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Early in the pandemic, I had occasion to page through photo albums my mother assembled during my childhood. Some of those happy images chilled my physician heart. There I was, two months old, … more
A drive through the country. This was not the typical leisurely Sunday drive. No, this trip was different. Early that morning, a hailstorm had ripped through the area. It began with an occasional … more
The holidays are just around the corner, and this is typically the time of year when my family starts planning when we’ll all be gathering for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Unfortunately, this … more
We have been inundated with coverage of the general election over this past week. Because of this, it would be irresponsible if I didn’t talk just a bit about it. This is not done in an effort … more
One of the things I appreciate most about those who served is that they didn’t rely on someone else to protect freedom. Veterans didn’t assume someone else would make the sacrifices so … more
Time to milk the cow! Six o’clock AM. Six o’clock PM. Every day. No matter what, Bessie, our gentle brown and white Guernsey, had to be milked. The milking chores were part of life on the … more
I have always loved the smell of freshly baked bread. There is just something about walking into a house filled with that smell that immediately makes you feel at home. Even if it’s just an air … more
When the De Smet News and Lake Preston Times merged to become the Kingsbury Journal, one particular thing happened, new readership. Since that is now the case, I’d like to take a few paragraphs … more
My son is a cub scout, and I am den leader. Recently we met outside and practiced putting up tents and learned how to build a fire. With efforts to stay distanced, every scout made his own … more
It has been a tough year for the rule of law and law enforcement in certain parts of our country. Violent crime has surged in big cities nationwide, and some politicians have gutted officers’ … more
Indeed, there is a lot we can worry about in the world today. It can be so easy to let those problems invade our thoughts as we try to get some sleep. Ideally, our bedrooms are sanctuaries of peace … more
Halloween is a big deal for many Americans. Consumers spend billions of dollars on decorations, costumes and candy. Today, pumpkin patches and haunted houses offer treats and entertainment for all … more
I hope we have now realized that God wants all to be saved and come to heaven, but God realized that man needed a free will to decide if we would accept His offer of salvation or not. God did not … more
I’m used to getting a dusting of snow around Halloween, but these cold temperatures and all of this snow seem a bit excessive to me. It’s 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 26, and although it’s 23 … more
When Thomas Jefferson laid out America’s founding ideal in the Declaration of Independence, he made clear that government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. Put … more
As a primary care physician, I commonly encounter patients who smoke cigarettes. Most people, including those who smoke, are aware of the long term health risks posed by smoking. Of course, as a … more
One of South Dakota Corn’s major industry partners is the U.S. Grains Council, an organization that consists of corn, sorghum and barley producers as well as agribusiness organizations. The … more
If I ever had to choose one food to eat for the rest of my life, I think I would choose pizza. I swear I could eat it every day, and it would never get old. Every time I go visit my parents in … more
“You watch for the big hand to be on the twelve and the little hand to be on the four.” My sister Dorothy remembers Dad explaining how she would know when to bring lunch out to the field. … more
Last week we got to know Nicodemus a little better. He was a ruler of the Jews who sought Jesus in order to find the answer to the question, “Who gets into heaven?” Now as we come to John … more
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