Daily Republic Editorial Board
There's been overwhelming support for what could be considered a minor project on Mitchell's streets. A few stop signs were installed at the intersection of Third Avenue and Lawler Street earlier this week. No big deal, right? Well, we decided it was important enough to run as the centerpiece of Thursday's edition. That's because earlier this year, a woman and her grandson were struck by a car at the intersection. The woman suffered significant injuries, including head trauma, and is still hospitalized.
Each morning, many of us rush to drop our children off at day care or school, and then scurry off to work. Feeling rushed, people seem to be driving far too fast down the city's streets to get from one location to the next. We're living in a fast-paced world, and many of us are trying to jam too much into each day.
HISSES to the tragic news of a fatal fire last week in Platte. On Thursday morning, a fire consumed the home of Scott and Nicole Westerhuis, killing their family of six. This is heartbreaking. We send our thoughts, prayers and well-wishes to everyone in Platte and to the extended family of the Westerhuises.
South Dakota's conservation officers are tasked with heavy duties. Most of all, they're responsible for protecting our state's wildlife laws and preserving conservation. They're on the lake, in the woods and trenching through fields. As one conservation officer described it to our newspaper recently, they're the "law enforcement off the pavement." Recently, we profiled some of the work of South Dakota's Game, Fish and Parks Department conservation officers.
CHEERS to the Dakota Wesleyan University and Mitchell High School football teams, which both picked up wins over the weekend. DWU, led by coach Ross Cimpl, improved to 3-0 on the season with its win Saturday over Briar Cliff at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. Mitchell defeated Watertown in an Eastern South Dakota Conference overtime thriller at Joe Quintal Stadium in Mitchell.
Fourteen years ago on this day, the world was forever changed. We refer, of course, to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed 2,977 people and sent shockwaves through the nation and world. On that morning, 19 terrorists from al-Qaeda, an Islamist extremist group, hijacked four commercial airplanes. As part of four coordinated terrorist attacks, they deliberately crashed two of those planes into the the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.
CHEERS to the South Dakota State Fair. Another year of the State Fair has come and gone, and we heard nothing but great reviews. Although a bit hot, the weather during the fair was pretty great. The food, the concerts, the rides and games are all aspects of the fair that we look forward to and make the annual event such an enjoyable time. We hope everyone was able to take some time away from their busy lives this year and spend a day at the State Fair. HISSES to the news that South Dakota is still above the national average in smokers. A new government report released last week shows t
At long last, it's finally time for the South Dakota State Fair. One of the best parts of summer is fair season, which culminates with the State Fair in Huron. This year's soft opening was Wednesday, preview day, which included a few fair tidbits, such as carnival rides and the Red Wilk Construction Championship Bull Riding Bull Bash at the grandstand. But the fair kicks off in full force today and runs through Monday at the State Fair grounds in Huron, and we're excited about it.
It's a great time to be a bird hunter in South Dakota. Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department issued its annual report on the pheasant count. And, there was good news. The statewide pheasant count was up 42 percent from last year.
HISSES to a scary incident recently in Brule County that involved gunfire at sheriff's deputies. Two people were arrested and charged with multiple felonies when a police chase ended in the south-central South Dakota town of Fairfax, which is in Gregory County. Nicholas Speckmeier, of Worthington, Minn., and Samantha Lane, of Sioux Falls, allegedly eluded deputies, shot at them and others and stole vehicles and guns. They were arrested with the help of two Fairfax citizens, Kyle and Matt Moos. So CHEERS to the heroics of the Moos brothers, who helped ease what was already a tense situation