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 and has been the newspaper's editor since 2010.
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Kudos to Ken Tracy for his victory last week in the six-way race for mayor of Mitchell. The voters probably made a good choice with Tracy, who clearly had the most experience in city government.
If you stay a journalist long enough, stories begin to repeat themselves. It happened to me April 26, when my otherwise regular day was interrupted by a tip that Verifications was closing its Mitchell office. A reported 79 people lost their jobs that day. Nearly seven years earlier, I was interrupted by a similarly sad announcement from the local business community. It was Dec. 14, 2005. I was a reporter, and I had the desk nearest the fax. That morning I happened to grab a document that spit out of the machine. "Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., Plant to Close," it said in bold lettering.
We recently received a South Dakota-tailored news release about the fifth edition of the Dictionary of American Regional English. In the lead paragraph of the release, somebody tried to cleverly string together all of the South Dakota-specific words in a few sentences: "Look at that soak -- he's kaput after his night of debauchery. You might have to put him in an Irish buggy before going out in the waterspout to take him home, kitty-corner from the train station.
David Chicoine was not a fan of a recent Daily Republic editorial that proclaimed "opulence is pricing some out of college." The editorial was a response to comments made by Regent Kathryn Johnson, of Hill City, who told state lawmakers that declining state financial support and rising tuition could soon price many South Dakota students out of a college education. That's no wonder, The Daily Republic's editorial said, considering the seemingly extravagant building campaigns undertaken in recent years by universities such as South Dakota State in Brookings, which spent $100 million on
Somebody at the top finally gets it. That somebody is Mitchell's very own Dusty Johnson, the chief of staff for Gov. Dennis Daugaard. Speaking Thursday about a directive the Daugaard administration often gives to bureaucrats, he said this: "It's your job to provide the information, not to find ways to hide it." Johnson was addressing editors and publishers who've long been starving for a top-level government official who might understand their intense craving for openness. As such, his words were like manna from heaven.
PIERRE -- The Republican governor's chief of staff and a Democratic leader in the Legislature agree that public bodies should be allowed to keep minutes during closed-door meetings, but some Republican legislative leaders oppose the idea. The dispute centers on "executive sessions." That's a term applied to the portion of a public meeting when a body such as a school board, city council or county commission votes to expel the public and continue the meeting behind closed doors. State law allows public bodies to enter executive sessions for five reasons: discussing individual employee
If Mitt Romney parlays his win in the Iowa caucuses into more victories in other states, speculation about his choice of a running mate will rev up quickly. That speculation could include South Dakota's John Thune, a high-ranking Republican senator who campaigned for Romney in Iowa. At least that's what I thought until Wednesday, when Thune was paraphrased by The Associated Press as saying he's not interested in being Romney's running mate.
I've never believed anyone who claims the general public is clamoring for more "good news" from the media. When I began my journalism career about 10 years ago, my disagreement with that claim was based on experience and intuition.
Someone whose opinion I respect asked me recently if I think Mitchell is "paralyzed." The question stemmed from the latest in a string of City Council actions to get pummeled in the local court of public opinion. This time around, it was the council's decision to switch from one-way to two-way traffic on Second, Third and Fourth avenues. Petitioners turned in enough signatures this week to refer that decision to a future election, probably in June. The referendum could join a list of recent rejections our elected leaders have suffered at the hands of voters.
The way some Republicans describe it, the Environmental Protection Agency is lurking behind every post, rock, tree and tall stand of grass in the countryside, waiting to persecute a farmer for kicking up a little dust with his tractor. During a speech at a June Republican fundraiser in Mitchell, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., fueled the EPA paranoia with the kind of wild accusation that has come to characterize so much of politics in this tea party era.