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For students with allergies and asthma, back to school means more than getting their backpacks filled with paper, pencils and any needed odds and ends. Keeping your child safe and healthy involves … more
For more than 80 years, late summer has brought thousands of motorcycles to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Bikers come from across the country – and around the world – to participate in the … more
Last week in my article, I spoke about witnessing to God’s beauty in the world with particular focus in nature. This week, I want to speak of God’s beauty in the Word of God, that is the Holy … more
Imagine every pair of shoes you have ever worn lined up in chronological order. Each pair clutches a story untied by memories. Baby feet kicked off size zero booties knitted by an aunt. Doctors … more
If you're old enough to have heard Paul Harvey on the radio, then get ready to remember. It was sometime in the late 80's; I had been to watch my son play little league baseball. The story is true; … more
I survived the emotional roller coaster ride of last week! I was so excited to have my daughter Alyssa home with us for a few days, it was impossible to get upset when the puppies left. Alyssa and … more
Hope has power – it drives us to achieve incredible things that we never thought possible or endure difficulties that previous seemed insurmountable. Unfortunately, for the same reasons, … more
At the end of June, I was fortunate to spend an entire week at Camp NeSoDak. It is a Lutheran Bible Camp within the denomination that my congregation, American Lutheran Church, belongs, the … more
For today, I'd like to once again hit the topic of The National Anthem. It isn't that I don't appreciate a good singer performing at a favorite rodeo; I love little kids' renditions as much as the … more
Eight greedy beasts roamed the ground below me, watching … waiting. Like ravenous vultures, they circled, ready to pounce on anything that dropped to the ground. When something did, they raced to … more
It’s going to be a wild week for us, and I’m trying to prepare myself for the emotional roller coaster coming with my daughter Alyssa moving back and the puppies going to their new homes. After a … more
As a practicing urologist who is double board certified in urology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, I see a lot of patients with urinary incontinence. While it is extremely … more
Nostalgia can be bittersweet. Sometimes I miss playing high school basketball – working with teammates; hearing the crowd; the pride of seeing hustle pay off. I loved watching my kids play sports, … more
Listening is a kind of lost art these days. The culture of the present society in the United States is full of loud voices. These voices, whether they be a person, an advertisement on TV or the host … more
Rough dark leaves grazed my face and arms and made me itch. Toes sank into the black South Dakota dirt as I trudged between rows of tall fibrous stalks. At the top of each stalk, light brown growth … more
Finally, I have had enough of watching my garden and flowers destroyed by our puppies, so Josh and I decided to put up some extra protection to keep the puppies away. Our seven lab puppies are … more
One late summer day, fresh out of residency and seeing patients for the first time as a full-fledged family physician, I examined a young man who had a fever, fatigue and a bad headache. Considering … more
Earlier this week, the State of South Dakota closed the financial books for fiscal year 2022 with a record-breaking $115.5 million surplus. This historic surplus was a combination of revenues … more
War … Rumors of war … Famine … Pestilence … Inflation … Low wages … Unemployment … Cost of living increase … Roe vs Wade … Unrest in the cities … January 6 hearings... Now, as … more
On the top of my right foot, there is a small triangle-shaped scar. Scars usually have stories to tell. I wish I could remember a fierce fight with a savage gopher or raccoon, but I only recall … more
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