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Father, son endure quake, long trip home from Haiti

Bruce Blumer is safe, sound and at home, but with a host of sad memories of the earthquake that last week devastated Haiti. On the Haitian island of La Gonave for mission work when the quake hit, Blumer, of Mitchell, and his son, Ian — a student at the University of Sioux Falls — arrived home around 4 a.m. Tuesday. Their post-earthquake journey included lending aid in the wake of the disaster, followed by rides on a lobster boat and a cramped truck, a flight to Florida and, finally, an arrival at the Rapid City Regional Airport.


Opinion: Dramatic date night: MHS wrestling match worth price of admission

Alumni yelled, writhed and twitched during matches.
Fans, at times, were rabid.
And the young daughter of an assistant coach quietly turned cartwheels off to the side as her mother looked on.
Just a typical night of wrestling at the high school gymnasium, where on Friday, the Kernels rallied from a deep deficit and a former sports editor caught himself writhing, yelling and hoping — just like the other few hundred in attendance.

Herseth Sandlin: Indian issues at forefront

The Barack Obama administration has helped create an awareness of problems in Indian Country, said U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, and that new attitude may help push along legislation designed to help residents of reservations in South Dakota.

Senator says moving prisoners good idea

The decision by President Barack Obama to move a number of terrorism suspects from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a current state prison in Illinois is a sound move that is good for national security and for the Illinois economy, U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson told reporters Wednesday morning.

Bill may aid S.D. railroad patrons

Hoping to give South Dakota farmers “a fair shake” from rail carriers, John Thune has thrown his support behind legislation designed to assist small shippers who do not have the expertise to make challenges or complaints about their rail service.

Delegates' grade for Obama: B-plus, incomplete, 'only rhetoric'

President Obama earlier this week gave himself a “B-plus” for his efforts so far as president and that grade is about right, said Tim Johnson, the senior member of South Dakota’s congressional delegation.
The state’s other two delegates — including Democrat Stephanie Herseth Sandlin — aren’t so sure of the president’s self-evaluation.


Delegates work to thwart pine beetle

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has introduced legislation that she hopes will stem the tide of the pine beetle while creating jobs in South Dakota.
That brings to three the number of South Dakota’s congressional delegates pushing for some sort of relief from the pest that is ruining thousands of acres of prime forest land in the state’s Black Hills.


Herseth Sandlin: U.S. ‘resources are not infinite’

When President Barack Obama this week called for a U.S. troop increase in Afghanistan along with an announced pullout beginning in the summer of 2011, he set clear parameters that America’s resources and troop commitments are not endless, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin said Thursday.
In a scheduled conference call with reporters, the Democrat from South Dakota said such parameters show the United States’ partners that there is a sense of urgency in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan.

Thune: Stimulus benefits in S.D. minimal

U.S. Sen. John Thune disagrees with statistics that show President Obama’s economic stimulus plan has added or saved jobs in South Dakota, saying that unemployment statistics alone show that “it’s hard to argue with any credibility that this has been a success.” Thune, R-S.D., speaking with reporters during a conference call Wednesday morning, said he has seen reports that jobs have been created or saved within the state, but noted that any benefits realized aren’t close to equaling pre-stimulus promises.


Too much TV for children, U.S. and local experts say

As a preschool teacher at Palace City Preschool, Harriet Baldwin stresses learning with an emphasis on games, puzzles and social interaction with other children.
There are computers and TVs available for use at the city-run facility, but they are used in moderation and with learning in mind, she said.


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Opinion: It's over? It's about time, say people who have tired of Election '08

Anyone hanging out at the polling places in Mitchell Tuesday may have heard that large, collective sigh of relief exhaled from voters weary of the 2008 election season.

Opinion: Election Central an example of how the Internet has changed newspapers

It’s a new world, and one that I have struggled to come to grips with. Turns out, the Internet is indeed a force in the newsgathering process. Back in, say, 1996 or so, I didn’t believe it would become a factor. I just didn’t see it.


Opinion: Aren't there any good high school football games anymore?

I don’t remember the year, and certainly not the score. But the football game that afternoon in Ethan was one of the best I ever saw. It seems it was multiple overtimes, and the Cornbelt Conference championship was on the line.

Opinion: Right or left? All this leaning makes it hard to decide for sure

“Just when did this paper turn into a rightwing machine??? I am sure you wouldn’t be talking about John Thune and some of his baggage this way. It’s a little on the low road when you jump Tim Johnson, because his complete speech hasn’t returned!!!

Opinion: 'Man vs. Wild' South Dakota episode is a bit of a stretch, but good for state

Bear Grylls has hiked the Himalayas, endured the Sahara Desert and trekked through the jungles of Costa Rica. At 23 years old, he climbed Mount Everest. So when Grylls, the host of the television show “Man vs. Wild,” said that his descent along a high point in the Badlands was “the most precarious ridge I’ve ever gone down,” consider it a compliment to this state’s natural wonders.

Opinion: Fairs give politicians, voters chance to mingle

Political candidates are as common at fairs, festivals and ag shows as free yardsticks. Anyone who plans to walk the grounds at the State Fair this week likely will get their chance to tell the state’s most noted candidates — those running for two open seats in Congress — exactly what they think.

Opinion: Senator's health proving a confusing, and touchy, subject

On July 12, The Daily Republic published a guest editorial written by the Aberdeen American News, questioning if incumbent Sen. Tim Johnson is up to the challenge of another term in office. The American News asked if Johnson, who suffered a stroke-like brain injury in December 2006, will be as effective in 2009 as he was in 2003.

Opinion: Black HIlls 're-photographer' and author has eye for the historic, photogenic

Paul Horsted is a noted commercial photographer from Custer, whose work has appeared in several national magazines. He’s a former photographer for the state Department of Tourism and the next time you see a great photo of the Black Hills, chances are Horsted’s byline will be on it.

Opinion: From used furniture to gummy worms, a look at election '08

When representatives from the campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama rolled into Mitchell last month to begin the election push in this state, David Mitchell was in a bit of an awkward spot. The chairman of the Davison County Democrats immediately began getting telephone calls from both groups.

Opinion: Adults can either hurt or help youth sports experience

“The Bad News Bears” was on cable TV the other day, and immediately piqued interest. Known for its somewhat raunchy hilarity, the movie — originally released in 1976, but remade in 2005 — tells the story of a misfit youth baseball team that started the year horribly but played for the league championship in the final scenes.