UPDATE: Citizens for a Sustainable Sioux Falls file ballot question Committee

UPDATE: Here is a copy of the petition, and also a detailed story about it.

So the people fighting the Wholestone Packing Plant filed this last Wednesday (FULL PDF)

Notice the name of the committee is ‘Smart Growth Sioux Falls’, and below they listed their intentions ‘The ballot question committee supports measures to prohibit certain Slaughterhouses from being constructed, or being permitted to operate, within Sioux Falls city limits’

I guess it would be safe to assume they will attempt to circulate a petition to stop Wholestone. While they have made no pronouncements to the media or on their website about what their intentions are, I am guessing we will hear soon. They will probably have 6 months to gather a little over 6,000 signatures.

Without taking a stance until I know more about their intentions, I will warn them, the city’s legal counsel will either do everything in their power to kill your petitions or fall over themselves to support you to get this on the ballot.

This will be fun to watch from the outside for once.

I had a great convo today with a local businessman and Switzerland’s direct democracy form of government and how the Swiss people embrace voting on most laws that affect them. I have felt for a long time the only way you get anything done that truly affects our lives and government policy is thru direct democracy and the ballot box, and this is a prime example. Representative government is a flawed and broken system.


#1 LJL on 04.19.22 at 11:07 pm

we need another slaughterhouse like more carwashes. Might as well build next to Cherapa to consolidate the corporate pork and stink.

#2 Piggies on 04.20.22 at 8:08 am

What would you think if PTH was part of this effort to help his Communist Chinese benefactors?

#3 Been snooping with the Dogg on 04.20.22 at 11:07 am

I wouldn’t be surprised. Mayor Chippendale is a corporatist, which is like being a communist without a standing army.

#4 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 04.20.22 at 11:17 am

Direct democracy might be the way to go. Like, let’s say we wanted to invade Canada. We should let the people decide that one.

The Swiss, however, are nestled into valleys amongst the Alps. It helps to keep their thoughts and policies homogenized, which further feeds their direct democratic successes and tolerance for it. But would it work on the plains, where West River eventually meets the socialists in Minnesota? It’s something to think about.

I know some like Direct TV, too, while others only want to Dish it out. But if you dish it out you had better be ready to be direct, if you want to succeed.

#5 "Woodstock" on 04.20.22 at 11:47 am

“Say, I took my 11 year old nephew to Snoop Dogg last night”…. “But how come no one told me that there would be four strippers on poles throughout the performance?”…. #FieldTripsAreEducational

#6 Further Fear & Loathing on 04.20.22 at 11:55 am

Leave it to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to allow a hip-hop/rapper to perform, but only if his opening act is still country. #ItMakesItAllBetter #ISayPartyOverHere… OrPartyOverThere?….

#7 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 04.20.22 at 12:29 pm

Okay, so speaking of direct democracy, last night I thought I saw people outside the concert pushing a petition to get legalized marijuana on the ballot. Then, when I entered the Big Dent, I couldn’t help but frequently smell the aroma of a great sweetness, and even the Snoop was smoking something on stage that didn’t look like a cig. So, is all of this just another example of the tale of two cities, or was I just merely dazed and confused?

#8 l3wis on 04.20.22 at 12:35 pm

I’m sure you were just smelling Smithfields.

Anytime my grandma would smell that same thing she would sing us this song;


#9 Sick of Fearing on 04.20.22 at 1:18 pm

I wish Dorothy Collins still toured. She could open for Snoop around here and bring her ‘Wizard of Oz’ boys with her.

#10 "Woodstock" on 04.20.22 at 1:25 pm

“Dorothy must have been the Dua of her time”…. “But no ‘Sweet Violets’ could beat this sweetness”….. :


#11 Fear Not! on 04.20.22 at 1:37 pm

Hogs, Dorothy on the farm, and now a sweetness, something (Someday?) tells me that we are now due for an ‘Animal Farm’ reference, if you ask me. Because like the book, it started with reformer pigs who then became the problem. Or, is it more like “capitalistic” corporatists who claim to hate communism and are for growth and opportunity, but eventually inject their sweetness upon an unsuspecting populous, which is also kind of like Smithfield as well. #WheresTheStandingArmyThough?

#12 Ask Not! on 04.20.22 at 2:13 pm

I had a nephew who served in Afghanistan with the 82nd. They could always tell who among the villagers were the true Taliban based on the boots they wore. The corporatists might not have a standing army, but they do have a militia, and they all wear the same luggage tan wingtips with white marshmallowy soles. #Beware!

#13 D@ily Spin on 04.20.22 at 2:55 pm

Is there anywhere inside city limits where there’s enough affordable land for a slaughterhouse? This kills itself.

#14 D@ily Spin on 04.20.22 at 3:58 pm

Now I get it. Land as a slaughterhouse has half the value than for another purpose. It’s a not so sophisticated way to lower property taxes.

#15 Very Stable Genius on 04.20.22 at 6:19 pm

They’re going to put it out by the new Gage Brothers and the water treatment plant, right? Which is north of Great Bear. But maybe it should be in town to help lower our new tax assessments. #HogHeaven

#16 anominous on 04.22.22 at 11:49 am

i doubt bluestem is sincere on their opposition to this thing. They probably only have a gripe about the starting wage being too high.

#17 wild hogs on 04.22.22 at 12:22 pm

i suspect this will almost singlehandedly be squashed by sanford. can’t have pig stink wafting over the headquarters you know.

#18 l3wis on 04.22.22 at 3:13 pm

I wonder if this group realizes they hired a lobbyist that lives in his parent’s basement?


#19 VSG on 04.22.22 at 3:49 pm

Speaking of living with your parents, this was one of the best sitcoms ever: