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Anyone who has met a child or a person with Down syndrome knows that they are a gift from God. Their beautiful smiles and unique personalities bring such joy and warmth into our lives. And yes, God … more
Across America these last several months, we have witnessed a very troubling situation where violent actors are trying to do an end-run around public discourse. This is done to intimidate and silence … more
The first week of the 96th Legislative Session is in the books. The first week is largely ceremonial, and no legislation has been considered yet in committees or on the floor of the Senate. It takes … more
meditationsWe’ve spent ample time pondering the various ways we “find” God in the world. And, we do, indeed, “find” God sometimes—not because God was missing, but because our own eyes and … more
Nothing is more memorable than a smell. Scent, memories and emotions are closely intertwined, and today, the aroma of a home is big business. Candles, diffusers, spritzers and soaps of various … more
America is grappling a difficult legacy. Our society was built by the blood and sweat of slaves, on land previously occupied by Native Americans. When we won independence, only white male property … more
With the weather getting colder, I’m doing a lot more baking. As always, I tend to stick with recipes that are quick and easy. The best ones for me are ones that you can dump everything in one … more
Laura Ingalls Wilder preschoolers taking advantage of what was left of a snow pile during recess include Carter Buckmiller, rear left, Zachery Stanton and Parker Crowe; and Miles Albrecht, front. more
January 6 was a horrifying day. Violent protesters stormed the Capitol, attacking law enforcement and endangering everyone working inside, from senators’ staffers to maintenance workers. Peaceful … more
other voicesrep. dusty johnsonOur U.S. Constitution was tested this week.As most of South Dakota now knows, on January 6th, I voted to uphold the 2020 election results that were certified, recounted, … more
My sister’s eyes shone as she unpacked the last item from the box of outgrown baby things she had brought to share. “Oh, DeAnn, this was yours!” She held up a small pastel-green snowsuit. It … more
The prophet Elijah had had it! He had done what God asked him to do: give God’s message to God’s people. And now what did they want to do? They wanted to kill him! So, Elijah runs away, angered … more
I think almost everyone grew up eating their mom’s tuna casserole, and they either loved it or hated it. I don’t remember loving it when I was a kid, but I do now. Back then, it was just … more
South Dakota’s values and beliefs are rooted in our agricultural heritage and our boundless natural resources. Together they drive our economy, feed our families, and provide world class outdoor … more
This week marks the season of Epiphany, which coincides with the story in the Gospel of Matthew about the Wise Men (or Magi or astrologers) who seek Jesus by following a star. I often used to wonder … more
Once. Maybe twice a year. That was normally the number of times the Hallelujah Chorus echoed through our house following our mother’s announcement, “No school today!” She would have heard it on … more
I survived the holidays! I didn’t get as much baking done as I had wanted, but I was able to get just enough made to keep everyone satisfied. However, I realized that I will never be able to … more
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