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There are several different considerations that go into naming a child. Many people choose a name based on family history. My paternal grandfather’s name was Grayson. His mother’s maiden name was … more
After yet another incredible year, South Dakota is entering 2021 in one of the strongest financial positions in the country. This is largely due to our strong economy, our approach to COVID, and our … more
I may be losing it…track of time that is. As much as I try not to, I always struggle with stress and anxiety this time of year. I worry about buying all the gifts and getting them wrapped, … more
Success in life and all its phases can be measured in many ways. Some reminisce of their glory days in high school. Maybe they were captain of the football team or homecoming queen or won the state … more
It was a Saturday evening in late September around 1959. A brief thunderstorm had just passed through; sheets of rain pounded and splashed the earth. Then just as abruptly, the rain stopped. The John … more
We have come to the time of year when everywhere you look, you see signs of the Christmas season. If you take a drive around town, you will see inflatable snowmen, reindeer and even a … more
December 4th marked the 101st anniversary of the day South Dakota ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which recognized that women have the right to vote. Though the date may not … more
On Oct. 1, 1932, Babe Ruth stepped to the plate at Wrigley Field in Chicago. It was the fifth inning of game three of the World Series. “The Babe” had already hit a home run in the first inning, … more
In spite of today’s playful exaggerations about walking distance and incline, the country school experience truly played a crucial role educating youngsters in rural America during the first half … more
One thing you can always count on during this time of year is lots of cookies and candy. That’s probably also why most people tend to gain a few pounds around the holidays. Good thing the … more
Thanksgiving is around the corner, and across the country families are planning how to celebrate with their loved-ones in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some states across the country are … more
Rev. Dr. Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the most famous Christians to have lived during the 20th century. As he was still “too young” to be ordained, he left Germany to study and accepted a … more
Sandwiched between our traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays is a day of observance that doesn’t get a lot of attention. World Soil Day, on Dec. 5, focuses attention on the importance of … more
Thanksgiving Dinner was a veritable feast at our house when I was growing up, and at the time I took it for granted. Didn’t everyone enjoy the same festivities? Our mother went all out for the … more
Normally, at this time of year, I would be going through all of my recipes trying to decide which ones I would be bringing to all of our Thanksgiving gatherings, but this year things are different. … more
the prairie docJoanie Holm, C.N.P.A three-pound baby entered the world in recent days. This precious child was born after his Mom spent seven weeks in the hospital on bedrest. At home, Dad and two … more
The one thing you can always count on when it comes to getting together for Thanksgiving (or any gathering) with my family is that the turkey is not the only thing that will end up getting stuffed. … more
Around October 20, I said to my wife, Lisa, as I woke her up to feed our newborn, Etta, “Do you want the good news or the bad news first?” “Ah, the good news?” she hesitantly … more
From Belle Fourche, Buffalo, and Bison to Aberdeen, Groton, Webster, and Parkston I recently had the chance to sit down with so many South Dakotans. As the country continues to battle the COVID-19 … more
The temps have started to drop, the days are getting shorter, the feeling of fall is in the air, school is in session, and I love it! School for me doesn’t mean a new pair of bright white … more
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