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Just south of the house a large cement tank extended up eighteen inches from the ground. A heavy round cover fit perfectly over the top. It took a lot of muscle to move the cover, but at a very young … more
“Then [Jesus] took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not … more
Do you find yourself wondering where your tax dollars go? In South Dakota, the simple answer is to education, health care, public safety, and other state government operations. But if you really want … more
I always try to look at the positive side of things, but some days are harder than others. As I was standing outside earlier waiting for our new puppy, Daisy, to go to the bathroom, I struggled to … more
She was 19 years old and just starting her first semester of college. She had been transferred to our level 1 trauma center, intubated and in a medically induced coma. I was a third-year medical … more
A mother and father and their six children sat around a long kitchen table. A wren’s cheerful song floated in on a gentle breeze from the open windows, providing background music. At a nod from the … more
“Jesus said to her, ‘Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ But she answered him, ‘Sir, even the dogs under the table eat … more
I heard about it on the radio.The fall morning of Sept. 11, 2001, was a regular day driving in my truck to the family farm. Until it wasn’t. The first reports were coming through my pickup … more
Iroquois preschoolers went on a walk to Railroad Park last Tuesday. They picked apples, which they later cut open to observe the parts. The children had fun using their picked apples to make apple … more
The kidneys may be called the Rodney Dangerfield of the body, as they often “don’t get no respect.” The National Kidney Foundation estimates that one in three adult Americans are at risk for … more
Brilliant gold took turns with dark green on the rolling South Dakota hillsides; fields of ripening small grains lay between corn and alfalfa. The thin stems bent to the wind in glorious sun-kissed … more
This has been a hard week for me. My daughter, Alyssa Eining, and her boyfriend, Travis Cuperus, moved to Denver, Colo., over the long weekend. After a ton of research, I finally came to peace with … more
“He said to them, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’ You abandon the commandment of God … more
I love the fall. Cooler days. County fairs with youth livestock shows going on almost every weekend. And, of course, heading out to the fields to shoot the state bird.As tourism season draws to a … more
The weather is finally cooperating, and my garden is loving it. We’re enjoying the cooler days and nights, too. Hopefully, the nicer weather is here to stay, so we can finally get some things done … more
Rough gray columns of every size extended to the sky; cottonwood and boxelder trunks formed the walls on three sides. Patches of stinging nettle (I called them burning weeds) sharply jutted between … more
“So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving … more
You can’t be a constitutional conservative only when it suits you.We are now seeing a battle in the Republican Party between the populist wing and traditional limited government conservatism. … more
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