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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

CHEERS to the Mitchell High School gymnastics team, a group of student-athletes who took home the Class AA state team gymnastics championship on Friday in Watertown.

It's always awesome when a local team takes home a title, and it's easy to see in some of Saturday's photos by The Daily Republic how much joy the win brought to the Kernel competitors.

The win gave the Kernels their fourth state championship in five years and their sixth state title under head coach Audra Rew.

So next time you see Rew or one of the Kernel gymnasts, congratulations are definitely in order.

CHEERS to Mitchell Mayor Jerry Toomey for being open and honest about the Lake Mitchell restoration project as his mayoral term comes to a close.

Rather than hiding the potential project, Toomey took the noble route and shared with The Daily Republic a plan that's being considered.

The plan, he said, would drain the lake during the offseason to allow for dredging, helping reduce the algae-feeding nutrients within the lake for an early estimate of $6 million.

This is an important project, and we hope whoever the next mayor is, they remain transparent and keep the public informed at any opportunity. We also hope the public can be involved in the project as much as possible.

HISSES to the unnecessary debate over who can operate a business in Mitchell.

The Mitchell City Council made the smart choice and approved the taxicab license for Lyft driver Thomas Schaffner to bring the ride-sharing service to Mitchell. But existing taxicab services in Mitchell were worried about the addition of a new competitor.

We think Council President Steve Rice put it best when he said, "I don't believe it's government's job to keep anybody in business or put anyone in business."

For that reason, we think this item should've stayed on the consent agenda where it belonged.

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