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Young Citizens League

July 11, 2019

For those who went to a rural school in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota or Colorado, you may have gotten your first formal training in citizenship through Youth Citizens League or YCL. Recalling my days...


Gift to the graduates and everyone else

July 5, 2019

Graduation season brings out advice for graduates and the thoughts actually apply to everyone. Local Facebook chat rooms often have posts by people seeking employment. Maybe some of these suggestions will help. When looking for...


Internet discoveries

June 28, 2019

You know those lists that show up while you are on Facebook? I’m talking about the ones that give the safest towns, the most interesting town names, the best just about anything you can think...


Old days meet new ways

June 20, 2019

Although the calendar reminds us we are no longer living in the Old West of the 1800s and early 1900s, vestiges of the past are still in use. The contrasts may not be as vast...


Things we say

June 14, 2019

Nearly every acceptance speech known to recent man includes the words, “I am humbled by this award.” As sometimes happens, the word is incorrectly used, likely for the simple reason that “everyone is doing it.”...


Tales turn into ‘facts’

May 31, 2019

When something is repeated often enough it may be believed and elevated to fact. That something could be a lie, a misunderstanding, an opinion, a rumor or even an unsubstantiated piece of history. One of...


Idioms

May 24, 2019

English has many phrases and sentences that are commonly understood by native speakers but can confuse those who are new to English. We call them sayings or idioms and they are not literal. A good...


Common syndrome

May 10, 2019

I have determined that I have a syndrome and I’d like to tell you about it. But first, I need to go start a load of laundry. While I was downstairs with laundry anyway I...


Small town businesses

April 19, 2019

Doing business in a small town has its own rewards, and not all of them can be measured in financial terms. Recently my husband took a broken hydraulic hose to get a replacement. Due to...


Where were you?

April 12, 2019

November 22, 1963 — anyone who was at least 6 years old that day will likely recall their whereabouts, how they learned of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and perhaps, like me, recall what clothing they...


Wonders of life

April 5, 2019

No matter how many children you are around it is such fun to watch them develop, grow and learn. We have two grown sons and between them, eight grandchildren, the youngest of whom is 2....


Mingling with a celebrity

March 29, 2019

It’s not every day we can sit down and visit with a world-renowned celebrity yet this week 50 people from our community did just that. We don’t have an exclusive relationship, in fact a majority...


Prairie Thoughts

March 22, 2019

When city people come to our farm the quiet almost scares them. If visitors grew up in the country but now live in a town or city, they comment favorably about the noiseless environment. We...


Angel in the Cowlot

March 15, 2019

According to the song, “God must be a cowboy at heart.” And His angels must have cattle knowledge too. Before we sold our cows to our older son, my husband did most of our calving....


Cooking lessons

March 8, 2019

When I was in the eighth grade I won an essay contest; I’m not even sure who sponsored it but the people who picked out the prize must have waited to select it until after...


Down memory lane with Stanley

March 1, 2019

My grandma, Fern Wyatt, was a Stanley Home Products dealer who served at least Fall River and Custer counties in South Dakota. The products were so good I still try to find them, one in...


Awareness

January 25, 2019

My husband has told all of our family members countless times, “Be aware of your surroundings.” It is invaluable advice. For many the idea of personal safety seems part of the city experience. Watch out...


Eye-opening

January 11, 2019

U.S. Congressman Ken Buck, R-Colo., wrote “Drain the Swamp,” a book that takes potshots at both parties and tells what really goes on with Washington. It is believable and disconcerting, to put it mildly. He...


Sanders: Loco What?

October 19, 2018

As any woman knows, someone, somewhere else dictates what clothing choices are available in stores for any given season. Never mind that the fabrics being currently used are uncomfortable and hot for summer, and sleezy...


Sanders: Old becomes new

October 16, 2018

For those of a certain age this glossary may help bring you into the current day. What is amusing is these are new terms for old actions, though today’s younger generation may think they have...