The Daily Republic, Mitchell, S.D. Some wonderful news: Flu season is almost over. Oh, what a relief that is. The bad news? South Dakota health officials have been fighting a record number of flu cases during the 2014-15 flu season, which runs from early October to mid-May. According to figures from the South Dakota Department of Health, 58 South Dakotans died and 731 people were hospitalized with influenza this season.
A Fargo coach was fired last week because of a text message he sent to some of his upperclassmen players, challenging their commitment to the Shanley High School baseball program. Joel Swanson wrote that after a successful season in 2013, “we are the team that will have a target on our backs.” He noted that attendance at non-mandatory, open-gym sessions was not as high as it should be, and he very bluntly told the players that. Here is the remainder of his text message, verbatim: “I am sick of stupid excuses to not come to open gym. ... If you want to be an athlete commit to it.