We certainly do live in interesting times.
What appears to be a majority of Americans are willing to follow guidelines and orders from their state’s governors or city’s mayors to shelter at home, to not gather in groups larger than 10 people, to close non-essential businesses, to close schools, etc. so they won’t get infected with or infect others with the Coronavirus aka covid-19.
However, since this is the United States of America, there are a vocal, active minority who chafe at such government directives and stubbornly refuse to follow the guidelines, complaining that they are an infringement upon their rights and liberties — even though there appears to be plenty of scientific evidence for the effectiveness of adhering to such rules. South Dakota appears to be blessed with its share of these folks with fatal wishes.
This reminds me of a story that was told to me. I think it’s especially appropriate to times like these. Continue reading Attention Minimizers and Refuseniks: Here’s an Uplifting Tale of Woe and Intrigue.
By Gary Dickson Geography Correspondent BROOKINGS, SD – A recent study conducted by a professor from South Dakota State University found that 74 percent of Sioux Falls adults were unaware that South Dakota encompassed anything beyond 25 miles from Sioux Falls’ borders. And, as shocking as these results were, 46 percent of adults 24 and older thought they were a suburb of Minneapolis! The research was … Continue reading Study Shows Most Sioux Falls Residents Unaware Rest of State Exists
This film, co-produced and directed and written by Twin Cities photographer, filmmaker, teacher and poet Mike Hazard, provides an excellent insight into the late writer Frederick Manfred. Nicknamed Media Mike, Hazard has written, directed and produced five films that have been released nationally on PBS. His documentary on the late Senator Eugene McCarthy was awarded the D.L. Mabery Prize, Minnesota’s Oscar. Continue reading The Lizard, Hungry Hogs and a Photo a Day for 8 Years
But those who think Siouxland refers to only Sioux City would be wrong. In fact, the term wasn’t created to be a marketing tactic or definition of a school athletic region. The term was coined by writer Frederick Manfred in 1946 in his third novel, This Is The Year. Continue reading So, What Is ‘Siouxland’ Anyway