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Douglas Wiken
Interests: Government and politics are basis for most of my forum and blog posting. I am also interested in science and technology, education, history, humor, and even the weather. As a South Dakota resident and farmer, my interests in the areas mentioned tend to relate to South Dakota aspects or concerns. Media, including the internet, TV, radio and newspapers also interest me. The current domination of opinion radio and TV and even "news" channels by Right Wing ideologues willing to invent and distort "facts" in support of failed policies also concerns me as a real threat to actual democracy. Current Republican leadership viewing politics as bayonet warfare is also a threat to fundamental freedoms, constitutional balance of power, lives and liberty.<br> <a href="http://dakotatoday.typepad.com/">Return to Blog</a>
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Runnings has had a relatively small store on the west side of Winner for several years. This spring construction was started on a new store on the east side of Winner near the Shopko store which was once the Pamida Store. Apparently the new store will be opening in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at wow
Transcript: President Donald Trump’s 2017 Inaugural Address The Republican was sworn in as the 45th president of the U.S. on Friday. Bloomberg News https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-01-20/full-text-president-donald-trump-s-2017-inaugural-address January 20, 2017, 11:29 AM CST January 20, 2017, 11:36 AM CST Donald Trump Swearing-In and Inaugural Speech President Donald Trump’s inaugural address, as delivered: Chief... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at SD Raucus Caucus
The following is the complete text of President Obama’s address as prepared for delivery, provided by the White House. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/us/politics/obama-farewell-address-speech.html It’s good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we’ve received over the past few weeks. But tonight it’s my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at SD Raucus Caucus
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Check Education Priorities blog for information on the Sunday, October 2, 2016 meeting planned for Winner, SD on Technical and adult education proposals and related information. Details here: Winner Meeting Information at Education Priorities. The Tech School idea for Winner has gradually gained more supporters. This meeting is an opportunity... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at wow
I recently send a message to President Obama at the White House. The text is below: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ President Obama, I have read about your interests in science and technology and related education including your comments in last Popular Science. You are no doubt aware of all the court cases that now involve science, computer programing, medical research, genetic research, etc. In light of the tremendous importance of science and the scientific method and respect for testable theories and data, It seems to me it is time to get somebody on US Supreme Court with both legal knowledge and a very... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at SD Science Junction
President Obama today proved the Presidency really is a bully pulpit. I have some reservations about any politician wrapping his speeches in religion, but even so, Obama gave a stirring speech even if a bit long. There is no doubt the murderous attack on the church members was driven by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at SD Raucus Caucus
The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 08, 2015 Remarks by the President at Lake Area Technical Institute Commencement Ceremony (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/05/08/remarks-president-lake-area-technical-institute-commencement-ceremony) Lake Area Technical Institute Watertown, South Dakota 5:36 P.M. CDT May 8, 2015 THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you so much. Congratulations. Thank you... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at SD Raucus Caucus
The link below discusses conversion of an abandoned store into a regional best library. The abandoned Winner Middle School is not quite like a store, but there could be similar uses. Take a look at the link below and think about the possibilities. A regional reference and computing center might... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at wow
Transcript was found at NPR. President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery on Jan. 20, 2015: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at SD Raucus Caucus
The November 1, 2014 Science News Magazine page 10 has an article titled "Statins may improve Stroke Survival. I found this a bit more interesting than the NPR and commercial TV celebrity crap involving Lebrun James. According to the article, stokes can be caused by brain clots or brain bleeding. About 20% involve brain bleeding. It has been thought that statins might make such brain bleeds worse. Seemed logical. But, careful research has shown otherwise. Check the magazine for full details, but the statistics which should catch the attention of medical people include these. Of 3,481 patients of Kaiser Permanente... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at SD Science Junction
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Tripp County Democrats did not have candidates to fill every slot this election year, but the candidates the party has are all very able and head and shoulders better than retrograde GOP alternatives. Not a very good copy, but I'm sure you will all get the idea. Only about 4... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at wow
I just got Science News October 18, 2014 issue. Some interesting information, some way beyond my unpaid level however, but two that should be interesting to all South Dakotans and even a few SD scientists. Get some data on the obesity epidemic. Move cursor over the state on the map to get the information. State of Obesity interactive map. South Dakota not the worst, and not the best either. The US obesity rate has gone from 15% in 1990 in Mississippi to 35.1% in 2013. Colorado started and ended better, but still sort of scary. The obesity rate in Colorado... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at SD Science Junction
The Winner School District is apparently willing to give the City of Winner a school building with a value somewhere between $2 million and $5 million depending on how one values such buildings. Chuck Noble wrote a letter to the Winner Advocate which appears in the Wednesday September 24, 2014... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at wow
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My wife planted trees with her father when she was about 4 years old. The locust trees grew and are now around 45 feet tall. Three of them are on our lot. Unfortunately, the City of Winner has a municipal power line on the same street. I don't know which... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at wow
East of Westerville group makes South Dakota Good music. Check their website and find out where you can see and hear Kaija Bonde on vocals, with Boyd Bristow and Brian Bonde on guitars and vocals with Al Slaathaug on bass. East of Westerville-- Comfort Theatre. About all I can remember... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at South Dakota Good
Golden West Telecommunications has a newsletter Horizons for coop members. The May 2014 issue has the results of one of their poll in the March 2014 issue on what's good in South Dakota. Below is a copy of their list. It kind of fits in here. **Best Hiking Trail: Harney... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at South Dakota Good
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Nagel Construction shows a bit of humor when they park a big mama backhoe and then tuck a little baby backhoe in under its "wing". I finally got a photo of the pair this morning. Click on a image for a larger version. I finally squinted enough to read the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at wow
Below is a transcript of President Obama's SOTU address this evening January 28, 2014 Source is the Washington Post. President Obama on Jan. 28, 2014, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Here is the complete transcript of his remarks. Something like 7171 words in an hour and a half. Obama... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at SD Raucus Caucus
We are just a few miles away from the Nebraska-South Dakota border, so I think I can squeeze this in as at least a cousin of South Dakota Good. Printed on paper computer magazines are disappearing. PC Magazine went digital and worthless a few years ago, and PC World went... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at South Dakota Good
OK, this may not be a product like doughnuts or candy, but SDPB has broadcast a "South Dakota Good" program on both radio and TV. Rock Garden Tour is funny and clever with enough bad puns to make even sourpusses to groan with laughter..or something. There are links below. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at South Dakota Good
Here is a product recommended by Cory Heidelberger of Madville Times. I can't vouch for the goodness of product or value myself however. But take a look at Cory's post and also take a look at the link for Calla Candies of Mobridge, SD. The head's up note by Cory... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at South Dakota Good
My current intention for this blog is to use it to promote South Dakota products that are "Good". Good value, good quality, made in South Dakota. Let me know what you think. Right now this is mostly a place holder --- Doug Wiken Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at South Dakota Good
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At about 6:30 this morning my wife was getting ready for work. We heard a thump as if something had slammed the side of the house like a sonic boom. My wife thought perhaps a dying tree had collapsed on the house. She ran outside around the house and saw... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at wow
Today, I got the Saturday and Sunday RC Journals and the June 1, Science News. This combination was interesting on this day. The RC Journal indicated the Mayoral candidate Kirkeby criticized Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker for attacking capitalism when Kooiker opposed Hookah lounges. Now, I don't know if Mayor Sam went after Hookah pipes because his fundamentalist religious ideals frowned on such sin and alcohol or because he was aware of the extra problems with such smoking. Science, religion, and politics are often lap at the edges of the others. Today, Science News gave another very good reason to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at SD Science Junction
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Above this post is an image of the "Welcome to Winner" sign on the west side of Winner, SD. Another sign just like it is on the east side of Winner on Highway 44. I received e-mail saying the east Welcome sign had been vandalized. The writer was upset that... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at wow