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Genesis 50:20 “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Joseph and his brothers had just returned … more
It was the second week of the Legislative Session, and the Senate was firing on all cylinders. I’m focused on policies that make communities safer and make our economy stronger. This week we worked … more
I served this past summer and fall on an interim committee on county funding. This committee studied county government business and how they fund their work. With 66 counties in the state, and no two … more
We’ve got two weeks down and seven weeks to go in the 99th Session of the S.D. State Legislature. The committees are hard at work, considering the many bills submitted by state agencies, the … more
After giving tips on how to clean out the refrigerator and pantry last week, I realized I should probably take my own advice and do so myself, especially after hearing about the age of some of the … more
De Smet native Jeff Twite gave an interesting presentation to the IMPACT group, explaining his journey from a long-haired rock and roll band member to an anti-terrorism instructor. “I wasn’t a … more
I recently delivered my State of the State Address to a joint session of our State Legislature. Toward the end of my speech, a small kiddo started crying up in the gallery. To some, that might be an … more
I was flabbergasted at a recent post on social media that listed words that have fallen out of use over time. This awakened childhood memories. Yessirree, Bob! Dad often made it clear that we never … more
I forgot all about New Year’s resolutions. Of course, that's standard as I always forget them. However, here are some thoughts that might help you in 2024, without too much effort. new years … more
Proverbs 15:3 "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." Many times, I have read this verse as a reminder that God sees the good of the righteous people and the evil … more
I hope everyone is staying warm inside with these frigid temperatures we’ve been having. If you’re stuck inside more than usual, it’s a good time to clean out the refrigerator and pantry. Here … more
Happy New Year to the good citizens of District 8! I look forward to serving you in 2024. The 99th legislative session of the South Dakota Legislature kicked off on Jan. 9, with Governor Noem’s … more
On Tuesday, the 99th session of the South Dakota Legislature got underway with the governor offering her State of the State Address. She focused on freedoms we have and covered topics including … more
Lawmakers from across South Dakota assembled in Pierre to kick off the 99th Legislative Session. For 38 legislative working days, the House, Senate and governor will work together on the necessary … more
“A new year is like a blank book; it has 12 chapters and 365 pages, and you are the author. My wish for you is that this year you write the most beautiful story possible for yourself.” I received … more
Recently, I wrote about a New Year's Eve gathering that Rod Nichols attended at Cutter Bill's. Today, I offer an update on that and a bit of an eerie ending! Happy New Year, All. SHARING ONE FOR LOU … more
We are finally getting our first real snow, and although many may not feel the same, I can’t complain. Heaven knows we have been due for some snow for a while; the fact that it’s January, and … more
Joshua 14:12 "Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be … more
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