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“They work hard,” Mom said. “They need a good meal to keep them going.” It was called dinner then and was the biggest meal of the day on our farm. Mom and her daughters prepared a “meat and potatoes” spread every day. She was adamant that the men be washed up and at the table at noon. After all, it would not do to serve watery potatoes or dry roast beef. more
Afghanistan has guns but they are in the hands of the wrong people. more
A humanitarian crisis. A national security crisis. A public health crisis. That’s the reality at our southern border. We’re nearly seven months into the Biden Administration, and they are refusing to step up and take action. more
I couldn’t find him anywhere! Mom had sent me outside to find Dad. He was not in the barn. He was not in the shop. I headed to the Quonset. The farm machines were parked neatly in their places along the walls. Only the John Deere Model 65 pull-behind combine had been hauled from its usual spot to the middle of the massive shed. more
Willingness to try and to learn new skills is imperative to navigating life. There is always more to learn. Learning happens in school, through trial and error, personal research and time spent with others who already know what you need to learn. more
The Harrison County and 4 County Fairs recently concluded for another year we were in a unique position to witness the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work. more
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 age, each of us was warned to never mess with that cistern. It was a deep tank that contained the water for our household use. During a heavy rain, one of the folks would step outside and pull the lever on the downspout that allowed rain water to fill the reservoir. When rain was scarce, we called William and Darlene, a dear couple from Erwin, and paid them to haul in a tank of water from De Smet. Though the cistern held a couple thousand gallons, a family of eight used a lot of water. Needless to say we never luxuriated in neck-deep bubble baths. As with everything else those days, we did not waste water on our South Dakota farm. 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 father, hands folded and heads bowed as the youngest said grace. The enticing aroma of fried chicken filled the air, blending with the apple-cinnamon scents that lingered from yesterday’s pie baking. more
It is ironic the Federal Government appointees are blaming the unvaccinated U.S. citizens for the new COVID-19 explosion. When at the same time, people – 900,000 so far and going up – are crossing the southern border, coming in hot with COVID in their body. Government appointees sprinkle these people into the interior of the U.S. more
Crawford County Farm Bureau Board of Directors wants to remind everyone when traveling on rural roads to slow down at intersections, especially where there is tall corn. 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 waves. Oats. Wheat. Barley. Every year Dad planted cereal grains, which ripened in early August. more
Since I was sworn-in just six months ago, I have made it a priority to advance policies that will benefit our farmers, students, main street business owners, and veterans. A number of efforts that I helped lead have passed the House -- including legislation that expands STEM education programs, protects American research, bolsters research and development in farm technology, provides mental health services to veterans in rural areas, and more. more
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