Opinions

Racism is not Politics


This writer is charged with reporting the conversations which occur during South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s regular news conferences. Governor Noem held a press conference today, June 3, to address protests in South Dakota prompted by the murder of George Floyd last week. Since Mr. Floyd’s killing, I have made a pledge to myself to call out racism whenever and […]

Senator Rounds’ Column: Coming back stronger


For the past few months, South Dakotans have done a good job of distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Compared to other states, we have a very low number of cases and some of our counties have no cases at all. More and more businesses are opening their doors, and in most cases they are following safety guidelines outlined […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: The Secrets of Circulation


The medical history books reveal secrets of circulation and blood pressure that rival the best novels of intrigue. Years ago, before people had figured out how blood circulates, second century Greek scientist Galen, had the idea that blood moved from the right side of the heart to the left through unseen pores. That idea was not questioned for more than […]

Weekly gardening and home improvement tips


Greetings everyone, I hope you and your families are well. I also hope your garden is doing great as well. This week I will cover some garden tips and home repair. I will start with some garden tips. Squash plants There are over 100 different vegetables in the squash family and most do very well in South Dakota. Acorn Squash: […]

Senator Thune’s Column: Look up to her


The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which formally granted women the right to vote, was officially adopted on August 26, 1920, a common-sense change that was long overdue. For its centennial celebration, I can think of no better location to honor the women who helped build America than Mount Rushmore, a symbol of our democracy and a shrine to […]

COVID-19 Bill provides temporary economic relief while states prepare to safely reopen


When the Senate passed emergency COVID-19 relief legislation—called the CARES Act—in late March, our country was experiencing the early stages of the pandemic. Businesses were closing to the public, people began to stay home and our economy took a nosedive. The CARES Act provided direct financial assistance to businesses, individuals and families to lessen the impact on the economy, so […]

Gratitude for a wonderful teacher and role model


I will always remember Mrs. Britt, my second grade teacher. She loved the color green, she loved drinking buttermilk straight out of the carton, and most of all, she was kind. There are so many lessons from Mrs. Britt that I have carried with me into adulthood. When I learned of her passing, I shed a tear, spoke my gratitude, […]

Weekly gardening tips


Greetings everyone, I hope everyone is well and doing good. This week I will cover some information on wild plants, pest control, and gardening. Please understand that this information is not intended to take the place of formal education and garden experience. This column is intended for entertainment, learning, and to spark your interest in the world of gardening. Wild […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: Finding a new balance


Life is about balance. We balance our time, our budgets, our work, and our family. If you concentrate too much in one area, you will soon be wanting in another. Additionally, our bodies are constantly working to keep our blood pressure, blood sugar, and temperature in balance. Covid-19 disrupted our balance, both in our lives and for some, in our […]

Bad Reputation: U.S. and China


People like to compare the U.S. and China, so much so I think many people have forgotten a key point – our values are not the same, not even close. Large economies, yes, but China is a communist, authoritarian nation with a state-run media and a government obsessed with surveillance and control. China’s handling of this worldwide pandemic has brought […]


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