Badlands is closing up shop in South Dakota. Oh Well.


You will miss me. NOT.

Steve Hildebrand made it very clear, he wanted to shut down pay day lending operations in South Dakota with the 36% interest cap. Seems it is working.

Chuckles seems to think by closing his dirt track, butt-rock hair concert venue, pawn shop, and predatory lending shops South Dakotans will suffer.

Laugh of the day.

One can only hope it will have a domino effect on the Video Lottery industry and close their doors to.

We often brag in South Dakota about our moral standards, yet fund our government with mobster ideals, taxing food, and paying sub-standard wages.

South Dakota is better then that, now if we can just get the CORP of Engineers to wipe Pierre off the map permanently we will have finally achieved a higher moral standard.


#1 LJL on 11.30.16 at 6:30 pm

So Hilderandt gets all the credit? Huh?

We can only hope gambling will be hurt by this. Gambling gave the gas to fuel this loan shark industry.

I talked to a very reliable source in the reality business today and he said that everything Bad Lands is for sale.

Good riddance. Now take The King of loan sharks Mr. Sanford with you.

#2 anonymous on 11.30.16 at 6:36 pm

He learned his trade as a sleazebag collector at Citibank.

Then he became wealthy off the backs of South Dakota citizens.

When given the chance (Thank You Hildebrand and Hickey), voters sent him packing.

I don’t think he will be missed!

#3 l3wis on 11.30.16 at 6:41 pm

Doesn’t it almost make you wonder how many drug dealers use these services to launder money or hide it.

Before I was wiser and older, I used to know quite a few dealers, not because I wanted to, but they played this game of hiding money and shifting it around. It was fascinating.

You kind of wonder if you will see a shift in the drug business when they don’t have places to hide their kitty?

#4 Porter Lansing on 11.30.16 at 7:57 pm

Hear, hear DaCola “A perfect post.”

#5 scott on 11.30.16 at 8:55 pm

first he claims that his South Dakota operation is only 5% of his business, and now says he can’t afford to run the racetrack? which is it?

#6 The Blogger Formerly Known as "Winston" on 11.30.16 at 9:10 pm

I guess we are being punished. It’s the final shake down. I hope we can save KBAD and those beaver cleaver sandwiches though, because “Theys were good….”

Can you imagine a group of archaeologists, lets say in 10,000 years, discovering what would be called the “Badlands Dig Site,” and wondering what the heck was going on here? It would go like this:

“From best we can tell, the people who inhibited this site we think were in prison, but they had guns, their own currency and foundry, an open door policy, a communication capability with the outside world, plenty of tools, although they were quite expensive and used for their time, remnants from their cooking fires suggested that they ate well, although only sandwiches, they also liked to drink well and pricy, but often from a terrace, they seemed to have a hoarding obsession with string instruments which they called guitars, which must have been held in hight esteem since these guitars hung as high as the two gods they worshiped who were called Smoe’s and Pomp Room, and apparently most of those imprisoned here were bikers, because many black leather jacket remnants were found with motorcycle gang insignia badging attached to them and some of the jackets even made mention of this apparent prison. But the greatest mystery of them all was that this imprisoned society with an open door capability was controlled by an outside force which had antiquated equipment at best and some vehicles like a whirlybird, which was void of any internal substance or capability, and these apparent prisoners took great interest in not only gold and guns, but also something they called “Rock n Roll,” which was most likely a primitive “Hard” song and dance involving dark clothed characters who entertained from a stage as the on lookers stood in admiration with their cans of happy consumption. So they were allowed to drink in prison, too, which is interesting but problematic for us and it must have been for them as well.

And it must also be said, that those at this Badlands site, it is fair to say, were far more primitive than those that inhabited another nearby site called “Blood Run”, where there at “Blood Run” the people of that inhabitance once had a great continuity or longevity, a purpose, and cultural development before their demise…. But it has been determined that those who inhabited “Badlands,” who were of a lesser and more primitive culture, yet only miles a part from “Blood Run,” were, however, oddly of a later time, though, and thus suggesting a possible devolution of humanity in earlier millenniums at some point for a time as the only answer for all of this….”

#7 The D@ily Spin on 11.30.16 at 10:51 pm

I’d never be involved in business that takes advantage of the poor. It’s not just ethics, it’s foul and criminal. If you can’t make it on less than 35% payday loans, you should be on welfare. The old (pre-election) city council approved this. Says something about they and this mayor.

#8 The D@ily Spin on 11.30.16 at 10:56 pm

It didn’t make Russell Street a hooker and drugs stroll but close. It’ll still happen once Denny Dome fails from financial failure and faulty construction.

#9 Bruce on 12.01.16 at 8:08 am

When Badlands Pawn building was being put into it’s spot on Russell we said it would be a great example of what the EC was going to look like in short order, rusty and empty.

Badlands was the largest private development in the new entertainment district and it is now closing. Will da Mayor find a way to save his district and his big development?

#10 anominous on 12.01.16 at 9:26 am

Yeah if you can’t afford a real helicopter, gtfo.

#11 The D@ily Spin on 12.01.16 at 9:27 am

I didn’t like the rat rods. Guns were overpriced. Food was fair to poor. They wouldn’t pay spot for silver. The big hair blond in the gold section, old style trophy but new style expenditure. One thing for sure, for awhile the building will be a landmark with a reputation.

We’re not a pot state. Why so many weed commercials on KELO?

#12 Ljl on 12.01.16 at 9:47 am

Huh..Launder money through a payday lender at 150% APR? I’m thinking you need to explain that a bit more.

#13 Scott on 12.01.16 at 11:01 am

He’s blaming the new law, but that place was bleeding money long before the election. I’ve heard various stories of people being let go, salaried employees becoming hourly, etc. He paid way too much money for most of those shitty 80’s reunion bands, and filled the building during those shows with comp tickets. A case in point – Accept was not touring at all. He flew them in from Germany to do just this one show. There’s no way he could make a profit from that. He also spent way too much money on advertising. I was watching Judge Judy one afternoon (don’t laugh) and every commercial break had at least two spots. And each spot was different! Not to mention his weekly 30 minute infomercial. I know the lower-rated local channels have cheap rates, but this was a complete waste of money.