Why is Mayor TenHaken tweeting during a council meeting?

I’m pretty sure the chair of the council meeting shouldn’t be tweeting while running a meeting. At the time he had his phone shoved up his butt farting out his ‘Puffery’ the city clerk was telling us how wonderfully he ran the city election. Oh the irony. The excellence in running a meeting and running an election. Bravo. You both deserve a gold star, or is it a coin, hard to keep track these days Wilbur the Coyote.

This is one of the reasons Stehly & Brekke have asked phones to be banned from council meetings, and our mayor is foolish enough to tweet this out during a meeting?! WOW! He is really more ignorant than I originally thought. But no surprise, emulating his hero Donny Trump. “We’ll get them with this tweet! That’ll show the Libs!” Maybe next week during the meeting he can read bedtime stories to his kids via Zoom while they are discussing zoning issues? His nickname this week; Mayor Multi-Task. So much talent. He really should aspire to be something greater than the mayor of a sleepy midwest town. Hypocrites belong in Washington, not SoDak.


#1 "Very Stable Genius" on 06.10.20 at 9:06 pm

Channeling “our children” to a mall with landscaping rocks and now harping about defunding the police, these are two fine examples of how the right have or are trying to hijack the current political narrative concerning the murder of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers.

( and Woodstock adds: “Say, have they released the Fleet Farm videos yet?”…. )

#2 Jake Cummings on 06.11.20 at 7:04 am

The mayor and I disagree on many things, but before we castigate, perhaps we may consider Twitter’s time-delayed function: https://business.twitter.com/en/help/campaign-editing-and-optimization/scheduled-tweets.html.

Also, feel free to visit my LinkedIn profile for a discussion on dangers of oversimplification surrounding the divestment argument and reallocation processes, and anyone who knows me is aware I’m am by no means “right-leaning”

#3 l3wis on 06.11.20 at 7:33 am

Jake, I am well aware of the time delay, I use it on this blog, WordPress has the function also. But let’s say that is what he did, and probably did, why time delay it to appear during the meeting? If he created the tweet at 6:50, why not just release it then? What was the purpose of the delay? Oh, that’s right, political puffery.

#4 Jake Cummings on 06.11.20 at 7:58 am

I merely think it’s counterproductive to insult the man for the timing of the tweet.

Second, sorry for the typo in my previous post.

What’s troubling to me is that those supporting police defunding seem to fail to adequately consider how current funding mechanisms and the divisive political climate make it likely that even if they were to succeed in defunding police, the newly available discretionary funds would perpetuate systems of racial and economic stratification unless concomitant steps were taken to enact protections to ensure more equitable disbursement of funding.

I would much rather spend time examining how to work with proponents of even partial divestment to ensure we establish such protections so as not to perpetuate disparate, and at times discriminatory, funding seen in allocations of resources like CDBGs, housing, etc.

#5 D@ily Spin on 06.11.20 at 9:50 am

Tweeting policy, how Trumpian. Demonstrators took over a police station and 16 blocks in Seattle yesterday. This Defunding thing has gone to far. Seattle accepts them. I say stop this now before it blossoms into a major revolution. How about making them an F-16 sorty example? We need law and order. There’s lots of unemployed of all races. This means more crime. Keep the police. Add more but no choke holds and lethal only when they must defend themselves and/or the public.

#6 l3wis on 06.11.20 at 10:36 am

Don’t have a problem with him tweeting, but when chairing a meeting you should pay attention to the meeting

#7 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 06.11.20 at 12:36 pm

Cell phones are rude in general. They are not communication devices, rather they are merely control devices. People used to talk in booths, but now in front of others.

#8 D@ily Spin on 06.11.20 at 9:04 pm

I resent being singled out by Opra because I’m caucasion. There’s 61 languages in the US and about a dozen skin colors. The real problem here is bullies who are police officers and skinheads who hate everyone black or pale without tats. Instead of revolution, how about cultural and legal revision.