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We riled up some school officials around the Mitchell area last week with our surprise openness audit. In conjunction with Sunshine Week, a yearly observance of the importance of government transparency, we called all 36 public school districts in our print circulation area and asked for a digital copy of each district's most recent budget. Why would we do such a thing? We wanted to determine whether a document that is open in theory would actually be open in reality.
CHEERS to the Platte-Geddes boys’ basketball team for its second-place finish, and to the Ethan team for its fourth-place finish, both at the Class B state tournament over the weekend...
In today's politics, those who think carefully about issues and change their positions based on new information are too often labeled flip-floppers. While it's important for politicians to bring principles to the table, it's a fallacy to think principles can be relied upon as an exclusive guide for every decision a politician makes. City Councilman Phil Carlson's change of heart about the city of Mitchell's hiring of a city administrator is a great example. As a self-described conservative, it was natural for Carlson to initially oppose the idea.
Monday's edition of The Daily Republic was chock-full of news about the positive weekend exploits of this area's young people. The Mitchell High School girls' basketball team placed second in the Class AA tournament, and team leader Macy Miller ended a historic season in which she broke numerous records. The teams from Winner and Sanborn Central/Woonsocket also placed second in their respective classes, A and B, and several other Mitchell-area teams participated in the tournaments.
Week in review: the best, worst CHEERS to outgoing publisher Korrie Wenzel for his outstanding service to this newspaper since, as he described in his fi nal column Friday, he...
A good idea comes our way from Pierre, where lottery officials are proposing a comprehensive study on gambling addiction in South Dakota. If it happens, it would be the first such study in 15 years in our state, which relies heavily on proceeds from gambling. But some members of the state Legislature see a problem: letting the South Dakota Lottery conduct the study seems akin to "the fox guarding the henhouse," in the words of Rep. Scott Craig, R-Rapid City.
It's state basketball tournament time, and with it comes the annual thrill of championships, great sportsmanship and lasting memories. Oh, and the headaches associated with finding hotel rooms.
HISSES to a recent statistic that showed that many South Dakotans are vulnerable to Internet fraud. The American Association of Retired Persons has noted that one in four Internet users across our state be at an increased risk of being victimized. The study found that a combination of online behaviors and life experiences puts a person at the greatest risk of being scammed.
This is South Dakota, where snowstorms howl and rage and generally make things miserable for residents from border to border. That's just how it is here. It's also why we don't agree with Joe Lowe, a Democrat who wants to run for governor, when he criticizes Gov. Dennis Daugaard's response to an offseason blizzard that blitzed the state in October.
The Daily Republic has won a prestigious national award for its recent efforts in the name of government openness. We've documented it quite well, but here's a quick recap: A reader from Huron called and asked us to look into a secret agreement between the Huron school board and a former superintendent of that district.