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South Dakota Hall of Fame Press Conference (7/18/2018)

The 2018 South Dakota Hall of Fame class of champions were presented at the Inductee Press Conference in Sioux Falls on July 18, 2018. These South Dakotans Champion a Culture of Excellence. This year’s honorees are:

Cleveland Abbott (Watertown 1894 – 1955) SD African American Firsts.South Dakota born and raised off-spring of Alabama slavery. Hard economic times brought his parents here to raise a family. Little did they know their oldest child would return to Alabama, to help breakdown segregation at Tuskegee Institute through education and skills honed in Watertown and at South Dakota State. He and his wife Jessie, created the first organized women’s college athletic programs which then ruled national track and field events for decades. His students went on to be world leaders using the example he lived. The revered the Duke of Dakota was asked to be the first black member of the USA Track and Field Board and then on to the U S Olympic Committee by 1946. Bruce Danielson spoke on behalf of Cleveland Abbott.

Rod Bowar (Kennebec) South Dakota Telecommunications Entrepreneur. Rod Bowar has perhaps the most unique career path in South Dakota telecommunications. Rod has taken his entrepreneurial spirit and created numerous business divisions for Kennebec Telephone Company Inc. Rod serves the telecom industry on the boards of SDN Communications and the SD Telecommunications Association, also the Dakota Prairie Bank Board, Kennebec’s Town Board, Clinic Committee, Fire Department, Badlands Fire District, The Mitchell Technical Institute Foundation Board, SD Board of Technical Education and numerous community clubs.

Marilyn Hohm Hoyt (Huron) Public Service Innovator. She has served her community and South Dakota in many capacities advancing economic and quality of life issues for the generations. Her involvement included Huron College, South Dakota Board of Education, Christen-Hohm-Lusk Foundation Board, the Spirit of Dakota Award Society and currently is a Board member for the South Dakota Community Foundation.

Tom Loveland (Sioux Falls) Geographic Landscape Global Expert at EROS. One of the nation’s foremost experts on the use of remote sensing to monitor and measure changes on the Earth’s land surface. His work on the use of moderate-resolution satellite imagery to characterize land cover and changes to it is foundational, all based on science that came out of the work of Loveland. Not done just for South Dakota, but across the nation and the globe.

Anne Rieck McFarland (Sioux Falls) Empowering those with disabilities to impact South Dakota. Anne has been in a leadership position with LifeScape for 30 years, and more than 40 years in the human services profession. She is truly a positive ambassador for people of all abilities.

Roger Musick (Mitchell) – Communications Hardware and Software Creator. A founding partner of Martin & Associates, a solutions provider to the telecommunications industry for nearly 30 years, at which point he leveraged his telecommunications experience to found Innovative Systems. Roger devotes his time to numerous boards and advisory councils across the state where he strives to make South Dakota a better place to live and work. A generous benefactor, local leader, and industry pioneer.

Rod Parry (Sioux Falls) – Medical Education Trailblazer. Rod Parry, MD has dedicated his life to improving health and medical education in South Dakota and beyond. For 36 years, culminating in his role as that USD Medical School Dean, he taught and influenced generations of physicians and medical professionals

Raymond Peterson (Brookings) Mr. South Dakota Performing & Visual Arts. An invitation to serve as a vocalist for the 1966 Miss South Dakota Pageant led to a 50-year commitment to the Miss South Dakota and Miss America Organizations as a scriptwriter, designer, producer, director, and nationally renowned pageant judge.

John Porter (Sioux Falls) – Leading Integrated Health Care Systems. John has had a 44 year history with Avera Health. His journey from lawyer to CEO of South Dakota’s largest employer is inspiring and exciting. John was pivotal in the formation and growth of Avera along with the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters, shepherded the building of one of the most integrated health systems in the country

A press conference will be held in Rapid City August 2, 2018 to present Nicholas Black Elk (1863 – 1950) Native American Evolutionist. Black Elk was an Oglala Sioux medicine man who helped guide his people from the nomadic to reservation life and then, helped document the customs and traditions of Native American tribal and Plains Indian spirituality for all future generations. A witness to the Battle of Little Bighorn, then Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, returning to the massacre at Wounded Knee Creek before taking his role as a traditional holy man who blended it with his conversion to Catholicism. He related his life story to John Neihardt, for the classic Black Elk Speaks.

Dems forget to sign some ‘important’ paperwork

I guess with all the excitement around nominating candidates, they lost their pens;

Subject: Reconvening of the SDDP State Convention on August 10

The South Dakota Democratic Party will be reconvening the 2018 State Convention on August 10 at 6 pm in Sioux Falls at Icon Event Hall (402 N. Main) in Sioux Falls with convention Co-Chairs and Constitutional candidates to certify their place on the ballot. The purpose of reconvening is to comply with requirements that officers of the convention sign the candidate certification in addition to the State Chair.
You’re invited to attend and witness the process; however, delegate attendance is not required. This is a small procedural step in the process of certifying our Constitutional candidates.
Ann Tornberg, SDDP Chair   ann@sddp.org
Sam Parkinson, Executive Director  sam@sddp.org
A ‘small’ procedural step? What’s that saying about primates having intercourse with sports equipment? When I talk to people about running for office I always tell them two things, Keep it Simple and remember the little things. Just ask David ‘Z’ about the importance of proper paperwork.

What was ‘Revisionist’ about Sam’s tweet?

I’m trying to figure out what part of this tweet isn’t historically incorrect?

While I don’t think it is in bad taste, especially since everything he stated is TRUE (he left out indian killers), probably not the best statement about the 4th of July from the State Director of the Democratic Party. But it certainly isn’t offensive or ‘revisionist’. What is ‘offensive’ is the response from the SDGOP manure spreader;

SDGOP Chairman Lederman said, “Our founding fathers fought and died on the battlefield and forged what grew to be the greatest nation on earth based on the principle that we should be a free people, and that their fellow citizens should not be subject to taxation without representation.”

White, Male, Property owners to be ‘FREE’ people. Women, slaves, Native Americans, and indentured servants . . . not so much.

“The South Dakota Republican Party and the people of South Dakota reject that kind of liberal revisionism that Democrats continually try to inject into our state.”

As I stated above, I am still trying to figure out what part of Sam’s statement is untrue? Of course, it is easy for the SDGOP chair to cry foul while representing mainly conservative Christians while being registered to vote in Iowa (and doing business there) while lobbying for Muslims (he is Jewish). The heck with rewriting history, let’s just rewrite the rules.

“They’re hiding what they stand for at the same time their director is bashing Independence Day.”

Just because the party hasn’t released their platform to YOU, doesn’t mean they are hiding something. And stating the truth about our founding fathers is NOT bashing Independence Day, or Veterans, or whatever kind of group you want to pull out of your ass that you may think will be offended.

Wages not keeping up with housing costs

As you will see, this isn’t just happening in Sioux Falls and South Dakota, but across the nation;

Of the roughly 420,000 South Dakota jobs classified by the U.S. Department of Labor, several sectors dominate. About 63,000 jobs are in office support positions, another 47,000 in retail sales, about 42,000 in food preparation and service, 17,000 in grounds maintenance, 15,000 in personal care and service and 11,000 in health care support. South Dakota is routinely among the top states in percentage of residents who hold more than one job.

But what is that statistic? I have often wondered where to get that.

In the Sioux Falls metro market, inflation-adjusted median household income fell by 4.5 percent from 2008 to 2015; in the city of Sioux Falls, it fell by 8 percent over that time frame. Meanwhile, the number of households making $15,000 to $25,000 a year in Sioux Falls jumped by 50 percent during that period.

It’s really the middle-class income that hasn’t really changed at all.

That the housing shortage for low-income residents is worsening in Sioux Falls. The study notes that for every 100 families making 30 percent or less of the local median family income, only 39 affordable housing units are available.

I have often argued that Sioux Falls is growing too fast, growth for growth’s sake essentially. I was watching a news story last week where they were training middle school kids how to build houses. Really? While I don’t have a problem with industrial arts (I took 3 classes in school, drafting, wood working and construction) I also helped work construction with my brother and dad’s business.

Maybe we just keep building to just build. Sioux Falls really needs to slow it down a bit and concentrate on fixing up core neighborhoods and revitalization, which provides affordable housing. Sprawling out of our limits only drives up infrastructure and housing costs. Making due with what we have with the workforce to do it properly instead of this constant motion of ramrodding development.

We really don’t have a housing issue, we have a wage issue.

Czech Days this Weekend!

The Bohemian Danish, The Kolache, Apricot, Cherry and the standard, Poppy Seed

As a very proud Czech, I proudly guest post Mr. Kloucek;

Tribute to Leonard Cimpl

As the 70th annual Czech Days approaches the decision to dedicate the event to Leonard Cimpl was very appropriate. Leonard and his wife Mildred were Tabor Czech Days. They were the 24-7  365 days a year go to persons concerning Tabor and Tabor Czech Days. Leonard served as Mayor and Mildred as Chamber Secretary for many years.  Leonard loved baseball and the Tabor Bluebirds. Both loved the Beseda Dance. They received the Ben Black Elk state tourism award, a copy of the annual Tabor Czech Days proclamation, or the other numerous awards for Tabor. Both were very humble and quick to point out that Tabor Czech Days success was a result of the hard work and planning of many people not just them.

During the 22 year stint of Czech Days in Pierre Leonard would always have the honor of inviting everyone to Tabor Czech Days. His words were short and to the point.” We invite you to Tabor Czech Days on the third Friday and Saturday in June. You will have a really good time.”  Czech Days has now mushroomed into a 4 day celebration which speaks highly of all the Tabor area residents who possess the love of Czech Days similar to Leonard and Mildred Cimpl.

The Cimpl’s distributed brochures and kolace [unofficial state pastry] and promoted Tabor for 22 years in the state capitol as part of the promotion of Czech Days.

Leonard put Tabor first.  As Mayor, Czech Heritage board member, devoted Catholic Church member, American Legion officer, Chamber member, Tabor resident, and more, there was nothing he would not do for the good of Tabor. I remember well the long hours of self-less service he gave for the good of his community.

This 70th anniversary of Czech Days a warm invitation of “Vitame Vas welcome friend”   is extended to you, your family and friends. The four day event is this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 14, 15, 16 and17th. We honor Leonard Cimpl. Fond memories of him and one of the best cultural events in South Dakota live on.

And don’t forget to visit my family museum when there (The Blachnik Museum);

Mette Rape Case (Updated)

Here is a review of the case by a National Talk Show, Fault Lines this was recorded yesterday (June 7, 2018)

Segment 1

Segment 2

Par for the Course

Primary Predictions

Since I could only vote for Amendment Y, not sure if my opinion really matters since I can’t put myself into the mind of a SD Republican. With Trump having a 74% approval rating, I think Republicans statewide will lean more conservative, but since most people are conservative, not sure what that means anyway.

I voted against Amendment Y. First off, I think the whole thing should be repealed and secondly I’m not happy with the measure being on the primary ballot instead of the general. Many independents will just not choose to vote so this will be decided mostly by party members.

For Governor, I’m giving it to Noem, but not by much, this one is close and I think with Jackboots gaining a lot in these last few weeks he still has a good chance of pulling this off. While I’m not a fan of either, I think Noem would be a better governor, even though I am supporting Sutton and feel like he has a better chance of beating Noem than Jackboots.

In Congress it seems pretty clear Dusty will pull this one off, and I prefer him as a candidate. I also think the Bjorkman has a much better chance of beating Dusty than Krebs.

State Senator District 14 I’m going with Tyler Swanger. I think Soholt has had a habit of saying one thing in public and doing another when she votes. Tyler is a young enthusiastic fellar with a great passion for people.

State Rep District 13 Peterson and Rolfing will probably pull this off even though I know there is large underground support for Muricio to upset Rolfing. Let’s hope so. We need to send Rolfing to a golf course in Florida.

State Rep District 14 I’m going to give it to Holmes and Zikmund. They are both incumbents and Tornow doesn’t belong anywhere near Pierre.

State Rep District 15 (Dems) I’m going to give to Smith and Kirschman even though I have heard there is a lot of support for Duba from the wine & cheese Dems.

The big one of the primary is of course Noem vs. Jackley. While I detest both of their policies, Jackley would be a disaster as a governor. He is wrapped up in so many scandals that I think it would just continue moving forward. I’ve nicknamed him lately, Janklow Jr.


South Dakota Republicans upset there isn’t an evil Dem to vote against

So the latest poll is out. Guess what? Mr. Scandal and do nothing Snow queen government subsidy are neck and neck. Why? Because they both have a slobbering horse greasy ‘R’ behind their names and Republicans are freaking out. It’s like the poster my step dad posted to our rusted out frig one day that had a cartoon rooster on it saying, “I’m so confused I don’t know which way to point my pecker.”

You mean in the primary I can’t vote AGAINST an evil abortion loving Democrat?! What gives? Now they have to make a decision between two Republicans and it’s the most difficult decision in their lives.

Can’t we just flip a coin?

Maybe we can have Trump decide?

Either way we won’t get a respectable candidate. That’s ok, in November just vote Sutton.