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Prairie Doc Perspectives: Kindness is the best medicine


My name is Joanie Holm. I am a certified nurse practitioner in Brookings, South Dakota and I am the person fortunate to have been the life partner of the original Prairie Doc®, Richard P. Holm, M.D.  Rick and I were married for 40 years before his passing in March of 2020. During those wonderful decades together, if I could point […]

Lawn and garden tips


Greetings everyone and thanks for your continued following and support of the West River Eagle. This week I will cover some garden tips and mid-season/early season equipment tips. Watering in the August heat Best times to water are a half hour before sunrise and half hour before sunset. Before sunrise is best and unless the area being watered is shaded. […]

South Dakota: Small world, big family


South Dakota is a special place. We all know that. It’s where we choose to live, work and raise our kids. It’s where we call home and are surrounded by the people we love, our family. Last week, I was out in the Black Hills visiting with folks. On my way home to Fort Pierre, I stopped in Philip, as […]

Multitasking: The work goes on


While the Senate continues to carefully monitor the implementation of our COVID relief efforts, listen to and learn from states and communities, evaluate where future health and economic assistance might be required, and develop targeted proposals to help those in need, we’re also focused on other issues that are important to the American people. We can walk and chew gum […]

Message to our young people: We see you, we support you


(Editor’s note: For Genevieve) Too often we forget to tell others that we care for them. This is especially true when it comes to the young adults within our communities. When these young people are still in school we tell them not to give up on their dreams. We help them with homework, we help them get to school, we […]

Lawn and garden tips


Greetings everyone and thanks again for your continued following and support of local journalism. I am a far cry from being a journalist but in this past year I have learned so much from those who are. This week I will cover a topic that is often the most overlooked subject in landscaping, but is such an important issue, now […]

Politicians are people, too


Thousands of veterans will return to school in the next few weeks, and it is important that they understand and utilize their GI Bill benefits in the pursuit of their education. While the GI Bill covers nearly every imaginable school related expense from tuition, books, fees, and even a living stipend, we understand that utilizing this benefit can be confusing […]

Investing in America’s future


Thousands of veterans will return to school in the next few weeks, and it is important that they understand and utilize their GI Bill benefits in the pursuit of their education. While the GI Bill covers nearly every imaginable school related expense from tuition, books, fees, and even a living stipend, we understand that utilizing this benefit can be confusing […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: Life lessons



Sometimes, life has lessons for us that we don’t truly appreciate until much later. Many years ago, when I was a very wet behind the ears new doctor, I had the privilege of being part of the care team for an elderly Native American woman. She had been transferred from somewhere in rural South Dakota to our hospital in the […]

Letter to the Editor: My hats off to West River Eagle

Dear Editor, I’d like to begin by thank you for printing my last letter that I sent your way. I did not hear from anyone or find any type of help about the staff desecrating my eagle feather, but I have renewed confidence to continue my cause. The words that you print are awesome and do hold truth as I […]


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