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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
This week we will continue studying the Lord’s Prayer by looking at Matthew 6:10 which says, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” When we seek to understand what … more
South Dakota has the strongest economy in America. In fact, a recent study by Moody’s Analytics says that South Dakota is one of only 2 states to be in a stronger economic position than we were … more
I’ve been spending a lot of time talking with patients about the COVID-19 vaccine. Sometimes, we celebrate it, some are skeptical and others are not convinced they can trust the vaccine. When I … more
As much as I normally enjoy the heat, it would be nice to have a little break from it now and then. More than anything, it would be nice to see some rain in the forecast. We’ve been trying to keep … more
I was sitting in my beach chair on vacation soaking up the sun when I overheard the couple next to me sounding concerned. They were throwing out lots of big medical terms but were very confused and … more
A thunderstorm had swept through during the night, eliminating any chance of field work. The men made quick work of chores, and Mom fixed a hearty breakfast. Soon, we all piled in our ’57 Ford … more
James 1:17 tells us that all good and perfect gifts come from God. One of those good and perfect gifts is the ability and privilege to be able to go God at any time, day or night, and talk to him … more
There is no better place than Mount Rushmore to celebrate America’s birthday. Independence Day is the celebration of our nation and our founding principles of freedom, equality, and opportunity. … more
My last conversation with Grandpa was over the phone. He was sick and dying. I was 1,200 miles away in residency, learning how to be a family physician. I was not going to make it home in time to see … more
One year ago, I happened to see an ad asking for volunteers to help keep the newspaper going in town. Although I wasn’t exactly sure how I could help, I thought I could offer to volunteer a couple … more
Wood clunked on wood as Mom angled into the door and rested the bulky panel on the floor. She sucked in a big breath, grasped both sides and lugged it into the kitchen. The white fabric-covered board … more
Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ. I Corinthians 11:1Saturday night was bath night at our house. First, a small amount of water was put in the tub, and the baby had her bath. Then, more water and … more
From the beginning, the story of the U.S. auto industry has been one of ingenuity, of taking risks and of pushing forward. At the dawn of the twentieth century, most Americans could hardly comprehend … more
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” The phrase came into use in the early part of the 20th century. At that time the words commended the effectiveness of graphics in advertising. It is … more
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