Daily Republic Editorial Board
HISSES to the abundance of fireworks complaints in Mitchell over the Fourth of July weekend. For multiple reasons, we're annoyed to hear the Mitchell Police Division was called dozens of times over the Independence Day holiday. We roll our eyes because authorities told us they did not write any citations this year despite getting contacted over and over. We have no problems with participating in the holiday cheer and celebration of independence, but people should do it legally.
CHEERS to the late Phyllis Hansee, who donated $4.2 million to groups in Webster. Hansee died last year, but it was recently reported that the former piano teacher gave her wealth for high school scholarships, youth programs, the library and a local church. The woman was an only child and had no children of her own, but she was an active member in the community. And, clearly, the small northeast South Dakota town of Webster meant a lot to Hansee.
CHEERS to the South Dakota Highway Patrol's saturation efforts on Highway 37 in the Mitchell region. Last week, Jason Husby, commander of the southeast district of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, told The Daily Republic of the initiative to crack down on 60 miles of the busy two-lane highway, from Mitchell to Bon Homme County. Over the years, we've seen some pretty bad crashes and often see speeders cruising much too fast on the roadway. So we're hoping the presence of law enforcement will slow drivers down and keep them more attentive on the stretch.
An innovative approach to improving relationships between youths and law enforcement is coming to Davison County. In short, the program is meant to redirect youth away from the justice system while still being held accountable for their actions when dealing with criminal matters. Davison County State's Attorney Jim Miskimins told the county commission this week he's received approval from a First Circuit Court judge to move forward with the program.
Last week, a severe storm that brought tornadoes, powerful winds and hail pummeled through the region. As the severe alerts were sent out by the National Weather Service, public safety officials in Mitchell issued six alerts to notify residents of the pending storm.
CHEERS to yet another successful Heart and Sole Cancer Walk and Run in Mitchell. We hope this event continues to have the utmost success for years to come. With that said, the ultimate success would be a world where we don't have to worry about cancer. Until then, we're thankful for events like the Heart and Sole Cancer Walk and Run for playing a role in making life easier for our friends and family in the community.
Your move, Northwoods League. As we sit and watch the Minnesota Twins wildly overperform, we can't help but dream of more baseball in our backyard at the Cadwell Sports Complex. And since a contract was approved by the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board in May, word has been silent from the summer baseball league. We know the Northwoods League has until September to let the city know whether it intends to come to Mitchell next year, but we can't help but be eager to learn about the future of baseball in Mitchell.
Now isn't the time to judge the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Department's recent takeover of operations at the Lake Mitchell Campground. For the last few years, the city of Mitchell leased out its campground and left operations to a private individual, but the expiration of the lease left the city with an opportunity to once again try its hand at oversight of the Lake Mitchell Campground.
South Dakotans finally have a temporary resolution to a problem plaguing the state for too long. On Monday night, lawmakers agreed on a bill that governs the use of lakes on private land for recreation. Swiftly after the special session concluded, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed it into law. The law takes action where necessary and clarifies many areas of uncertainty to allow a number of lakes with restricted accesses to be reopened immediately.
A positive change has arrived for prep sports in South Dakota, specifically with the postseason. The South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors last week approved changing the state qualifying format for Class AA basketball and volleyball. Mitchell and the rest of the state's largest schools play in Class AA.