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Behind the scenes firemen go to work in full protective gear to put on the annual display, enabling everyone else to sit back and enjoy the show. Thanks for the entertainment! more
Life has flipped a U-turn for many Americans in the last few weeks. Suddenly, people discover they have time they have never had before but with far fewer opportunities for which to use it. Social … more
Independence Day is right around the corner, and for me that means fireworks, family, bonfires and s’mores!Ever since I was little kid, I remember the excitement of going to the large fireworks … more
One summer during my college years, another premed student and I got a job at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis as nurses’ aides. At that time, the guys were called orderlies, but we were … more
My name is Jerod Jordan. I am the minister serving the people of Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church in rural De Smet, S.D. Soon, I will be another year older, and I am thankful to God for every day that … more
For weeks now, we have been witnessing a troubling turning point in our nation’s history. We moved from calls for reform to violent riots and looting. Now, we’re witnessing a radical … more
This lightning bolt struck close June 25 somewhere on the southeast side of De Smet. The thunderclap followed almost instantaneously. The thunderstorm overnight dumped varying amounts of rain on the … more
I was an awkward and chubby little kid. I wore glasses, had one heck of a cowlick and fit snugly in my “husky” sized Plain Pocket jeans from the shelves of JC Penney. I was okay at … more
Since I was a kid, summer has always been one of my favorite times of year. Back then it meant not having to be in school, going to the pool or the lake, hanging out with friends and enjoying the … more
“Well, back in my day…” Grandpa begins to reminisce about his school days when a teenage grandson cuts in. “Yes, we know, Grandpa. You walked ten miles to school every … more
At the bottom right hand corner of my driver’s license there is a small heart and the word “donor.” The print is small and easy to miss among all the other information contained. … more
Things never come easy for the ethanol industry. It seems like every time ethanol earns a victory, it runs into another roadblock. A little more than a year ago, things were looking up when the … more
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth: I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34 These are always hard words for us to hear, aren’t they? … more
Strong families are often built around strong dads. I was so blessed to grow up with a strong dad, a cowboy. But as you probably know, we lost my dad in a farm accident when I was 22. That tragedy … more
The sight of worn-out cowboy boots nailed to fenceposts is not an unusual sight in farm country. We might encounter a random lone boot nailed to a fence in the middle of nowhere, or there might be a … more
The articles on Mr. Warne and Mrs. Nelson were great tributes to two teachers that gave their lives to the area children and will be remembered for a long time (Kingsbury Journal, June 10, p. … more
A wakeboarder enjoying the water of Lake Thompson on June 1, 2020, when temperatures were above 90 degrees for the first time this season. The campground at Lake Thompson Recreation Area has been booked the past several weekends. more
I have never been a big breakfast person. I know they say that everyone should start their day with a good breakfast, but for some reason that’s the one meal of the day that tends to fall short … more
Recently, there has been a great deal of confusion and questions from small businesses and organizations regarding the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) that was included in the COVID-19 CARES Act. … more
COVID-19 has given us many unique challenges. As I’ve repeatedly said, this situation is historic in the worst way, but with every challenge comes the opportunity to learn, to adapt, and to … more
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