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Living a life that measures up — a never-ending story of discovery


This past weekend I had front couch seats to a few movies recently released on the Internet. I missed them in the theater, because movie theaters that I know of in this State just do not play those kinds of movies. I watched the films You Were Never Really Here, and First Reformed. Joaquin Phoenix stars in the first, and […]

Letter to the Editor

My Testimony What’s life with no meaning? I know I was born with a purpose, but my soul’s constantly screaming. Born in a world of corruption, wrong turn led to destruction, learned the art of seduction at six-years-old, stripped of my innocence, thinking these were the cards I was dealt, that’s exactly how I felt. At the age of fifteen, […]

“Just do it”


Nike’s “Just do it” slogan has been successful for one reason: it is the mindset one must have to get things get done. There are a million reasons why people do not want to do something. It could be boring, hard or scary for one reason or another. Sometimes we put off things we want to do, but lack the […]

Dakota At Home

A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard  Aging can be a difficult thing. Whether it’s harder on the one growing older, or their loved ones, I’m not sure. When a spouse or a parent grows older and starts to need help with everyday tasks, there are many difficult decisions to make. You want them to be close, to have as much independence […]

Just Get ‘Er Done!

Autumn is here, and harvest is just around the corner. These Fall days are a great time to complete those cleaning tasks you have been putting off. As a veteran, it’s also a great time to review your chore list. Locate your discharge papers. These papers are needed to verify military service for healthcare benefits, retirement, employment, education benefits and […]

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 […]

Letters to the Editor. . .

I want to share a bit of my personal struggles with you, help bring awareness to suicide in our communities. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety most of my life and tried suicide three times between 2004 and 2009. Two years ago, I started participating in a residential drug abuse program. It helped me a lot, it helped me better […]


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