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I met Kip Sorlie in Belle Fourche many years ago. He's a wizard in carpentry as well, but I've used a lot of his poems in my radio and newspaper columns through the years. He has since moved to … more
Sacks and bags, no matter whether they were made of burlap, cotton or paper, have always been useful. Obviously, they also influence life in other ways, for our language is filled to the top and … more
Sacks and bags, no matter whether they were made of burlap, cotton or paper, have always been useful. Obviously, they also influence life in other ways, for our language is filled to the top and … more
It’s been another week full of excitement here, but this time for the better. My dad is back home from the hospital, and my daughter Alyssa Eining and her boyfriend Travis Cuperus got engaged. My … more
Continuing our conversation from last week, I would like to share what Catholics believe abou the Eucharist, or as many Christians call it, communion. John 6 is known widely as Jesus’ “Bread of … more
I recently met with several childcare providers in Sioux Falls to discuss challenges their industry faces. One of the biggest challenges to filling the available jobs across our state is the lack of … more
“Oh, it’s just an old sack!” replied a middle aged woman upon receiving a compliment about her dress. The uncommon saying carried me back to my growing-up years and filled my brain with images … more
I'm not really a football fan. I just love to sit with others and cheer on the game once in a while. However, teasing other fans who have favorite teams? Ah, that's a sport unto itself. So, did … more
Measure 27 will appear before voters on the November 8, 2022, election ballot. This measure will legalize the possession, use and distribution of marijuana for recreational purposes.    In Measure … more
When my phone rings after midnight, it always causes my heart to drop and me to jump out of bed to answer it. So, when my phone rang at 1:21 a.m. early Thursday morning, and I saw it was my mom … more
A hug when I come home after a long day. A smile that melts my heart. A song and a dance that are spontaneous and carefree. Those are some of the blessings that come to mind when I think about my … more
It’s no secret that costs are rising in just about every aspect of our daily lives. We’ve talked quite a bit about the skyrocketing cost of food and gas, and our businesses are facing these … more
A tall, strapping farmer strode purposefully to the front counter of his general store. “Hey, Chet! I need two bags of hog mash. Would you have them in a pink calico?” Such a scene may have been … more
I've been a baseball fan since I heard the Saturday game of the week with Diz and Pee Wee back in my childhood, but baseball has changed. I know that I have, too. I'm older now and long for the days … more
The weather is definitely changing, and with the dropping temperatures and cold wind, we finally decided to get ready for winter. I’ve been dragging my feet to pack up things for the year. I’m … more
For many of my friends, harvest is winding down and even completed for some. It is awe inspiring to ponder everything that has happened for the harvest to even be possible. From all the planning, to … more
As a lover of the history of science and medicine, one of my favorite topics to read and learn about is the discovery of germ theory. Up until the mid to late 1800s, diseases had numerous other … more
The record-breaking pace continues for South Dakota’s tourism industry – even with high inflation raising gas prices for visitors to our state. We recently rounded up Custer State Park’s famous … more
I had to stop the trailer! The auger from the hopper on the combine spewed a heavy stream of oats as the wagon traveled under it. I wrestled with the clutch to get the tractor out of gear. But the … more
I come from a family that is very Norwegian on both sides. We do not describe the noon meal as lunch and the evening meal as dinner. In my Norwegian family, we call the noon meal dinner, and the … more
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