Commentary

Wed
27
Jun
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Tariffs could cripple our newspapers

By US Senator Mike Rounds

Our local newspapers play an important role in educating the public and bringing communities together. They are the beating hearts of our towns and cities in South Dakota. We rely on them for updates on local news, wedding and birth announcements, sports, upcoming events and more. Newspapers, especially our local daily or weekly papers, keep us connected to our neighbors and our friends.

I recently met with the South Dakota Newspaper Association (SDNA) to talk about a serious issue that local papers are facing right now—tariffs on Canadian newsprint. During our meeting, SDNA Executive Director David Bordewyk and his colleagues stressed that these tariffs, which are climbing as high as 32 percent, would be devastating to South Dakota newspapers. Around 75 percent of newsprint used to print papers in the United States comes from Canada.

 

Wed
20
Jun
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Strengthening Tribes

By US Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)

Much of South Dakota’s history is rooted in Indian Country, but sadly, many of the systems designed to help tribal members are failing. From healthcare to education to housing, those who live on reservations are struggling. In recent years, much of the attention has focused on the failing Indian Health Service (IHS). Federal watchdog reports have repeatedly documented shocking cases of mismanagement and poorly delivered care. Babies were born on bathroom floors with no doctor present.

Facilities were forced to wash surgical equipment by hand, due to broken sterilization machines. Medical personnel were coming to work with certifications that had lapsed. It is inhumane to provide this kind of “care.

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Thu
14
Jun
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Supporting the hometown newspaper

By Rep. Kristi Noem June 8, 2018

 

Chances are that if you are reading this, you subscribe to a local newspaper. Publications like this play an instrumental role in keeping communities strong and informed. Sadly, many are disappearing from our rural communities, making it increasingly difficult to stay connected with what’s happening within the local school system, around town, and around the state. The ever-increasing cost of production is one of the most common concerns South Dakota’s newspapers raise with me. In recent years, new tariffs on Canadian newsprint have increased paper prices by 20 to 30 percent. That’s significant. A paper that services around 20,000 customers, for instance, could see paper costs rise by about a quarter-million dollars annually, threatening the newspaper’s survival. As David Bordewyk, the Executive Director of the South Dakota Newspaper Association, told me: “I have already heard from

Wed
06
Jun
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We just couldn’t do without our local businesses

By Robert Slocum

Have you looked at the back page of this newspaper yet? There is an extremely important message there. Go ahead and check it out; I’ll wait

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So, what did you think?

That page was the first of a sixpart campaign we will be rolling out now through November. We will publish one full page color ad dedicated to boosting our local businesses each month for the next six months.

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Wed
06
Jun
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Some environmental markers

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Growing up on a farm, my sisters and I were raised to leave things better than we found them. This meant taking care of the land, planting trees, maintaining our barn and treating the animals well. We learned in order to enjoy something tomorrow we have to take care of it today.

Judging by the state of our environment, I’d bet a lot of South Dakotans were raised the same way. We’re fortunate to live in a place where we enjoy clean air and safe drinking water, and where we’re able to take advantage of renewables.

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Thu
31
May
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Art of Deception is full of 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.

 

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Thu
31
May
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Enjoy your West River Summer

By Kathy Nelson

 

If you are reading this, that means our 2018 edition of West River Summer is in your hands. Whew! It’s the biggest issue we do all year, and one we’re proud of. It’s 32 pages that we hope will make your summer a little more enjoyable. We’ve been doing WRS for more than 20 years and we never run out of stories to tell and information to share.

The first story (p. 3A) is a good place to start. Angie Jones put it together from posts we collected from a question we put on our Facebook page. We asked readers to participate and they came up with some good answers to our question: What is something people don’t know about our area until they come here?

 

 

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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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