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When I was younger my dad always said, “Kristi, we don’t complain about things. We fix them.” As Governor, I focus on fixing problems for our state every day, especially when it comes to public … more
This past month at my congregation, American Lutheran Church, I oversaw and officiated two wedding ceremonies, one in Canton, S.D. and one at ALC, and presided for a double baptism of twin boys. It … more
Today we post news on social media, and the whole world knows in seconds. Years ago, a juicy tidbit was picked up, enhanced and spread through the continent within hours. Different method. Same … more
I must confess. I may have a problem. After going on and on about how I was ready for a break from having puppies, I didn’t even make it 48 hours after our last puppy left before I ended up with … more
I’ve never been the type to settle for “good enough.” No matter what I’m doing, I try to strive for excellence. That’s all the more true when it comes to policies that impact our kids. … more
People were bringing children to Jesus in order that he might touch them, and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to the disciples, “Let the … more
Sundays, weddings and funerals. Two things were cleaned and polished for those special days: the car and our shoes. Weather permitting, someone parked the car close to the front yard fence. With an … more
This time of year always makes me think about what it takes to prepare for a new school year, as I taught first and second grades years ago. Laura taught three “terms” of school, lasting two or … more
I’m finally starting to find some goodies ready for picking in my garden, and hopefully, I’ll have more than enough to keep me busy soon. I’ve made sure to arrange for help when … more
Do you think that we learn to despise the people we elect just in our lifetime? I beg to differ! They, all parties, have been disappointing us since the beginning of time. I won't preach on term … more
For students with allergies and asthma, back to school means more than getting their backpacks filled with paper, pencils and any needed odds and ends. Keeping your child safe and healthy involves … more
For more than 80 years, late summer has brought thousands of motorcycles to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Bikers come from across the country – and around the world – to participate in the … more
Last week in my article, I spoke about witnessing to God’s beauty in the world with particular focus in nature. This week, I want to speak of God’s beauty in the Word of God, that is the Holy … more
Imagine every pair of shoes you have ever worn lined up in chronological order. Each pair clutches a story untied by memories. Baby feet kicked off size zero booties knitted by an aunt. Doctors … more
If you're old enough to have heard Paul Harvey on the radio, then get ready to remember. It was sometime in the late 80's; I had been to watch my son play little league baseball. The story is true; … more
I survived the emotional roller coaster ride of last week! I was so excited to have my daughter Alyssa home with us for a few days, it was impossible to get upset when the puppies left. Alyssa and … more
This time of year always makes me think about what it takes to prepare for a new school year, as I taught first and second grades years ago. Laura taught three “terms” of school, lasting two or … more
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