Daily Republic Editorial Board
The pools of candidates for Mitchell's City Council and the Mitchell Board of Education have been set for the June 2 election, and they are full of familiar faces. In Tuesday's edition, we reported the candidates for the two three-year school board seats are incumbents Neil Putnam and Lacey Musick, and challenger Tara Volesky. For the one-year term, candidates are Steve Sibson, Kevin Kenkel and Twyla Mah.
HISSES to Dakota Wesleyan University's athletic and administrative staff for being secretive about the firing of head golf coach Adam Anderson. Anderson, who was in the middle of his 10th year as a head coach with DWU, told our newspaper that he does not know why he was fired and is shocked by the move. We don't know if Anderson did something worth him losing his job, and we're not backing him or the university. But we think the public should know why one of the most successful, longest-tenured coaches in the DWU athletic department was fired, rather than hiding behind its answer of "a pers
Sanborn County Sheriff Tom Fridley could not guess the amount of time put forth to find Rachel Cyriacks. "I'd hate to imagine how many hours," Fridley said Thursday. "A guestimation in hours, it'd be huge." In December 2013, Cyriacks was reported missing. Fridley, the sheriff of the county in which Cyriacks lived, has been on the case since it began. Although the case is still labeled a "missing person," Fridley believes that Cyriacks is no longer alive. Still, Fridley and the Sanborn County Sheriff's Office has put in an uncountable amount of hours trying to find Cyriacks.
Is alcohol the cause of drunken driving? Alcohol has been involved in two police chases this month in Mitchell that have resulted in injuries or a fatality. Also, a Lake Andes man was sentenced earlier this week to 30 years in prison for driving while drunk and killing two people following a crash. Alcohol surely is the cause, right? Well, if we take a closer look at all of these incidents, we'll notice these people consumed large enough amounts of alcohol to be considered legally drunk, and then they made the decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Alcohol should not be the sole b
Ronald Fischer Jr., the man convicted of killing two U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials in 2013, stood before the court Monday and apologized for his actions. "I hope you're able to forgive me," said Fischer, who drove drunk and crashed a vehicle into Maegan Spindler, 25, and Dr. Rob Klumb, 46, in a Pickstown hotel parking lot. Fischer in February was convicted of two counts of vehicular homicide. On Monday, he was given the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. The apology from Fischer on Monday came prior to the judge's sentencing decision.
CHEERS to Mitchell Middle School teacher Michelle Mebius, who was named the district's teacher of the year last week. Mebius, an eighth-grade Spanish teacher, was honored during a presentation at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy along with four other nominees. Mebius was commended for her love of learning and commitment to professional development. Officials were proud to discuss the district's great teachers at the presentation, and we appreciate the work and long hours they put in throughout the school year. We also want to wish Mebius luck as she advances to the regio
We live in a society today in which most families have two working parents. And that typically means day care is a necessity. While parents are at work, someone needs to be there to care for and love our children. But many times, parents who bring their kids to day care barely know the people running the business before their child starts attending. And that's not the best scenario, but we understand it's the only way possible sometimes. Earlier this month, a day care provider in Sioux Falls was arrested for using and dealing meth out of the residence she uses for her day care business.
There's a sign at the corner of First Avenue and Duff Street in Mitchell that reminds passersby by of a tragic event that happened in 2012. Michael Sedlmeier, whose blood alcohol level was over the legal limit to drive, got into a short chase with police.
Dakota Wesleyan University's magical run at the NAIA National Basketball Tournament ended sadly Tuesday night in Branson, Mo. The Tigers cruised through the first four rounds, but ran into a team with a similar style of play in the championship game.
CHEERS to all of the successful teams still playing basketball in March. The Mitchell area is bulging at the seams with basketball teams in state and national tournaments, and we applaud all the parents, coaches and fans that are supporting their team's players as the season winds down. Dakota Wesleyan University, the South Dakota State University women and a barrage of area high school teams qualified for their year-end tournament, and we wish them all the best of luck. We'd also like to congratulate the Ethan girls basketball team for its undefeated season that was capped with a Class B s