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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

CHEERS to yet another successful Heart and Sole Cancer Walk and Run in Mitchell.

We hope this event continues to have the utmost success for years to come. With that said, the ultimate success would be a world where we don't have to worry about cancer.

Until then, we're thankful for events like the Heart and Sole Cancer Walk and Run for playing a role in making life easier for our friends and family in the community.

HISSES to the storms that swept through the region last Tuesday, although we're glad the tornadoes that touched down didn't cause any reported injuries.

While signs of a strong storm can be a source of stress and keep people stuck at home for a night, we hope this latest storm was a lesson for anyone who still isn't utilizing safe storm practices.

And this may be testing our luck, but let's hope we can rest free and easy for the summer without another storm.

CHEERS to Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the South Dakota Legislature for re-opening several waters to outdoor enthusiasts.

Last week, Daugaard signed a bill into law creating rules regarding the use of lakes on private land. The bill came after state legislators met for hours for a special legislative session on the matter.

Nearly 30 lakes saw public accesses closed after a state Supreme Court decision in March, and the confusion caused by the ruling was enough to keep some outdoor enthusiasts away from South Dakota. So we commend our citizen Legislature for taking time in the middle of the year to meet and get the job done to re-open lakes.

There was no easy answer to this issue, and we're glad the folks we elect to represent us were able to swiftly rectify the problem — at least temporarily — last week.

HISSES to the news that 20,000 fentanyl pills could find their way to the community of Chamberlain.

Last week, 19-year-old Trevor Harden was arrested in Chamberlain and officials seized $500,000 worth of fentanyl at the scene.

There's no doubt the seizure of the opioid is a good sign of law enforcement doing its job, but the seizure sparks more questions than it answers.

What was a 19-year-old doing with $500,000 worth of fentanyl? Is fentanyl going to be the next scourge of South Dakota, like methamphetamine before it? Are enough efforts being made to increase awareness about this increasingly popular recreational drug?

We hope some of those questions are answered sooner rather than later.