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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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Wed
29
Nov
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Time is running out for health care centers

As a community health center across South Dakota, Horizon Health Care is committed to advancing our mission of providing quality and affordable health care to all South Dakotans, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. We provide health care services to people in communities large and small, especially targeting rural areas and underserved populations. We are job creators and economic engines for the communities we serve. We strive every day to foster healthy communities and healthy families.

Thu
23
Nov
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Community Health Centers face uncertainty due to federal funding cliff

Editor’s Note: The Topic invited the Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas to explain how the loss of federal funding impacts health care in our local communities. The Horizon Health Care clinics in Isabel, Bison, McIntosh, Eagle Butte, Faith and LaPlant are directly affected. This guest editorial comes from John Mengenhausen, CEO, Horizon Health Care; Shelly Ten Napel, CEO, Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas; and CEOs of eight other community health centers in the two states.

Thu
23
Nov
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LETTER

South Dakota Keystone oil spill

On November 16, 2017, the existing Keystone pipeline spilled more than 210,000 gallons of Alberta tar sands crude oil within miles of the Lake Traverse Sioux, our sister Tribe. This was the third pipeline spill in the state of South Dakota this year alone. It was also the largest Keystone spill to date in South Dakota. I condemn this oil spill, the company that built this pipeline and anybody associated with it. The evidence speaks for itself.

On Monday (Nov. 20) the State of Nebraska will decide whether to approve the new Keystone XL Pipeline, which is planned to cross within three short miles of my reservation and through countless miles of Lakota treaty lands. Like the Dakota Access Pipeline, which my Tribe is still fighting, the KXL poses a critical threat to our resources and our very way of life.

Wed
15
Nov
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Mentoring med students

By Richard P. Holm, MD

As part of our Prairie Doc volunteer work to spread science-based public health information, we have assembled a group of pre-professional college women and men to help us out. Almost every Thursday night at 6 p.m. MT (7 p.m. CT) these young “Prairie Doc Assistants” or PDAs, answer telephone call-in questions for our TV show on PBS. This changing group, initiated by our friend and advisor Mr. Judge Kelley, has been helping us for more than four years.

These kids not only help answer phone calls during live shows, but they also help research medical topics, and even help others during medical mission trips. In return, we give them the opportunity to meet our medical guests for 30 minutes before the show, and we help them find shadowing experiences with physicians. They need to experience a taste of what it would be like in med school and in the real world after starting practice, before they commit to it.

 

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