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Thu
14
Nov
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Box Elder residents deserve the truth

The city attorney in Box Elder has been paid $100,000 to resign. Government officials there, however, are not telling citizens why. The Rapid City Journal reported that the Box Elder City Council approved the payment in July during a closed session. Attempts to get a copy of the separation agreement between the city and former City Attorney Kristi Vetri resulted in a redacted document with no information about the reason for the separation or payment. Half the money will come directly from the city and half will come from the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance, an insurance carrier of sorts. The two sides release each other from further claims.

 

 

 

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Thu
14
Nov
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The Helper

Stray Thoughts

It happens sometimes. You arrive home after a very long day that seemed like two long days stacked on top of each other. You open the door, and reality hits you. Sink full of dishes, laundry still piled high, cat litter box full to overflowing, and kids and/or another fully-grown adult old enough to help out just sitting there… walking over, around, and through it all, clueless that they should have helped. There will come a day when mom (or dad or the person you claim is your partner in life) is no longer there to make your life easy… comfortable, pre-prepared for you, and ready. Will you remember the part you played in making that person’s days longer, their role in your home more stressful, and their sleep less restful? 

 

 

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Thu
14
Nov
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Dealing with ag-related stress

EDITORIAL

Question: What is the most important asset farmers and ranchers have?

Answer: Their health, physical and mental.

This year, when weather has disrupted the normal work seasons, and tariffs and trade wars have created uncertainty in markets and prices, it’s no wonder farmers and ranchers are experiencing higher than normal levels of stress. It’s important that they pay attention to their mental health and not let circumstances send them into depression or self-harm.

Dr. Sean Brotherson of NDSU Extension asks people experiencing stress, “What tools do you have in your tool box?” Just as people might look into their tool box to find the right tool for a particular task, so they should think of the tools they can use to relieve stress and help them make it through tough times.

 

 

 

Thu
07
Nov
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Stray Thoughts: Resignation

There comes a point at which most people realize life will not work out the way they had envisioned; the ship they have been expecting will remain at sea, the lottery ticket is in someone else’s pocket and there may not be a star left in their sky. What we planned for, prepared for, and wished for may not occur during the space occupied by this life. What then? Do we look ahead at a future staring blankly from our wheelchair out a picture window facing a dumpster in an alley and count good fortune as a day completed without soiling ourselves? Hardly. Focus. Do not resign. Redefine. We were created to create. Produce something while you can, from what only you know, in the way gifted only to you. Then own it. That which you create will be your legacy… perhaps the entire reason you were placed here. Tomorrow is coming…get started today.

 

 

Thu
07
Nov
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Rural Health Care

Prairie Doc

The elderly patient came back to our rural hospital from a hospital in a nearby larger city after having had major surgery and feeding-tube placement. The care from the bigger hospital was superb except that the patient was getting too much nutrient and fluids and was a bit “overloaded.” Also, the family was concerned that perhaps they had been too aggressive in getting stressful surgery for their elderly mom, whose memory had begun to slip. As her physician, I cut back on the feeding-tube supplements, stopped the intravenous fluids, provided a little diuretic and did labs and X-ray for dementia. I took plenty of time with family and patient learning about their wishes should our patient again deteriorate. All agreed to emphasize comfort from here on out, and if she started to fail, we would do our best in her home hospital and not transfer her care again.

Thu
31
Oct
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Stay the Course

By Angie Jones

Up and down, up and down. Sometimes our internal state of “wellness” feels like it’s on a yoyo over which we have no control, doesn’t it? We know it requires a daily practice to keep ourselves where we want to be emotionally, psychologically, physically and spiritually. We also know that we are our best, most authentic selves when we can stay centered in the spirit of Love and Openness. Yet, time and again, we fall off the wagon. All it takes is an unkind word, an inconsiderate action, or an overwhelming of fear and anxiety and bam! We’re frustrated, angry, insecure and in danger of throwing everything else that is good in the day out the window.

Thu
31
Oct
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Walworth Co. jail proposal doesn’t work for Dewey County

Walworth Co. jail proposal doesn’t work for Dewey County

So far, Walworth County’s proposal for six counties to help build a new jail at Selby doesn’t pencil out for Dewey County.

At the Dewey County Commission meeting on October 8, Walworth Co. Commissioner Kevin Holgard presented a proposal which would cost each county $50,000 per year for three years to build a new 40-bed jail, or remodel the existing jail. That amount would guarantee each county 210 prisoner days a year, and additional days would be $95 a day. If they don’t buy into the proposal, the daily rate would be $175, Holgard said.

Dewey County no longer operates its own jail, only a holding cell where prisoners are held for a short time awaiting release or transport.

The figures at right show that for the past three years, Dewey County has spent an average of $23,165 per year to house prisoners out of county, most at Selby. That was for 509 days in 2016 (420 in Selby), 230 days in 2017 and 113 days in 2018.

 

Thu
24
Oct
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May the First (Amendment) be with you

GUEST COLUMN

When I first started working for this newspaper, it came after a chance meeting with then publisher Jack Stoner who saw me at a friend’s wedding reception. As I poured him a glass of punch, he asked if I had ever considered newspaper reporting. I had not. He then asked if I would consider it. I did.

I started out covering things like ribbon cuttings or new employee introductions — your basic “cub reporter” jobs. Then he sent me out to the river where I reported on an archeological dig. I labored over the story, writing and re-writing before deadline forced me to put it on his desk. He ran the story on the front page above the fold. Seeing my first byline sent my heart soaring past the moon to Orion. It was as if ink had been injected into my veins. I was a reporter.

Thu
17
Oct
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Stray Thoughts: On Loss

A loss is never so simple as it seems. In the stream of consciousness, we are remembered by acquaintances only from the small pieces of us that drifted by on the surface of a few moments. Through happenstance, they get a glimmer, a hint of who we actually are, or who we allow them to see. Those close to us have seen us swirl in the pools and dip under the surfaces that compose our reality… they have seen the ebb and flow of our presence throughout our gentle meanderings, chaotic rapids and the falls we all experience. They know us now, but know also that we are not who we once were before they knew us. Part of any loss is the realization that we may not have known all we wanted to know, and there is pain in the recognition of our abject ignorance. We may have mistaken small moments for the whole, and there is regret in presupposition without fact. 

 

Thu
17
Oct
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Celebrating Native American Day

For 29 years, South Dakotans have celebrated Native American Day instead of Columbus Day. The late Governor George Mickelson, along with the editor of the Native Sun News, Tim Giago, and tribal leaders, worked together to proclaim 1990 the Year of Reconciliation. The decision to change Columbus Day to Native American Day was made by the state legislature as a way to honor the deep history of the tribal people who have long called this land their home.

Every year since, we have worked to preserve the culture and history of Native American people, acknowledge our challenges and work together on the issues we face. Native Americans make up around 10 percent of our state’s population, and South Dakota is home to nine tribal reservations. It is important for all South Dakotans to understand the history and hardships that Native Americans have gone through so we can have a better understanding of one another.

 

 

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