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I thoroughly delight in providing a space in the newspaper to publish Letters to the Editor, honoring a feature American newspapers have offered since the early days of our democracy.  

While preparing to button up the last newspaper of the year, I perused the last five end-of-year True Dakotan issues for reference. I took notice that in those issues, I typically wrote an editorial brightly proclaiming excitement for the year to come layered with wild motivation to accompli…

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As Monday wore on and day turned to dusk, I felt a deep stirring, an eagerness to witness the once-in-a-lifetime celestial event, “The Great Conjunction.” Also dubbed “The Christmas Star,” some astronomers have even theorized that the “Star of Bethlehem” could have been a rare conjunction in…

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Everything but COVID-19 was on my mind last Thursday morning as I awoke to what felt like a fall head cold nagging at my immune system. My scratchy throat, stuffy head and nasal congestion directed me straight to the coffee maker, which like I usually do as a coffee-loving mom and newspaper …

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Late into the night of October 30, 2020, contestants for the South Dakota Barrel Racing Association (SDBRA) Finals awoke to the smell and sight of thick smoke and a fiery blaze on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.  Quick actions on their part to call emergency personnel and remove what the…

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Here, together on this planet, we are living in trying times. Most conversations I’ve had with friends, family and community members have revolved around what the future holds for us. Much of it is uncertain. But even through these unsettling moments, I continue to see signs of resiliency.  

It is a personal policy of mine to refrain from political discussions as well as taking public platform to convey my opinions.  So much so, I tend to stay in my own corner of the world, disregarding a large amount of national news and letting those more inclined for the spotlight to make cho…

Every week as I work on the next issue of the True Dakotan, I still revel in the fact that the majority of the news that comes across my desk is pretty darn good.  

The third Saturday in October has always made me feel like a ten year old on Christmas morning. Over the past forty-plus years I have always written an editorial that coincides with the opening day of the South Dakota pheasant hunting season.

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Although we had plenty of notice before last week’s Friday the 13th blizzard, when winter storm Xanto’s punch landed squarely, and powerfully, in Jerauld County, it was much more than we ever anticipated. 

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A couple February’s ago on a Sunday afternoon, my husband Jason and I piled into the pickup with our kids Robbie and JR, eager to head out for some sledding adventures at my in-law’s place south of town. We had just received a good amount of fluffy, white snow and Bob and Cindy had invited u…

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When it came time to plan for this year’s hunting issue, I have to admit, I struggled. I’ve had the luxury of having former True Dakotan publisher Craig Wenzel – who happens to be a long-time pheasant hunting guide – on staff the last two years.  

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A group of like-minded young folks telling stories through visual media, that is the way Jazz Productions describes themselves. Aneel Neupane, Niva Rajbangshi, and Labesh Shrestha are the faces behind the company. Their work includes photography, cinematography, graphic design, and editing, …

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Preventing exploitation through ethical business is the mission statement of Five14, a group of social businesses all working together for the same goal. In Nepal they have a bed & breakfast, adventure company and café. Five14 was started six years ago with the purpose of preventing huma…

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Growing up in Wyoming and South Dakota you get to know quite a bit about farm animals and how they are raised. Being in Nepal reminds us of being at home because we get to see animals every day. 

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Fashion Revolution is a global movement that aims to bring more ethics and sustainability to the fashion industry. April 29 was Fashion Revolution Day and I was able to attend the event held in Nepal, bringing awareness to the negative side of the fashion industry and highlighting businesses…

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Since being in Nepal, I have come into contact with several businesses that are trying to make a difference and help the local people. So throughout our time here I will be highlighting some of these businesses. 

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Two years and 104 newspaper issues ago, I started my tenure as Editor/Publisher of the True Dakotan, embarking on a new adventure as a community newspaperwoman, not knowing quite what to expect. 

The recent weather has delivered a direct blow to the community blood supply and now we need your help. Unsafe driving conditions caused us to cancel many community blood drives and even close donor centers.  Now the community blood supply - from which we provide blood to our 120+ local hosp…

Congratulations to Barb on her years at the Carnegie Library.  I remember the years of Gertrude Jackson.  My brother, Myron Hinrichs, and I loved going to the Library during our growing up years.  We got as many books as allowed and spent our free time reading, sometimes late at night.   We …

Long time Wessington Springs resident Liz Teveldal made many quilts over the course of her life. After her recent passing, her family gathered the quilts and placed them in church pews during her funeral held last week at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Wessington Springs.

Last week was Barbara Horsley's final week as Library Director at Wessington Springs Carnegie Library and I would like to say a big thanks to her for all her years keeping our town's library a busy and thriving place.

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Address for Tiffany Knipfer - Regions Hospital, 640 Jackson Street, St. Paul, MN 55101.  One of the staff physicians had a grandfather from Lane, SD.  I am certain she would appreciate receiving mail from people in Wessington Springs.    

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As I look across the street from the Motor Clinic window and watch the leaves fall from the trees in our City Park, I think back over the past several months of observing campers, visitors, and local families enjoy the numerous amenities that our park has to offer. 

About a year ago the Wessington Springs community officially closed the chapter that told the story of one of the biggest heartbreaks in the town’s 100-plus year history. A town one-year anniversary observance of the tornado of June 2014 somehow healed the pain, highlighted the strength of t…

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