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Thumbs Up to the SF Development Foundation

A Positive Thumbs Up Sign

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


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


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.




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.)


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?


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.


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.

Sanford offers public indoor pool

As we have been saying all along, it makes the most sense to build the indoor pool at the complex;

White cites proximity to I-90 and I-29 as a chief advantage of building a new indoor aquatics center at the Sports Complex. It makes such a facility more attractive to a wider region. Experience with existing venues for football, volleyball, basketball and wrestling suggest larger swim meets could be hosted at a Sports Complex pool than at a Spellerberg pool, White says.

The collection of venues at the Sports Complex creates a synergy that could lead to new motels, restaurants and retail development at the site, according to White. Sanford has already sold land at the Sports Complex for such amenities. A new indoor pool helps make that case, he says.

Ah, duh. So we will see if the city council and mayor are stupid enough to push forward on Spellerberg.

“If people believe it, is it still a lie?”


Not only did Huether bring lower air fares to Sioux Falls, I heard he is a direct decendent of the Wright Brothers.

Oh, KELO, how you make us chuckle, with your funny weather gadgets and your cozy relationships with the mayor, T. Denny and anybody else that is ‘Sanfordish’. A blantant 3 minute info-commercial for the Mayor and the Airport, even after Ellis wrote an article (based on factual information from Airport Board minutes) to prove that Huether is blatantly lying about his role in getting lower airfares in Sioux Falls;

When he was elected in 2010, Mayor Mike Huether said one of his top priorities was to bring down the price of airfare out of Sioux Falls.

Four years later, that’s happened, for some destinations.

The airline business has changed considerably since Mayor Mike Huether took office calling for lower fares.

And that is about all he did. The airport and it’s board are ultimately responsible for the success of lower fares, but if Huether wants to take credit by making a couple of phone calls, and KELO airs it, hook, line and sinker, so be it. Welcome to another propaganda filled election cycle in Sioux Falls, where elections are won by the highest bidder. Unless you are De Knudson . . . ouch.

The interesting Events Center Naming Rights timeline

Okay, we have known all along the EC was going to be named after T. Denny, but we were never given the proof that these negotiations were going on, probably even before the vote. So let’s lay it out;

June 12, 2012: Director Smith Talks about hiring Legends to help secure a title sponsor. July 12, 2012: Sanford Health BUYS the domain: DENNYSANFORDPREMIERCENTER.COM


July 24, 2012: Director Smith says he is ‘close’ to having a title sponsor, and will bring it to the council soon.

August 2, 2012: EC title sponsor announced.

I don’t know about you, but that is breakneck speed if you ask me. You hire your naming rights firm and in one month, they are so sure they have a buyer, they purchase a domain. And within a couple of weeks they announce. One might say, Legends is good at what they do, but doesn’t anyone find it a bit suspicious that a deal like this is inked in 30 days of hiring a naming rights contractor? Apparently they are so good, they had a title sponsorship in the works BEFORE they were even hired by the city. So let’s go to the SF City Council informational meeting, June 12, 2012 (FF: 54:00)


Advancing? It’s almost like Smith had to hire a naming rights contractor so it didn’t look like it was already a done deal with Sanford. Gee, I wonder why they fired this company? Now, jump to the July 24, 2012 informational meeting (FF: 21:00) Still no done deals.


Oh, but it gets better, Dave Knudson says this during the August 7, 2012 informational about the naming rights (FF: 14:00);


So while everyone ‘seemed’ so surprised, it was evident. Superlative was fired because the city wanted to ink a deal with T. Denny (Sanford Health) and they wanted to do it before a replacement company was hired (Legends). I guess I could say a lot of things about the misleading and blatant lies fed to us, but Kermit says it best in the Argus Leader article;

“We don’t have transparency on this at all,” Councilor Kermit Staggers said. “The mayor used to work for First Premier, and people in the community are closely associated with Sanford. We should have had openness … Maybe we really got a good deal, maybe we will. But we’ll never know because we never had any bidding going on out in the open.”

Transparency, something this administration knows nothing about. I have said all along, the EC should have been called ‘The Citizens Arena’ We are ultimately paying for the construction of it, we approved it, and when the operating costs come up short, we will be subsidizing it. But giving it such a populist name might have shook Sioux Falls to the core, maybe enough to loosen some of the bedrock under the EC so the footings could have been large enough for a 15K seat expansion, instead of a 14K (another lie fed to us). BTW, speaking of surprises . . .


There is a rumor going around that the new EC will not sell tickets for upcoming events until after the election (in case the sales are a flop) but I heard there is plans to announce the opening event before the election. It’s probably a good thing that the EC won’t be selling tickets for awhile, they really need to get their header links fixed first anyway.


You would think after owning the DOMAIN for almost 18 months they would have the kinks figured out?