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Holiday is more than a day off

by John Suhr

Memorial Day 2015.

It is much more than a day off work for many. It is much more than gathering with friends and family and enjoying the holiday with a barbecue or a game.

It was not a game for the many soldiers who were called to defend our country, to fight in a country most of them had never seen or been to nor have most Americans today; we have only read about those historic battles in foreign lands in text books.

These men and women served our country to help win other nations freedoms we too often take for granted.

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor all those who have served and serve their country.

It is a day to remember those who have since passed away and to pay tribute to them. It is a time to really think about the many young men and women who were called to serve and gave the ultimate sacrifice – their own lives.

This weekend, take the time to remember our fallen and those who have passed on. But also take the time to thank all of our military men and women who not only have served their country with pride, but those who still do.

It is because of their service and fighting for the freedoms of others that we as Americans can enjoy what we have, including this day of remembrance.

Never take our freedoms for granted. Nor should we ever forget that those freedoms we have came at a price. It’s the price of many lives.

Those who have served or serve our country in any aspect, we thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our American freedoms we so enjoy.

And more importantly we should pay tribute to the organizations these men and women belong to.



Journalists have a duty to the community

by Amanda Fanger

Last weekend, I was among representatives from the Reporter & Farmer who attended the annual South Dakota Newspaper Association convention held in conjunction with the North Dakota Newspaper Association’s in Bismarck, ND. There, this publication was honored as the General Excellence winner among other individual and staff awards.

As I’m sure it is in any industry, you can get bogged down sometimes in your career. But the weekend helped rejuvenate and revive us. The camaraderie provided by events such as these are invaluable.

It was a fun weekend filled with trivia icebreaker games and meeting other newspaper professionals from across the two states. There were sessions with tips on how to better perform our jobs as journalists that were really informational.

One of my biggest take-aways from the weekend was the idea of a newspaper’s role in a community.

I feel a newspaper’s job is to play the part of watchdog, that a newspaper is to be tasked with serving the readers of its community by keeping them informed of issues they’re facing.
A newspaper should help a community better organize its knowledge so the community can better organize itself. We do this by reporting the happenings in local government to telling the stories of social issues going on. It’s our job as journalists to ask the tough questions that dig to the bottom of the story and then tell that in a manner that allows all to be aware and informed.

Our work is meant to help move our community forward, to engage our readers in thought.
While it’s true that we may not always agree, I view that as the greatest part. As journalists, we have a duty to tell the story, no matter what it is. If there’s something we’ve reported on that angers or upsets and drives you to action to cause a change, all the better in my eyes.
Because if we’ve sparked change for the better, we’ve done our job.



Stain resistence repels rendezvous disaster, local writer at ease with life

by Emre K. Erku

Wine glasses clinked in the midst of a multitude of background conversations. Subtly the dinner table’s eyes were white with worry. As the young server’s arm nonchalantly stretched out to lift my finished dinner plate from the surface, everyone quietly waited to see what they personally predicted would happen next.

In mere seconds, they were all right.

“Oh, I’m so sorry, sir,” said the server, confessing her slight embarrassment directed at spilling the edible remnants onto the jacket, shirt and pant leg of my only suit. “Oh, no...”

“It’s fine, it’s fine,” I responded, trying to play the part of a cool gentleman. Deep down, however, agitation swirled like soft serve.

Understandably, the serv-er made her escape as quickly as possible as I was handed a napkin to clean myself off. That beautiful fool, I thought with a falsely wide smile. I’ll have her server’s badge number by the end of this rendezvous, so help me!

Stupid, lousy gravity – don’t think you’re not to blame for this either.

Anyway, wiping tiny delectable hunks of buffalo meat off my suit, I was slapped across the face by a delightful surprise: The napkin performed the job like a veteran dry cleaner.

Yes! That’s right, Mr. and Mrs. Reader, my suit has some sort of stain resistant sheath that prevents further embarrassment. All that food and nastiness practically disintegrated into thin air at the faint touch of a one ply napkin. But how, sweet suit gods? What genius mind had the noble consciousness to invent such a technology?

Upon further investigation, I was led to the inventor of Scotchgard, a 3M product that repels oil and water stains, Patsy Sherman. This Minneapolis born chemist invented something all of us have benefited from at one point or another. Many of our suits and dresses come equipped with this repellent. Yet she made this product by chance rather than complete consciousness. Had she not spilled some chemicals onto an assistant’s shoe one day in the early 1950s, my Bismarck banquet dinner this past weekend would’ve been tarnished in the pages of my “reputable” history.

To think, a spill that cleaned many other spills. Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! Ask a younger reader about this reference.

So, we all owe a great debt of gratitude to Sherman. Her efforts have saved many of us from hiding blatant spillage. Of course, we strike off red wine on white carpets, grape juice on white shirts, Cheetos on anything and the highly feared baby mucus on blouses. Send a list of other greatly known spills with most astronomical stains, and I may write you a poem, Day County.


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