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Tsitrian & Lawrence Launch New SD Blog

I am pleased to see a new addition to the South Dakota Blogosphere. Well-established Rapid City blogger John Tsitrian and veteran reporter and Sioux Falls columnist Tom Lawrence have launched the South Dakota Standard.

Tsitrian and Lawrence both have provided all sorts of good writing in their independent online writing ventures. But just eight posts in, they’ve posted articles from four authors: themselves, former judge and Congressional candidate Tim Bjorkman (reprinting Bjorkman’s 2017 opus magnum on drug abuse, family breakdown, crime, and incarceration), and Rapid City attorney Jay Davis.

If each of these smart, independent observers can crank out even one article a week, they will provide South Dakotans and others interested in our fate with excellent, informative reading worth discussing.


  1. John Tsitrian 2019-11-21 12:54

    Thanks, Cory. We’re hoping The South Dakota Standard will become a platform for readers and contributors throughout the state.

  2. mike from iowa 2019-11-21 13:06

    John T for US Senator. Cory for Guv.

  3. Ben Cerwinske 2019-11-21 15:18

    I second that Mike.

  4. Debbo 2019-11-21 15:32

    SD Standard is off to a good start. What are your plans to include women’s voices? Best wishes gentlemen.

  5. John Tsitrian 2019-11-21 17:17

    Debbo, We welcome and encourage additional voices and ideas. In this centennial of women’s suffrage in South Dakota, we’d be pleased to have one or more female writers.

  6. grudznick 2019-11-21 18:09

    Be careful, Mr. Tsitrian.

  7. Certain Inflatable Recreational Devices 2019-11-21 18:29

    It appears that the moderators want no comments. I couldn’t find a “comment” function.

  8. John Tsitrian 2019-11-21 19:14

    Moderated comments are enabled on The South Dakota Standard. There’s a red “leave a comment” prompt at the bottom and to the left of each post.

  9. mike from iowa 2019-11-22 08:20

    There is now. Thanks, guys.

  10. Dana P 2019-11-22 08:32

    Way to go, John and Tom. Looking forward to it!

  11. Rebecca 2019-11-22 10:22

    Interesting and thoughtful content so far. But, yes, waiting to see when it might include more diverse viewpoints than those of elder white men.

  12. John Tsitrian 2019-11-23 05:45

    Rebecca, the South Dakota Standard welcomes a diversity of viewpoints and doesn’t focus on the demographics of contributors. Submission information can be found on our About and Contact pages.

  13. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-11-24 09:23

    I miss Dakota Women, the feminist blog that raised heck in the South Dakota Blogosphere in the 2000s. Even then, that single cooperative of female writers was among a small minority of female-authored blogs in our blogosphere, which has always been largely white and male. Check out my sidebar blogrolls: right now, no female voices are in the Mostly Political strip; we have to get to Sleuth Sayers and Living Nonviolence in the Greater SD Blogosphere roll to hear a female voice. Is complaining daily about politics just a guy thing?

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