Daily Republic Editorial Board
CHEERS to the Howard, Gregory and Parkston high school football teams for winning state championships last week. Winning a football title takes a lot of hard work and dedication, and these players and coaches put in the time needed to achieve their ultimate goal. It's also great to see so much community pride for all of the schools involved.
There's a television commercial currently airing that shows farmers and ranchers from western South Dakota reviewing Kristi Noem's response to Winter Storm Atlas. "She genuinely cared about what people were going through," one man said. We understand this is a political television ad, one of many that are filling your television lately. The purpose of these ads is to make a person shine so voters check that candidate's name during the Nov. 4 election. But we agree Noem's response to Winter Storm Atlas was effective. Noem, a Republican, holds South Dakota's lone seat in the U.S.
On Election Day 2010, when then-Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard became South Dakota’s governor, he felt voters supported him because he pledged to boost the state’s economy by creating new jobs...
On Election Day 2010, when then-Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard became South Dakota's governor, he felt voters supported him because he pledged to boost the state's economy by creating new jobs and balancing the state's budget. "I'm ready and anxious to tackle both of them," Daugaard said that evening. Daugaard immediately proposed a state budget that eliminated a $127 million structural deficit and got the Legislature to approve it.
Monday night was sink or swim time for two city of Mitchell projects. During a regular meeting, the Mitchell City Council and Mayor Ken Tracy voted to delay the construction of a new city hall, allowing for a competition-sized indoor pool to be built in the city. Members of the City Council split on the decision, and Tracy cast his vote to break the tie and move forward with the indoor pool. The vote was in result of two projects that, in the past year, have received support.
Blaze orange filled fields across South Dakota over the weekend. Yes, the statewide pheasant opener arrived again, and the buzz about pheasant numbers is as prevalent as ever. From what we hear, bird numbers are up. That's great. Better hunting means a better economy for Mitchell, the surrounding area and all of South Dakota, and it also gives way for great memories for outdoor enthusiasts.
CHEERS to Wessington Springs for its recovery efforts from the June tornado. On Wednesday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard returned to Wessington Springs and proclaimed it Capital for a Day, a ceremonial honor, and toured the area of the town hit hardest by the tornado. It's great to see the town celebrated for bouncing back after such a horrific event earlier this year. HISSES to those people who believe two separate problems counting ballots during the past two elections should not be an issue during this year's Davison County auditor race.
CHEERS to the Wilbur-Ellis Corn Palace Challenge last weekend, which brought thousands of people to town for the weekend bull- and bronc-riding event. It's a unique venue for rodeo fans to enjoy a night of western entertainment, and gives the community another chance to see South Dakota cowboys compete a little closer to home after outdoor rodeo season is done. HISSES to the nasty illness that spread through Wessington Springs schools and kept about 30 children home sick.
During Monday's City Council meeting, council members backed into a decision, agreeing to decide at their next meeting Oct. 20 one of two projects to fund: a new city hall or an indoor pool. This comes after months of discussion and council members indicating they were supportive of both projects.
Last year at this time, people across the state were reeling from the effects of a winter snowstorm that dumped rain, snow and misery on the western side of the state. Winter Storm Atlas, as the blizzard was dubbed, brought hurricane-force winds, rain followed by more than 4 feet of snow in two days and just all-around miserable conditions across much of western South Dakota, and across the border into our neighboring states of Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and Nebraska. News reports have since tallied up the aftermath: at least 43,000 livestock dead, infrastructure damaged and millions of