Daily Republic Editorial Board
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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.
CHEERS to all of the South Dakota Hall of Fame inductees, especially the two area residents earning one of the state's highest honors. Kennebec's Rod Bowar and Mitchell's Roger Musick are both great examples of hard-working business leaders who have made impacts on the state and its residents. More importantly, both have proven to be important members of our communities, serving on various boards and committees away from their day jobs. Congratulations to them once again.
CHEERS to the success of a new intersection alert system at a key area intersection in Bon Homme County. The Rural Intersection Conflict Warning System has been implemented at the intersection of State Highways 37 and 46 and has in the past year resulted in one serious crash and no fatalities. The system uses technology similar to traffic signals and notifies drivers when vehicles are in the other bisecting portion of the intersection.
In case you didn't hear, Sioux Falls is getting another significant athletic training center. Announced Wednesday by Avera Health, a new 60,000-square-foot facility will open in December 2019 and cost $14 million. The Avera Human Performance Center will be located at 69th and Louise campus and it "focuses on the needs of people who want to improve their health, strength, power, speed and stability or overall physical performance," according to a sports medicine specialist with Avera Orthopedics in Sioux Falls.
So South Dakota's pheasant population is up. Now what? More nonresidents will read the state's preseason report and make the trek to our state to buy gasoline, stay in hotels and spend their tourism dollars in our communities. A huge win, right? At least for this year, sure. It's no secret the number of hunters who visit South Dakota and the number of small game licenses sold are tied to the preseason pheasant report, which was released Monday and showed a 47 percent increase from 2017's count.
HISSES to the news that came from our Saturday report, which shows more than $400,000 of unpaid lunch balances were left for the state's public school districts to endure at the end of the 2017-18 year. That number is a total from all the school districts that answered our information requests — with about 15 percent of districts not responding.