See the offending dream catcher

When I read the news item about St. Joseph’s Indian School’s use of dream catchers as fund-raising swag, I instantly knew of the item in question.

Months ago, we were at my parents’ house while they were opening their mail. When I was in high school, we lived in Chamberlain, so it was no surprise to see the fundraising solicitation from St. Joe’s in the pile of envelopes.

What was a surprise was the dream catcher that had been deftly attached to the materials, which also included foil stickers, as I recall.

This dream catcher from St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain was sent to my parents as part of a fund-raising solicitation this summer.

My 4-year-old son took an instant shine to the dream catcher, and so it has been riding around in our car since the summer, dangling from the side of his car seat.

You can see from the photo that there is little chance of confusing it with the real deal, but it sure did the trick for getting all of our attention and keeping that envelope out of the trash.


Weiland candidacy making DC waves

Read between the lines in this Politico story, and you don’t even have to squint to see that Democratic senators are apparently taking sides in what Politico reported is a feud between one-time BFFs Tom Daschle and Harry Reid.

Other red-state Dems from Arkansas, Louisiana, Alaska and New Hampshire pitched in to help South Dakota’s own Tim Johnson at a fundraiser for Weiland on Tuesday.

Rick Weiland

Rick Weiland, nation’s most liberal Senate candidate?

The Republicans are seizing on this, calling Weiland “perhaps the most extreme liberal senate candidate in the country” in a mailing sent to criticize the Democrats who helped with the fundraiser.

Perhaps of most interest to those of us here in the Rushmore State (sorry Corn Palace – maybe with the redesign our state’s nickname will reflect your grandeur), is that the Democratic leaders in charge of helping to elect senators say they still hope to get another candidate into the South Dakota 2014 race.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is “still actively recruiting” in South Dakota, according to someone familiar with the organization’s thinking.

Politico brings up Stephanie Herseth Sandlin’s name but avoids suggesting except by juxtaposition that she might still be a player.

Is Kristi Noem taking the right approach to school lunch?

Kristi Noem is attempting to roll back some of the school lunch regulations that went into effect last year. She seems to generally support the effort to get kids to eat healthier, but she thinks the regulations have gone too far and are causing some kids to go without enough to eat. (Click here to see Noem’s legislation.)

We’ve covered this with a short news story and an editorial. You can also watch a video below. What do you think of her approach?