Sioux Falls City Councilor Erickson’s suggestion about pausing Covid tourism is just a ruse

FF to 3:36:00

As I suspected after Christine brought this up in the council meeting Tuesday night, there really is no effort to pause the program called ‘Sioux Falls Alive’. Not only is the website still chugging away but I saw an electronic billboard today (you know the kind you can turn off like a light switch) promoting the program. I have also heard from DaCola Foot Soldiers that still blow their money on cable TV the ads are still playing.

To be fair, though it grinds me, Erickson said they wouldn’t pause the program until AFTER Thanksgiving (which just seems pointless).

So while we are flat out lying to the citizens about pausing this ungodly $250K taxpayer expenditure that got funneled to Mayor TenHaken’s former(?) ad agency Click Rain we are throwing $20K towards the health department to educate the public about what we shouldn’t be doing during this pandemic. Maybe they will wait to educate us after Thanksgiving so couple 100 more people could die first.

As suspected, it probably wasn’t that easy to turn off the faucet because contracts were signed. And I suspect even after turkey day, the website will still be rolling and the ads will still be running like gravy down your uncle’s mouth (or Rudy’s sideburns).

But this should have NEVER happened to begin with. This was just a Hail Mary to the CVB and it’s subsequent contractors and had little to do about doing the right thing. Once again, like most leadership from City Hall and Carnegie these days, it’s all about the Benjamins and little else.


#1 D@ily Spin on 11.22.20 at 8:55 am

Likely there’s a contract commitment before Covid. What seemed a good deal then is the wrong impression now. If renegotiation is not possible there should be no future business. It’s easy enough to turn this around and give the ad firm a bad reputation for not pulling the program and perhaps offering future credit.

#2 anominous on 11.23.20 at 10:55 pm

Watching that city council meeting video is like viewing a live-action Hieronymous Bosch painting.

#3 "Very Stable Genius" on 11.24.20 at 6:25 am

A state, that once erased its usury laws, is now promoting COVID tourism, should we be surprised?

We also have a major health care system in town that promotes gage fighting, while its CEO is not big on masks during a pandemic. (Some say that those who don’t like masks are the ones who should be wearing other protection, too. Who knows?)

Our “international” golf tournament has now gone the way of Badlands Pawn. They were both the products of a predatory nature. The people are still here, however, but their money is gone.

Many are pro-life in this state, too, while grandmas die in great numbers. Wearing a mask, I guess, is their answer to choice.

Wages are low here, too, but marijuana is now legal here. Talk about “… opium for the masses”….

South Dakota used to be known for McGovern and Mt. Rushmore, but no more, we are now the state of Sturgis and Noem. #NoMaskRequired

South Dakota: Crazy Leadership. Crazy Ideas. (Or, is that incompetent leadership and ideas?)