Daily Republic Editorial Board
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
CHEERS to the Howard School District for having one of its schools earn the distinction of being named a National Blue Ribbon School. The U.S. Department of Education named this year's National Blue Ribbon Schools last week, and Howard Elementary was one of four South Dakota schools to earn the honor. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools based on either high performance or exceptional improvement in closing the achievement gap. Howard was recognized for its high performance on state assessments or national tests.
HISSES to a report of seven cases of a rare children's respiratory illness in the state. The virus can cause mild cold-like symptoms including runny noses, coughing and wheezing.
We're not experts on EB-5. EB-5, a federal program that lets foreign investors seek United States residency in exchange for at least $500,000 invested in an approved rural project that creates at least 10 jobs, has come under a lot of scrutiny in the past few months. More accurately, it's become South Dakota's biggest political scandal of the last couple years, and it's still unfolding through investigations and legal proceedings. But despite the reams of copy written about this program and its subsequent fallout, EB-5 and what it actually did still seemed vague and obscured with jargon.
CHEERS to Dakota Wesleyan University's groundbreaking ceremony Thursday on its 85,000 square-foot, $10.5 million health and wellness center. The building will be named the Dakota Wesleyan University and Avera Sports and Wellness Complex. Inside the building will be the Donna and Paul Christen Community health and Fitness Center and the Glenda and Fritz Corrigan Fieldhouse and Athletic Institute. And CHEERS to all of the school's donors for the project, which include the Christen and Corrigan families.
CHEERS to South Dakota’s campgrounds, which are likely to set attendance records again this year. So far, this year is up 5 percent over 2013 — which is the record...
When Gov. Daugaard selected the Pheasant Habitat Work Group in January, we were admittedly skeptical about how the group was full of bureaucrats and government insiders. At the time, we felt the board needed more representatives from the pheasant belt, people on the ground and in the prime of the sport. But when the governor and the Pheasant Habitat Work Group released its 26-page report Tuesday in Sioux Falls, we were pleased with its findings.