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Growing up in rural South Dakota, shooting sports and hunting were a big part of how I was raised. Some of my favorite memories with my family are of our time hunting and shooting guns. One of my … more
Growing up in rural South Dakota, shooting sports and hunting were a big part of how I was raised. Some of my favorite memories with my family are of our time hunting and shooting guns. One of my … more
“Winter storm warning …windchill advisory…winds up to 45 mph…” My weather radio drones on with foreboding forecasts of the arctic blast to come. Growing up on our South Dakota farm, I … more
1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” I have seen this verse used as encouragement that the world … more
To readers of the Good Stuff: It's time for me to stop writing this column. Thank you so much for your response over the years both on radio and newspaper. I have enjoyed sharing the material I have … more
Greetings from the Capitol and week three of the Legislature. This past week we were hard at work focused on health care, education, public safety and the economy. On Monday, the Senate approved my … more
I wrote last week about House Concurrent Resolution (HCR 6006), which is focused on a federal law called the Payment In Lieu of Taxes Act (PILT Act). Here is a quick review and an update. In 1976, … more
In last week’s legislative column, I reported that the House Education Committee would hear a bill that would reimburse school districts for their costs in providing free meals to students who … more
In South Dakota, we value living a healthy life, no matter where we live. Every South Dakotan should have the freedom to live where they want – but they shouldn’t have to choose between a rural … more
One of the joys of doing my radio show, The Country Cafe of the Airwaves, or this column, The Good Stuff, is the submitted stories and poems I receive. This is from a 103-year-old lady from Missouri … more
“Ha! Ha! I laugh at danger!” Ralph, fearless explorer, sets out for the one place he’s never been before - the North Pole. In this delightful children’s book, “Ralph’s Frozen Tale,” the … more
Genesis 50:20 “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Joseph and his brothers had just returned … more
It was the second week of the Legislative Session, and the Senate was firing on all cylinders. I’m focused on policies that make communities safer and make our economy stronger. This week we worked … more
I served this past summer and fall on an interim committee on county funding. This committee studied county government business and how they fund their work. With 66 counties in the state, and no two … more
We’ve got two weeks down and seven weeks to go in the 99th Session of the S.D. State Legislature. The committees are hard at work, considering the many bills submitted by state agencies, the … more
After giving tips on how to clean out the refrigerator and pantry last week, I realized I should probably take my own advice and do so myself, especially after hearing about the age of some of the … more
De Smet native Jeff Twite gave an interesting presentation to the IMPACT group, explaining his journey from a long-haired rock and roll band member to an anti-terrorism instructor. “I wasn’t a … more
I recently delivered my State of the State Address to a joint session of our State Legislature. Toward the end of my speech, a small kiddo started crying up in the gallery. To some, that might be an … more
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