A Return To Blogging, Hate Mail And A Story About A Man Who Nearly Died In Yankton …

I’m ba-ack.

Maybe you noticed the light blogging last week. It had to do with the fact that I took some time off work, had some traveling to do and basically just wanted to turn off the (some would argue quite dim) lights in my brain for a few days.

What did I come back to at the office?

Well, I had a handwritten letter from a Yankton man about my Occupy Wall Street column of a few weeks ago that was published in the Press & Dakotan and on this blog.

It read verbatim (including all caps): “THIS IS PURE HOGWASH. ONLY A COMPLETE IDIOT WOULD SUPPORT THESE DRUG CRAZED, KNOW NOTHING, PIMPLEFACED UNAMERICAN SON OF A BITCHES!”

To the man’s credit, he did sign the letter. Usually those types of screeds are anonymous. Needless to say, I disagree with him.

Now, on to something more upbeat.

I came across this story today in the Marshall (Minn.) Independent about a man who nearly died five years ago at a motor cross competition in Yankton. He has taken up a new hobby that seems to be working out well for him.

The story begins:

MARSHALL – Nearly five years ago at a motor cross competition in Yankton, S.D., Brandon Skewes almost died from injuries he received in a crash.

“My son Ethan (now 10) and I quit that same day,” Skewes said.

While Skewes, a Marshall native, still has lingering pain in his arm from the dirt bike catastrophe, he’s found a way to channel his need for an adrenaline rush – by getting involved in radio-controlled race car competitions.

“Some suggested it, so I tried it,” Skewes said. “I got the same adrenaline rush. I love it.”

This past weekend, Genesis R/C Raceway presented the first-ever Midwest Indoor Championship in Marshall. Approximately $700 worth of door prizes were also given out.

“It started as a practice track, to get better at it,” Skewes said of the indoor facility, owned by Robert Carr, that he helped to create. “There are a lot of good drivers here now, but you always want to see even more. It’s a nice track.”

Practice and qualifying rounds were held on Friday and Saturday, with finals taking place Sunday. The event drew competitors from North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska.

Read the rest of the story here.

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