A local dentist opened his doors for a day of free dental services to people using the Cornerstone Rescue Mission. I saw a guy get some teeth pulled and another guy (bottom photo) with severe, like severe, gum disease and tooth decay. The lack of dental hygiene education in this area is astonishing. We found a mother who didn't even know it was a bad idea to be giving her kids a bottle of Kool-Aid as they went to bed. Her two-year-old (top photo) and three-year-old's baby teeth were rotting. These free services were much needed and a great way for this office to be giving back to the community.
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Warren Stone (top) and Harley Leslie are both retiring after over 50 years in the barber shop business. If I was a dude, I'd be at the shop pronto. They do old school razor edge cuts and everything. There is even a dispenser for shaving cream. And Warren forced me away with a tiny tube of glycerin for my winter-chapped hands.
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While down on the reservation we also got a ride on the new bus system that just got put in place. The roads were gnarly since it was snowing so damn bad. Hopefully more people find out about the new transit system because it's a great thing to have on the rez. It covers a huge area and it's pretty affordable. Get the word out.
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Mary and I went down to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation yesterday for a story about a new school that had just opened. It was super nice. Definitely one of the most architecturally interesting schools I've been to. It was very cold. And very snowy. I was outside mugging buildings and this little girl was watching the snow come down.
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I made a joke to Ryan last week about eventually having to shoot middle school basketball. A few days later and what do you know, there I was shooting a middle school basketball game. Granted, my joke did not encompass the nut graf of my assignment, but the irony was still here.
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If I was actually able to find time to have a life out of this job, I would be volunteering my time at the Black Hills Workshop. They do some awesome things for people in our community who are living with disabilities. They had a basketball tournament a few weeks back. I was given about 5 minutes there to make a picture. Okay I lied. It was actually about 4 minutes. I didn't do this event justice. At all.
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