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The temps have started to drop, the days are getting shorter, the feeling of fall is in the air, school is in session, and I love it! School for me doesn’t mean a new pair of bright white … more
Early in the pandemic, I had occasion to page through photo albums my mother assembled during my childhood. Some of those happy images chilled my physician heart. There I was, two months old, … more
A drive through the country. This was not the typical leisurely Sunday drive. No, this trip was different. Early that morning, a hailstorm had ripped through the area. It began with an occasional … more
The holidays are just around the corner, and this is typically the time of year when my family starts planning when we’ll all be gathering for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Unfortunately, this … more
We have been inundated with coverage of the general election over this past week. Because of this, it would be irresponsible if I didn’t talk just a bit about it. This is not done in an effort … more
One of the things I appreciate most about those who served is that they didn’t rely on someone else to protect freedom. Veterans didn’t assume someone else would make the sacrifices so … more
During that last cold snap, the kittens on Bill and Roxana Poppen’s farm realized Fritz made a cozy nest. Our nation might be a bit divided right now, but the animals at the farm are not. more
Time to milk the cow! Six o’clock AM. Six o’clock PM. Every day. No matter what, Bessie, our gentle brown and white Guernsey, had to be milked. The milking chores were part of life on the … more
I have always loved the smell of freshly baked bread. There is just something about walking into a house filled with that smell that immediately makes you feel at home. Even if it’s just an air … more
When the De Smet News and Lake Preston Times merged to become the Kingsbury Journal, one particular thing happened, new readership. Since that is now the case, I’d like to take a few paragraphs … more
My son is a cub scout, and I am den leader. Recently we met outside and practiced putting up tents and learned how to build a fire. With efforts to stay distanced, every scout made his own … more
It has been a tough year for the rule of law and law enforcement in certain parts of our country. Violent crime has surged in big cities nationwide, and some politicians have gutted officers’ … more
A group of boys reward themselves with Halloween candy after downtown trick-or-treating in De Smet on Friday. Pictured are Sam Crowe, left, Ayden Behm, Cutler Davis, Vincent Larson, Rogan Albrecht, … more
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