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By now everyone with a television or internet connection has heard of the “Opioid Crisis in America.” Deaths from accidental overdoses of opioids each year have now surpassed deaths from … more
This last week I began my 48th trip around the sun. I know, I have said that in previous writings, but this last Monday, July 6, was very profound. I lost one of my heroes, Charlie Daniels. I, along … more
Isn’t it amazing how different people remember different things, whether it be about a long-ago incident or something that happened “only yesterday?” Sometimes I think we choose … more
On July 3rd, South Dakota got to showcase our state to not only the rest of the nation but also the world. For the first time in more than a decade, we celebrated America’s birthday with … more
Life is about balance. We balance our time, our budgets, our work and our family. If you concentrate too much in one area, you will soon be wanting in another. Additionally, our bodies are constantly … more
Long before the coronavirus pandemic infested our world like an invasive species, researchers lauded the advantages of communing with nature, scratching in the soil. Besides the obvious benefits of … more
It is truly an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to share my thoughts regarding faith and life through this wonderful publication. Have you ever given serious thought to the heritage that … 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
Life has flipped a U-turn for many Americans in the last few weeks. Suddenly, people discover they have time they have never had before but with far fewer opportunities for which to use it. Social … more
Independence Day is right around the corner, and for me that means fireworks, family, bonfires and s’mores!Ever since I was little kid, I remember the excitement of going to the large fireworks … more
One summer during my college years, another premed student and I got a job at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis as nurses’ aides. At that time, the guys were called orderlies, but we were … more
My name is Jerod Jordan. I am the minister serving the people of Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church in rural De Smet, S.D. Soon, I will be another year older, and I am thankful to God for every day that … more
For weeks now, we have been witnessing a troubling turning point in our nation’s history. We moved from calls for reform to violent riots and looting. Now, we’re witnessing a radical … more
I was an awkward and chubby little kid. I wore glasses, had one heck of a cowlick and fit snugly in my “husky” sized Plain Pocket jeans from the shelves of JC Penney. I was okay at … more
Since I was a kid, summer has always been one of my favorite times of year. Back then it meant not having to be in school, going to the pool or the lake, hanging out with friends and enjoying the … more
“Well, back in my day…” Grandpa begins to reminisce about his school days when a teenage grandson cuts in. “Yes, we know, Grandpa. You walked ten miles to school every … more
At the bottom right hand corner of my driver’s license there is a small heart and the word “donor.” The print is small and easy to miss among all the other information contained. … more
Things never come easy for the ethanol industry. It seems like every time ethanol earns a victory, it runs into another roadblock. A little more than a year ago, things were looking up when the … more
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth: I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34 These are always hard words for us to hear, aren’t they? … more
Strong families are often built around strong dads. I was so blessed to grow up with a strong dad, a cowboy. But as you probably know, we lost my dad in a farm accident when I was 22. That tragedy … more
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