Sioux Falls Media ignoring the issues with the Bishop Dudley House neighborhood, and it’s PATHETIC!

As we know this happened this week;

A Sioux Falls man who was stabbed in the head earlier this week has died in a hospital, police say. 
Christopher Joel Mousseaux, 32, was stabbed Sunday night and died Wednesday night, police spokesman Sam Clemens said. An autopsy was set to be performed Thursday.
Steven Tuopeh, 26, and Jeff Pour, 28, were arrested separately on Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault, Clemens said.
Mousseaux was stabbed around 10:30 p.m. Sunday near Eighth Street and Indiana Avenue, Clemens said.

For several months the Dudley House exterior property and adjacent public property has been the stomping ground for transients not allowed in the facility. They have been crapping, urinating, drinking, shootin’ up, fighting, sleeping and fornicating on the property or adjacent public property. Neighborhood complaints have been lodged at the SFPD, the Sioux Falls City Council, the Mayor, the Catholic Diocese who runs the house, the house director herself and several other organizations who assist the facility to no avail.

Now we have a person who has been murdered. Stabbed and beaten to death.

(the incident supposedly started at a bar on 8th and occurred directly North of the Dudley in a parking lot the volunteers use at the Banquet)

The media really needs to report the facts of what is going on in and around the Dudley House in that neighborhood, this is NOT a random isolated incident, the area around this facility has fallen into complete chaos and NOBODY wants to fix it and the MEDIA is dead silent about it.

We may humor the term ‘Fake News’ but in Sioux Falls we have ‘No News’.

It seems the city is handling this like they handled Covid, ignore it and maybe it will eventually go away.


#1 Jeff Barth on 10.15.21 at 12:02 pm

No easy solution.

#2 Very Stable Genius on 10.15.21 at 1:55 pm

The Burger Battle crowd should hand out free burgers to the homeless, maybe then the local media would notice.

#3 l3wis on 10.15.21 at 2:01 pm

Jeff, I agree but ignoring it will only make it worse.

#4 l3wis on 10.15.21 at 2:02 pm

VSG, maybe Dudley needs to host a food truck Friday in their empty lot.

#5 Very Stable Genius on 10.15.21 at 2:15 pm

Oh l3wis, you know better than to get me going about those food trucks. But okay, here I go:

It would have to be a food truck run by a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, who never got his Purple Heart until Rounds, Thune, and KELO found it for him.

This food truck owner would also have to be a triple victim of the three tornadoes (the only one), whose store front and home were lost that night, but his uncle, who owns a brewery, and his sister, who works at a local boutique, are both working to do fundraisers for this veteran to get his store and home back, at their respective proprieties.

Also, with everything else going on with this veteran’s life right now, he still would have time to do his own fundraising at his food truck for Coats for Kids and the free bag pack program here in town.

It would be a very touching story for the local media, need I say. AND, maybe some good tacos, too.

( and Woodstock adds: “Say, I think you forgot to mention how the veteran’s nephew works at the Food Bank, too, and is doing his own unique fundraiser for his uncle on the side”… )

#6 "Woodstock" on 10.15.21 at 2:17 pm

“AND, maybe Sanford could buy advertising on the side of this veteran’s food truck, too”…

#7 David Zokaites on 10.15.21 at 4:53 pm

I think the fundamental problem is that the really troubled homeless people have no place to go. Building them a shelter would solve this problem.

The city already has a shelter for chronic alcoholics because building them a shelter was cheaper than ER visits and ambulance rides. We could make another shelter sort of like “Safe Home” but for a different group of homeless people.

#8 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 10.15.21 at 5:00 pm

“free bag pack program”? I thought it was only legal for adults? Or, did you mean “free backpack program”? Although, a “free bag pack program” for all would be nice. #SmoothDayAtSchool

#9 l3wis on 10.15.21 at 5:20 pm

David, I agree 100%. I have said that we will just have to pony up as tax payers. We of course had a shelter like this but the city let it close instead of continuing to prop it up.

#10 Ray on 10.16.21 at 7:31 pm

@David, the shelter for chronic alcoholics that “was cheaper than ER visits and ambulance rides” hasn’t solved the problem at all. There are still fire trucks and ambulances showing up and the chronic alcoholics are still be transported to the ER because chronic alcoholics have abused their bodies to the point of no return and thus suffer from all sorts of health issues not to mention slips and falls from being intoxicated most of the day. I’m not knocking shelters just pointing out they don’t stop the chronic drain on city/public resources.

#11 l3wis on 10.17.21 at 6:11 pm

Ray, you bring up something, the lack of a strategy. While David, me and you can be arm chair cowboys, what is the strategy from our supposed leaders? They don’t have one. Not only do they do not have one, they have no plans to create one. They also lack a desire for public engagement to create one. It goes back to my recreating the wheel argument in SF, we don’t have to. Crank up google, a solution is probably only 45 minutes of research away.

#12 David Zokaites on 10.18.21 at 9:00 am

Homeless people and addicts are a drain on the city no matter what you do. But what’s the best solution for all concerned? I don’t like the default choice of ignoring the problem and watching trouble continue. Shipping the problem to a different town solves nothing. Making a shelter seems like the best idea. If someone has a better idea by all means speak up.

#13 D@ily Spin on 10.18.21 at 10:27 am

That whole area is blight. It’s hard to be proud of a prosperous city that hasn’t addressed citizen fallout.

#14 Media? on 10.18.21 at 5:03 pm

Scott, what makes you think the media will report this? Hell, they don’t report the mess in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, etc. and they are all bleeding heart Lib’rals.

Why don’t we just give them a place to shower and sleep, tell them they have to show proof of putting in an 8 hour day at one business on a list given to them, and they can come in to sleep, shower, and eat after work. Then, once they have put in enough hours at work, we have Premier give them a loan for a house.

It’s a Win Win Win!