Daily Republic Editorial Board
The legislative Rules Review Committee this week gave final approval to increase the rates for publication of public notices, a move that we applaud and appreciate.
Spring means it's time to get those lawns glowing again, but using fertilizer for Lake Mitchell homeowners may mean a different green substance sprouting. Lake Mitchell's algae problems have been well documented. But the exact cause, or causes, has yet to be determined. Among the many alleged culprits, one accusation is that Mitchell residents who live alongside our lake are using too much or harmful fertilizer for their lawns. And, with spring here, we know now's the time for those who live adjacent to the lake to make their yards lush for the summer.
Somewhat odd, we find it, that all of South Dakota's officer-involved shootings since 2009 have been deemed justified. We don't suspect foul play or cover-ups to help clear officers of wrongdoing. We just find it curious that of 24 officer-involved shootings since 2009, the officer has been found justified each time he or she pulled the trigger. That must mean officers are exercising good judgement when they feel they need to utilize their duty weapon.
CHEERS to the news that Mount Vernon native Chad Greenway has signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings. According to reports, Greenway signed a one-year contract with the Vikings that will help him end his career with the same team that drafted him and he has spent his entire career with.
What an outstanding year it's been for Division I women's college basketball in South Dakota. On Wednesday night, the University of South Dakota booked a trip to the championship game of the Women's National Invitation Tournament with a convincing win over Oregon. The Coyotes will will host Florida Gulf Coast University for the WNIT title Saturday in Vermillion.
CHEERS to Mitchell Mayor Jerry Toomey, who wants to clean up Mitchell's streets. The mayor is looking to update a city parking and nuisance ordinance to be presented to the City Council during the April 4 meeting. The plan is to ban those annoying large vehicles, such as campers, and boat trailers that remain parked in the same spot for several days. "Anything big, has wheels on it and is licensed should not be sitting on the street," Toomey said.
The grumblings are getting louder. It's a presidential election year, and the coverage of debates, primaries and the "he-said, she-said" is already getting exhausting. With two high-profile candidates in Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and nominee Hillary Clinton, who's leading the Democratic field, it feels like each major TV network has daily coverage of the banter, blaming and name-calling. It surely feels revved up even more this go-round, so we've got a long seven-plus months to go before a new president is chosen.
The South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Association swung and missed over the weekend. At its regular spring meeting, the association approved the state tournament site for each year for 2017, 2018 and 2019. Mitchell's Cadwell Park will be the host for 2017 and 2019, while Sioux Falls at Ronken Field on the campus of Augustana University will get the tournament in 2018. Certainly it's good to see Mitchell receive two out of the three awarded tournaments, but as we've stated on numerous occasions, our city should be the permanent host.
CHEERS to the work of the state's wildlife damage specialists, otherwise known as state trappers. In Saturday's newspaper, we reported a day in the life of a wildlife damage specialist. We requested a ride along with the South Dakota GF&P employees who pursue coyotes and other wildlife species that can cause issues for landowners and producers. In fiscal year 2015—which runs from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015—GF&P spent more than $2.35 million to operate the wildlife damage management programs and responded to more than 2,600 requests.
Friday afternoon, five fire crews from southeastern South Dakota responded to blankets of smoke billowing from the Tabor Recreation Area. Officials say more than 50 firefighters were on scene to help battle the blaze, which was a significantly sized fire. According to Tabor Fire Chief Ken Carda, firefighters from Yankton, Tabor, Tyndall, Lesterville and Springfield helped to extinguish a blaze that burned an estimated 600 to 800 acres (roughly 1 to 1.5 square miles) of pasture land covered in cedar trees.