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4 Broadcaster Press February 6, 2018 www.broadcasteronline.com Get Outside This Winter By Katherine Jaeger SDSU Extension Youth Outdoor Education Field Specialist Do you avoid going outside in the winter months because you hate being cold? I used to, too. Then, a friend told me, "there is no such thing as bad weather, but only bad clothing choices," this message stopped me in my tracks. Perhaps, rather than avoiding wintertime outdoor activities, I should learn how to dress for them appropriately. When choosing clothing for those cold winter days, it's important to plan for your specific activity. Think about the: • Effort you will be expelling; • Range of motion you will need; and • Weather on the day you plan. All of these factors should impact your clothing choices. Layering works By using the simple rule of three types of layers, you will be able to stay warm during even the coldest outdoor activities. Layers work on cold days because each serves a distinct function. Just like the wall of a house helps keep the interior warm by using drywall, insulation and then siding, the layers of clothing you choose work together to keep your body warm in cold weather. The three layers include: • Base layer • Insulating layer • Outer shell Base layer: Think of your base layer as your long underwear. It should fit somewhat snugly so that your motion is not limited. Base layers are designed to wick moisture away from your body, so cotton fabrics that trap moisture make poor base layers. Rather, choose a wool or synthetic brand. Insulating layers: Insulating layers are often a fleece material, and they trap heat near your body. This is the layer that you can add to if your day is going to be exceptionally cold or you will be more stationary. It is better to have multiple thin insulating layers than one thick one. Outer shell: The outer shell is your final protection against the winter elements. This shell should serve as a wind break and to keep out any precipitation that may be falling. Not all outer shells are created equal, so make sure you make sure you do your research and plan for your specific activity and weather. By keeping the three layers in mind as your prepare for your outdoor adventures, you will be ready to go no matter what the weather brings! With the Unnecessary Shutdown Over, We Can Get Back to the Important Issues Before Congress Stories you missed this week because you’re not a Plain Talk subscriber Important information about influenza and whether the bug is going around in Clay County. Full coverage of the outcomes of the USD Coyote men’s and Coyotes women’s basketball game against their chief rivals, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. A report from the Legislative Cracker Barrel Meeting held Saturday, Jan. 27 in Vermillion City Hall. Coverage of the Jan. 29 meeting of the Vermillion School Board. And if you want to see: A report from the annual community health fair, held Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Lee Medical Building located on the University of South Dakota campus. A behind the scenes look at preparations for the dinner theatre production of “Almost, Maine.” The romantic comedy will be presented by the Vermillion Community Theatre at the Valiant Vineyard Winery Feb. 16-18. A report on the Vermillion School District’s Family And Medical Leave Act policies, which received initial approval from the Vermillion School Board Jan. 29. Coverage of the Vermillion City Council’s regular meeting in city hall Feb. 5. Pick up this Friday’s Plain Talk! Local news since 1884! Here for you yesterday, today and tomorrow. 201 W. Cherry, Vermillion, SD 57069 605-624-2695 By Sen. Mike Rounds I’ve been frustrated with Washington’s broken budget process since coming to the Senate three years ago. Under our current system, rather than debating and passing appropriations bills to fund the government for a full year at a time, we have been operating under short-term, stopgap funding measures called “Continuing Resolutions” to keep the government open for just a few months or weeks at a time. Continuing Resolutions (CR) largely extend last year’s spending levels and fail to provide long-term certainty and stability. Of particular concern to me is the impact that short-term funding bills have on our military. This broken process, coupled with partisan, political gamesmanship from our Democrat colleagues, recently led to a three-day “government shutdown.” Even though Senate Democrats did not disagree with the contents of the CR, which would have funded the government through Feb. 16 and reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years, they voted to shut down the government, thinking it would give them more leverage to pass DACA legislation. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and refers to the children of illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as young children. DACA has been part of a set of issues we are working on to strengthen border security and reform the H2B visa program, among other immigration-related matters. This strategy of shutting down the government over DACA never made much sense because there was already broad bipartisan support to making permanent changes to the law for DACA recipients as well as the other immigration and border issues. I have been deeply involved in discussions that seek to find a way forward on immigration. Throughout these conversations, my focus has been on border security and H2B visa reform, which is very important to South Dakota’s seasonal tourism and construction businesses. After three days, our Democrat colleagues agreed to end the shutdown and pass a Continuing Resolution through Feb. 8, 2018, citing assurances from Senate Majority Leader McConnell that we would consider DACA legislation, something we had all agreed we must take up in the near future anyway. While I don’t understand why some senators felt they needed to demand something that was already in the works, I’m pleased the unnecessary crisis ended. Now we can focus again on bipartisan H2B visa reform, border security and DACA talks, fixing our broken budget system and adequately funding our WITH THE troops. I’ve been working daily with a growing group of bipartisan senators on an immigration and spending proposal, and we continue to make progress on these important issues. While we are moving forward with these immediate issues, we must reform our broken budget process as a whole and stop governing from crisis to crisis. Short-term CRs are no way to run a government and I will continue to work toward reforms to our budget process so we Raise your expectations. don’t get ourselves into this mess again. With our country’s 250th birthday just eight years away in 2026, the time is now to address the inefficient way 101 W Main St | 605.624.4461 | CorTrustBank.com that Congress manages taxpayers’ dollars. ID 405612 WORK Decision Makers
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