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Lawn and garden tips


Greetings everyone! As we wind down Labor Day weekend and our summer weather winds down with it, the time has come to prepare for our fall and winter weather. I hope everyone has enjoyed their gardens this year. If this year was your first gardening, you may think it’s all over and done with the changes of the seasons, but […]

Character and decency matter, must return


I had always been proud to be an American. During my career, I spent a lot of time working in Europe. Protocol said that casual conversation should avoid politics and religion. That was not always possible and I had many political discussions. I was always able to advocate for the American position. I could not do that today. The positions […]

Thank CHRs for service their dedication


Dear Editor, As you may have heard on the radio, after 20 years, I have decided, after long hesitation, that it was time to retire. Let me tell you about the CHR Program- this is not a job for the weary or the faint. It is not an 8-5 job. This is a job for people with compassion and care. […]

Be a viral superspreader this election


I’m hoping you’ll agree to be a viral superspreader—in a good way, in a way that actually defends democracy and keeps America free. Trump has again said that he might not abide by the results of the upcoming election if he doesn’t like those results, that is, if he loses. He will lose. Trump won in 2016, thanks to the […]

A new school year in South Dakota


Over the last week, many schools across South Dakota resumed classes – both in-person and online. This marks the beginning of a sense of normalcy many of our kids are experiencing for the first time in several months. Although there’s nothing normal about wearing masks or attending classes virtually, this is our reality for the time being and thankfully our […]

American workers have been given a raw deal throughout the Trump Era


Although Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that American workers are “thriving” during his presidency, this contention rings hollow.  The mishandled coronavirus pandemic, of course, has created levels of unemployment, hunger, and misery in the United States not seen since the Great Depression.  But even in the years before the pandemic, when Trump claimed he had created “the greatest economy in […]

Lawn and garden tips


Greetings everyone, I hope all of you are well. This week I will cover some garden tips for four faithful readers outside of South Dakota. We have readers all over the country and I normally give tips for our readers who subscribe online once per quarter. I will start with the western coastal States and areas outside of the high […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Balanced zoning key to rural clean energy future

Dear Editor, The wind energy industry remains one of the fastest growing in the U.S. It has not only increased capacity, but provides consumers and utilities with clean energy while creating additional economic benefits, such as tax revenue, career opportunities and direct payments to landowners who host turbines. However, that growth has created questions and concerns, leaving local officials trying […]

Thank you to South Dakota’s frontline heroes


As the coronavirus pandemic spread from city to city and state to state throughout the country, heroes emerged in some unlikely forms. Delivery drivers helped keep our economy moving, literally. Grocery store workers risked their own health and safety to ensure shelves were stocked and home necessities were available. Sanitation and utility workers helped keep our lights on, our internet […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: Let’s Exercise Our Brains



Albert Einstein conducted thought experiments to figure out theoretical problems. Let’s do one of our own. Suppose that you fell and broke your left leg and had to be in a cast for eight weeks. Would you expect your left leg to be as strong as your right leg when the cast was removed? Of course not. You know that […]


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