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When I first ran for Governor, South Dakota needed new opportunities. For years, our economic growth had not kept up with the nation. Young South Dakotans were too often leaving our state to pursue … more
“Mmmm. Good job, DeAnn!” Delmer mopped up the last of the egg yolk on his plate with a chunk of toast. When the folks were gone, I was designated cook. The menu was nearly always the same: fried … more
On the cleaning cart that I push from room to room where I am blessed to serve as a housekeeper at the Good Samaritan Society, I have these words by Ralph Waldo Emerson prominently displayed. … more
I have been blessed with many friends in my life. From rodeo, radio, travelin', even the Legislature, but cowboy poetry has contributed many friends to that list. I believe it was Yvonne Hollenbeck … more
The temperatures are quickly changing, and although I love fall, I’m hoping the temperatures can hold out and don’t drop too low anytime soon. I have to say that fall is definitely my favorite … more
I love sports. I have enjoyed playing and watching sports for as long as I can remember. As someone who participated in a sport year-round in high school and continued in athletics (golf) in college, … more
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 that.duck 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
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