Derby date with the mayor and the disappearing Facebook post

So was it the mayor’s spy or Jorgensen’s spy that narced me off?

I have often believed that Don Jorgensen is NOT an objective reporter for Stormland TV news. He is too cushy with the mayor and other politicians. I HAD further proof of this morning, for a fleeting moment anyway.

This is where the story gets interesting. I was having coffee this morning at a local coffee hole and the person I was with had their laptop along. We got into a discussion about the media and KELO‘s obsession with the mayor. Then this person showed me Don’s FB page (which is public) and an exchange between Don and the mayor about lamb chislic (Don’s original post was about how he was craving it.) Don and Mike banter back and forth and the mayor sets up a date with Don to go to the Turner county fair to watch the derby and eat lamb chislic.

That is when I should have taken a screenshot, but I didn’t (DAMMIT!). We talked a bit longer (about 30 minutes) and right before this person left, I said, “You know what, you should take a screenshot of those comments and email it to me.” So we go back to Don’s FB page, and the post is gone. Apparently Don OR the mayor have a spy who follows me to coffee shops and listens to my convo’s.


The only thing I can remember is that there was someone sitting behind us that heard the whole convo. And when we went back to the page, that person was gone.

On a serious note, someone called KELO’s news director, Beth Jensen and made her aware of the FB exchange and that Don shouldn’t be palling around with the mayor.


#1 l3wis on 02.28.12 at 12:19 pm

I should also mention, my Rant-A-Bit co-host Hudson was getting coffee at the same time we were discussing the FB post and he is also a witness to the exchange between the mayor and Don.

#2 Scott on 02.28.12 at 12:26 pm

Yes, I was there…but I’m not the rat!

#3 l3wis on 02.28.12 at 12:28 pm

Trust me, I know, and I reassured my coffee date of that to.

#4 l3wis on 02.28.12 at 2:16 pm

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! A South Dacola foot soldier copied this yesterday, here is the exchange;

搂 Mike Huether There is only one kind of chislic and that is lamb chislic. You need to deep fat fry it and try putting a whole onion in with it. A couple of Saltine crackers and two beers make it the meal of Champions! Thanks Don for making me hungry.
Friday at 8:43pm 路 LikeUnlike 路 1

Don Jorgensen Ha, I just laughed out loud in the newsroom Mayor 馃檪
Friday at 8:49pm 路 LikeUnlike

搂 Don Jorgensen Mayor Mike have you ever been to the Turner County Fair. Our ten o’clock producer who has a lot to do with it, will take you to the fair this summer.
Friday at 8:50pm 路 LikeUnlike

Mike Huether I will tell you what. I need to take you and some of the KELO team on a Hutchinson County road trip. Parkston chicken salad, Dimock Cheese, Kaylor Chislic, Delmont Sausage, Tripp Bowling Alley burgers and then Freeman kuchen. We can stop off in Scotland for that lamb chislic with the fried onion and ICE COLD tap beers. They will give you and I free coozies with our beers there. Let’s book it Don!
Friday at 8:53pm 路 LikeUnlike

Mike Huether Don, I am in for the Turner County fair with you and the producer. Book it!
Friday at 8:54pm 路 LikeUnlike

Don Jorgensen I’m taking the day off. Demolition Derby night is Thursday Aug 16th
Friday at 8:55pm 路 LikeUnlike

Mike Huether I will drive. When Kylie turned one, I drove in the Enduro Race in Parker and we thought we won the thing. What a memory. Looking forward to the day.
Friday at 8:57pm 路 LikeUnlike

#5 Scott on 02.28.12 at 2:28 pm


#6 Tom H. on 02.28.12 at 2:34 pm

Speaking of conflicts of interest…

#7 Detroit Lewis on 02.28.12 at 4:00 pm

No shit? Huh?

#8 Detroit Lewis on 02.28.12 at 4:02 pm

Still pissed he left out Tyndall Kolaches. What? Have something against Bullhunks Mike?

#9 Poly43 on 02.28.12 at 5:27 pm

ALL the more reason why I watch Paige over at KSFY.

#10 sheep herder on 02.29.12 at 7:35 am

Why deep fat fry lamb chislic, it is greasy that way. Just put it on the grill (on aluminum foil, of course) with a little Lawrys Seasoning Salt and can’t find anything better. Take it from someone who has raised sheep for years and ate pounds and pounds of lamb chislic.

#11 l3wis on 02.29.12 at 9:28 am

Poly – Let’s watch the name calling. I don’t know much about Don’s personality or private life. Don’t care. This thread is about his professional life and lack of objectivity. Do I want Don to lose his job over it? No. But I do think it is time the GM and the News Director have a sit down with him. The relationship reminds me of Deja Vu and Schwan’s cozy relationship with Munson when she was a reporter. Remember how that turned out?

#12 l3wis on 02.29.12 at 9:30 am

Sheep – I have a feeling they like their meat greasy. I’m just saying.

#13 Detroit Lewis on 02.29.12 at 9:55 am

This is what happens when you have cozy relationships between politicians and reporters;

#14 Scott on 02.29.12 at 11:56 am

Jorgensen just tweeted this:
Five thousand crunchs in february. Thank goodness there is an extra day ha

So I had to respond with this:
Getting in shape for that chislic road trip with the Mayor?

#15 anooner on 02.29.12 at 11:58 am

What a naughty little bromance. Wonder if they will take in the musical at Schmeckfest this year. Nice of Mike to drive, that way everyone else can lean a bit into the corn squeezins.

#16 l3wis on 02.29.12 at 8:24 pm

Wonder if he invited any other reporters in town? Oh, that’s right, he has, and they did the right thing and told him to go to Hell. Wonder why Don can’t figure out.

#17 The Guy from Guernsey on 03.01.12 at 5:50 pm

RE: other Sioux Falls media folks.

The bro-mance which Greg Belfrage has for HisManMike (TM) is one to behold. Mr. Belfrage has absolutely lost his objectivity in matters which involve the Mayor.

– Goes back to the day following the Event Center referendum.

Belfrage was having a bad day on the air (absent a broadcast engineer/technician, he had to run the show alone, I think).

HisManMike (TM) runs into the studio, claims to have been listening & understood that Greggy needed some encouragement. Peeks and waves into the studio; gives public on-air pep talk to Belfrage.

I thought Belfrage would pee himself with glee, given the attention from the Mayor … don’t think it ever crossed his mind that HisManMike (TM) was taking Victory Laps with ALL members of the media on that day!

Since that day, when the Mayor joins Belfrage on his program, it always sounds to me more like Greg is interviewing to replace Reid Holsen than to conduct an inquiring, hard-hitting, impactful interview.

#18 anominous on 03.01.12 at 7:31 pm

I’m gonna follow them down there just so me can get a free coozie.

#19 Detroit Lewis on 03.01.12 at 8:31 pm

Yeah, Belfrage was pissed the day I called into the show and chewed the Mayor’s ass for blaming blogs about spreading rumors.

Anon – The coozie is only FREE for the first 90 days. Then will charge you 150% of it’s value, but will allow you to make payments on it at a 20% interest rate.

#20 GM of KELO-TV says trip with Mayor Huether to NFL game was 鈥楶ersonal鈥 — South DaCola on 12.29.14 at 3:21 pm

[…] No Jay, thank you for not answering any of my questions. I did think about sending the mayor an email, but I鈥檓 sure his 鈥榩ersonal鈥 friend Jay probably already made him aware there are photos of Santa Cheesehead Mayor floating around on the Facebooks. C鈥檓on Mike, didn鈥檛 you learn anything from the Lamb Chislic incident? […]

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