Opinion

Navigating life in unprecedented times

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Last weekend we took our equivalent of a family vacation and went to Wyoming for the day to check up on the cows we summer there. We care for these cows during the winter months, then they enjoy the alpine grasses at a guest ranch in the Black Hills, a view of Devil’s Tower rising majestically beside their pastures.

Radiology…It’s not always black and white

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“Doctor, I need an x-ray.” As a rheumatologist, I hear this statement many times from patients who believe imaging will help determine the cause of symptoms, such as back pain or knee pain. It seems simple, take a picture, and find out what is wrong. However, radiology is not always black and white.

The Hope of Salvation

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For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole acreation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. Romans 18-23

A marigold by any other name

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It was carried home on the last day of school with all the careful energy a 6-year-old can muster. It didn’t look like much at first glance: a basic yellow plastic cup, filled to the brim with smooth black dirt.

A Historic Day at Mount Rushmore

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On July 3rd, South Dakota got to showcase our state to not only the rest of the nation but also the world. For the first time in more than a decade, we celebrated America’s birthday with fireworks at Mount Rushmore. The excitement leading up to the event could be felt by everyone in attendance. Over just three days, more than 125 thousand people tried to get tickets to the event, and the lucky 7,500 who witnessed it in person saw quite a show.

Tougher than a Dakota Mosquito

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Last year at this time, I shared the story of my family’s move from Michigan to Minnesota when I was a kid. Our modest backyard bordered an expansive wetland, a not uncommon feature in an eastern Minnesota suburb. Upon arrival my sister, then five, went running through the house, and after seeing the backyard through a window, shouted, “You guys, our house has a park!”

The Importance of Mount Rushmore, the Shrine of Democracy

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There are a number of presidents who have come to Mount Rushmore through the years, starting in 1927 with Calvin Coolidge when he authorized the first funding for the carving of the memorial. I’ve been there with two former presidents, and I imagine that every president who has served since the monument’s completion has looked up there and eyeballed whether or not there might be room for one more face.

Sometimes, YOU just need to make your town a good place to live!

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Last Friday night I watched Jon Stewart’s Political Comedy ‘Irresistible’. The story is set in smalltown Wisconsin. The community has recently suffered a devastating loss of their main employer. In response, a failed political consultant from Washington, D.C. lands himself a gig helping a local veteran run for Mayor against the long-time incumbent. The consultant, planning to use this situation for his own political gain, sends out his first press release to the national media titled, Small Town Small Minds. When I saw that headline on the screen I said to my husband, who was half asleep, “Did you see that headline? I can’t believe it said Small Towns Small Minds!” This is where you tell me -- it’s just a movie – but why are small towns almost always portrayed as marginal, fragile communities disjoined from the rest of the nation?

All men are created equal

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For weeks now, we have been witnessing a troubling turning point in our nation’s history. We moved from calls for reform to violent riots and looting.

Should statues stand?

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The old saying goes “If you do not know history, you are bound to repeat it”. Statues of famous people and events are being decimated, desecrated, and destroyed across our great nation.