Noem Signs Reporter Shield Law Approves 13 Bills on variety of topics

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem yesterday signed the Reporter Shield Law, a bill that protects journalists from revealing privileged sources and information. “Fact-based reporting can be a valuable tool in upholding the integrity of government entities, and investigative reporting can lead to much needed policy reforms. Even so, local reporters can be forced to testify for investigating important stories, […]

State of Emergency declared on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reservation

Eagle Butte, SD — A state of emergency has been declared by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. The counties within the exterior boundaries of the reservation have experienced more than 30” of snowfall since the beginning of the year with more on the way. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has declared an emergency in the […]

FOIA requests quick and easy to make, not always quickly received


Making a Freedom of Information Act request is a simple process. Write a letter requesting the documents you want, the format you want (electronic or paper), and wait. The waiting is he hardest part. Some people wait years for their requests to be fulfilled, and some documents arrive heavily redacted — which means there are a lot of black boxes […]

Six children graduate from the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s award-winning Main University

EAGLE BUTTE, SD — On Tuesday, Feb. 26, six students celebrated their graduation from the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s award-winning Main University. The program’s winter session took place from Jan. 15 to Feb. 19, and it was open free to 4- to 12-year-olds who spend time at CRYP’s “The Main” youth center. Recipient of a “Champion for Children” award from […]

State & National News

State officials urge public to prepare now for major storm PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota state government officials urge citizens to make preparations now, which includes adjusting travel plans, for a late-winter storm this week that will cover most of the state with several inches of snow, high winds and freezing rain. (news.sd.gov) Learn about experiences of women on westward […]

Noem accepting applications for summer interns

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Office summer internship program. Student interns will work with staff on various projects depending on interests and strengths, but typical duties include aiding the governor’s general counsel, director of constituent services, and communications team; conducting policy research; preparing policy briefings; and staffing the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. […]

What about the evil we do?


The word “evil” seems archaic. It conjures images of a red demon with horns and a desire to destroy everyone and everything. The fact that any living creature would be happy to destroy others for no reason other than for its own pleasure baffles me, and yet people have proven they can and will do so — repeatedly. Serial killers […]

Letter to the editor. . .

The year 2019 began a disheartened time with the unexpected loss of my niece on Jan. 7, 2019, she was to go into a long-term care facility, out of state. On Jan. 12, 2019, my house was torched in the early hours of the morning, my granddaughter was being stalked by her boyfriend, who was sending dozens of young boys […]

Shine a brighter light on government in South Dakota


This week we celebrate the public’s right to know what our government is doing. “Sunshine Week” is a nationwide observance and in South Dakota we have open government issues worth celebrating and others sorely needing our attention. As South Dakota legislators put the finishing touches on the 2019 legislative session, there are notable open government achievements coming out of it. […]

Maus I and II: Autobiographical graphic novels turn comics into serious literature


Comics emerged in the late 20th century onto the big screen, and exploded into franchise epics in the 2000s. Before Marvel and DC, and Heroes on TV, there were comic writers and illustrators exploring the genre in much the same way Tom Wolfe and Truman Capote took journalism and used narrative elements to recreate the story of reported events. Comics […]


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