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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
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
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