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Our nation loves to celebrate holidays. Today, I want to talk about one day that does not get enough attention: September 17, Constitution Day.On September 17, 1787, our Founding Fathers signed the … more
The story is told of Julius Caesar who, after planning a lavish feast and entertainment for his friends, woke on the appointed day to find nasty weather. He grumbled and murmured all the day long … more
5:00 a.m. No alarm needed. Mom slipped out of bed, put on her wash dress and everyday apron and tiptoed downstairs. She scooped a dollop of shortening into the cast-iron fry pan and took the chicken … more
Of all the enjoyment this column gives me, the one I love best is when people tell me they heard it at coffee, and it made their day. Well, here's one that will be a nice example of that.duck and the … more
In the United States, more than 100 different apple varieties grow, but thankfully, around here there aren’t that many from which to choose. This is a good thing for people like me who struggle to … more
People often talk about having a “gut feeling” when they know something is wrong. What feelings come when there is something wrong with the digestive system itself, and how do you differentiate … more
The beginning of September brings us to Labor Day weekend and the start of Workforce Development Month across the country.While America celebrates a national holiday, South Dakota has even more to … more
“Think of a smell that makes you happy.” I posed this challenge to friends in the last few days, expecting a questioning frown or an eye roll. Boy, was I wrong! Every person closed their eyes and … more
Listen, I'm retired, and I no longer have a staff. I've been doing this for over four years this time around, and I don't always remember what I've written about before. So, if you've already seen … more
I think the best part of cooking is sharing recipes, especially great ones. My mom is always sharing recipes with me, and I’m yet to be disappointed by any of them. We were able to visit with my … more
After a visit about aches, pains and various medical issues, a patient was commenting on getting older. Similar to other patients, I expected him to say something like, “It’s no fun getting … more
When I was younger my dad always said, “Kristi, we don’t complain about things. We fix them.” As Governor, I focus on fixing problems for our state every day, especially when it comes to public … more
This past month at my congregation, American Lutheran Church, I oversaw and officiated two wedding ceremonies, one in Canton, S.D. and one at ALC, and presided for a double baptism of twin boys. It … more
Today we post news on social media, and the whole world knows in seconds. Years ago, a juicy tidbit was picked up, enhanced and spread through the continent within hours. Different method. Same … more
I must confess. I may have a problem. After going on and on about how I was ready for a break from having puppies, I didn’t even make it 48 hours after our last puppy left before I ended up with … more
I’ve never been the type to settle for “good enough.” No matter what I’m doing, I try to strive for excellence. That’s all the more true when it comes to policies that impact our kids. … more
People were bringing children to Jesus in order that he might touch them, and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to the disciples, “Let the … more
Sundays, weddings and funerals. Two things were cleaned and polished for those special days: the car and our shoes. Weather permitting, someone parked the car close to the front yard fence. With an … more
I’m finally starting to find some goodies ready for picking in my garden, and hopefully, I’ll have more than enough to keep me busy soon. I’ve made sure to arrange for help when … more
Do you think that we learn to despise the people we elect just in our lifetime? I beg to differ! They, all parties, have been disappointing us since the beginning of time. I won't preach on term … more
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