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Wed
23
Sep
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Someone at Jill’s house is named Hoover

By Jill Pertler

 

Years ago, someone at our house (okay, me) gave my husband the nickname, “Hoover,” and like a piece of toilet paper on a tennis shoe in a restaurant bathroom, the name stuck. He remains our Hoover to this day. The name doesn’t come from a reference to the U.S. president or from the first director of the FBI, although they would be first-rate role models from which to borrow a nickname.

 

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Wed
23
Sep
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LETTERS

To the editor:

 

I eagerly anticipated the Republican debates on CNN Wednesday night. I was comfortably seated in my recliner with my notebook, pen, popcorn and diet drink. As I took notes and summed up things at the end of the evening, I felt I was beginning to understand the issues represented by the candidates. Anxious to watch the CBS “The World in 90 Seconds” the next morning, I expected comments on the important issues affecting the citizens of our country.

 

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Thu
17
Sep
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Drug testing in schools: Pros and Cons

Random drug testing in schools provides students with a clear disincentive to do drugs, since students never know when they might be tested. By giving students an incentive to stay away from drugs, random drug testing helps them lead healthy, successful lives.
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Thu
17
Sep
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Welcome to Lennox Valley

By Kevin Slimp
I like to tell people that Lennox Valley rests in a lovely place where two mountain ranges meet. The truth is that there are no mountain ranges. At least not within a few hundred miles of Lennox Valley. The area was first settled in the mid 1800s by European immigrants in search of a better life. What they found was land that seemed fertile for farming, although the winters were considerably harsher than what they were used to back home. Not the temperature so much. The wind, which never seemed to rest, made this a challenging place to call home. But home it was. And soon the beginnings of a town square started to take shape. The first church was built. Lutheran, of course. A livery, along with a general store, were the first businesses.
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Wed
09
Sep
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Welcome to Lennox Valley

By Kevin Slimp

At last count, not that there is an official count of such things, there were six vegetarians living in Greater Lennox Valley in 1998. Four of them were Billy and Wilma Perkins and their two children. The fifth was a junior at the local high school, Sarah Goolsby, who declared her vegetarianism during a stand-off with her mother which started out as an innocent conversation about current events and somehow curved into an intense discussion about the Federal Reserve System. It quickly took a nosedive before ending up with young Sarah professing her newfound concern for all living creatures.

 

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Wed
09
Sep
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The awful outcomes of suicide

By Richard P. Holm, MD

In the medical profession we often have to face suicide casualties. The victim and the family generally come to the emergency room, one by ambulance, and the others to the waiting room. There, one of us ends up talking with the family, people wrought with terrible anguish and guilt, even though the family may have done all they could to prevent it. In situations like these I find myself overwhelmed with feelings of tragedy and sadness, and often angry at the suicide victim

for causing such grief for the ones who really loved him or her. I have two examples.

 

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Wed
02
Sep
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Examples of Stewardship

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

It was President Grover Cleveland who said “a public office is a public trust.” The man who served as the United States’ 22nd and 24th president knew Americans expect their elected officials to do what is morally right and to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Still today, Americans believe that public servants should carefully and responsibly manage the things entrusted to their care.

 

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Wed
02
Sep
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State has duty to keep websites updated

If you can’t trust information to be current on an official state of South Dakota website, where does the taxpayer, resident or the curious turn to find out why? And isn’t accurate and up-to-date information particularly important when it concerns state laws and the constitution?

 

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Thu
27
Aug
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About this lion and those artists...

Speaking at the fall sports meeting for student-athletes and parents, Terry Stulken had some good advice for coaches: Sports are for fun, and for parents: Let the coaches coach. He said a lot more and told a lot of stories but that was the message in a nutshell. Terry also said again how much he enjoyed last school year when he was elementary principal at Timber Lake. He explained that he’s once-again retired

 

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Thu
27
Aug
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The value of family love

I appreciate how the old prayer goes, “Bless the food before us, the family beside us, and the love between us...” Our youngest son Preston recently had a break-in at his home. They took his computer with his pictures and all the songs he created. They also got away with my old film-dependent camera which was full of undeveloped pictures he had taken.

 

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