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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

CHEERS to all the retiring teachers who are winding down their final school years.

We applaud all the work and effort that goes into the profession. Last week, we featured three educators from Sanborn Central School District who have a combined 112 years of teaching experience.

They've influenced hundreds of students throughout their years as teachers, and there are plenty of other South Dakota teachers out there calling this year their last. Thank you for molding young minds and helping so many people become better versions of themselves.

HISSES to the closure of the Casey's General Store across the street from the Corn Palace.

Last week, we found out the gas station will be closing its doors at the end of the month, which is the kickoff to the major tourist season. We understand business is business, but the optics on this won't look great for Mitchell this summer.

An abandoned store less than one block from the Corn Palace isn't exactly the memory we want visitors to have after stopping in Mitchell. We hope something can be done, or is already in place, to solve this problem.

CHEERS to the participants and attendees of the mayor/city council forum last week.

We have an interesting June election coming up that will certainly shape the future of our city. Five candidates are running for two city council seats and four candidates are up for mayor. We applaud the large number of people interested in making a difference in our community. With about three weeks left before the election, we ask city residents to get educated on the candidates.

Our newspaper will soon be profiling each person and their thoughts, ideas and visions for the city. And, of course, we urge everyone to vote.

CHEERS to the Mitchell High School boys tennis team, which is a powerhouse in the Eastern South Dakota Conference.

Last week, the team claimed its fifth straight conference title.

Way to go, Kernels!