Back home again RAMifications 4-23-14

Posted April 22, 2014 at 5:10 pm

After several months of anticipation, along with blood, sweat and tears, I’m “home again” in the Black Hills. This doesn’t mean I’m completely settled. It took me a long time to pack and throw…therefore, I can’t have everything perfect in two days. But I’m itching to get things done, and get on with life.

To my way of thinking, I’ve had three “homes.” I lived in other places, too, but my real “homes” were where I grew up, southwest of Wessington; Crookston, Minn.; and the Black Hills.

The Wessington Hills gave me my foundation; the flatlands of Minnesota gave me a great period of growing and fulfillment; and the Black Hills—first time around—was another period of growth and searching, and love of the scenic, historic area where I lived.

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    Yeah, yeah, it’s a holiday and all that… Wells Wisdom 4-23-14

    I have had some brilliant ideas in my life, but I think this Easter weekend was the big one for certain.

    I had my girls home for the holiday, and I wanted them to get to see as much family as possible, so I invited company for all three days of the holiday—Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Now, I LOVED seeing all of these people, but I will admit that there were moments when the hectic pace got to be a bit much. Just let me give you

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    To move or not to move…That is the question. RAMifications 4-16-14

    I had a lot of long talks with myself over the last few months about the sensibility of going through the agony of a move.

    I did want to move to the Hills. I did not relish the work that went with it.

    I’ve moved many times during my lifetime. Often those moves were within the same town, so it wasn’t quite so daunting. If we forgot something, we could always go back and get it.

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    The element of surprise Wells Wisdom 4-16-14

    This weekend, my older daughter, Stefanie, was invited by her younger sister, Tracie, to go bridesmaid’s dress shopping. Since Stefanie will be matron of honor when Tracie is married later this year, there was nothing unusual in that. They had a leisurely lunch and then went to the bridal shop and spent a fun two hours.

    What Stefanie didn’t know was that while they were having this fun time, her husband, Marty, and Tracie’s fiancé, Charles, were frantically running around hanging decorations and collecting food for

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    FSA UPDATE 1-16-13

    The FSA County Offices will be closed on Monday, January 21st in honor of the MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY.

    What does extended Farm Bill mean?

    Producers have been stopping into the local FSA offices asking what programs are available for sign up at this time. The short and sweet answer is there are NONE. But further explanation is necessary.

    As part of the

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    from the files of the

    Ree Heights Review

    compiled by

    Jeanie Hartman

    December 30, 1911

    It could hardly be called an audience that packed the church at Ree Heights Saturday night. It was a crowd, and a large one at that. The room was full almost to suffocation. The exercise started on time, the program lasted about one hour. Everyone did well-especially the fellows. Nearly

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    Legislative Highlights

    Governor Daugaard mentioned a desire for South Dakota to write language in our Constitution to specifically require our state operate under a “balanced budget” each year. We are required by law to spend no more that we receive in revenue.

    There is a difference between directives created passing a bill in the Legislature as compared to that language being implanted in the Constitution. That difference has to do with how changes or amendments can be made. Laws passed by the Legislature can be

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