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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

CHEERS to Mitchell City Council President Steve Rice, who has been noticeably involved in several community events recently.

Rice has served on the City Council since 2012 and is often seen involved with city functions. Earlier this month, he was the lone councilperson to attend a public forum discussing improvements within the Parks and Recreation Department. We've also recently spotted Rice volunteering for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign and participating in the Mitchell Baseball Association Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot.

Getting out and being available for city residents to discuss issues makes Rice a good representative for Mitchell.

We're proud we have City Council members like Rice who are actively involved in our city.

HISSES to the sad news of the death of South Dakota state Rep. Craig Tieszen.

The 68-year-old Republican from Rapid City and his brother-in-law drowned last week in an accident at the Cook Islands in the South Pacific.

Tieszen has served in the South Dakota Legislature since 2009. He first served in the Senate through 2016.

CHEERS to a pair of awesome events in Mitchell on Thanksgiving Day.

Bright and early on a warm November morning, around 150 to 200 runners took part in the Mitchell Baseball Association's Turkey Trot — raising funds for an important local organization. And John Paul II Elementary School deserves a tip of the hat for allowing the association to utilize its facilities.

Later in the day, the Mitchell Wesleyan Church stuck to the same tried and true plan for Thanksgiving Day. Church volunteers brought smiles to the faces of hundreds, offering free meals for the community.

We're glad to have seen fantastic community spirit on Thanksgiving, and we hope that giving spirit shines on through the upcoming holidays and beyond.

CHEERS to The Daily Republic's football and volleyball players of the year.

Gregory High School quarterback Andy McCance was selected as the football player of the year, boasting both a superb 2017 and a spectacular tenure running the offense for the Gregory Gorillas. After another successful season, McCance's honor was well-earned.

Another well-deserved honor went to Mitchell High School junior Mackenzie Miller, who put together a fantastic year for the Mitchell Kernels.

So congratulations are in order for the two star high school athletes, and we wish them well in their future endeavors as student-athletes.