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Wed
23
May
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What can I personally do to promote Americanism in my school or community?

By Dan Peterson

Timber Lake Middle School (This is one of the winning essays in the American Legion Auxiliary’s Americanism essay contest. Dan is the son of Leah Peterson, a teacher at Timber Lake Elementary School.) If we can promote Americanism, we can have a better country. If we can have a better country, we can have a simpler life.

Wed
23
May
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Slices of Life: Welcoming a new baby

By Jill Pertler

 

They’d be the first to admit they are more adept at handing off a football versus a tiny human being, but during the last week they’ve certainly given the latter their best efforts. At exactly two minutes before midnight on a recent Sunday, soon-to-be Monday, my three sons became instant uncles.

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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