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In my State of the State Address, I talked about the Freedom to be secure. We are so fortunate to live in a nation where we have many Freedoms, including the Freedom to feel secure in our own … more
Sprinkles and Mudcat purred and rubbed against my legs as I sat on the front step. My sisters were inside making supper. Mom and the guys were out doing evening chores. Suddenly, both cats lifted … more
For those of you who come here every week hoping to find another new recipe to try out, I would like to suggest picking up the Kingsbury County Cancer Cares Recipe Book for a ton of great new … more
Is there anyone else that has the spring-cleaning bug? The nice weather has stirred up a bit of desire to clean parts of the house I avoid. This week, I came across a mystery tote in my storage room … more
wednesday was a pivotal day in the debate on forging a path forward to facilitate value-added agriculture’s future in South Dakota. SB201 gives money to farmers and counties, not out of state trial … more
Prisons and pipelines dominated the discussions I was involved in this week. The editorial I wrote last week generated some buzz. My phone and email lit up early in the week and led to two radio … more
One of the jobs I held before becoming a legislator was serving as the Adjutant General of the South Dakota National Guard. In fact, of the 23 Adjutants General that have commanded our Guard in the … more
“I’ve got this cough that just won’t go away,” my patient says. I know this story all too well. Chronic cough, a cough that lasts more than two months, is a common ailment which in most cases … more
As South Dakotans , we know that fresh and healthy food can be hard to come by in the winter, not to mention expensive. Just like we can employ money-saving strategies during other times of the year … more
In South Dakota, we respect the freedom to work. That is how America was built. We each have the freedom to get up every morning and to provide for ourselves and our families. That’s the American … more
The house smelled of lemons. Voice and vacuum noise echoed from the living room. Mom and my sisters were spring cleaning - dusting, polishing, vacuuming behind furniture. For some unexplainable … more
The Legislature is nearing the end of session, and we remain focused on working to find resolution on some of the major policy issues in the state and finalizing a balanced budget for the state’s … more
As predicted, CO2 pipelines have been one of the biggest topics this legislative session. I have studied CO2 pipelines for two years and firmly believe we don’t want this. Here is why. First, this … more
Of the 258 bills introduced in the House of Representatives this session, 110 have been killed or tabled thus far, and more of them will die in the remaining three weeks we are in Pierre. It’s … more
“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.” Psalm 126:2 If you know me, you know I love a meaty conversation, but I'm also a huge fan of humor. Laughter was a valuable … more
If you’re trying to eat healthily, there is nothing worse than biting into a limp piece of lettuce or a soggy crouton. This week, I’m sharing some tips on how to store salads, so they last longer … more
“No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” This is the beginning of a poem from 1624. In it, the poet John Donne appreciates how humans … more
As I travel the state, the biggest challenge that I hear about is a shortage of workers. We’ve been taking action to fill open jobs, but for some folks, their past mistakes stand in the way of the … more
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