Sioux Falls ‘Great Bear’ to Change Name to ‘Great Excuses’

If it isn’t the warm weather and lack of snow, it’s a bad chairlift, a flat tire on the snowcat, cold temps (isn’t it a winter sports facility?) or lack of employees. One year they even lost the keys to the lodge and couldn’t find them for 3 weeks. Or who can forget when we left the snow making machine at the car wash by accident and it showed up at a pawn shop 2 weeks later.

The city’s naming commission has decided to push through a name change to ‘Great Excuses’ so we can lower expectations of patrons

“We just figured since Great Bear is only open about 7-17 days during the season we might as well clarify why,” said GM Don Grinder. “Good thing we are heavily subsidized by the taxpayers, otherwise we would have gone bankrupt years ago.”

The Washington Bazillion and The Butterfly Zoo have mentioned their resentment on many occasions. Darwin Spite with the WB said, “We have tried to cancel art and science exhibits in the past when it dips below 10 degrees but somehow the furnace continues to heat the building. Covid was amazing for us though, we basically got to close down for a year. I haven’t had such great nap time during the day since I was in pre-school.”

If the naming commission successfully changes the name to Great Excuses, they have some other name changes in mind. The Premier Center will be changed to the What & Who Center, the Public Safety Center will become the FEED US FOR FREE Center and the Levitt to the $7 Bud Light Theatre.


#1 NTNLIQ on 01.07.22 at 10:09 pm

Was this supposed to be funny? I don’t pick up on humor well when it’s not at all funny.

#2 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 01.07.22 at 10:50 pm

If we changed the name to the Country Music Events Center, do you think the Grand Ole Opry would sue us?

Could we replace Denny’s name with Verizon on the EC, or would that be too touchy of a move?

They should link the eventual high speed train going through Brandon to our snow lodge. It could booster tourism for our area. The train could be called the Brief Downhill Express.

#3 l3wis on 01.08.22 at 10:06 am

NT, well if you are a right winger I would expect you to not find the humor since I rarely meet one with a sense of humor.

#4 D@ily Spin on 01.08.22 at 11:46 am

“Build it and they will come” doesn’t work for all public projects in Sioux Falls. Kevin Costner wouldn’t help. There’s no cornfields left inside city limits. To be fair, winters have been mild lately. Great Bear patronage has suffered. They’ve used every excuse but ‘You can’t fool mother nature’. It wasn’t a good time for lodge improvements, another snowcat, or a new ski lift but oh well. I’m thinking paste money on the runs and call it ‘Money Trails’.

#5 D@ily Spin on 01.08.22 at 11:53 am

The way public money slips through city hall, it’d be a good ski surface. Use the glue that should have held democracy together before Strong Dictator Charter. There’s snow here. It’s called Cocaine.

#6 "Woodstock" on 01.08.22 at 12:35 pm

“Trickle-down/Laffer curve/supply-side economics is pretty funny. And that’s a right wing creation”…..

#7 Erica on 01.08.22 at 11:40 pm

It’s good thing this city has a vast amount of car wash locations as going to need them with all the money laundering Sioux Falls is involved in, it “seems”

#8 l3wis on 01.09.22 at 9:09 am

Also, any group that can’t laugh at their chosen leader who wears makeup and spray tan while gluing his combed over skullet obviously doesn’t have a sense of humor;

#9 LJL on 01.09.22 at 1:46 pm

What’s the point here? It’s just another sports entity partially funded by the public. Golf courses, swimming pools and parks.

You love it when government funds shit you don’t want to pay for but only if if it benefits YOU in particular.

#10 Very Stable Genius on 01.09.22 at 1:48 pm

Conservatives are not funny because of their corporatist/top down mentality that feeds a butt-kissing frenzy. The only good joke they are ever known for is: “I wonder what the poor are doing right now?” Which isn’t funny unless you are rich, or dumb enough to think you will be someday.

#11 l3wis on 01.09.22 at 2:18 pm

LJL, I like to delete a lot of your prick comments, because, well you are prick. But this one I will allow, because it made me laugh. First off, because as prick of the highest order of pricks you don’t have a sense of humor (most pricks don’t) and secondly I seem to live to lavish lifestyle because I ride my bike on an old piece of asphalt instead riding down a bunny hill on a rented tire. You live in a world where those with money deserve more from taxes. You are wrong and always will be because your bitterness will consume you. If you want to buy something with your wealth, I would suggest a few books by Karl Marx and learn something about humanity.

#12 D@ily Spin on 01.10.22 at 3:47 pm

LJL has a point. However, how long can a losing sports venue be funded? Golf courses and parks have proven their value. I’m surprised the Aquatics Center seems viable and solvent. If you don’t have snow and making it melts to fast, what then? It’s not like building an unnecessary parking garage but there’s substantial monetary issues. What’s disturbing is it seems the city gets involved in losing projects. Perhaps tax payers are tired of the waste and will elect a qualified mayor with ideas for turning around the foolishness with sound entertainment concepts.

#13 LJL on 01.10.22 at 9:21 pm

My bitterness? This entire blog is the bitter ramblings of a petty little person. How is it that a kid raised in the most fortunate place on earth from a good dutch family can learn to be a bitter perpetual victim? Be careful what you read comrad. Karl has taught you well.

#14 anominous on 01.11.22 at 6:47 pm

wtf is anyone just honorary dutch now, lemme have some of that money then i can be mayor as well