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Weiland Launching West River Tour: 8 Days, 57 Towns

While Team Bosworth considers propaganda and legal strategies, real U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland sticks with the basics. Tomorrow morning Weiland launches an eight-day West River tour, including the Rosebud, Pine Ridge, and Cheyenne River reservations. Weiland plans to hit 57 towns; here's the list from his press release:

Platte, Dallas, Colome, Wood, White River, Mission, Rosebud, St. Francis, Martin, Batesland, Porcupine, Kyle, Pine Ridge, Oelrichs, Rapid City, Hermosa, Fairburn, Buffalo Gap, Hot Springs, Edgemont, Pringle, Custer, Summerset, Sturgis, Lead, Spearfish, Belle Fourche, Fruitdale, Nisland, Newell, Mud Butte, Maurine, Faith, Red Elm, Dupree, Eagle Butte, Isabel, Firesteel, Timber Lake, Trail City, Mobridge, McLaughlin, Walker, McIntosh, Watauga, Morristown, Caldron, Thunder Hawk, Lemmon, Meadow, Bison, Prairie City, Reva, Buffalo, Camp Crook, Redig and Castle Rock.

If Weiland can get 22 signatures in each town, he'll have enough signatures to make the ballot just from this tour. Of course, in some of those towns, I'm not sure one can find 22 Democrats.


  1. John Tsitrian 2014.03.04

    Memo to Rick: What's Wall, chopped liver? :-)

  2. larry kurtz 2014.03.04

    Wall is where you stop if you didn't fuel in Okaton.

  3. John Tsitrian 2014.03.04

    Yah, Larry. Or stop if you want to get a sticky pecan roll so good it'll make you want to slap your grandma.

  4. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.03.04

    Wall? Looks to me as if Weiland's avoiding I-90. He has plenty of opportunities to stop there on other campaign trips out to Rapid and back.

  5. John Tsitrian 2014.03.04

    A few pics of Rick with the singing cowboys at the Drug Store, maybe the oversized jackalope in the back yard, dunking one of those legendary donuts into a 5 cent cup of coffee . . . wouldn't do him any harm. I admire the earnestness of his persona, but softening up the image a bit with some shots at everybody's favorite drug store would "people-ize" him a bit.

  6. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.03.04

    YJohn, do you feel that visiting the tiny to bigger towns is not "peopl-izing?"

  7. John Tsitrian 2014.03.04

    It is, but some widely distributed pics of him chumming with the locals, getting into any particular town's unique aspects, posing with the ordinary folks--this stuff sells. Rick is an earnest and deeply committed gentleman, but lightening up once in a while doesn't hurt.

  8. grudznick 2014.03.04

    Mr. Weiland should have a tall cold one in each town's watering hole. Hitting 311 local pubs would be a road trip that the common man could really appreciate.

  9. larry kurtz 2014.03.04

    One set of grandparents were married in Hot Springs, Mr. Tsitrian: they travelled by train from Humphrey, Nebraska to do it.

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  11. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.03.04

    I get what you are saying John. I wonder if Lowe has a publicity person? I know very little about how to manage media, but I suppose sending press releases ought to be at the top of the list.

    Lowe could eat ludefisk with the Norskies. A pic of him making a face from eating that gelatinous glop would be powerfully humanizing!

    Yup, I've tried ludefisk. Nope, I didn't like it, but I applaud the Norskies their iron stomachs.

  12. Douglas Wiken 2014.03.04

    Lutefisk should be flaky if cooked correctly. If it is gelatinous, something was wrong with the fish or the cooking.

    The very last time our family had lutefisk, I did not eat any and I told my not-Norwegian wife to not eat any. My mother was really P.O.ed. But the texture was wrong and it did not smell right to me. Potatoes with melted butter are good even without lutefisk.

    Anyway, about 1AM, we started to hear footsteps on the stairway and the toilet flushing. There was something definitely wrong with that lutefisk. I never heard a word from my mother on our impoliteness in not eating the stuff.

  13. grudznick 2014.03.04

    I do love lutefisk, but I keep a bucket in my chambers for just that reason, Mr. Wiken.

  14. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.03.04

    Great story Doug. Thanks.

    I didn't get sick on the gelatinous lutefisk. (Thanks for the correct spelling.) I don't eat raw oysters because the texture is similar. It's like slurping snot. Ewww! I don't like oysters cooked either.

  15. Douglas Wiken 2014.03.05

    Also in the bucket series is oysters for me. When I was in about the fourth grade, my mother cooked oysters in milk. I detested the sandy texture and mostly swallowed them whole. Unfortunately, stomach flu was going around. That night I heaved up whole oysters. I have never ever had since.

    My father told stories of the old dry lutefisk stacked in rows in front of the Volin, SD grocery. They had to be soaked for day or more, etc. Don't remember those details, but he noticed that male dogs used the fish as targets for their urine. I noted this here or elsewhere and somebody told me about a Minnesota painting showing a dog looking at such stacked fish. Unfortunately it was rather expensive art.

    I did another search for the painting and did not find it. Google has a mess of images that are somewhat interesting however.

  16. Douglas Wiken 2014.03.05

    Meanwhile, back to Weiland. I am wondering why he is apparently driving through Winner without stopping. I think at least 22 of us signed his petition already.

  17. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.03.05

    Good point, Doug! Has he stopped in Winner on previous visits? Is his brother Kenny circulating the Winner petition?

  18. Sanford Ader 2014.03.06

    Does Anyone Know When He Is Gonna Be In Summerset

  19. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.03.06

    Sanford, the Rick-ometer doesn't give a Summerset time yet. From the list of towns above, I'd guess Friday or Saturday... but click that link, and give Rick a shout! He should be able to pin down a time and place for you.

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