Powers reports that the libel came from IP 126.96.36.199, an iw.net Prairie Wave/Knology subscriber address.
IP address? What's that? As Powers explains, "you're never as anonymous as you think on the Internet":
You know, that same address that your Internet Service provider will have full and complete records of who has that internet address at that instant in time if someone ever got mad enough to file a lawsuit for libel.
In case you're wondering, I get my Internet from Sioux Valley.
As an interesting side note, 188.8.131.52 is also the IP of the first person who commented when I announced my run for the Madison school board last year... and that first comment broght up my firing from MHS in 2001 and suggested I just had an ax to grind.
My site meter puts that IP in Madison. It would thus appear that one of our neighbors loves to stir the pot.
Funny: people say I spend too much time on negative muckraking. I do indeed offer plenty of criticism. The difference is, when I criticize folks in Madison or South Dakota or anywhere else, I put my name to it, and I back it up with facts and documents.