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This week, we welcomed the South Dakota State University football team to the South Dakota State Capitol in Pierre. On January 8th, the Jackrabbits brought home a Football Championship Subdivision … more
If you could make it, you didn’t buy it. It was the way of life back when we were growing up on the farm. I always figured it was a matter of economics. Making foods from scratch saved money, and … more
Do we take God’s grace for granted? Throughout history God could have passed judgement and justice on humankind, but by His grace, He didn’t. When God created Adam and Eve, God showed grace when … more
Pasta is one ingredient that I use often, but it can sometimes be tricky to get it done just right. The most common mistake is over- or undercooking pasta. I used to overcook my pasta, because I … more
I probably don't need to tell you about stress. We all face it. Today is a good day for a lesson on the subjectstressA young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while … more
South Dakota’s economy has been thriving over the past few years, but even though our unemployment rate in 2022 was the lowest it’s been in our state’s history, we still have 23,000 open jobs … more
The books of the minor prophets from the Old Testament have long been a favorite of mine. It is fascinating to see how the problems and solutions that people experienced way back in the eighth and … more
Many, many years ago, when I was knee-high to a snowman, I loved blizzards. Blinding white flakes soaring past the classroom window? Unceasing arctic winds carving huge drifts over road, field and … more
This past weekend I attended a bridal show outside of Sioux Falls with my mom, my daughter Alyssa, and Alyssa’s friend. Sunday, I drove to Dell Rapids to pick up my mom, and then we picked up … more
When I was a young physician, we talked with almost religious zeal about the “Golden Hour.” Early on, this principally focused on the idea that within the first hour after an injury, a patient … more
MonstersA bit of levity today about a real "kid" issue: monsters under the bed! Ever since I was a child, I’ve always had a fear of someone under my bed at night. So, I went to a psychiatrist and … more
In a radio address to the nation on January 1st, 1983, President Reagan said that “New Year’s Day was an especially American tradition, full of the optimism and hope we’re famous for in our … more
There is an old hymn titled “In Times Like These” that fits the times we live in today. It doesn’t seem like the same world that most of us have known in the past. Crime, disrespect, … more
Mom didn’t think I should go to the stock dam by myself, but frigid South Dakota winters nearly always froze such a thick layer that Dad assured her it was totally safe. When the folks went ice … more
I suppose there are still minutes at the opening of the year to do some resolutions. I may have done this another time, but the advice never gets old. new year’s resolutionsDid you make any New … more
For many of us, every week is pizza week, but this week, Jan. 8-14, is officially National Pizza Week. National Pizza Week is a celebration beginning on the second Sunday in January every year. … more
At my house, classic TV is a given. When talking about skin cancer, the type that most people think about is melanoma. This skin cancer follows the ABCDE rules for diagnosis. A – asymmetry, B – … more
The men and women in our National Guard serve with excellence. They take their job seriously, so I take my responsibility to them as their Commander in Chief very seriously.This week, I visited our … more
The calendar started over on Jan. 1, a Sunday this year. What lies ahead – war in Ukraine, food shortages worldwide, inflation? What should we do to make it a better year? Farmers plan for the next … more
Have you ever pondered and searched, then purchased what you thought would be the perfect present for your favorite toddler? You wrapped it in fancy penguin-print paper and presented it to her on the … more
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