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The Troubleshooter: Trouble in the Black Hills by Dave Diamond

Dan Patterson:

Last month I went to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota and  helped Diamond – my radio and broadcasting mentor –  to get his digital presence up to spend, and his classic books published as ebooks. Through the week he banged out this classic Western adventure story. The Troubleshooter is re-worked from a series Diamond wrote in the ’70’s called Slade. Diamond wrote most of the copy in Trouble in the Black Hills – a classic western adventure, and a fast, fun read – over coffee and bourbon while riding out a blizzard in South Dakota this past September.

Originally posted on Dave Diamond: The Diamond Mine:

the_trouble_shooter_coverGreetings, friends, fans, and colleagues of the Diamond! We’re excited to announce that Diamond has completed his first fiction novel in several years, The Troubleshooter: Trouble in the Black Hills!

Here’s a blurb:

Dave Diamond returns to form with this classic western series The Troubleshooter. Starring Slim Winner, Trouble in the Black Hills, is an action-packed adventure story that chases cowboys, claim-jumpers, and outlaws from the Badlands to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.

Diamond will soon update this site with a few blog posts about the writing process. In the mean time, you can read a free sample of the book here, and you can purchase Trouble in the Black Hills in the Amazon Kindle store (Apple iBooks, coming soon)!

Thanks for listening and stay tuned!

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Tall in the Saddle: Riding out a Blizzard with Black Hills Ranchers

After Losing Almost 100,000 Cattle to the Storm of the Century, South Dakota Ranchers Rebuild with Stoic Pride

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I recently returned to my home of six years, the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. During my visit, the region was struck by a great and powerful blizzard.  The storm was massive and over the course of four days dumped almost four feet of snow, cut power to thousands, and killed almost 100,000 cattle on the open range.

I wrote about the experiencing the blizzard and the storm’s ongoing impact on local ranchers.

Here’s the Medium link: medium.com/better-humans/73e2ea86f518.

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South Dakota Residents Urged to Evacuate Amid Pending Flooding

Link: South Dakota Residents Urged to Evacuate Amid Pending Flooding

Hope my SoDak friends are hanging in there.

/via @abcnewsradio:

(PIERRE, S.D.) — The governor of South Dakota is urging residents in three cities to leave their homes as flood waters from the Missouri River approach the state.

Although the evacuations are not mandatory, Gov. Dennis Daugaard wants people living in Pierre, Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes to get out of the area by Thursday night.

“I ask that all residents in flood-threatened areas evacuate their homes by 8 p.m. on Thursday night,” Gov. Daugaard said in a statement Wednesday, referring to residents in Pierre and Fort Pierre. “The Corps will begin to increase water levels on Friday morning, and releases will increase by 50 percent by June 5.”

In a separate statement also issued on Wednesday, the governor said, “We hope that levees will protect Dakota Dunes from flooding, but residents should assume the worst.  Every homeowner should take individual action to secure their property and we recommend that they be ready to be out of Dakota Dunes by Thursday evening.”

Police officers relayed the governor’s request to residents Wednesday night, going door to door in the affected areas.

Despite the warning, some residents, like Jayme Deis in Pierre, are refusing to leave their homes.

“We’re gonna stay here through Sunday and if it looks like we’re gonna get into trouble then we’ll pack up and leave,” Deis said.  “We have everything ready to go so we can be out of here in four hours.”

“I think the levees gonna hold fine. They’re doing a really good job building it,” he added.

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Hope my SoDak friends are hanging in there.

Hope my SoDak friends are hanging in there./via @abcnewsradio:

(PIERRE, S.D.) — The governor of South Dakota is urging residents in three cities to leave their homes as flood waters from the Missouri River approach the state.Although the evacuations are not mandatory, Gov. Dennis Daugaard wants people living in Pierre, Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes to get out of the area by Thursday night.“I ask that all residents in flood-threatened areas evacuate their homes by 8 p.m. on Thursday night,” Gov. Daugaard said in a statement Wednesday, referring to residents in Pierre and Fort Pierre. “The Corps will begin to increase water levels on Friday morning, and releases will increase by 50 percent by June 5.”In a separate statement also issued on Wednesday, the governor said, “We hope that levees will protect Dakota Dunes from flooding, but residents should assume the worst.  Every homeowner should take individual action to secure their property and we recommend that they be ready to be out of Dakota Dunes by Thursday evening.”Police officers relayed the governor’s request to residents Wednesday night, going door to door in the affected areas.Despite the warning, some residents, like Jayme Deis in Pierre, are refusing to leave their homes.“We’re gonna stay here through Sunday and if it looks like we’re gonna get into trouble then we’ll pack up and leave,” Deis said.  “We have everything ready to go so we can be out of here in four hours.”“I think the levees gonna hold fine. They’re doing a really good job building it,” he added.More National News From ABC News Radio -»

South Dakota Residents Urged to Evacuate Amid Pending Flooding

TPM: South Dakota Bill Would Legalize Murder Of Abortion Providers

TPM: South Dakota Bill Would Legalize Murder Of Abortion Providers:

creepysleepy:

From @TMPMedia:

Killing a doctor who performs abortions could soon be legal in South Dakota — that is, if a bill passed out of committee in the state House of Representatives on Monday, which makes it a “justifiable homicide” for someone to kill anyone attempting to harm an unborn child, becomes law.

State Rep. Phil Jensen (R), who introduced the bill, was quick to deny that the law is designed to prevent women from having abortions, telling TPM that it is instead a way to provide “consistency” to South Dakota law, and afford “a greater degree of personhood to an unborn child.”

The legislation passed out of committee along party-lines with a vote of 9-3…

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creepysleepy:
From @TMPMedia:
Killing a doctor who performs abortions could soon be legal in South Dakota — that is, if a bill passed out of committee in the state House of Representatives on Monday, which makes it a “justifiable homicide” for someone to kill anyone attempting to harm an unborn child, becomes law. State Rep. Phil Jensen (R), who introduced the bill, was quick to deny that the law is designed to prevent women from having abortions, telling TPM that it is instead a way to provide “consistency” to South Dakota law, and afford “a greater degree of personhood to an unborn child.” … The legislation passed out of committee along party-lines with a vote of 9-3…
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TPM: South Dakota Bill Would Legalize Murder Of Abortion Providers

creepysleepy: From @TMPMedia: Killing a doctor who performs abortions could soon be legal in South Dakota — that is, if a bill passed out of committee in the state House of Representatives on Monday, which makes it a “justifiable homicide” for someone to kill anyone attempting to harm an unborn child, becomes law. State Rep. Phil Jensen (R), who introduced the bill, was quick to deny that the law is designed to prevent women from having abortions, telling TPM that it is instead a way to provide “consistency” to South Dakota law, and afford “a greater degree of personhood to an unborn child.” … The legislation passed out of committee along party-lines with a vote of 9-3… Keep Reading on Talking Points Memo

TPM: South Dakota Bill Would Legalize Murder Of Abortion Providers

Storm Upon Storm for South Dakota

Storm Upon Storm for South Dakota

A TOUGH YEAR Seven presidential disaster declarations have been made for South Dakota since January. Above, a tornado in late May near Bowdle.

VIVIAN, S.D. — The storm slammed into this dusty prairie town with the clatter of falling bricks. Hail shattered windows, punched holes in roofs and mangled cars. The clumps of ice were left to melt, but one, an unusual spiked orb the size of a cantaloupe, was preserved in the freezer of an old ranch hand…

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Storm Upon Storm for South Dakota

A TOUGH YEAR Seven presidential disaster declarations have been made for South Dakota since January. Above, a tornado in late May near Bowdle.

VIVIAN, S.D. — The storm slammed into this dusty prairie town with the clatter of falling bricks. Hail shattered windows, punched holes in roofs and mangled cars. The clumps of ice were left to melt, but one, an unusual spiked orb the size of a cantaloupe, was preserved in the freezer of an old ranch hand…

Keep Reading on the New York Times