Commentary

Wed
12
Sep
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Dakota at Home

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Aging can be a difficult thing. Whether it’s harder on the one growing older, or their loved ones, I’m not sure. When a spouse or a parent grows older and starts to need help with everyday tasks, there are many difficult decisions to make. You want them to be close, to have as much independence as possible and you want to be there as much as you can.

Many families are dealing with these decisions today. As the Baby Boomer generation has aged, South Dakota is seeing a growing need for services. That need will continue to grow: By 2035, it is estimated that within our state the number of elders (65 and older) will increase by 84 percent and the number of elders with disabilities is expected to be 71 percent higher than it is today.

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Wed
12
Sep
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Find your happy place

By Jill Pertler

We all need a happy place, or at the very least can benefit from one – or a dozen, take your pick. You don’t have to limit yourself to just one happy place. Go ahead; grab a few. They’re free!

A happy place doesn’t have to be a place, per se, but it can be. It is a state of mind sometimes brought on by a physical location, but it can be achieved by any number of conditions. Country music, classical music, hard rock, a lullaby, complete silence.

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Wed
05
Sep
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Fall: Changing leaves and lives

By Angie Jones

The weather is a changin’ and fall is in the air. Just like that, summer begins to bid us adieu in favor of chilly nights and changing leaves. It’s been a wonderful last few months — rich and full in all of the ways that make summertime so sweet. It can be hard not to lament the loss of daylight and warmth. Then again, there’s something nice about cozy sweaters and crisp, clear air, too.

Each season has its reason, metaphorically speaking. In the spring, we give birth to new plans, new ideas, new life. In the summer, we’re busy grabbing that life by the horns and living it with gusto. Come fall, we celebrate the abundance of the harvest season, reveling in the fruits of our labor, before make preparations for the long hibernation of winter.

 

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Wed
05
Sep
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On Culture and Connection

By Mark Peacock

My family and I spent this past weekend in Minnesota, attending the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, largely to expose my children once again to their culture. Back home, we all grew up in a culture that is not ours; our personal heritage is not well reflected in rodeo culture, in the culture of the local pow wows, or in threshing fairs, although we like and appreciate parts of all such events.

 

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Wed
29
Aug
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Thinking about death: Loving our enemies

By Richard P. Holm, MD

I’ve lived a life formulated for longevity: eating right, exercising daily, and savoring friendships and family. Despite this, I still came down with cancer two years ago. I’ve been treated with chemo, radiation, major surgery, and now, with spread to the liver, I’m back on chemo. I’m still here and truly feel blessed and thankful for every day, but you can understand why lately I’ve been thinking about death.

Loving my enemies has made this easier. As our kids were growing up, I would find myself saying to them: “I will always love you unconditionally, but sometimes I don’t like what you are doing.”

 

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Wed
22
Aug
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Make it a healthy school year

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Now that back-to-school season is here, I know parents have no shortage of items on their to-do lists. You have school supplies to buy, school lunch arrangements to make and new schedules to coordinate. With so much to do, I hope you will still be sure your children are up-to-date on their vaccines.

Childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough and chickenpox. Thanks to vaccines, most of these diseases have become rare in the United States. But many still exist here, and they can make children very sick, leading to days of missed school, missed work for parents, or, in serious cases, even hospitalization or death.

 

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Wed
22
Aug
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We can do without a dollar store

By Kathy Nelson

What is progress? What is economic development? What’s good for a community?

The Timber Lake community and the city council are struggling with those questions in regard to the proposed Family Dollar Store.

 

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Wed
15
Aug
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Pulling weeds

By Jill Pertler

My garden needs weeding. Oh, does it need it. It happens about this time every year. I start out strong, but then summer gets away from me and the weeds are miracle growing like they’ve been fertilized from the heavens.

How do the weeds grow so fast? Mother Earth likes to decorate her canvas and her medium of choice (weeds) are in the eye of the beholder.

 

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Fri
10
Aug
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Embracing change in the new school year

By Angie Jones

It’s hard to believe that in just one short week, the kids will already be back in school and the flurry of activities which that entails will be underway. I always looked forward to the start of a new school year. It was exciting to know that you’d be getting new teachers, learning new things, and taking one more step toward being “grown up.” It was also fun to see how everyone had changed over the summer. It’s really amazing to witness the radical changes that can occur in a kid’s looks and personality in just three short months.

Kids today live in a different world than they did even twenty years ago. On the one hand, these changes can seem scary and foreign. We never used to have to worry about things like school shootings, online bullying or our kids having so much “screen time” that they never learn how to interact with other humans face to face.

Fri
10
Aug
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The Sturgis Rally

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

It’s rally time in South Dakota. What started in 1938 as a single motorcycle race in a small town has grown into one of the largest and best-known motorcycle gatherings in the world. This year is the 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and as always, the event is sure to bring a crowd.

Motorcycle enthusiasts aren’t just visiting Sturgis. They are traveling all around the Black Hills – staying in our hotels and at our campgrounds, eating in our local restaurants, shopping in our stores and refueling at our gas stations. Each year the rally has a big economic impact on Sturgis and all of the Black Hills, and that creates benefits for our state too.

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