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The second Monday in October has been recognized as a federal holiday since 1968. In 1990, South Dakota was the first state to do things a little differently than the rest of the nation. In South … more
I don’t remember exactly when, but I do remember the first time I ever heard of Amish friendship bread was when I was at one of our big family gatherings on my mom’s side of the family. It was … more
In the last couple years, I have developed a renewed awe and appreciation of our scientists around the world who work for their entire careers to advance science and medicine in their laboratories … more
In agricultural communities like ours, especially during planting or harvest season, it’s very easy to forget what day it is. It’s not that you forget what day it is, it’s because being behind … more
They have the power to tell love stories, fuse friendships and end wars. They can convey profound thanks, apology or heartrending regret. They can alter history. Words written on paper by a human … more
From the Black Hills to the eastern plains, the familiar sound of shotgun blasts can usually be heard popping in the distance. It’s hunting season and we are starting to get into my favorite time … more
“They work hard,” Mom said. “They need a good meal to keep them going.” It was called dinner then and was the biggest meal of the day on our farm. Mom and her daughters prepared a “meat and … more
Last weekend we served Reubens at Grumpy’s. I honestly had no clue what they were at first, but I figured it out after carrying them out to customers. I’ve had sauerkraut before, but I wasn’t … more
Imagine yourself in a blizzard so thick and cold and blinding that you could not see your hands right in front of you. Such blizzards were common 150 years ago on the upper great plains. Without much … more
On Sept. 28, 2008, my wife Lisa and I went on our first date to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival near Shakopee. I had never been there. She had gone a handful of times before we went together. In … more
We had another busy week and weekend. It seems like there is always something popping up to throw our schedules off. I was supposed to have the weekend off at Grumpy’s, so Josh and I planned on … more
Alcoholism, and addiction overall, isn’t a character flaw or a weakness of self-control. It’s a disease. And, if you are like most of us, you’ve probably been affected by it. Maybe you struggle … more
I couldn’t find him anywhere! Mom had sent me outside to find Dad. He was not in the barn. He was not in the shop. I headed to the Quonset. The farm machines were parked neatly in their places … more
“And a young man ran and told Moses, ‘Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.’ And Joshua, son Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, ‘My lord Moses, stop them!’ But … more
The Buffalo Roundup is one of my favorite events to host as the governor. Once a year, tens of thousands of spectators gather on a hillside at Custer State Park to watch 60 cowboys and cowgirls … more
It is September; fall is in the air, and what we might call “respiratory season” is nearly upon us. Respiratory season refers to the colder months in which we spend much of our time indoors, … more
I’ve come to the realization that when it comes to trying new things, I’m more likely to stick with what I know … at least when it comes to going out to eat at a restaurant. I’m obviously not … more
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