Update 2019.02.04 05:33 CST: I wrote this post on Tuesday night, January 29, when Novstrup had missed two days of Session for his Texas trip. The next day, the Senate Journal marked him absent for a third day. Novstrup did not return to work until Thursday, January 31, the fourth and final day of Legislative action during the third week of this Session. I have revised the headline to reflect Novstrup’s full three-day absence from his sworn public service. The post remains as originally published below:
Holy cow—it’s supposed to be 40-below here in Aberdeen tonight!
My phone tells me Pierre will only get down to 20-below tonight. That’s twice as warm, right?
But I notice my District 3 Senator is missing even that relatively mild overnight in Pierre. Senator Al Novstrup was absent all day yesterday and today from the Senate and his committees. Where the heck is he?
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Ah, could it be the appointment that called Senator Novstrup away right after Saturday’s crackerbarrel was a departure from the Aberdeen Regional Airport for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Family Entertainment Center Summit, which held its opening reception in Austin, Texas, Sunday night and then featured two days—the 13th and 14th Days of the 2019 Session of the South Dakota Legislature—jam-packed with food, fun, and inspiration for go-kart operators like Al?
Gee, when Senator Novstrup emphasizes that he’s a part-time legislator, he really means it.
It was 64 degrees in Austin, Texas, on Sunday and 72 on Monday. But then a darn cold spell blew in and dropped today’s high all the way down to 48. 48 above… a good 45 degrees warmer than it was back in Pierre when the Senate gaveled into another session without him this afternoon.
Dang, now that Pierre lost its air service, it’s hard to say whether Al will get through tonight’s “Neon Nights” mingling at the Lost Pines Resort and Spa and be able to zip back to the Capitol in time for Senate Local Government at 9 a.m. tomorrow and Senate State Affairs at 10.