The health benefits of living in a prairie community

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By Richard P. Holm, MD

I love our home in Brookings. When anyone asks me where I am from, instead of saying my home of 37 years, I almost always answer that I grew up in the sweet town of De Smet where I attended twelve years of school. Emotional and physical health starts in the community in which we were raised.

Many people take a lot of pride in being from that little town and much of that is from its history. Back then, within the library and the local Masonic Lodge, there were several original oil paintings by Harvey Dunn, the famous painter and illustrator. It’s neat that De Smet has a connection to such a famous artist.


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