Opinion

Unexpected miracles can happen

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The brown mare came to our ranch with no name. An elderly cowboy friend of my husband’s had gotten her to be a companion to his roping horse. The mare did not take to roping -- the sound of a rope swinging over her head terrified her. So, she lived peacefully in his small pasture, watching the seasons slide past, by no means neglected, but certainly not befriended either.

A reason for gratitude in tough times

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South Dakota veterans and the Hot Springs community are currently celebrating the VA’s announcement that it has begun the process of rescinding the order to close the Hot Springs VA facility. This was a hardfought victory in a battle that we weren’t always sure we would win. It started almost a decade ago, in 2011, when the Obama administration announced plans to realign – read, close – the Hot Springs VA facility. I was well aware of what the Hot Springs facility means to South Dakota veterans and to the entire Hot Springs community, and I determined that there wasn’t going to be a closure if I could help it.

The equinox is a rare moment of balance

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Walking through the north pasture, I am surprised by the tops of the elms nestled in the folds of the land. A few days ago they were still green, but now they are burnished to a bright, glowing amber. Against the gray sky and dusty prairie grasses, they shine like a vein of gold in a granite hillside.

Celebrating and Commemorating

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This past week started with a holiday celebrating America’s workers and ended with the commemoration of 9/11, one of the most tragic days in American history. During weeks like these, it’s important to look back at our history and cherish the things that make America special.

POW/MIA recognition

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PIERRE, S.D. – At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, as “POW/MIA Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.

Finding the silver lining

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Mid-September and the garden is already done -- the dreaded first freeze arrived like a thief in the night catching the tangled vines and broad leaves in its frosty embrace. We awoke to the early light of dawn glistening across a fine and sparkling whiteness. It was tragic and beautiful and much too soon.

The Milo Boots

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Unpredictable, changeable, capacious; but also, temperate, beautiful, and tranquil; words that bubble to the surface of my brain as I contemplate S.D. weather. It is a climate that adds spice to life with its surprises. It is not boring like where my friend lives in San Diego, Calf. The seasonal temperature there is consistent and rarely cooler that 45 degrees winter nor warmer that 84 degrees summer; must be monotonous. But Lyman County? Now that is what I call “weather spontaneously.”

Back at the ranch.....

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The first time I told my husband, “Ok, I’ll meet you back at the ranch…” I immediately started to chuckle. “Meanwhile, back at the ranch,” was a phrase I’d heard adults utter throughout my childhood, and had used it myself in the past. It never occurred to me that I would one day actually be going “back to the ranch…

Preliminary results from research on Winter Wheat

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The 2019-20 winter wheat crop was, in general terms, excellent for many producers this year. Multiple factors align during the growing season to result in good yield and quality in winter wheat. Good soil moisture at the outset, a mild winter, low disease pressure, management strategy, etc.

Museum Moments

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The Lyman County Historical Society Museum is now open for the summer season! Museum hours: Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 1 pm and Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm; and Monday evening 4 to 8 pm. After hours contact information is posted on the front door.