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Thu
14
Feb
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Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day

GUEST COLUMN

by Tom Purcell

Thu
07
Feb
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Rep. Lesmeister reports from Pierre

In the House we passed House Bill 1020 that will increase the spending amount on state building improving projects from $1.5 million to $5 million. This bill also streamlines some projects for state owned buildings. The last increase in spending towards improving state buildings was in 1994, and as we all know, the cost of labor and products has gone up. To replace the roof on a building on the Dakota Dome or any building repairs to state prisons would likely cost more than $1.5 million to take on so the house vote to pass this bill.

HB1037 allows the state to seek a contract for the building of a sports complex at Northern State University. The school has not had a home game since the 1930's and the President of the University, Tim Downs, has reassured representatives that the school will always hold academics first and that this request is the last on their, "Campus Master Plan," in improving their campus.

Thu
07
Feb
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Love Story

Stray Thoughts

If you’ll break the rules to meet her, jump out of line to greet her

If you’ll gladly sit and wait for a chance for just one date

Take the risk to hold her hand and pray to God she’ll understand

Many dates, kisses good night, all going well, all feeling right

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Thu
31
Jan
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Get out the ‘yote

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Gov. Kristi Noem (RIGHT) admires Sen. Troy Heinert’s coyote skin coat.

EDITOR’S COLUMN

With one social media post, Gov. Noem managed to rally South Dakotans — Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike — around a commonly held truism: the only good coyote around here is a dead one.

Standing with Mission Sen. Troy Heinert, who was wearing a full length fur coat, the Governor last Friday captioned “We need to kill more coyotes so everyone can have a coat like Sen. Heinert’s. How cool is this!?!”

Now from where I sit, the only thing wrong with the social media post is Kristi’s use of the exclamationquestion-exclamation mark trifecta that would make some of the editors I’ve worked for apoplectic. But if there is one thing you can count on the internet for, it’s a ridiculous degree of outrage from people who would seemingly have better things to do.

 

Thu
31
Jan
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Revitalizing rural South Dakota

Hometowns are the heartbeat of South Dakota. I’m proud to be from a rural hometown. It’s where I learned the values of hard work and self-reliance, where Bryon and I chose to raise our kids, where we started an insurance business and hunting lodge, and where my family has farmed and ranched for a century. But many small towns like ours are struggling today.

In South Dakota, according to our most recent statistics, we have 15,363 job openings and 13,500 people actively looking for work. Unfortunately, what we have is a skills gap – those unemployed workers don’t have the skills necessarily to fill the open jobs.

Thu
24
Jan
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It’s up to us to realize Dr. King’s dream

By Tom Purcell

 

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and legacy, in these angry and divisive times, we all could benefit by reminding ourselves of his words’ truth, civility and wisdom.

Too many of us are consumed with hatred and anger, which have reared their ugly heads in our public discourse lately. Dr. King, who endured hatred so ugly and excessive that it led to his assassination, spoke often of the futility of hating anyone or anything - of how hating harms the hater more than the hated:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.” “I have decided to stick to love ... . Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

Thu
17
Jan
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Prairie Doc Lies, myths, and the Alligator Woman

It was June 10, Old Settler’s Day in De Smet, SD, and the carnival was in town. As a fifth grader, I had been doing odd jobs for a month to save up money for that day. For the price of 25 cents, I filed through a trailer to see a “real alligator woman, half human, half alligator.” Of course, it was fake. Sitting there on a table was a dried-up, stuffed, alligator body connected to a live human woman’s head (who was chatting with us). The table had mirrors to cover the hollow box that held the woman’s body underneath. It was an amusing ruse, a trick, an intentional untruth that benefited the marketer exactly 25 cents per viewer. That was, by definition, disinformation.

Thu
17
Jan
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Chairman voices outrage at President’s remarks

LETTER

The President of the United States has decided to make comments regarding Pocahontas, “Big Horn” and “Wounded Knee” in an attempt to denigrate someone else. I ask you, America, when are you going to come to your senses regarding this president?

Thu
10
Jan
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Excerpts from Kristi Noem’s inaugural address

Newly elected South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem delivered an address at her inauguration on January 5. Here is an extended excerpt:

The oath that I just took is a promise and a commitment to everyone in this state. I promise to govern in a manner that will benefit all South Dakotans. From Rapid City to Sioux Falls. From Buffalo to North Sioux City. From Pine Ridge to Sisseton. My door will always be open to listen. I believe I have a good sense of where we need to go as a state but that doesn’t mean I won’t keep the dialogue open. I’ve always believed it takes courage to stand up and speak, but it also takes courage to sit down and listen.

Thu
03
Jan
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Governor says thank you and good-bye

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By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

This is the last column I will write as Governor of South Dakota, and I want to say “thank you.”

Thank you to the people of South Dakota. It was a great honor when you placed your confidence in me. Over these past eight years, I have always tried to work hard to make our state better. Whenever times were tough, your strength encouraged me.

I first saw that strength during the Missouri River floods of 2011. Releases from the Oahe Dam were nearly triple the previous record. Large portions of Pierre, and nearly all of Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes, were threatened by the flooding. In a matter of days, we filled hundreds of thousands of sandbags and we built emergency levies that saved most of Pierre, Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes. Thousands of South Dakotans stepped up – National Guard, law enforcement, first responders, bus loads of volunteers, hundreds of truckers, and even prison inmates.

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