If you’re an observer of Yankton politics, two recent — and untimely — deaths within two weeks of each other may have raised a red flag with you.
On July 12, Jeffrey D. Swedeen, 41, Yankton, died at his residence after a massive heart attack.
On July 22, Patrick Michael Bohlmann, 43, Yankton, was killed after being thrown from the 1993 Ford Explorer he was driving about five miles north of Irene.
How did they those two men tie into city politics? Both ran for the City Commission in April, along with Lola Harens, Jake Hoffner, Craig Sommer and Nancy Wenande. Hoffner, Sommer and Wenande won the three open seats.
My sympathies go out to the families of Bohlmann and Swedeen. I didn’t know either of them well, but they were always nice to me when I spoke with them and seemed like they had a genuine interest in the future of Yankton.
Because I knew each of them only in the sense that they had both run for the City Commission, it struck me as a bit of a strange coincidence today when I put the dots together.
Life is full of those, isn’t it?