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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.
CHEERS to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital's upcoming fundraiser, "Roses ... Just Because." Through this project, people are able to purchase a dozen long-stemmed roses for $25 to help support...
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...
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.