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It was hard to watch the new movie "The Dilemma" without considering the true meaning of the word "dilemma." So many people use that word incorrectly. And when this newspaper lets slip an improper use of "dilemma," a former boss here is quick to pounce, sending e-mails reminding us what the word really means. I often hear people say they've got a dilemma on their hands. Maybe they can't decide between going to lunch or working through the noon hour.
When a microburst rolled through Mitchell in 2000, it hit with ferocity that Mitchell hadn't seen since a tornado flattened buildings and injured 32 people in 1962. The microburst caused millions of dollars in damages, left a few people homeless and, worst of all, came unexpectedly. The microburst isn't like the tornado, its ugly cousin. As far as I know, microbursts don't appear on radar and special sirens do not typically announce their rude arrival.
By my estimates, there have been approximately 5,700 editions of The Daily Republic printed since I started as a sports reporter here back in 1991.
The telephone calls, e-mails and texts came pouring into my cell phone in the minutes after that ball came looping at me. It had been a moment televised throughout the Midwest as the Minnesota Twins showed off their new ballpark Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Friends and acquaintances who saw it on TV sent messages to congratulate me for catching a foul ball during my first game at the Twins' plush new digs. Consider it a brief moment of fame at a Twins game. More on that later. As for the new ballpark itself, you'll have to trust me.
Several segments of Davison County roads were closed Sunday evening as creeks within the county left their banks, pushing water, ice or both into the path of traffic. Around sundown Sunday, Davison County Emergency Management Director Jim Montgomery said ice heaved so intensely amid the strain of a rising Firesteel Creek that huge chunks of ice were thrown upon the bridge on 405th Avenue, west of Mitchell. County employees used machinery and worked into the dark to remove the ice. The road runs north-south, three miles west of Mitchell.
A group of Democrats has sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency and questioned the EPA's plans about regulating carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases. Eight Democrats sent the letter last week to EPA Director Lisa Jackson, stressing the economic implications attached to regulating emissions. The letter adds weight to the ongoing efforts of Republicans, including South Dakota Sen.
Sen. Tim Johnson said it's time for members of Congress to put aside their differences as they prepare for a summit on health care today at the White House. Johnson, speaking with reporters on a scheduled conference call, stressed that the meeting is not only bipartisan, but also needed as Congress continues to struggle with the health-care issue. The 9 a.m. meeting will include Democrat and Republican leaders. "Republicans and Democrats will meet at the White House (today) and try to find common ground in health-care reform legislation," Johnson, D-S.D., said.
District 20 constituents should "bring all the questions they can bring" to the first of two legislative forums scheduled in Mitchell, says state Rep. Noel Hamiel. "We'll try to answer them," Hamiel said. "I'm not sure we'll have the answers, but we'll give it our best shot." Hamiel, Rep. Lance Carson and Sen. Mike Vehle, all of whom are Republicans from Mitchell, are scheduled to attend the forum, sponsored by the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee. The open-to-the-public event begins at 10 a.m.
The federal government must be questioned about its military intentions as more South Dakota National Guard members are pressed into active duty overseas, Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard told attendees of the state Vietnam veterans reunion Saturday. Daugaard, a Republican, was joined at the event by former Brookings mayor Scott Munsterman, also a Republican, and Democrat Scott Heidepriem.
The U.S. House of Representatives on voted to adopt pay-as-you-go spending, an act that Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin said has been "nothing short of a battle" to get accomplished. Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., said Thursday was a "proud day" and noted to reporters during a morning conference call that adopting a pay-as-you-go approach has been one of her priorities since she was first voted into Congress in 2004. "You've all heard me discuss it many times," Herseth Sandlin said.