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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

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.

But 16 inches of snow in Mitchell and as much as 22 inches of snow in Winner likely only frustrates most of our readers. Travel in the state was mostly shut down and the storm created a lot of difficulty for residents to clean up and get their homes and streets back in order. It was a good reminder that its worst, Mother Nature's winter is not to be messed with, and another hint that we're hoping spring can soon arrive.

CHEERS to the successes of many area students who were featured recently in The Daily Republic. There was Armour's Maddison Sparks, who will take on the challenge of helping to run a popular youth reading program called Prairie Readers, while Bridgewater-Emery student Owen Fink won the state geography bee for the third straight season. Both are just a few of the examples of great efforts being put forward by young people in our communities.

In extracurricular activities, the Mitchell High School show choir is in the process of wrapping up another successful season with its dinner theater performances, which will wrap up tonight at the Corn Palace after taking on some delays with the snowstorm. They've had a successful season worth praise, as well.

CHEERS to Mike Miller, the Mitchell basketball legend who has taken his next step to be involved with the sport by joining the University of Memphis men's basketball program as an assistant coach. After playing at the University of Florida and 17 years in the NBA, Miller surely has a lot of experiences to draw from and will be a good model for college players to learn about what it takes to succeed on the court in college and beyond.

HISSES to the hearings in Washington, D.C. on Facebook and other social media platforms, which bring up two primary points. Consumers, as always, should play it extra safe regarding how they use social media and the internet. And at the same time, the public puts a lot of trust in outlets like Facebook. They've said it's a responsibility that they take seriously, and let's all hope that's the case.

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