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In South Dakota, we respect the freedom to work. That is how America was built. We each have the freedom to get up every morning and to provide for ourselves and our families. That’s the American … more
The house smelled of lemons. Voice and vacuum noise echoed from the living room. Mom and my sisters were spring cleaning - dusting, polishing, vacuuming behind furniture. For some unexplainable … more
“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.” Psalm 126:2 If you know me, you know I love a meaty conversation, but I'm also a huge fan of humor. Laughter was a valuable … more
If you’re trying to eat healthily, there is nothing worse than biting into a limp piece of lettuce or a soggy crouton. This week, I’m sharing some tips on how to store salads, so they last longer … more
“No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” This is the beginning of a poem from 1624. In it, the poet John Donne appreciates how humans … more
As I travel the state, the biggest challenge that I hear about is a shortage of workers. We’ve been taking action to fill open jobs, but for some folks, their past mistakes stand in the way of the … more
I love the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector found in Luke 18:10-14. You couldn’t find two people who were more different than the two guys in this bit of scripture. One was a Pharisee. … more
There it was - the loose white thread in the corner. A Rrriiipp resounded through the garage as I tugged the string. Just like that, the 50-pound bag of chicken feed gaped open, ready for scooping. A … more
I have to say that Super Bowl Sunday didn’t disappoint. Not only did the Chiefs win, but I was able to come up with some food out of frozen chicken breasts. The only part of the game I missed on … more
I confess that occasionally even doctors get squeamish. Perhaps, more honestly, this doctor does. My personal list has gotten pretty short, but one of the things that still makes me squirm is … more
Growing up in rural South Dakota, shooting sports and hunting were a big part of how I was raised. Some of my favorite memories with my family are of our time hunting and shooting guns. One of my … more
Growing up in rural South Dakota, shooting sports and hunting were a big part of how I was raised. Some of my favorite memories with my family are of our time hunting and shooting guns. One of my … more
“Winter storm warning …windchill advisory…winds up to 45 mph…” My weather radio drones on with foreboding forecasts of the arctic blast to come. Growing up on our South Dakota farm, I … more
1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” I have seen this verse used as encouragement that the world … more
To readers of the Good Stuff: It's time for me to stop writing this column. Thank you so much for your response over the years both on radio and newspaper. I have enjoyed sharing the material I have … more
In South Dakota, we value living a healthy life, no matter where we live. Every South Dakotan should have the freedom to live where they want – but they shouldn’t have to choose between a rural … more
One of the joys of doing my radio show, The Country Cafe of the Airwaves, or this column, The Good Stuff, is the submitted stories and poems I receive. This is from a 103-year-old lady from Missouri … more
“Ha! Ha! I laugh at danger!” Ralph, fearless explorer, sets out for the one place he’s never been before - the North Pole. In this delightful children’s book, “Ralph’s Frozen Tale,” the … more
Genesis 50:20 “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Joseph and his brothers had just returned … more
After giving tips on how to clean out the refrigerator and pantry last week, I realized I should probably take my own advice and do so myself, especially after hearing about the age of some of the … more
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