To break out of wintry coronavirus isolation and learn about our great state, Jeni Mc of Sioux Falls is conducting her own idiosyncratic online tour of every county in South Dakota. Dubbed 605 Speaks, Jeni’s project consists of remote video chats with folks from all over the state who are willing to volunteer an hour online to talk about where they are and what their portion of South Dakota is all about. As of Saturday, Jeni had produced twelve videos with interesting South Dakotans, including sportscaster Mike Henriksen, Discovery Center education director Dr. Bree Oatman, radical South Dakota transplant Joe Yrecheta, and Redfield author Kathleen Taylor.
Tonight, I’ll try to be interesting person #13. Jeni turns her 605 Speaks mic toward me live on YouTube tonight, Monday, January 18, at 8 p.m. Central/7 p.m. Mountain. I’m a bit of an odd choice for a county-based series of conversations, since my blogging and peripateticism over the last ten years have led me to view my home not as one town or county but as this entire state. But I’ll do what I can in this entirely unrehearsed, unscripted, no-questions-ahead-of-time live conversation about this place that my neighbor (in my big sense of the word) Jeni and I inhabit.
Update 2021.01.19 07:25 CST: Here’s Jeni’s and my extended, two-part chat from last night: