Rep. Kristi Noem
Jami's family had a history with cancer, but it wasn't until late 2014 that her own battle with breast cancer began. She was a busy mom, working full-time at a non-profit in South Dakota and raising her 11 year-old daughter.
I have had the honor of receiving a Star Quilt from tribes in South Dakota on a few occasions. Each time one has been presented, I'm humbled by the gesture and yet reminded of all there is to do in Indian Country. To me, one of the greatest things we have to offer is more opportunity. That's one of the reasons I helped champion the NATIVE Act, which was signed into law this September and aims to create more tourism opportunities in tribal areas. The tribes we worked with on this legislation are hopeful these new provisions will help boost struggling economies.
It's hard to believe fall is already here, although take just one step out the door and the temperature will remove all doubts. For most of my life, this time of year meant hours in the combine. I loved it and it's one of the things I miss most these days. While the wheat harvest is wrapped up, soybeans and sunflowers are just getting started — and corn will be right behind. While some areas are seeing good yields, others were hit by drought or hail damage. Even high yields will not be enough to offset the low prices we are seeing in the markets.
Mary Ellen Dirksen grew up in what most people would consider a pretty typical Midwest family. Her close-knit family of four looked picture perfect from the outside — and for the most part, it looked just as perfect from the inside. But a little more than a decade ago, Mary Ellen's big brother — a handsome, intelligent guy who loved basketball and hot fudge sundaes — died by suicide.
Every few months, I have the opportunity to welcome a new business to the state. Almost every time, I hear versions of the following: "We started in (or expanded to) this area, because South Dakotans have the skills needed to do the job right — and the work ethic to do it right now." This is not by accident. In addition to smart economic policies that create opportunities for employers to grow, South Dakota has a strong tradition of starting careers in the classroom.
John Ellsworth was just 13 years old when his mother met him at the door and told him his father wasn't coming home. America had lost a hero.
I’ve had the opportunity to travel across South Dakota for the last month. Whether in Waubay, Parker, Mitchell or Mobridge — Aberdeen, Eagle Butte, Lemmon or Rapid City — I...
I can't believe the kids are headed back to school already. Our daughter Kennedy started her sophomore year of college at SDSU and Booker has begun his freshman year of high school, which is hard for this mom to believe. As most parents know, it's bittersweet to watch them grow up. Bryon and I are so proud of the independent young people they've become, but it's still hard to watch them let go.
Our family is what I like to call an "outside family." We just don't do well being cooped up in a house, so inevitably we end up needing to take things outside. To me, there's almost nothing more beautiful than walking out our front door and seeing the wide open prairie (and, let's be honest, prime pheasant hunting territory). But from the time our kids were little, we took pride in the fact that we could also jump in the car, drive a few hours west, and find many of America's greatest natural wonders.
On Capitol Hill where very few people were “farm kids” and even fewer actually pursued farming or ranching as a career, the personal impact of agriculture can get lost. But...