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Thu
30
Apr
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Escape to the Countryside

Over the past two centuries, America has undergone extreme urbanization, transitioning from over 80% rural to over 80% urban. Even on the smaller scale of South Dakota, the city of Sioux Falls has exploded in growth while smaller regions have seen homesteads shutter, schools close and towns diminish. The Timber Lake area knows this all too well, as its neighbors of Isabel, Trail City, Firesteel and Glencross are remnants of their former selves.

Thu
16
Apr
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Health care access for all

John Mengenhausen is the chief executive officer of Horizon Health Care, a network of 32 Community Health Centers across South Dakota. The clinics at Isabel, McIntosh, Eagle Butte, Faith and LaPlant are part of the network.

With 800,000 people spread throughout the state, South Dakota’s biggest challenge with the coronavirus pandemic is not distancing high concentrations of people, but rather providing quality health care to populations in rural and remote communities. Residents in remote locations rely on Community Health Centers for medical care, dental care, and mental health services because these health centers are often the only option available. Fortunately, all Community Health Centers provide care to everyone regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay.

Thu
09
Apr
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

Timber Lake’s next blood drive is scheduled for Thursday, April 30 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. MT at the Timber Lake Community Center.

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Thu
09
Apr
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Leadership ought to dovetail with personal responsibility

These are unprecedented times. Things are happening that haven’t happened before, or haven’t happened when our country wasn’t involved in a major war.

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Thu
02
Apr
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The New Passover

You’d think that we had never seen a problem like virus COVID-19 from a bat or pangolin in Wuhan, the likely source from which it was drawn.

A big surprise both east and west, with no vaccines, and hardly a test.

The gaping jaws, the vacant stares; misinformation everywhere.

 

 

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Thu
02
Apr
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Letters

To my beloved relatives,

With all of the uncertainty and fear circulating through the media right now, it can seem difficult to stay centered, feel safe, and express affection to our elders, who are most at risk during the current outbreak. I hope the communities I love find these thoughts and comments helpful as we all go through this time together.

First, do the simple things to keep everyone safe: wash your hands with soap and water often, keep a 6 foot distance from others, avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more, sneeze or cough into your elbow, and stay away from others if you feel sick.

 

 

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Thu
26
Mar
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Some thoughts on this historic moment

A while back, I bought a small wooden plaque for the office that says: “The world is a small town. Be nice.” Intended as a message about not only manners and kindness but also about tolerance and cooperation, it might be appropriate when thinking of our response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Yes, the world is a much smaller place than it used to be, which is mostly a good thing. Forty years ago many of us didn’t know many people who had been out of the country except with the military or an oil company in the Middle East. That has all changed as today’s global economy, which depends on people to bring us the products we need and maintain markets for what we produce, has indeed shrunk our world.

Thu
26
Mar
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LETTER

A letter to all citizens:

Dewey County Emergency Management has been in contact with state and federal entities to help prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been working with city and county entities to prepare and do supply checks. We have been doing weekly/daily briefings with the State of South Dakota Emergency Operations Center, State of South Dakota Emergency Management, and the South Dakota Department of Health along with local emergency managers of nearby counties. We will continue to be in contact with our local EMS personnel and local health clinics.

We are recommending that you get your information from a trusted source like the South Dakota Department of Health or the CDC, not social media. Our recommendation is to follow the guidelines proposed by the CDC along with state and local governments.

 

 

 

Thu
19
Mar
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Stray Thoughts: Measuring Up

For the record, my mother had recipes, but improvised often.

My mother used her thumb and forefinger as measuring devices.

She just pinched the “right amount” of oregano, nutmeg, cumin…

whatever she needed, and it all just somehow worked out.

 

 

 

 

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Thu
19
Mar
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Democracy demands open government

This week is National Sunshine Week – an annual observance to spotlight the importance of open, transparent government. It’s also a good time to say thank you and high five the journalists in South Dakota who are on the front lines of defending the public’s right to know.

A quick search for use of the term “executive session” in all South Dakota newspapers in our association’s computer database for the first 70 days of 2020 returns 500 hits.

Five hundred!

Executive session is a term used by public boards, commissions and councils to refer to specific closeddoor discussions during official meetings, as permitted by South Dakota’s open meetings laws.

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