Commentary

Wed
17
Dec

Consider God’s plan for each of us

At this Christmas time, we pause to reflect upon how God breaks into our human existence, into our history, in a most powerful and amazing way. Coming first in the embrace of a baby to invite our love, and then revealing His divine power in healing and forgiving, Christ draws us into an intimate relationship with God and all creation.

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Wed
17
Dec

Keep Jesus at the center of it all

Every year Colette, Ethan, and I (and I am sure Callie and Nathanial too as soon as they are old enough to participate with us) enjoy participating in the Christmas Cantata for this community. This year, like always, the songs get stuck in our heads

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Wed
10
Dec

Domestic Abuse, Stalking

The full range of issues and harm arising out of domestic abuse and stalking is far too great to be adequately addressed in a column of this nature. Recent situations and publicity in the NFL have brought a heightened awareness to these issues. Society and law-making bodies are becoming better educated. Legislatures have been addressing these issues and they continue to explore and implement methods aimed at attempting to solve or ameliorate these phenomena
 
Wed
03
Dec

Cultivating the public’s knowledge about farming

Know the difference between a Holstein and a Hereford? You’re in rare company. According to a new survey, nearly three in four Americans admit that they know “very little or nothing” about farming. It’s a solid bet they know even less about different breeds of cattle —or the difference between the sweet corn we eat and the field corn grown on most farms
 
Wed
03
Dec

Prairie Doc: Contrasting an ER with a medical home

Just this month I had two strikingly different cases. Case one: Mr. A called to say he was losing ground with back pain, weight loss and bowel changes. I set up an appointment after some blood work in the outpatient clinic for that next day
 
Wed
26
Nov

Caring for our vets

By Richard P. Holm MD
 
My father was a World War II Veteran and I know the experience of being in that war left a huge mark on him. Many of the disciplinary methods he used on my sister and me were a direct result of his U.S. Army training, such as his, "No excuse, sir," type of stuff. I know he felt a great bond with any other veteran of any war, even when meeting them for the first time.
 
Wed
26
Nov

Principal housing? Yes — and better pay for teachers too

School-owned housing for the principal? Why not? With the competition that schools face in hiring talented teachers and administrators, all options should be considered. Timber Lake Supt. Jarod Larson is proposing that the school district purchase a three-bedroom Governor’s House to have ready for recruiting a principal when the time comes. The present K-5 Principal, Terry Stulken, has not indicated any plans for the 2015-2016 school year, but he does have a strong pull to the southeast corner of the state, where his family, including a precious grandchild, reside. Larson wants to be ready when Stulken decides to return to retirement. Hence the idea of another house.
 
Wed
19
Nov

Small Claims Court

The Small Claims Court in South Dakota provides a quick and effective way to obtain judicial relief. Originally, Small Claims Courts could hear claims that sought damages of up to $2,000, but over the past 25 years this has gradually increased
to $12,000.
 
Wed
19
Nov

What Thanksgiving is truly all about

If a person is asked what they are most thankful for, nearly one-hundred percent of the time they mention family. Thus it was appropriate that one particular Thanksgiving, I found myself in the birthing room at a hospital, waiting for the arrival of my
second child
 
Wed
12
Nov

November 20: Great American Smokeout

Thursday, November 20 is the 2014 National Great American Smoke-Out – a day for tobacco users across the U.S. to commit to being smoke-free for one day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life. If you use cigarettes, cigars or chew the Canli Coalition of CRST is challenging you to go just one day without using commercial tobacco by taking their “Smoke-Free for a Day” pledge.
 

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