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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
To the Editor, Mr. Schauer and Ms. Creasman wrote a pitiful plea to their followers (Times News July 14) to be “Silent No More.” Their call to action for support of … more
Last weekend, Cubans from across the island nation—from Havana to Santiago—took to the streets, rising up against the Communist-run government, as they face the worst economic conditions in decades. While the Cuban people have long-suffered under authoritarian rule, the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated their hardships and further revealed the abject failures of socialism. 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 the trees for added security. The ceiling was a canopy of green and brown, branches that softly swayed in the South Dakota breeze, lighting up the room with moving stripes of sparkling sunlight. For years, small feet pattered the ground there, wearing down the weeds to a floor of soft black earth. We called this space in the woods our play house. more
It was a relief to read the recent Letter to the Editor submitted by Benjamin Schauer and Jan Creasman. Their letter strongly outlined our current political climate, but did so in a respectful manner. They asked the reader to think, rather than telling the reader what to think. more
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