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The falls in Spearfish Canyon were a highlight of a recent trip made by several of Weston County’s senior citizens.

 
Fall foliage lured a bus-load of Newcastle senior citizens across beautiful regions of Weston and Crook counties into South Dakota, through America’s oldest canyon and all the marvelous scenes it offers, then home again on Monday, Oct. 9.    I was privileged to enjoy it all in one of the...
There are times in our lives when it feels like nothing goes right, that we continually make mistakes or the wrong decision, or that we just don’t measure up.   Those can be trying times for anyone, young or old, but they are inevitable as we go through the day-to-day process of living.   I know...
There are times in our lives when it feels like nothing goes right, that we continually make mistakes or the wrong decision, or that we just don’t measure up.   Those can be trying times for anyone, young or old, but they are inevitable as we go through the day-to-day process of living.   I know...
When I started this journey just about a year ago, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t really believe anyone would want to read my nonsense. Most days I can’t put two thoughts together, and yet, somehow, I have managed to keep getting into print.   This has never been about fame or...
Louis Brandeis, known by the nation at the time of his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court as “The People’s Lawyer,” and years later affectionately nicknamed “Old Isaiah’’ by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was one of the greatest jurists and most innovative legal minds in our country’s history...
There have been lots of large developments with government agencies --in Newcastle and Weston County in recent weeks.    We can certainly understand how folks can feel a bit overwhelmed by “the news” these days — especially if you have your TV tuned to it for most of the day.   But when it comes to...
Why order out when a stellar pizza can easily be made at home? With only a handful of ingredients, homemade pizza crusts can be ready in no time. I’ll give tips, tricks, and ideas to get the best homemade pizza crust from your oven!   Water When making pizza crust, ensure the water is at the right...
By the time President Woodrow Wilson nominated him for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1916, Louis Brandeis, the nation’s first Jewish Justice, had forged a reputation as a brilliant, innovative and influential attorney.    He was an advocate to be feared. Judges at all levels acknowledged how...
I am a big supporter of reading. I believe that the power of books to fuel intellect, stimulate imagination and drive a desire to learn is invaluable. Not only are books entertaining, but books can also be thought provoking, show different viewpoints and help bridge gaps in normal education.   ...
The emergence of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes as a dominant influence in the work of the Supreme Court began in 1905, just three years after his appointment to the high bench, in a dissenting opinion in Lochner v. New York that many scholars hail as the most famous dissent ever written.   The...

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