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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
“So spoke the disciples to Jesus. In making this request, they confessed that they were not able to pray on their own, that they had to learn to pray. The phrase ‘learning to pray’ sounds … more
Good education starts in the home. It starts with strong parents and strong families. We know that parents are responsible for a child’s upbringing and their protection. And COVID-19 underscored … more
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This week was an especially exciting one for District 22 and the South Dakota State Fair. A group of Huron area citizens came to Pierre and provided materials that demonstrate a strong case for the … more
This week is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a season in which the people of God prepare for the day of Resurrection. Lent lasts for 40 days and nights, minus Sundays, … more
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt appealed to Americans to “make do” with what they had at the time. Throughout our country’s history, people have … more
With the bitterly cold temperatures we’ve been having, I think we are all looking for ways to stay warm. For me, it’s normally a big pot of coffee with lots of sugar and creamer. When I was a … more
It may seem cliché, but energy independence is a matter of national security. The United States is a net exporter of energy, which means that we can guarantee our ability to provide for our own … more
What is required of a Christian? The question would receive a different response from every person of Christian faith to whom the question was asked. Dietrich Bonhoeffer would respond like this: … more
It’s been another long week for me dealing with COVID. I’m finally starting to feel better, but I’ve been worried about my dad who was in the hospital for a week dealing with his own COVID … more
“See if you can find five more of these.” Mom pressed a light brown button into my small palm, then resumed her stitching. The plastic circle was indented in the center and had four holes. A … more
Many people are familiar with the classic Abbott and Costello comedy skit “Who’s on First?” For those who are not familiar, the routine is a hilarious interaction between the two comedians as … more
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