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Thu
04
Jul
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New law addresses open meetings

South Dakota has made some improvements to its laws to make government meetings and records more open to the public in recent years but some areas of confusion remain. A couple of those things were addressed in Senate Bill 91, passed by the State Legislature earlier this year and became law on July 1.

The bill (now law) clarified the question of what happens when a quorum (a majority of members) of a public body is invited to an event or meeting where the public body does not control the agenda and where public policy may be discussed. An example may be a chamber of commerce event where the city council has been invited to attend and the event may or may not include discussion about city-related issues. In the past, there has been confusion as to whether or not the city council should post an official meeting agenda in this instance if they know that a majority of its members will be in attendance.

 

Thu
27
Jun
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Misery to Miracle

Some think that the scourge of smallpox was present around 12,000 years ago; however, we know for sure it was here 3000 years ago as it was found on the face of an Egyptian Pharaoh mummy.

We know that it caused many large and devastating epidemics, killing about 35 percent of infected adults and 80 percent of infected children. Even during the 20th century, smallpox still resulted in 300-500 million deaths world-wide.

Pictures of people suffering from this miserable viral illness show skin of face and body breaking out with dime-sized firm white or red blisters. People also commonly developed fevers, vomiting, spread of blisters into mouth and eyes, and too often came to a wretched and miserable death. If one survived, the common facial pox scars could be extremely disfiguring and sometimes affected the cornea of eyes, causing blindness.

Thu
20
Jun
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A Prayer for Aging

Prairie Doc

Nothing has touched my soul and spoken to aging with grace quite like the ancient Indian medicine wheel and the traditions that have evolved from it. From the National Library of Medicine, I learned that in the Americas, Indian tribes have multiple interpretations of the four directions, but the following prayer is my own, geriatrician’s interpretation of a version from the book Black Elk Speaks and Oyate (Nakota, Dakota, Lakota) tradition.

First, we get down on our knees and feel the soil, the sacred Mother Earth, bringing the world around us, the animals, plants, prairies, lakes, mountains, the environment of our planet from where all food and sustenance comes. Earth is foundation. Then we stand up on our tiptoes, and raise our arms to sacred Father Sky, the sun, stars, clouds, rain, wind, air and breath of life, light and dark; from where all energy flows and ebbs. Sky is infinity. Earth and sky, the beginning and the end.

Thu
13
Jun
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Prairie Doc Amazing medicine reverses aging

I bet I hear it once a week, “It’s hell to grow old!”

Of course, growing old is something we all will do, unless we die first. Alas, the future can look quite sad and depressing, especially if you think about the flab, falls, pain, blues, anxiety, thin bones, loss of libido, weakness, and memory loss that can come with aging.

But wait! Listen to the exciting news. Just out, there is a powerful potion that can prevent the aging process. That’s right…guaranteed to slow aging.

 

 

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Thu
13
Jun
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Thanks to those who served, sacrificed

LETTER

To the editor:

Last Thursday, June 6, was the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. There was much coverage of the event nationally, and though I am a week late, I feel it is important that it be remembered and honored locally as well.

Thu
06
Jun
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Refresh, recharge, rethink

EDITOR’S COLUMN

Refresh, recharge, rethink. That’s part of what a gathering of any professional group can offer. So it is with newspaper people.

Bob and I spent a couple days with colleagues at the joint convention of the South Dakota Newspaper Association and the North Dakota Newspaper Association last week. On alternate years we have a joint meeting, and the other years we each have our own convention.

Thu
06
Jun
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Listening for God

Prairie Doc

How do any of us cope with the catastrophes of life? Years ago, a couple faced the tragedy of an accidental death of their only young child. Even though most marriages don’t survive such an insult, this one did. Between the woman and man, there was love, forgiveness, and plenty of help from the people of their church. The people of the congregation, like the wings of a mother hen, surrounded the couple with support, comfort, and warmth.

Thu
30
May
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Statement from Chairman Frazier regarding Herrera v. Wyoming

Today (May 22) the United States Supreme Court decided to rule on a very important case involving treaty rights. While the basic arguments within the case can be picked apart and subjected to opinion and interpretation, there remains a much more important message. The treaties made between the United States and Native Nations are important documents that determine much more than many people realize.

Treaties made are not merely “Indian” treaties, but United States treaties that are guaranteed under Article 6 of the United States constitution as the “supreme law of the land.” All laws are to be made “in pursuant thereof” and not conflict with the Constitution and treaties. Too often the rights outlined in treaties have been abused by the Federal government with laws and legislation that conflict with the treaties.

Thu
30
May
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Enjoy your West River Summer issue

Welcome to West River Summer!

As I’m writing this, the sun has peeked out to make an appearance between rain showers. It seems odd in a way to be readying for summer when this spring has been mostly waiting for this wet season of late snows, endless rain showers and mud (so much mud) to be over so we can all get to our branding and planting and yard work and everything else.

This year’s issue of WRS has a whopping 32 pages and three sections of local content, some of which I’ll summarize below.

Angie Jones has once again contributed some fun and thoughtful articles.

Angie interviewed Lakota elder Virginia White Feather, who spoke about being a native Lakota speaker until she was required to attend Agency school, Lakota values for modern times, her family, and more.

 

 

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Thu
23
May
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Healing or harming?

Prairie Doc

By Richard P. Holm, MD

Just about 4000 years ago, Chinese writings explained the medicinal powers of what is now called cannabis or marijuana, describing its properties to help arthritis, gout, malaria, nausea and psychological stress. In the 1500s and 1600s the Spanish and English brought cannabis to the new world for medical purposes and it became a huge commercial crop for making rope. In the 1920s cannabis emerged in jazz clubs as a recreational drug. At the time, it was thought of as a better alternative to alcohol since cannabis users didn’t seem as disruptive to the community.

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