Daily Republic Editorial Board
A proposed new football stadium on the campus of South Dakota State University passed another test this week, and we hope it continues its push through the Legislature. The plan is to build a stadium at a cost of approximately $60 million to $65 million that would have enough seating for more than 19,000 fans. The school has raised approximately $20 million and expects to come up with another $7 million.
The 2014 Winter Olympics have concluded, and we're sad to see them go. Once again, we enjoyed the respite from the Big 4 of sports (basketball, football, baseball and hockey) to explore new and fascinating events like the biathalon, curling and half-pipe snowboarding. But where were the South Dakotans? All but 12 U.S. states had at least one Olympian in this year's Winter Games, and South Dakota and Delaware stand alone as the only northern states without representation.
CHEERS to the Aurora-Brule Rural Water System, which recently won the state award for best-tasting water, as determined by the South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems. It's the second consecutive year that Aurora-Brule has won the award. The system is based in Kimball and serves more than 1,300 customers in Aurora, Brule and Buffalo counties, as well as parts of Davison, Douglas and Jerauld counties.
We hope the Cabela family is receiving some expressions of sympathy from people in Mitchell this week. Dick Cabela, 77, the co-founder of the Cabela's outdoor retailing chain, died Monday at his home in Sidney, Neb. Mitchell has benefited tremendously from Cabela and his company's decision to build a store here. Interstate 90 was built south of Mitchell in 1967. Predictions of growth along the I-90 corridor were quick to crop up, but growth south of I-90 was slow in coming. As late as 1999, there was virtually no development along a vast stretch of that area.
A great thing has happened in South Dakota, and one that is benefitting all. Of course, that all depends upon the point of view of the reader, but we understand that some surely will disagree. We're talking about the state's online posting of restaurant scores. Just a few years ago, this wasn't happening, and that meant restaurant patrons had no real idea what they were getting into when they chose to dine out.
CHEERS to homecoming at Mitchell Christian High School. Unlike other homecoming traditions in town, Christian doesn’t always hold its annual event in the fall, since the school doesn’t have a football program of its own. This year, the MCHS homecoming was held along with a wintertime basketball game, which we thought was wonderfully unique. This year’s homecoming queen at MCHS is Alexa VanLaecken and the king is Wes Vander Pol. Congratulations to both. CHEERS to the decision last week that will result in the South Dakota High School Activities Association being more open in the future.
Raise the pay of South Dakota’s lawmakers?
We totally get opponents' environmental worries about the Canadian Keystone XL Pipeline project -- if the oil conduit were being built in a perfect world where all ideals were practically attainable when we wished.
A coach in Fargo, N.D., was fired last week because of a text message he sent to some of his upperclassmen players, challenging their commitment to the Shanley High School baseball program. Joel Swanson wrote that after a successful season in 2013, "we are the team that will have a target on our backs." He noted that attendance at non-mandatory, open-gym sessions was not as high as it should be, and he very bluntly told the players that.
HISSES to troubles associated with propane prices in the region. We don't blame anyone for this — propane-related businesses are simply doing their jobs — but we do lament that it has come to this. As we reported in a story last week, propane prices in the region have tripled in recent weeks. Prices have been on a roller-coaster, and that's not good news as arctic-like temperatures continue to linger throughout our region and also across the nation.