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The things we have in common

It's over. Despite the last bit of unseemly flailing about by the administration, the election is over, and when the last votes are counted in what will prove to be the most transparent election in history – despite the propaganda suggesting...

 

Halloween memories

You've probably noticed that there are a lot of scary movies available on streaming services as we approach Halloween. Doesn't Halloween seem a little redundant this year? It seems like it should be the official holiday of 2020. Well, I've never...

 

That's life 19 years after 9/11.

As you can imagine having a birthday on 9/11, as I do, can elicit some complicated emotions. Only once in my life have I celebrated the demise of another human being, but that day in 2011 when those soldiers got bin Laden, I got my birthday back. I w...

 

The lessons of labor

Over Labor Day I spent some time thinking about the jobs I've done, skills I developed, and things I learned, including how much a body can endure. I never considered a career in bale-hauling or rock-picking, but there was satisfaction when that...

 
 By Tony Bender    Opinion    June 22, 2020

Happy landings

I was mowing in the backyard a couple of weeks ago – better described as haying – when a mourning dove flopped out of the tall grass ahead. At first, I figured it was a mother feigning injury to lead me away from a nest. Any child of the prairie...

 

Save the livers

Several weeks ago, I chronicled a herculean effort to smuggle dry curd cottage cheese from Ashley Super Valu to my mother in Frederick, S.D., with the help of a hearse that happened to be going that direction. The mission was a success, so we were...

 

The onion calendar

I'd just pulled up to the post office to mail a couple of packages when Delbert Eszlinger called to wish me a Happy New Year from his ranch seven miles northeast of Ashley. After we bragged about the size of our snowdrifts for a while, I asked him...

 

The hunting season style show

With all due respect, my old pickup has killed more deer than some hunters. It's a 2005 Silverado. Muzzle velocity, about 65 mph. It's a little crinkly, but still running strong. Dylan's driving it these days. You know the hunters I'm talking about....

 

An investment in democracy

By holding this newspaper in your hands you're supporting democracy. Democracy doesn't work without an informed citizenry and informed votes. It's easy to overlook what a newspaper brings to a community, but thousands of communities across the...

 
 By Tony Bender    Opinion    August 12, 2019

"I can't believe they'd do that to people"

India and Gus the Wonder Pug waited in my old Mustang convertible while I surveyed my hat rack, trying to decide which one I would take on our pilgrimage. I finally grabbed my Baltimore Orioles cap. The sun was high when we stopped at the Sitting...

 

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