Seth Tupper grew up in Wessington Springs and Kimball and earned a journalism degree from South Dakota State University. He has worked for The Daily Republic in various capacities since 2003, including region reporter, city hall reporter, assistant editor and editor. He was promoted to publisher in March 2014.
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The comics page isn't the only source of laughs in the newspaper business. Sometime since I started working in the industry 12 years ago, I began keeping a file of clippings that I labeled "Comic Relief." The file includes headlines with double meanings, stories with typos that comically alter the meaning of a sentence, and so on. The latest addition to the file was an email from a reader taking me to task for an increase in the number of grammatical errors in the paper. The complainer lost a significant amount of credibility by misspelling "grammar" as "grammer" in the email's subject line
"I liked the part when we went in the printer room but then it stunk in there." So said a thank-you note from a local elementary school student after a springtime tour at The Daily Republic (for the record, I think it was some chemicals in our computer-to-plate room, a middle step in the printing process, that caused the stink). Written messages from kids -- humorous, heartfelt, inspiring or otherwise -- are one of the best parts of tour season. This year, about 100 local and area kids ranging from preschool to high school toured our building.
There's a big health-care system in Louisiana that should send a check to some folks in my hometown. Why? It's a long answer that begins in 1896. That was the year Alton Ochsner was born in Kimball. After graduating from Kimball High School, Ochsner went to college at the University of South Dakota and embarked on a medical career that eventually brought him to New Orleans.
I attended a convention a couple of years ago where a presenter told a great story about the perceived value of a newspaper. He recalled standing in line at one of those airport terminal shops where bored travelers buy snacks, drinks, trinkets, magazines and newspapers. He was standing in line with a few items in his hand and also grabbed a paper from a newsstand near the counter. The man next to him in line watched him grab the paper and said some condescending things.
Republicans in South Dakota are outnumbered by people who are not Republicans.
Is Mitchell still "More Than Ever"? Apparently not. I don't see that once-popular slogan used much anymore by the Chamber of Commerce or anybody else. So, maybe I'll borrow it.
If you ever doubt the impact of good teachers, consider the story of Don Barnett. He was a sixth-grader in the 1950s in Rapid City when he developed a painfully noticeable stutter. "Whenever I was called on to recite or read in class, the kids giggled like crazy and made fun of me," Barnett recalled during a recent stop in Mitchell. "Very few of the teachers were even sympathetic." One morning at Sunday school, the young Barnett grew so angry at his tormentors that he threw a shoe at one of his classmates.
When we're teenagers, things that seem terribly important at the time become comically unimportant when viewed from the vantage point of later life. I'm sure that'll be the case with this year's Mitchell prom-goers, some of whom were upset about school officials cracking down on the style of dancing known as grinding. You may have read a story about it on Wednesday's front page. Grinding is nothing new. It was happening when I was in high school in the 1990s.
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