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Thu
02
Apr
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The New Passover

You’d think that we had never seen a problem like virus COVID-19 from a bat or pangolin in Wuhan, the likely source from which it was drawn.

A big surprise both east and west, with no vaccines, and hardly a test.

The gaping jaws, the vacant stares; misinformation everywhere.

 

 

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Thu
02
Apr
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Letters

To my beloved relatives,

With all of the uncertainty and fear circulating through the media right now, it can seem difficult to stay centered, feel safe, and express affection to our elders, who are most at risk during the current outbreak. I hope the communities I love find these thoughts and comments helpful as we all go through this time together.

First, do the simple things to keep everyone safe: wash your hands with soap and water often, keep a 6 foot distance from others, avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more, sneeze or cough into your elbow, and stay away from others if you feel sick.

 

 

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Thu
26
Mar
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Some thoughts on this historic moment

A while back, I bought a small wooden plaque for the office that says: “The world is a small town. Be nice.” Intended as a message about not only manners and kindness but also about tolerance and cooperation, it might be appropriate when thinking of our response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Yes, the world is a much smaller place than it used to be, which is mostly a good thing. Forty years ago many of us didn’t know many people who had been out of the country except with the military or an oil company in the Middle East. That has all changed as today’s global economy, which depends on people to bring us the products we need and maintain markets for what we produce, has indeed shrunk our world.

Thu
26
Mar
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LETTER

A letter to all citizens:

Dewey County Emergency Management has been in contact with state and federal entities to help prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been working with city and county entities to prepare and do supply checks. We have been doing weekly/daily briefings with the State of South Dakota Emergency Operations Center, State of South Dakota Emergency Management, and the South Dakota Department of Health along with local emergency managers of nearby counties. We will continue to be in contact with our local EMS personnel and local health clinics.

We are recommending that you get your information from a trusted source like the South Dakota Department of Health or the CDC, not social media. Our recommendation is to follow the guidelines proposed by the CDC along with state and local governments.

 

 

 

Thu
19
Mar
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Stray Thoughts: Measuring Up

For the record, my mother had recipes, but improvised often.

My mother used her thumb and forefinger as measuring devices.

She just pinched the “right amount” of oregano, nutmeg, cumin…

whatever she needed, and it all just somehow worked out.

 

 

 

 

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Thu
19
Mar
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Democracy demands open government

This week is National Sunshine Week – an annual observance to spotlight the importance of open, transparent government. It’s also a good time to say thank you and high five the journalists in South Dakota who are on the front lines of defending the public’s right to know.

A quick search for use of the term “executive session” in all South Dakota newspapers in our association’s computer database for the first 70 days of 2020 returns 500 hits.

Five hundred!

Executive session is a term used by public boards, commissions and councils to refer to specific closeddoor discussions during official meetings, as permitted by South Dakota’s open meetings laws.

Thu
19
Mar
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Containing Covid-19

With the coronavirus causing school to be cancelled, my son brought his school work home. He shared with us a Greek mythology worksheet about Pandora’s Box. If you aren’t familiar, the Greek god Zeus gave a wedding present to beautiful Pandora but instructed her not to open it. Like many of us, impatience and curiosity got the best of her and she opened it anyway, which caused a lot of new problems.

Similarly, with Covid-19, this new virus, is already out of the box. This is a global pandemic and we are being asked to be patient and conform to social distancing to help slow down the spread. This is our current challenge. Every day we hear about sporting events, concerts, schools, and travel plans being cancelled. This is the best-known method to slow the spread of Covid-19. The less we are mixing and mingling, the less the virus is spreading.

 

 

 

Thu
12
Mar
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Prairie Doc Save a life by listening

Our nation has a large and growing public health problem called suicide. It is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and it is preventable. The Centers for Disease Control indicates suicide was responsible for more than 47,000 deaths in 2017, resulting in about one death every 11 minutes and it affects all ages. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people 10 to 34 years of age, the fourth leading cause among people 35 to 54 years of age, and the eighth leading cause among people 55 to 64 years of age.

While the causes of suicide vary, depression is often an underlying factor. Most of us periodically have what is called “situational depression,” such as the understandable sadness that follows severe loss or death, but what is more typical of harmful depression is when there is no particular situation, no identifiable “reason” for it.

 

 

Thu
12
Mar
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Governor’s column: Broadband and progress

A programmer can’t do her job without a computer. A farmer can’t do his job without a combine. A photographer can’t get the job done without a camera.

This year, you’ve heard me say that South Dakota is open for business. It’s true. But if we’re going to create jobs that keep our kids here at home, we have to equip South Dakota with the tools that businesses need to thrive. We have to pave the way for economic growth.

Throughout this legislative session, you’ve heard me set a renewed focus on cleaning up areas of government that hold back economic progress. I’ve signed bills into law that reduce regulations and make it easier for people to get to work. I testified on a bill that creates a fair, consistent county zoning process for the businesses wanting to create careers in our communities. These are tools that set us up for economic progress and will help us welcome new industries into our state.

 

Thu
05
Mar
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It’s not the mask, it’s who you ask

I have been amused since the birth of COVID-19, how many people have become armchair quarterbacks in the war against viruses. Most people know virtually nothing about viruses…

most believe viruses are alive and can be killed…  they buy into Hollywood virus outbreak stories and exotic tales of where viruses come from. My advice is this… don’t ask your plumber about pharmaceutical engineering, or your accountant about new treatment options for cancer. Get medical information from currently practicing and informed medical professionals, and not and informed medical professionals, and not from your Internet-surfing uncle, your well-meaning, but ignorant co-workers, your teacher with no experience in health care, or from your scientifically illiterate friend.

 

 

 

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