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Prairie Doc Perspectives: Self-Diagnosis can be rash


“Doc, what’s this scaly rash on my arm? Do I have ringworm again?” A lot of the rashes I see in my dermatology clinic are red and scaly. In fact, what first drew me to dermatology as a profession was watching a dermatologist distinguish between seemingly similar red, scaly rashes all day. It intrigued me at the time, and I […]

From the Editorial Board


Our paper carries an interesting editorial this week. Governor Kristi Noem speaks about the discovery of the graves of Native children and the beginning of rematriation of their bodies. Her piece is interesting in that it’s kind, and she tries to acknowledge the lived reality of those who suffered and died in the Indigenous boarding schools, and those who suffered […]

From the Interim Editor


I went to my first wacipi ever in Iron Lighting on the Fourth of July. Friends were shocked when I said I’d never been to one. I grew up in Ohio, went to Catholic school for 12 years, went to an Episcopal college, and then moved to Massachusetts. So I never had the opportunity to attend a wacipi. A Renaissance […]

Political Voices: Not perfect, but progress


In Congress, hardly anything is perfect. But just because it’s not perfect, doesn’t mean there’s not progress. This past week we made progress for South Dakota.  The first comes following the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) decision to walk back plans to change the city status of Rapid City. In January, OMB began toying with the idea to increase […]

Political Voices: Learning from our mistakes


One of the main reasons why we study history is to learn from both our triumphs and our mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes are painful to admit, but we study them nonetheless so that we can ensure that they are never repeated. That’s why students learn about the Holocaust. That’s why we study the atrocity of American slavery and the Civil […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: Science or Magic?


Examples of accelerating scientific progress abound in human history. Mendel’s experiments with plants demonstrated inheritance in the mid-1800s. Over the next 100 years, researchers across the world built upon each other’s discoveries, until Watson, Crick, and Franklin finally identified the structure of DNA. The human genome project was launched nearly 40 years later, and within 15 years, the entire human […]

Home maintenance tips


Greetings everyone. This week I will cover some tips to protect your home or business from the threat of wildfire. The threat of wildfire is growing nationwide and, due to changing climate conditions, wildfire is now a threat almost year-round. There are some low-cost actions you can take. Other precautions are more costly; but as a property owner you already […]


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