Commentary

Wed
22
Jul

This ‘n That about odds and ends

By Kathy Nelson

One of the things I like about my job is that I don’t have to know a lot about anything. I can specialize in knowing a little bit about a lot of things but not a lot about any one thing. Take slab jacking, for instance. When the school board was talking about hiring someone to do it, I was wondering how anybody was going to repair the concrete slabs that make up the “tennis courts.” Saturday I got an explanation from the experts (Angerhofers from Aberdeen.)

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Wed
22
Jul

Early Indians had it right

By Richard P. Holm MD

In 1735, John Wesley visited Savannah in the Province of Georgia in the American Colonies, and gave an account of the Native Americans as the perfect example of health. He described this as mostly due to their lean diet and their rigorous physical lifestyle. It is now nearing 300 years later and people of all races could learn from the habits of the early American Indians.

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Wed
15
Jul

Summer time: Time to drink plenty of water

Summer is here and with the warmer temperatures a person’s chances for dehydration increase. Water is one of the six major nutrients we need each day and it is essential for life. Did you know that our bodies are made up of approximately 55-75% water? Babies and children have more water as a percentage in their bodies than adults and as a result can become dehydrated more quickly. Dehydration is a health risk for all but especially for the young and old.

 

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Wed
15
Jul

Slices of Life: I have an opinion about that

Since the dawn of time, people have had opinions on everything from politics to the best way to make fire to whether a club or spear is better for hunting the wooly mammoth. Mostly politics. While people have always had opinions, they weren’t inclined to share them with just anyone or everyone. Uncle Jim and Grandma Betty may have wrestled (loudly) with various issues over Sunday dinner, but in general people reserved their opinions for friends and family. A person wouldn’t shout their political inclinations from a rooftop or take out a billboard proclaiming viewpoints differing from theirs were dumber than a wooly mammoth and embraced only by idiots.

 

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Wed
08
Jul

Sanford Lab Visitor Center

This week I had the opportunity to attend the dedication of the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center in Lead. The visitor center will be something for South Dakotans and travelers from all over the world to see. Here people will learn about the history of Homestake and the Sanford Lab projects. The Sanford Underground Research Facility is in the process of partnering with the Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, to prepare for the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility and the associated Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (LBNF/DUNE). This future experiment is a result of groundbreaking research that occurred in the lab while it was still the Homestake Mine.       
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Wed
08
Jul

The heart of a farmer

By Jill Pertler

In my heart, I am a farmer – at least during the summer months when I’m outside tending my garden. I love growing things. I enjoy the feel of moist black dirt between my fingers. I get a sense of satisfaction when my seedlings sprout. I even take pleasure in the achy, sweaty feeling I get after a day spent outside moving dirt and pulling weeds – doing good work. Real, honest work in the garden with Mother Nature as my boss and my husband as my supervisor. (Not really, but I let him think so.) But even though I truly dig gardening, I am not a farmer. Nor is my husband a farmer. I’m a writer who is sometimes a farmer at heart. Transoccupational would be the trendy term for it.       
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Wed
01
Jul

Secondhand smoke: the Silent Killer!

By the Canli Coalition

Did you know that every day in the United States 137 persons die from secondhand smoke exposure? This equals 50,000 adult non-smokers dying each year because they breathe the smoke that is exhaled from smokers and from the burning end of cigarettes, cigars or other burned tobacco products. Secondhand smoke is a silent killer! There is no listing of ingredients on a package of cigarettes; however, research has proven that secondhand smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, of which 250 are known to be poisonous and 69 are known to cause cancer.

 

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Wed
01
Jul

Class reunions are a wonderful thing

By Kathy Nelson

There’s nothing like a school reunion. In the short span of a few hours you try to remember everybody you ever knew in the first 18 years of your life, who they dated and who they married, and what you’re supposed to remember about them from the last reunion. You have to try to remember whether the senior boy you had a mad crush on in your freshman year ever knew about it (Of course, he did! His cousin was one of your best friends, remember?)

 

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Thu
25
Jun

The Window to the Soul

Richard P. Holm, MD It is not just poetry; it is almost a scientific fact to say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. To support that statement let's go to Embryology Class during the first years in Med School, when you learn how the eyes

develop in the embryo within the womb.

 

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Thu
25
Jun

Time to clean up, fix up

When we invite company over, most people do a little something special, like clean house, prepare food, and mow the lawn.

Well, Timber Lake, we have invited company and they are coming! It’s time to get ready. It’s only four weeks until the Days of 1910 Celebration when hundreds of guests will arrive, expecting to be fed and entertained. They will be!

 

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