In South Dakota, the last five years have been a living hell. A five-year drought hurt farmers, fishing, resorters, and some communities who worried their drinking water would dry up.
The drought is now over.
In the movies, the people of South Dakota — some of them naked — would be running into the streets, dancing in the falling rain, hugging neighbors they hadn’t seen in years since they no longer went outside to mow lawns that were now dustbowls.
But in real life, one plague merely replaces the other.
The mosquitoes are coming.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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