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When our children were small, money was often tight, but we had plenty. Plenty of love. Plenty to eat. They had plenty of imagination and plenty to play with; cardboard boxes, tables and blankets… more
Christmas is almost here, and I’ve finally gotten a start on some of my candy making. I’ve decided to keep it simple this year. I still have cookies to make, so I don’t want to start … more
A thick flurry of flakes churns and swirls wildly, creating a crystalline wall of white. Gradually, the whirling slows, and the gossamer flecks begin to drift and flutter gently, magically revealing … more
There are several different Christmas traditions that are observed this time of year. Many families share a large meal together. We look forward to having our entire family together, the turkey and … more
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. As I write this, it’s the last day of Hanukkah, Christmas is right around the corner, and the New Year comes shortly thereafter. I know my family is … more
Christmas is right around the corner, and I’m getting caught up and ready for the holidays. I finally got my Halloween decorations down, so I could start putting up Christmas decorations. I’m … more
The winds of change will soon be sweeping through the agriculture industry in Washington, D.C. Between a new administration and turnover of three of the top four Agriculture Committee leaders in the … more
Elbows on the counter, I watched as Mom carefully pried the top corner from the blue and red box. The words on the front foil wrap boldly proclaimed “Free Glass Inside!” A giant starburst … more
In a truly grand feat of modern science, The Human Genome Project, an international collaborative effort, set out in 1990 to map our genetic makeup using diverse human genetic samples. In 2003, the … more
There are several different considerations that go into naming a child. Many people choose a name based on family history. My paternal grandfather’s name was Grayson. His mother’s maiden name was … more
After yet another incredible year, South Dakota is entering 2021 in one of the strongest financial positions in the country. This is largely due to our strong economy, our approach to COVID, and our … more
I may be losing it…track of time that is. As much as I try not to, I always struggle with stress and anxiety this time of year. I worry about buying all the gifts and getting them wrapped, … more
Success in life and all its phases can be measured in many ways. Some reminisce of their glory days in high school. Maybe they were captain of the football team or homecoming queen or won the state … more
It was a Saturday evening in late September around 1959. A brief thunderstorm had just passed through; sheets of rain pounded and splashed the earth. Then just as abruptly, the rain stopped. The John … more
We have come to the time of year when everywhere you look, you see signs of the Christmas season. If you take a drive around town, you will see inflatable snowmen, reindeer and even a … more
December 4th marked the 101st anniversary of the day South Dakota ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which recognized that women have the right to vote. Though the date may not … more
Thank you for including the weekly column, “Nooks and Crannies,” by author Deann Kruempel. While I don’t believe we can live in the past, I believe the exercise … more
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