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Friday 05/27/2016
Memorial Day: Remembering America’s Heroes
Posted: May 27, 2016

Memorial Day is a special time for Americans to honor and remember all who have died while serving in the Armed Forces. These were ordinary men and women who rose to meet seemingly impossible odds and did extraordinary things.

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The memory shall be ours
Posted: May 27, 2016

The birth of Memorial Day is much like the birth of America. It is a story of people from different backgrounds uniting as Americans under one flag.

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Keeping our skies safe and secure
Posted: May 27, 2016

Memorial Day has long marked the unofficial start to summer, and with it, a busy travel season quickly ensues. Whether you and your family are hopping in the car this summer for a trip across the state or boarding a plane for an adventure around the country or overseas, safety is rightfully top-of-mind. Everyone who relies on air travel wants peace of mind that airport officials — both in the United States and abroad — are doing everything they can to protect the traveling public and prevent bad actors from doing bad things.

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Obama administration’s illegal implementation of water rule
Posted: May 27, 2016

Since the misguided Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule was first proposed by the Obama administration in 2014, farmers, ranchers and local units of government in South Dakota and across the country have been rightly concerned about the rule’s impact on their operations. They were able to breathe a sigh of relief last October when a judge issued a nationwide stay halting the rule, but reports have recently surfaced that that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been moving forward with implementing the rule anyway — illegally. This is deeply troubling not only because it is another example of this administration blatantly ignoring the rule of law, but because the rights of landowners are being stripped away and they can no longer utilize their land due to burdensome permitting requirements that are being illegally imposed on them.

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Something bigger
Posted: May 27, 2016

The solemn nature of Memorial Day has been somewhat lost through the years. With so much going on, it’s easy to start thinking about the weekend as the launch point of summer, a day off work, or maybe a great time to get a good deal. The truth we all know is that Memorial Day is set aside to remember those who sacrificed everything to preserve our live, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

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Friday 05/20/2016
Paving her way
Posted: May 20, 2016

Kassidy, our oldest daughter, graduated from SDSU a few weeks ago, officially making Bryon and I the parents of a bona fide college graduate. She finished in four years with her Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business, something she earned while also being heavily involved in athletics, clubs, and intramural sports and working on the side. Kassidy is largely paying her own way, but she’s busy becoming a licensed appraiser now to start making a dent in those student loans.

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Overtime rule will hurt South Dakota’s workforce and employers
Posted: May 20, 2016

The Obama administration recently issued a new regulation — one of the 195 new regulations issued so far in 2016 — to more than double the salary threshold under which employees can qualify for overtime pay of time and a half. Like so many of the administration’s regulations, the new overtime rule is a one-size-fits-all mandate that doesn’t take into account individual needs and regional differences. In fact, it will actually end up hurting the citizens it is meant to help: employees and the job creators who hire them.

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Memories of the 2011 flood
Posted: May 20, 2016

It is hard to believe that it has been almost five years since the Missouri River flood.                                                                                           

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Wednesday 05/18/2016
Congratulations, graduates
Posted: May 18, 2016

Ordinarily, I write the Roundup on Monday, but I’m writing this earlier because I have to leave for Pierre Sunday afternoon for a State and Tribal Relations Committee meeting early Monday morning. I’ll have to miss the bridal shower for Jamie Britton and Ty Thybo at the Reva Hall Sunday afternoon, but I plan on attending their wedding on the 20th at the Cadillac Ranch. We got just over a quarter of an inch of rain this week, but there was more than enough wind. It was a good thing I didn’t have anything planted in my garden yet, because it froze hard here both Friday and Saturday.

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Friday 05/13/2016
South Dakotans feeling the effect of the Obama economy
Posted: May 13, 2016

Late last month, the federal government released preliminary numbers on economic growth in the first quarter of 2016, and let me tell you, the news wasn’t good. The U.S. economy grew at a dismal rate of 0.5 percent during the first three months of the year, which essentially means it barely grew at all. While any one report of slow or nonexistent economic growth is bad, under President Obama, weak growth has become the new norm.

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Addressing the opioid epidemic
Posted: May 13, 2016

It could start with a headache. Or perhaps an injury from sports or even a military deployment.  Maybe it was a surgery and the prescription pain medication was supposed to be used only for a short time. Eventually, however, the medicine you relied on to heal became the drug that made you sick.

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A new addition to Peter Norbeck’s Park
Posted: May 13, 2016

Peter Norbeck was a very accomplished public servant. He served South Dakota as a legislator, lt. governor, governor and United States senator from 1909 to 1936. Of all things he achieved, he is most remembered as the “father of Custer State Park.”

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