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Last night, two pairs of headlights moved in and out of sight in the field across the road. Far into the night, an engine whirred as the machine rolled back and forth among the hills and valleys. … more
I honestly never knew that whether or not to put beans in chili was a debate until recently. I grew up thinking beans were always in chili, but I’ve seen a lot of recipes for no-bean chili lately. … more
I had a couple of free hours last Saturday and decided to run some errands and try to find a few last-minute Christmas gifts for my family. Walking into a local small business, I immediately spotted … more
Our parents grew up during the Great Depression. Later, they experienced the rationing of World War II. Being prepared for lean times was a way of life for them. Though Mom worked next to Dad on the … more
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We had a busy weekend with all of our Christmas gatherings with family and friends. It was great to see everyone, but I’m ready to get back to normal … more
This has to be some of the best advice I've ever gotten or given. I share it with you to tack to your refrigerator or bathroom mirror or cut out and put in a file somewhere you can find it when you … more
For generations, South Dakotans have held true to the values that make our state a special place to call home. I spend every day working to keep South Dakota a special place to live and strengthen it … more
A man approached a little league baseball game one afternoon. He asked a boy in the dugout what the score was. The boy responded, "Eighteen to nothing — we're behind." "Boy," said the spectator, … more
The tree was a sapling spruce. Dad cut it from the fence line in the west pasture. A homemade star of foil-covered cardboard sparkled on the top spire. Strings of popcorn and cranberries draped over … more
Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. I had cut back on non-essential obligations -- extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating and even overspending. Yet … more
Ready or not, here it comes… Christmas, that is. As usual, the days before Christmas always seem to fly by as I scramble to get everything ready. There never seems to be enough time to get it all … more
Food intolerance and food allergy are common these days. When I was a kid, no one asked about nut allergies or gluten sensitivities when inviting you to a birthday party. You could bring homemade … more
This week, I outlined my budget recommendations for how we will run our state in the next fiscal year. The past year has brought historic challenges. South Dakota has taken those challenges in stride … more
If you are like me, you love getting something new. It could be a new shirt, pair of pants, a new house or just about anything that you have never owned before. For me it was a car. Until then, I had … more
With Christmas fast approaching, I decided it was time to take inventory of what we have and what we need to get ready for some Christmas baking. The great thing about having a large pantry is I … more
The United States faces a federal-government-created energy crisis, and South Dakota is caught in the middle of it. Gas prices continue to rise, driving up the cost of shipping and making it more … more
This coming Sunday at church, we will light the third candle of the Advent season, the candle of joy. For some, especially during the Christmas season, saying someone can and should be joyful seems … more
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