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Thu
21
Feb
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Talking to kids about e-cigarettes

It’s important to talk to kids and young adults about e-cigarettes with it being the most commonly used tobacco product among their age group in the U.S. In fact, young people are target customers for tobacco products.

“Today’s teenager is tomorrow’s potential regular customer…the smoking patterns of teenagers are particularly important to Phillip Morris.”

- Myron E. Johnston

When talking to kids and young adults it’s important for parents to know their facts about these non-traditional tobacco products. One of the most important facts to share with your kids is that the aerosol is not harmless water vapor and it usually contains the highly addictive drug nicotine. Other harmful products such as cancer causing chemicals, artificial flavoring, hard metals such as nickel, tin, and led are often present in the e-cigarette liquid.

 

Thu
21
Feb
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If your mind was a house

If your mind was a house, what would it look like?

Take a second to ask yourself this question and notice the image that pops into your head. Is it an inviting structure or a scary one? Are others allowed to come in and wander around freely or are there rooms dead-bolted shut with no access for anyone, yourself included? Is your house orderly, with everything in its place, or is it more cluttered and chaotic? Is it a place you like to be or would you rather be anywhere but?

Thu
14
Feb
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Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day

GUEST COLUMN

by Tom Purcell

Thu
07
Feb
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Rep. Lesmeister reports from Pierre

In the House we passed House Bill 1020 that will increase the spending amount on state building improving projects from $1.5 million to $5 million. This bill also streamlines some projects for state owned buildings. The last increase in spending towards improving state buildings was in 1994, and as we all know, the cost of labor and products has gone up. To replace the roof on a building on the Dakota Dome or any building repairs to state prisons would likely cost more than $1.5 million to take on so the house vote to pass this bill.

HB1037 allows the state to seek a contract for the building of a sports complex at Northern State University. The school has not had a home game since the 1930's and the President of the University, Tim Downs, has reassured representatives that the school will always hold academics first and that this request is the last on their, "Campus Master Plan," in improving their campus.

Thu
07
Feb
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Love Story

Stray Thoughts

If you’ll break the rules to meet her, jump out of line to greet her

If you’ll gladly sit and wait for a chance for just one date

Take the risk to hold her hand and pray to God she’ll understand

Many dates, kisses good night, all going well, all feeling right

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Thu
31
Jan
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Get out the ‘yote

Gov. Kristi Noem (RIGHT) admires Sen. Troy Heinert’s coyote skin coat.

EDITOR’S COLUMN

With one social media post, Gov. Noem managed to rally South Dakotans — Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike — around a commonly held truism: the only good coyote around here is a dead one.

Standing with Mission Sen. Troy Heinert, who was wearing a full length fur coat, the Governor last Friday captioned “We need to kill more coyotes so everyone can have a coat like Sen. Heinert’s. How cool is this!?!”

Now from where I sit, the only thing wrong with the social media post is Kristi’s use of the exclamationquestion-exclamation mark trifecta that would make some of the editors I’ve worked for apoplectic. But if there is one thing you can count on the internet for, it’s a ridiculous degree of outrage from people who would seemingly have better things to do.

 

Thu
31
Jan
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Revitalizing rural South Dakota

Hometowns are the heartbeat of South Dakota. I’m proud to be from a rural hometown. It’s where I learned the values of hard work and self-reliance, where Bryon and I chose to raise our kids, where we started an insurance business and hunting lodge, and where my family has farmed and ranched for a century. But many small towns like ours are struggling today.

In South Dakota, according to our most recent statistics, we have 15,363 job openings and 13,500 people actively looking for work. Unfortunately, what we have is a skills gap – those unemployed workers don’t have the skills necessarily to fill the open jobs.

Thu
24
Jan
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It’s up to us to realize Dr. King’s dream

By Tom Purcell

 

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and legacy, in these angry and divisive times, we all could benefit by reminding ourselves of his words’ truth, civility and wisdom.

Too many of us are consumed with hatred and anger, which have reared their ugly heads in our public discourse lately. Dr. King, who endured hatred so ugly and excessive that it led to his assassination, spoke often of the futility of hating anyone or anything - of how hating harms the hater more than the hated:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.” “I have decided to stick to love ... . Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

Thu
17
Jan
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Prairie Doc Lies, myths, and the Alligator Woman

It was June 10, Old Settler’s Day in De Smet, SD, and the carnival was in town. As a fifth grader, I had been doing odd jobs for a month to save up money for that day. For the price of 25 cents, I filed through a trailer to see a “real alligator woman, half human, half alligator.” Of course, it was fake. Sitting there on a table was a dried-up, stuffed, alligator body connected to a live human woman’s head (who was chatting with us). The table had mirrors to cover the hollow box that held the woman’s body underneath. It was an amusing ruse, a trick, an intentional untruth that benefited the marketer exactly 25 cents per viewer. That was, by definition, disinformation.

Thu
17
Jan
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Chairman voices outrage at President’s remarks

LETTER

The President of the United States has decided to make comments regarding Pocahontas, “Big Horn” and “Wounded Knee” in an attempt to denigrate someone else. I ask you, America, when are you going to come to your senses regarding this president?

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