Here is our review of the past week's triumphs, tragedies, oddities and blunders.
HISSES to the incident that occurred two weekends ago at the Lake Mitchell Campground. A man reportedly entered a tent and later a camper and attempted to assault a girl. As of late last week, no arrests had been made in the case.
CHEERS to the long, successful history of the 665th Maintenance Company, a National Guard unit that was deactivated during ceremonies Aug. 4. The unit was disbanded to make way for a new unit, Company B of the 139th Brigade Support Battalion. Mitchell still will have its national guard unit, but we hate to see the old 665th disappear.
HISSES to the state candidates and political action committees that last week were turned over to the attorney general's office for investigation of failing to file their campaign finance reports by the second of two deadlines. Several other candidates or committees face fines for filing their reports late. It may seem trivial, but filing these reports is required by law. These are people who should know better and should set an example for the rest of the state.
HISSES to the news that South Dakota ranks last in the nation in child mortality rates. Our average in 2004 was 39 deaths per 100,000 children, while the national rate was 20 deaths per 100,000. A co-author of the study said car-related accidents have a lot to do with those numbers. South Dakota needs to do better in protecting kids in cars and a good place to start is ensuring that seat belts and child seats are properly used.
CHEERS to the city's mosquito spraying program this summer. City crews again went out last week to cruise the streets, spraying for the pesky critters. Even though mosquito counts have been low lately in Mitchell, the crews were sent out to try to snuff out mosquitoes that could possibly be carriers of West Nile virus. Summer is almost over, but we're not out of the woods yet when it comes to WNV. The city recognizes this and we appreciate the efforts.