Sioux Falls City Councilor Theresa Stehly’s message to the Mayor & Media

Theresa sent this out this afternoon to the mayor and media after the tragic incident at Falls Park;

Dear Mayor Huether and Director Kearney,

I am writing to voice my concerns about the tragedy at the Falls.  Citizens have also been expressing their concerns with adequate safety while preserving the beauty and access to the falls.

I am urging your support  of increased signage and a temporary barrier  during the spring season due to the  dangerous foam and slippery terrain at the site of the three tragic deaths. I will support appropriating funds to make these safeguards a reality, along with any effort to clean out the foam in the area.

A temporary Spring fence could be done in a way to enhance the beauty, while adding extra protection to visitors.

Our prayers go out to the family of visitors who lost their beloved daughter. Let us work as a community to ensure that this does not happen again.

Thank you for your consideration,

Theresa Stehly

I’m against permanent fencing, I think when they put up the chainlink fence around the Japanese Gardens at Covell Lake it ruined it.

I do agree though there should be a much bigger and prominent signage that is permanent, and maybe temporary fencing in the Spring when water levels are high around the dangerous areas. They have put in temporary fencing in the past after heavy rains. It’s not a matter of funding, the city has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars decorating Falls Park during the holiday season, we have the resources to put up temporary fencing. Another thing that could also be added to the larger warning signs is the potential hazards with just touching the water which has high levels of chemicals and E-Coli in it (the mayor has refused to put up the recommended signage in the past). If the rushing water doesn’t scare you, the possible health affects should.

It would be hard to clean up the naturally occurring foam.

But I also believe people must take some personal responsibility, and no amount of signage or fences can fix ignorance. If something looks dangerous, it probably is.

Pork Barrel Rhetoric & Latest SE Podcast

Greg Jamison on KSOO AM 1000 – TODAY!

Listen Here, show starts at 3 PM.

Sioux Empire Podcast interview;

Are we going to be able to have a beer at West Mall 7?

This is way overdue;

New 2017-18 Retail Malt Beverage License for West Mall Theatres Inc., West Mall

7, 2101 West 41st Street, #33 (CUP not required).

New 2018 Retail Wine License for West Mall Theatres Inc., West Mall 7, 2101 West

In Europe and other cities across the country you can get a beer or wine at the movie theatre, some even serve apps and tappas. A friend of mine explored doing it in Sioux Falls like 10 years ago.


City’s PSA on Election

I would like to thank the city for the recent water bill insert concerning election. BRAVO!

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Dem Forum; At-Large ‘B’ Candidate Forum, Erickson & Weiland

Notice later on in the debate how Erickson tries to blow off her involvement with the Downtown parking ramp. She mentions that Hultgren is no longer involved and Lamont properties is in charge.


When Erickson sat on the SECRET RFQ (Request for Qualifications) Committee, she picked Legacy, ran by Norm Drake and Aaron Hultgren. When she voted for the Parking Ramp, it was being developed by Legacy, Norm and Aaron (no mention of Lamont). When it was found out that Norm, Aaron and company were dragging illegal asbestos across our city and being criminally investigated, Erickson voted AGAINST the repeal.

Don’t let Christine fool you, she was all in from the beginning with Norm and Aaron, and she continues to support a private/public partnership with a company that is being sued in civil court and criminally investigated by the Feds.

There ain’t no splaining that will get you out of that.

Early Prediction in Mayoral Race

If the election was held this Tuesday, this is where I would have candidates end up;

Jamison – 28%

TenHaken – 26%

Loetscher – 20%

Entenman – 15%

Anderson – 10%

Gunn – 1%

I’m not saying how solid these numbers will be come April 10. I will say that Paul, Jolene and Jim could mix those numbers all around and we could see any of those 3 in runoff against Jamison. If anything, I think Greg’s percentage may increase. I just think he has such solid support, it will be hard to keep him out of the runoff. We could also see a rally by Anderson that could put him in 3rd or 4th place.

St. Paddy’s & Politics

Sioux Falls City Council Agenda March 20, 2018

Woot! Woot! There is only ONE meeting this time around, the regular Council meeting, and it doesn’t have much.

Item#1, approval of contracts, apparently our own parks department can’t bother themselves to mow the grounds around our water plants, we contract it out.

Item#48, Inclusion Resolution, I guess the mayor had to get one more feel good thing in before he left. While I certainly think that there isn’t anything wrong with this resolution, it really doesn’t mean a hill of beans coming from an administration that has totally ignored our social issues in this community for an entire 8 years.

The next mayor and council need to move forward with putting some legislative teeth into inclusiveness, not just words on a piece of paper.

It was Sioux Falls City Councilor Pat Starr. Why not just say his name?

Mike Huether’s administration decided to take the ‘passive agressive’ approach when throwing a fellow elected official under the bus;

Recent comments made to a local news organization regarding Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and the Sioux Falls emergency medical services (EMS) system are a disservice to the residents and visitors of our city. When it comes to medical emergencies, our community is in safe hands.

What were the comments and who made them? Your press release doesn’t mean anything unless you tell us these important details. Maybe Mike’s communication director needs to go to ‘Writing a Press Release 101’ class.

Oh, and it gets better;

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is exploring the potential to utilize paramedics, currently employed within their department, to be advanced life support responders during specialty incidents. Specialty incidents include events like water rescues, structural collapses, and SWAT responses. The addition of this response capability will have no impact on the City’s contract for surface ambulance service.

It will in fact have a HUGE impact. First off, we will be subsidizing our private for-profit ambulance service more AND we will finally be allowing 1st responders from our SFFD to perform advanced life support instead of waiting for a phantom ambulance to show up.

It’s time to move forward with a public ambulance service and stop the games.