If it sounds too good to be true…

There’s an old axiom that says, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” That has never been more true than it is in this brave new digital world in which we live. A case in point is an unusual phone call received recently by my son, Matt. A lady from Gettysburg […]

Sometimes bias gets out of hand

We know there is unprecedented bias today in the news media, more than there has ever been. Objective reporting is a thing of the past. In the hotly contested campaign for president this year, it is becoming more and more evident. When Hillary Clinton had her recent health issues, most broadcast news outlets did not […]

Veterans deserve the best

This Thursday our school will put on another great Veterans Day program at the Custer armory. We can say this ahead of time with all confidence because it always is a great program that recognizes some of our greatest citizens. Thanks to all who do this. Veterans are a dedicated group that once set aside […]

Florence Mayer

Florence (Butler) Mayer was born April 14, 1932. She grew up in Yankton, S.D., where she finished her college degree in education. She became a...

Growing up Middle America

If there’s one thing I know, it’s what it’s like to grow up Najacht in Middle America. Both of my parents have spent a considerable amount of their lives in South Dakota (from 1972 to 1987 and then 1999 to present). I was born in Hot Springs and lived there until my family moved away […]

2016 was a year to remember

Looking in the rear view mirror at news that made headlines in 2016, we would have to say the unlikely election of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton takes the cake for the biggest national news story of the year. Trump was written off by most people before, during and after the […]

‘Stranger Things’ in these strange times

It seems like it wasn’t long ago that I got my first bike. My skinny, little legs carried me all over town, up and down hills, across busy streets and down abandoned alleyways. Our world has changed and so have I. In 1983, I was 6 years old. Now I’m 40 years old. In 1983, […]

It’s time to get ‘SHMAAFd’

This weekend marks the first (organizers hope there are many more to follow) annual Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival in Custer, an event that will offer a variety of musical entertainment and plenty else to see, to eat and drink Friday and Saturday at Pageant Hill. The action starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday night when […]

Leanne Weideman

Leanne Thelma Larson was born Feb. 16, 1952, at Hot Springs, S.D., to Virgil and Lois (Piscke) Larson. She married Michael Eugene Weideman April...

Improving our Medicaid program

South Dakotans believe in self-reliance. The pioneers who settled this state over a century ago, as well as the natives who preceded them, understood the need for self-reliance. In fact, they knew no other way. Those who came to Dakota sought freedom and a fresh start. They understood, though, that freedom requires responsibility, because they […]

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