Daily Republic Editorial Board
"Buy land, they're not making it anymore." Those were the wise words of Mark Twain, and it's a good phrase Mitchell residents should heavily consider right now. Land is expensive, but it's perhaps the most valuable commodity out there. And for Mitchell, a certain tract of land recently purchased and approved by the Mitchell City Council is both expensive and valuable. The land, which sits along Firesteel Creek in the Lake Mitchell watershed, is expected to aid in improving Lake Mitchell's poor water quality.
A supposed fair fight in a locker room has caused a ripple that will — or should — reverberate across the region. It happened at the Mitchell ice arena, when two boys squared off in what is commonly known as "locker boxing." Since boys who participate in these fights wear helmets and hockey gloves, it's assumed it's a rather safe method to settle some issue or to simply let off steam.
Transparency in local government sure is refreshing. It's been awhile since we've seen it this good. Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson, who took office about six months ago, welcomed in the new year facing a difficult situation that involved a fight between two youth hockey players in a locker room at the city ice arena. But this isn't about what happened with those kids or the ramifications that will follow. This is about avoiding secrecy. This is about standing up and being open and honest. This is about being a strong city leader.
The Mitchell City Council decided earlier this month to hold the Corn Palace Festival carnival in a new location, moving further north on Main Street. That decision was good for the immediate future of the event, allowing 2019 to be a trial for what the carnival should look like for the 2020 event and into the future. The council also wisely decided to defer to the carnival provider on the set up and location of rides and games.
South Dakota's GEAR UP scandal has seemingly come to a conclusion. Three people were indicted in 2016 in connection with stealing money from Mid-Central Educational cooperative in Platte. Two of them, Stephanie Hubers and Stacy Phelps, were found not guilty by juries this year. And the third, Dan Guericke, admitted to backdating a contract and was fined $1,000 by a judge Monday, with the conviction sealed to avoid limiting his future professional endeavors. But with the court proceedings complete for now, the matter is defined by what remains unanswered.
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In July, Time magazine highlighted the Canadian Medical Association Journal's research that showed "some specific journalistic practices about a death by suicide may make suicide contagion worse." "Our goal is not to blame journalists; it's not to tell journalists how to do their jobs," Dr. Ayal Schaffer told Time. "But it is to provide a pretty strong research base to support specific guidelines about how reporting suicide should be done."
It's now officially fall, which means hunting seasons are ramping up. And in South Dakota, no hunting season is bigger or has a larger economic impact than pheasant hunting. In our Saturday newspaper, we highlighted South Dakota's liberal laws compared to other nearby states to allow hunters to travel with loaded guns or hunt along or over roads. Road hunting, as it's known here, is welcomed for the most part, despite past shootings that have killed or injured others.
Last week, a group of first responders spent the night north of Mitchell searching for a missing child. The 9-year-old boy, who authorities said is autistic, went missing Wednesday evening but was found by a Davison County Sheriff's deputy around 9 a.m. Thursday. The child was "beat up a little bit from spending the night in the weeds and the bushes" but was ultimately OK.
Everyone needs to get involved to help make Mitchell shine a little brighter. City officials are taking that approach to a heightened level now to better enforce Mitchell's nuisance code. Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson wants a friendlier, more-visible approach to ensuring our city looks like a welcoming community. It's a sound thought in an area we can certainly improve, and we hope Mitchell residents hear Everson's call for help.