Daily Republic Editorial Board
Unacceptable. That was the only logical takeaway from an in-depth investigation on Plankinton's Aurora Plains Academy that was published last week by South Dakota News Watch, a nonprofit news organization. The story was carried in The Daily Republic on Saturday.
As the temperature approached 90 degrees Tuesday, we think it's finally here—summer. We had a horribly cold and snow-filled winter and a wet and cold spring. In South Dakota, we love talking about the weather, and the major talk-about issue, of course, is the flooding. Here are some weather-related tidbits we're thinking about right now.
We're seeing a good trend taking place on Mitchell's Main Street. More and new events are taking place in the area in front of and around the Corn Palace, which is starting to find its stride as an outdoor hub for community activities, as well. Over the last few years, the First Friday events during the summer months has brought a mix of music, games and food to the area. Still in its infancy, the Food Truck Friday event has some potential, after the first version last week.
There's still a chance Kamberlyn Lamer competes in the heptathlon at the national outdoor track meet later this week. NAIA officials told The Daily Republic that a second appeal has been made and that the National Coordinating Committee will make a determination Tuesday on Lamer's status. The event includes sprinting, throwing and jumping events over a two-day span, and Lamer is the top-ranked competitor in the NAIA.
A North Dakota farm some 260-plus miles northeast of Mitchell should be grabbing the attention of South Dakotans. And, it is especially of interest to anyone involved in Forward 2040, a community vision and strategic action plan in hopes of bettering the city of Mitchell within the next 20 years. In Horace, N.D., a farm of the future is beginning to take shape with autonomous ag-vehicle research and technology development. The futuristic farming project drew the attention of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, who was on hand during its April 27 ribbon-cutting event.
Former South Dakota Gov. George S. Mickelson proclaimed the year of 1990 as the Year of Reconciliation. That was to be the year of peace between Native Americans and white citizens, in memory of the 100th anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee on Dec. 29, 1890. Many South Dakota leaders saw that Year of Reconciliation as a success and a step forward from our state's bitter past of how Native Americans were treated. In conjunction, South Dakota became the first state to make Native American Day a state holiday in place of Columbus Day.
Harry Kirkvold should never have been at the Rodeway Inn. He needed to be in jail. But the man who was arrested Monday for allegedly shooting a .38-caliber gun toward an employee's apartment at the motel was out free on a personal recognizance bond despite having pending arson and assault charges. A personal recognizance bond allows a person charged with a crime to return to court, and he or she doesn't have to pay money to get out of jail. But let's back up and look at Kirkvold's recent criminal history.
In about a two-week span, two vehicles went off the road and into the James River causing at least three fatalities. Those are horribly sad situations, and those types of crashes can happen anywhere there's water. What's curious is that when these crashes occurred, the people involved were missing for a significant amount of time. Yet no one notified the public to keep an eye out for these people or to watch for suspicious or unusual-looking activity. Whose job is that? Who is in charge of alerting the public that someone is missing? Certainly it has to be a state agency, right?
Want to make a difference? Do you think Mitchell is falling behind? Are there areas our city can capitalize to help future generations? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it's time to go online and take the city of Mitchell's Community Visioning Project survey. It's available on the city's website. The survey takes about 15 minutes and will help determine the direction Mitchell moves for the future.
Since 1981, South Dakota has had one facility up to the standard of hosting the state's high school football championships. Now it has two. Since South Dakota State University opened its new football stadium in 2016, the facility has clearly become one of the best facilities in all of NCAA Football Championship Subdivision football. On Wednesday, the board that oversees the South Dakota High School Activities Association will consider moving the 2019 state football championship games to Brookings through finalizing a preliminary contract with SDSU.