After falling for two decades, the death rate for prostate cancer has stopped decreasing and cases of advanced disease are on the rise, researchers reported this morning.
The unwelcome trends roughly coincided with a decline in screening for the disease, the study showed. But the authors added that it isn’t clear whether reduced screening is responsible because cancer incidence and death rates could be affected by many factors.
Nevertheless, the new report is reigniting long-running arguments over the use of screening tests called prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, tests. Some experts had discouraged routine use of PSA blood tests to avoid harm from aggressive treatment for malignancies that didn’t pose a threat; now men are urged to talk to their doctors about it.

Read more » (Washington Post)


This week I came across an amazing quote,

Although we are intelligent, sensitive beings, we often think of ourselves as objects that need to be fixed.”

It comes from an article  in Pilates Style by well-known Pilates teacher, Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle, who has been an inspiration to me for many years.  The article is on the esoteric side, dealing with an “insider” controversy in Pilates.  But you don’t have to understand that controversy to resonate with some of her quotes.  Here are a few more:

“What ‘conversation’ are you having with your body? Are you ‘partnering with’ or ‘fighting’ gravity? Are you treating yourself as a biointelligent organism who knows how to self-regulate, adapt and self-heal, or a biomechanical machine that needs to be repaired and serviced?”

“we need to remove the mask of the ‘ideal’ body to reveal our ‘real’ body.”

“How can movement be nourishing and enlivening, rather than ‘I should do it this way’ (body schema) or ‘how I should look’ (body image)? This calls for real body awareness, for discovering our true self.”

“What can begin to inform our movement awareness is knowing that we are constantly in a state of flux throughout life, ‘shaping ourselves,’ physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. From this potent place, we have an opportunity to embody ‘core’ as a coordinated relationship with gravity, ourselves, one another and our environment. We develop a way of being in life that is grounded, curious and empathetic—way beyond movement as a ‘thing to do.’ “

There is so much packed in to each of these quotes that I will just let you, dear reader, interpret as you will.  But one thing I would especially like to highlight is the reference to the “state of flux throughout life”.  A recurring theme throughout this blog is that all of life, including we humans, are constantly changing.  Despite the frequency with which I hear the phrase “I hate change”, it cannot be avoided.  It’s happening all the time – like it or not!

Furthermore, everything is always moving forward in time.  We can’t go back.  We might have some misguided thoughts that somehow things were better at some mythical time in the past.  But memory is faulty.  And even if that were true, it doesn’t matter.  What is real is the here and now.  And that includes our bodies.  Even if we don’t notice changes, they are happening within us and all around us.  So we can “‘partner with gravity’ (release tension) or ‘fight gravity’ (create tension)”.  Substitute the word “change” for “gravity” and you can see that there is a broader meaning here.

It seems to me that there is enough tension in the world and in our everyday lives without adding to that by fighting with our bodies.  No matter what your current status, your body is a miraculous manifestation.  You can choose to focus on your limitations, or you can recognize all of the things you are capable of.  If you are reading this, that’s just one of them!  The ability to move and breathe in any capacity is worth celebrating.  And also worth maintaining.  It is now well-known in the medical community that movement is an essential component to good health.  Move what you can move while you can move it.  It’s never too late to start and once you start you can always improve.  Things will change over time, but if you stay in “conversation” with your body, you will learn to adapt.  Here is one final quote:

“[W]hen we learn to listen to and be guided by our body wisdom, in relationship with gravity and spatial orientation, body schema begins to support our body image. We learn to embody our true selves. . . . we discover the inherent wisdom and intelligence within every cell of our body . . . we connect with the natural healing energy of the earth, and realign with our primal nature and relationship with the natural world”.

Move with that in mind and you just might be able to make peace with who you are and what you can do.

New Funding Opportunity Announcement — Vulnerable Rural Hospitals Assistance Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has a new program, the Vulnerable Rural Hospitals Assistance Program. This initiative will fund one entity up to $800,000 to provide targeted in-depth assistance to vulnerable rural hospitals struggling to maintain health care services with the goal for residents in those rural communities to continue to have access to essential health services. The awardee will work with individual hospitals and their communities on ways to understand community health needs and resources and find ways to ensure communities can keep needed care locally.

Eligible applicants include domestic public or private, non-profit entities. Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply. This eligible applicant (VRHAP recipient) will provide targeted technical assistance to selected rural hospitals in need. Rural hospitals are eligible to receive targeted assistance from the VRHAP recipient. For this cooperative agreement, “rural hospitals” are defined as short-term, non-federal general facilities located outside Metropolitan Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs), or located within Metropolitan areas in locations with Rural-Urban Commuting Area (RUCA) codes of four (4) or greater, or facilities in any location participating in Medicare as Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Hospitals operated by tribes and tribal organizations under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (Public Law 93-638, as amended) are also eligible.

Applications are due July 16. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Suzanne Stack:

CITY OF CUSTER CITY COUNCIL AGENDA – May 21st, 2018 – City Hall Council Chambers 5:30 P.M.

1. Call to Order – Roll Call – Pledge of Allegiance

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Approval of Minutes –May 7th, 2018 Meeting

4. Declaration of Conflict of Interest

5. Public Presentations – Public Hearings – Public Comments

            a. Public Hearing – Malt Beverage & Wine License – Custer Beacon

            b. Public Hearing – Malt Beverage License Renewals

c. Resolution #05-21-18A – Fee Schedule

d. Planter Project – Girl Scouts

6. Old Business




7. New Business

            a. Minor Plat – Plat of Lots 7R of Block 6

            b. Minor Plat – Block 131 Subdivision

            c. Preliminary Plat – Plat of Tract 1 & 2 Revised of Big Rock Subdivision, Schneller Tract, & Brouillard Tract

            d. Nutmobile Request – Chamber of Commerce

            e. Referendum Petition

            f. Potential Search and Rescue Office Building – 1039 Montgomery St

            g.  New Hire – Part Time Seasonal – Trail Specialist

8.  Presentation of Claims –

9. Department Head Discussion & Committee Reports –

10. Executive Session – Personnel, Proposed Litigation, & Contract Negotiations (SDCL 1-25-2(1-4))

11. Adjournment


Public Works Committee Meeting – June 4th, 2018 4:30 P.M.

Regular City Council Meeting – June 4th, 2018 5:30 P.M.

Planning Commission Meeting – June 12th, 2018 5:00 P.M.

General Government Committee Meeting – June 11th, 2018 4:30 P.M.

Regular City Council Meeting – June 18th, 2018 5:30 P.M.

Park & Recreation Committee Meeting – June 19th, 2018 5:30 P.M.


President Trump personally urged the leader of the U.S. Postal Service to double the rates the agency charges Amazon and other firms for delivery packages in several private conversations in 2017 and 2018..

The Postmaster General, Megan Brennan, responded that the arrangements are bound by contracts and reviewed by an independent commission. She also argued to Trump the arrangements have benefits for the financially beleaguered Postal Service.

Trump has repeatedly accused the Postal Service of subsidizing Amazon, whose chief executive Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.  Read more »



MITCHELL, SD – The Dusty Johnson for Congress campaign announced today the launch of their Grassroots Captains program, whose members are affectionately known as “Deputy Dusty’s” for their role in helping Dusty take his message directly to South Dakotans. The Deputy Dusty’s are a corps of students and volunteers who are knocking doors, recruiting volunteers, coordinating community coffees and are revolutionizing grassroots outreach in South Dakota. In addition to their grassroots and voter contact duties, the team is included in weekly meetings with campaign leadership to make sure that the campaign, like Dusty Johnson, is in tune with South Dakotans.

“Cultivating future conservative leaders has always been a passion of mine,” said Dusty Johnson. “I have spent years introducing young South Dakotans to conservatism since my years as an advisor and camp leader for our state’s Teenage Republicans (TARs). The future of our state and nation depend on our ability to teach our children about the necessity of limited government, individual responsibility, and free markets. That’s why I’m proud to play a role in helping the Deputy Dusty’s develop their political identity as conservatives and take our message to their communities.”

“Unique to South Dakota, this program brings a new energy to campaigning,” said Audrey Cope (pictured) a student at Augustana University and a participant in the program. “This isn’t your typical political internship — we participate in weekly high-level meetings which set the direction of the campaign and have open communication with our candidate. In addition to getting hands on experience running a congressional race, we take Dusty’s positive message directly to the voters, where we often find we’re the only campaign in the state to take the time to have a personal conversation with them. I’m thrilled to be a Deputy Dusty and involved in an innovative, conservative campaign like Dusty Johnson for Congress.”

Dusty Johnson grew up in a working-class family in Central South Dakota and graduated from USD Vermillion. A former policy staff member for Governor Mike Rounds, Dusty learned early on he had a passion for public service. After serving on the Public Utilities Commission, Dusty became Governor Daugaard’s Chief of Staff and helped lead the state out of a $127 million deficit. Dusty currently works as Vice President at Vantage Point Solutions in Mitchell where he helps telecommunications companies deploy fiber and broadband into rural communities

For more information about Dusty Johnson, please visit our website:


RAPID CITY S.D. — South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is reminding the public that a campfire on private land within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District requires a permit. To obtain a permanent residential campfire permit, please contact South Dakota Wildland Fire Division at 605-393-8011. Specify what county you are requesting the permit for and you will be directed to the respective field office.

A free inspection of the requested campfire and area will be performed before a homeowner is issued a permit. All permits are valid for three years and kept on file. After three years, the permitted area will automatically be re-inspected. The landowner does not need to contact South Dakota Wildland Fire to schedule a renewal inspection.

The location of the campfire must be at least 10 feet from any overhanging branches, stumps, logs and trees.

Non-combustible materials fastened or mortared together, and in good condition, are required for the construction of the campfire. The campfire must be located on the campfire pad and will be immobile. Steel campfires must be staked down or otherwise fastened to the pad.

Visit the South Dakota Division Wildland Fire website at to find out if you’re in the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District, required specifications and more information.

Follow South Dakota Wildland Fire on Twitter @SDWildlandFire and on Facebook by searching SD Wildland Fire.

Angostura Recreation Area to Hold Summer Day Camps

There are three day camps scheduled at Angostura Recreation Area this summer.  The Kid’s Fishing Day Camp is on Wednesday, June 13, Track Detectives is on Wednesday, July 11, and Nature Explorers Day Camp is on Wednesday, August 8.

For the Kid’s Fishing Day, participants will learn how to tie a fishing knot, bait a hook, take part in a casting contest, learn some tricks for cleaning the catch, make fish prints to take home and have plenty of time to fish!

In the Track Detectives Day Camp kids will discover the many animals of South Dakota, specifically the Angostura area and how to identify common animal tracks, go on a hike and make an animal track to take home.

The Nature Explorers Day Camp is for kids that enjoy catching insects, discovering tracks, smelling flowers, identifying animal droppings, looking at birds through binoculars, and just being outside!  Participants will learn how to do the “lizard lunge,” and discover the reptiles and other animals that make Angostura home.

All day camps are designed and limited to 7-12 year olds and meet at Shelter House #2 at Angostura Recreation Area from 9:30 am – Noon.  All participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes that can get wet, bring a water bottle, a snack and sunscreen.  There is not a charge for the camps; however pre-registration is required for all camps by calling 605-745-6996.  Each camp is limited to 30 kids.  Parents are welcome to attend all camps, but not required.  Transportation can be arranged ahead of time from Hot Springs to Angostura Recreation Area by calling 605-745-6996.

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia


The United States stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that we are all created equal – and that every person is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Around the world, far too many governments continue to arrest and abuse their citizens simply for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI). Fear and bigotry are enshrined in laws that criminalize LGBTI status or conduct in more than 70 countries. In some, being LGBTI is punishable by death.

The United States firmly opposes criminalization, violence and serious acts of discrimination such as in housing, employment and government services, directed against LGBTI persons. We use public and private diplomacy to raise human rights concerns, provide emergency assistance to people at risk, and impose visa restrictions and economic sanctions against those who persecute them.

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, the United States stands with people around the world in affirming the dignity and equality of all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics. Human rights are universal, and LGBTI people are entitled to the same respect, freedoms, and protections as everyone else.

Mike Pompeo
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 17, 2018