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Thu
16
Jan
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The ‘Stop Doing List’ for communities

GUEST COLUMN

Have you ever experienced a time when you could envision what needs to happen but had no idea what to stop doing in order to reach the point of success?

Thu
09
Jan
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Stray Thoughts: 2020 Hindsight

As I was driving home with my family from church the other day, I suddenly had the uncontrollable urge to stop the car. I did, and my kids and I hopped out and right there by the side of the road, and in a huge, beautiful snowdrift we made three wonderful snow angels.

Why?

Why not?

I wanted to leave behind a vision of beauty, and I wanted to share that moment with my children and my wife. But as we leave 2019, we need not leave everything behind. I will keep my:

• impulsive, whimsical side that I share with my family.

• dedication to writing about people and events

 

 

 

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Thu
09
Jan
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Oh, the places our paper goes

Oh, the places our paper goes

Robert Slocum, Publisher

Most Wednesday mornings, it’s my pleasure to drive up to Mobridge and retrieve the newspaper. Once back at Topic HQ, we sort and label the papers to prepare them to mail.

One thing that always strikes me as we complete this task is the people and places our newspaper travels to. I see familiar names and strangers alike on our mailing list. The bulk of it stays in South Dakota and much of that is our base of local readers; the names and faces who fill our pages.

Our out of state subscribers are interesting to consider. I ponder them as I peel, stick, flip the labels. I see family ties. Folks who moved away but still love it back home. College kids. Former residents and probably future residents.

It’s pretty cool taking a look at the whole thing and seeing all the places the Topic goes.

 

 

 

 

Thu
09
Jan
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Why are nursing homes closing?

Prairie Doc

During one of our weekly hospice meetings, the discussion turned to the burden of finding an opening in a facility for one of our patients. Mr. A belongs to the working-poor segment of our society, just above official levels of poverty and yet he cannot afford health insurance and primary care, let alone the private cost of an assisted living center or nursing home.

Our patient is still living at home, has no family support and is in trouble. His progressive cancer has caused an inability even to do activities of daily living such as bowel and bladder care. He now only has Medicaid and his hospice nurse and social worker is not able to find an assisted living center or a nursing home that will take him in.

Thu
05
Dec
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How to live 40 percent longer

The Prairie Doc

“Doc, I’ve started on this new diet and I wonder what you think,” said my patient. Then I hear about the patient’s latest weight loss plan. There are so many plans out there...the Noom® plan, the Shark Tank diet, the keto diet, the Mediterranean diet, the paleo diet, the sugar-free diet, the low-carbohydrate diet, the one day a week fast.

Some diets increase the intake of water, of fiber, of antioxidants and the list goes on. Many of these new plans are variations of a low-carb plan, which I like. I also have found that a weekly fast seems to work for some people.

About 20 years ago, two huge studies compared the low-carbohydrate diet with the low-fat diet. Both studies showed the same thing. People liked the low-carb diet better and with it, they lost more weight easily and initially. After one year, however, most people from both groups regained the weight they had lost.

 

Thu
05
Dec
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Top ten reasons to Shop Cheyenne River

EDITORIAL

By Kathy Nelson

Reprinted from the Timber Lake Topic

December 17, 2009

Four Bands Community Fund, the get-thingsdone development organization headed by Tanya Fiddler at Eagle Butte, has a multifaceted approach to building a stronger local economy.

One of their latest efforts is the Shop Cheyenne River campaign, aimed at encouraging shoppers to spend their money in local businesses. The program includes the use of billboards, colorful street banners, newspaper ads, posters, pens and shopping bags to build awareness and encourage shoppers to think about shopping locally.

There are lots of reasons to spend your dollars with your neighbors. Here are the Top Ten as stated by the Shop Cheyenne River campaign:

 

Thu
28
Nov
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Counterpoint: Meth crisis requires action

South Dakota is on meth — at least, that’s what the state’s new antidrug ad campaign launched Monday (Nov. 18) says.

Gov. Kristi Noem’s new anti-meth campaign – which features a new website (onmeth.com), billboards and ads with people of differing ages and races saying, “I’m on meth.” – is intended to bring awareness to the meth epidemic in South Dakota.

Noem’s not wrong. There is a meth epidemic in South Dakota. As Noem said in the campaign’s public service announcement, the meth crisis is “growing at an alarming rate” and impacts every community in the state.

Thu
28
Nov
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Point: Meth. We’re On It.

It seems we’ve captured attention not just in South Dakota, but around the country and even the world with our new anti-meth campaign. We needed that. In today’s age, traditional messages don’t cut through the noise. We knew we needed to make a bold statement to make people stop and think… and it is working.

No doubt, we have a big task ahead of us. Meth affects every community. In our state, twice as many 12- to 17-year-olds reported using meth in the past year as compared to the national average. Our youth are at risk and we need to protect them.

This requires action from each of us. We all have a responsibility to step up and be part of the solution.

 

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Thu
21
Nov
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When words aren’t enough

Stray Thoughts

My grandparents spoke Norwegian in their home.

Their older children, who spoke their language at home had trouble speaking English at school, so my grandparents spoke mostly English to my mother, their much younger child.

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Thu
21
Nov
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Committee explains their concerns

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

It has been over a month since we celebrated the school board approval of a new position, Native American Education Coordinator. A position that will bring Native American culture, cultural understanding, and cultural activities, while seeking answers to the 10-15 point achievement gap between Native and non-Native students at Timber Lake School(TLS). As the Native American Education Committee, it is our responsibility to look at what the TLS is doing for their Native students (which is 54% of the student body), and what TLS could do to better serve its Native students. This is what led the Committee to work passionately over the summer to educate ourselves on funding guidelines and regulations and ultimately to proposing the new position. We wanted a position that could be identifying and working on the issues Native students were having at the school, as well as enhancing school life with Native culture for all the students.

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