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It is springtime in South Dakota and all things seem new! The grass is growing, new crops are being planted, and baby calves are kicking up their heels enjoying the recent sunshine and good weather. … more
There is something I began saying at our worship services a year or so ago that always seems to ruffle a few feathers. “Not everything we do here is for you.” In a world and place where, if we … more
In 1971, it was dubbed “Memorial Day” and set aside as a federal holiday in the United States. It honored those who died while serving in our armed forces. The special day is now observed on the … more
The long-awaited Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and for many, that means three days off. I’m not sure about everyone else, but I’m more than ready for a long weekend of nice … more
Since folks ask me to continue the Good Stuff, let me dare to bring back one of my favorites: baby hugs. a baby’s hug We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high … more
I still remember the first time I was invited to my mother-in-law’s home for dinner when I was dating Bryon. I hadn’t really talked to Sharon or my father-in-law, Al, very much before, and I was … more
DeAnn Kruempel from Logan, Iowa, encouraged me to continue the Good Stuff. Despite my hands not cooperating totally, I'll struggle on as I can. Also, for her 102-year-old friend: here we go. Not sure … more
A spring storm struck eastern South Dakota in the wee hours, leaving newly formed streams and ponds in its wake. “It was a cloudburst,” Dad declared to his two young sons. “This will fill the … more
I like to filter things. Get the junk out. Keep it pure. Water filters, furnace filters ... I ask Jim to replace them regularly. It makes me feel safe. Now, I want to share a small victory with you … more
I hope everyone was able to enjoy Mother’s Day weekend. Although I’m sure the rain put a damper on some plans, we were still able to enjoy the day. I spent the majority of the day with my mom and … more
The first successful organ transplant was a kidney transplant in 1954. The donor was the identical twin of the recipient. The new kidney worked for 11 months. This was long before any anti-rejection … more
“Everyone must visit beautiful South Dakota. Pack your bags and rush to the car and start driving. With so many fun and exciting things to see and do, what will you do first?” Those are the words … more
As she drove, her thoughts centered on the day ahead—the last day of school before summer vacation. It was a special day for her fifteen students who had shared the one-room school of Boomer … more
As we enter the week of Mother's Day, I felt like I should share my heart and my words with the gals. Please know you are loved and cherished, and your kiddos (or any that you love like your own) are … more
For those who may have noticed my name missing from last week’s paper or a change in my writing, I just wanted to share the reason why. My dad has been struggling with pulmonary fibrosis and heart … more
My first job consisted of a list of farm chores – feed the horses, check the cows, clean the barns. But it was never my intention to keep that job forever. It wasn’t my dad’s wish for me … more
“I am going to miss my friends,” Dorothy lamented to her friend on the phone. Tomorrow was the last day, and she was already counting down until school started in the fall. I had heard Darlene … more
On Sunday afternoon April 23, Jim Thompson suffered a stroke at his home in Sturgis, S.D. He is currently working with doctors to recover the use of his right arm and hand. As a result, The Good … more
If I am being honest, some days I really don’t like myself. What a way to start out a column! Hear me out. Some days I’m impatient and irritable. Some days my attitude isn't great, and I am not … more
Imagine, just over 100 years ago, nearly one-third of people in the upper Great Lakes/Midwest regions walked around with a goiter on their neck. A goiter is a lump on the throat, which could be as … more
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