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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.”...


Pop Wagner, cinch Maker and folksinger
Pop Wagner, cinch Maker and folksinger

June 14, 2019

Pop Wagner of St. Paul, Minn., brought his talents of teaching mohair cinch making and singing old cowboy songs during a week-long stay in Hot Springs, S.D. Terry Slagel, owner of Fall River Fibers, which...


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...


The meaning of Memorial Day

May 17, 2019

Believe it or not Memorial Day was not created so furniture stores would have another excuse for the “sale of a lifetime,” nor for Americans to have a three-day weekend. The history behind the day...


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...


Wise words

May 3, 2019

Quotes and bumper stickers, or bumper snickers as some people call them, can pack of punch with zingers that make one think. It is amazing how much can be expressed in a few short words....


Faux marketing

April 26, 2019

How advertisers refer to things is often simply a marketing gimic. Let’s look at the example of plastic and its derivatives. Shoes might be described as man-made uppers, faux leather, simulated leather, artificial leather, fabricated...


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...


The good stuff

February 22, 2019

Rangeviews Peggy Sanders Oral, S.D. A typical wintertime job is sorting through paperwork. Now I am not a packrat but an archivist. Supposedly the difference is the archivist knows just where the certain paper is,...


More good deeds

February 15, 2019

An odd thing about doing good deeds sometimes it’s difficult to tell the stories. We are taught not to blow our own horns so the column lets those who have a good story tell it...


They Are Watching

February 8, 2019

We are often told to watch what we say and do because children learn by listening and watching. Usually the caveat is because we might misbehave, but it also counts when we are just doing...