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Dinner warmed on the back burner of the cook stove. Potato soup left from last night’s supper. And there was fresh bread. Though her husband was late, she waited to eat with him. He would need a … more
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place … more
Week eight was a whirlwind of exciting activity in the House. Even caucus sessions are longer as priorities are examined very closely now, as to which spending bills should get the most importance. … more
March 10th is a tough day. On March 10, 2020, South Dakota diagnosed our first 5 cases of COVID-19, including our first death. For many of us across the state, life changed that day as we adapted to … more
Do you know anyone who had influenza this past year? Chances are you do not. Sure, plenty of people had the “stomach flu” with vomiting and diarrhea, otherwise known as gastroenteritis. Some … more
“We don’t want it to go to waste.” Our mother said it. She lived it. She taught it to her family. During our growing-up years when we were saving, stretching, repairing, reusing and … more
Although I was sick with COVID for an extended period of time earlier this year, I never lost my sense of taste or smell. Since I like to play with recipes by adding different seasonings and … more
There is no better place to celebrate America’s birthday than Mount Rushmore, surrounded by the beautiful Black Hills and in the presence of four iconic American leaders. Last year, we brought … more
I am writing this article near 10 p.m. on Thursday evening as we are finishing crossover week. This is typically the longest day of the session as all bills originating in chamber need to be approved … more
In the mid-fifties Dad and Don lugged our round oak kitchen table out to the barn and replaced it with a shiny new Art Deco model. The decade was the era of post-war abundance. As with hemlines and … more
As week six wraps up, twenty-four legislative days are behind us with thirteen days left. The big issues still being worked on are the details of getting the medical marijuana IM26 initiated as soon … more
This week is crossover week. This means that all bills that originated in the house of origin must either be voted in favor, or killed for this legislative session. Crossover week is the busiest week … more
“So spoke the disciples to Jesus. In making this request, they confessed that they were not able to pray on their own, that they had to learn to pray. The phrase ‘learning to pray’ sounds … more
Good education starts in the home. It starts with strong parents and strong families. We know that parents are responsible for a child’s upbringing and their protection. And COVID-19 underscored … more
This week was an especially exciting one for District 22 and the South Dakota State Fair. A group of Huron area citizens came to Pierre and provided materials that demonstrate a strong case for the … more
This week is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a season in which the people of God prepare for the day of Resurrection. Lent lasts for 40 days and nights, minus Sundays, … more
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt appealed to Americans to “make do” with what they had at the time. Throughout our country’s history, people have … more
With the bitterly cold temperatures we’ve been having, I think we are all looking for ways to stay warm. For me, it’s normally a big pot of coffee with lots of sugar and creamer. When I was a … more
What is required of a Christian? The question would receive a different response from every person of Christian faith to whom the question was asked. Dietrich Bonhoeffer would respond like this: … more
It’s been another long week for me dealing with COVID. I’m finally starting to feel better, but I’ve been worried about my dad who was in the hospital for a week dealing with his own COVID … more
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