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Weekly Garden Tips


Greetings everyone and thank you again for supporting your local newspaper. In recent days I have heard some concerns resurfacing about our freedoms, and nothing speaks freedom louder than freedom of the press. I have received some questions from my relatives back home at the Puyallup Nation, where my people, the Aleut, were taken in when many families were displaced. […]

Replacing pitchforks with understanding, healing


As the fallout from a young athletes social media post spreads through South Dakota and beyond its borders, the communities involved can set an example by moving forward with positive action instead of negative repercussions. I have not seen the snippet nor do I have the desire to do so. I know many people have and many have described it […]

Home and Garden Tips: preparing for spring


Greetings everyone and thanks as always for your continued following. I will begin this week with some home improvement tips in preparation for spring’s approach. Some of the tips are specific for readers outside of South Dakota and in order not to confuse anyone, I will note each region as I give a tip. Here in South Dakota, we are […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: Comfortable Death


He was my neighbor, a guy my age, a man of many talents and interests, and a dear friend. He was one of those fellows who would give the shirt off his back to help you, if needed. When he was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas spread to liver, he, his daughters, and his friends knew how this was […]

Defending the Defenseless


The Senate recently voted on two commonsense bills that would have gone a long way to help defend the rights of the defenseless. Unfortunately, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act were both defeated, largely on party lines. All Senate Republicans joined a handful of Democrats in supporting the born-alive bill, but we came […]

Letter to the Editor: South Dakota Senate Bill 157 undercuts local control

Dear Editor, Local citizens deserve a chance to be fully informed and weigh in on proposed development in their communities. Senate Bill 157, brought at the request of Gov. Noem and advanced in the Senate, erodes local control by restructuring the county zoning and appeals process in a way that removes the requirement of a public hearing for projects with […]


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