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Thu
20
Feb
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I first saw Timber Lake 40 years ago

I first saw Timber Lake 40 years ago

Jim and Mary Byington

I first saw Timber Lake 40 years ago

Jim and Kathy Nelson

COLUMN

It was 40 years ago this month that I first saw Timber Lake. My late husband Jim and I had had several phone conversations with Mary Byington and drove to Timber Lake one Saturday to check out the opportunity to buy the Topic.

We had been at Wall about four years, where I was teaching English half-time and working at the Pennington County Courant half-time (There really is no such thing as half time at either) and Jim was working with Estes Bros. Construction.

We knew next to nothing about Timber Lake.

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Thu
20
Feb
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Stress, anxiety affect us all

Prairie Doc

Standing in front of a group of De Smet Parent Teacher Association® members, I was to play a trumpet solo. My teacher thought I was prepared, but unfortunately, I was not. My fears brought my heart up into my throat, I became short of breath, my heart pounded and, indeed, I stumbled and had to start over again. Although my failings were likely amusing to some in the audience, they were certainly not indicating any musical skills. It was a devastating experience for me.

Thu
13
Feb
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Photo Files: tips for better phone pics

Photo Files: tips for better phone pics

Robert Slocum

Publisher

dakotan@lakotanetwork.com

Photo Files: tips for better phone pics

Enabling the grid on your screen can help with composition.

COLUMN

I read somewhere recently that the iPhone has become the most popular, most used camera in the world. I believe it, and if you count all smartphones of all brands, it’s pretty amazing how camera technology has evolved in just over a decade.

Cell phones with cameras in them have democratized and revolutionized photography in a truly remarkable manner. The convenience has always been there, but newer model phones in recent years have really upped the ante in terms of image quality and smart technology.

There’s a popular old gem that tells us the best camera is the one you have, and that logic certainly tracks with the rise of the phone camera. Everyone (well, nearly everyone) who has a smartphone also takes pictures with it, so I’ve been thinking about some tips to help us get the best from our phones as cameras.

Thu
13
Feb
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Love Defined

Stray Thoughts

When you want to be in love there is someone you’re thinking of and you wonder if you’ll ever spend some quiet time together sharing thoughts, trading glances slow evening walks and slower dances the introduction to your mother when you tell her there’s no other

When you think you are in love, they are the one you are thinking of and the waiting is unbearable and the loneliness is terrible the minutes seem like hours and the notes and calls and flowers add to hope that fills your day that he or she will come to stay

 

 

 

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Thu
13
Feb
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Those who contribute to local government are appreciated

EDITORIAL

I started writing this piece as soon as I finished last week’s. One thing about an editorial that makes a call to action is that people may say “well why don’t you do it?”

As much as I want folks to fill the Isabel Town Board, I won’t be joining it.

With typical turnover on the board and with the town’s employees, I may have attended more Isabel board meetings than anyone else since I moved here. That’s not to brag, but to say that although I’m not a member of the board, I believe I fill an important role. That of the objective observer, of the government watcher, of the journalist.

Thu
06
Feb
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Stray Thoughts: Over, Under, or Through

The deer leap over the fence before me The fence doesn’t slow the deer down It’s abundantly clear that a leap to a deer Is an easy solution they’ve found

The antelope don’t have the skills of a deer So they crawl under the fencing instead They don’t seem to mind and this solution they find Gets them off to the neighboring farmstead

But cattle are in a predicament Cattle don’t jump and don’t crawl a few strands of wire destroy their desire spring, summer, winter, or fall The strength of a cow isn’t leaping Or scooting down low in the dirt A cow’s strength, alas, is its bulk and its mass And its half-an-inch thick leather shirt

 

 

 

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Thu
06
Feb
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A challenge to Isabel residents: fill our town board

EDITORIAL

Most folks have heard the old adage that people get the government they deserve.

This may be become truer and truer the further away from the bloated and corrupt federal bureaucracy one gets. At the state level, 40 days of toiling by the legislature in Pierre leads to new laws that take effect months later. County and municipal officials’ work at monthly meetings yields even more immediate results.

Indeed, there is no excuse to be chronically unhappy with local government when one can easily participate in its improvement.

This is especially true in the town of Isabel, where not one but two board seats are open. The seats have been open for a long time. More than a year. We need somebody -- anybody -- to step up and fill these vital roles in our community. It is a situation that has gone from worrisome to downright desperate.

 

 

 

Thu
30
Jan
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Reactivity is a habit worth breaking

COLUMN

Most of us were never taught healthy relationship skills. What we do know, we generally learned from the School of Life at the cost of heartbreak, pain and disconnection. Because we’ve never known anything different, yelling, blaming, guilttripping and stonewalling might even feel like normal methods of trying to get our needs met. And yet, how often do these reactive methods really help more than they really hurt?

Thu
23
Jan
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It’s not about the tree…but

Stray Thoughts

Thu
23
Jan
Edgar's picture

Sen. Wismer responds to Governor’s budget

In her position as an executive, rather than a legislator, the Governor is the steward of our state government, responsible for seeing that it meets its legal obligations. So I was disheartened to hear during the Governor’s budget address that she was proposing a budget with a zero percent increase for K-12 education, in spite of the state law that provides for inflationary increases. If the administration really understood the economics of South Dakota, I think the responsible position for an executive is to advocate for revenue to replace the $20 million of internet access sales tax that Congressional action took away from the state budget, rather than gloat about a tax cut while not meeting our obligations.

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