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When my phone rings after midnight, it always causes my heart to drop and me to jump out of bed to answer it. So, when my phone rang at 1:21 a.m. early Thursday morning, and I saw it was my mom … more
Visitors of De Smet often find themselves discovering new depth to the life and legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society strives to continually improve the experience … more
Some say the American Dream is dead. Others believe it is alive and well and can be found right here in South Dakota. Right now, there are thousands of people who are hoping to become an active part … more
A hug when I come home after a long day. A smile that melts my heart. A song and a dance that are spontaneous and carefree. Those are some of the blessings that come to mind when I think about my … more
It’s no secret that costs are rising in just about every aspect of our daily lives. We’ve talked quite a bit about the skyrocketing cost of food and gas, and our businesses are facing these … more
A tall, strapping farmer strode purposefully to the front counter of his general store. “Hey, Chet! I need two bags of hog mash. Would you have them in a pink calico?” Such a scene may have been … more
I've been a baseball fan since I heard the Saturday game of the week with Diz and Pee Wee back in my childhood, but baseball has changed. I know that I have, too. I'm older now and long for the days … more
The weather is definitely changing, and with the dropping temperatures and cold wind, we finally decided to get ready for winter. I’ve been dragging my feet to pack up things for the year. I’m … more
For many of my friends, harvest is winding down and even completed for some. It is awe inspiring to ponder everything that has happened for the harvest to even be possible. From all the planning, to … more
As a lover of the history of science and medicine, one of my favorite topics to read and learn about is the discovery of germ theory. Up until the mid to late 1800s, diseases had numerous other … more
The record-breaking pace continues for South Dakota’s tourism industry – even with high inflation raising gas prices for visitors to our state. We recently rounded up Custer State Park’s famous … more
I had to stop the trailer! The auger from the hopper on the combine spewed a heavy stream of oats as the wagon traveled under it. I wrestled with the clutch to get the tractor out of gear. But the … more
I come from a family that is very Norwegian on both sides. We do not describe the noon meal as lunch and the evening meal as dinner. In my Norwegian family, we call the noon meal dinner, and the … more
Hunting season has begun, and in my family, the big seasons were always pheasant and deer season. I have fond memories of both, but I have to admit that I’d rather eat deer over pheasant any day. I … more
As you read this today, I'm in Ireland, if world conflicts and airline issues don’t interfere, visiting old friends in my "home away from home," Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland. Watch my Facebook … more
Last month, I described the activities during the Laura Days festival near Pepin, Wis., at the Little House in the Big Woods (see Sept. 21 issue). I have volunteered there since 2012, and I have … more
Every day, in the clinic or hospital, I meet extraordinary caregivers. They are the ones who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, sometimes for years at a time. When I ask them how they do … more
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