‘A Goat Rodeo’ – Sioux Falls City Council special meeting

During the special meeting today at 4 PM, Mayor TenHaken called the current crisis a ‘Goat Rodeo’. What he didn’t mention is he is the head rodeo clown.

What was supposed to be a simple meeting about taking further action against the corona virus pandemic in Sioux Falls turned from a goat rodeo to a real sheep sh*t show.

While the health director was addressing the council about possible further action, some councilors decided this would be a great time to discuss some of those further actions. Stehly was well within in her rights to ask these questions, and a very respectful exchange was occurring between her and the health director Franken when the mayor decided to cut off the questioning because it wasn’t relative to the ordinance, even the city attorney jumped in to say this wasn’t about what may be further done.

Starr called for the adjournment of the meeting and Stehly seconded it, to the mayor’s befuddlement, he asked why? Starr stated that basically if they couldn’t have a discussion and ask questions they might as well go home.

But it got better, councilor Brekke, who was joining the meeting telephonically, basically said it was their right to ask these questions and told the city attorney she was ‘confounded’ as to why he thought he could shut it down.

Of course the mayor and the health director went into apologetic mode as councilor Erickson complained about the barking dogs of one of the telephonic councilors joining (funny, I thought it was her barking, as she normally does during the meeting. She is starting to remind me of a former . . . erp . . . councilor).

From D.C. on down, I’m beginning to wonder who is really in charge right now. The answer is simple; The virus.


#1 Paul Eleven Haken on 04.01.20 at 7:57 pm

GOAT = Greatest Of All Time

#2 "Very Stable Genius" on 04.01.20 at 8:19 pm

Most of these people were elected to keep the developers happy. They were not elected because they could lead in times like this. The tornado recovery effort last fall was a canary in the coal to the reality that we are now facing with local and state government leadership, I am afraid.

The governor needs to shut this state down and the mayor will always be remembered as the Chic-Fil-A mayor as the pandemic was simmering.

“One Sioux Falls” now means that we are all screwed together. These are very taupe-ish times for us all.

( and Woodstock adds: “Every time I eat a Chic-Fil-A meal in the future, I’ll think of the pandemic”…. “And it’s going to ruin the experience, too, as I stare off to look at the once opened mall”…. )

#3 LJL on 04.01.20 at 8:29 pm

Hashtag dumbass mayor.

Your getting way out over your skis on this. I read in the Argus your thinking about closing down the city. You better slow your roll because folks will lose their shit considering we have a whooping 52 cases in the population of 250K.

How about a bit more “it’s working” rather than the sky is falling.

# Growupboymayor!

#4 Steve on 04.01.20 at 8:38 pm

I thought it was great when Councilor Starr motioned to adjourn. I thought Mayor no tie was going to come over the desk and go after him. It’s so obvious that this Mayor does not like to be challenged. It’s going to be a long two years until a new Mayor is elected.

#5 The Golden Boy Fails on 04.01.20 at 8:48 pm

Paul Ten Haken and his co-mayor, Erica Beck, have had their opportunity to shine by showing leadership in a crisis and they HAVE FAILED.

The head of the CDC has said from the beginning, “the virus is in charge” and we have seen this play out across the country. Thirty-three states have a shelter in place order. We do not.

Why? Because our Governor has a belief that South Dakota can get through this pandemic without taking the serious action that the majority of the other states have. REALLY, Kristi Noem!!

All Paul Ten Haken had to do today was take a look at the SF Bike Trail. The parking lots were full and the trail was packed. The number of confirmed cases is climbing and we are still weeks away from the surge. I’ve noticed neither Avera nor Sanford have been included in the mayor’s press conferences this week. Is that because they understand the reality of what a surge to their facilities will mean and they know ten haken and his administration do not want to take the necessary action of ordering everyone to shelter in place?

When it comes time for the post-mortem on this crisis, voters will clearly see that Kristi Noem and Paul Ten Haken have failed.

On a lighter note, the ‘best leadership moment’ of today’s City Council meeting was when Councilor Pat Starr called for Adjournment.

#6 LJL on 04.01.20 at 9:03 pm

RIP Adam Schlesinger


#7 Church Lady on 04.01.20 at 9:58 pm

Remember the story a few years ago L3wis posted about the holy roller church nomind attended? They’re rolling on the floor paying this to will pass.

#8 D@ily Spin on 04.02.20 at 9:06 am

The city council has become like parents at a kids soccer game. Lots of bickering that’s mostly who brings the snacks. Obviously, they don’t keep score so citizens don’t get upset.

#9 The Guy From Guernsey on 04.02.20 at 9:25 am

Good on Councilor Par Starr to call this B.S. by offering a motion to adjourn that which apparently was intended to be a “shut up and listen” session.

#10 The Guy From Guernsey on 04.02.20 at 10:04 am

New information gleaned from this meeting:
T.J. is now an epidemiology data analyst?

#11 scott on 04.03.20 at 4:57 pm

i think triple m would claim he’s the goat.

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