Commentary

LOOKING BACK

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Isabel Dakotan Mobridge Livestock Auction Sale Thursday, October 13, 1960 Cattle 2,252 Hogs 438 Sheep 45 We had an outstanding cattle market here Thursday. Cattle buyers here from all states around and they came to buy cattle.

Tilly Bry Al born Aug. 16

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Brad and Caley Kocmich of Mitchell would like to announce the birth of Tilly Bry Al Kocmich born August 16, 2020. She weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz. She is the granddaughter of Coffy and Nancy Enright, greatgranddaughter of Rod and Mavis Enright of Timber Lake, Bud and Janice Anderson of Glenham and Rod and Nancy Plush of Gillette, WY; great-great-granddaughter of Irene Plush and the late Ralph Plush, Deloris Speidel and the late Ruben Speidel, and Alice Enright and the late Bryce Enright.

SENIOR MENU

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Monday, October 26: Meatloaf, baked potato, carrots, pears, and bread. Tuesday, October 27: Sierra turkey casserole, spinach salad, mixed vegetables, cranberry sauce, peaches and bread.

OUR THANKS

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We would like to thank the Moreau-Grand board of directors for naming us Neighbor of the Year” and the nice comments written by Roger Lawien. Due to the COVID 19, we chose not to attend the annual meeting. But an honor like this is deeply appreciated, especially if you are not sure you deserved it.

Mayors plead for vigilance

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As mayors of South Dakota’s largest cities and representing nearly half of our state’s population, we have come together to bring you a united message concerning the COVID pandemic in our state. While our municipalities have taken different approaches to flattening the curve of this virus, one common thread we all have is that we are nonpartisan office holders seeking to create unity, dispel fear, and protect public health, the economy, and personal freedoms.

Stray Thoughts: Bracing for Change

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It happens so gradually that we tend not to notice when our kids grow up, and in the process, something about them changes. My young daughter had complained about her smile… something we noticed but failed to see as she did, from her side of the mirror, so off to the orthodontist we went.

Smoking cessation

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As a primary care physician, I commonly encounter patients who smoke cigarettes. Most people, including those who smoke, are aware of the long term health risks posed by smoking. Of course, as a physician who cares about their current and future health, I want these patients to embrace the goal of smoking cessation. As someone who has never been a smoker myself, I admit I cannot fully understand the struggle of this task. However, the data suggest that quitting smoking can be extremely difficult. I find it helpful to understand some basic psychology when it comes to smoking cessation.

Tribal Health Task Force sets Halloween guidelines

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The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s Emergency Command Center on Tuesday issued its guidance for celebrating Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic, which basically says stay home with immediate members of the family and forget about everything else. In other words, Halloween as we traditionally know it, is cancelled.

What’s true? What should we believe?

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There’s sure been a lot of new buzzwords and catch phrases this year, haven’t there? In the beginning of 2020, phases such as: “We’re all in this together,” “The new normal,” and “In these uncertain times” dominated news and advertising.

Vantage Point

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As a classroom teacher, I often ask students about their performance in last night’s game. If the team lost, the student invariably says “We got beat” or “We didn’t do so well.” I often wonder, wherever did they get that idea? At a tournament the other day, our team did lose.