Recently the North Dakota Parole Board granted early releases to 56 inmates. This was done in an effort to facilitate resources in light of coronavirus. South Dakota, on the other hand, opted to grant no early releases.

National Agriculture Day is March 24. Ag Day is about recognizing and celebrating the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives.

I want to thank District 8 legislators Marli Wiese, Randy Gross and Jordan Youngberg for their work during this past legislative session.

South Dakota has made great strides toward open government since the Open Meetings Commission (OMC) was established in 2004. However, criminal penalties for open meetings violations should be removed because they were attached in a questionable manner, they deter prosecutions, they result in…

All current information shows there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in South Dakota.

Senate Bill 50 (SB50) is being hastily and quietly pushed through the state legislature under the guise of "modernizing" the scope of practice for nurse anesthetists in the state of South Dakota.

Those who put special interests above the public good never seem to rest, as Pierre's latest power grabs demonstrate.

Whether it is the catastrophic fires devastating Australia, the staggering loss of ice in Greenland, or the unprecedented rainfall and flooding here in South Dakota in 2019, the evidence that climate change is upon us is beyond dispute. Considering our national administration's dismissal of …

So often we think that bigger is better. Usually our minds go to the material items that we want, and we forget about what is most important. Sometimes we find the biggest rewards in the simplest and smallest ways.

Workers may get a larger tax refund this year because of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). But to get it, you must file a tax return and claim it.

The hemp market is not the "pot of gold" that many would have you believe. South Dakota farmers and businessmen should take note.

I'm preparing for my fourth session of lobbying the South Dakota State Legislature and the attack on Science Education is bound to be on the agenda again.

A loophole in our state's insurance laws allow public schools and municipalities to participate in self-insurance pools. These pools collect millions in tax dollars, yet maintain immunity from regulation and oversight by the South Dakota Division of Insurance.

Yesterday I was in the Sunshine store buying groceries. While I was standing in line putting my groceries on the conveyor belt, a man in the check-out line behind me said, "Don't take that out."

After the Dakota 38+2 memorial and reconciliation ride passed through Madison this weekend, my heart was full of thanks to many, from the Madison Police Department for providing escort to the community members who gave gifts of hand warmers, stable space and horse gear to the riders.

On December 14, 2019, a large crew of Food Pantry volunteers delivered over 5,000 lbs. of food to 171 Lake County families. This Christmas food delivery was the 37th for this important program. Along with the food, a record 305 children received over 600 gifts through the generosity of the m…

Last Sunday morning, CNN showed portions of a Trump rally where he repeatedly yelled that Dems lost the election -- that Dems were now attempting a do-over. This after three years have passed.

Anyone who has watched Trump' actions over the last three years must by now understand how corrupt this man is. Trump is not a president of or for the people. Trump is for himself and his family.

The most divisive president in modern history has his counterpart in South Dakota. Gov. Kristi Noem was elected by the slimmest majority in recent history, so one might think that instead of self-praise, she would work to unite South Dakotans to address the serious problems we face. But rhet…

Patty and I had the unique honor and privilege to attend a United States Marine Corps Birthday Ball in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Nov. 22 that left an indelible impression upon me that I would like to share.

We want to thank District 8 Sen. Jordan Youngberg for agreeing with South Dakota's electric cooperatives and supporting a proposal that will finally bring long-needed improvements to the state law which regulates electric service territory boundaries.

Kermit Staggers was a true gentleman with a kind heart and kind disposition. He stood against unfair and unjustified tax increases, fought against corruption and disagreed with others on issues cordially and professionally.

November 18-22 will mark the 87th annual observance of American Education Week. Our AEW tagline, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility," highlights the importance of bringing together educators, parents, students and communities in a unified effort to build great public…

I have been involved in the Madison community in some way, shape or form for my entire life. As in any small rural town, the school is the focal point of Madison. From the conversation about Friday night's game at the local coffee spot to the countless volunteers and service organizations th…

I was officiating the Sweet 16 game MCM vs. Garretson and a spectator from MCM said, "I am glad you are officiating our match, you are my favorite."

Word from the Department of Game, Fish and Parks that the state has sold nearly 26,000 fewer hunting licenses this year shouldn't come as a surprise. A five-year study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that the number of hunters in America has plummeted to half of what it was 50 ye…

101 years ago, the guns fell silent after World War I Armistice Day. It officially became Veterans Day when President Wilson proclaimed such on Nov 11, 1919.

This month, 19 years ago, I went to the Madison hospital with a massive headache that I had had for several days. After testing, I went home and received a phone call that I was to go to the ER in Sioux Falls where a team of doctors would be waiting for me. I had been diagnosed with a pituit…

As the cold season nears, and especially after our recent flood, we should remember everyone who may be in need of clothing.

We read the article about Jackie Tyc receiving The Friend of Education Honor and would like to give her our congratulations for all she has done and continues to do in the education field.

South Dakota's big vision leaders created a very profitable perfect solution to end our 100% oil addiction -- a perfect solution other states can also use as a guide to end their addictions to oil and soon U.S. addiction to oil.

In the wake of the GEAR UP tragedy, no one has ever come forward with an honest, accurate number of deserving Native American kids who actually went to college. This is despite our state government blowing through about $60 million of our state and federal tax dollars.

Principals are among the hardest working, yet often least recognized individuals in education. Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and it is their vision, dedication and determination that provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success.

As a resident of South Dakota, I have always been interested in Native American culture and issues affecting our Native population. I am delighted to see Native American art, music and filmmaking flourishing. Those aspects of Native life are much valued.

The MHS Class of 1955 and friends from the Class of 1956 held their 64th reunion in Madison on Sept. 13-15.

Forty-nine million Americans receive electricity from a locally owned, non-profit utility owned and operated by the customers it serves. If you live in Madison, you are one of those 49 million.

During the past several months, I have listened as various members of this community have expressed their frustration and concern with regard to the behavior and character of members of the DSU student body. I share the following as a counter to those comments.