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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According to the news division of KELO-TV, newspapers are in trouble. That's not exactly a "STOP THE PRESSES!" kind of scoop. By now, stories about the decline of printed products are as clichéd as the stiffly coiffed hair atop a television anchor's head. A newspaper-industry representative alerted me to the KELO report in advance of its airing Monday night. In a sign that traditional TV newscasts are in just as much trouble as printed newspapers, I had no interest in waiting several hours for the 10 p.m.
In March, I wrote a column about words and phrases that are specific to our part of South Dakota. I got lots of feedback, including suggestions of words and phrases that should have been included. I enjoyed reading them all and set many aside for a follow-up. Today, perhaps thanks to the holiday lull, the time for that follow-up has finally arrived. Below is an addendum to my original South Dakota Dictionary, with the sources of the new words and phrases credited for their contribution.
We tend to think our federal government's budget, debt and deficit problems are beyond our grasp. The numbers seem so big and the solutions so difficult that it's like pondering the infinite nature of the universe. Spending even a few moments thinking about it is a frustrating exercise in futility. That sense of frustration has led many of us to relinquish hope that our country will ever get its fiscal house in order. We've lost faith in our politicians and our process. Enter South Dakota Gov.
A judge has ordered the Mitchell City Council to refrain from using attorney-client privilege as a blanket justification for closed meetings, thereby resolving a lawsuit filed three years ago by The Daily Republic. Circuit Judge Cheryle Gering's judgment adopted the newspaper's interpretation of state law.
I've been wading through a flood of George McGovern content since the former senator, presidential candidate and Mitchell resident died Oct. 21 at the age of 90. Much of it has been predictably positive. After all, nothing burnishes a person's image like death. Some of it has been critical, and overly so. And some of it has been both positive and negative -- in other words, honest. That's the stuff I've enjoyed and learned from. One such piece was by Phil Power for Bridge Magazine in Michigan.
Few candidates in South Dakota are as intriguing right now as Matt McGovern. Granted, he's only running for the Public Utilities Commission, which some voters don't even know exists, but he's got a couple of things going for him. First, he's a McGovern. Or at least he is of late. He wasn't always that way, as we took great pains to explain at his urging in this Sept. 5 correction: "A story that began on Page A1 of Tuesday's edition contained incorrect information about Matt McGovern's name. He was born Matthew David Rowen but has gone by Matt McGovern-Rowen most of his life.
The popular image of George McGovern is that of a hopeless liberal, too radical to win even his home state in the 1972 presidential election. That image, while lasting, is only a caricature.
George Stanley McGovern, who rose from small-town roots in Avon and Mitchell to the highest heights of American politics, died Sunday morning at a Sioux Falls hospice facility from a combination of medical conditions associated with his age. He was 90. Though he was known mostly for his unsuccessful 1972 presidential campaign, McGovern was more than that.
If you followed the last few presidential elections closely and then went into a cave or a coma before emerging to witness our two recent presidential debates, you'd probably wonder what happened to climate change. Given the previously ubiquitous issue's sudden disappearance from public discourse, you'd probably figure it was solved. It wasn't. We've just stopped talking about it, and I suppose that's because of the economic crisis. But climate change is still with us.
City government officials have obtained purchase options that could place a new city hall in the southwest section of downtown Mitchell. Mayor Ken Tracy, in a Tuesday interview with The Daily Republic, said the city has options to buy two adjoining properties on the northeast corner of the First Avenue and Rowley Street intersection for a total of $171,500. Purchasing the land will require City Council approval.