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A summer surge of community energy It feels like all the pent-up event energy from the last year is hurtling toward us! In the coming weeks we have so many community events on the calendar: Dupree Pioneer Days, McGovern Day 2021, Red Can festival, Art in the Park, the 5th Annual Ziebach County Historical Fun Run, and the Veterans Stand […]

Political Voices: Say No to WOTUS, POTUS


On Monday, I sat down with the South Dakota Corn & South Dakota Soybean Associations in Valley Springs. For over an hour, I heard directly from producers on concerns they have, the challenges of the last four years, as well as the emerging opportunities. From workforce to trade to farm programs, there was a common goal amongst both groups: greater […]

Letter to the Editor: Dusty’s position: “Say No to WOTUS, POTUS”


Give us specifics, Dusty. How can anyone say “BAD, BAD, NO, NEVER” is the unequivocal answer to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) re-regulation of bodies of water on private land? I trust that EPA doesn’t find — without exception – that non-compliance exists for all South Dakota water on private land. It would be helpful […]

Political Voices: South Dakota Strong


South Dakota has the strongest economy in America. In fact, a recent study by Moody’s Analytics says that South Dakota is one of only 2 states to be in a stronger economic position than we were before the pandemic. That’s no small deal. At a time when other states are still struggling to recover from the devastating shutdowns imposed on […]

Fact Checking “South Dakota Strong”


Governor Noem painted a rosy economic picture of South Dakota in her editorial this week. The West River Eagle fact-checked the article. Below are some facts and suggestions for further reading to get a better overall understanding of where South Dakota stands coming out of the pandemic. The governor fails to mention COVID-19 statistics as an economic impact. The state […]

Home and Garden Tips


Greetings everyone, I hope all is well and the rain watered your plants in but did not damage them. I saw there were some extreme weather warnings and hope your homes are ok as well. This week I will cover some garden tips and a couple of tips for fixing storm damage to your homes. Gardening Tips By now your […]

From the Editorial Board


We are lucky to have some interesting editorials this week. Rep. Shawn Bordeaux sent us a long piece about the current work of the State Tribal Relations Committee, which was brought to an abrupt halt last week by Republican leadership in the State House and Senate. Tellingly, Bordeaux says, “Makes me wonder if they are paying attention up there in […]

Home and Garden Tips


Greetings everyone I hope all is well with everyone and that your gardens are ready to take off. This week I will cover some garden and home care tips. The outlook is for high temperatures and moderate winds the next several days. This is not optimal planting weather but it can be done. Just take some extra care with starts […]

Political Voices: Triumphs and Mistakes: Learning from Our History


The United States of America has a truly unique and wonderful history. Our nation was the first to be founded on an ideal: that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”   In pursuit of this ideal, our nation has seen […]

Critical Race Theory from the Interim Editor


On May 21, Kristi Noem shared in an editorial that she is the first signatory of the 1776 pledge, a thinly veiled attempt to push the destructive narrative of American exceptionalism into our schools. I’ve been wondering how to respond to this attack on American education and more deeply, wondering why it disturbs me so much. The answer came to […]


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