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Memory lane


Stage Tech 9, 10; International CLub, 9; Speech Club 9; Speech Team 10, 11, 12; Cub Reporter 11, 12; IU Journalism Workshop 12; Variety Pops 10, 12; Honeybears, 10; Sugarcubs 9; Soccer 9, 10, 11, 12; Track 9, 10, 12; Honor Roll 9, 10. Next to my name in my senior yearbook, there is a list of the activities that […]

Credit Corner


The old adage that nothing is certain in life except “death and taxes” never seems more appropriate than in spring. Along with the budding of new life and the melting of snow comes all the “fun” of compiling documentation, receipts, and other appropriate paperwork, and writing a check either for tax preparation software or to an accountant or certified preparer […]

U.S. Supreme Court hears freedom of information case involving South Dakota newspaper


To sit in the courtroom of the Supreme Court of the United States and watch the nine justices in action is one thing. To sit in the courtroom and watch the justices in action when the issue is about freedom of information and the public’s right to know in America is a privilege. So, it was on April 22 that […]

Celebrating Military Families


The month of April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child. This is a time to appreciate the sacrifices made by the children of service members. We are forever grateful to the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States. We are also grateful to their family members who support them while they are […]

Hitting the Road


As the newly appointed Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, I spent most of January through March in Pierre discovering and learning our role during legislative session.  With the introduction of 584 bills and resolutions, we monitored 37 bills that were military and veteran oriented. In my June column I will highlight the veteran related changes that […]

Change takes wisdom, willpower, patience & courage


In a conversation with a colleague, the question was posed to me, “What can you or I do about it?” We were discussing multiple issues — gun control and the right to bear arms, financial disparities and materialism of the rich, racial discrimination and institutional oppression. Her point was that we are limited in our ability to change some of […]

Change is everything


I truly believe that change is good. Everyone wants to become successful and determined in life. People just have to find new ways to live life positively. I’d like to say that it takes a lot of courage to make a change in your life – to overcome those negative urges, thoughts and actions that can affect your future. There […]

Where the real work gets done


Many people are familiar with the work I do in D.C., which ensures South Dakota’s voice is heard on a national level about the issues that matter most to our state. However, I believe the most effective work gets done right here at home. I have offices in Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Rapid City, where my staff works every day […]

Explaining Emergency Declarations


There’s no doubt the storms this spring have been difficult for many of our communities. In March, a bomb cyclone left part of our state underwater and part of our state in dangerous blizzard conditions. April’s Winter Storm Wesley sent another two feet of snow to many areas. The storms damaged our roads, bridges, and culverts while also impacting livestock, […]

Hats Off…

Hello, my friends!  The government shutdown ended months ago, and so did the food shortage that followed.  The City of Eagle Butte suffered through it, and I was one of many who was happy to be a part of the relief effort.  While the politicians argued over who should be blamed, the people of the Cheyenne River Reservation joined their […]


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