitchell Technical Institute and Dakota Wesleyan University. You will be entering a job market sorely in need of your skills and capabilities. The commitment you demonstrated in pursuing associate, bachelor's and master's degrees will serve you well as you step forward to meet challenges in South Dakota and the nation. Congratulations also go to the graduates' families.
CHEERS are in order regarding the improvements that have been made on the bike trails around Lake Mitchell. City and civic-interest groups have teamed up to help improve a number of trail issues around the Mitchell outdoor recreation showpiece, especially regarding mapping and smoothing out some of the natural-surface trails. We spend a lot of time talking about the water of the lake itself, but the trails in the area remain underrated and important to the community's overall health. The upgrades are a good example of civic engagement on all fronts.