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Thu
19
Sep
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It’s okay to talk about suicide

September is Suicide Awareness Month

Thu
12
Sep
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A good death

Prairie Doc

In 40 years of practice, I have seen how the final moments of one’s life can be inspiring or agonizing, no matter the manner of death. As I see it, the fear of death is a greater enemy than death itself. This has brought me to make the following recommendations for approaching our final moments.

Be prepared

Thu
12
Sep
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Meditations on Love

COLUMN

When we first give ourselves to love, many of us have an idealized notion of the purpose it's meant to fulfill in our lives. We look to love to fix us, for love to save us, for it to make us happy and for it to fill that empty part in our souls which sometimes seems to exist.

The truth is, love IS meant to do all of these things - and more. The problem arises when we look to our partners and loved ones to fill this need for us, instead of taking the responsibility for our feelings of love and happiness upon ourselves. Expecting our partners to give us the loving contentment we seek places a terrible burden on them, as we are inevitably let down when they fall short of our idealized expectations.

Thu
05
Sep
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Heads or Tails

Stray Thoughts

The storm was approaching, the clouds grey and dense the cows huddled in a great furry mass they gather for protection in the corner of the fence as they huddle until the storms pass.

And while they stand close, the merciless flies are efficiently swatted by tails that reach only halfway between their butts and their eyes but on their head, it is a system that fails. 

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Thu
05
Sep
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Army Corps of Engineers management of Missouri River

In the Senate, I have the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight, which has the important responsibility of providing oversight of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Our subcommittee recently held a field hearing in North Sioux City with Brigadier General Peter Helmlinger and John Remus, Chief of the Missouri River Water Management Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, to discuss the Corps’ management following spring 2019 flooding along the river due to heavy precipitation and an extreme weather event known as a “bomb cyclone,” followed by rapid snowmelt. As a result, hundreds of miles of land along the river system flooded, threatening and damaging homes, communities, farmland and critical infrastructure such as dams and bridges.

Thu
22
Aug
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Native American Education Committee presentation to Timber Lake School Board

The Native American Education Committee has been working diligently since this past spring to educate ourselves on the role we have to provide guidance to the Timber Lake (TLS) in order to best serve Native students. As demonstrated in the Indian Policy and Procedures (IPP) contract for Federal Impact Aid, Johnson O’Malley (JOM) guidelines, and Title VI of the Indian Education Act guidelines, there is an outlined role and contractual obligation that our Committee bring the needs of Native students to the school. Furthermore, when the needs are not being adequately met, it is the role of the Committee to advocate on behalf of the Native students and their parents/ guardians to request changes and seek revisions in order to meet the identified needs.

Thu
15
Aug
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Why should I pay attention to research data?

Research can and does transform the way we live. Research data comes in the form of results, statistics, facts, figures, numbers, records… all of which are important, but can be confusing.

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Thu
15
Aug
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LETTER

The following letter by Marty Hintz, Dewey County 4-H Program Assistant, is in response to a vote by the Dewey County Commissioners to cut Extension/4-H from the county budget for 2020. (See related budget story on

p. 1 and 3.)

Dear Dewey County 4-H family and Dewey County Community member: As many of you have probably heard already, our Dewey County 4-H program is on the verge of no longer existing. The Dewey County Commissioners are voting September 3 whether or not to keep the program or cut it completely from the budget. So, as 4-H families, I am going to ask something very big from you.

 

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Thu
08
Aug
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Don’t worry about what to say

Prairie Doc

Before my junior year in high school, I returned from a Boy Scout canoeing trip to discover my sister had been killed in a car crash. I will never forget the sadness of the moment when I walked into the house that was filled with what seemed like half the caring and wonderful town of De Smet to find my mom and dad there grieving. It was near the end of that summer, but the beginning of a long period of mourning for my family and me.

There were lessons that came to me after my sister’s death. I realized how important support from a community could be. Consolation came from our friends, neighbors, church community, as well as people we barely knew. It seemed more about their presence and not their words. I noticed there were people who had trouble themselves dealing with such loss, and they sort of disappeared.

Thu
08
Aug
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Retail is not dying or dead

GUEST COLUMN

Nathan Sanderson, Executive Director South Dakota Retailers Association

In 1897, Mark Twain embarked on a worldwide speaking tour. Twain had become famous for his colorful books and newspaper columns, and his speeches were much sought-after. He didn’t undertake the tour solely to address the demands of his audiences, however; Twain had racked up considerable debt and hoped to earn enough money on his speaking tour to pay it off.

While he was in London, a rumor emerged that he had fallen seriously ill. Soon after, another circulated that he was dead and that a newspaper had published his obituary. When a reporter asked about this circumstance, Twain replied, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

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