Daily Republic Editorial Board
CHEERS to everyone who participated in the Heart and Sole Cancer Walk last week at Mitchell Middle School. The annual event is a great community fixture and brings people together for a wonderful cause. We featured three people who were honorary co-chairs in our newspaper, and we hope everyone had a chance to read their empowering stories. To battle and beat cancer is an amazing feat. HISSES to some unsettling crime that made the news last week. We reported on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder and first-degree kidnapping recently.
CHEERS to all of the candidates who put themselves out there for us. Many will lose despite their best efforts and the support of loyal followers. We wish everyone who took the time, effort and money to give the voters a real choice the best of luck on Tuesday. Each of us can thank the candidates by voting.
CHEERS to the official dedication of Mitchell's Veterans Park at the corner of First Avenue and Main Street on Saturday. Each of the five primary branches of the military is represented, as are those killed in action. Considering the level of community involvement needed to make the project happen, the hard work of the project's donors certainly deserve to be recognized. Most readers will remember just a few years ago when that property had become an eyesore at the entrance to the city's Main Street area.
HISSES to the news about the emerald ash borer making an appearance in Sioux Falls. The state avoided infestation for years, but the slow spread westward through the Midwestern states might have made this news inevitable for South Dakota. Unfortunately, that means the deaths of numerous trees, but the best way to limit emerald ash borer concerns is to limit the movement of firewood. Considering camping season is upon us, hopefully residents and visitors take this seriously.
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.
CHEERS to all the weekend graduates from Mitchell Technical Institute and Dakota Wesleyan University. You will be entering a job market sorely in need of your skills and capabilities. The commitment you demonstrated in pursuing associate, bachelor's and master's degrees will serve you well as you step forward to meet challenges in South Dakota and the nation. Congratulations also go to the graduates' families.
CHEERS are in order regarding the improvements that have been made on the bike trails around Lake Mitchell. City and civic-interest groups have teamed up to help improve a number of trail issues around the Mitchell outdoor recreation showpiece, especially regarding mapping and smoothing out some of the natural-surface trails. We spend a lot of time talking about the water of the lake itself, but the trails in the area remain underrated and important to the community's overall health. The upgrades are a good example of civic engagement on all fronts.
HISSES to the news of the weekend, with the winter storm that disrupted any ideas of spring in South Dakota. If this storm had occurred in January and there was still time for winter activities outside, perhaps this storm would have been more welcomed.
HISSES to a need for $80,000 worth of additional study to find the path forward to solving serious phosphorus problems in Lake Mitchell. Add this new cost to the thousands already spent on learning that Mitchell's lake has multifactorial issues to address. Core samples collected in February indicated as much as an eightfold increase in problematic sediment over earlier estimates. Hopefully, that will not greatly increase the already pause-worthy $7.2 million estimated cost of dredging and capping lake sediment rich in phosphorus.
CHEERS to Peggy Greenway, who last week was featured as part of the Senate Agriculture Committee's Women's History Month project. Peggy and her husband, Brad, are Mitchell pig farmers who also raise beef, cattle, corn, beans, wheat and alfalfa. In South Dakota, there are approximately 29,700 male farmers and 2,300 female farmers, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. It's not surprising that the job is a male-dominated field, but it's important to applaud the women like Greenway who help put food on tables across the nation and the world.