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Wed
26
Apr
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Some of us don’t follow the rules of the road

By Jill Pertler

I’ve never claimed to be a great driver. Good, perhaps. Careful, for sure. My family would tell you I am cautious – sometimes to the point of being jumpy at the wheel. By jumpy I mean on the lookout for surprises, aka accidents waiting to happen. Pedestrians who come out of nowhere. Squirrels darting across the street.

Dogs without leashes. And cars. Mostly other cars. I have trust issues with other cars, or more specifically the drivers of those cars. You can’t count on them to see you or follow the rules of the road. Many are looking at phones. Everyone knows you shouldn’t text and drive but I see it all the time. Hence my caution and predisposition to brake first and ask question later. Defensive driving 101 – I practically invented the topic.

 

 

Wed
26
Apr
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The power of the arts: One South Dakotan’s story

By Jim Speirs Executive Director Arts South Dakota

 

As I think about the deep and lasting impact of the National Endowment   the Arts (NEA) and South Dakota Arts Council in our state, friend and fellow musician Jami Lynn immediately comes to mind. I’ve worked with Jami on many occasions and she has often talked about her love of being a South Dakotan and joy in sharing her art “at home.

” Folk singer/songwriter Jami Lynn Buttke first gained an appreciation   music in a small South Dakota elementary school. Today she is a professional per mer of bluegrass and folk music, and brings her exuberance and musical talent into state classrooms as a roster artist with the South Dakota Arts Council’s Artists in Schools & Communities program. She believes in the power of the arts because of her own story of discovery

 

Wed
19
Apr
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Know the source of your news

By Amanda Fanger

To this day, I have a hard time eating eggs from a grocery store or at a restaurant. It’s probably just a mental thing, but I think it’s partly because I grew up gathering my breakfast food from directly beneath the laying hen. Nothing beats farm fresh. For me, it’s the same with any sort of produce.

It’s just better when I know where it comes from, when I can trust its source. Lately, a buzz term becoming fairly popular that is driving me insane because of its direct relation to my industry is fake news. For the way this term has become such a hot topic, you’d think it was something new. But it’s not. The reality is, fake news has been around since the dawn of time.

 

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Wed
19
Apr
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Slices of Life: ‘We’ve got a lot of stuff’

By Jill Pertler

My husband and I recently took on the task of refinishing the wood floors in three rooms that constitute our downstairs living areas – family room, dining room and miscellaneous room. (We’re not sure what to call it. Some days it’s the sunroom, other days the napping room. Right now, if I am being honest, it is the gaming room.) I digress. Aside from being a ton of work (we were sore in places we didn’t even know we had) the big floor plan necessitated removing everything (and I mean everything) from the three spaces. In the process I was reminded of one semi-embarrassing truth (aside from the fact we have an entire room dedicated to gaming): We’ve got a lot of stuff. It happens to the best of us.

Wed
12
Apr
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Stewardship of State Pensions

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

South Dakotans are not afraid to do things differently when different means a better way. “Different” defines how we have been running our state’s retirement system.

Many other state retirement systems are struggling with large unfunded liabilities. New Jersey’s credit rating was downgraded by S&P recently due to its “large and growing unfunded pension liability.” Similarly, Illinois was downgraded by Fitch from BBB+ to BBB, partly because of ballooning pension problems.

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Wed
12
Apr
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New Life

By Mark Peacock

Have you reached that point yet when you’re not in control?

When your age and your cynicism have taken their toll?

When all that you’ve had and all that you’ve done all add up to nothing and you’re back at step one?

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Wed
05
Apr
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Juvenile justice reforms working

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

This week, the juvenile justice reform oversight council released its first annual report. The report encapsulates the progress made in the first full year of implementation of the 2015 Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative. Before the 2015 reforms went into effect,

South Dakota had the second highest juvenile commitment rate in the country and was 188 percent above the national average. This ranking was not explained by a higher rate of juvenile violence. In fact, South Dakota’s juvenile violence arrest rate was just one-third of the national average.

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Wed
29
Mar
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Slices of Life: Her husband calls her a squirrel

By Jill Pertler

My husband says I am a squirrel. Don’t take it the wrong way. It’s a term of endearment as well as a fairly accurate descriptor (if I am being honest). It’s become a nickname of sorts. It all started at the superstore. About a month ago we stopped to shop for a few things. We entered through the automatic doors and headed toward the first item on our list. But en route, up ahead, on the right, was a display of gloves – on clearance. I instinctively veered right to check them out because my husband could use a pair.

Before I got to the gloves, however, I was confronted with a roadblock. Two long lost friends (but strangers to me) had apparently rediscovered each other in front of the magazine rack and were in the middle of a long and drawn-out conversation in middle of the aisle.

 

Wed
29
Mar
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Promenade

By Mark Peacock

When you have occasion in the future to look back at high school, you may not remember a single day sitting in Geometry or English or for that matter, any of your other high school classes, but you will remember the Senior Prom. Why?

Well, first of all, for most it only happens once a year unless you live in small town America and are recruited between schools for this prom and that prom. And to be honest, no one probably ever approached you, sweaty…timid…apprehensive…unsure… as they invited you to a U.S. History class.

 

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Wed
22
Mar
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This twelve minutes a day is considered a gift

By Jill Pertler

Each day it takes 12 minutes of my time. Five days a week – Monday through Friday. Six minutes in the morning. Six minutes in the afternoon – for a total of an hour each week.

A person could complete any number of tasks in six minutes. Sip a cup of coffee or make a piece of peanut butter toast. Read the newspaper – or at least skim the headlines. Check email. Tweet. Watch an inning of baseball or four minutes of the news and two of commercials. Post a selfie. Meditate. Fill the car with gas. Send an “I love you” text to your honey. De-clutter the kitchen clutter bin. (We all have one.) Check the calendar to see what’s going on the rest of the week. Do sit ups. Run a mile – or half a mile if you are as slow as me.

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