Speaking of where people want to live, residential home sales are up all across the state. I want to commend these families that have opened their hearts and homes to these children. And I’d like to talk to you about this year’s honoree. We are joined today by Airman First Class Emily Campos. The work that Emily and all those that serve at Ellsworth Airforce Base is so crucial to our national defense. The taxes that we do have to fund state government are stable and predictable. In total, more than 80 patients ranging in age from 50 to 104 have received this treatment without having to take up hospital beds. Another group of men and women who deserve our recognition are the members of the South Dakota National Guard. This structured training and mentorship improved team morale and confidence. Sean and Rachel Duffy live in Wisconsin. 101 5th Street North, 2, Black Hills State (43). PIERRE, S.D. I want to now turn to a subject that we all hold dear to our hearts: our veterans and the military. - Players to watch (2007 statistics): Tyrell Anderson, Jr., LB (123 tackles); Tom Lunzman, So., DB (73 tackles, 5 interceptions); Joshua Jones, Sr., RB (561 yards rushing, 5 TDs); Ed Waliczek, So., TE (214 yards receiving); Chris Westendorf, Sr., DB (56 tackles, 3 interceptions). We have stayed open the entire time. - Players to watch (2007 statistics): Josh Kittell, Sr., QB (2,320 yards passing, 22 TDs); Cody Sailer, Sr., LB (55 tackles, 3.5 sacks); Tim Moch, Sr., NG (41 tackles, 5 sacks). 5, Valley City State (24). I’d like to highlight a story to illustrate this point. Another tool we greatly expanded access to is telehealth. For twenty years, Jeff lived in sunny, southern California. On behalf of the unit, Lieutenant Colonel Dave Moore says “it is an incredible honor to receive these awards. Under his command, and for the second time in three years, the Pierre-based 152nd was recognized as the most outstanding Army National Guard battalion in America. Students who graduate from our colleges are fully equipped for high-demand, technical careers the moment they receive their diplomas. And that their selection is a testament to the professionalism and dedication of all the 152nd soldiers and a validation of all the hard work they put in.”. We met this adversity head on. They used an out-patient, innovative COVID-19 therapy to treat patients, including 30 residents in the nursing home. Last year, a good portion of this speech was dedicated to explaining why South Dakota is the perfect place to work or run a business. Our technical colleges are full of stories like Vanessa’s. He died a hero that day. While he was able to get his son to safety, Lee was not able to save himself. We proudly hold a triple-A credit rating, and our state pension plan is fully funded. Switchboard: 712-239-4100 During one stretch, some staff worked 12-hour days for 22 days straight. This session, I hope you all will join me in standing up for families. Denny and PREMIER have already delivered a check for $50 million, and have pledged another $50 million going forward. But like so many other long-term care facilities, the residents weren’t the only issue – half the staff tested positive as well. Joining us today is also the family of Chief Deputy Lee Weber of the Hughes County Sheriff’s Department. Dakota Athletic Conference - Coaches' preseason poll: 1, Minot State (48 points). It’s our duty to find innovative solutions that empower parents to set their children up for success. Listings of the top prospects for the NFL Draft. Protecting children begins in the womb, but children of all ages need a loving family to care for and support them throughout their lives. She is a first-generation college student, and an incredibly hard worker. But every summer for the last 10 years, he would come back to South Dakota. I share this because even today, in 2021, some European countries, like Iceland and Denmark, are on pace to virtually eliminate children with Down syndrome. Lieutenant Colonel Dave Moore commanded the Guard's 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. The meat processing grants, the investment in the Dakota Events Complex, the creation of a program to give farmers more opportunity to market South Dakota meat products, and the merger of  the Departments of Agriculture and DENR too – each of these items will help reinvigorate our number one industry – and all the families it serves -- for many years to come. - Schedule: Aug. 30-Haskell University, 7 p.m. Sept. 13-at Trinity Bible College, 1 p.m. Sept. 20-at Black Hills State, 2 p.m. Sept. 27-at Dakota State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4-Mayville State, 2 p.m. Oct. 11-Jamestown College, 2 p.m. Oct. 18-at Minot State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 25-Dickinson State, 2 p.m. Nov. 1-at Valley City State, 2 p.m. Nov. 8-Black Hills State, 2 p.m. - Players to watch (2007 statistics): Chauncey Calhoun, Sr., WR (637 yards receiving, 7 TDs); Jason Beilke, Sr., QB (2,011 yards passing, 10 TDs); Kevin Strang, So., LB (91 tackles, 1 sack). And the tax revenue they generate goes right back into our communities and helps make this state the best place to live in America. - Schedule: Aug. 30-Rocky Mountain College, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 13-at Concordia College, 1 p.m. Sept. 20-Minot State, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 27-Jamestown College, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4-at Valley City State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 11-at Mayville State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 18-Black Hills State, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25-at South Dakota School of Mines, 2 p.m. Nov. 1-Dakota State, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8-at Minot State, 1:30 p.m. - On the web: www.dickinsonstate.com/football.asp. But they never lost hope. Sioux City, IA 51108 And thank you for being a voice for so many who can’t speak for themselves. 2929 Signal Hill Drive Republicans have a majority in both houses, with the Senate having a 32-3 majority and the house having a 62-8 majority. The goal is to get more people engaged at an early age, so they continue those experiences long into their adulthood. The numbers below have been put together from a variety of sources and in some cases may include Pro Day numbers. In February 2020, the Department of Health worked with several other groups to focus on suicide prevention this year. Their visits help support good jobs and lifelong careers for South Dakotans. Lieutenant Governor Rhoden, Mr. Speaker, members of the Legislature, Chief Justice Jensen, Justices of the Supreme Court, constitutional officers, and fellow South Dakotans, it is my privilege to stand before you today to discuss the state of our state. Just before Christmas, the CEO of Wagner Community Memorial Hospital shared some really outstanding news about the work his team has been doing. The Official Athletics Site of South Dakota Mines Hardrockers. 5, Dakota State (24). Noem gave the State of the State Address on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. And even though this kind of challenge can happen anywhere, there are key problems that must be addressed in our tribal communities. 2, Black Hills State (43). People with big city salaries are moving to small-town South Dakota. In FY 2020, we licensed a 5-year high of 238 new foster homes. Earlier this year, the third annual state tribal meth summit was held virtually in partnership with the Departments of Tribal Relations and Social Services. 8, Mayville State (10). With this knowledge as a foundational building block, every South Dakotan can then chart their own path in the future. One of the main reasons our tourism numbers have been so strong this year is the resilience of our people and small businesses. Take for example what has happened the last month or so in Wagner. The state stands ready to work with our tribes and all South Dakota communities to combat substance abuse. The result is a more competitive and attractive environment for ag businesses. - Schedule: Aug. 28-MSU-Bottineau, 7 p.m. Sept. 4-Ellsworth CC, 7 p.m. Sept. 13-at Rocky Valley College, 1 p.m. Sept. 20-Joliet JC, 1 p.m. Sept. 27-at Grand Rapids CC, noon. His cousins and their kids live in Lemmon. Hunters are not the only people who came to our state this year. He runs inner-city youth programs and teaches in prisons all across America. And may God bless South Dakota. In her role, she serves the base's 17,000 Active Duty military personnel, military dependents, and retiree beneficiary population. We prepare for the worst but always remain optimistic that the best is yet to come. To date, I am pleased to report we had 23 new ag projects resulting in more than 320 new jobs across the state. |, Several thousand guard troops to remain in D.C. through mid-march, Sioux City Schools hosts education legislative forum to discuss various topics, Jan. 23: South Dakota reports 247 new cases, 12 deaths, Jan. 23: Iowa reports 1,368 new COVID-19 cases, nine deaths. Abilene Christian Wildcats ... Colorado Mines Orediggers Colorado State Rams ... South Dakota Coyotes South Dakota State Jackrabbits Soybeans also had a banner year, with overall production forecast to grow by 53%. We made different choices than virtually any other state over the past year. In my first state of the state, I stood at this podium and asked people to open their hearts and homes to foster children. It was her love of country that guided her to continue down the path of serving our heroes. This economic development provides opportunities for our families and our communities to grow. Main Navigation Menu. NFL Draft History and Past Draft Results by season and team. States that shut down their economies are now looking at tax increases or drastic spending cuts to make ends meet. Our tourism department continues to make steady progress working with tribal partners around the state to lay the groundwork to enhance tribal tourism on our reservations. My administration continues to do everything in its power to help in this effort. Despite being understaffed and overworked, this team was determined to handle the acute care needs of these residents. The PREMIER Scholarship requires that students live and work in South Dakota for three years after graduation. This year, Geri was awarded the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Outreach Officer of the Year Award. We also do not have a personal property tax or an inheritance tax. Even the most remote communities across our state should be provided the tools they need to be connected. That number ended up being far less because of the work of Dr. Plumage and his team. This includes enhancing our promotion of the state in new markets and especially targeting key demographics that have an interest in our parks, history, culture, and great outdoors. Airman Campos relocated to Ellsworth Air Force Base in August. South Dakota is leading the nation in disbursing the COVID vaccine. 4, Dickinson State (26). A better place to live, to do business, and to raise a family. They believe in the freedom that South Dakota has to offer. We continue to get good news about South Dakota’s revenue situation. Nature and the outdoors provided our families an escape from the pandemic. And that’s how we will operate for as long as I am Governor. Workforce Development remains a top concern for South Dakota companies. After attending one year of college at the School of Mines, Jeff made his way west. 78 patients have recovered. Coaching at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City is not a typical stop en route to the NFL. Would you please stand? Before I close, I want to take a moment to thank my family. A young woman named Vanessa is a student in the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Southeast Technical College. And over the past 10 months, construction employment in South Dakota is up 10% compared to a year ago. PIERRE, S.D. We announced that Amazon is building a $200 million distribution center in Sioux Falls. Because South Dakota remained open and didn’t lock down, more Americans from out of state came to enjoy our natural spaces too. While D2 football players still must commit a significant amount of time and energy to their team, they will get more time back in their schedule than at a D1 football college. These stories are not unique to Pierre and Wagner. 7, South Dakota School of Mines (11). Below is the script of South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s 2021 State of the State Address as prepared for delivery January 12, 2021. Cody Fite and Valentina Duffy both have Down syndrome. While Registered Apprenticeships are just one solution to workforce development, it lays a strong foundation for our future workforce and our state economy. Given that three of our state’s rodeos were recently chosen as the very best in the country by the NFR, we will also be improving our facilities for hosting equestrian and rodeo events. Would you all please join me in recognizing Lt. Col. Moore, the 152nd unit, and the entire South Dakota National Guard for their commitment to service, sacrifice, and this great state. The endowment for this critical scholarship fund needs $200 million to be self-sustaining into the future. Today, he is an ordained minister and the executive director of the Jack Brewer Foundation. As I outlined in my Budget Address, I believe we must create an environment where families are not forced to choose between the modern economy on the one hand and life in their hometown on the other. Otherwise, the scholarship turns into a loan. We don't have a corporate income tax. - Schedule: Aug. 28-Bemidji State, 7 p.m. Sept, 6-at Concordia-St. Paul, 1 p.m. Sept. 20-Dickinson State, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 27-Valley City State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4-at Jamestown College, 1 p.m. Oct. 11-at Dakota State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 18-South Dakota School of Mines, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 25-at Black Hills State, 2 p.m. Nov. 1-Mayville State, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8-Dickinson State, 1:30 p.m. - On the web: www.minotstateu.edu/football. Our 605 Strong initiative connected South Dakotans fighting mental health issues with trained crisis counselors. - Players to watch (2007 statistics): Nick Banks, Sr., RB (1,259 yards rushing, 10 TDs); Chris Bowden, Sr., DL (43 tackles, 5 sacks); Martel Pope, Jr., LB (58 tackles, 4 interceptions); Johnny Lester, So., WR (223 yards receiving, 4 TDs); Jon Meier, Jr., QB (1,951 yards passing, 13 TDs). When they start their families, that will mean they are closer to home – to Mom, Dad, grandparents, and extended family. It’s important to note there are a lot of people inside and outside government providing that bridge. Lastly on healthcare, I want to provide an update on the state’s work to curtail substance abuse. Geri Opsal (Op-sawl) is a veteran who served our country in the United States Air Force. We saw huge increases in youth combo licenses as well as resident and nonresident fishing licenses. For those who have had the privilege of knowing someone with Down syndrome, you know that person ends up being a gift to all of us. Last year, we found so many ways to work together to maintain the freedoms of our people, promote our outdoor heritage, and rein in the endless expansion of government into our daily lives. At times, Dr. Plumage and his team ended up working around the clock. We know that our state has the potential to be the best place in the country for some of these events, and we want to capitalize on these opportunities in the years ahead. Overall, FBS college football teams have more money than FCS teams, due in part to their large broadcast deals. Our state believes in smart regulation. View the 2021 Georgia Football Schedule at FBSchedules.com. Long-time hunters say they have never seen as many roosters as they did this year. They enjoy the lower cost of living and end up spending their money in our communities. The year 2020 was one for the history books. Thank you. Wendy, I want to extend my prayers and condolences to you and to your entire family. - Coaches' preseason poll: 1, Minot State (48 points). - Schedule: Sept. 6-Peru State (Neb. As we look to improve the overall health and wellbeing of every South Dakotan, recreation is a key part of that conversation. They were resilient. Advanced searches of every pick from every team available at the Draft Finder, NFL Combine results available at NFL Combine Results Finder, or see yearly totals by position. Every single resident in the Avantara facility is considered high-risk. Their gorgeous smiles, distinct personalities, and that vibrancy you see before you are all gifts from God. I look forward to the day when the Supreme Court recognizes that all preborn children inherently possess this right to life, too. We all welcome you to South Dakota. UpSkill consists of 22 online certificate programs in high-demand fields, including business, healthcare, information technology, and manufacturing. AFCA is dedicated to helping football coaches through ongoing education, interaction, and networking. A state investment, coupled with industry funding and federal grants, is enough to get the job done. The folks serving at Ellsworth Air Force Base also deserve our recognition. She and her six siblings were raised by a single working mom. It starts with strong parents. As we continue to look toward the year ahead, I am excited to report a light at the end of the tunnel with regard to our fight against COVID-19. Dakota State Trojans - Madison ; Dakota Wesleyan Tigers - Mitchell ; Northern State Wolves - Aberdeen ; Presentation Saints - Aberdeen; Sioux Falls Cougars - Sioux Falls ; South Dakota Coyotes - Vermillion ; South Dakota State Jackrabbits - Brookings ; South Dakota Tech Hardrockers - Rapid City Back to … This past July 3rd, Lee was boating with his family on the Missouri River. Some businesses are tackling this concern by building their own Registered Apprenticeship training programs. - Schedule: Aug. 30-Minot State, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13-at Peru State (Neb. This year, I’m asking the legislature to adopt simpler licensure requirements for kids under the age of 18. In 2021, we should build on telehealth advancements and continue to find ways to remove government red tape in health care. One of the reasons I care so deeply about these issues is because I want these things for my family and every other family. 7, South Dakota School of Mines (11). As I mentioned, this was a challenging year for tourism, but South Dakota has outperformed almost every other state in the country in this category. That’s why I am proposing that we invest to finish connecting the state with broadband. Jack Brewer, for those who might not know him, is a former NFL safety. Would you and your family please stand? - Players to watch (2007 statistics): Wacey Coleman, Jr., DE (48 tackles, 9.5 sacks); Tyler Tetrault, Sr., LB (52 tackles, 2.5 sacks); Tony Dill, Sr., DB (45 tackles, 7 interceptions); Tanner Ehrlich, So., RB (983 yards rushing, 6 TDs). There’s also a woman named Stacey. Kristi Noem delivered her "State of the State" address to lawmakers in the state's capitol building Tuesday afternoon. - Schedule: Aug. 30-Bacone (Okla.), 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13-at Minnesota-Morris, 7 p.m. Sept. 20-Mayville State, 6 p.m. Sept. 27-South Dakota School of Mines, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4-at Black Hills State, 2 p.m. Oct. 11-Minot State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 18-at Valley City State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 25-Jamestown College, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1-at Dickinson State, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8-at Mayville State, 1 p.m. - On the web: www.departments.dsu.edu/athletics. This year in my budget, I asked you to fund the Liberty Wellness Center project. We balance our budget without accounting gimmicks or tricks. Tracking which South Dakota high school athletes have signed National Letters of Intent. All of us in this room, who work for them, respect the rights of our people to live their lives. That’s a great start to 2021 for our state. This last year, we assisted with projects that will result in more than $2.8 billion in capital investment across South Dakota – projects ranging from agriculture to manufacturing to technology. Football | NFL Combine Results The NFL Combine is held prior to the draft every year, testing players in the 40 yard dash, vertical jump, bench press, broad jump, shuttle, and three cone drill. And his folks and sister are just three hours away in Aberdeen with another sister in Bismarck. 5, Dakota State (24). Vanessa is set to graduate this spring and already has a job lined up in our state. Our tourism department will be working on a new strategic plan to guide its overall efforts for the next several years to take advantage of the huge amount of interest we’ve received. But USDA is forecasting that corn production will grow by 31% from last year with yields estimated to increase to record highs. We saw increases in youth and first-time hunters. Towns like Fort Pierre, Belle Fourche, Watertown, Rapid City, Parker, and Lead all saw companies growing in their communities. He grew up in Lemmon, South Dakota. - Players to watch (2007 statistics): Steven Elkins, Sr., DL (68 tackles, 5 sacks); Tyler Green, Sr., DB (47 tackles, 1 interception); Mike Pollard, Sr., DB (51 tackles); Keith Christopher, Sr., WR (327 yards receiving, 1 TD). In partnership with the Department of Labor, the technical college system also launched the South Dakota UpSkill program this fall. People struggled, they lost loved ones, and their livelihoods were threatened. NFL and AFL Draft History. We know that drug and alcohol abuse can destroy a family. Last year, we started the Governor’s heroism award to honor heroes who risk their lives to save the life of another. This is one of the reasons why I have so heavily emphasized the importance of the Bounty Program. 58102, CRAVE's outdoor dining igloos showcase a best of both worlds, The Oil Patch housing project that killed Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, Horace man arrested for terrorizing, other charges following shelter-in-place order in Fargo, Dokken: Grand Forks skiing enthusiast forming Nordic ski club, www.masu.nodak.edu/athletics/football.cfm, UND overwhelms Colorado College in return home, Timberwolves finally win with victory over Pelicans, Bison men almost picture perfect in first half in blowing out Denver, USHL hockey: Monds scores in OT to lift Force over Des Moines. Take for example the story of Jeff O’Dell. And you might remember that Sean served with me while I was in Congress. I know that’s why you serve as well. This program supports workers dislocated by COVID-19. Would you please join me in thanking her for her service to our nation and all the veterans across our state? The official 2020-21 Men's Basketball Roster for the University of South Dakota Coyotes At the May meeting, the Commission adopted Savannah’s proposal. 5, Valley City State (24). Emily was born and raised in Box Elder. A similar story has taken place here in Pierre. We also sold a record number of licenses for youth-mentored hunting. We have no personal income tax. Since March, people have used tech services like these more than 70,000 times in South Dakota’s Medicaid program alone. Jack is in South Dakota this week to join Bryon on a couple of visits to the men’s and women’s prisons, as well as the McCrossan Boys Ranch in Sioux Falls. I hope that you will support it for Ellsworth and for the surrounding community. Aaron and Tami Fite live in Platte, South Dakota, with their four children. We are the pheasant capital of the world. Bryon, Kassidy, Kyle Kennedy, and Booker – thank you for your support and your energy and your love. Her efforts directly contributed to the protection of military personnel in support of two Bomber Task Force missions to the Indo-Pacific Theater. Let me explain why this work is important. South Dakota’s economy, which Governor Noem has declared “open for business” during the pandemic has fared better, with unemployment at … Every visitor we welcome to our state has an impact that resonates. This is true for everyone, including those with an extra chromosome. Sept. 20-at Dakota State, 7 p.m. Sept. 27-Black Hills State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4-at South Dakota School of Mines, 2 p.m. Oct. 11-Dickinson State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 18-at Jamestown College, 1 p.m. Oct. 25-Valley City State, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1-at Minot State, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8-Dakota State, 1 p.m. - On the web: www.masu.nodak.edu/athletics/football.cfm. Our Soldiers and Airmen have provided COVID-19 support since March. The Official Athletics Site of South Dakota Mines Hardrockers. President Reagan once said: “Our families nurture, preserve, and pass on to each succeeding generation the values we share and cherish, values that are the foundation for our freedoms.”   Today, more than ever, it is important we work to strengthen families. 3, Jamestown College (38). They should see first-hand the importance of civic engagement. Our farmers and producers not only feed our families, but also serve as a catalyst for our economy. Strong families have always been the backbone of South Dakota. And just yesterday, we announced the largest project in the history of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development: a $500 million investment from Schwan’s, which will bring 600 full-time jobs to Sioux Falls. That included the Avantara Pierre facility. Then, they got longer. Jeff works for one of the largest computer network infrastructure companies in the world. Our visitor inquiries have skyrocketed, and one thing is clear:  Folks from all across the country want to visit South Dakota. What you did, what your teams did, and what all the medical professionals across the state have done deserve recognition. She then completed specialized radiology training at the Air Force Academy, where she was recognized by the 10th Surgical Squadron Commander for her academic achievements. Oftentimes, these kids just need a bridge. He was active in the Army National Guard and loved hunting and fishing, watching football, and spending time with his wife, Wendy, and their six children, whom he loved deeply. Strong families create strong communities. Fargo, This year, I’m going to ask that you support legislation to make these flexibilities permanent. But he says he doesn’t mind it because he is surrounded by open spaces, fresh air, and great people. It is my hope that more young people will get involved – like Savannah did – finding new ways to secure South Dakota’s outdoor heritage for the next generation. Our state is incredibly grateful for your work and your service to our nation. It allows our kids to start and develop their careers here. It is my hope that her story will serve as an example to all South Dakotans to get involved in policymaking. And strong communities will produce the strongest state in the nation. With the help of several pro-life groups across the state, my team will present legislation for your consideration and swift passage. ND Students should be taught our nation’s history and all that makes America unique. Ongoing general fund revenues are up tens of millions of dollars through December, compared to last fiscal year. Their spending benefits our small businesses. This last year, social distancing created a great opportunity for South Dakotans to get outside. Kristi Noem gives State of the State addressFind the latest updates here: https://ktiv.com/2021/01/12/watch-live-south-dakota-gov-kristi-noem-gives-state-of-the-state-address/. A similar story can be found in the agriculture industry. I have tasked my administration with creating instructional materials and classroom resources on America’s founding, our nation’s history, and the state’s history. CJ Foods and Schwan’s are building a world-class facility, the most high-tech facility of its kind in the world. She also volunteered to help with the base’s COVID response training. - Players to watch (2007 statistics): Aaron Schulte, So., OT; Nakeem Pittman, Fr., WR; Dominique Henderson, Fr., TB; Josh Gatlin, So., CB; Jerrell McGee, So., CB; Luke Malinowski, So., DE. My hope is that we can work together to get our state connected, so we can set up this generation and the next for success, no matter where they want to live. In short, for those who might be worried about tax increases, you do not need to be. As South Dakotans, frankly, as human beings, we should all be appalled by this. Collectively, the 152nd has received 13 Bronze Stars; 50 Army Accommodation Medals; 20 Army Achievement Medals; and 67 Combat Action Badges. But other states based a lot of their decisions on fear and emotion, and now they’re seeing the results of that. In South Dakota, we do not make policy out of fear. Denny and PREMIER are getting us halfway there. Until that time comes, I am asking the South Dakota legislature to pass a law that bans the abortion of a preborn child, just because that child is diagnosed with Down syndrome. Our Guard’s support for federal commitments also continued in 2020. 5, Dakota State (24). And the PEOPLE of South Dakota deserve all the credit. That is why you hear me inviting those who cherish and value our way of life to come join us. 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