Last updated on 2015.01.05
Friends of the blog, thank you very much... and congratulations! Your support—ringing the tip jar, buying ads, encouraging me and telling others about the blog—made possible the first Madville Times statewide tour. It will not be the last.
I drove around the state for eight days and wrote for a few more (next time: fewer events per day, more time built in to hunker down and write!). Your blog love helped produce the following fun, excitement, and quality South Dakota journalism:
- Weiland Rocks Rickstock, Builds Long-Term Momentum
- Hagel Seeks Common Ground, Better Teacher Pay, Insurance Savings… and Pork!
- Josie Weiland on Political Activism: Get Informed, Keep It Positive
- DRA Chair Seamans Finds Common Ground with Tribes on Keystone XL
- Powertech’s Side of the Story on SB 158 and the Hazards of Uranium Mining
- OST Partnership for Housing Builds Financial Smarts, Assets, Community on Pine Ridge
- More Indians Get Early-Voting Satellite Stations… But Not in Jackson County
- Teach for America Fosters Ongoing Leadership to Improve Education
- Young South Dakota Teacher Falls in Love with Spring Creek, Fights Racism
- Rounds’s Glass Jaw: Weiland, Pressler, Howie Hammer EB-5 Policy and Scandal
- Susan Wismer on Fire: New Democrat Goes on Offense at Dakotafest
- Rounds Loses Debate by Attacking Howie’s Fiscal Conservatism
- Dakotafest Senate Debate: What Frontrunner?
- Big Democratic Forum Crowd Hears Good Candidates, Good News, and Some Blogger
- Video: Heidelberger Discusses Wismer, Democratic Heat, EB-5 at Forum
- Four-Wheeling and Talking Grass with Charlie Hoffman
- Pragmatic Hoffman Prefers Democratic Gov to GOP Surrender of Legislative Power
- Spawn Seeks District 12 House Seat, Better Teacher Pay, Minimum Wage
- Let’s Do Lunch! Moderate McClure Seeks District 14 House Seat
- Pressler on Nostalgia, the Universal Service Fund, and Glorious Independence
- EcoSun Prairie Farm: Grow Grass, Sell Seed, Feed Cattle, Make Healthy Prairie
23 articles, 24,326 words, 64 photos, 2 videos, 588 (so far) comments... and in that whole opus, just one press release mentioned at the bottom of one interview.
You just got more original, diverse, give-a-darn South Dakota journalism from one blog in two weeks than you'll get from the "competition" (yes, let's use that term lightly) all year.
I feel pretty good about that. So should you, dear readers, because you make that journalism possible, with your support—financial, informational, and moral.
This tour caps the ninth year of the Madville Times and its unwavering focus on South Dakota. Big 10 will be even better. Again, dear readers, thank you.