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Thu
31
May
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Art of Deception is full of twists and turns

By Michael Tidemann

Who doesn’t like a good mystery? Well, Brenda Donelan has written a great one. What’s particularly interesting about Donelan’s Art of Deception is that it’s set in South Dakota, Donelan’s life-long home. Donelan grew up on a Stanley County cattle ranch, attended South Dakota State University in Brookings and worked in Aberdeen as a probation officer and later as a college professor.

 

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Thu
31
May
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Enjoy your West River Summer

By Kathy Nelson

 

If you are reading this, that means our 2018 edition of West River Summer is in your hands. Whew! It’s the biggest issue we do all year, and one we’re proud of. It’s 32 pages that we hope will make your summer a little more enjoyable. We’ve been doing WRS for more than 20 years and we never run out of stories to tell and information to share.

The first story (p. 3A) is a good place to start. Angie Jones put it together from posts we collected from a question we put on our Facebook page. We asked readers to participate and they came up with some good answers to our question: What is something people don’t know about our area until they come here?

 

 

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Wed
23
May
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What can I personally do to promote Americanism in my school or community?

By Dan Peterson

Timber Lake Middle School (This is one of the winning essays in the American Legion Auxiliary’s Americanism essay contest. Dan is the son of Leah Peterson, a teacher at Timber Lake Elementary School.) If we can promote Americanism, we can have a better country. If we can have a better country, we can have a simpler life.

Wed
23
May
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Slices of Life: Welcoming a new baby

By Jill Pertler

 

They’d be the first to admit they are more adept at handing off a football versus a tiny human being, but during the last week they’ve certainly given the latter their best efforts. At exactly two minutes before midnight on a recent Sunday, soon-to-be Monday, my three sons became instant uncles.

Wed
16
May
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Small-town kids can do really big things

By Elsie DuBray

TLHS commencement senior speaker

I would like to start by saying that the education I’ve obtained from Timber Lake School is incomparable. The commitment and passion our teachers pour into their work here is something not everyone is fortunate enough to experience, and is something that’s not always recognized. So, on behalf of this year’s graduating class, I say thank you.

I would also like to express the immense gratitude I personally have for you all —the staff, students, family members and community members who have contributed to my personal and intellectual development. It’s something I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to fully express.

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Wed
16
May
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Dreams can come true in South Dakota

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Congratulations to the classes of 2018! To all high school, college and technical school students graduating in South Dakota, I commend you for reaching this milestone. After years of studying, taking tests and writing essays, you’ve finally made it. Congratulations on all you have achieved!

Most of you probably already have a good idea of what you’ll be doing next – what additional education you’ll seek or what career you’ll pursue. Whether you’ve decided to stay in South Dakota or pursue a career or education elsewhere, I hope you’ll ultimately consider a future here in our state. There are a number of reasons to consider living and working here.

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Wed
09
May
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The health benefits of living in a prairie community

By Richard P. Holm, MD

I love our home in Brookings. When anyone asks me where I am from, instead of saying my home of 37 years, I almost always answer that I grew up in the sweet town of De Smet where I attended twelve years of school. Emotional and physical health starts in the community in which we were raised.

Many people take a lot of pride in being from that little town and much of that is from its history. Back then, within the library and the local Masonic Lodge, there were several original oil paintings by Harvey Dunn, the famous painter and illustrator. It’s neat that De Smet has a connection to such a famous artist.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Stray Thoughts: Pancakes

By Mark Peacock

Wed
02
May
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Slices of Life

Getting ready for baby

By Jill Pertler

She is going to have a baby. The little pink bundle we carried home from the hospital but a blink ago is soon going to be a mother herself. My baby girl is having a baby girl.

It seems too good to be true  and scarier than heck, all at the same time. I’m the one who’s scared, not her. Well maybe she’s just a little bit scared.

But on top of that she’s excited and anticipatory and joyful and delighted and eager and jubilant and grateful and elated and literally breathless. She is counting days and Braxton Hicks contractions. She and her husband have assembled the crib, researched car seats and folded onesies. They have done all the things they can do to prepare. They are ready.

 

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Wed
02
May
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Art of Deception filled with twists and turns

By Michael Tidemann

Who doesn’t like a good mystery?

Well, Brenda Donelan has written a great one. What’s particularly interesting about Donelan’s Art of Deception is that it’s set in South Dakota, Donelan’s life-long home. Donelan grew up on a Stanley County cattle ranch, attended South Dakota State University in Brookings and worked in Aberdeen as a probation officer and later as a college professor. She currently lives in Sioux Falls.

Marlee McCabe, Donelan’s main character in the novel, shares many similarities to the author. As a criminology professor, Marlee mirrors Donelan’s background both in law enforcement and in academia.

 

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