Commentary

Wed
15
Aug
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Pulling weeds

By Jill Pertler

My garden needs weeding. Oh, does it need it. It happens about this time every year. I start out strong, but then summer gets away from me and the weeds are miracle growing like they’ve been fertilized from the heavens.

How do the weeds grow so fast? Mother Earth likes to decorate her canvas and her medium of choice (weeds) are in the eye of the beholder.

 

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Fri
10
Aug
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Embracing change in the new school year

By Angie Jones

It’s hard to believe that in just one short week, the kids will already be back in school and the flurry of activities which that entails will be underway. I always looked forward to the start of a new school year. It was exciting to know that you’d be getting new teachers, learning new things, and taking one more step toward being “grown up.” It was also fun to see how everyone had changed over the summer. It’s really amazing to witness the radical changes that can occur in a kid’s looks and personality in just three short months.

Kids today live in a different world than they did even twenty years ago. On the one hand, these changes can seem scary and foreign. We never used to have to worry about things like school shootings, online bullying or our kids having so much “screen time” that they never learn how to interact with other humans face to face.

Fri
10
Aug
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The Sturgis Rally

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

It’s rally time in South Dakota. What started in 1938 as a single motorcycle race in a small town has grown into one of the largest and best-known motorcycle gatherings in the world. This year is the 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and as always, the event is sure to bring a crowd.

Motorcycle enthusiasts aren’t just visiting Sturgis. They are traveling all around the Black Hills – staying in our hotels and at our campgrounds, eating in our local restaurants, shopping in our stores and refueling at our gas stations. Each year the rally has a big economic impact on Sturgis and all of the Black Hills, and that creates benefits for our state too.

Thu
02
Aug
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A new system to serve ALL of our students

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Nearly 50 cents of every state tax dollar goes to education. That includes funding for our public universities, technical schools, and the state Department of Education, but the majority is used to fund our K-12 system. Given that education makes up such a large portion of our budget, we need to routinely evaluate how we are doing as a state. We should often ask ourselves this question: Are we sufficiently preparing our students for what comes next?

Thu
02
Aug
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Some history of lenses

By Richard P. Holm, MD

The oldest known lens was found in the ruins of the ancient Mesopotamian city of Nineveh and was made from polished rock crystal. The Greek playwright Aristophanes mentions the use of such a lens to burn holes in parchment in one of his plays. Allegedly, Pliny the physician used a similar lens to cauterize wounds.

A thousand years later monks started using “reading stones” which were sliced off sections of polished quartz spheres. Sometime in the latter half of the 1200s the monks put these reading stones up on their noses in what today we would recognize as spectacles.

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Wed
25
Jul
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Promises Kept

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

We had a lot of good news to share this week, all related to South Dakota’s outstanding financial condition. On Monday, we announced the close of the fiscal year with a surplus. On Tuesday, we got word that S&P is maintaining our AAA status. Then we learned on Wednesday that our Bureau of Finance and Management is being nationally recognized for its annual financial report.

The state’s finances have always been a top priority for me. When I campaigned for this job in 2010, it was the one thing I heard about wherever I went. We were coming out of the recession and, at the time, there was much attention on the federal deficit and the budget problems states faced nationwide.

 

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Wed
25
Jul
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Trade war poses real threat to agriculture

By Kathy Nelson

South Dakota’s Congressional delegation — all Republicans — are warning President Trump about the negative effects the trade war is having on agriculture.

In a joint letter to the President last week, Sen. John Thune, Sen. Mike Rounds and Rep. Kristi Noem, wrote, “We appreciate and support your administration’s efforts to address a broad spectrum of trade inequities. We do not support, however, making agriculture exports, which have been the exception to such trade inequities, bear the brunt of retaliatory actions in response to current U.S. trade policies. As you continue to pursue trade negotiations to address unfair trade practices and other trade barriers, we strongly urge you to make U.S. agricultural exports a priority of those negotiations and to negotiate with our trading partners to protect agriculture products from all existing and future tariffs.”

 

Wed
18
Jul
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Spruce up: Time to show our pride

Hey, Timber Lake and Isabel, you know what time of year it is. It’s that hurried, hectic time of year when we are getting ready for our two big celebration weekends. Timber Lake’s celebration starts with the Dewey County Fair and German supper and talent show on Thursday, July 26. Isabel starts Friday, August 3 with IHS alumni day and the ranch rodeo. That means we have just a few days to spruce things up so our towns look beautiful when visitors arrive.

 

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Wed
11
Jul
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Creating a community where people want to live

By Paula Jensen

I often hear jovial stories and stereotypes, in and out of rural places, about how small-town people are stuck in the 1960s and refuse to accept change. They joke that we nostalgically hang on to our traditions, our history, our ways of doing things, and our small-town values. Personally, I choose to live in a small town because it’s safe, close to family, and offers me the quality of life I need.

Wed
11
Jul
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Letter from the Editor

By  Margaret Salzer Pierre, SD

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