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We finally got some measurable and much-needed rain Saturday. With the extremely dry conditions we’ve been having, I think it was appreciated by everyone. I know it was impossible for me to … more
An unusual silence hovered over us as we sat at the supper table that night in early May. A warm breeze drifted into the kitchen window, a reminder of the heat of the past week. Heat and wind that … more
Water is an essential gift from God. Did you know that there is the exact same amount of water on the earth today as there was when God created it? This summer has reminded us of the tremendous … more
America’s meat supply is a matter of national security. If we don’t control our own food supply, then we don’t control our own destiny. South Dakota feeds the world, and we do it better than … more
With the recent rain and hopefully more on the way, gardens will be taking off soon. I know my garden is full of blossoms and the start of some vegetables, but I haven’t gotten anything out of it … more
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the … more
I have a mean rooster. From the Nooks and Crannies of my mind hatches a memory of the summer I lived in fear, fear of a rooster. It all began one evening when Mom sent me to the barn to look for … more
On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers signed a transformational document full of beautiful principles that would come to define our great nation. “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” Thomas … more
For most of us, seeing the doctor means making a trip to the local clinic to see our primary care physician in person, but an increasing number of patients are seeing their doctor remotely by … more
I’m constantly looking for new recipes for myself and to share with my Pampered Chef people on Facebook (Amy’s Pampered Peeps). I’ve signed up with numerous places that are constantly emailing … more
There was, and still is, something wonderful about having a new baby in the house. Different sounds, smells and textures surround us. All at once, the air nearly sparkles with excitement, though it … more
This week, we will finish looking at the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. Last week, we focused on verse 11, “Give us this day our daily bread,” in which Jesus Christ taught us to ask God to … more
Over the past year, our farmers and ranchers went to work every day to feed this country during a time of great challenge and uncertainty for millions of Americans.How does President Biden plan to … more
Last week my husband, Josh, and I decided to go to Dell Rapids to visit my parents and have an early birthday and Father’s Day celebration with them. Since my mom’s birthday was Friday, and … more

On our farm in eastern South Dakota, we learned to drive at a very young age. The requirement: our feet had to reach the pedals. No need to see over the steering … more

As we continue looking at the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, I think it’s worth noting that the first half of this prayer that Jesus Christ is using to teach His disciples how to pray has … more
The liver is one of the most amazing but underrated organs in our bodies. We cannot live without it, and, unlike the kidney, we cannot bypass it with a dialysis machine. Lose your liver, and you lose … more
Father’s Day is a time to celebrate all the great fathers in our lives. My kids have an awesome one in Bryon. My son-in-law Kyle will be a father any day now! And I want to wish every father in the … more
I hope everyone was able to check out Old Settlers Days this past weekend. It was a full day of both work and fun for me. For those of you who don’t know, I work part-time at Grumpy’s Grill & … more
Though there were others, a search through the nooks and crannies of my mind reveals only one incident that I can actually remember going to the doctor. Dad took me to the office. A nurse ushered me … more
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