Daily Republic Editorial Board
CHEERS to an anonymous person who donated an engagement ring to The Salvation Army in Mitchell recently. A ring, valued at about $1,200, was found with an anonymous note in one of The Salvation Army's red kettles.
CHEERS to the completion of construction at the Mitchell Public Library. The expansion, which had the library under construction for more than a year, was complete last month, and gave the library more space on the east and west sides and a new, larger circulation desk. The added spaces include reading areas for adults and children, a new room for teens, a larger community room and an archive room.
A man who endured a fairy-tale romance gone wrong made lemonade out of lemons. Last week, an anonymous note and engagement ring were dropped in a Salvation Army kettle in Mitchell. The donation was a part of The Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle national tradition that collects money for needy families. The note read, "This ring made me the happiest man in the world when she said yes, and the saddest when she returned it so hope you can use it to make some kids happy. Thanks for all you do." The ring was made of 14-karat gold and had a half-carat diamond.
There's an overwhelming problem in South Dakota involving the level of cooperation between tribal police and state, county and city law enforcement officials. In South Dakota, there are nine American Indian reservations and also millions of acres of tribal trust land. Indian Nations have sovereign power on that land because of treaties and acts at the federal level. Tribes have their own local governments, their own court systems and their own police forces.
The city of Mitchell could soon force you — the residents of the city — to pay about $75.60 more each year on your utility bill. The potential increase is to help pay to repair or replace aging water lines and old sewer pipes in the city. That's according to Terry Johnson, the city's deputy public works director, who spoke to the City Council on Monday night. The council will vote on the proposed increase at its next meeting, which is scheduled for Dec.
CHEERS to Maggie, an accelerant detection K-9 with the state Division of Criminal Investigation, who helped determine the primary suspect in a Main Street arson earlier last month in Mitchell. Court documents state that Maggie was deployed to sniff articles of clothing of Stephen Seltz, who has been charged with setting the fire.
Some time ago, there was a series of commercials that highlighted the things money can't buy and always concluded with the punchline "priceless." There were several of these commercials, some were comical and some were heart-warming. There never was one that featured duck hunting, but if there had it would've gone something like this: Box of shotgun shells: $15. A dozen duck decoys: $90. New set of waders: $200. Seeing your child shoot their first duck: Priceless. Waterfowl hunting isn't a cheap hobby. It requires a lot of gear, time and effort to be done correctly.
Sadly, another fire was the talk of Mitchell recently. Last week, an early-morning fire completely destroyed a building at CHS Farmers Alliance in the western part of town. It was the second major fire to hit Mitchell this month, and the 13th structure fire in town this year. No one was injured in last week's incident, but we've seen more than our share of sad fire news this year. People have died. Main Street businesses have been forced to move locations.
We heard a lot of the same responses Tuesday afternoon when the person who purchased the winning $1 million Powerball ticket last month in Mitchell wasn't someone local. It seemed people were upset that a Mississippi man, John Chalk Jr., claimed the prize, rather than a local face with whom people could connect. Chalk, who declined media interviews on the winnings, was in South Dakota during his annual hunting trip with friends. Officials were unsure what type of game he was hunting, but it's likely he was in the state to chase pheasants.
HISSES to the rise in child abuse cases in South Dakota, which we chronicled recently. Our attention was drawn to the subject by a series of tragic and preventable child deaths in our area during the past few years. As we looked more deeply at the problem, we learned that about 1,400 children were victims of abuse and neglect in our state in 2010, the most recent year of available statistics. It's a problem that doesn't get much attention, but it should.