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28
Mar
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

It’s undeniable areas of South Dakota need improved broadband access, but recent news reports about rural coverage don’t offer the full picture of all that’s happening to connect our citizens.

The South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA) is made up of 18 local companies: 12 cooperatives, three municipals, two family-owned and one tribal-owned companies. These local businesses and SDN Communications collectively cover 76 percent of South Dakota’s geography and generate impressive broadband results.

 

 

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Thu
28
Mar
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New Medicare rule would reduce access to medications

The Trump administration is poised to undermine seniors’ access to lifesaving medications.

It recently proposed a rule that would weaken patient protections within Medicare’s Part D prescription drug benefit.

Part D drug plans are required to cover all drugs in six “protected classes” of medicines. This ensures that seniors have widespread access to drugs used to treat cancer, depression, HIV, and more.

 

 

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Thu
21
Mar
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No tribal flag in state capitol

Frazier to Governor:

CRST Chairman Harold Frazier issued the following statement regarding a proposal by Governor Kristi Noem to add tribal flags to the state capitol rotunda:

Another decision by you, Governor Kristi Noem, has been made without the consent of the Lakota people and has resulted in an embarrassing situation for the state. It is embarrassing because your actions and decision were done without our consent. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe stands in support of our relatives and says do not place our flag in your capitol until such a time as that place becomes our capitol.

Thu
21
Mar
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Journey to America the Great

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Editor’s Note: Yankton, S.D., journalist Brian Hunhoff gave the keynote speech last Friday at a Sioux Falls naturalization ceremony for new citizens from 40 different countries. Following is an edited version of his remarks.

It’s one of the greatest honors of my life to be here with the 237 men and women completing the journey to this special day.

I’m one of the lucky ones. I was born on a farm 60 miles from here. That means my citizenship came easy. It was a birthright. The same is true of most U.S. citizens. Just six percent are naturalized. You took the path less traveled and became Americans the hard way.

 

 

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Thu
07
Mar
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Two views on pipeline legislation

Governor proposes special funds for riot costs

In a press release on Monday, Gov. Kristi Noem announced she was presenting two bills regarding pipeline construction to the legislature. She said she and her team had met with TransCanada, public safety, law enforcement officials, lawmakers, and other stakeholders since and before taking office to discuss the Keystone XL pipeline project and that the proposed legislation is the result of those discussions.

She explained:

The legislative package introduced today will help ensure the Keystone XL pipeline and other future pipeline projects are built in a safe and efficient manner while protecting our state and counties from extraordinary law enforcement costs in the event of riots.

 

 

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Thu
28
Feb
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Stray Thoughts: In Fashion

I was strolling through a second-hand store one day, looking for nothing special, when I saw an item that suddenly transported me directly back to my youth and to my mother’s side. 

 

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Thu
28
Feb
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Woman’s work?

Prairie Doc

Women’s health can be directly tied to the burden of household responsibilities. In a 2016 study, researchers found that women are more often the primary parent of children, the one who determines family health care decisions, the caregiver for the elderly parents on both sides and the one that does more of the cooking and dishes, cleaning, laundry and grocery shopping.

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28
Feb
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Winter: What’s the use of complaining?

EDITOR’S COLUMN

You got the late start calls from the schools. Part of you was hoping for a cancellation, but then there will have to be make-up days. And besides, who could take another day cooped up in the house with the kids?

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Thu
21
Feb
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Talking to kids about e-cigarettes

It’s important to talk to kids and young adults about e-cigarettes with it being the most commonly used tobacco product among their age group in the U.S. In fact, young people are target customers for tobacco products.

“Today’s teenager is tomorrow’s potential regular customer…the smoking patterns of teenagers are particularly important to Phillip Morris.”

- Myron E. Johnston

When talking to kids and young adults it’s important for parents to know their facts about these non-traditional tobacco products. One of the most important facts to share with your kids is that the aerosol is not harmless water vapor and it usually contains the highly addictive drug nicotine. Other harmful products such as cancer causing chemicals, artificial flavoring, hard metals such as nickel, tin, and led are often present in the e-cigarette liquid.

 

Thu
21
Feb
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If your mind was a house

If your mind was a house, what would it look like?

Take a second to ask yourself this question and notice the image that pops into your head. Is it an inviting structure or a scary one? Are others allowed to come in and wander around freely or are there rooms dead-bolted shut with no access for anyone, yourself included? Is your house orderly, with everything in its place, or is it more cluttered and chaotic? Is it a place you like to be or would you rather be anywhere but?

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