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Albert Einstein conducted thought experiments to figure out theoretical problems. Let’s do one of our own. Suppose that you fell and broke your left leg and had to be in a cast for eight weeks. … more
When I was little, I always loved driving around Mitchell. My parents would point out a watermelon stand, and then we’d look to see if it was my grandparents’. My dad’s parents used … more
Once upon a time not so long ago there were no iPads or computers. Phones were not particularly smart. A laptop was where you sat when Mom or Dad read books before bedtime. You could write in your … more
Just about forever, there has been controversy over who the rock is. Who is the rock upon which the church was built? Generally, it comes down to two options. It’s either Jesus or it’s … more
We’re coming up on six months since South Dakota started our fight against COVID-19. I’ve worked hard to provide South Dakotans with the best information possible to make the best … more
The heat and humidity sure don’t do much for my hair, but they are keeping my garden going. I’ve learned a lot this year with my garden, so I thought I’d share some tips this week. … more
Monday — wash. Tuesday — iron. As we grew up in rural South Dakota in the Fifties and Sixties, Mom adhered to the daily chore traditions whenever possible. Before automatic clothes … more
Summer and fall are prime seasons for mold allergy problems. Mold spores are smaller than pollen grains, allowing them to not only affect the eyes and nose of allergy sufferers, but also to … more
It seems like it took forever, but I was finally able to collect enough tomatoes to can my first batch of tomato juice this Sunday in Dell Rapids with the help of my mom, Janice Eining.When my … more
My name is Joanie Holm. I am a certified nurse practitioner in Brookings, S.D., and I am fortunate to have been the life partner of the original Prairie Doc®, Richard P. Holm, M.D. Rick and I … more
One of my favorite lakes to fish when I was growing up was Roy Lake. There was a boat dock there that we always used to fish from. You could typically cast and pick up a few northern throughout the … more
Over the last few weeks, I had several opportunities to meet with parents across our beautiful state to discuss getting our kids back into school buildings this fall. My team and I met parents in … more
To a very small child, life is full of possibilities and there is no limit to the imagination. Each day provides an exciting new adventure until, well — life hatches. As a young child, I … more
Sometimes, life has lessons for us that we don’t truly appreciate until much later. Many years ago, when I was a very wet-behind-the-ears new doctor, I had the privilege of being part of the … more
Every day I’m excited to check out my garden, as things are really starting to get going now. I’ve gotten a few bell peppers and a couple salsa peppers, and my onions are ready and … more
If you’re a fisherman/woman or a boat enthusiast, you probably relate to the story of Jesus walking on the water. Many times, we are captivated by Jesus’s miraculous act, and we look past … more
Tails waving in the air, young calves frolic through the pasture as their mothers stand by, contentedly chewing their cuds. A cow bends to sniff her baby as it lies curled up, hiding in the grasses. … more
Last week, when I was in Sioux Falls to discuss reopening schools with parents and superintendents, I saw a great bulletin board in a 4th grade classroom. It said, “Put your positive pants … more
Early on in the coronavirus pandemic, with many people spending a lot of time at home, a wise friend told me that people will likely come out of this “a chunk, a hunk or a drunk.” So, … more
The temperatures have finally gone down, and I’m taking advantage of them while they last. I love all the seasons, but the low 70s are the perfect temperatures for me. The break in the heat has … more
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