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Dakota Free Press Continues Madville Times Tradition of South Dakota Blogging

Welcome to Dakota Free Press, my new South Dakota blog.

I have blogged under the Madville Times masthead since August 2005. I started with a Blogspot/Blogger site, then migrated to MadvilleTimes.com at the beginning of 2011. The name Madville Times acknowledged my hometown of Madison. I originally intended to blog mostly about Madison, but I quickly expanded my blog jurisdiction to address South Dakota news in general. The Madville Times survived three major job changes, a move to Spearfish, and an eighteen-month exile (self-imposed, of course) out of state.

I now find myself happily re-ensconced in Aberdeen, South Dakota. With my family’s February move mostly complete, I’m ready to make some blog changes.

First, let’s be clear about what’s staying the same. Dakota Free Press continues the mission and the style of the Madville Times. I will continue to afflict the comfortable, comfort the afflicted, raise the voices of the voiceless, promote lively conversation, and seek the truth in South Dakota. I will continue to write from an openly, unapologetically liberal Democratic perspective, but I will also continue to write what I want to write, not what anyone else—party, corporation, sponsor, etc.—demands that I write.

I am changing a few little things. I’ll tweak the format—a little color here, different font there, etc. I’m switching hosting plans and hoping for more reliable, faster servers.

And I’m changing the name. While most of you regulars know what Madville Times stands for, I’m choosing Dakota Free Press to express a little more clearly to newcomers what this blog is about:

  • Dakota: This blog focuses on South Dakota, my home. It is part of the South Dakota Blogosphere, the motley crew of South Dakota writers who dedicate their thoughts and electrons to this fine state. You can find plenty of pundits talking about national and international affairs; I want to give South Dakota its share of thoughtful political analysis and vigorous rabble-rousing.
  • Free: This blog is free as in freedom from control by the government, corporations, or any other outside entity. This blog shall remain free of charge for everyone to read. No paywalls, no fees, just a Tip Jar. If you like what you read, feel free to send me a contribution. Your donations will help pay for the domain and web hosting. They will pay for trips I take around the state to cover news events and interview newsmakers.
  • Press: You know the press that the First Amendment talks about? This blog is it. The press is not the exclusive club of TV and newspaper reporters. The press includes what we citizens publish. The press includes this blog, and the others from the South Dakota Blogosphere you see linked in my posts and sidebars. An essential part of this blog’s mission is to vigorously exercise and defend the freedom of the press… and to get other citizens to do the same thing.

That’s what my blogging over the last ten years has been about. That’s what Dakota Free Press is about. Welcome to the show.

136 Comments

  1. Kim Conlin 2015-03-04

    So glad for you! you are a great read each and everyday! Keep it up!

  2. Bill Dithmer 2015-03-04

    I’ve made the nessasary changes to my tablet.

    The Blindman

  3. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Thanks, Kim! You are comment #1!

    And thanks, Bill! Let me know if you notice any format glitches on your tablet. I’ve tested the new layout on my home devices, but I’m eager to road-test it with other devices.

  4. Craig 2015-03-04

    Very appropriate name change. Now we just need some content over here to get things rolling.

  5. Don Carr 2015-03-04

    Congrats. Looking forward to it.

  6. Wayne B. 2015-03-04

    Cory,

    Nice new digs.

    However, something about the fonts do not agree with Chrome… it’s all bold and shouty.

  7. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Me? Bold and shouty? Imagine that. I’ll check my style sheets….

  8. larry kurtz 2015-03-04

    test.

  9. crossgrain 2015-03-04

    The default setup in Chrome is a bit on the large size. Ctrl +Scroll Wheel fixed it right quick. Pretty happy at 75%, and Chrome will auto-save that as your preference for the site.

    Now, about that logo…

    ;-)

  10. Dave Baumeister 2015-03-04

    I suggested a name change about a year ago. Madville Times always sounded like something from a crazy person. But the layout of your other site was much better. It was much more reader friendly. I have to agree with the “bold and shouty” comment. Things also seem much more crammed together here.

  11. MC 2015-03-04

    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Looks good so far. now let’s see where you take it.

  12. mike from iowa 2015-03-04

    Powers says it causes eye injuries. Powers blog causes brain cell damage. So i guess you’re even. Not even close.If it weren’t for bimbo eruptions and wardrobe malfunctions,Fake Noize of South Dakota would just cause brain cell destruction.

  13. bearcreekbat 2015-03-04

    “Movin’ on up!” Congrats!

  14. mike from iowa 2015-03-04

    For the past few days i was having all kinds of problems getting to the old site. Fatal error messages,severe slow time movement,etc. Hope this clears up. So far today-so good.

  15. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Thanks for the test, Mike! Those technical errors are one big reason I’ve finally made this change. I’m very curious to see just how much traffic this site can handle. Feel free to help recruit a million readers! :-)

  16. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Dave, thank you for the name change recommendation. You weren’t the only one. I just needed to get done with all of our geographical moving before plunging into a technological move. The name change is done; style sheet tweaks continue….

  17. Bill Fleming 2015-03-04

    On my iPad, the font sizes are too large for the page geometry. Nice choice of font. Gill Sans, right? Don’t shy away from the lighter weights. ;-)

  18. Bill Fleming 2015-03-04

    Oh oh… Comment moderation. There goes the neighborhood. LOL.

  19. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Hang in there, Bill! As I mentioned to Nick on another post, the moderation is a temporary measure, just to make sure the spam filter works. Free also applies to the comment section… except for Sibby. ;-)

  20. mike from iowa 2015-03-04

    First day in and you mention the unmentionable. I need a drink and I haven’t drank in decades.

  21. Bill Fleming 2015-03-04

    Testing on iPhone. It works great on this platform. ;-)

  22. jerry 2015-03-04

    Good for you Cory! Keep up the good work.

  23. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Sweet, Bill! Did you know that about 28% of my hits come from screens smaller than 1024px?

  24. larry kurtz 2015-03-04

    blockquote test:

    A few flurries or some light snow is possible this morning, but the bigger news is the cold temperatures and bitterly cold wind chills. Highs will struggle into the single digits above zero over the east, and into the teens west. The good news is the cold air will be short lived. Milder air will replace the arctic air later this work week…lasting into the weekend.

    Link test.

  25. Anthony D. Renli 2015-03-04

    Love the new domain name…
    Hate the style sheets.
    It renders fine on IE / Firefox and the Safari browser on my IPAD…but it is PAINFUL on Chrome (my primary browser @ work).

    Don’t make me use IE man…
    it’s just mean to make someone use IE.

  26. Nick Nemec 2015-03-04

    Is Sibby permanently on the bad boy in the corner list? At times he actually has good comments but then he’ll go off the deep end on something and ruin a perfectly good thread.

  27. Bill Fleming 2015-03-04

    Wouldn’t surprise me, Cory. More and more, mobile is becoming the platform of choice. BTW, it looks just like the old site on my office (desktop) machine. Not sure what PP’s problem is. Maybe if he got a real computer?

  28. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Anthony, I’ll keep tinkering… in the mean time, does crossgrain’s suggestion for Chrome help you on your screen?

  29. larry kurtz 2015-03-04

    Firefox test. Chrome is brassy, for sure.

    blockquote test:

    four score and about thirteen thousand years ago, humans found the mouth of the Columbia River.

  30. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Bill, we all know what PP’s problem is.

    Nick, I avoid saying never. But for now, yes, no Sibby.

  31. mike from iowa 2015-03-04

    According to your archives for DFP,this site is a day younger than me-2/25/15 plus about 62 years.

    Not sure what all the noise about Chrome is. Seems to work fine for me as is or incognito mode.

  32. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Thanks, Mike! Those were early posts copied from Madville Times to help me test the layout. Consider the official birthdate March 4, 2015.

  33. Porter Lansing 2015-03-04

    Delighted to hear of the move to “The Chosen City”. Aberdeen’s unique location and population are perfect for the perspective you convey, Mr. Heidelberger … and they have a Federal Center which makes them just a bit above the crowd.

  34. Roger Cornelius 2015-03-04

    Congratulations on Dakota Free Press Cory. I trust the little links will be worked out in time.

    mike from iowa, of course Powers at the Dump Site would dislike Cory’s new blog, you know how republicans hate change, even when it benefits them.

    And thanks for the Sibson ban and hopefully you will continue with it.

  35. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Thank you for the kind wishes, friends and readers!

    Roger, Pat is just disappointed that he can’t dismiss me as an out-of-state blogger. :-D

  36. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    March Fo(u)rth—Heidi, I heard Gary Ellenbolt make that same joke on SDPB this morning. Were you listening, or were you independently punful? I hadn’t planned it, but March 4th may have to become a statewide blog/political activism holiday.

  37. Patrick Duffy 2015-03-04

    I was hoping for something like “Werewolves on Wheels” but Dakota Free Press rings just as well. Keep up the good work, Cory.

  38. Dicta 2015-03-04

    I can’t stand the font, tbh. Nonetheless, I hope the new site works out well for you.

  39. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Dicta, you’re talking about the basic text font, the main article content, right? I’m curious: is it Gill Sans specifically that doesn’t work for you, or is it sans-serif fonts in general?

  40. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    “Werewolves on Wheels”? Isn’t that what Scott Hoy is going to rename his law firm when he moves out for the pawn shop?

  41. Eve Fisher 2015-03-04

    I can’t stand the font, either – bold and Gill Sans just makes me feel like you’re shouting. How about a regular newspaper/magazine type font?

  42. larry kurtz 2015-03-04

    It does work better on Chrome backing out to 75%.

  43. Bill Fleming 2015-03-04

    Cory, from what Powers posted, and Eve Fisher’s comment, it looks like the bold weight of Gill Sans is displaying on some people’s “Chrome” browsers. It’s not on mine. I’ve looked at your page in Chrome, Firefox and Safari, but all on an Apple machine, not on a Windows device. Maybe Bill Gates is jerking your chain. LOL. Looking back to your old site, I notice you had a serif font for your text face.

    One thing to know is that Gill Sans is drawn with a relatively high “x” height which makes it appear larger than other fonts of the same point size. A good rule of thumb would be if you were specifying 12pt in another font with a less bold stroke and lower “x” height you’ll want to go with 10pt in Gill to achieve the same level of impact. Gill is very durable and remains quite legible all the way down to 6 point (and on paper, even smaller.)

    I’m guessing something in the font spec code must be causing the font to display bold on some OS/Browser combinations. It could be that a simple change in spec would fix it. The other thing we always notice is that everything looks bigger on screen in Windows regardless of font spec.

  44. Tim 2015-03-04

    Lots of new bells and whistles, I like it. Now if somebody can tell me how to get this stench washed off, been in Pierre all week.

  45. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    No soap can help that problem, Tim… but did you get a chance to bug anyone’s office?

  46. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Hey, Larry Kurtz! I changed the style sheet to really allow blockquotes in your comments. How’s it look now?

  47. Mary N. 2015-03-04

    I think the move will be good.

    I hope you find a “happy medium” on the font. I am not liking what is displaying. I am at a computer a good share of the day so I will be checking you out that way as it is extremely accessible and easy for me–even if it seems archaic to some. FYI: I am using Chrome browser.

  48. MC 2015-03-04

    The fonts between the main article and side bars look a bit off.

  49. Craig 2015-03-04

    Fonts do seem a bit large – dropping Browser page size to 75% works ok but in IE it keeps that setting for every other site as well.

    Testing the quote feature

    I suppose I’m being picky now, but why not add the quote, bold, italics buttons etc? While you’re at it… what about a preview comment button so I can verify my html tags work before committing?

    With or without the changes…. it looks good.

  50. mike from iowa 2015-03-04

    I seen it,I seen it! The first two words in Craig’s comment are bold on my screen asis part of the title of this post. I thought you guys were teasing me.

  51. Craig 2015-03-04

    See what I mean when I forget to close a tag?

  52. larry kurtz 2015-03-04

    blockquote test:

    neo-Marxist New Age Theocrats!

  53. larry kurtz 2015-03-04

    "fewer situations," not "less situations." Situations are countable, 1-2-3. Use "less" Senator Greenfield. #sdleg #grammar.— CAHeidelberger (@coralhei) March 4, 2015

  54. larry kurtz 2015-03-04

    stuck an embedded tweet in the spam box, Cory: it looks okay in the preview.

  55. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Buttons, Craig? You want buttons, and a WYSIWYG editor in the comment section? Good heavens! :-)

    I have reduced the body font size a notch. Better or worse? (Get ready to play eye doctor all night long….)

  56. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    There, Craig! Preview button, similar to the Madville Times comment section. Now let’s see when these plugins start slowing down the load time. Anyone seeing the site slow down? Any 503/line 433 errors today?

  57. Bill Fleming 2015-03-04

    Looks a lot better Cory! The font that carries the notice “55 Responses to Dakota Free Press Continues Madville Times Tradition of South Dakota Blogging” is the wrong typeface and way too large. Try using 10 or 12 pt Gill Sans Bold caps.

    You might also want to reduce the point size of your “blog feed” column overall on the far right. It will make them easier to read. Also note the blog title “CONSTANT COMMONER” is all caps and the others not. Suggest keeping them consistent. (All bold caps, smaller point size for name of Blog, then blog articler titles as you have them. Blog titles black or some other color than the article titles. The barrage of blue is kind of confusing.)

  58. Bill Fleming 2015-03-04

    p.s. it’s running good and fast. No problems with load time here.

  59. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    The comment section header keeps hiding from me—I’m going in again!

  60. Joseph Nelson 2015-03-04

    Gah! The font is all in bold, and makes my brain hurt!!!

  61. bearcreekbat 2015-03-04

    FYI – I note that when I open an email telling me about a new comment, I normally click on it and end up on the original post at the point of the new comment. On your new blog I click on the email link and the link takes me to the top of the thread rather than to the new comment. Then I try to figure out where the new comments actually begin.

  62. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Joseph, this is normal font. This is bold font. :-)

  63. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Really, Bearcreekbat? That’s odd: I’ve installed the same comment notification widget as on the Madville Times. Can you paste the notification e-mail into a comment here (or forward the e-mail to me) so I can look at it?

  64. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Constant Commoner in all caps—Bill, that’s the way John Tsitrian’s feed sends it out on RSS. That’s a php function edit, not just a CSS change. Let me see what I can do….

  65. Bill Fleming 2015-03-04

    I’ll talk to our coders tomorrow about your issue, Cory. Looks like there may be bug in the code somewhere that’s making certain browser/OS combos see a bold spec where you intended a normal or light weight.

    You’re in WordPress, right?

    Like I said, on my Mac, it looks good on all three browsers. I suspect it’s some kind of Windows version thingy.

    Hey, it happens.

  66. mike from iowa 2015-03-04

    Not a single problem all day with new site. Something must be wrong. Anyways,it is fast approaching beddy-bye time for mikey. Try to keep the noise down so I can get some sleep.

  67. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    WordPress, yes. I’ll borrow my wife’s PC this evening and see how it looks. Oooo… I haven’t tested the smart TV yet, either!

    I tweaked the far right sidebar blog feed font just a little: slightly smaller, shifted color from #000 to #555.

  68. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Bill, Constant Commoner all caps is fixed!

  69. SDBlue 2015-03-04

    Congrats Cory! I will help spread the news!

  70. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Thank you for finding your way here, SDBlue! It’s a small state; if every spreads the news to two neighbors, we should have the new blog name pretty well-established by the time we switch our clocks Sunday morning.

    And hey, did you notice the little Share buttons at the bottom of each post? Give ’em a try (but on the other posts, not this one, because who wants to read a comment section filled with font talk?)

  71. larry kurtz 2015-03-04

    My iPhone hates the recent comments widget: commenters only, no quotes.

  72. larry kurtz 2015-03-04

    Fleming is doing a nice job spanking PP’s monkey so that’s working.

  73. Cindy Kroon 2015-03-04

    Congratulations on the move. I always enjoy your commentary. I have to say that I am not fond of the new font. It just isn’t very readable. Have you considered something more mainstream, maybe Arial?

  74. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Thanks, Cindy! Right now, the fonts are set to go first to Gill Sans, then Verdana, then sans-serif. You’re on PC, using Chrome, right? Let me mess with my wife’s PC and I’ll see if I can coax your browser to put up a nice font.

  75. leslie 2015-03-04

    cory-never ceases to amaze me how much work you put into this vital service

  76. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-04

    Thanks, Leslie. Now that I’ve seen some screenshots of the Windows Chrome font weirdness, I have a better idea of what to look for. I can tell this much: it’s specific to Windows + Chrome. The weird fat font does not happen on Chrome on Mac or Android.

  77. Steve Hickey 2015-03-04

    I like change. Would rather the first word not be dakota because when I type dak automatically DWC comes up. Maybe I’ll have to figure out how to make it a favorite or something.

  78. Deb Geelsdottir 2015-03-04

    Cory, I’m using my Samsung tablet, so Chrome browser of course. The font is fine. It’s fast and clear. I have a Chromebook laptop which I’ll fire up later and take a look.

    The only problem I see with formatting is the tags following the post. They are single file, double spaced. They take a lot of space between posts. It’s a big waste of space and makes it look like the end of the page.

    My personal preference is to put the comment button at the end of the post, otherwise I have to scroll back up to the top of the post to click it. Then I have to scroll back down to the bottom to read the comments. Awkward.

    i like the name Cory. Good work on this.

  79. Deb Geelsdottir 2015-03-04

    One more thing: On my tablet the blog roll, most recent comments and similar items follow the posts at the bottom of the page and are very widely spaced. On the Times they were on the side and I expanded the posts to read them.

    It may be a matter of me adjusting to the change, but it seemed handier to expand or shrink the page to make the blog roll, etc., accessible, rather than scrolling to the bottom. Perhaps ending the wide vertical spacing will make it easier to use.

    Thanks again.

  80. mike from iowa 2015-03-05

    Day 2 everything is A-OK so far for me and my Windows + Chrome. Seven below zero again.

  81. John 2015-03-05

    The layout comparison between Chrome and Firefox in Windows 7 is night and day. (IE – what’s that?) I’ve got them side-by-side. Thumbs up to the FF version, adios to the Chrome weirdness.

  82. Bill Dithmer 2015-03-05

    Its been a day and my tab is doing fine except I’m having ti relearn how my reader works. Not the site, more me then anything.

    The Blindman

  83. Joseph Nelson 2015-03-05

    I found an easy fix for Chrome users: I installed the Font Changer with Google Web Fonts™ extension, and forced the font to be what I want. It seems to be working well so far…..

  84. mike from iowa 2015-03-05

    Seems to work fine on IE where I have it at 125% to be able to read it better.

  85. Dicta 2015-03-05

    Cory: it’s the chrome issue. I will use the fix posted above and handle it. Aesthetics won’t undermine content, so keep doing what you do and I’ll keep reading.

  86. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-05

    Hey, Joe! Thanks for tracking down that user-side fix! I don’t want everyone using Chrome to have to do something to their computers; I’ll keep looking for a Chrome-specific fix, probably some code in the stylesheet to recognize that browser. May I ask, Joe, what font did you force Chrome to use?

    Thanks for keeping the faith, Dicta! I’ll work to make the content outshine any aesthetic glitch, but I will also work to keep aesthetics from getting in the way.

  87. mike from iowa 2015-03-05

    The war biffie is upgrading. Powers admits to 2 gigabytes of errors and his head just ‘sploded. ;)

  88. Craig 2015-03-05

    It’s looking better all the time Cory. I have had zero issues with loading errors or slow response times.

    That logo / banner at the top still cuts off the handwritten DFP image though. Maybe it’s just my version of IE. Works ok via Safari on the iPhone (mobile site shows only the DFP image, desktop shows just the white text on top of the grassland image).

    Kudos to your IT staff for pulling this all together… and when I say IT staff I assume that is you and whatever caffeinated beverage you opt for these days.

    P.S. I’m a big fan of the preview button.

  89. djt 2015-03-05

    This is my first comment here, Corey and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the work you do.

    Your posts are always thoughtful, funny, relevant and meticulously researched. As a journalist, I know how hard it can be to achieve all those things together sometimes.

    Sure, there is the occasional post that crosses over into slightly extreme territory, but that’s why they made the Internet, right?

    Anyway, keep up the good work and congratulations on launching your new website

    P.S. The fonts look fine on my installation of Google Chrome

  90. mike from iowa 2015-03-05

    Yo,Cory-when I click on links on the sidebar-Constant commoner,Interested Party-it brings me back to DFP page. I like you alot,but would like to read other opinions as well.

  91. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-05

    Thanks, DJT! And you’re Google Chrome isn’t suffering font indigestion? Weird! Are you on PC or Mac? (My Android tablet Chrome showed no problems.)

    Oh, and Deb! I’m going to move that Comment button! I like it at the end of the post, too. Stay tuned!

  92. mike from iowa 2015-03-05

    Nevermind-Sir. If i click on article below heading I get the article. The sky is falling!

  93. mike from iowa 2015-03-05

    The old MT site you could click on the sidebar title and go to the link.

  94. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-05

    MIke, the sky is falling! But I’m glad you caught that error on the blog feed links. That was my error: when I edited John Tsitrian’s incoming feed to decapitalize it, I deleted the variable that set the link to his blog and the others. I have fixed that!

  95. mike from iowa 2015-03-05

    That tears it,Cory. Gawd,I feel feisty now. Watch out.! :)

  96. Jenny 2015-03-05

    I don’t mind the larger print, Cory. Change is good, I think we are just so used to the older site. Where I work, change is happening everyday so this larger print is nothing to worry about with me!

  97. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-05

    Hey, Jenny! Are you getting just larger font, or are you getting the really big fat Gill Sans Ultra Bold font?

    For those of you playing along at home, here’s the CSS font code I had previously:

    body{
        font:13px Gill Sans, Trebuchet MS,Geneva,helvetica,sans-serif;
        line-height:1.231;

    Here’s what I just changed it to:

    body{
        font:13px "Gill Sans", Trebuchet MS,Geneva,helvetica,sans-serif;
        line-height:1.231;

    I think what might have been happening is that I told browsers to pick the Gill Sans font first, then if that wasn’t available, try Trebuchet MS, then Geneva, then Helvetica, then the default sans-serif font. I’m betting some folks using Chrome on PCs don’t have Gill Sans installed, but do have Gill Sans Ultra Bold. Apparently, the way the original code read, the browser would match my Gill Sans command with your Gill Sans Ultra Bold, and boom! you’ve got circus letters.

    My theory is that if I put Gill Sans in quotes, my code tells browsers, “No, not whatever font you’ve got that starts with ‘Gill Sans’. Use plain old ‘Gill Sans’, or go to Trebuchet MS.”

    Am I right?

  98. Bill Fleming 2015-03-05

    Sounds like a worthy theory, Cory. All the Windows
    people I’ve contacted apparently have the Gill Sans font. There is only one computer out there that doesn’t have it. I’ll go ask and see if it’s fixed now.

  99. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-05

    Thanks, Bill! I’m glad I have a few hundred staff and a couple thousand computers available to test my blog stylesheets. :-D

  100. Bill Fleming 2015-03-05

    Okay I just went and looked at the only Windows machine at our office, and it seems to be displaying normal weight fonts. Sure has been a long time since I had to look at such a low-rez monitor (we keep one Windows machine in the office for accounting purposes, and to look at “worst case scenario” results of our web work when making websites.) Not sure if what I was seeing was “Gill Sans” or what, it was so bitmappy, but it definitely wasn’t a bold weight.

    Hopefully, you figured it out?

  101. Jenny 2015-03-05

    Cory, I’m just getting font that’s a little bit larger. Not a problem with me.

  102. Joseph Nelson 2015-03-05

    Nope, still not fixed. I opened up your blog in Chrome (incognito mode, so as not to activate my font fixer extension), and I am still getting the Gill Sans Ultra Bold. I am running Windows 8.1, and using the latest version of Chrome.

  103. MC 2015-03-05

    Buttons? Buttons?

    Of course we need more buttons. big buttons, little buttons, red buttons, blue buttons. We need buttons that flash, buttons that beep, we even need buttons for Bo peep. We need buttons in boxes, buttons for foxes

    Corey we just need more buttons

  104. mike from iowa 2015-03-05

    I dropped my zoom to 90% and font looks like normal. At 100% it is much darker,.

  105. mike from iowa 2015-03-05

    Bill F-change zoom and see if font changes will you on Windows.

  106. mike from iowa 2015-03-05

    iowa gas tax was raised 10 cents a gallon and Guv Braindead signed it into law. Gas has gone up 30 cents since last week.

  107. Bill Fleming 2015-03-05

    It doesn’t change on ours Mike, because it wasn’t bold to begin with.
    We must have the proper weight of Gill Sans on our Windows machine here.

  108. mike from iowa 2015-03-05

    Thanks Bill.

  109. Bill Fleming 2015-03-05

    Cory, I’m noticing something strange in your roll-over pop-down menus under “ABOUT” and “CONTACT.”
    Under “ABOUT” it says “Author: T.W. Uecker” and under “CONTACT” it says “Death With Dignity Law” but when I click on the tabs, there is no related info about those things. Probably want to clean that up pretty soon, huh? Otherwise, at least on my machine, it’s starting to feel “like home” here.

    Oh, one other thing. On the main page, the main heads on the articles are in blue, but when I click and go into the post, the headline turns to black. In case you’re interested, I actually prefer them in black. I think you have enough color going on elsewhere, and the black seems to give your headlines more gravitas somehow.

  110. djt 2015-03-05

    I’m on a Mac OS10.7

  111. Bill Fleming 2015-03-05

    Mac OS10.10.1 here, running Safari Browser. Looks just fine. But I have a really big High Rez screen. I’ll check and comment from the iPad when I get home, if I see any need for tweaks.

  112. Megan 2015-03-05

    Congratulations on the new site! I love how it looks on my Android phone. I’m not crazy about the font on my PC (yes, I’m using Chrome). I don’t think I’d like the font even if it wasn’t so bold. I feel like Verdana would be easier to read. Of course, keeping this font won’t stop me from reading. I’ll probably read it on my phone more often.

  113. Les 2015-03-05

    Dakota Free Press……Dakota Reporter. The heat is on. ;) Looks good, Cory.

  114. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-05

    Careful, Les. My heat is always on, and I always direct it at the hogs worth roasting.

  115. David Bergan 2015-03-05

    Like the new name and design!

    Some feedback from a Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet (running Chrome on Android 4.4). My screen resolution is 800×1280.

    The sidebars to the right of the main content take up 1/2 the screen width (same as Madville), and I always pinch-zoom them off the screen. The difference here, though, is that when I zoom into the main content, it’s huge. At Madville, I counted 49 lines on my screen with 65 characters fitting in each line. Here, we have only 26 lines and 47 chars/line.

    Madville: 49 * 65 = 3185 chars/screen
    DFP: 26 * 47 = 1222 chars/screen

    So the text looks almost three times larger on my screen.

    My suggestion is using responsive text sizes in your style sheets.

  116. leslie 2015-03-06

    luv the twitter button! thats powerful stuff!!

  117. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-06

    Thanks, Leslie! Tweet to your heart’s content!

  118. Mary N. 2015-03-06

    Hi
    –weighing in again on the font. On Chrome, I am still (3/6/15–8:15 a.m.) getting this bold stuff. And so I opened up explorer to see what it is “suppose” to look like. That over there is very nice, but I am a dedicated Chrome fan so hoping you can fix it for us on this side of the fence.

    If you can’t get it fixed–could you give us precise directions on how we might fix it on our end. I am somewhat capable on the computer, but I hate to start messing with stuff and then other viewing stuff is screwed up.

    “Most commented” section on both sites is not the easiest to read. The contrast is not the best IMO.

    Also, I wonder if you could do a little something with the “Post Comment” box on both browsers. Like make it a little bigger? or something?

    Thank you so much for your efforts. Appreciate reading your blog.

  119. Joseph Nelson 2015-03-06

    Mary N., I am using the Font Changer with Google Web Fonts™ extension to fix it on my end.

  120. Curtis Price 2015-03-06

    Bill Fleming likes your font choices? That’s a high compliment.

    Remember, friends don’t let friends use Comic Sans.

    Looking good Cory – hope you thrive in your new home.

  121. Deb Geelsdottir 2015-03-06

    The Comments button is still at the top of the post.
    Tags at the end of the post are still double spaced and take a big space on my Samsung 7″ tablet.

    Not complaining, just updating you.

  122. Dave Baumeister 2015-03-06

    On my Mac, this looks great!!

  123. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-06

    Hello, everyone! I’m judging State Debate this weekend, so my tech time is limited for a bit. But I am keenly interested in rooting out this Windows Chrome bug. I like Gill Sans, and other fixes haven’t worked, so for the moment, I’ve replaced Gill Sans with Optima. What strange things does that font do to your browsers and your eyes?

  124. Joseph Nelson 2015-03-06

    Well, the fix has solved the Gills Sans Ultra Bold problem; now the font renders as Trebuchet MS in Chrome (I do not seem to have Optima). That is just plain weird; I have all of the Gill Sans fonts installed on my computer, not sure why it was rendering it as Ultra Bold.

    Success?

  125. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-07

    Joseph, I’m glad you can read the page better. I’ll say removal of failure, but not success. I’d like to know why my stylesheet can’t access that font on your specific browser/operating system.

    Now to move that comment link and fix those sidebars on tablet view….

  126. mike from iowa 2015-03-07

    Who are you,Cory,to judge others? Hickey is gonna get you for that.

  127. Bill Fleming 2015-03-07

    LOL, your taste for humanist typefaces has evolved right before our eyes, Cory. Driven by environmental necessity as is always the case with natural selection. You and your readers will perhaps enjoy this little esoteric dip into the typographic history pond. :-)

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanist_sans-serif#Humanist

  128. Bill Fleming 2015-03-07

    My only caution with Optima is that it is so beautiful and balanced, it’s hard to make it bite when you want it to. There’s no funk in it. Even the sharpest bit of snark is going to look like a person with a sweet disposition said it. In other words, if you’re looking for a typeface with a little attitude, Optima has as little as any of them. ;-)

    All that said, I do like reading it, as I do reading anything that is set in any typeface designed by Hermann Zapf (Optima, Palatino, etc.)

  129. M. Ewald 2015-03-07

    Congrats and good luck on the new endeavor Cory. I will be reading along!

  130. jim 2015-03-16

    Congrats on the move and keep up the good work/words..so can I ask why you moved to Aberdeen? I went to HS there way back in the late 70’s. It’s the city that time forgot..still looks the same..feels the same..even the radio stations play the same music I played in 1977. I also see A LOT of Cutlasses still driving around town. Sideburns too. Give my best to all my Korean brothers at the Bulgogi Plant.

  131. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-16

    Thanks, Jim! We move where my wife’s work takes us. I dig sideburns, but you’re right—we could use more selection on the radio. Ah, Internet….

    Now, if I may ask: the Bulgogi Plant?

  132. jim 2015-03-19

    Bulgogi is Korean beef..the one cuisine that travels well. At one time Nebraska was the top supplier of Beef to Korea. (that’s a long story).
    Since the “Koreans” invested to heavily into the plant (eb5) I took to calling it the Bulgogi Plant..and since I am like the original Korean to have resided in the Hub City ..I am always amazed at what transpired in StoryBook Land. I assume you will keep a keen round eye on what is going to happen next.
    It was my attempt at wit. Maybe we can have coffee at the red rooster when I visit family. Love that place.

  133. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-03-19

    Thanks for that clarification, jim! Just not familiar with the term. I’ll be happy to meet and chat!

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