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.
Every parent has experienced the phenomenon. Your child is given an assignment on the first day of class. It is no normal assignment, but one that requires ongoing work throughout the coming weeks or months. It is the Really Big School Project. Really big projects might involve science, geography, math or English literature, but they all start out the same: with a worksheet detailing the details of the assignment.
Americans watched in horror last week as ISIS launched an attack on one of our closest allies. Families were at the national soccer stadium watching the exhibition match between France and Germany. College students were gathered in cafes. Young people were at a concert hall listening to a California band. An ordinary Friday night in Paris turned deadly when Islamic extremists invaded these spaces and took the lives of more than 100 innocent people.
U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) has joined 11 other Senators in signing a letter to President Obama requesting the administration “make certain no members, supporters or sympathizers of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are infiltrating Syrian refugee movements to enter the United States. ISIS claimed responsibility for the synchronized terror attacks in Paris, and French and other European officials said at least one of the attackers used the flow of Syrian refugees to enter the European Union.”
By Richard P. Holm, MD
As summer wanes, autumn falls upon us, and winter shovels in, we are reminded that to survive we must face change. I attended two funerals this last month and wondered how both surviving 80-plus-year-old men/widowers were going to handle the loss of their spouses and all that is about to change. No question, survival depends on their capacity to change. I hope that they would, over time, take the opportunity to connect more with friends, their grandchildren, the people in their church, and spend more time with new or long put-off hobbies, while appropriately mourning their loss for a time… and then moving on. But then again, the death of a wife and the adjustments needed to go on might be too daunting, and could take one or both of them out in short order.
By Kathy Nelson
I’m sorry to say that we did not get a complete story on the rumor that Syrian refugees were coming to the Standing Rock Reservation. We did find an internet post from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe stating that the whole story was bogus. We contacted, through their press offices, the Congressional delegation, who should know whether the State Department is planning to relocate Syrian refugees to the Standing Rock and Navajo reservations. We got one response, that from Sen. Mike Rounds, whose press person said, “We have not heard that that is happening. If I hear anything, I will let you know.” We didn’t get any response from the Thune or Noem offices.
Salute! (Hey, Jay, this is for you — and other vets.) Jay is my nephew, a South Dakota National Guard sergeant who served in Afghanistan with a unit whose mission was route clearance. That meant they drove roads seeking out land mines and other dangers to clear the way for the personnel and material that followed. His unit suffered some injuries but no casualties, a record they are deservedly proud of. He served, he led, he survived and he returned to finish college and now works as an employment counselor with veterans and others.
This ancient wisdom rings so true, "You only teach by example." We all have mentors in our lives: people who serve as examples, those whose patterns of living teach us how to face challenges. Of course most of us start out with our parents as mentors, and then look to other relatives, teachers, partners, and heroes in stories worth imitating.
When you no longer have a dog the world is a different place. The barks of other dogs resound and seem louder than they were before. When a neighbor’s dog barks and wakes you in the early morning or late night it doesn’t so much annoy, but provokes a twinge of sadness.
Dear Mr. Larson and Timber Lake School Board, I am writing this letter in reference to item number 6, drug testing policy, on your agenda this evening (October 14, 2015). I am sorry I am not able to attend due to parent-teacher conferences. This letter is three fold, as a Healthy Choices Committee member, a teacher here at Timber Lake School and as a parent.