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Get ready for upcoming electionWith the start of the absentee voting period on April 22, another election cycle in South Dakota has begun. I want to use this opportunity to share important … more
Over the course of my career, I have performed countless pelvic exams on women of all ages from all walks of life. There are two common patient behaviors that I have observed. First, most women leave … more
There has never been a better time to talk about tourism in South Dakota. May 1-7 is National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) across the country. In South Dakota, we celebrate the Great Faces, Great … more
“’Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you … more
There are hundreds, maybe thousands of them lying dormant in our brains, just waiting. Suddenly, at any given time, a signal triggers a part of our memories, and uninhibited, spontaneous song pours … more
Over the course of the last week, I met with the Rotary Club in Madison, spoke at the dedication of the new American Legion building in Arlington and met with other groups and individuals across the … more
Like many Laura fans, I started reading the Little House books at age nine. I realized very quickly how many striking similarities I had in common with the Ingalls and their lives. We lived on a farm … more
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s a great time for all to do something special for the moms in your lives. I think most moms would agree that it’s not about how much you spend … more
Things aren't always as they seem: A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and … more
The act of breathing is essential to life and can be done with or without thinking about it. You can control your breath and vary it, but eventually air must come in, and air must go out.  The … more
An optimistic mindset can change more than just how we see the world – it can change everything about our lives. Winston Churchill summed up how when he said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in … more
For two days the north wind has howled through the trees and rammed into windows here in southwest Iowa. Fifty-five miles per hour gales put us in a wind advisory area more times than I care to … more
“Mom, what are you doing?” one of my boys asked in amusement, looking over my shoulder. I quickly moved the photo, embarrassed he had seen it. What was I doing? I had zoomed in on a photo of my … more
The last week has included visits with veterans, school districts and community service groups across District 8 including Wentworth, Iroquois, Madison, Volga and others. As I’ve shared in the last … more
Some of my favorite folks are cowboy poets. I met Chris Isaacs many years ago when he was a guest on my radio show. I love his work, and with his permission, here's one that will make many of our … more
It was another weekend of working on the kitchen, but I’m so excited to finally have my kitchen back! We still have a few minor details to finish up, but all of the big stuff is done. Saturday was … more
I want to share with all of you a recent happening that once again makes me so proud to be a part of this great, giving community and thankful for people who step up in a time of need. It all started … more
From Babe Ruth to John Wayne, Americans have seen chewing tobacco in popular culture for over a century. Spitting chew has been a trademark of cowboys and professional athletes alike, and chewing … more
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