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We’re in the last days of summer sliding into fall. School and fall sports started and gardeners are starting to think about final harvest and how long we can draw out the tomato crop. It’s a bittersweet time and the paper this week holds both sweetness and bite. We have a great story about the Durable Medical Equipment business in […]

Requesting Correction: Thirty years of federal service

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Dear Editor, In your September 9th issue of the West River Eagle, it is noted on page 12 in the Cheyenne – Eagle Butte School 2021-2022 Service Awards ceremony – BIE Honorably Mentioned: Nearing 30 years: Douglas Petersen. This statement is incorrect. The following is the correct information: Douglas Petersen’s last teacher day with Cheyenne-Eagle Butte was on June 14, […]

Reflections and Recipes from Granny Grace

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“Confessions of a Get-by Cook” Many years ago I heard, “A spotless house is the sign of a wasted life.” I tend to agree.  Judging by that one criteria, we can safely say that my life has not been wasted. I’ve never had a spotless house and don’t expect I ever will. I would also say that a day spent […]

Political Voices: Remembering 9/11 as a Congressional Staffer

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Tuesday, September 11, 2001. It was like every other day working for then-Congressman John Thune on Capitol Hill. I was a staff assistant at the time and our office, the Longworth House Office Building, was located adjacent to the Capitol.  A few minutes past nine the phone rang – it was our Chief of Staff – he was in South […]

Home and Garden Tips

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Greetings everyone. I hope you have enjoyed the last few days of summer. As far as the calendar goes, the season of Fall begins September 21. If this year is anything like the past few years, we should enjoy the next couple weeks before the first flakes fly. This is the last chance for early fall deals on winter equipment. […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: Prevention is the best treatment

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What I remember most is the silence. She was 19 years old, just starting her first semester of college. She had been transferred to our level 1 trauma center, intubated and in a medically induced coma. I was a third-year medical student, being introduced to the realities of medicine. Our team was clustered around her in the procedure room adjacent […]

From the Editorial Board

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The biggest news this week is the upcoming National Clean Up day events. The City of Eagle Butte has taken on a huge project with this event. Kudos to Finance Manager Sheila Ganje and City Council for showing community leadership in this way. The other big news is the continued increase in COVID cases here and around the world. Last […]

From the Editor: Remembering September 11, 2001

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I was parking my car in Burlington, Massachusetts, north of Boston, around nine o’clock on September 11, 2001. I pulled into the parking lot at work and sat there for a while, listening to reports on NPR that a plane had struck the World Trade Center in New York. I could have sat there listening for hours but I finally […]

Political Voices: Tragedy in Afghanistan

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The events that unfolded in Afghanistan over the last few weeks have been a tragedy.  It was devastating to hear the news that thirteen servicemembers were killed – the deadliest day in Afghanistan in over a decade – outside the airport gates in Kabul while assisting Americans and Afghan allies urgently trying to flee the country.    It was heartbreaking […]

The Tragedy of Afghanistan

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The rapid reconquest of the capital, Kabul, by the Taliban after two decades of a staggeringly expensive, bloody effort to establish a secular government with functioning security forces in Afghanistan is, above all, unutterably tragic. Tragic because the American dream of being the “indispensable nation” in shaping a world where the values of civil rights, women’s empowerment and religious tolerance […]


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