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Wed
16
May
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Small-town kids can do really big things

By Elsie DuBray

TLHS commencement senior speaker

I would like to start by saying that the education I’ve obtained from Timber Lake School is incomparable. The commitment and passion our teachers pour into their work here is something not everyone is fortunate enough to experience, and is something that’s not always recognized. So, on behalf of this year’s graduating class, I say thank you.

I would also like to express the immense gratitude I personally have for you all —the staff, students, family members and community members who have contributed to my personal and intellectual development. It’s something I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to fully express.

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Wed
16
May
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Dreams can come true in South Dakota

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Congratulations to the classes of 2018! To all high school, college and technical school students graduating in South Dakota, I commend you for reaching this milestone. After years of studying, taking tests and writing essays, you’ve finally made it. Congratulations on all you have achieved!

Most of you probably already have a good idea of what you’ll be doing next – what additional education you’ll seek or what career you’ll pursue. Whether you’ve decided to stay in South Dakota or pursue a career or education elsewhere, I hope you’ll ultimately consider a future here in our state. There are a number of reasons to consider living and working here.

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Wed
09
May
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The health benefits of living in a prairie community

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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Wed
09
May
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Stray Thoughts: Pancakes

By Mark Peacock

Wed
02
May
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Slices of Life

Getting ready for baby

By Jill Pertler

She is going to have a baby. The little pink bundle we carried home from the hospital but a blink ago is soon going to be a mother herself. My baby girl is having a baby girl.

It seems too good to be true  and scarier than heck, all at the same time. I’m the one who’s scared, not her. Well maybe she’s just a little bit scared.

But on top of that she’s excited and anticipatory and joyful and delighted and eager and jubilant and grateful and elated and literally breathless. She is counting days and Braxton Hicks contractions. She and her husband have assembled the crib, researched car seats and folded onesies. They have done all the things they can do to prepare. They are ready.

 

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Wed
02
May
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Art of Deception filled with twists and turns

By Michael Tidemann

Who doesn’t like a good mystery?

Well, Brenda Donelan has written a great one. What’s particularly interesting about Donelan’s Art of Deception is that it’s set in South Dakota, Donelan’s life-long home. Donelan grew up on a Stanley County cattle ranch, attended South Dakota State University in Brookings and worked in Aberdeen as a probation officer and later as a college professor. She currently lives in Sioux Falls.

Marlee McCabe, Donelan’s main character in the novel, shares many similarities to the author. As a criminology professor, Marlee mirrors Donelan’s background both in law enforcement and in academia.

 

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Wed
25
Apr
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Have you hugged a volunteer today?

By Kathy Nelson
(Reprinted from the Topic, April 21, 1988)

HELP WANTED: Volunteers. Training required, dedication a must. Pay is low or nothing at all. Applicants must be strong of heart, clear of mind, thick of skin.

Given the job description, it’s a wonder anyone wants the job. And yet where would our communities be without volunteers? When the fire siren screams the person who makes the call knows that the firemen will drop their own work and rush to their aid. They might return hours later, sootyfaced and weary from fighting a grass fire. Even if they’re angry to learn that a fire was caused by carelessness or even arson, they’ll answer the next call when it comes because that’s what the job of a volunteer fireman is all about. Their only pay is our thanks and a few dollars in an envelope at the end of the year.

Wed
25
Apr
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L’Amour book shows writer at work

By Michael Tidemann

This book may drive you crazy,” says Beau L’Amour, son of the late Louis L’Amour, in his insightful introduction to a collection of his father’s never-previously published work (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume I by Louis L’Amour with Beau L’Amour).

While Louis L’Amour may have passed on three decades ago, his work lives on, thanks to dedicated readers and his son Beau. who serves as his literary executor.

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Wed
18
Apr
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What makes a winning community team?

By Paula Jensen

The Langford Area High School boys’ basketball team recently made it to the State B tournament for the fifth time in the past six years. As I travel across South Dakota for my job people ask me, “How can Langford (being such a small school) continue producing winning teams yearafter-year?” My answer is always, the same – it’s because of the coaches. Successful coaches realize that winning teams are not run by one individual who dominates and reduces the rest of the group to mere followers. Winning teams are more like open forums in which everyone participates in the decision-making process, coaches and players alike, until the decision is made. Then, once a decision is made, the team is motivated to move ahead and execute it.

Wed
18
Apr
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Mending a broken heart

By Richard P. Holm, MD

Mrs. H. was in her mid 80s when her husband died. I admired how she had provided loving care for him “in sickness and in health” right up to the end. Despite his expected and comfortable demise, his death broke her heart. It was like the painting of Mother Mary with a stabbed and bleeding heart. Mrs. H. began having trouble breathing, swollen legs, and profound weakness. I suspected what was wrong and ordered an echocardiogram.

Science proves the heart is a powerful pump, but history portrays it as the seat of emotion. As a pump, one heart moves about 2,000 gallons of blood each day, totaling about 3 super tankers worth in a lifetime —through 60,000 miles of veins, arteries, and capillaries. The largest artery is the size of a garden hose while the smallest capillary is the size of a human hair split ten times.

 

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