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Home Repair and Maintenance

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Greetings everyone, I hope all of you are doing well. Thank you again for following. I hope this column is useful for you. This week I will cover some home and RV tips. Fall is coming soon so it’s time to winterize recreational equipment. I will also cover and recap some easy home projects. Home Maintenance Check for toilet leaks […]

From the Editorial Board

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Our paper this week carries themes of community connection, innovation, and new life. It also carries the news of a significant increase in COVID cases.  It’s hard to hold the devastation of COVID in one hand and the growing vibrancy of Eagle Butte in the other. The virus continues to bear down on our community and we continue to rise […]

Letter to the Editor: The Ravnsborg travesty

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Regarding the Ravnsborg incident near Highmore and court reports that followed: I recall my own two vehicle-deer mishaps during the past twenty-five years. When one’s eyes are on the road ahead, the driver can easily identify potential collision objects. In the Highmore tragedy, the victim was walking on the side of the road. He was carrying a flashlight. Mr. Ravnsborg’s […]

Here’s how to help newspapers without government interference, the Editorial Board writes

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The federal Local Journalism Sustainability Act is now before both the Senate and the House WRE editor’s note: While not written by our own Editorial Board, this piece by the Board of the Salt Lake Tribune speaks to the firm belief of our own board that local news brings people together and decreases polarization. “If I am not for myself, […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: Respect people’s choices

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This summer I attended the celebration of life service for Dr. Rick Holm, the original Prairie Doc who founded this newspaper column, a radio show and a television show now entering its twentieth season. He died from pancreatic cancer in March of 2020 during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and thus there was no public service at the […]

Home and Garden Tips

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As summer is winding down, this is the perfect time to get your gardening supplies in order for those in western coastal states and areas outside of the high country with early freeze zones. These 11 tips will get you started. 1. Have the Right Fertilizer Blend. September is a great time for early fall fertilizer applications. A great blend […]

From the Editorial Board


The most important story this week is the precipitous rise in COVID-19 cases in our community. An increase from 22 to over 62 in a week is way too much. It’s been a real temptation to loosen up our personal vigilance this summer. The pandemic has been with us for so long it’s hard to stay worked up about it […]

Political Voices: Back to School


Summer is coming to an end and students across South Dakota are heading back to school. I was home to see my three boys off to start the 2021-2022 school year this week. While many schools in our state remained open during this past year, the same cannot be said about school districts across the country. According to UNESCO, American […]

Things to do in the garden in August


Greetings everyone and thanks again for your following. Enjoy your week. Keep on growing yor own food. And most of all, enjoy your landscape and have fun. August is an important month. It’s when most annuals, fruits, and vegetables begin to reach peak production. Weeding is important all the time, but all the more so in August as plants need […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: Return to wellness


I recently saw a patient I hadn’t seen in more than 18 months. This patient had previously come to me somewhat routinely for arthritic knees. Together, we constructed a conservative treatment plan to help increase activity and prolong the life of those knees. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic put a dent in our plan. Prior to the pandemic, this patient had […]


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