Winter storm Europa swoops in and out, cutting power and immoblizing motorists



There was a quiet before Winter Storm Europa moved in under cover of a clandestine fog cloaking rain Christmas night. The disguise was ripped away all-too suddenly when winds and picked up and rain turned to snow. “It started out as rain, then turned to snow with heavy winds, and everything gets caked up in the snow and wind,” said […]

Gov. Daugaard declares State of Emergency following winter storm



WHEREAS, the entire State of South Dakota has been impacted by a Christmas Day severe winter storm which brought freezing drizzle and rain, snow, and high winds leading to blizzard conditions in areas where snow fell; and,   WHEREAS, The storm caused widespread hazardous travel conditions and road closures due to zero visibility; and,   WHEREAS, The blizzard conditions interrupted […]

Illegally dumped snow can cause problems



The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public and commercial snow removal operators that it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches.  “The recent snowstorm across western and central South Dakota the past few days has deposited a large amount of snow in some areas,” said […]

Judge Mark Barnett blocks implementation of IM 22



Last month, a majority of South Dakotan’s voted to pass Initated Measure 22, an act to revise State campaign finance and lobbying laws, create a publicly funded campaign finance program, create an ethics commission, and appropriate funds.  Last week, Sixth Circuit Court Judge Mark Barnett issued an order Enjoining and Declining Severability in the Initiated Measure 22 lawsuit.  The lawsuit […]

Hanson sentenced to four years for Assault



Walter Hanson, Jr., 31 of Eagle Butte, was sentenced to 48 months in custody,  for assaulting in individual with a knife in January. Hanson was sentenced by on December 20, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Hanson was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 13, 2016 and pled guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon on […]

This is how I picture it

Christmas memories, good and bad

What a Christmas! So much that has gone on in the last few days, where does one start. Santa wasn’t the only visitor on Christmas as Winter Storm Europa laid a path of destruction that brought much of the State of South Dakota to a standstill. Heavy snow, freezing rain, strong winds, ice covered drifted roads, stranded travelers, down power […]

Remembering friends



The years go faster as one gets older, and as 2016 closes, I have been thinking back on the past year. As always, Linda and I have much to be thankful for. We are also remembering four good friends and great South Dakotans who we lost this year. In January, Paul Kinsman passed away after a brave battle with cancer. […]

Collateral Beauty and Arrival: death as catalyst



The seat in the red, Ford 150 manual choke truck stretched from door to door — dull, gray vinyl, smudged with dirt and grease stains from years of traffic. Dampness, oil and gas mixed with the crisp smell of cold air pushed down by the heat blowing from the vents. The truck engine idled outside the closed windows.  My dad […]

Creative ways to ring in the new year



Counting down the hours until the new year can be exciting, as the world anxiously anticipates the adventures in store for the months ahead. Celebrating the new year dates back thousands of years to the ancient Babylonians, who celebrated a new year come the first full moon after the spring equinox. The new year is now commemorated in various ways […]

T’was the night before Christmas



Family Literacy Night for Pre-K thru 6 grades was held on Monday, December 19 at the Dupree School. Each grade level group read a different story and then participated in activities to accompany the stories.  Pre-K and Kindergarten read The Gingerbread Man and made gingerbread houses. First and second grades read The Mitten by Jan Brett and made mitten Ornaments.Third […]


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