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Wed
11
Oct
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Facebook is the new Big Brother

By Rick Jensen

You’re putting your life at risk, one like at a time. Facebook’s fairly recent slog into transparency reveals some rather nasty big-brother surveillance of their users.

It’s always been a given that a service provider who does not directly charge customers can only pay the bills and employees if they’re being subsidized, either by the government, advertising or leasing access to their clients’ information.

The more information the service provider has, the more they can charge their own clients for access to that information.

 

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Wed
11
Oct
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Celebrating Native Americans’ Day

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Since 1990, South Dakota has celebrated Native Americans’ Day. We were the first in the nation to establish Native Americans’ Day as an official state holiday, done at the urging of Gov. George S. Mickelson as a part of his “Year of Reconciliation” efforts. A crowd of South Dakotans gathered at Crazy Horse Memorial to celebrate the first Native Americans’ Day. There were prayers offered by the Keeper of the Sacred Pipe of the Sioux Nation and an Episcopalian bishop, the Sioux Anthem and Star Spangled Banner were sung, and speeches were given by Oglala Sioux Tribe President Harold Salway and Gov. Mickelson.

Wed
27
Sep
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Appreciation for South Dakota newspapers

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

The week of Oct. 1 is National Newspaper Week, an opportunity to recognize the important role newspapers play in our country. In South Dakota alone, there are 126 newspapers, some of which have been published for more than a century. Those newspapers employ hardworking reporters and others who work long hours to bring the news to our doorsteps.

In 21st Century America we can sometimes forget that a free press is a priceless thing, often not present in other countries. We don’t think about the many places around the world where people cannot freely assemble, nor express their beliefs, where there is no freedom of the press and where journalists can be jailed for publishing something about those in government. 

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Wed
27
Sep
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Skip the siblings, get your kid a horse

By Amanda Fanger

When I was a wee tike, there was nothing in the world I wanted more than a horse.

Instead, I got siblings.

Growing up, “horse”— followed closely by “saddle, bridle” and “cowgirl hat”— topped my Christmas wish list. I can’t tell how many times I begged and pleaded with my parents to let me have a horse of my own. I remember threatening to run away with the circus because I thought I’d get to work with the performance horses.

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Wed
20
Sep
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They shouldn’t be called cell phones

By Jill Pertler

A phone used to be a phone and nothing more – except for maybe a paperweight. Now our “phones” are multi-taskers of the unlimited kind. Well, unless you go over your allotted gigabytes or data plan, but you know what I mean.

That’s why I’m petitioning to change the name of cell phones. They shouldn’t be called phones at all. I barely use mine as a phone. Talking on the phone is so blasé. So last century.

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Wed
20
Sep
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Eggs and sausage are okay

By Richard P. Holm, MD

The other day, I was on a run with a scientist friend who recently had suffered a small heart attack. During our run, we talked about cardiac rehabilitation and safe running practices that could help his recovery. He was happy to be back running, and as I was recovering from cancer surgery, I was also happy to be back running. If not over-done, we know that those with or without heart disease benefit from regular exercise. I could feel the run was rebuilding my strength and savored the social time with my friend. When we finished, energized and happy, a short cool-down walk brought us to his home.

Wed
13
Sep
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My principles for pro-growth tax reform

US Sen. John Thune

My biggest priority for the remainder of the year will be sending the president a comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform package that helps middle-class South Dakotans who are struggling to make ends meet. According to a recent study, 50 percent of American voters consider themselves to be living paycheck to paycheck, and about one-third of them say they’re just $400 away from a financial crisis. To put it into perspective, it means these folks are one broken refrigerator or unexpected car repair away from a financial emergency. While it might seem small, $400 can go a long way for families in South Dakota.

Wed
13
Sep
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The sad truth about sadness

By Richard P. Holm, MD

In my many years of caring for the sick, I have encountered several individuals caught in the joy starvation of depression. I have seen the resulting devastation affect not only the afflicted, but also those around them. For those 18 to 45 years of age, depression is the number one cause of disability, resulting in an estimated $200 billion of lost earnings per year. I stand aghast when the condition results in such helplessness that the patient chooses to escape life with suicide. There are about 40,000 deaths per year to suicide, which is approximately equal to the number of deaths caused by breast cancer. Despite a similar mortality rate, the money invested in depression research is about 1% of that spent studying breast cancer.

Wed
06
Sep
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Donations of game meat appreciated

By Ron Fowler South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger

Donation of game meat to families in need increased again in 2016 with a modest increase in donations by hunters and significant increase in meat donation through the Sportsmen Against Hunger (SAH) salvage processing program.

Deer hunters continued to show interest in, and play an important part in, donation of game meat through SAH to food pantries across the state.

Total harvested deer which were donated increased from 348 in 2015 to 397 in 2016. These numbers included 256 antlerless deer in 2016 compared with 204 antlerless deer in 2015.

The antlerless deer were donated through the SAH program in which a processing certificate completed and submitted by the hunter to a participating SAH game processor paid for most or all of the processing cost.

 

Wed
06
Sep
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Fortifying our defense against animal disease threats

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

The last day of August was an eventful one for Linda and me. We stopped first in Huron at the South Dakota State Fair where we toured the value-added agriculture tent and also attended the Century Farms Recognition and Salute to Veterans ceremonies.

We went on to Brookings for an SDSU ground breaking and attended the evening football game. It was a great day in eastern South Dakota. The SDSU ground breaking event celebrated the start of upgrading and expanding the South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory.

The lab provides critical research and diagnostic support to protect our citizens and livestock industry from disease outbreaks.

 

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