Daily Republic Editorial Board
CHEERS to Mitchell Technical Institute and its Architectural Design and Building Construction program, which hit a milestone last week with the completion of its 100th house. Since the school's inception in 1968, the architectural design and building construction programs have allowed students the opportunity to design and build homes in both the shop on campus and on-site in Mitchell.
Curt Hart is passionate about Dakota Wesleyan University. That's known pretty well by DWU supporters. Hart was honored Wednesday for his legacy at Wesleyan after seven-plus years as holding the university's top position in the athletics department. Several students, faculty, athletes and school supporters were in attendance to give praise to Hart, who helped DWU through ups and downs at the school.
Mitchell has been known for decades as a basketball community through successful programs at the high school and Dakota Wesleyan University. Now, more basketball is coming to Mitchell. A professional basketball team returns to our city after a lengthy hiatus. The Dakota Magic will be Mitchell's first professional team since 2001-02, when the South Dakota Gold played one season in Mitchell for the International Basketball Association. The South Dakota Gold and the IBA folded after that season.
CHEERS to Mitchell Senior Patrol Officer Dan Kopfmann, who last week was honored as the American Legion Post 18's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Kopfmann also was honored regionally as the law enforcement officer for the 13-county district and is eligible to be named the American Legion Officer of the Year for the state of South Dakota. Kopfmann's work is very valuable to our city, as he serves as coordinator for the South Central Alcohol Task Force, which ensures businesses are compliant in lawfully selling alcohol.
The problems with the EB-5 program are growing, which is why national reforms to the program are needed. South Dakotans know EB-5 as that awkward term associated with the October 2013 death of Richard Benda, who was the economic development secretary when he signed a contract with SDRC — led by Joop Bollen — to take over the foreign-investor program.
There's an article written by Senior Fisheries Biologist Jake Davis in the most recent South Dakota Game Fish & Parks Conservation Digest magazine that explains the risks of anglers taking fish management into their own hands. "What do you do if the species of fish you want does not exist in your favorite fishery?" the article reads. "Just add it? Seems like a simple solution; however, that simple solution can have serious consequences for both the fishery and its users."
CHEERS to Friend de Coup, the Mitchell Show Choir team that won the first-ever state show choir competition. FDC was named grand champion of the Class AA division at the South Dakota High School Activities Association state show choir competition on April 10 in Sioux Falls. This was a wonderful accomplishment for a successful program, whose instructor got a great send off with one final trophy.
The legislative Rules Review Committee this week gave final approval to increase the rates for publication of public notices, a move that we applaud and appreciate.
Spring means it's time to get those lawns glowing again, but using fertilizer for Lake Mitchell homeowners may mean a different green substance sprouting. Lake Mitchell's algae problems have been well documented. But the exact cause, or causes, has yet to be determined. Among the many alleged culprits, one accusation is that Mitchell residents who live alongside our lake are using too much or harmful fertilizer for their lawns. And, with spring here, we know now's the time for those who live adjacent to the lake to make their yards lush for the summer.
Somewhat odd, we find it, that all of South Dakota's officer-involved shootings since 2009 have been deemed justified. We don't suspect foul play or cover-ups to help clear officers of wrongdoing. We just find it curious that of 24 officer-involved shootings since 2009, the officer has been found justified each time he or she pulled the trigger. That must mean officers are exercising good judgement when they feel they need to utilize their duty weapon.