In other sports news, Myron Moen wants to run Madison. Chuck Clement reports that Moen took out a petition to run for mayor last week.
Moen is the moving force behind the South Dakota High School Basket Ball Hall of Fame ("SDHSBBHOF!!!" Moen exclaims), which he founded to encase his memories of his high school glory days. He rounded up Madison donors to help grab a chunk of the public Community Center and turn it from a space where kids and families could actually do a variety of activities to a museum for artifacts from people who used to play one favored sport. Moen said Madison was ideal for the SDHSBBHOF.
And then T. Denny Sanford's people called last spring and said, "Want to move to Sioux Falls?" And in an instant, Moen made the deal. This coming September, Moen will move his sweatsock museum to the new Sanford Pentagon. Moen has maintained the line that Madison is "ideal" for the SDHSBBHOF banquet and induction ceremony... because there's nothing more ideal than having your organization's biggest money- and publicity-generating event 50 miles away from the facility your want your donors to see and support.
The move may be happening in part because there aren't enough people in Madison who will pay $35 a ticket for anything... and there aren't enough people in Sioux Falls who will pay $35 a ticket to have to drive all the way up to Madison for dinner in a drafty, poorly lit Playhouse.
One can see Moen's rational business case for moving his memorial to scowling behemoths from Madison to Sioux Falls. But now Moen is applying for the job of Madison's chief booster. So imagine this scenario: Mayor Moen is at a top-secret LAIC business recruitment meeting. Julie Gross has a big fish on the hook, looking to move a big project to Madison to dodge taxes and unions and all the other ungodliness of socialist America. Mayor Moen says, "Yes, move to Madison! You can do great things here!" And the big fish, having done his homework, looks at Moen and says, "Why don't I just move my project to Sioux Falls? You did."
Moen for Mayor? That's going to take some explaining. Myron might do better to focus on decorating his bus... and keeping it tuned up for all those trips to Sanford Falls.
Update 20:03 MST: Competing with Moen for signatures and maybe votes is Paul Michael Weist, DSU freshman and son of school board member Paul Weist.