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Wed
20
Sep
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They shouldn’t be called cell phones

By Jill Pertler

A phone used to be a phone and nothing more – except for maybe a paperweight. Now our “phones” are multi-taskers of the unlimited kind. Well, unless you go over your allotted gigabytes or data plan, but you know what I mean.

That’s why I’m petitioning to change the name of cell phones. They shouldn’t be called phones at all. I barely use mine as a phone. Talking on the phone is so blasé. So last century.

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Wed
20
Sep
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Eggs and sausage are okay

By Richard P. Holm, MD

The other day, I was on a run with a scientist friend who recently had suffered a small heart attack. During our run, we talked about cardiac rehabilitation and safe running practices that could help his recovery. He was happy to be back running, and as I was recovering from cancer surgery, I was also happy to be back running. If not over-done, we know that those with or without heart disease benefit from regular exercise. I could feel the run was rebuilding my strength and savored the social time with my friend. When we finished, energized and happy, a short cool-down walk brought us to his home.

Wed
13
Sep
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My principles for pro-growth tax reform

US Sen. John Thune

My biggest priority for the remainder of the year will be sending the president a comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform package that helps middle-class South Dakotans who are struggling to make ends meet. According to a recent study, 50 percent of American voters consider themselves to be living paycheck to paycheck, and about one-third of them say they’re just $400 away from a financial crisis. To put it into perspective, it means these folks are one broken refrigerator or unexpected car repair away from a financial emergency. While it might seem small, $400 can go a long way for families in South Dakota.

Wed
13
Sep
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The sad truth about sadness

By Richard P. Holm, MD

In my many years of caring for the sick, I have encountered several individuals caught in the joy starvation of depression. I have seen the resulting devastation affect not only the afflicted, but also those around them. For those 18 to 45 years of age, depression is the number one cause of disability, resulting in an estimated $200 billion of lost earnings per year. I stand aghast when the condition results in such helplessness that the patient chooses to escape life with suicide. There are about 40,000 deaths per year to suicide, which is approximately equal to the number of deaths caused by breast cancer. Despite a similar mortality rate, the money invested in depression research is about 1% of that spent studying breast cancer.

Wed
06
Sep
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Donations of game meat appreciated

By Ron Fowler South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger

Donation of game meat to families in need increased again in 2016 with a modest increase in donations by hunters and significant increase in meat donation through the Sportsmen Against Hunger (SAH) salvage processing program.

Deer hunters continued to show interest in, and play an important part in, donation of game meat through SAH to food pantries across the state.

Total harvested deer which were donated increased from 348 in 2015 to 397 in 2016. These numbers included 256 antlerless deer in 2016 compared with 204 antlerless deer in 2015.

The antlerless deer were donated through the SAH program in which a processing certificate completed and submitted by the hunter to a participating SAH game processor paid for most or all of the processing cost.

 

Wed
06
Sep
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Fortifying our defense against animal disease threats

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

The last day of August was an eventful one for Linda and me. We stopped first in Huron at the South Dakota State Fair where we toured the value-added agriculture tent and also attended the Century Farms Recognition and Salute to Veterans ceremonies.

We went on to Brookings for an SDSU ground breaking and attended the evening football game. It was a great day in eastern South Dakota. The SDSU ground breaking event celebrated the start of upgrading and expanding the South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory.

The lab provides critical research and diagnostic support to protect our citizens and livestock industry from disease outbreaks.

 

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Wed
30
Aug
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School activities bring communities together

By Bob Gardner

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike.

Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages and fewer school absences than nonathletes, they also develop the kind of work habits and self-discipline skills that help them become more responsible and productive community members.

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Wed
30
Aug
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A time line of a cosmic adventure

By Amanda Fanger

2:34 a.m. — Wide awake. Can’t sleep. Excited like it’s Christmas but it’s not even December. It’s Aug. 21... right? Okay, concentrate. Need sleep, just a little longer anyway...

2:35 a.m. “Quit playing with my arm, Little Kitty, I need to sleep.”

4 a.m. — Alarm goes off. Finally

4:44 a.m. — All the snacks bought. Time to meet up with the crew for the trip.

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Wed
23
Aug
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Something for everyone at State Fair

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Before the season turns and the kids are fully immersed hin school activities, there’s one more summer event you will want to experience. South Dakota’s great get-together, the State Fair, runs from Thursday, Aug. 3, to Monday, Sept. 4 in Huron. This year marks the 132nd State Fair, and it’s an event you don’t want to miss.

For the last 10 years, the State Fair has charted a consistent trend of success, with year-over-year increases in virtually all areas. Since 2007, attendance has increased an incredible 40 percent, from 151,000 to more than 210,000, and with good weather, we may set another alltime record in 2017.

 

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Wed
16
Aug
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Graduating college, career and life ready

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

It’s hard to believe my oldest grandchild is starting kindergarten this year. With a week-and-a-half left before his first day, Henry is looking forward to starting school.

Even though it’s been a while since I was in the classroom, I’ve learned a few things as a parent, public servant and now, grandfather. I know how crucial education is to individual achievement and how, particularly during high school, planning and forming good habits can help students succeed.

For high schoolers and their parents, I have three tips to share for the upcoming school year.

 

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