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Dispensing Happiness Standard

Dispensing Happiness Pediatrician Martin Spahn, MD, loves his job. “Our patients are kids. They are honest, straightforward, and they’re intrinsically willing to be happy. Many times during my day, my patients are giggling. It doesn’t get better than that.”   Thirty years ago, in a land far, far away, physician-in-training Martin Spahn conducted an informal review of his colleagues. His query: “Who are the happiest doctors?” “I believe that our jobs influence us, even morph us into who we become,” he says today. “When choosing a specialty, I remember thinking that there must be some logic in looking at people… Read More >>

A Black Hills Staycation Standard

A Black Hills Staycation From world-renowned features like Reptile Gardens to hidden gems, our backyard has more to see and do than any other American location—according to tourism expert Roger Brooks. Soak up the sun and experience these outdoor attractions together! Storybook Island If you have children between the ages of three and nine, they are going to love Storybook Island. Filled with more than 100 storybook and fairytale sets, this attraction has been around for nearly 60 years and is the perfect place to let your child’s imagination soar. Equipped with easy, paved paths for a leisurely stroll and… Read More >>

Cover Family Summer 2017: Behind the Scenes Standard

Behind the Scenes: Cover Family Summer 2017 Setting up the photo shoot for the Neiman family caused our intrepid photographer, Jesse, to build and tear down tents twice—to suit the park ranger who stopped by. He also hauled wood and chopped away branches to make an easier traverse on the log across the creek. It was a very windy day, and so it took all of us to batten down the hatches. We used the family’s real tents and supplies—their actual coffee pots, coffee, hot chocolate, and of course their fresh-made pastries. The kids had a blast, and Jesse just… Read More >>

Say the Word: Disability Standard

Say the Word. I am fascinated by disability as a subject—the history of people with disabilities, how disability presents itself, what difference means. I enjoy questioning mainstream ideas of disability and I thoroughly disagree with the idea that disability is something to cure, that people with disabilities are broken bits of flesh that need fixing. Let’s talk about difference.   DISABILITY OR SPECIAL NEEDS? I’ve got to admit that when I joined the “special needs” community—six years ago by way of giving birth to my daughter with Down Syndrome—I was confused with all the “special needs” this and that. As… Read More >>

2017 Teachers of Excellence Standard

2017 Teachers of Excellence Black Hills Parent and Rapid Chevrolet Cadillac “give an apple” to five teachers in the Black Hills for inspiring their students and going above and beyond in their classrooms. Every day, teachers in schools large and small wake up, go to work, and influence the lives of our children in tremendous ways. Their knowledge, patience, and caring are what often set the course of these student’s future careers and life paths. Here are five amazing educators that go above and beyond to make an impact on countless numbers of lives – students, coworkers, and parents alike.   Cynthia… Read More >>