OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers


CHEERS to Mitchell School District’s summer lunch program, which expanded this summer and saw more people utilize the service.

Approximately 17,000 lunches and 7,700 breakfasts were distributed this year. The program, which serves healthy food, grew for another year.

We love this summer option for students and adults, as it ensures everyone can get a good meal for a fair price. We hope school officials continue to find ways to improve an already great program.

HISSES to the wicked weather that rolled through southeastern South Dakota late Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Yikes, there were some loud cracks of thunder and shots of lightning with the severe weather — even some hail that pelted the Mitchell region along with a 67 mph wind gust. Luckily, this storm didn’t have any areas of flash flooding and no major damage reported. We only heard of some downed tree branches.

Southwest of Mitchell there was a tornado warning issued, and that always leaves us remembering the powerful tornadoes that smacked Delmont in 2015 and Wessington Springs in 2014.

Let’s hope we can get through another summer without major damage from a storm.

CHEERS to the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team, which for the second straight year took runner-up at the state tournament.

We applaud Mitchell’s players, parents and coaches for another successful year. While a state title wasn’t in order this season, second place is a heck of a great year.

Headed up by coach Luke Norden, Post 18 is consistently competitive. We applaud the team for its never-say-die attitude at the state tournament.

HISSES to the news that more mosquitoes are around the city this year, mostly due in large part to the wet weather we’ve had.

It’s hard to complain about all the great rain we’ve had this year, but if there’s one downfall it’s that moisture helps those pesky little mosquitoes so much. That also means a heightened risk of West Nile virus.

While there still is plenty of mosquito season left, we remind everyone to apply bug repellent often when outdoors.