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“You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.” John 15:16 During this … more
This week, the 2021 legislative session came to a close. In South Dakota, we keep things short; the session lasts a maximum of 40 legislative days. Every bill gets a hearing, its opportunity to be … more
Whenever someone is admitted to the hospital, they are asked to stipulate their “code status.” Levels of code status include full code, meaning resuscitate and intubate if required; as well as … more
I’ve been enjoying the warmer temperatures we’ve been having, but it sounds like they will be ending soon. With the nice weather, I’ve been pretty lazy with making desserts, so I have more time … more
Dinner warmed on the back burner of the cook stove. Potato soup left from last night’s supper. And there was fresh bread. Though her husband was late, she waited to eat with him. He would need a … more
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place … more
Week eight was a whirlwind of exciting activity in the House. Even caucus sessions are longer as priorities are examined very closely now, as to which spending bills should get the most importance. … more
March 10th is a tough day. On March 10, 2020, South Dakota diagnosed our first 5 cases of COVID-19, including our first death. For many of us across the state, life changed that day as we adapted to … more
Do you know anyone who had influenza this past year? Chances are you do not. Sure, plenty of people had the “stomach flu” with vomiting and diarrhea, otherwise known as gastroenteritis. Some … more
“We don’t want it to go to waste.” Our mother said it. She lived it. She taught it to her family. During our growing-up years when we were saving, stretching, repairing, reusing and … more
Although I was sick with COVID for an extended period of time earlier this year, I never lost my sense of taste or smell. Since I like to play with recipes by adding different seasonings and … more
There is no better place to celebrate America’s birthday than Mount Rushmore, surrounded by the beautiful Black Hills and in the presence of four iconic American leaders. Last year, we brought … more
I am writing this article near 10 p.m. on Thursday evening as we are finishing crossover week. This is typically the longest day of the session as all bills originating in chamber need to be approved … more
In the mid-fifties Dad and Don lugged our round oak kitchen table out to the barn and replaced it with a shiny new Art Deco model. The decade was the era of post-war abundance. As with hemlines and … more
As week six wraps up, twenty-four legislative days are behind us with thirteen days left. The big issues still being worked on are the details of getting the medical marijuana IM26 initiated as soon … more
This week is crossover week. This means that all bills that originated in the house of origin must either be voted in favor, or killed for this legislative session. Crossover week is the busiest week … more
The Legislative Session has only three weeks remaining. In the Senate, we have debated several topics over the past week including homeschooling (SB 177), cemetery regulations (SB 106), parole … more
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