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I’ve been fascinated with personal handwritten letters since I was in elementary school. My great-aunt suggested we write letters when I was in fourth grade when she was visiting my grandparents. I jumped at the chance to be a part of the great United States Post Office. more
Like many folks of my generation, I tend to see much as it once was, not as it is. more
A colossal battle over private property rights is underway in the Heartland, fueled by your tax dollars. If your farm, ranch, or little piece of paradise is relatively flat, chances are the property that you’ve worked hard to acquire and maintain is being eyed by green energy developers. It seems these C-Suite executives from Chicago, New York and other big cities see your land as another means to enrich themselves. more
I’ve been told I have a type. Dark, handsome and hairy is the type in a nutshell. more
Once upon a time, during a moonlit night, an unsuspecting woman descended the steps of her backyard deck and stepped onto the stone patio. Her three rambunctious dogs raced past her, eager to hit the grass and sniff out the perfect place to pee before bedtime. more
Bear with me as we take time to remember Dee, for more than 23 years my South Dakota Bride, but much more than just the local newspaper editor’s wife. more
I never understood as a young man why Dad didn’t fix the barn door. All it needed was a proper hinge. more
People often play question-response games on social media. One of the most common questions is asking the reader to leave an answer about how they met. However, last week, one friend posted. “Do you actually read my posts? If you’re reading this, LIE about how we met.” more
I miss the writers. The Writers Guild of America went on strike in early May, and it has been a creative wasteland on television ever since. Most of the shows Tom and I used to watch won't be back with new episodes this fall. Lately, we've been flipping through over 100 channels, amazed that there are so many options yet so little we want to see. more
Dear Editor, more
What did you do this summer? Did you travel, see a concert or watch a movie at the theater? more
I took care of my baby brother Stephen when he was a baby. I never wondered what he would grow up to be, and I never had the chance to see. more
A couple of years ago I told a good friend that somewhere along the line we, the taxpayers, are going to have to bail out the U.S. automobile manufacturers again. Why? Because the federal government is mandating they build cars that nobody wants. more
Last night, my 16-year-old daughter and I had a “stress dream.” Do you have them, too? If not, you’re lucky. Most people have repetitive dreams when stress is higher than usual or when a big event is on the horizon. more
I’ve been reading a book called 'The Art of Dying Well' by Katy Butler. more
For starters, this is the second time this morning I have set down to write this article. The first time my word processor crashed on me, it does that sometimes. Hence, we often hear the term, ‘SAVE OFTEN‘, when writing! So…I’ll try again! more
Kids are back in school and yellow buses run up and down country roads night and morning. more
It’s often said money makes the world go ‘round, but that’s not entirely true. What keeps it spinning is the selfless leadership and service of legions of folks who never get paid a dime — volunteers. more
My family of five (plus one large dog) made it home last week after a 14-hour road trip to the coast of beautiful South Carolina. Fourteen hours (each way) is a long time, and sane people might question why we’d do such a thing when planes exist. more
For those of you, who took the time to read my report about Buffalo’s phone problems, I want to let you know that after reporting to the FCC, I received a call from AT&T people here in the states who finally took the problem seriously. I spent about 12 hours over three weeks doing calls they could use to trace and find the broken link in the system. more
To the Editor, more
The very best thing about my job is the people it introduces me to. In my life, I have had some of the greatest mentors and even acquaintances that have a special place in my heart. Every now and then I discover another jewel to add to my treasure of personalities. In this particular column, I would like to draw attention to some of my recent finds. I hope I don’t embarrass them too much, but I like to credit where I believe credit is due. more
I read a story this week about a group of seniors in Minnesota who call themselves the Pillars of the Community. They set up a booth at local events and answer questions about the town. What one senior doesn't know, another probably does know. At the very least, they know who will know the correct answers and can refer the question to the right source. more
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