Anderson and Maher graduate from Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University candidates for graduation were awarded master, bachelor, associate degrees during the University’s 174th commencement ceremony this December. More than 200 students received their degrees. Degrees are indicated by the following: MBA, master of business administration; MED, master of education; MS, master of science; BA, bachelor of arts; BGS, bachelor of general studies; BS, bachelor of science; […]

Academics and Athletics


Involvement in high school activities offers incentives to maintain a high level of academic performance. Student-athletes are more than 13-times less likely to drop out than non-athletes, as reported by the Journal of Sport Administration and Supervision. The same study found that student-athletes were 10% more likely to have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above and were […]

All the Light We Cannot See explores the evolution of possibility into triumph & loss


In the Chicago airport this past summer while in route to the Dominican Republic (DR), I realized that most large airports have numerous book/newspaper retail outlets, and the book and magazine displays are beacons that lure me to peruse the stacks and racks. On one table, I found the novel All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, and […]

Daugaard highlights workforce development in State of the State address


PIERRE — In his last State of the State address, Gov. Dennis Daugaard highlighted the need for greater workforce development programs in South Dakota. Daugaard made the speech on Tuesday to a joint session of the S.D. House and Senate. Term limits will keep Daugaard from running for re-election this year. “Our state does not have enough workers in skilled […]

Native Americans are South Dakotans, too


PIERRE — We’re all in this together. That was a recurring theme during the State of the Tribes address delivered on Thursday to a joint session of the S.D. Legislature. “We are all neighbors. We are all South Dakotans,” said Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Chairman Boyd Gourneau. When he looks around the Lower Brule Reservation on the west bank of […]

State of the judiciary: Impartial, but not indifferent


PIERRE — Despite the success of South Dakota’s drug courts, the judicial system is having a tough time keeping up with the wave of meth addiction in the state. That was part of the message that a joint session of the South Dakota Legislature heard from Chief Justice David Gilbertson when he delivered his State of the Judiciary message on […]

At the heart of it…


Humans are the problem, not media technology I love Facebook. I can certainly live without it, but it offers interesting bits of information, even as it loops me into its algorithms. They key is to NOT let it be the only source of information  that we use. It needs to be a means of communication, a glimpse of what people […]

The Good Folks of Lennox Valley

Powerful Words… Underdog attacks make-believe issues For a while it seemed as if the mayoral debate might have ended before it began. After prayers by Raymond Cooper and Dick Bland incited a near-riot in the Methodist church fellowship hall, voices quickly dulled to whispers as Juliet Stoughton took her place behind the podium. As the cacophony quieted, Stoughton took a […]

Letter to the editor…

Dear Editor, Housing is an important issue to South Dakotans of all ages and in all corners of our state. However, much housing research is conducted at the national level, but because South Dakota is much more rural than many other states in the country this research does not always accurately reflect housing in South Dakota. To better understand and […]

Eagle Butte man sentenced for assault

United States Attorney Ronald A. Parsons, Jr. announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on January 5, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Celby Noisy Hawk, Jr., age 42, was sentenced to 42 months in custody, followed by 2 years of supervised release, and a special assessment […]


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