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I don’t remember a time when we did not have a television in our home as I grew up. The black and white Zenith sat next to the roll-top desk in the living room and often provided night-time … more
My husband, Josh, and I were able to celebrate our five-year anniversary this weekend by getting out of town. We’ve both been so busy with work that it was nice to just get away together. And with … more
When we think of Henry VIII, most of us envision an oversized man with multiple wives, a bitter personality and a propensity for beheading his enemies. A lesser-known fact is that he suffered with … more
For many Christians, this coming Sunday will commemorate and observe an influential theological moment in the life of the Christian Church on Earth. Do you know what many Christians honor on Oct. 31 … more
I’ve spent a lot of time lately talking about South Dakota being ranked one of the hardest working states in the nation. And we continue to be the number one state for economic recovery — … more
For those of you who used my recipe last week to get your Amish friendship bread starter going, this week I’m sharing the basic recipe for the bread along with some other alternative recipes. There … more
In medicine, we routinely ask people about their family health history. Knowing that your mother had diabetes, or that your grandfather battled alcoholism, helps us be alert for health conditions to … more
As a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), one of the largest Christian denominations in the U.S. with over 3,300,000 members and 9,000 plus congregations, our church is … more
“If cats don’t go to heaven, then I don’t want to go either!” I boldly announced to the young pastor at my first-year confirmation class. Two summers ago, I related this statement from my … more
The second Monday in October has been recognized as a federal holiday since 1968. In 1990, South Dakota was the first state to do things a little differently than the rest of the nation. In South … more
I don’t remember exactly when, but I do remember the first time I ever heard of Amish friendship bread was when I was at one of our big family gatherings on my mom’s side of the family. It was … more
In the last couple years, I have developed a renewed awe and appreciation of our scientists around the world who work for their entire careers to advance science and medicine in their laboratories … more
In agricultural communities like ours, especially during planting or harvest season, it’s very easy to forget what day it is. It’s not that you forget what day it is, it’s because being behind … more
They have the power to tell love stories, fuse friendships and end wars. They can convey profound thanks, apology or heartrending regret. They can alter history. Words written on paper by a human … more
From the Black Hills to the eastern plains, the familiar sound of shotgun blasts can usually be heard popping in the distance. It’s hunting season and we are starting to get into my favorite time … more
“They work hard,” Mom said. “They need a good meal to keep them going.” It was called dinner then and was the biggest meal of the day on our farm. Mom and her daughters prepared a “meat and … more
Last weekend we served Reubens at Grumpy’s. I honestly had no clue what they were at first, but I figured it out after carrying them out to customers. I’ve had sauerkraut before, but I wasn’t … more
Imagine yourself in a blizzard so thick and cold and blinding that you could not see your hands right in front of you. Such blizzards were common 150 years ago on the upper great plains. Without much … more
On Sept. 28, 2008, my wife Lisa and I went on our first date to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival near Shakopee. I had never been there. She had gone a handful of times before we went together. In … more
We had another busy week and weekend. It seems like there is always something popping up to throw our schedules off. I was supposed to have the weekend off at Grumpy’s, so Josh and I planned on … more
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