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If you are like me, you love getting something new. It could be a new shirt, pair of pants, a new house or just about anything that you have never owned before. For me it was a car. Until then, I had … more
With Christmas fast approaching, I decided it was time to take inventory of what we have and what we need to get ready for some Christmas baking. The great thing about having a large pantry is I … more
The United States faces a federal-government-created energy crisis, and South Dakota is caught in the middle of it. Gas prices continue to rise, driving up the cost of shipping and making it more … more
This coming Sunday at church, we will light the third candle of the Advent season, the candle of joy. For some, especially during the Christmas season, saying someone can and should be joyful seems … more
It was Saturday night. The north windows trembled as they wrestled with the frigid November gales that buffeted our South Dakota farmhouse. The brown Siegler oil burner warmed the living room (at … more
I normally don’t do much for my birthday, but this year I was able to enjoy the entire day. I started by getting my first massage ever, got some Christmas shopping done, and picked out my birthday … more
As a family physician living on the upper Great Plains, I have many patients of Norwegian and German descent. Thus, I am familiar with some diseases that are prone to affect people of northern … more
Two nights ago, just before dark, I discovered a big pile of loose dirt on the back side of the duck cage. Just next to the cage was a hole that led under and into the floor of the pen. Obviously, … more
It was a wonderful Thanksgiving for us. We were able to see lots of family, eat lots of food and spend a full day with my daughter, Alyssa, and her boyfriend, Travis, who drove back from Denver to … more
During the Christmas season, many churches celebrate Advent. The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus is a celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ and the anticipation of the … more
The holiday season is here, and many wonderful activities are happening. As you hustle and bustle, be aware that accidents and injuries can occur. When you see a doctor, they record a diagnosis code … more
Thanksgiving is a time of unity. It is a time of gathering friends, family, and sometimes newcomers into your home. Somewhere along the way, America began to forget what the true meaning of … more
I think ALL of us who have ever been parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles have at some point in our lives found ourselves reminding a child that there are starving children in other parts of the … more
Times change. Inventors strive to make our lives easier by saving work or alleviating stress. Consider how technology has affected the ways we travel. I was in my fifties when I experienced my first … more
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I’m especially excited for this holiday and the busy weekend following. Most of our plans have been made in advance, but we’re still working on some of … more
The season of giving is here and there are numerous organizations that South Dakotans support in their communities. Food pantries, shelters for women and children, clothing drives, and toy drives are … more
I think we’ve probably all gone through a period in our lives where it seems like every piece of news that we get is bad news. Whether it’s the news we read, hear or watch, or it’s news we get … more
Years passed. Our bicycles spent more time in the shed than on the road. Baseball practice, games and 4-H meetings replaced leisurely rides around the farm. Quite suddenly, there was a need for … more
Anyone who knows me, knows that I hate anything being wasted… especially food. I’m not sure if it’s because of how I was raised or from times when money was tight, but seeing food being thrown … more
On Veterans Day each year, we honor those brave Americans who volunteered their lives in service to our country. This year, in addition to celebrating the six military branches and their reserve … more
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