Missing the ‘big guy’ at this time of year

April 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm in The Daily Republic

I spent most of my professional career as a state-government news reporter. I don’t miss the work, but I sometimes miss the people.
This time of year, one of the people I miss is Gov. George Mickelson. The anniversary of the airplane crash that killed him is next Tuesday, April 19. It will have been 18 years since Mickelson, three Sioux Falls economic development officials, two state administrators and two state pilots died in the crash in an Iowa farmyard. With the exception of the Rapid City flood of 1972, I can think of no sadder news event I covered in more than 40 years as a reporter. Continue Reading