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2022 is on track to be another fantastic year for economic investment in South Dakota. Since I took office, I have championed our state as the best place in the country to do business. We had all the … more
“Don’t eat all the sugar!” Almanzo’s mother called as the parents rode off, leaving the four Wilder children home alone for a whole week. Almanzo jumped up and announced excitedly that they … more
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” (John 7:37) Jesus is in Jerusalem attending the harvest time Feast … more
This is my birthday week. I'll be 75, so I figured I owed myself a favor for this activity, one of my favorite things ever sent. Now, to be quite honest, it wouldn't be fair to say MOST favorite, … more
It was a slow start, but my garden is definitely hitting its prime now. I have tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and jalapenos ripening daily, and I finally have enough tomatoes ready to do some … more
One summer during my college years, I had a roommate who suffered from suicidal thoughts. She’d attempted suicide before we met, been hospitalized but continued to struggle. Back in the late 80s, … more
Our nation loves to celebrate holidays. Today, I want to talk about one day that does not get enough attention: September 17, Constitution Day.On September 17, 1787, our Founding Fathers signed the … more
The story is told of Julius Caesar who, after planning a lavish feast and entertainment for his friends, woke on the appointed day to find nasty weather. He grumbled and murmured all the day long … more
5:00 a.m. No alarm needed. Mom slipped out of bed, put on her wash dress and everyday apron and tiptoed downstairs. She scooped a dollop of shortening into the cast-iron fry pan and took the chicken … more
Of all the enjoyment this column gives me, the one I love best is when people tell me they heard it at coffee, and it made their day. Well, here's one that will be a nice example of and the … more
In the United States, more than 100 different apple varieties grow, but thankfully, around here there aren’t that many from which to choose. This is a good thing for people like me who struggle to … more
People often talk about having a “gut feeling” when they know something is wrong. What feelings come when there is something wrong with the digestive system itself, and how do you differentiate … more
The beginning of September brings us to Labor Day weekend and the start of Workforce Development Month across the country.While America celebrates a national holiday, South Dakota has even more to … more
“Think of a smell that makes you happy.” I posed this challenge to friends in the last few days, expecting a questioning frown or an eye roll. Boy, was I wrong! Every person closed their eyes and … more
Listen, I'm retired, and I no longer have a staff. I've been doing this for over four years this time around, and I don't always remember what I've written about before. So, if you've already seen … more
I think the best part of cooking is sharing recipes, especially great ones. My mom is always sharing recipes with me, and I’m yet to be disappointed by any of them. We were able to visit with my … more
After a visit about aches, pains and various medical issues, a patient was commenting on getting older. Similar to other patients, I expected him to say something like, “It’s no fun getting … more
When I was younger my dad always said, “Kristi, we don’t complain about things. We fix them.” As Governor, I focus on fixing problems for our state every day, especially when it comes to public … more
This past month at my congregation, American Lutheran Church, I oversaw and officiated two wedding ceremonies, one in Canton, S.D. and one at ALC, and presided for a double baptism of twin boys. It … more
Today we post news on social media, and the whole world knows in seconds. Years ago, a juicy tidbit was picked up, enhanced and spread through the continent within hours. Different method. Same … more
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