Nagging questions still remain

I recently received an email from an online grocery store about which products were on sale or new. I noted with interest  “recycled toilet paper.” That brought to mind some images that ought not to be brought up. And that reminded me of an incident from long ago. E. E. “Hans” Hansen was the publisher […]

Making progress on teacher pay

As I enter my final weeks as governor, many people are asking me to reflect on my time in office. I’m not a person...

Behave or get the royal boot

I have been observing the antics of CNN’s showboating White House correspondent Jim Acosta for a while now and must say he is a poor example of our journalistic trade. Acosta recently got the boot from the White House grounds after repeatedly interrupting the president at his press conference and press secretary Sarah Sanders at […]

Time for all to give thanks

Thursday we mark another Thanksgiving holiday in America. We certainly have enough to be thankful for. Let’s start with the fact that the Nov....

Cultivating the gratitude attitude

Several months ago I wrote in this column about Flag Day as being one of two “forgotten holidays” on the calendar. This week is the other one.  Between the totally overblown celebration of Halloween and the colossally commercialized Christmas season (which seems to start right after Labor Day nowadays!) Thanksgiving seems to get lost in […]

We should have caught those political words

We received two letters to the editor last week from people who took issue with the content of District 30 Rep. Tim Goodwin’s column...

Growing up Middle America

If there’s one thing I know, it’s what it’s like to grow up Najacht in Middle America. Both of my parents have spent a considerable amount of their lives in South Dakota (from 1972 to 1987 and then 1999 to present). I was born in Hot Springs and lived there until my family moved away […]

Leanne Weideman

Leanne Thelma Larson was born Feb. 16, 1952, at Hot Springs, S.D., to Virgil and Lois (Piscke) Larson. She married Michael Eugene Weideman April...

South Dakota honors its veterans

As South Dakotans, we are fortunate to live in the greatest state in the greatest nation in the world. The people who live here...

War movie question got me thinking

This week’s Question of the Week, shown below, “What is your favorite war movie?” got me questioning what I would consider the greatest war movie ever. I am a huge fan of war movies. It’s probably my second favorite genre of film behind comedy. There aren’t many war movies I don’t care for. I’m not sure why […]

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