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Recent Stories by Peggy Sanders, Freelance Writer

Sanders: Training to serve

November 11, 2018 — Americans have big hearts and seem to find surprising ways to help others. Carol Drury of rural Sterling, Colo., has chosen puppy raising with Canine Companions for Independence as a way to give back. At the first mention of a service dog, most people think

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Sanders: Cow cuddling

November 5, 2018 — In agricultural circles there is the term "value added," which means you can gain more income from the product, besides the end point financial gain. In other words, after you shear your sheep, you spin the wool and sell it in skeins or you use

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Sanders: Exercise your right

November 5, 2018 — The only poll that matters is at the ballot box. Congress, in its wisdom, passed the "Do Not Call List," and as they frequently do with laws they pass — they excluded themselves. We are frequently receiving phone calls for candidate polling and it is

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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 looking at any time of year. Unless you are a

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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 invented something other than a new name. And they would

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Sanders: My grandpa Moses

October 5, 2018 — We have always known that my paternal grandfather, Lyston Wyatt, was adopted. Of course that made us curious who his birth parents were, their lineage and such. With the advent of old newspaper searches online, I tried that angle to no avail. Part of the

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Sanders: Build Dakota

September 28, 2018 — So much has been said about the tremendous debts incurred by students for their college education. I'm not sure I would want to hire a lawyer who decided she had to go to Harvard and went $200,000 or $300,000 into debt so she could graduate

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Sanders: Diversification

September 21, 2018 — Entrepreneurs come from all walks of life, including rural areas. Paula Vogelsang, who lives on a farm and ranch at the edge of the Badlands of South Dakota, is a master of diversification. In 1993, she pursued her idea of publishing a small newspaper giving

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Please, get help

September 14, 2018 — This column is about you, particularly if you are considering suicide. Please stop. Please read this from my heart. The family will not be 'better off without you.' In fact it would make their lives a great deal more difficult. I know. When I was

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Sanders: Prairie thoughts

August 31, 2018 — What is it about living in the prairie that both pleases and repels? After all, we are part of the prairie; we don't live on it, we live in it. We — the six generation of my family continuously residing within the borders of the

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Sanders: Lucky dogs

August 24, 2018 — What is a home without a dog? In a word, quiet. My dogs have always been collies. My favorite dog was a standard rough collie. He was mostly black, not blonde like Lassie. When we got him, he was named sight unseen by our young,

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Sanders: Tips and ideas

August 17, 2018 — I like to take iced tea along when I go places. Since it is home-brewed it is preferable to have it in a glass, but they spill. I took a Tupperware glass that has a lid, poked a straw-sized hole in the lid and there

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Sanders: Smooth servers

August 13, 2018 — Sometimes when we least expect it, we get "schooled." One of my early lessons in France was when I ordered in a restaurant. As I think we all do I said, "I want the ham plate." The server looked me seriously in the eye, moved

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Sanders: Science or politics

August 3, 2018 — When do you believe science or perhaps the question should be which scientists do you believe? There are a vast number of strong scientists who do not adhere to the global warming claims; they say weather is cyclical and that is why in the 1970s

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Sanders: 4-H judging

July 13, 2018 — Long after my 4-H days were over I judged demonstration days, special foods contests, dress revues and a myriad of project areas. Armed with degrees in home economics and French, the home ec came in handy while judging. Home ec is now called family and

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Sanders: Writers of the West

July 6, 2018 — Western Writers of America is a misnomer these days since there are members around the world, yet the word "writers" encompasses writers of books, magazine articles, movie scripts, songs and poetry. WWA recently held the annual convention, this time in Billings, Mont. I enjoyed the

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Sanders: The grand things in life

June 29, 2018 — You have heard, "We should have had the grandchildren first." Although impossible to do, it is true. And here is why. When your own children are growing up and doing fun (or naughty) things, you are so busy with life, you don't really have time

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Sanders: Generations

June 22, 2018 — Naming generations seems to be a past time of historians. Perhaps the most known is "The Greatest Generation," a name coined by Tom Brokaw in his book of the same name. The years from 1901 through 1924 were the ones that produced the fighters of

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It’s a small world

June 15, 2018 — "It's a small world," we so frequently hear, even when we are not at Disneyland. For sometime now, I've thought it would be fun to collect small world stories, in case anyone has one or more to send me. Many of ours revolve around the

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Sanders: Speak English

June 8, 2018 — How do babies learn to speak their mother tongue? They are immersed in the language, of course. I am constantly reminded of this as our grand-girls have begun to put words together. Knowing the language helps them develop, fit in and become good citizens. If

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