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The slower pitch: Why would you donate your hard-earned money to support my crazy habit of getting up every morning (and I mean every morning) to write about South Dakota?

Because that crazy habit produces the some of the most reliable, informative, entertaining, and often original journalism and commentary about South Dakota politics. Every dollar you invest in Dakota Free Press helps me spend more time and resources on that journalism.

Let me focus on “original.”

This June I’ve written 33 articles constituting what I’d call original journalism—not just a press release or a posting of a couple blockquotes and a zinger, but an essay based on original research, primary evidence, and factual explanation in addition to my analysis and commentary. June was, of course, a busy month, with lots of primary election results to analyze, impeachment documents and the historic case and vote itself, and the sudden criminalization of abortion and delegitimization of women’s equal citizenship in South Dakota. (I’ll put a full list of original Dakota Free Press journalism from the last couple months below.)

For examples, see just one day: June 21, the day of the Senate impeachment trial. I posted three original articles during the trial, reporting on the opening arguments and two keenly important prosecution points based on evidence and testimony presented to the Senate. Within an hour and half of the final votes, I composed and published a comprehensive report on the Senate’s historic conviction, removal from office, and disqualification from candidacy of the Attorney General. And I produced all that lasting, linkable, commentable text for you loyal blog readers while live-tweeting most of the trial all day long to 3,000+ Twitter followers.

That’s real journalistic work, and in this case it recorded real South Dakota history, an unprecedented event with big legal and political implications in this election year and for as long South Dakota has a Legislative branch with the power to impeach.

I enjoy doing this valuable work. Evidently, you enjoy reading it. I hope you value this work enough to support it with your cash.

Thank you for reading Dakota Free Press. Thank you for sharing it with your friends. Thank you for commenting, publicly and privately. That support—thousands of you reading, sharing, and talking about what you learn on Dakota Free Press—matters more than any dollar donation. But every dollar you donate helps me reach more people and do more good work for South Dakota.

So Ring the Blog Tip Jar and send your donation securely and confidentially through PayPal! If you don’t trust electronic payments, give me a shout via the DFP Contact form and we’ll talk paper payment. Please and thank you!


Original Journalism on Dakota Free Press, May–June 2022 


  1. Willy 2022-06-28 16:01

    I just did! Thanks for all your great work.

  2. P. Aitch 2022-06-28 19:20

    Cory makes a truly boring state as interesting as it can be, without lying.

  3. grudznick 2022-06-28 21:25

    Your 5 May 2022 blogging probably cost young Mr. Barnett the title. So when Ms. Monae does heinous things that harm the Democrat party more than Mr. Barnett would have, you have only yourownself to blame. I’m just sayin…

  4. Arlo Blundt 2022-06-28 22:05

    Grudz…the Dakota Free Press cannot predict the future as you purport to be able to do. The DFP has the duty, which it fulfills very well, to report political news and opinion which would otherwise not be reported by other media outlets in the state. Cory and the DFP can only report the truth, which Cory strives to do. That the truth be told and a broad range of opinion be reported without compromise or censorship is Cory’s only task.

  5. 96Tears 2022-06-29 07:34

    That’s a very impressive body of work, not only in volume, but, most importantly, also in terms of real news content and extraordinary analysis. The South Dakota public of all political stripes would be very well served if reading your reports was part of their daily diet of information. I hope this has been financially viable for you, Cory, and that you can develop that wider audience.

    My gripe with “that Sioux Falls newspaper” is that organization has the money to provide deeper, more informative content. But it doesn’t. Instead, subscribers are paying for minimal, lazy (I hate to call it) reporting that keeps the blinders on the readers to avoid any significant analysis (which would offend crybaby advertisers and coffee klatches of self-important businessmen/humbugs). And to think it had been considered the flagship newspaper in South Dakota.

    Keep on keepin’ on, Cory! Glad to pony up.

  6. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-06-29 09:18

    Grudz, I think the June 1 blog post on Barnett’s failure to enforce campaign finance law likely had more to do with Republican delegates’ wrath than my May 5 post on Barnett’s incorrect delay in approving mostly harmless Libertarian candidates. My May 5 post on the evidence that Manhart was an illegal immigrant not eligible to run for District 1 House did not implicate Barnett’s performance of his duties; his willingness to certify an illegal Republican candidate for the ballot should have endeared him to the right-wing radicals.

  7. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-06-29 09:20

    96, thank you for your support! I will continue to crank out quantity and quality that I hope will at least keep me in competition with the more deeply pocketed media outlets in informing the public about South Dakota politics.

  8. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-06-29 09:21

    P. Aitch, that’s about as concise a mission statement as I could ask for: inform, make it interesting, and don’t lie.

  9. Steve H 2022-06-29 10:20

    According to information on another blog where the owner is actually residing in South Dakota….haven’t you been a resident of Lincoln, Nebraska, and an employee of the Dep of Ed of Neb for about a year?

  10. larry kurtz 2022-06-29 10:41

    Our Lady of the Arroyo and her man finished grocery shopping and in the parking lot was a beautiful Sprinter RV with Pennington County, South Dakota plates so I went over to the driver’s window, said hi and asked him how things are in Rapid City and the driver said, “oh, I live in Santa Fe but have a post office box in South Dakota so I don’t have to pay New Mexico income tax.”

    Personally? I have have been more embarrassed to call South Dakota my home state.

  11. larry kurtz 2022-06-29 10:47

    Pat Powers is not so much residing in South Dakota so much as suckling at her udder.

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