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Do you ever find yourself in a place where you know you need something but can’t really put your finger on what it is? It may be a time of great distress when so much comes at you that your heart, … more
What do we do when one day we can smile, laugh and look back at memories with fondness and thankfulness for the life we shared with our loved one when the next day we feel paralyzed by our pain and … more
Being a mom and a grandma has been the biggest blessing of my life. My children and my grandchildren are motivation to get up every single day and fight for a better future for all South Dakotans. My … more
It’s no big fish tale! If Dad even mentioned the words “go fishing,” the whole family would be ready and waiting in the car within 30 minutes. Worms dug. Poles packed. Lunch loaded. Tackle … more
One thing we talked about doing as soon as we moved to the country was getting chickens, and it didn’t take us long. We ended up buying nine chicks, three of three different kinds: Buff Orpingtons, … more
“Pay attention!” Words I often heard growing up from parents and teachers who desired I be a little more engaged in what I was actually doing rather than with whatever fancy or daydream currently … more
It is just barely possible that I am not the first person to write the words I am about to write. Love is complicated. It is so on many levels. Love can run deep, but it’s also often shallow. It … more
May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to celebrate our educators and thank them for all they do for our students. However, there’s an ongoing problem in South Dakota – teacher salaries … more
There were definitely advantages to being the youngest child, growing up on our South Dakota farm. The biggest one was that by the time they got to number six, the folks had pretty much used up all … more
I love to grate my own cheese, but I get tired of finding mold on my blocks of cheese in the refrigerator. I’m hoping I may have found a solution. For those who have been reading my column or who … more
Working as a registered nurse in inpatient rehabilitation, I am often called upon to care for patients who have had a cerebrovascular accident, or more commonly called, a stroke. I have observed … more
As we approach the end of our 22nd season, I would like to thank our audience for trusting us to bring them health information that is current and accurate. There are many doctors out there who … more
It stood 60 feet tall. Four sturdy metal legs, anchored to the ground, telescoped to the top where a six-foot wheel of angled blades spun into a blur. The giant sentinel greeted everyone who entered … more
After what feels like ages, we’ve finally moved into our new home. It was a long weekend of more packing, moving and cleaning, but we’ve officially moved out of our home in De Smet and onto our … more
It is my privilege and blessing to work at the Good Samaritan Society. The other morning after breakfast, I walked one of our residents, a soft-spoken and gentle soul, back to her room. We talked … more
Things here are a bit crazier than usual. I’m writing this while surrounded by boxes and my laptop on a folding table amongst stacks of papers as I sit on a chair I had to steal from the kitchen. … more
The couple made their way through the dry prairie grass from the neighboring wagon. Fina smiled a welcome. “Come sit by the fire. I’ll put the coffee on to boil.” Thankful she had ground extra … more
From a young age, my mom and dad taught me that the Bible teaches us to pray for the Holy Land of Israel. In the face of brazen and callous attacks from those hell bent on the annihilation of the … more
An exceedingly common question I get in clinic, especially in the heart of a South Dakota winter, is how to remedy dry skin. The questions aren’t just in the clinic; my own children, family and … more
Hopefully, everyone was able to enjoy some time outside this past weekend. With the weather we’ve been having lately, it’s hard telling when we may get two nice days in a row again. I can’t say … more
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