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 […]

Custer is part of ‘apolitical’ bike ride

Recently, Kirk Gillock rode his bicycle through Custer while on a 4,250-mile solo cycling tour around America in the shape of a large heart, believed to be a first for such a tour. The purpose of Gillock’s “Heart for America” campaign is to help heal some of the division our country has right now. He […]

Amendment W fails open government test

I am a registered lobbyist in South Dakota, and I am voting no on Amendment W, the constitutional amendment purported to clean up campaign...

Let’s not be seperated by tribalism

I’m probably not alone in my disquiet about the state of our national discourse. We seem to be increasingly dysfunctional from the national level right down to little ol’ Custer. L. Ron Hubbard was a masterful science fiction writer whose thinly veiled series of books on Battlefield Earth seem prophetic in hindsight. He wrote about […]

You can make a difference in the life of a child

Are you retired and sitting around being bored? Do you think you are too busy to take on one more volunteer project in the...

Leave it better than you found it

Over the past few months, Linda and I have been getting ready to turn the Governor’s Mansion over to its next occupants. We’ve been...

The good fairy comes to our home

When I was a child, my parents owned a telephone company with the office attached to our home and at which my mother worked full-time. Occasionally, she would find time to take a quick nap on the living room couch next to the office. While she was catching up on much-needed sleep, I would shake […]

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