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Northwest Salmon




Court helps pave the way to be fair to

main street retailers

by John Suhr

Congratulations to members of the South Dakota Supreme Court in recognizing the need to bring tax fairness to South Dakota retailers. Not only do our small town main street businesses need to be competitive with our large communities in the state, but we also have a bigger competitor. The internet.

In the case of the State of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock and Newegg, the court sided with the state and Attorney General Marty Jackley. The court’s decision recognized that internet sales have risen and state revenues have decreased. The South Dakota Supreme Court further highlighted the need for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit this issue.

Jackley said in a news release, “The retail landscape significantly changed with the inception of the internet and access to online shopping. Federal law shields out of state businesses from paying the same tax remitted by South Dakota businesses. The decision paves the way to respectfully request the U.S. Supreme Court to provide that much needed fairness to save main street businesses and jobs across South Dakota.

Every time you spend your money out of town it does not come back, like spending at your local retailer. Shop at home first when at all possible. It not only hurts our local small town businesses, it hurts our local clubs, groups and organizations that turn around and seek support of the same businesses.

It should not have come down to our courts. It should come to people doing what is right for their community and state. Even though a small town merchant may not be able to offer an equal price to a large city box store, they provide something more.

They provide opportunities through various donations throughout the year. They are involved in our communities and getting things done to make our communities better places to live.

We all need to think before we hit purchase as it is no sweat off these large internet retailers to collect and pay the tax in the states they do business even without a brick and motar store.


Print is back, baby!

by Amanda Fanger

“Print is dead! Newspapers are dying!”

That’s been the rally cry for a few years now of those in the industry of print media. I’ve been thinking about this concept since someone asked my opinion on the matter the other day. This person wanted to know my feelings on the future of my industry. They too had heard of those predictions of newspapers’ impending demise.

But considering the first time I heard the whole “print is dead” conspiracy was more than a decade ago when I was first starting out at my hometown weekly and since then it seems the experts have been doing nothing but rescheduling their projected digital takeover date like a continually rescheduled dooms day, I feel the fall of print has been at least slightly exaggerated.

Now, that’s not to say digital media has not become a factor for news outlets. Personally, I’ve always liked to think of my industry as being defined by “news” instead of “paper.” Therefore, as an industry, I think we may have to change and adapt. I don’t think digital will ever totally take over for news industries, though.

Even’s annual print versus digital report from this spring showed that ebooks have taken a backseat to their print counterparts.

Apparently, while sales in the digital portion of the book industry continue to rise, it still hasn’t outpaced print. For 2016, print books saw an overall 15 percent increase in sales. Ebooks still only account for 30 percent of the overall book sales in that industry.

It would seem these numbers show people still like analogue. That stands to reason since we’re analogue beings. We like to be able to touch things and feel stuff with our own hands.

Digital may be here to stay, but the fact of the matter remains that newspapers are also not going anywhere.

This industry is not dying. We’re not laying around in a coffin waiting for someone to nail the lid shut. We are as alive and well as we’ve ever been. We remain relevant and we are here to stay.




How about a Toilet of the Week

by Emre K. Erku

Though very helpful in beautifying and raising the value of our community, one could argue that the Yard of the Week segment in the newspaper can be a little deceptive.

Yes, your cute gnomes stand tall on your perfectly primped blades of grass. Yes, your daffodils and tulips bob gently in the breeze. And yes, your wind chimes play softly as they try to cheer up the shaggy weeping willow in your front yard.

But what about your guest bathroom?

For all I know it could be nothing but an old bait bucket with sandpaper wipes. There could be roaches crawling from in and out of the sink pipes. Heck, maybe a rat can be found enjoying a hot bath – who knows?

Or, it’s the opposite. Your bathroom is as glorious as your front yard.

Maybe your bathroom door is hydraulically powered and opens automatically. Maybe you decorate the mirrors with fresh flowers and the toilet itself is made from stolen diamonds and illegal ivory.

You may think I’m joking on this subject, but I’m actually serious.

Call me crazy, call me hobbyist, call me whatever you want, but I do consider myself a bathroom aficionado and critic.

Both domestic and international I’ve encountered some of the most unique bathrooms known to human release.

For example, back in Minnesota I was at a Lake Minnetonka mansion, and in this mansion on the first floor they had a lovely bathroom with an all gold plated toilet. For the typical man-cave male, this was truly a glorious sight.

In Amsterdam, at the Anne Frank House, I encountered a toilet with all sorts of artistic designs on it. The toilet is so special, no one can actually use it. This means a toilet is literally an exhibit at a museum.

And then there’s the deplorables.

At a rest stop in rural Turkey, I once paid a family of Gypsies a couple lira to use a befouled porcelain hole in the ground. This must have been 20 years ago, and I still remember the stench.

Even my apartment bathroom is on the list. Crusted sink surrounded by hygienic items, toilet paper not on its roll, a year and a half old shower curtain, a dirty mirror and a toilet almost the equivalent of the one I found in rural Turkey.

So, Day County, Yard of the Week is important, but it’s what’s on the inside that can truly count.



Fiksdal Funeral Home

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