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.
In the past, I’ve been unwilling to support expansion of Medicaid in South Dakota. Without a plan to cover the state costs, I have opposed expansion. But I have never said “never,” and there may be a way to cover our costs completely. Since last spring the state has been in discussions with the federal government and South Dakota tribes about the way healthcare services are provided to Native Americans. The United States Government strives to meet their treaty obligation to provide health care to Native Americans through the Indian Health Service.
It’s the season of celebration. It’s a lovely time to celebrate and believe in miracles. What’s not to love about an over-the-top time of year filled with electric sweaters, wrapped gifts, a tree in the living room, parties for hosting, candlelight, cookies, eggnog and fruitcake? There’s only one problem. I wasn’t feeling it this year. I’ll be honest; it comes from the pressure of trying to do it all. Have it all. Get it all done – from scratch – bigger and better than ever before.
By Gov. Dennis Daugaard
When a business needs to hire a new employee, there’s a lot to consider. An applicant’s previous jobs, education and the recommendations of others are all part of the equation. These things are important, but when it comes down to it, managers are really just looking for someone who will succeed on the job. To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition
By Jill Pertler
It’s that special time of year and we’re a nation in anticipation. My family is experiencing the same star-laden excitement as the rest of the country and I’m not talking about deciding who gets to place the topper on the tree. The newest Star Wars premiere is coming soon to a theater near you! To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition
It’s been known for eons that in this northern clime, some people feel the winter blues set in when the nights become long, but it was a physician from the National Institutes of Health in the ‘80s who first named that darkening of mood in winter as “seasonal affective disorder,” S-A-D, or SAD. Paradoxically, with the holiday season, mood can significantly sadden in five to twenty percent of us, depending somewhat on how northern your exposure may be.
We love living and working in rural South Dakota. The open spaces, the feeling of community, and the strong agricultural heritage and values are just three of the many reasons that make us happy to call our rural community home. And we’re proud to add another reason to that list: affordable health insurance options that give rural families peace of mind, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.