“Time to Spare” “Do you have time for this?” my husband, Peter, asked.
Gasoline, microchips, chlorine, lumber, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, straws, chicken, ketchup, oat milk . . . What kind of list is this?
“The Homes of Dead People” A cousin of mine reportedly said, “I can’t imagine living in a house where other people have lived!”
At least 24 children went missing in South Dakota last month—nearly one child every day throughout the month of May—and if one were to try to look it up they would find a total of . . .
“Best Wishes” I just learned that my ex-husband has remarried. I learned this as we learn about all important life milestones these days: on Facebook.
I’m sick of it, too, alright?

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Unfortunately, many Ameri-cans will be unable to celebrate the holidays with their extended family and friends in person this year, making it all the more important to boost holiday cheer at home. Here are few festive ideas for getting into the holiday spirit during this socially distant season...
Q: What’s your take-away on the 2020 farm economy? A: Between the historic derecho and once-a-century pandemic, 2020 has served up unprecedented challenges for farm families across the state. Disruptions to the food supply chain delivered a reality check to Americans, reminding consumers that food...
It should come as no surprise that the holiday season—as those that preceded it—will not be as we would expect if this were any other year. While the tree may already be up and decorations heavily underway in our house, the vibe—so to speak—has been severely lacking. At least in my case. Any...
Don’t let money fights steal your joy Dear Dave, My husband and I usually have a few disagreements around the holidays when it comes to Christmas spending. Do you have any advice for eliminating this kind of thing, and making the financial side of Christmas a little less stressful? Kellie Dear...
Changes are coming to U.S. trade policy, but it is too early to tell if we should expect dramatic waves or subtle ripples during the next four years. In the past decade, we have seen a significant shift by both Republicans and Democrats against free trade. This is tracked with changes in public...
In spring 2020, we heard terrible stories of overburdened hospitals leading to preventable deaths in Italy. Soon after, these stories started to hit closer to home—New York City. Now, as  COVID-19 surges to a new peak, these shortages have even reached rural areas, where hospital systems are...
Q: Has Operation Warp Speed accelerated the development of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and treatments? A: Yes. The nation’s top infectious disease doctor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, recently said it has been “beyond historic.” As the novel coronavirus continues to wrap around the world, the Trump...
“Working at Gratitude” I have always loved Thanksgiving. I love that it is a holiday built around a full table and homemade treats. I love the recipes, handed down on index cards that only get made once a year, and traditions that bring back childhood memories and the chance to use linen napkins...
I have never been a superstitious person, generally speaking, but 2020 has certainly made me (if possible) even more cautious. Though I’ve always operated with the mindset that nothing is guaranteed, this year in particular, has made it difficult to feel thankful for the present, in any regard. I...
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many events to be cancelled this year, but it does not take away the opportunity to shop local during the holiday season. Communities across the country have found innovative ways to keep both business owners and customers safe. For example, the Valley County...

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