A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description. USPS will slow delivery officially by one day for First-Class and Periodicals mail. Many members of Congress have asked it to hold off. But USPS is plowing ahead.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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