I’ve never used a pen name or adopted an alias. My family’s not in the witness protection program, which I’m assuming would necessitate a name change. But this week we are the Nielsens. It’s a moniker steeped in power, prestige and a TV viewing diary. The Nielsen in our house is the Nielsen Company, which establishes ratings and rankings for TV shows by gathering information from regularpeople like us. Families are randomly selected and asked to participate by keeping a TV viewing diary for seven days. People in large cities often have electronic monitoring devices attached to their TVs. Small town folks still complete diaries the oldfashioned way with pen, paper and the occasional writer’s cramp.
The reasons for the City of Timber Lake to be in the internet business are becoming fewer. Maybe it’s time to exit. The history of Timber Lake Broadband, for those who don’t remember or never knew, speaks for itself. A review: The City first got into the internet business with a $300,000 USDA grant designed to bring service to rural communities. At that time, most people
had dial-up service, which was fast becoming obsolete.
LaVonne Milliken, 83, of Mobridge and formerly of Timber Lake passed away on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the Golden Living Center at Mobridge. Arrangemens are pending with Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
People have their bucket lists – things they want to do before they, you know, kick the bucket. And, people have lists of goals – also things they want to do. But how about a list of “I nevers?” You know, things you’ve never done, and probably never will – but you never know. I started this list a while ago, and then happened to see it played as a game on a TV talk show where the guests answered honestly whether they’d never been to a nude beach, never been arrested or never seen one
another naked. My nevers are decidedly less moviestar and more G-rated. Although I never have been to a nude beach.
Insurance is a regulated business in this country, with the states being the primary regulators. There is a unique history as to how and why the states have maintained this role. In 1868, the United States Supreme Court ruled that insurance was not a “transaction of commerce,” meaning Congress did not have Constitutional authority to enact laws regulating it. onsequently, the states adopted their own methods of regulating the industry.
It’s the time of year when the term “F-word” takes on a whole new meaning. Especially if, like me, you reside in a home with a bunch of football fanatics. For most of the season, their fervor doesn’t impact me. I leave them to their games on the big screen (with booming surround sound) and find myself a nice crime or home improvement show on the small TV upstairs. (Or maybe take a nap.) It’s not that I don’t understand or appreciate football. I do. I can provide an audible definition for terms like false start, face mask and flea flicker. I know a first down is better than a fourth down, but not as good as a touchdown, and they call it the line of scrimmage for a reason. I am familiar with the yellow hanky (which is not used for blowing one’s nose) and know the final two minutes of the game can last as long as the entire first half. At least it seems that way.
One of the first items the 114th Congress is taking up is a bill that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. A long-time supporter of the project, it was the first bill I signed onto when I took office.