I was born in Montana and lived in a beautiful place where so many things were lush and green, that they nicknamed it “the Emerald City.” The colors there were brighter, the people shorter, the snow on the poppies - whiter. But everything wasn’t easy growing up. You never knew when some evil witch would wiz by and try to steal the ruby slippers right off your feet. Flying monkeys could drop-in when you least expected them, barging in when you were showering or re-stuffing your scarecrow! My first job was singing with ‘Lollipop Guild.' I tired of lederhosen pretty quickly and moved on to theatre, which is where Ben found me working as one of the foul-mouthed talking puppets in “Avenue Q”. He promised me baked goods and my own Vespa scooter, if I’d come to work with him and that was almost 24 years ago…still no scooter.
The Great American Smokeout and My Parents Battle to Quit
Smoking is a powerful addiction and people lose loved ones to this awful habit every day.
Minnesota’s Schwan’s Company Sold to South Korean Firm
An all-American company decides to go global.
Volunteers of America Spirit Trees Granting Christmas Wishes
You can help VOA Dakotas grant holiday wishes to some of our community's most vulnerable people.
Santa Sensory Friendly Play Date at Children’s Museum
This wonderful Christmas event offers a more peaceful experience to families with children who have sensory issues.
Things You Should Never Leave In Your Car
So much of this seems like common sense, but since that is in such short supply these days. . .
Holiday Festivities Benefit Banquet’s Mission
The Banquet has been caring for less fortunate community members since 1985. Back then, they only served one meal a week. In 2017 they served 196,000 meals, 25,000 of which were served to children under the age of 12. The need continues to grow and thankfully our citizens steadfastly support Th…
Nominate Students for Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends Scholarships
Senior students can win $5000 scholarships from Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends for Kids, but the nominating window will be closing soon.
Holiday Shopping While Saving Money. November’s Best Buys
You want to get great gifts and spend as little money as humanly possible? It won't be easy, but a lot of items are on sale this month at deeply discounted prices.
Brookings Children’s Museum School Break Activities
Your kids will love this place and you'll love the excitement it inspires in them!
The End of Camelot and the Right to Vote
It was good to see record numbers of people get out and vote yesterday. I hope it continues.