Daily Republic Editorial Board
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.
CHEERS to Delmont's Zion Lutheran Church for resurrecting a church overcome by a tornado two years ago. Last week, the church attracted more than 400 people to celebrate a new, rebuilt church in the same small town it once stood. We remember arriving in Delmont following the 2015 storm stunned by the damaged caused by the tornado — a type of storm that leaves behind a trail of rubble that never fails to astonish. And one of the most notable sites wrecked in the storm was the church.
HISSES to a crumbling building near Mitchell’s Main Street. City officials have closed a portion of Third Avenue near Main Street due to a 109-year-old structure’s potentially unsafe nature.
HISSES to the federal funding cuts that caused LifeQuest to lose its free lunch program. LifeQuest provides an immeasurable service to our community, but U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cuts left the agency that supports people with developmental disabilities without the ability to provide lunch to 80 clients.
An online group supporting "the wink" of the Mitchell High School mascot Cornelius has gained some steam, and we're jumping on the bandwagon. Last week, school administration rolled out four options being considered for a potentially new logo for Mitchell High School. And due to the choices, we say there's nothing wrong with good ol' nostalgic Cornelius.
There's no denying it's windy in South Dakota, but South Dakotans are denying wind turbines. As Davison County wind farm opponents await a setback proposal from the county's Planning Commission, Lincoln County voters last week upheld a requirement that all turbines must be placed at least a half-mile from all habitable dwellings. Lincoln County's vote comes one year after the Letcher Township established a one-mile setback, and 11 months after 47 people signed a statement to the S.D. Public Utilities Commission in opposition to another large wind energy project near Avon.
Open records should always be easily accessible. And while that's not always the case, we applaud one local law enforcement agency for going the extra mile to complete a request from our newspaper. Earlier this week, The Daily Republic utilized a new South Dakota open records law for the first time. Now available in our state are the mug shots of people charged with felonies and booked into jail. South Dakota became the 49th state to make these photos public, which shows exactly how far behind some of our open records laws are lagging.
The roads are dusty, cattle are overheating and the corn stalks are starving for a drink. Welcome to South Dakota summer 2017. Breaking news: It's hot and dry, folks. And it's really a drag. While it's not considered to be the worst drought South Dakota has seen on record thus far, this summer is really taking a toll on our most important industry: Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers wake up each morning and check the forecast to the same song. Monday, hot and dry. Tuesday, hot and dry. Wednesday, you guessed it.