Commentary

Wed
10
Jun
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Mall shopping not what it used to be

By Jill Pertler
I don’t go to the mall much. It hasn’t always been this way. I used to be an experienced and proficient shopper. Hobnobbing at the mall was one of my main talents and preferred hobbies. Then, I got out of the habit, I guess. Kind of like I did with running, except with running I never actually started. My change in retail routines had to do with kids. More specifically, the kids living at my house. After giving birth, I quickly realized taking rug rats to the mall is – in a word – a heck of a lot of work.
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Wed
03
Jun
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Suicide: What can we do to help?

Around here, we are used to hearing — and saying — that we are fortunate to live in caring communities, that our small towns provide a safe environment, that they are places that nurture people and help them when they are in need. Whether it’s McLaughlin or Eagle Butte, Timber Lake or Isabel, we can see such expressions almost every week in the local newspapers, in messages of thanks and appreciation for support after the loss of a loved one, or a fire, or an accident.

 

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Wed
27
May
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Home Country

By Slim Randles

 

“So why do we salute the flag, kids?” said Abraham Lincoln Bahdziewicz. Woodrow Wilson Bahdziewicz, the oldest of the Bahdziewicz kids, raised his hand.

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Wed
27
May
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Welcome to West River Summer

Every year at this time another issue of our West River Summer rolls off the press, into the mail stream, and into tubs and boxes to be delivered in the five county area. We hope our regular readers and everyone else who finds a copy will enjoy the issue, which we call a guide for local folks and visitors.

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Thu
21
May
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Slices of Life: Young and in love

Our family is growing. Daughter number one and only recently got engaged, which means there is a wedding and new son-in-law in our future. The engagement took my husband by surprise. I think he was (is?) in denial about our kids growing up. I am right there with him. It’s a river big enough for the both of us. (We’re not getting any older, how can they?) After the big and happy announcement had run its course, with heartfelt hugs and good wishes all around, I got him alone and asked what he thought.

 

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Wed
13
May
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Graduation speeches - recycled

In 1993, Tahni Dikoff and Kurt Leibel, members of the TLHS graduating class, gave speeches at commencement. It was historic because for the previous 26 years, student  peeches were not on the program. In 1967 a senior gave a speech which was considered disrespectful and that led to the ban. In 1992 Jack Bickel (Class of 1968) gave the commencement address and in it he called for the ban to be  lifted. The next year, Tahni, president of the Senior Class, and Kurt, president of the Student Congress, delivered speeches.. 

 

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Wed
13
May
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South Dakota’s upgrade to AAA

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

We recently received word that Standard & Poor’s has upgraded South Dakota to a AAA credit rating. This is great news for South Dakota. By moving from AA+ to AAA, we join a very exclusive group of states to which Standard and Poor’s has given its highest credit rating. 

 

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Thu
07
May
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Sacred Heart offers help without discrimination

by Sacred Heat Center Eagle Butte

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community (LGBT) are a part of our community. They are our brothers, sisters, uncles, nieces, aunts, cousins, and parents. They are our loved ones. 

 

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Thu
07
May
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Mother’s Day can be one of those days

By Jill Pertler

Seasons come and go. The sun rises and sets. We celebrate beginnings, endings and all things in between. This weekend, we celebrate mothers. Even though I am a mother myself, the day is clouded by the fact that I am a Mother’s Day orphan. The day, while a celebration, also becomes a time tinged with sadness. Other orphans may understand. It doesn’t matter if

you are five or 55, Mother’s Day without a mother creates an emptiness – a renewed awareness of a vacancy where something real used to flourish.

 

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Wed
29
Apr
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Letter: Some thoughts about tribal buy-back program

.I read the story about the buyback plan and would like to comment about some of the facts that I know, which are strictly just my opinion and ball park figures, but I will stay within the realm of truth as I see it. The Cobell settlement paid to enrolled members with an interest in trust lands, of which I was one of the benefactors, received $1000 in one payment, then a year or so later, another $864 dollars. Other members of my family also received these amounts so likely it was the same across Standing Rock as well as Cheyenne (I’m an enrolled member of Standing Rock).

 

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