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Happy Mother’s Day! It’s a little late, but it’s never too late to thank a mother, stepmother, auntie, grandma, sister, cousin or neighbor. There are many dads who are awesome mothers as well, stepping in when there’s no one else. One does not have to be a mother to do the work of mothering. Speaking of work, May 7 was […]

From the Interim Editor


We are delighted to have our regular columnist Floyd Braun back with us this week. Welcome back, Floyd! Frighteningly, Floyd was the subject of a missing persons search last week. While it turns out he was fine all along, I’d like to address some points about why the West River Eagle chose to cover the story the way we did. […]

Political Voices: Dedicated to service


Each year congressional offices across the country interview potential candidates for our nation’s military and service academies.   It’s one of the best parts of my job. South Dakota is home to some of the best and brightest students, many of them hoping they’ll go on to serve our country at one of our nation’s esteemed military institutions.   By the […]

Home and Garden Tips


Greetings everyone. I hope everyone is well and ready for what has been an elusive growing season. In some areas we had warmer weather followed by snow fall again this past week. Is it too early to plant? I remember a garden season not long ago (I believe it was 2016 or 2017.) when I planted the 5-acre garden at […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: The healing power of art


Artists and medical personnel both know the importance of art. The famous nurse Florence Nightingale once said, “Variety of form and brilliancy of color in the object presented to patients are an actual means to recovery.” Elaine Poggi, Founder of the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals agrees and stated “The mood changes when our beautiful nature photos are placed on […]

From the Editorial Board


It’s Spring at the end of a long pandemic winter. Prom, graduations, and sports banquets are on the calendar. This week we highlight the graduates of Takini School. More graduation and prom pictures will follow. We should all celebrate the persistence of our young people in making it through this unusual year. And we should celebrate the teacher and parents […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: Dear Moms, I see you


This has been an exhausting year for moms. Last spring, we had no idea we would still be dealing with this pandemic a year later. It presented difficult decisions, such as in-person school or remote learning, how to work from home while caring for children, or how to pay the bills without work, when to let children visit their grandparents, […]

From the Editorial Board


Local school coverage It’s been wonderful to have more and more coverage of our local schools in the paper of late. Since Cheyenne-Eagle Butte schools opened up for in-person instruction in March it’s evident that students and teachers are thriving with more face-to-face contact. This week we have coverage of visual and graphic arts, track and field, choral music, college […]

From the Interim Editor


The poem we share this week, “In Elation,” by S.E. Coulson, was written by my friend Susan after her recovery from COVID-19 in the fall of 2020. She was very sick, but thankfully not hospitalized with COVID pneumonia and was able to isolate at home. Susan described the experience of lying awake on her bed on an October afternoon with […]

Letter to the Editor: Medicaid Expansion for South Dakota


Joe Biden is doing his best to strengthen Medicaid’s support for long-term care for the elderly and for people with disabilities. Therefore, now is the time to beef up Medicaid in South Dakota so that, at last, every adult and child gets health coverage. The expansion of Medicaid has been offered since 2014 by the Affordable Care Act (the ACA). […]


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