2021-02-25 E-Edition

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The chords of fame: Lutz looks back at 38 years of tuning pianos

Over the course of a 38- year career, Herreid native Blaine Lutz has tuned over 15,000 pianos. Beyond the usual suspects of pianos in schools, churches and private residences, Lutz has also tuned pianos for a who’s who of popular music, including Judy Collins, Joan Baez, The Eagles, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, George Jones, Statler Brothers and many others. But […]

South Dakota dropping COVID-19 vaccination age to 65 and over

The South Dakota Department of Health announced recently that the vaccination age of those who qualify to receive their COVID-19 vaccination has dropped to those who are 65 and over in age. The announcement came as the Department of Health and Phase I vaccinators have been making significant progress within Group D of the state’s vaccination plan over the past […]

Herreid School board approves calendar for 2021-22 school year

The Herreid School Board approved the 2021-22 school year calendar and discussed the FFA program at their regular monthly board meeting on Feb. 11. The first day of school for the 2021-22 school year will be Monday, Aug. 23. The first semester will end on Dec. 22, the last day of school before Christmas break. School will resume on Monday, […]

Cracker Barrel set for Saturday at Mobridge

2 p.m. at Pizza Ranch

A legislative Cracker Barrel Session will be held at the Pizza Ranch in Mobridge on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 2-4 p.m. All three legislators from District 23 plan to be in attendance. They include Sen. Bryan Breitling of Miller, Rep. Spencer Gosch of Glenham and Rep. Charlie Hoffman of Eureka. Discussion topics will include concerns about federal COVID relief funding […]

The Prairie Doc

A Vaccine Story for the Ages

Last summer we heard the prediction that by the end of 2020, we would have a safe, effective vaccine to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which had only been discovered, of course, in December 2019, before causing countless deaths and mayhem in the world as we knew it. I must admit, I was skeptical. Early in the pandemic, I learned that the […]

Extended open enrollment gives people second chance at health insurance

Starting Feb. 15, people will get a second chance to easily get insured for 2021 in a national call to increase access to health insurance. Individuals and families can enroll in plans through the federal Marketplace at healthcare.gov and directly with Avera Health Plans for non-employer group insurance Feb. 15 – May 15. The extended open enrollment period is a […]

A Second Helping

A collection of recipes from 25 years ago in ‘Irene’s Kitchen Korner’

The February 22, 1996 issue featured recipes from various contributors in honor of National Meat Month. Ham and Cheese Pie Gust Kundert 1 unbaked pie shell 4 eggs, beaten lightly 2 cups ham, diced 1/2 cup milk 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1 1/2 cups sharp longhorn cheese, grated Mix and pour all ingredients into unbaked pie shell. Bake 15 minutes […]

SDSU Extension to recruit first class of Master Health Volunteers

Looking for an opportunity to volunteer in public health? SDSU Extension has launched a community changing volunteer program that will help South Dakotans not only learn how to facilitate educational programming, but also become a master in health knowledge and skills. Similar to the Master Gardeners or Master Food Preserver programs also offered through SDSU Extension, the Master Health Volunteer […]

SDSU Extension to host second community-focused book read

Over the last month, the SDSU Extension Community Vitality team has been bringing South Dakotans together virtually for a community book read. After a widely-popular first round with much discussion and debate, the organization will be offering a second statewide book read beginning March 5. “We had a lively and thoughtful conversation during our first book read that ended with […]