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Growing up in rural South Dakota, shooting sports and hunting were a big part of how I was raised. Some of my favorite memories with my family are of our time hunting and shooting guns. One of my … more
“Winter storm warning …windchill advisory…winds up to 45 mph…” My weather radio drones on with foreboding forecasts of the arctic blast to come. Growing up on our South Dakota farm, I … more
1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” I have seen this verse used as encouragement that the world … more
To readers of the Good Stuff: It's time for me to stop writing this column. Thank you so much for your response over the years both on radio and newspaper. I have enjoyed sharing the material I have … more
In South Dakota, we value living a healthy life, no matter where we live. Every South Dakotan should have the freedom to live where they want – but they shouldn’t have to choose between a rural … more
One of the joys of doing my radio show, The Country Cafe of the Airwaves, or this column, The Good Stuff, is the submitted stories and poems I receive. This is from a 103-year-old lady from Missouri … more
“Ha! Ha! I laugh at danger!” Ralph, fearless explorer, sets out for the one place he’s never been before - the North Pole. In this delightful children’s book, “Ralph’s Frozen Tale,” the … more
Genesis 50:20 “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Joseph and his brothers had just returned … more
After giving tips on how to clean out the refrigerator and pantry last week, I realized I should probably take my own advice and do so myself, especially after hearing about the age of some of the … more
I recently delivered my State of the State Address to a joint session of our State Legislature. Toward the end of my speech, a small kiddo started crying up in the gallery. To some, that might be an … more
I was flabbergasted at a recent post on social media that listed words that have fallen out of use over time. This awakened childhood memories. Yessirree, Bob! Dad often made it clear that we never … more
I forgot all about New Year’s resolutions. Of course, that's standard as I always forget them. However, here are some thoughts that might help you in 2024, without too much effort. new years … more
Proverbs 15:3 "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." Many times, I have read this verse as a reminder that God sees the good of the righteous people and the evil … more
I hope everyone is staying warm inside with these frigid temperatures we’ve been having. If you’re stuck inside more than usual, it’s a good time to clean out the refrigerator and pantry. Here … more
“A new year is like a blank book; it has 12 chapters and 365 pages, and you are the author. My wish for you is that this year you write the most beautiful story possible for yourself.” I received … more
Recently, I wrote about a New Year's Eve gathering that Rod Nichols attended at Cutter Bill's. Today, I offer an update on that and a bit of an eerie ending! Happy New Year, All. SHARING ONE FOR LOU … more
We are finally getting our first real snow, and although many may not feel the same, I can’t complain. Heaven knows we have been due for some snow for a while; the fact that it’s January, and … more
Joshua 14:12 "Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be … more
My father-in-law is a farmer. He grew up on the family farm in southwest Minnesota, where his dad grew up, too. Blessed by fertile soil, the farm has provided for the family for several … more
“Hey, Buddy, what do you say?” My heart smiles every time I hear this or a similar phrase from a parent who is teaching his or her child good manners. My siblings and I may have been young enough … more
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