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The Sioux Falls ‘Fireworks’ debate

There has been a lot of discussion about cracking down on fireworks use in the city and for several good reasons;

 – The noise is emotionally stressful for pets and people dealing with PTSD

 – The fireworks could cause home fires or other damage to property

 – Shooting of pyro in close quarters is dangerous and could cause personal harm

While I am not bothered by the noise, the fire hazard concerns me, especially people shooting off the larger cakes and roman candles. But I think the debate really comes down to fairness. While the parking attendants downtown have no mercy and if your lawn gets over 8” a professional crew is sent in at $150 an hour to mow it, it seems when it comes to fireworks, the police (or more importantly the police management) don’t really care.

I also saw this during Hot Harley Nights when I joked with a couple officers they should have their decibel meters out and hand out some tickets. One of them said, “Yeah right.” And I knew they wouldn’t. It seems some things are just given a blind eye in Sioux Falls. But tomatoes in the boulevard, long grass and low tree limbs, then we really have a problem.

I’ve told people wait until a housing development burns to the ground because some jackass shot off some fireworks in Sioux Falls, then everyone will stand around scratching their heads wondering if they should have done something.

Some would say that the police have a good argument, out over 600 police calls concerning fireworks, they could only hand out 14 tickets, because they ‘had to catch them in the act’ AND ‘respond to other calls’. I have said there is a simple solution to that, put out 4 unmarked police cars with undercover officers out on 4th or July weekend. When you get a call, drive to the address and sit in the car until they fire something off, then present them with a ticket. When people see a police car with lights flashing, the first thing they are going to do is hide the fireworks. Duh.

I think we need to get serious about fireworks violations in Sioux Falls and not worry about how tall my neighbors grass is.

A Crackdown on Firecrackers in the city?

Sam Clemens with the SFPD had a press conference the other day to announce that this year the SFPD will be handing out mostly violations for persons using fireworks within city limits (that are prohibited) instead of warnings.

He said calls in 2014 were around 300 and last year they were 500, he basically said it is getting a little out of control.

I was disappointed last year when the SFPD only handed out warnings. Not only is it noise pollution (do you really have to light firecrackers all night long?) it is a massive fire hazard.

I’m glad to see the SFPD will be treating people who are potential accidental arsonists the same as people who don’t mow their lawns. I should have been done years ago.

Now I need to dig out my earplugs.

They must have used the low-def, Tuthill Park dashcam to film this

I missed the scene where they were parking in the Avera Emergency Room parking lot to get their free meals.

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I guess it’s OK to point the gun at the cameraman, especially if his name is ‘Bruce’.


More Smoke & Mirrors from the SFPD


The only ‘cold case’ our SFPD is good at solving.

 Does anyone find it a bit ironic that the SFPD has decided to pursue a 1974 cold case (whose main suspect died 3 years ago) yet can’t even get a single lead on the Tuthill park shooting in which they have classified as an inactive case.

Seems our new police chief is learning from his boss the game of smoke and mirrors.

Someone else said to me, this may have to do with justifying the SFPD’s cold case budget.

Well as long as they continue to have shadows and tree branches to shoot at in the dark, we will keep hope alive.


A post about Avera’s cigarette butt problem and SFPD enforcing littering ordinances goes awry


Emergency Room parking for lunch time needs. They could be assisting in the ER, but I’m guessing they are chugging milk in the cafeteria.

Got a good chuckle out of this 60+ comments about my original post over at the Wuss College. A post that was really about just asking cops who get free meals at Avera to enforce littering laws turns in an St. Patty’s Day parade in NY city and the bravery of officers. Ironically, not one single person comments whether they are getting free meals or not (they are) or whether that is ethical (it’s not). All I ask is if you are feeding on the dime of the sick and dying, you might as well hand out a few littering violations on the way to your Black Mariah.

Avera’s statement is laughable

Gotta hand it to Avera when it comes to ‘policing’ smoking on their property;

An Avera spokesman said employees are not allowed to smoke on any Avera-owned property, whether it’s the main campus or other properties it owns in the neighborhood.

“Our policy hasn’t changed but we can’t afford to have somebody sit there and patrol it all the time,” said Jay Gravolt, Avera’s director of public relations.


BAHAHAHAHA! But the hospital can afford to give thousands of dollars a month out in FREE meals to PUBLIC employees (SFPD) who park directly in front of the property involved (to go feed their faces on sick and dying people’s money). In between loading their bullet proof vests with multiple cartons of milk and feeding their faces on the private health dime, because apparently the city pays them so poorly they can’t afford a sandwich or the brown bag to put it in.

Can’t afford to patrol it? Maybe give a couple of extra monster cookies to the piggies and ask them to go over and ‘butt’ these people away.

Gravolt said hospital security and administrators often give verbal warnings when they see people smoking on Avera property, but they can’t police public sidewalks.

“We can’t control the right of way,” he said.


But the SFPD can, and littering on public property is a crime.

Tuthill shooting case now ‘Inactive’


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I was interviewed today by KSFY about the Tuthill shooting incident;

Blogger Scott Ehrisman said “it still concerns a lot of people that if in fact there was someone there, that after a year, there’s a person who supposedly pulled a gun, on one of our police officers and is free, and never was caught.”

To my surprise, the very question I have been asking was answered;

The scene at Tuthill Park on Tuesday afternoon is quiet, much like the case of an officer involved shooting at the park. According to Sioux Falls Police Chief Matt Burns, that case is now inactive.

So when was the Police Chief going to officially let the public know they were (unofficially) burying the case?

Funny how these things go.

Tuthill Ghost story tonight on KDLT


I had a good chuckle while watching this preview. If Jill Johnson solves this ‘supposed’ crime at Tuthill Park, I guess we will all be eating crow for Thanksgiving this year. It think her story will probably just be a bag of excuses from the SFPD, I guess someone has to deliver the pathetic outcome, while the rest of us just giggle.

Gobble, Gobble!

Which got me thinking about the new and improved investigative reporter at Stormland TV, Angela. Angela is a nice lady and all, but she ain’t NO sociopath (we will get to that in a moment). A former national high profile journalist sent this to me today referring to the current state of journalism;

“Do you want to know what kind of person makes the best reporter? I’ll tell you. A borderline sociopath. Someone smart, inquisitive, stubborn, disorganized, chaotic, and in a perpetual state of simmering rage at the failings of the world. Once upon a time you saw people like this in every newsroom in the country. They often had chaotic personal lives and they died early of cirrhosis or a heart attack. But they were tough, angry SOBs and they produced great stories.

Do you want to know what kind of people get promoted and succeed in the modern news organization? Social climbers. Networkers. People who are gregarious, who “buy in” to the dominant consensus, who go along to get along and don’t ask too many really awkward questions. They are flexible, well-organized, and happy with life.

And it shows.”


Other Tidbits from the Neighborhood Summit

Champion Awards

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Neighborhood Success Stories

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Neighborhood Safety

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Cell Phone Ban supporters missed the train, move on already

I have to admit I’m finding the ‘outrage’ about the cell phone ban getting killed in 1st reading quite hilarious, and a little late.

I guess Poo-Point University today had a full on bitch session about it.

Here’s the deal, if anyone from the public cared or was paying attention, I posted about this way back on May 15th. On May 24th, the Argus Leader ran a poll about the ban, and since then have done several stories about the ban.

It’s been in the news. A LOT!

In fact, if so many people were concerned about the ban, why was I the ONLY person from the public to testify in public input at the 1st reading?

The outrage about it now is an after thought, kind of like a fart that doesn’t make a sound or smells.

My feeling is that the people wanting this ban didn’t want public input (against it), that’s why the silence and education about it. They just wanted their fancy-smancy names to speak for themselves;

AARP South Dakota
Augustana College, Rob Oliver, Pres.
Bender Commercial Real Estate Services, Michael Bender, Pres.
DakotaCare, Kirk Zimmer, Pres.
Falls Area Bicyclists
7th District Medical Society
Raven Industries
River Ridge Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Center
Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital
AAA South Dakota
Southeastern District Dental Society of SD
University of Sioux Falls, Mark Benedetto, Pres.
Vern Eide Motor Cars


Dr. Loren & Mavis Amundson
Kathy Amundson
Robert Amundson (retired Justice of the SD Supreme Court)
Duane Anderson (former ass’t City Attorney)
Rich Aquilar
Sue Aguilar (former City Councilor)
Tam Baker (former City Councilor)
Dr. Jack & Linda Barker
Brenda Beninga
Gerald Beninga (Pres. & CEO Active Generations, former City Councilor, current Chair Minnehaha County Commission)
Bruce & Mary Boyd
Frank & Martha Brost,
Vernon Brown (former City Councilor)
Dean Buckneberg
Walter O. Carlson, MD
Gary Conradi
Steve Crim
Msgr. James Doyle
Jim Entenman, (CEO J&L Harley, former City Councilor).
Cy Farner
Dick Gregerson
Joel & Susan Hagen
Anne Hajek (former City Councilor, County Commissioner, member of the SD Legislature)
Doug Hajek
Robert W. Hartman
Ann & Joseph Henkin
Sandy Jerstad (former member of the SD Legislature)
Gene Paul Kean (former States Attorney and former Circuit Court Judge)
Bob Kiner
Dan Kirby
Joe & Jennifer Kirby
Helen Henkin Kluck
Jeff Kluck

Knobe (former Mayor)
Laurie Knutson
Rich & Shirley Lauer
John McIntyre (former member of the SD Legislature)
Steve Metli (former Planning & Services Director for the City of Sioux Falls)
David Munson (former Mayor)
Nathan & Brianna Nassif
David Nelson (former Minnehaha County States Attorney)
Mary Olinger
Loren Pankratz
Gary Pashby
Douglas Pay, MD
Sandra Pay
George Roberts
Daniel A. Rykhus
Ellie Sabers
Richard Sabers (retired Justice of the SD Supreme Court)
John Simko (retired US Magistrate Judge)
Tom Simmons
Terry & Cleo Sorensen (their son was killed by a driver texting on his cell phone at 26th & Minnesota in 2012)
William Srstka (retired Circuit Court Judge)
Jim Stavenger
Theresa Stehly (Drivers Ed teacher)
Bob & Trish Swanhorst
Jerry & Mary Pat Sweetman
Bob Thimjom
Pam Tiede
Stuart Tiede (retired Circuit Court Judge)
Carol Twedt (former County Commissioner)
Robert VanDemark Jr., MD
Dick & Marilyn Viehweg
Dave Volk
Ron Williamson
Dick & Jeanne Wold
Jim & Penny Woster

This is a list I have had since May also.

The bigger question is why is our current mayor absent from this list? And why the deafening silence from City Hall? The Police Chief?

Let’s face it, it is a public safety issue, put it on the ballot and let the voters decide, not a bunch of thumbsuckers that get their way every time they come crying to the city council. You are really starting to make an embarrassment out of our local government.