Just before I went to see the Academy Award-nominated movie “The Revenant,” someone told me, “If you go expecting Hollywood, not history, you will probably think it’s a good movie.” That was a pretty good assessment. It’s exciting, and it has a story line, good acting and lots of dramatic special effects and scenery.
By Robert Slocum
A publisher I once worked for told me that newspapering gets in your blood. Some 11-odd years later, I understand that to be true. I got into newspapers as a way to get paid for my writing while I worked on the next great American novel, but I soon discovered I enjoyed all the other aspects of working at a small paper so much that I believed I could make a career out of it. To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition
By Dear editor
I’m writing this letter to our community as a call for renewed community spirit. I think we all know the fate of our Days of 1910 celebration is up in the air. I know it’s not just us, all of the neighboring communities are struggling with keeping their town celebrations alive, and I’ve decided it comes down to us. To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition
Last week I touched on a few etiquette blunders common to Facebook. As I wrote, the list of questionable situations continued to grow. There are multiple ways to faux pas on FB and as such last week’s column has morphed into a twofer. There are certain rules – or perhaps better put, norms – Facey users follow. The first of them being: if you take a selfie, you post the selfie. Most people are excellent at remembering to take selfies.
Choosing to make your home and vehicles smoke free is important for your health and your family’s health along with others who live, visit and travel with you. When people smoke cigarettes, cigars, or other commercial tobacco products in your home or car you and everyone in your home and car are exposed to deadly secondhand smoke. By not allowing visitors, family members and others to smoke in your home or car you protect your family from dangerous secondhand smoke.
Facebook is an online community and in being such has developed certain (often unwritten) rules that its users follow. While some rules are easy to understand and abide by, certain Facey situations leave me unsure of what Face-behavior protocol is called for in response to my scrolling. Posting photos is a FB mainstay. But what do you do when a person posts a photo that is clearly sideways or, worse yet, upside-down? The inverted problem is multiplied 1080 if the post is a video.
By Gov. Dennis Daugaard
As we turn the page on 2015 and welcome the New Year, it’s a great time look to the future. Many of us will establish resolutions for 2016. Whether it’s to spend more time with family, get the household budget under control, lose a few pounds or visit a special place, the New Year brings an opportunity for new beginnings. On Jan. 8, Twentieth Century Fox will release a Leonardo DiCaprio movie entitled The Revenant. If you’re wondering, a revenant is “one who has returned, as if from the dead.” The film is based on the story of Hugh Glass, a trapper and adventurer whose tale of renewal has South Dakota roots.
This is the first issue of the newly combined Timber Lake and Isabel papers. Bob and I hope readers of both papers will find the “new” paper even more informative and entertaining than the two single papers they were used to. We think we’re off to a pretty good start this week with a story about the new owners of the Bunkhouse Inn at Isabel, a feature story about the Mozeny-Naismith family by Karen Holzer, an update on the completed merger of the Prairie Community Health clinics with Horizon Health Care, some high school holiday basketball, and columns by Jack Bickel and Mark Peacock.
According to a national study, Americans project they will spend an average of $882 on Christmas gifts this year. That’s just gifts. The figure doesn’t include the decorations, the Christmas cards or Christmas dinner. And it’s only an estimate. A few years ago, Katie Hunhoff wrote a piece in South Dakota Magazine about a Christmas in South Dakota during the Great Depression. Hunhoff told the story of Hilda McKnight and her husband who ran the Home for the Poor in Charles Mix County at the time.
If Robert Slocum and I seem like a couple of kids anticipating the opening of the presents under the Christmas tree... well, it’s because we are pretty excited about flipping the calendar to the new year. As most readers know from our previous announcements, we will combine the Topic and the Isabel Dakotan effective January 1, 2016. We believe that together we can produce a paper that will be even better than we have been doing separately.