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I love the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector found in Luke 18:10-14. You couldn’t find two people who were more different than the two guys in this bit of scripture. One was a Pharisee. … more
There it was - the loose white thread in the corner. A Rrriiipp resounded through the garage as I tugged the string. Just like that, the 50-pound bag of chicken feed gaped open, ready for scooping. A … more
I have to say that Super Bowl Sunday didn’t disappoint. Not only did the Chiefs win, but I was able to come up with some food out of frozen chicken breasts. The only part of the game I missed on … more
It’s halftime in Pierre for the legislative session, and the Capitol is busy as we work ahead of Crossover Day. One of the best parts of the process in the legislature is that every single bill … more
Deciding who is on your land or in your house or car and for what purpose is the most basic property right. Allowing these feel-good landowner bills to become law may weaken this foundational right. … more
I want to begin by expressing my most sincere condolences to the family of Chief Deputy Ken Prorok who was killed in the line of duty on Feb. 2. His dedicated public service and his willingness to … more
I confess that occasionally even doctors get squeamish. Perhaps, more honestly, this doctor does. My personal list has gotten pretty short, but one of the things that still makes me squirm is … more
Growing up in rural South Dakota, shooting sports and hunting were a big part of how I was raised. Some of my favorite memories with my family are of our time hunting and shooting guns. One of my … more
Growing up in rural South Dakota, shooting sports and hunting were a big part of how I was raised. Some of my favorite memories with my family are of our time hunting and shooting guns. One of my … more
“Winter storm warning …windchill advisory…winds up to 45 mph…” My weather radio drones on with foreboding forecasts of the arctic blast to come. Growing up on our South Dakota farm, I … more
1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” I have seen this verse used as encouragement that the world … more
To readers of the Good Stuff: It's time for me to stop writing this column. Thank you so much for your response over the years both on radio and newspaper. I have enjoyed sharing the material I have … more
Greetings from the Capitol and week three of the Legislature. This past week we were hard at work focused on health care, education, public safety and the economy. On Monday, the Senate approved my … more
I wrote last week about House Concurrent Resolution (HCR 6006), which is focused on a federal law called the Payment In Lieu of Taxes Act (PILT Act). Here is a quick review and an update. In 1976, … more
In last week’s legislative column, I reported that the House Education Committee would hear a bill that would reimburse school districts for their costs in providing free meals to students who … more
In South Dakota, we value living a healthy life, no matter where we live. Every South Dakotan should have the freedom to live where they want – but they shouldn’t have to choose between a rural … more
One of the joys of doing my radio show, The Country Cafe of the Airwaves, or this column, The Good Stuff, is the submitted stories and poems I receive. This is from a 103-year-old lady from Missouri … more
“Ha! Ha! I laugh at danger!” Ralph, fearless explorer, sets out for the one place he’s never been before - the North Pole. In this delightful children’s book, “Ralph’s Frozen Tale,” the … more
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