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Nature has a way of humbling us, of stepping into our lives with previously unthought power and reminding us what truly matters. That's how I felt these past two days while surveying storm damage … more
“The preacher’s coming!” Dad announced to Mom as he placed the old black phone back on its cradle. Mom quickly took in the “lived-in” look of our farmhouse and rushed to remove the pile of … more
Mother Nature dealt us some difficult cards last week. The loss of two individuals in eastern South Dakota is tragic, and the damage to farms, communities, homes and livelihoods is heartbreaking. … more
“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.” Psalm 25: 4-5 Mid-May is graduation … more
We were lucky to have survived the big storm last week without any damage, but living without electricity for a day was more of a challenge than I would ever have imagined. When the power first went … more
As Christians we pray to be good examples in front of the world. Sometimes, we should be more careful. A man was being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light … more
I don’t know how you feel, but in my opinion, parenting is hard! Someone must have forgotten to hand me the instruction manual when my children came home. I have yet to meet a parent who wouldn’t … more
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 The … more
The man in front of me in the checkout lane examined the contents of his wallet and shook his head. He glanced up at his cohort, another guy about his age. “I may have to get another job if Paul … more
I hope everyone enjoyed the Mother’s Day weekend. I was spoiled by my husband and daughter and then able to spend a great day with my mom on Sunday. My husband Josh asked what I wanted for … more
How are you with computers? Where do you keep your passwords? Here's a story that will let you know that some stories are better than others. Seeing a homeless guy begging on the street, a woman took … more
Get ready for upcoming electionWith the start of the absentee voting period on April 22, another election cycle in South Dakota has begun. I want to use this opportunity to share important … more
Over the course of my career, I have performed countless pelvic exams on women of all ages from all walks of life. There are two common patient behaviors that I have observed. First, most women leave … more
There has never been a better time to talk about tourism in South Dakota. May 1-7 is National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) across the country. In South Dakota, we celebrate the Great Faces, Great … more
“’Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you … more
There are hundreds, maybe thousands of them lying dormant in our brains, just waiting. Suddenly, at any given time, a signal triggers a part of our memories, and uninhibited, spontaneous song pours … more
Over the course of the last week, I met with the Rotary Club in Madison, spoke at the dedication of the new American Legion building in Arlington and met with other groups and individuals across the … more
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