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Thu
05
Dec
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How to live 40 percent longer

The Prairie Doc

“Doc, I’ve started on this new diet and I wonder what you think,” said my patient. Then I hear about the patient’s latest weight loss plan. There are so many plans out there...the Noom® plan, the Shark Tank diet, the keto diet, the Mediterranean diet, the paleo diet, the sugar-free diet, the low-carbohydrate diet, the one day a week fast.

Some diets increase the intake of water, of fiber, of antioxidants and the list goes on. Many of these new plans are variations of a low-carb plan, which I like. I also have found that a weekly fast seems to work for some people.

About 20 years ago, two huge studies compared the low-carbohydrate diet with the low-fat diet. Both studies showed the same thing. People liked the low-carb diet better and with it, they lost more weight easily and initially. After one year, however, most people from both groups regained the weight they had lost.

 

Thu
05
Dec
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Top ten reasons to Shop Cheyenne River

EDITORIAL

By Kathy Nelson

Reprinted from the Timber Lake Topic

December 17, 2009

Four Bands Community Fund, the get-thingsdone development organization headed by Tanya Fiddler at Eagle Butte, has a multifaceted approach to building a stronger local economy.

One of their latest efforts is the Shop Cheyenne River campaign, aimed at encouraging shoppers to spend their money in local businesses. The program includes the use of billboards, colorful street banners, newspaper ads, posters, pens and shopping bags to build awareness and encourage shoppers to think about shopping locally.

There are lots of reasons to spend your dollars with your neighbors. Here are the Top Ten as stated by the Shop Cheyenne River campaign:

 

Thu
28
Nov
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Counterpoint: Meth crisis requires action

South Dakota is on meth — at least, that’s what the state’s new antidrug ad campaign launched Monday (Nov. 18) says.

Gov. Kristi Noem’s new anti-meth campaign – which features a new website (onmeth.com), billboards and ads with people of differing ages and races saying, “I’m on meth.” – is intended to bring awareness to the meth epidemic in South Dakota.

Noem’s not wrong. There is a meth epidemic in South Dakota. As Noem said in the campaign’s public service announcement, the meth crisis is “growing at an alarming rate” and impacts every community in the state.

Thu
28
Nov
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Point: Meth. We’re On It.

It seems we’ve captured attention not just in South Dakota, but around the country and even the world with our new anti-meth campaign. We needed that. In today’s age, traditional messages don’t cut through the noise. We knew we needed to make a bold statement to make people stop and think… and it is working.

No doubt, we have a big task ahead of us. Meth affects every community. In our state, twice as many 12- to 17-year-olds reported using meth in the past year as compared to the national average. Our youth are at risk and we need to protect them.

This requires action from each of us. We all have a responsibility to step up and be part of the solution.

 

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Thu
21
Nov
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When words aren’t enough

Stray Thoughts

My grandparents spoke Norwegian in their home.

Their older children, who spoke their language at home had trouble speaking English at school, so my grandparents spoke mostly English to my mother, their much younger child.

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Thu
21
Nov
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Committee explains their concerns

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

It has been over a month since we celebrated the school board approval of a new position, Native American Education Coordinator. A position that will bring Native American culture, cultural understanding, and cultural activities, while seeking answers to the 10-15 point achievement gap between Native and non-Native students at Timber Lake School(TLS). As the Native American Education Committee, it is our responsibility to look at what the TLS is doing for their Native students (which is 54% of the student body), and what TLS could do to better serve its Native students. This is what led the Committee to work passionately over the summer to educate ourselves on funding guidelines and regulations and ultimately to proposing the new position. We wanted a position that could be identifying and working on the issues Native students were having at the school, as well as enhancing school life with Native culture for all the students.

Thu
14
Nov
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Box Elder residents deserve the truth

The city attorney in Box Elder has been paid $100,000 to resign. Government officials there, however, are not telling citizens why. The Rapid City Journal reported that the Box Elder City Council approved the payment in July during a closed session. Attempts to get a copy of the separation agreement between the city and former City Attorney Kristi Vetri resulted in a redacted document with no information about the reason for the separation or payment. Half the money will come directly from the city and half will come from the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance, an insurance carrier of sorts. The two sides release each other from further claims.

 

 

 

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Thu
14
Nov
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The Helper

Stray Thoughts

It happens sometimes. You arrive home after a very long day that seemed like two long days stacked on top of each other. You open the door, and reality hits you. Sink full of dishes, laundry still piled high, cat litter box full to overflowing, and kids and/or another fully-grown adult old enough to help out just sitting there… walking over, around, and through it all, clueless that they should have helped. There will come a day when mom (or dad or the person you claim is your partner in life) is no longer there to make your life easy… comfortable, pre-prepared for you, and ready. Will you remember the part you played in making that person’s days longer, their role in your home more stressful, and their sleep less restful? 

 

 

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Thu
14
Nov
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Dealing with ag-related stress

EDITORIAL

Question: What is the most important asset farmers and ranchers have?

Answer: Their health, physical and mental.

This year, when weather has disrupted the normal work seasons, and tariffs and trade wars have created uncertainty in markets and prices, it’s no wonder farmers and ranchers are experiencing higher than normal levels of stress. It’s important that they pay attention to their mental health and not let circumstances send them into depression or self-harm.

Dr. Sean Brotherson of NDSU Extension asks people experiencing stress, “What tools do you have in your tool box?” Just as people might look into their tool box to find the right tool for a particular task, so they should think of the tools they can use to relieve stress and help them make it through tough times.

 

 

 

Thu
07
Nov
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Stray Thoughts: Resignation

There comes a point at which most people realize life will not work out the way they had envisioned; the ship they have been expecting will remain at sea, the lottery ticket is in someone else’s pocket and there may not be a star left in their sky. What we planned for, prepared for, and wished for may not occur during the space occupied by this life. What then? Do we look ahead at a future staring blankly from our wheelchair out a picture window facing a dumpster in an alley and count good fortune as a day completed without soiling ourselves? Hardly. Focus. Do not resign. Redefine. We were created to create. Produce something while you can, from what only you know, in the way gifted only to you. Then own it. That which you create will be your legacy… perhaps the entire reason you were placed here. Tomorrow is coming…get started today.

 

 

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