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MERCER: South Dakota is a bit poorer after my neighbor left

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PIERRE -- About a week ago, I paid $50 to Tom Magedanz for his lawnmower. From my perspective, it wasn't enough.

He asked what he thought was fair. In the 25-some years I knew Tom, that's how he always was -- and likely always will be.


Tom and Lita were our backyard neighbors. A few days ago, they left for Dubuque, Iowa, and a new start.

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