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Mayor Mike Christie drops his balls at the Junior Football Field

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Mayor Huether to pull a Chris Christie on Saturday

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. . . Wanted to let you know that you’re invited to our kick off Saturday celebration that is taking place at 8:00 AM on Saturday morning prior to the game is beginning, Sanford helicopter will be landing on field two and dropping off the balls. Mayor Huether will be in the helicopter and also get out and have a little bit of a speech about mission accomplished because our fields are now finished up in Sioux Falls . . .

Looks like a little Deja Vu to me. I thought the Junior Football fields were completed a long time ago?

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What are your feelings on the Police Chief Barthel retiring and working for Sanford?

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And I thought I was going to miss out on the free lunches in my retirement.

I’m not sure what to think of our Police Chief going to work for Sanford;

After more than 12 years on the job, Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel has announced his retirement.

Barthel made the announcement Wednesday at the police’s daily media briefing, with Mayor Mike Huether by his side.

Barthel has served as a police officer more than 30 years. He has spent 12 years as Chief, making him the second-longest serving Police Chief in the history of Sioux Falls.

Huether credits Barthel with making the department more transparent, as well as improving community relations.

Barthel says he has accepted a position with Sanford Health as director of community relations.

I missed the press conference, but I guess the mayor gave Barthel credit for basically covering up the increase in crime rates in our city during the last mayoral election campaign. I guess Huether’s version of transparency is being able to sucker the public about statistics to help his re-election campaign. Oh, and we also don’t have access to any evidence from the night of the Tuthill shooting incident. Thanks.

I had heard rumors that Barthel was considering this retirement after assistant chief Lyons announced hers, which is no surprise after 30 years of service, but I’m surprised he is getting such a high profile job. I’m sure his pension from the city is very nice, and I don’t have an issue with him working after retirement, but it almost seems like a golden parachute handed to him from the mayor and his buddies at Sanford and First Premier for being a good soldier (Huether likes to reward his loyalist boot lickers with substantial raises and other perks (on our dime), it’s evident who follows orders and who rocks the boat when you look at the salary increases for management over the past 5 years) Well at least this time, Sanford will be footing the bill.

It also gives Sanford an edge over Avera when dealing with city police issues having an insider on their team, smart move by them, ethically questionable move by Barthel, but hey, we don’t have any ethics rules for public service in this state so what can we do about it? Also, to tell you the truth, I wouldn’t even know what ethics he would be violating? (I guess it is kind of hard to come up with something when no standards exist to begin with).

I wonder if he will continue to get free meals?

 

Thumbs Up to the SF Development Foundation

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My thumb is going to start hurting this week, but this is what these foundations are supposed to do;

The biotechnology industry is about to get a whole lot stronger. Tuesday, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation announced it’s investing $3 million in SAB Biotheraputics which uses genetically-engineered cattle to produce antibodies all in an effort to fight infectious diseases.

I think this will be great for jobs and growth in our community and state and a perfect fit for our development foundation.

 

It’s a hospital not an Events Center

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So a South DaCola foot soldier in Fargo sends me this photo yesterday and I ask him, “What kind of siding are they putting on the place?” I think he replied, “Tin Foil.”

Cory Madville gives a ‘Hand’ to the State

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Parody by Cory Madville: First draft, Sanford Build Dakota Vo-Tech Scholarship ad (Background from Mitchell Tech website; text by Madville Times Marketing Division)

Cory of course goes into a rant (which I entirely agree with) about L & S’s feeding trough with the state, that really should be cut off (especially after making choking the chicken jokes about driving).

He also touches on the Sanford ‘gift’ to our state*.

*I found it interesting that someone was missing from the guest lineup on the stage yesterday during the announcement. Must have been busy collecting empty plastic liquor bottles at a Sioux Falls park.

 

Coincidence?

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Hotel Sign from the new Sanford Hospital Hotel.

As I was watching the press conference for the announcement of a RFP for a new downtown mixed use parking ramp, Darrin Smith presented several projects that have been done DT and around town. He also brought up the proposed hotel at Elmwood golf course, you know the one that for some reason taxpayers have to help build (still don’t know why the city needs to be in the lodging business, I guess probably for the same reason we are involved in indoor tennis, indoor pools and indoor hockey.)

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The proposed Elmwood Hotel

What I found curious is that the same ‘brand’ is going to be at Elmwood as at Sanford. Is this just mere coincidence, or does Sanford have their hands in the hotel deal at Elmwood, and maybe that is why the city is going to be an investor?

See, Sanford runs the hotels at the Sanford Sports Complex and at the Hospital. Will they have a partnership at the golf course to offer some kind of golfing perk to visitors at their ‘other’ hotels?

Not sure?

I also find it a bit odd that the city has to invest in this project. I think a better approach (especially for the taxpayer’s wallets) would to have the hotel built and ran privately and they can lease the land from the city. Why do we need to be involved with building and investing in a hotel?

Am I missing something here?

What’s wrong with this picture?

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Follow me to the Pentagon, who doesn’t like to watch a good ol’ cock fight?

Of course when Kelby and Sanford are involved, nothing should surprise us;

One of the most popular, and most controversial of extreme sports, could been finding a home in Sioux Falls. Next week, members of the South Dakota Athletic Commission will decide whether to allow ultimate fighters to enter the ring at the Sanford Pentagon.

The Resurrection Fighting Alliance wants to hold bouts at the Sanford Pentagon on August 22. Supporters see ultimate fighting as a financial boon to Sioux Falls, drawing big crowds of fans. But critics think ultimate fighting is too violent of a sport and shouldn’t be embraced here.

I won’t get into my feelings on people calling something a ‘sport’ while they are beating the shit out of each other, but am I the only one that thinks this probably won’t be helping Sanford’s image? You are a healthcare institute. I don’t have an issue with promoting Sports Medicine, basketball can be a grueling sport on an athlete’s body. But is ultimate fighting really a sport that Sanford wants to promote their Sports Medicine division? Apparently so.

Who makes these bonehead decisions anyway?

 

Our #1 Business? Profiting from the sick and dying.

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Broadview based its map on revenue information from a Hoover’s database of company profiles, and used the location of each company’s corporate headquarters to determine which businesses “belonged” to which states.

“We noticed that many states did not have companies included in the [Fortune 500] list, so we decided to perform our own research to find the largest company by revenue in each state based on the location of the corporate headquarters,” wrote Russ Fordyce, a managing director at Broadview, in a Tuesday blog post about the map.

Many of the results are pretty intuitive. There’s Walmart in Arkansas, General Motors in Michigan and Exxon Mobil in Texas. But in some states, especially the smaller ones, you’ll notice some surprising corporate heavyweights. Johnson & Johnson rules in New Jersey, while CVS is the big fish in Rhode Island’s little pond. Additionally, in the state of Washington, it turns out Costco trumps both Microsoft and Boeing.

You can check out an exhaustive list of the companies, their revenues and their locations here.

 

Sanford may be pulling back on pool plan

The latest rumor swirling is that Sanford may be pulling back on there ‘study’ of an indoor pool. Don’t know all the details yet, but I think they probably got pressure from certain folks to pull back until after Tuesday’s vote.

Does that mean Sanford will not build a pool? Not sure, they may just go about the study quietly.

Stay tuned.