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The case of the crippling newsprint tariff


Escalating printing costs driven by tariffs on Canadian newsprint caught many newspapers by surprise this year. Comments about a system where one company could deliver such a blow to an entire industry ranged from wry to outraged. Now the International Trade Commission has said the tariffs will stop. Here is a quick explanation. Q.        Where did the […]

Prepare for the cold, prep your vehicle now


Each year, the South Dakota Department of Safety puts out a pamplet for Emergency Management during the hazardous weather conditions, and it never hurts to check your vehicle emergency supplies as the weather turns chilly, and winter hovers on the edge of October or November. According to the SD Winter Preparedness Guide, each vehicle should have in its emergency kit […]

CRYP’s Keya Cafe goes eco-friendly, provides educational opportunities for Lakota teens

EAGLE BUTTE, SD (Aug. 30, 2018) — The Keya (Turtle) Cafe and Coffeehouse has been a mainstay of the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s social enterprise initiatives since it opened in 2011. In recent years, it also has led the charge as the nonprofit youth organization seeks to become more environmentally friendly. In today’s Keya Cafe, customers will find biodegradable to-go […]

Nonprofit savings account program providing security for nonprofits

PIERRE – Five South Dakota organizations have been selected to be a part of the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) Nonprofit Savings Account program. The five organizations chosen from a competitive selection process include: Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, Safe Harbor Foundation, South Dakota Hall of Fame and Teach for America South Dakota. […]

Gov. Dennis Daugaard declares September as Suicide Prevention Month

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September as Suicide Prevention Month in South Dakota. The Department of Social Services, along with the Department of Health and the Department of Tribal Relations, is encouraging all South Dakotans to take an active role in suicide prevention by getting involved in local prevention activities. “Suicide does not discriminate, people of all […]

We’ve got it easy today; let’s not take it for granted


After the Labor Day parade in Eagle Butte, I snapped a photo of a wagon, drawn by a team of horses from the Timber Lake Elk Ranch and flowing through traffic on Main Street as everyone headed to their next destination. While it is not unusual to see a horse-drawn wagon in traffic, especially in larger cities where a romantic […]

Democracy and the Informed Citizen: join our efforts to solidify media presence in our state, nation


It is hard to imagine losing the editorial checks and balances that protect our First Amendment rights, our freedom of information.  These rights have been championed throughout history by traditional media outlets, some of whom stood against dictatorial attempts to censor public information. And while the First Amendment is not currently under direct attack, it is indirectly threatened by the […]

Be the one


Suicide is a growing problem in South Dakota. Last year we had the highest number of suicides on record. It was the ninth leading cause of death and the second leading cause of death for individuals age 10 to 34. Around 5 percent of the population experiences thoughts of suicide each year. Even more alarming, a 2015 survey of South […]

Common ground on separate soil


As an intern reporter for the Watertown Public Opinion this summer, I got to interview the diverse and interesting groups of people that I wrote about. One of my favorite stories of the summer was a group of Hungarian agriculturalists who were doing a farm tour of the Midwest. This experience sticks out to me not only because it was […]


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