I can't tell you how excited I am to be on the road to South Dakota.
Wait—yes, I can! I'm extremely excited! I'm squinting into that morning sun with an enormous smile on my face. I am happier right now than I have been at any moment in the last twelve months.
And to celebrate my happiness at heading home, as well as twelve months of pretty good South Dakota blogging, I'm taking a tour of South Dakota. From August 14 to August 23, I'll be touring the state in the Madville Times mobile unit, taking pictures and video, interviewing fellow South Dakotans, and chatting with however many blog fans have time to drop by and say hi.
The first official stop of the Madville Times South Dakota tour will be in Spearfish Thursday. After I've taken my morning run up Lookout Mountain, I'll be blogging and chatting from the Green Bean Coffeehouse in Spearfish from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come sit on the porch with me, and let's talk South Dakota! I'll have my camera handy to shoot quick one-minute "Sound Off!" videos for any readers who care to share their thoughts with South Dakota.
The next big stop will be Rickstock, the super-duper musical extravanganza to raise money for Rick Weiland's Senate campaign. That party starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 16, at Kevin Weiland's place, 5045 Lofty Pines Road, Piedmont. Madville Times readers, wear a yellow flower to show your blog love... and to help us recognize each other!
If you've enjoyed the blog coverage I've been able to bring you over the past year (EB-5, the Bosworth petition challenge, Legislative and campaign coverage...), or if you'd like to support the blog tour and the quality alternative journalism that will come from it (when I'm not interviewing, driving, or jogging, I will be writing!), please ring the tip jar. Click on that jar in the right sidebar, shoot some green electrons at me via Paypal, and I'll put that contribution to good use bringing you even more news from our great home state, South Dakota.
Thank you readers, for sticking with me during my absence from the state. In a way, thanks yo all of your comments and e-mails and phone calls, it feels like I was never gone. But I'm still eager to get on the highway keep trucking east to the state where I belong. See you Thursday at the Green Bean, Saturday at Rickstock, and through the following week all over South Dakota!