Commentary

Wed
28
Sep

Outdoor biffies: Memories made here

By Jack Bickel

Wed
28
Sep

The Smoking Gun

By Richard P. Holm

Mr. C, a 56-year-old fellow, came into my office because he was experiencing shortness of breath with any exertion and was hoping we could fix it. He admitted that he has been smoking about one-and-a-half-packs a day for 40 years, and lately he’s been trying to cut down. Multiplying 40 times one-and-a-half gives him a 60-pack-year history of smoking, which is a lot. Also he’s inhaled a lot of hog and hay dust over all these years.

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Wed
21
Sep

Tomato Christmas and rural health

By Richard P. Holm MD

Our eldest son, who now lives in Brooklyn, NY, recently came home to South Dakota talking about how he “loves how he can see the stars and the Milky Way in the night sky, the morning tangerine sun rising in the east, and the space and lack of congestion in shelter-belted houses surrounded by fields of abundant crops, separating the miles between small towns.” Home-grown tomatoes here have even prompted him to deem August in South Dakota as “Tomato Christmas.” “It is so different than life in the city,” he says.

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Wed
21
Sep

Undoing historical wrongs to Native Americans

By U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD)

Imagine a scenario today in which the federal government, with no due process, forcibly removed children of a specific race from their homes and placed them into a boarding school more than a thousand miles away from their family and friends. Or imagine the outcry if the federal government were to subject a certain race of citizens into forced labor as a condition of receiving benefits he or she has a trust and/or treaty obligation to receive.

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Wed
14
Sep

Chairman Frazier opposes closing of Sioux San ER

From the CRST Chairman’s Office Tribal leaders were called to a meeting to discuss Sioux San IHS hospital in Rapid City. There was no other information given to the Tribal leaders regarding the meeting. Upon arrival to the facility the Acting Area Director informed the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold C. Frazier that the meeting would be moving into an executive status. This would remove everyone from the room  
 
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Wed
14
Sep

Bullies and abuse are everywhere

By Richard P. Holm, MD
 
We have all had to deal with bullies throughout our lives, and I have had my share. One fall day, coming home from school, I saw two guys from my third-grade class beating up on a smaller kid and was moved to step in to help. Well, the victim ran home, and I became the new target. The beating I took that day was minimal; however, the sense that I did the right thing that day by standing up against bullies has propped up my self-worth my whole lifetime. Bullies and abuse are everywhere. While in medical school, I was in an Atlanta Emergency Room when a woman came in with a broken nose and other broken bones and bruises that were explained away as the result of a fall, when we knew full well they were inflicted by her spouse. Since coming to this prairie town 35 years ago, 
 

Thu
08
Sep

Slices of Life: The day after

By Jill Pertler

It’s over. The wedding. My daughter and her new husband tied the knot last Saturday in a whirlwind weekend of near perfection. The loving couple has been preparing for this for over a year. They were kind enough to allow me to enjoy an active role in the process.

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Thu
08
Sep

Change Agents

By Mark Peacock

I see them from my kitchen window as the sun breaks over the horizon… not every morning, but often enough, and never in pairs, always alone, or maybe with a furry friend by their side.
Front to back and side to side, they reach toward the street, again and again, like sparrows picking up grain.

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Wed
31
Aug

Principals say: Attendance tied to student success

By Dr. Pandi Pittman

September is Attendance Awareness Month for schools throughout the country. As we kick off the 2016-2017 school year, Dupree School District asks parents and families to put forth their best effort to ensure the attendance of students to promote academic and social growth of each young person. Attendance is one of the South Dakota’s school performance indicators. One of the factors causing the Dupree School to be placed on FOCUS status by the South Dakota Department of Education is because Dupree’s student attendance has latitude for improvement.

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Wed
24
Aug

We need to clean up our act

The City of Timber Lake does not operate a landfill. It does operate a Restricted Use Site under a general permit from the State of South Dakota (Note: restricted). After two visits (June 9 and July 28) the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources has judged conditions at the site to be “conditionally acceptable” which means action is required to get back into full compliance.

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