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Wed
10
Jan
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Seizing an opportunity

We applaud the decision by the Timber Lake City Council and the Dewey County Commission to participate in the Rural Attorney Recruitment Program. This is an example of state and local government working together to address a need.

As Chief Justice David Gilbertson recognized that many attorneys of his generation were retiring and 85% of the USD Law School grads were going to the state’s four largest cities, he knew something should be done. Fast forward to now, and the Rural Attorney Recruitment Program is well on its way to being a real solution statewide.

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Wed
10
Jan
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Food, glorious food . . . just not so much of it

By Richard P. Holm MD

Food. So much of our lives rotate around it. Think of food channels and commercials, cookbooks, the grocery store, tailgating parties, the holiday season, breaks at work, lunch meetings, and fast-food on every corner . . . there are super-sized meals at every turn. We are people who like to eat; but why are we so hungry?

For purposes of survival, Mother Nature has set our appetites to want about 40% more food than we need. We are made to be able to store energy in fat so that during times of starvation we can stay alive. Now, however, in this country and in this century, it's not a time of starvation. In fact, it's a time of too much convenience and too much calorie-laden food.

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Wed
20
Dec
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LETTER

Thank you, Timber Lake and Area Development and local businesses, for the beautiful basket of gifts and gift certificates I was presented with during your recent drawing. Thank you for being here for us.

I love calling West River my home. By choosing local businesses where we work and live we are helping build vibrant communities and strengthen our local economy. Each dollar spent at our local businesses returns three times more money to our local economy than one spent at a chain and almost 50 times more than buying online. Independent businesses help give our communities their distinct personalities. Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses.

 

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Wed
20
Dec
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Governor’s Column: Another lean year

(Editor’s Note: Last week we accidentally published the Governor’s budget column from a year ago. This is the 2017 column about the Governor’s proposed budget. We apologize for the error.

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard The Capitol Building was a busy place on Dec. 5 when lawmakers came to town for the annual budget address. They packed the state House early that afternoon to hear about our current economic situation and my proposal for the upcoming budget year.

With revenue trending below projections, I doubt legislators were surprised when I explained we face another lean year. The projected tax revenue for this budget year will leave us $20 million short. To compound that, we have 450 more students enrolled in our schools than anticipated. This is a good problem. Higher student enrollment means our state is growing. But it’s a problem that adds another $10 million to the gap for this fiscal year.

 

Wed
13
Dec
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The beginnings of Mayo Clinic

By Richard P. Holm, MD

William Worrall Mayo had a curious and remarkable life, which included influencing the development of the prestigious Mayo Clinic. He was the descendant of famous English chemist John Mayow, who in 1668 first discovered spiritus nitroaereus, a component of air that would later be known as oxygen. W.W. Mayo was born in England in 1819 and before moving westward to the Americas, Mayo would study under John Dalton, the scientist best known for developing modern atomic theory.

Mayo left for New York City to work as a pharmacist but soon moved west to attend medical school. He first trained in Indiana but finished his medical degree in Missouri. There, he was troubled with recurrent bouts of malaria, which he blamed on the southern heat. This brought him to move north to Minnesota for a healthier climate.

Wed
13
Dec
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Slices of Life: Finding some holiday cheer

By Jill Pertler

There is too much guilt in the world. Still, I have a propensity to make myself more of it. Lately I’ve been feeling guilty about holidays. Days that are supposed to be celebrations filled with joy and fun fill me with dread and anxiety. I bet I’m not alone.

Holidays often catch me off guard. I’m busy living my simple and ho-ho hum life when – bang! It’s a national holiday, the kids are off school and I was supposed to bake a cake.

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Wed
13
Dec
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Budget time

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

The week of the annual Budget Address is always a busy time in the Capitol Building, and this year is no exception. The halls are filled with Christmas trees and with hundreds of visitors who come to see them. We also welcome newly-elected legislators, incumbents, and those whose legislative service is ending, to discuss the state budget for the upcoming year. After the address, I travel to different parts of the state for my budget tour where I lay out the good news and the bad news of South Dakota’s economy.

The news came as no surprise to those who attended Tuesday’s Budget Address. Our state’s revenue for the first several months of the current fiscal year has fallen short of projections, in large part because of lower sales tax collections. Recent revenue weakness is a problem many other states share.

Wed
06
Dec
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LETTER

In response to the article on school housing dated November 23 in the Timber Lake Topic:

First, I commend the Timber Lake School Board for having the foresight to buy and maintain housing for their employees. But tax exempt? Why? Superintendent Martin stated, “If the district did not have teacher housing, more teachers would have to live out of town.” But the housing is here and can easily be deemed rental property as a separate entity is paid to manage it for them.

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Wed
06
Dec
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Statement from CRST Chairman Harold Frazier regarding Trump comment to American heroes

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I am deeply ashamed of the way the President of the United States has treated the veterans during an honoring ceremony at the White House. (While honoring Native veterans, the President added comments about Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, calling her Pocahantas.)

Veterans are brave heroes who sacrificed everything, despite the historical trauma to tribal nations, when asked to defend the United States. Absolutely nothing should have taken away from honoring the veterans for their contributions to the war that ensured the American way of life.

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Wed
29
Nov
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Something to Think About

By Mark Peacock

I remember waking up feeling rested… neither tired nor sore, yet again after another wild Friday night out on the town that followed a long, hard, physical work day preceded by a morning run, that followed several days of doing exactly the same thing… a long time ago in my youth, and remembering the non-event that such mornings were.

Now it takes a few minutes to rock myself out of bed, taking a survey of which part feels the most damaged or sore or non-functional this morning, after a short day of a short week at a job in which I couldn’t possibly strain a muscle, much less two and a non-existent exercise program… my body sore from lack of use.

 

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