Daily Republic Editorial Board
CHEERS to Gann Valley, which last weekend celebrated its 130th anniversary. The tiny Buffalo County town has just 12 residents, but hundreds of people gathered for the 130th anniversary celebration, which included a parade, games, community meal, pedal tractor pull, petting zoo, and 4-wheeler obstacle course.
When an EF-4 tornado killed six people in 1998 in Spencer, it was the first time in about 28 years a tornado was the cause of a death in South Dakota. It's not often, or even annually, tornadoes hit our state and threaten lives. So when no fatalities came from either the Delmont or Wessington Springs tornadoes, we were extremely relieved. Both towns endured massive devastation and destruction from EF-2 tornadoes that hit about 11 months apart, but no one was killed. The tornado that hit Wessington Springs on June 18, 2014, had very few reports of injuries.
Mitchell, in case you haven't heard, has a fresh new brand. Earlier this month, the city showed off its new brand, a gold and maroon logo with a tagline "outside expectations." The brand, according to city leaders, is meant to unify Mitchell's message to attract visitors and improve economic development. The effort to come up with the brand took months of communication between city officials, business leaders and an Iowa-based marketing company.
CHEERS to Mitchell's two post-secondary institutions, Mitchell Technical Institute and Dakota Wesleyan University. Mitchell Tech last week received a national honor for its career preparation for students. MTI received the Career Preparedness Award from ACT, which honors a community college that "demonstrates superior career preparation and planning programs, great student outcomes and development of relationships with local employers and communities." DWU was honored a "College of Distinction," given by CollegesofDistinction.com, an online college guide that takes a fresh look at colleges
South Dakota does not need additional nonresident waterfowl hunters, and we're relieved the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission agrees. Last week, the GF&P commission unanimously rejected a major restructuring of the state's waterfowl licensing system to make eligible more nonresident hunters. Commission Chairman John Cooper said he hasn't seen a proposal "more widely opposed" while working with the GF&P. A nonresident waterfowl work group made 12 recommendations to the GF&P commission, and all but one was rejected.
Last week, a crowd of what-seemed-to-be mostly locals gathered outside the building we've all seen hundreds of times. On Thursday evening, the first-ever "Downtown Thirstday" event was held at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, garnering mainly positive reviews. While the majority of the people who were at the event are Mitchell residents, we saw vehicle license plates from around the country parked near the Palace.
CHEERS to another successful election. We say "successful" not because of who won or lost, but because this year's election ran smoothly, and even had a higher turnout than some officials expected. We're mindful that a busy, but peaceful, election process isn't the norm for millions of people, and regardless of how the votes turn out, we're just grateful for the chance to turn out. HISSES to the stark outlook of funding for Davison County's roads and bridges.
This year's joint municipal-school election has come at an interesting time in our city's history. There's obviously a lot going on in the city. Buildings are being constructed and renovated, and there are approved projects waiting to get rolling. While not all of these projects are funded with city dollars, they all will clearly make an impact on our city's future. Avera is constructing its new Grassland Health Campus, a new hospital, south of the interstate, while Dakota Wesleyan University is making progress on its new health and wellness center not far away. The Corn Palace is in the
The timing of a lawsuit filed last week against the city of Mitchell and Mayor Ken Tracy is rather curious. It's odd because it came just a few days before today's election, in which voters will choose whether to re-elect Tracy or put challenger Jerry Toomey in charge of the city. The lawsuit, filed in U.S.
The 2016 presidential election is about 18 months away, but one campaign issue is already taking high priority and will certainly be among those debated. The burden of student debt is a hot topic, as more than 40 million Americans battle with student debt that totals $1.2 trillion.