Every year at this time another issue of our West River Summer rolls off the press, into the mail stream, and into tubs and boxes to be delivered in the five county area. We hope our regular readers and everyone else who finds a copy will enjoy the issue, which we call a guide for local folks and visitors.
Our family is growing. Daughter number one and only recently got engaged, which means there is a wedding and new son-in-law in our future. The engagement took my husband by surprise. I think he was (is?) in denial about our kids growing up. I am right there with him. It’s a river big enough for the both of us. (We’re not getting any older, how can they?) After the big and happy announcement had run its course, with heartfelt hugs and good wishes all around, I got him alone and asked what he thought.
In 1993, Tahni Dikoff and Kurt Leibel, members of the TLHS graduating class, gave speeches at commencement. It was historic because for the previous 26 years, student peeches were not on the program. In 1967 a senior gave a speech which was considered disrespectful and that led to the ban. In 1992 Jack Bickel (Class of 1968) gave the commencement address and in it he called for the ban to be lifted. The next year, Tahni, president of the Senior Class, and Kurt, president of the Student Congress, delivered speeches..
We recently received word that Standard & Poor’s has upgraded South Dakota to a AAA credit rating. This is great news for South Dakota. By moving from AA+ to AAA, we join a very exclusive group of states to which Standard and Poor’s has given its highest credit rating.
Seasons come and go. The sun rises and sets. We celebrate beginnings, endings and all things in between. This weekend, we celebrate mothers. Even though I am a mother myself, the day is clouded by the fact that I am a Mother’s Day orphan. The day, while a celebration, also becomes a time tinged with sadness. Other orphans may understand. It doesn’t matter if
you are five or 55, Mother’s Day without a mother creates an emptiness – a renewed awareness of a vacancy where something real used to flourish.
.I read the story about the buyback plan and would like to comment about some of the facts that I know, which are strictly just my opinion and ball park figures, but I will stay within the realm of truth as I see it. The Cobell settlement paid to enrolled members with an interest in trust lands, of which I was one of the benefactors, received $1000 in one payment, then a year or so later, another $864 dollars. Other members of my family also received these amounts so likely it was the same across Standing Rock as well as Cheyenne (I’m an enrolled member of Standing Rock).
Hey! When thinking about a topic for this week’s column, I stumbled on a unique idea! Punctuation! The exclamation point, to be exact! It’s exciting! As a general rule, I don’t use many exclamation points. Maybe I should! (Or not!!) I’m more on the milk toast side of punctuation. Not much can get me riled. It’s the overall sense of calm that descends upon a person after years of raising young boys. Nothing short of broken windows or lighting the kitchen curtains on fire (both true stories) could get me to exclaim anything.
My youngest is sick and lying on the couch – because that is what you do on sick days. I didn’t question him this morning when he told me he wasn’t feeling well. I could tell it was the truth. Other days, I might request a list of symptoms and put a palm to his forehead, but not today. Moms know from one quick look about these things. Like when a child is really sick and when he simply needs a sick day. There is a difference. We all have “I need a day” days. Sick days when we aren’t necessarily bed-ridden and fever laden. Me included. Today though, my baby, who is no longer a baby, is really sick.
A 2012 Survey of 400 Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) members showed that at least 75% of smokers and non-smokers agreed that indoor public places should be smoke-free. An estimated 125 letters of support have been submitted to the tribal secretary over the last month in support of the pending Smoke-Free Air Act.