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Indoor home tips for cold weather or quarantine


Greetings everyone, I hope all are well. This week I will cover things cold weather home projects. These are also good quarantine projects if you’re stuck at home, as many are right now. Thank you again for your continued following. Water filters Change inline water filters. Most filters can be changed easily with few or zero tools. Depending on the […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: A wolf in sheep’s clothing


Imagine a condition with symptoms that present differently in each person who has it and no currently approved lab test can definitively confirm the diagnosis. Imagine that the symptoms can flare up and then mysteriously disappear, including fatigue, low grade fevers, joint pain, and mouth sores. All these symptoms overlap with multiple other conditions further complicating a diagnosis. Imagine that […]

From the Editorial Board


It’s time for COVID to come back into daily conversation here and across the country. The Omicron variant is powering a surge unlike anything we have seen before. Schools, restaurants and businesses are starting to close again. Hospitals report 100%-200% increases. The U.S. broke its average daily case record on Sunday, January 2, with 404,743 infections, according to Johns Hopkins […]

Planning and Productivity Part #2: Planners I have known and loved, from paper to Kanban


I used a regular old spiral-bound engagement calendar through high school and college. The blocks for each day were pretty small, but it kept track of important dates. More detailed things like homework assignments had to go in individual notebooks for each subject. When I encountered my first planner it rocked my world. A place where I could see the […]

Recipes and Reflections from Granny Grace


“Rolling on the River” My mother was a great cook. In the tradition of southern country cooking, she was a nurturer who loved to cook.  Mother grew up in the rural Deep South in the 1930s and ’40s. Her father had a big farm and hired quite a few seasonal field hands. My grandmother cooked enough at the mid-day meal […]

Home Improvement Tips


Greetings everyone and Happy New Year! I would just like to start with a humble “Thank you!” for your continued following. I wish you all the best life can offer in the new year to come. I know for many, including myself, this past year was full of challenges and big changes. I am hoping these things only make us […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: Humanity in Medicine


What does it mean to practice humanity in medicine? The phrase is used as a tagline and in book titles. Humanity and compassion in medicine is touted as something to aspire to, a noble accomplishment. But in reality, the biomedical model of health, the business model for healthcare, is not set up to support it. Algorithms and best practices set […]

From the Editorial Board


Late December brings a mixture of emotions to Cheyenne River. Celebrations of Christmas and the Winter Solstice meet the ever-present undercurrent of sorrow and remembrance of Wounded Knee. The resulting words and images are never clear or straightforward. The light of history and experience bends through them causing a slight refraction every time. This week marks the 131st anniversary of […]

Planning and Productivity Part #1: Align your actions with your values


January is the time of year when many people open a new planner. We are all seduced by the creak of the binding, the gleaming smooth pages, and week after week of potential. The goal of using any type of planner is to reduce overall stress and to align your actions with your values. The crux of effective planning is […]

Winter improvement tips


Greetings, everyone, and thanks for your continued following. Lately the subjects of my writing have been things people, some outside of South Dakota, have asked me about. If there is a subject you would like covered, please leave a message with the folks at the West River Eagle office. I do speak with someone once a week or more. Diesel […]


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