The South Dakota blogosphere may soon be short of one participant. Bob Schwartz indicates he may be heading back to Ohio after 16 years here in the not so great state of South Dakota. Read his parting comments (or shots) at The Lone Independent. I wish Bob good luck and will welcome his comments here if he chooses to so participate. Good luck to this Bob.
And Bob Mercer, who writes good columns in the newspaper press and at his blog Pure Politics, has had a serious medical scare. Read his On a Medical Break. Good Luck to this Bob.
And on to another name in South Dakota besides "Bob". Let's try "James" or "Jim" this time. I just read a half-page story on Jim Davies, who has been States Attorney at Alexandria, SD for a good many years. He and I spent a little time together in government classes at USD. He went on to get a law degree. I didn't. Anyway, the Mitchell Daily Republic had about one page devoted to Davies' fight against prostrate cancer, colon cancer, and the complication of West Nile disease for doctors and his recovery. According to the article, he is back to work with the aid of magnifying devices to help compensate for loss of vision related I think to the fever, etc that came with the West Nile Disease. I was unable to find a link to the Mitchell Daily Republic story however. Good Luck to James.
And, to put a stop to all this about Bobs and Jim, look at image below that I took today at Colome, SD.
Looks like there are about 8 LED blinking lights on the sign. I suspect this makes this solar-powered sign a lot harder to ignore at night at the intersection of two highways in Colome, SD. I hope a few more of these are being used or tested in South Dakota and I also hope they stop a few crashes as well as make use of a renewable resource.
And in the past few days, we have gotten perhaps an inch or more of rain and not enough sunshine. That is not the usual August days in South Dakota. A good bit of wheat still in fields in the area. In most years almost all of that would be combined by the end of the second week of July.
**** Stay tuned and help keep South Dakota well stirred if not shaken--Doug Wiken