It’s About Time
THUMBS UP to the Yankton School Board, which announced this week that it is moving the starting time for its meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. While there is a chance this might slightly impact some attendance, at least in the early portion of the meeting, there are also many plusses. School officials are often featured at the meeting, and this allows them to go there directly from their work. Also, it gives each meeting a better chance to be completed prior to the start of a school activity. From a journalistic standpoint, we like it because it gives us more time to write the story, and the radio reporters probably like it because it gives them a better chance to hit both the school board and City Commission meetings, which usually happen on the same night. So, Thumbs Up all around on this one.
Parade Of Honor
THUMBS UP to Gingrich-Dixon Post 13, the American Legion post in Wakonda celebrating its 100th birthday this Saturday (July 13). The post has 102 members, one of the largest chapters among rural communities in the state. The 11 a.m. parade will feature 99-year-old Gene Dwyer and 91-year-old Kenny Peterson as marshals. Ole Peterson, Kenny’s 89-year-old brother, was also selected as a marshal but passed away July 3. Organizers welcome parade entries up to the last minute and anticipate around 100 units. The post has a long tradition, with many families including a large number of veterans. Congratulations and thanks for your service to our country.
THUMBS DOWN to continued flooding issues. The full dollar amount of damages still lies ahead. At its meeting in Yankton, the James River Water Development District board and manager anticipated more requests from local government for flood damage assistance. The total losses won’t be fully realized until after the water recedes. Hopefully, we can marshal the resources necessary to deal with unexpected expenses.
Playing It Safe
THUMBS UP to an increased emphasis on farm safety. Camps for young people have been held in Yankton and Bon Homme counties, among other places. They have made use of hands-on demonstrations to show the dangers on the farm, ranging from guns and machinery to fire and electricity. This week, Troy Boomsma of Yankton shared the story of how his 7-year-old son, Jaxon, lost his life in a farm accident. The presentation was part of the work of the Jaxon L. Boomsma Keep His Smile Alive Foundation. Hopefully, greater safety awareness can spare families from a tragic accident.