Mayor TenHaken’s employee mask proposal

When I heard about the mayor mandating city employees to wear masks a friend said to me, “Looks like he found his stones.” And I replied, “Huh? I thought city employees were already mandated to wear masks?”

And am serious about that second part. I guess I just felt that from the beginning of this pandemic that the City Manager (Mayor Paul) would have naturally mandated mask use from the beginning for city employees. During the middle of our largest spike in months isn’t really the time to go, “By the way, we might be able to put the fire out quicker if we stop pouring gasoline on it.”

I will give credit though to the city employees. For the most part, I have seen them wearing masks (this is why I just figured it was already happening) not to mention, unless you were a cop, fire fighter or parks/public works employee, you were working from home for months which didn’t require a mask.

My last dig is something I have been b’tching about since Paul was inaugurated, DO YOUR JOB AS THE CITY MANAGER, MANAGE THE CITY AND IT’S EMPLOYEES! I’m amazed it took 6 months + into this pandemic for Paul to find the chapter in city charter that lays out his job duties; run the city by managing your directors and employees. Pretty simple.

And while I’m on the soap box, where were you for a week? Conducting city business . . . or conducting 5G business? Inquiring minds would like to know.


#1 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 10.06.20 at 9:14 pm

ThuneHaken was forced to give Noem a bye and now he’s trying to save face in more ways than one.

#2 "Woodstock" on 10.06.20 at 11:57 pm

“Glad to see the guy in the purple shirt is back”… “During the infancy of the pandemic, he appeared to be the only calm amongst the chaos”…. “Like the uncle who asks you to pass the gravy, while Granny confuses grace with the Pledge of Allegiance”….

#3 who was that masked man? on 10.07.20 at 8:05 am

if all city employees are to wear masks, why weren’t neitzert, erickson and selberg masked up at the council meeting? also, i think it’s time that all councilors start showing up in person to all council meetings.

#4 Tellmewhattodo on 10.07.20 at 8:28 am

Please tell us what to do. We can’t think for ourselves. I will do as I’m told. I’m a good subject.

Remember, we just need to flatten the curve comrades, masks aren’t going to magically stop a virus, if that were true, we wouldn’t need a flu shot each and every year…

#5 "Very Stable Genius" on 10.07.20 at 11:34 pm


Vaccinations are more convenient and practical than masks, or your “herd immunity” as well.

#6 anonymous on 10.08.20 at 11:17 am

All EIGHT councilors need to SHOW UP (at ALL Council meetings) just as other city employees are being required to do on their jobs.


#7 anominous on 10.08.20 at 2:23 pm

kristi holds total sway over him. ultimately it’s not his problem due to this, and also because he’s really from NW iowa.

#8 "Woodstock" on 10.08.20 at 6:01 pm

“No wonder Iowa law applies”….

#9 anominous on 10.09.20 at 6:51 pm

Public health is just another “nothingburger” to him.

#10 "Woodstock" on 10.10.20 at 2:25 pm

“Say, speaking of a ‘nothing burger’, I noticed that Chipotle is coming up, but where are Chic-fil-A’s walls?”…. #PUCKPuckPuckPuckPuckPUCK……