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Wed
15
Jul
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Slices of Life: I have an opinion about that

Since the dawn of time, people have had opinions on everything from politics to the best way to make fire to whether a club or spear is better for hunting the wooly mammoth. Mostly politics. While people have always had opinions, they weren’t inclined to share them with just anyone or everyone. Uncle Jim and Grandma Betty may have wrestled (loudly) with various issues over Sunday dinner, but in general people reserved their opinions for friends and family. A person wouldn’t shout their political inclinations from a rooftop or take out a billboard proclaiming viewpoints differing from theirs were dumber than a wooly mammoth and embraced only by idiots.

 

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Wed
08
Jul
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Sanford Lab Visitor Center

This week I had the opportunity to attend the dedication of the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center in Lead. The visitor center will be something for South Dakotans and travelers from all over the world to see. Here people will learn about the history of Homestake and the Sanford Lab projects. The Sanford Underground Research Facility is in the process of partnering with the Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, to prepare for the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility and the associated Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (LBNF/DUNE). This future experiment is a result of groundbreaking research that occurred in the lab while it was still the Homestake Mine.       
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Wed
08
Jul
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The heart of a farmer

By Jill Pertler

In my heart, I am a farmer – at least during the summer months when I’m outside tending my garden. I love growing things. I enjoy the feel of moist black dirt between my fingers. I get a sense of satisfaction when my seedlings sprout. I even take pleasure in the achy, sweaty feeling I get after a day spent outside moving dirt and pulling weeds – doing good work. Real, honest work in the garden with Mother Nature as my boss and my husband as my supervisor. (Not really, but I let him think so.) But even though I truly dig gardening, I am not a farmer. Nor is my husband a farmer. I’m a writer who is sometimes a farmer at heart. Transoccupational would be the trendy term for it.       
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Wed
01
Jul
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Secondhand smoke: the Silent Killer!

By the Canli Coalition

Did you know that every day in the United States 137 persons die from secondhand smoke exposure? This equals 50,000 adult non-smokers dying each year because they breathe the smoke that is exhaled from smokers and from the burning end of cigarettes, cigars or other burned tobacco products. Secondhand smoke is a silent killer! There is no listing of ingredients on a package of cigarettes; however, research has proven that secondhand smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, of which 250 are known to be poisonous and 69 are known to cause cancer.

 

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Wed
01
Jul
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Class reunions are a wonderful thing

By Kathy Nelson

There’s nothing like a school reunion. In the short span of a few hours you try to remember everybody you ever knew in the first 18 years of your life, who they dated and who they married, and what you’re supposed to remember about them from the last reunion. You have to try to remember whether the senior boy you had a mad crush on in your freshman year ever knew about it (Of course, he did! His cousin was one of your best friends, remember?)

 

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Thu
25
Jun
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The Window to the Soul

Richard P. Holm, MD It is not just poetry; it is almost a scientific fact to say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. To support that statement let's go to Embryology Class during the first years in Med School, when you learn how the eyes

develop in the embryo within the womb.

 

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Thu
25
Jun
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Time to clean up, fix up

When we invite company over, most people do a little something special, like clean house, prepare food, and mow the lawn.

Well, Timber Lake, we have invited company and they are coming! It’s time to get ready. It’s only four weeks until the Days of 1910 Celebration when hundreds of guests will arrive, expecting to be fed and entertained. They will be!

 

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Wed
17
Jun
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‘I want to be like my Dad’

I“Well, what are you going to be, my boy, When you have reached manhood’s years;   octor, a lawyer, or orator great,  Moving throngs to laughter and tears?” But he shook his head, as he gave reply In a serious way he had: “I don’t think I’d care to be any of them; I want to be like my Dad!”  
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Wed
17
Jun
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Studying South Dakota’s Education System With An Open Mi

IA column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard:  South Dakotans all share three  goals for our education system. First, we want a quality system of schools focused on student success. Second, we want a workforce of great teachers. Finally, we want an efficient, equitable funding system that supports those goals. Earlier this year, I joined with legislative leaders to create the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students. This task force will seek public input, collect and analyze data, and make recommendations to the 2016 State Legislature for reform.  
 
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Wed
10
Jun
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Overcoming fear

By Richard P. Holm MD

Was FDR right when he spoke to the danger of "...fear itself?" Experts explain that when we are threatened by real danger, an area in our brains called the amygdala goes into action to help us survive. The amygdala stimulates the adrenal gland to release adrenaline, which in turn prepares us to defend ourselves or to run... the so-called "fight or flight" system. Adrenalin causes heart racing, sweating, blood flow to muscles, preparing us from an attacking enemy. Fear was designed to help us survive.
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