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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

CHEERS to the great community turnout last week for the annual Mitchell Parade of Lights.

Mitchell’s Main Street was filled with support to celebrate in anticipation of the holidays.

We were pleased to see a wonderful parade on a wintry evening in Mitchell. Kudos to all the businesses that put extra time into making their floats extraordinary to allow a great night to be had by all.

HISSES to the news of another lean budget year for South Dakota.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday issued his annual budget address and said recent state

figures show that revenues for the first four months of the current budget year are roughly $8.3 million, or 1.5 percent, below expectations due in large part to short sales tax receipts.

While we recognize the state’s farm economy ebbs and flows, and we presume it will rebound again soon, a different trend of additional online shopping is pulling sales tax dollars from the state.

As we’ve stated previously, we appreciate the fiscally responsible approach Daugaard takes for South Dakota, but we hope residents recognize the importance of shopping locally.

CHEERS to the South Dakota State University football team, which advanced to the national FCS semifinals with its win Saturday.

The Jackrabbits defeated New Hampshire in Brookings to earn its first trip to the semifinals. They also picked up their seventh straight and program-record 11th win of the season.

With a berth in the national championship game on the line, SDSU plays defending national champion James Madison next weekend.

SDSU always has a group of Mitchell-area recruits, which makes us especially proud. We hope all of South Dakota will be cheering loud next weekend for the Jacks.

HISSES to the first snowstorm of winter last week, which sent cars sliding into ditches and postponed schools.

Mitchell didn’t get walloped with precipitation last week, but the ice-snow combination was enough to cause stress while on the roads. Law enforcement officers were assisting drivers all over the region, and luckily there was no major crashes reported.

As we gear up for winter, we’re reminded to wear seat belts, slow down and use caution while driving on slick roads.