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I always knew that South Dakota could be an example to the nation; I never expected that such an example would be set in the midst of a global pandemic. But the work that South Dakota did … more
It looks like the temperatures are finally done bouncing around and are going to be dropping down to the fall-like temperatures we knew would be coming sooner or later. Although I’m not looking … more
Last week we met Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. The title “ruler of the Jews” was a title of religious authority. The Romans were the governmental rulers at that time, so the Pharisees … more
Like giant pinwheels they dotted the horizon throughout rural America. In the Thirties the eight-foot wheels whirled, bringing forth water when none fell from the sky. They appeared on homesteads and … more
Just-picked-and-shelled peas and new potatoes for supper! No need to worry about us eating our vegetables with a menu like that. We youngsters looked forward to summer fare that included all the … more
A number of presidents have come to Mount Rushmore through the years, starting in 1927 with Calvin Coolidge when he authorized the first funding for the carving of the memorial. I’ve been there … more
I recently had a chance to visit with a single mom, the mother of two young girls, from another state. Her state is locked down. Her little girls are doing 100% distance-learning. She is working … more
Chili is one of those great recipes that I love, because you can throw it together in no time. Of course, you have to make sure you have the time and the recipe to make it. Friday, I had set out … more
When you ask a physician why they became a doctor there is often a pattern that emerges. It is usually one of three things: they have family members who were doctors, they went through a significant … more
And there’s a reason for that. I have been in the ministry for nearly 40 years, and it always concerns me to hear folks say that they are trusting their good works to allow them entrance into … more
Everyone wants to be loved, to be liked, to be celebrated, to have someone who accepts us no matter what. Right? We want to have people to turn to when a crisis hits. We want to have someone in whom … more
I recently had a chance to visit with a single mom, the mother of two young girls, from another state. Her state is locked down. Her little girls are doing 100% distance-learning. She is working … more
I recently had a chance to visit with a single mom, the mother of two young girls, from another state. Her state is locked down. Her little girls are doing 100% distance-learning. She is working … more
7:00 AM. A farm truck rumbled into the driveway and disappeared past the barn. Soon a red tractor followed, pulling a grain wagon. The driver jerked back the long clutch lever as Dad and the boys … more
It doesn’t seem that long ago when I was worried I wouldn’t get enough tomatoes to stock up my pantry for the year. I remember my mom saying that she was sure I would either get sick of … more
Weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, facial drooping, inability to find or understand words; these are symptoms of a stroke which are typically sudden in onset. The symptoms can be … more
Serving the area since 2013, the De Smet Community Foundation continues to support efforts that help our community. The Foundation has been the community ‘go-to’ nonprofit organization … more
For years, I’ve been working to advance ethanol to benefit South Dakota farmers. Our state ranks sixth in the nation for ethanol production capacity, and we produce more than 1 billion gallons … more
It is a classic presentation: The middle-aged man who develops a painful, swollen, great toe the morning after indulging in a steak dinner with a few beers. The savvy clinician will immediately … more
I am connected with every public-school district in South Dakota as well as a handful of private schools. I am here to tell you that they are all doing the absolute best they can to keep the students … more
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