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My memories of the women who molded me into the man I am


Greetings everyone, I hope this past week all has been good for you and your families. This week I will talk about the different women who shaped my love for gardening. As most of you know, I did not grow up here—I grew up in a couple of small blue collar towns in the Pacific Northwest called Westport and Steilacoom. […]

WWII Veteran Marcella LeBeau to Noem: Any effort we can make to save the life of others is key to all people, and prevention is our goal. The border stop is helping mitigate the spread.


(Editor’s note: Marcella LeBeau (Oohenumpa Lakota) served in the United States Army Nurse Corps during World War II as a First Lieutenant. She was stationed with the 76th General Hospital Unit and provided cared for those injured in the Normandy landings. Marcella retired as the Director of Nursing from the Eagle Butte Indian Health Service after thirty-one years. Native Americans have […]

Mother’s Day: recognizing the sacredness of mothers


Editor’s note: this column was published for Mother’s Day 2017. It has been modified. The Navajo believe that women are sacred and that everything in the universe exists in male and female duality. In Navajo culture, every day is reverence of the female being, and it starts with pre-dawn prayers and songs. Each morning one wakes up, puts on moccasins […]

Garden Tips of the week


Greetings everyone, thanks for your continued following. I am so happy that spring is here! While it’s still too early for some things there is plenty of work to do. This week I will go over some lawn tips as well we garden tips. There is a long-standing belief that a beautiful lawn is expensive and requires the use of […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: A redheaded woman experiences life with color


Mrs. R was a character. Her natural red hair had changed to gray years earlier, but thanks to the magic of her hairdresser, her hair was again flashy red, and she had a personality to match. She was a feisty, fun and full-blooded woman full of zest and pizzazz. She made me smile whenever I made rounds at the nursing […]

Mother’s Day: Thank you to the Moms


Mother’s Day will look differently this year. Families will have their Sunday brunch at home and our kids won’t be bringing back handmade crafts orchestrated by their gracious teachers who have saved many a dad throughout the years. Friendly reminder dads – Mother’s Day is a few days out. I’d be remiss if I didn’t highlight a special mother in […]

Protect meatpacking plant workers and our food supply

Dear Editor, Meatpacking plants across the country have become COVID-19 hotspots, and the struggles faced by the people working inside are apparent and alarming. Our friends and neighbors are being asked to risk their health, safety, and lives without vital protections on the job which, in turn, is endangering our food supply and our entire communities. People working in meat […]

Keeping food supply chain running during COVID-19 pandemic is critical


Maintaining a steady, stable supply of food at the grocery stores is an important part of our nation’s supply chain that can be easy to take for granted. Because agriculture is South Dakota’s number one industry, we are more closely aware of some of the struggles in the food supply chain – particularly for our farmers and ranchers – that […]

Garden Tips of the week


Greetings everyone, I hope everyone is well. We are in our last days of April and from the weather forecast, it looks like garden season is here. Although it is still a bit early for garden annuals to go into the ground, there are things you can plant now. Trees Now is a great time to plant your trees. You […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: That’s Love


When my mom called me and said that my dad found four N95 masks in the garage and she wanted to send them all to me since I’m a doctor – That’s love. When I reassured her that we had enough in clinic for now and that she should keep them, or at least keep two for her and dad […]


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