A simple vestige of childhood freedom generates millions of dollars for states like Iowa, Wisconsin, Oregon, Arizona, Vermont and Minnesota. Bicycles and the people who ride them bring millions of dollars to these places -- just a handful of states that have, so far, quantified the impact of bicyclists on state and local economies. Is South Dakota missing out? Until similar economic impact studies are done in South Dakota, officials and business leaders won't take seriously the breadth of bicycle tourism. Wisconsin tracked a $533 million direct impact from out-of-state visitors on bicycles
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of stories about the 1980s in the Mitchell area and the decade's impact on modern life. -- It was supposed to be a joke. "I think we should keep the grain and export the farmers," said President Ronald Reagan. He was speaking at the lighthearted Gridiron Club dinner in Washington, D.C., on March 23, 1985. The joke was part of an annual event with politicians and journalists, intended to poke fun at current issues and political leaders.