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In the old days, country doctors often cared for folks by coming to the patient’s homes. These house calls brought great relief to people and families who needed medical attention. Nowadays, we are … more
I’m still waiting for some warmer weather. We get a tease of it occasionally, but I’m ready for the real thing. I’m ready to open the windows and enjoy the fresh air, and I can’t wait to … more
I find it easy to give clothes, money, food and other necessities to those in need but struggle with the serious sickness of a selfish spirit. What does that mean? The very idea of being last is not … more
Excitement was in the air! I could feel it. My birthday was Wednesday, but Mom said that everyone was coming to celebrate on Sunday. One more day; I couldn’t wait! She wiped down the white metal … more
When Joe Biden was sworn in as President of the United States on January 20, 2021, he declared that “my whole soul is in this: bringing America together... and uniting our nation.” He pledged to … more
This is normally the start of a busier time of year for us with many graduations around the corner, weddings coming up and (hopefully) warmer weather which means more time outdoors. As our calendar … more
Life seldom goes as planned. Bad timing. Unintentional disaster. Mother Nature unleashing her mighty powers. We have all come upon animals in a bad situation, but animal rescues were simply part of … more
As a part-time mail carrier, I have realized after years of driving that route day after day, that I could often finish for the day and remember almost nothing about the route. Driving the mail … more
One of my main responsibilities as Governor is to keep South Dakota safe. It’s something that I take very seriously. After all, I love this state. I love the people who live here. In a small state … more
Bacchus was a member of the Roman pantheon of gods. In ancient times he had a variety of attributes, but modern culture primarily remembers him as a god of wine and debauchery. Perhaps the image … more
Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m an animal lover. Every time I see a picture of a baby animal, I say I want one. Since we live in town, I have to settle for our two labs and my chihuahua. At … more
Almost every summer the relentless sun beat down, “hotter than a pistol,” especially on haying days. Whether out in the hayfield, at the top of a stack or in the sweltering haymow, the memories … more
As a parent, I have definitely felt the pull and the necessity to be in two places at once. Can you relate? My kids have something going on, I have a meeting miles away. One kid has baseball here, … more
The Constitution doesn’t always use plain language, but when it comes to our right to defend ourselves, the Second Amendment is quite straightforward: “The right of the people to keep and bear … more
I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. I definitely enjoyed Easter Day with my family for so many reasons. First, I don’t think we could have asked for nicer weather. There was no snow or … more
Every year I anticipate and very much appreciate a gift from my husband: a small bottle of my favorite perfume. If I am really, really careful, I can make that beautiful scent last the entire year. … more
Elizabeth Stout, 4, from Lincoln, Neb., reads a mule book to “Larry” the mule while visiting her grandparents, Dave and Shelly Stout, of rural De Smet. more
The patient knew something was wrong. After appointments with several specialists, multiple scans and tests, she was given a diagnosis. Still, she felt certain something was not right. I sat down … more
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