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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

CHEERS to the citizens who attended a Mitchell City Council meeting last week and shared their concerns about a reconstruction effort on Sanborn Boulevard.

It appears as though the City Council may be on track toward considering a hybrid construction plan that shuts down the portion on Sanborn between Havens and First avenues for a shorter period of time than initially expected — and we suspect that's due to the citizens who shared their concerns about possible loss of business from the project.

It's always encouraging when citizens are able to relay their concerns to the council. It's even more encouraging when the council reacts positively to citizen input.

And when the time comes and a portion of Sanborn is closed next summer, we urge locals to continue visiting the impacted businesses.

CHEERS to Paige Jacomet, the Wessington Springs woman who received justice last week.

Jacomet was severely beaten by Vernon Parsells, and Parsells was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the aggravated assault.

Jacomet shared her harrowing story with The Daily Republic after the sentencing, and we're glad she's still around to tell her tale.

HISSES to the news the Mitchell High School boys basketball team lost its 28th consecutive game. The losing streak must be challenging to endure, but there is a silver lining.

The Kernels will have an opportunity to end the streak on a night in which the Corn Palace is expected to be packed. On Friday, the Mike Miller Foundation will honor local coaching legend Gary Munsen, and Miller will be in attendance for the rivalry game against the Yankton Bucks.

Wouldn't it be fantastic to see the underdog Kernels pull out a victory in honor of Coach Munsen while simultaneously ending a devastatingly long losing streak and defeating one of their rivals?