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Wed
18
Apr
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What makes a winning community team?

By Paula Jensen

The Langford Area High School boys’ basketball team recently made it to the State B tournament for the fifth time in the past six years. As I travel across South Dakota for my job people ask me, “How can Langford (being such a small school) continue producing winning teams yearafter-year?” My answer is always, the same – it’s because of the coaches. Successful coaches realize that winning teams are not run by one individual who dominates and reduces the rest of the group to mere followers. Winning teams are more like open forums in which everyone participates in the decision-making process, coaches and players alike, until the decision is made. Then, once a decision is made, the team is motivated to move ahead and execute it.

Wed
18
Apr
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Mending a broken heart

By Richard P. Holm, MD

Mrs. H. was in her mid 80s when her husband died. I admired how she had provided loving care for him “in sickness and in health” right up to the end. Despite his expected and comfortable demise, his death broke her heart. It was like the painting of Mother Mary with a stabbed and bleeding heart. Mrs. H. began having trouble breathing, swollen legs, and profound weakness. I suspected what was wrong and ordered an echocardiogram.

Science proves the heart is a powerful pump, but history portrays it as the seat of emotion. As a pump, one heart moves about 2,000 gallons of blood each day, totaling about 3 super tankers worth in a lifetime —through 60,000 miles of veins, arteries, and capillaries. The largest artery is the size of a garden hose while the smallest capillary is the size of a human hair split ten times.

 

Wed
11
Apr
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Proposed Chinese tariffs will hurt ag

By U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.)

With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside the U.S., free and fair trade in the international market is vital for American producers to thrive and grow. With approximately one-fifth of U.S. agriculture products going to foreign markets, our farmers and ranchers, in particular, benefit from positive trade agreements.

Wed
11
Apr
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Suicide: More funding needed for prevention

By The Most Reverend Robert D. Gruss, Bishop of Rapid City

Imagine coming home to discover that your child, perhaps a 12-year-old daughter or a 16-year-old son, has taken their own life. I can’t imagine such an experience. But too many parents across South Dakota have experienced this tragedy. Many priests and ministers serving in our communities agonize over the number of funerals resulting from suicide.

While it is true that Native American suicide rates in South Dakota are twice as high as the rate for white South Dakotans, it is important to remember that almost 80 percent of all suicide deaths in South Dakota are white. The reality is that South Dakota’s children and young adults (under age 24) of all races end their lives at double the rate of youth nationwide.

Wed
04
Apr
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Finding their voices: Kids have something to say

Molly Miller, a fifth grader at Timber Lake School, won second place in an essay contest sponsored by the Oahe Area Retired Teachers Assn. at Mobridge. The theme was grandparents. Molly is the daughter of Robi and Tony Miller of Isabel and granddaughter of Jerome and Nancy Miller of Isabel and Jerry Hulm of Rapid City.

Jerome Miller is an amazing grandpa. He’s funny and overall just a character. Jerome is a good person and a good choice for the AARP SD Grandparent of the Year. He is nice and kindhearted. He always wants to see how we, his family, are doing. I hope you enjoy learning about my Grandpa Jerome.

Thu
29
Mar
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Cost of health care

By Richard P. Holm, MD

Economists often explain high health care costs by comparing the selection of food at the grocery store when someone else is paying. The analogy still works but with a twist. Reported in a recent medical journal, Harvard researchers looked at health care spending here in the U.S. compared to the 10 next highest income countries of the world. They found that, in 2016, we spent almost 18% of our gross domestic product (GDP) on health care. Spending was much less for other countries, ranging from about 9.5% in Switzerland to 12.5% in Australia. That’s a significant difference!

Thu
29
Mar
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Finding your courage

By Jill Pertler

Courage n. 1. The mental strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty 2. The quality of being brave; valor.

I’m going to be bold and declare we’ve all got a fair amount of courage within us. But, like the lion in the Wizard of Oz, we may not recognize our own fearless nature because often in the midst of being courageous we feel anything but brave.

 

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Wed
21
Mar
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Bipartisan bill helps banks, communities

By Dave Rozenboom, President, First PREMIER Bank, Sioux Falls, and Chairman, South Dakota Bankers Association

Amid all the noise, bickering and partisanship in Washington, DC, something simple—and yet remarkable—just took place in the U.S. Senate. It’s something that everyone in South Dakota should know about and celebrate.

Wed
21
Mar
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The Universe and Me

By Mark Peacock

Sunshine poured through my window this morning, leaving no doubt in my mind it would be a good day. But on a trip to a nearby town, the sun decided to play hide and seek for the rest of the day, as the clouds, which were ready for spring, decided to take one more shot at winter. And what a shot it was…with my return trip spent searching for the centerline of the highway… a death grip on the steering wheel.

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Wed
14
Mar
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Citizens can’t participate if government is not open

By David Bordewyk
South Dakota Newspaper Association

A bill in the South Dakota Legislature that would require all official meetings of government boards and commissions to include time on their agendas for public comment is headed to Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s desk. Legislators already OK’d it.

House Bill 1172 appears straightforward and may beg the question: why is it even necessary? A fair question to ask during this week, which is Sunshine Week, a national observance to shine a light on the public’s right to know about government and what government does.

A survey of newspaper editors and reporters across the state shows that while many government boards already include time on their meeting agendas for public comment, others do not. Often when the meeting topic or agenda item is controversial and there is a room full of people, the inclination may be to not allow public debate out of concern that the meeting will get out of hand.

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