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Earlier this week, the State of South Dakota closed the financial books for fiscal year 2022 with a record-breaking $115.5 million surplus. This historic surplus was a combination of revenues … more
War … Rumors of war … Famine … Pestilence … Inflation … Low wages … Unemployment … Cost of living increase … Roe vs Wade … Unrest in the cities … January 6 hearings... Now, as … more
On the top of my right foot, there is a small triangle-shaped scar. Scars usually have stories to tell. I wish I could remember a fierce fight with a savage gopher or raccoon, but I only recall … more
You've probably heard, as I did, from a parent, pastor or mentor, "Don't get ahead of yourself" or "forget about yesterday, just keep moving forward." I believe that today as much as when I first … more
As a physician with 45 years of practice, I’ve seen my share of diseases. I have usually been on the physician side of the diagnosis-treatment paradigm. However, knowing the rationale for … more
I have been struggling to keep up with weeding and watering my garden as often as I should, so this change in weather is much appreciated. Now, if I could just figure a way to keep seven curious … more
In my four years as Governor, I have focused on finding ways that our programs can positively impact the next generation. This goes beyond reading about what state government does—I go out and see … more
And it will come to pass, that before they call, I will answer. Isaiah 65:24 This past week, I got up early to do some spraying in the garden. I had readied the sprayer the night before, so I could … more
“It’s time to get up, DeAnn! There’s a lot to do this morning,” Mom called up the stairs. The tone of her voice indicated that this morning she would not be my snooze button. Sleep webs … more
Hi folks! This is one of my favorite pieces of literature. I wish I could remember when or where I first read it, but that doesn't really matter. I do know that a copy I have says: Author unknown. To … more
I’ve been asked for some help with what to do with zucchini, so this week I’m sharing some tips on picking zucchini and how this versatile and budget-friendly summer squash can be used. When … more
I have discovered there's nothing like acting and feeling like a child when you are really a grown adult. Over the years, my Laura Ingalls Wilder presentations and school-teaching background has led … more
As a clinical professor at my state’s medical school, I frequently have medical students seeing patients with me in clinic. While the majority of patients are happy to allow student involvement, … more
This week, South Dakota’s agriculture communities got to show off. I hosted the Republican leader on the House Agriculture Committee, Congressman “GT” Thompson from Pennsylvania, and introduce … more
There’s something about a small town that cannot be put into words. It’s the feeling one gets while walking down the main street in a historic downtown area. It’s the sights one sees when … more
Interesting people we meet around a poker table. Who knew that Todd Williams would be a poet, write a book, travel overseas to live. But he is and he did and he does. Here's a story that might relate … more
The year: 1962. The place: The Pheasant Bar, Winner, S.D. Seven young linemen sat in corner booths at the back. After a week of climbing power poles in the hot sun, they relaxed while conversations … more
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