I still think this is too little too late and most voters have had their mind made up for months. But you also have to question a sitting councilor(s) sharing his opinion on a ballot measure. I remember when that backfired when councilors and the sitting mayor were against the Drake Springs outdoor pool vote.

I also laugh when people talk about WF not smelling. Oh, it will smell. I grew up on a hog farm. Hogs stink. Ironically though, we will never know if WF smells or not, since Smithfield’s stink will always be waffling in the air above and beyond anything coming from WF.

10 Thoughts on “Sioux Falls City Councilor Soehl sends out text to vote NO on Slaughterhouse ordinance

  1. Les Stench 4 Governor on November 4, 2022 at 12:39 pm said:

    Perhaps, greater stench could be negated by a greater aroma of weed. Or, would the greater combined sweetnesses be so unbearable that greater weed would be consumed resulting in the hogs getting out and controlling us? It’s perhaps a chapter missing from Animal Farm. Although, Smithfield is run by the communist, but wasn’t eventually also the Farm? I’m afraid I see where all of this may be going amongst the possible thickness of a new greater sweetness.

  2. Whenever I was riding in a car with my late grandma, and the windows were down and we smelled a farm, my grandma would sing the chorus to this song;


  3. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on November 5, 2022 at 9:51 am said:

    Everyone keeps talking about the stench, but what about the noise from Porky’s?….:


  4. Vote Stench!.... Aroma was not built in a day.... on November 5, 2022 at 12:21 pm said:

    “Number One City in America”, The Steel District, Taupeville, Limitless, and always clean white and black SUVs thanks to SilverStar, so how does a new pork plant fit into all of this?

    It’s as if the corporatists amongst us are so greedy that they have lost their mission, their purpose, and their image…. (Oh no, not their image, too…. I wonder, can a stench be removed from lightly windowpane graced navy blazers and khakis pants, and what about the sole crevices of their luggage tan wingtip shoes with ONCE white soles, will they entrap the stench, or merely drop an eventual trail of their true stinky intent?)

  5. Donald Pay on November 5, 2022 at 2:04 pm said:

    I’d like data on what Volatile Organic Compounds are being emitted these plants. Stoehl thinks they don’t stink, but what Soehl thinks is not a very scientific approach. There are ways to reduce, if not eliminate odors. Has the city investigated these reduction measures and technologies? Where is that information? Why haven’t they disclosed it? Have they required any such measures and technologies? What are they? Has the city developed regulatory measures to monitor and control odor? If they have not done so, why not? This all should apply to both plants, by the way.

    I get tired of politicians who b.s., and don’t do a goddamn thing to improve things. Soehl should resign, if he can’t deal with issues in an honest way.

  6. DP, great points! That is what a conditional use permit would have been applied to, but the city decided to let developers take over the planning department. You also have to realize that all of those things require ‘work’.

  7. Mike Zitterich on November 6, 2022 at 7:54 am said:

    We live in a agriculture state and we should be used to farm life. I grew up and have lived in Sioux Falls all my life, John Morrells has become like home, refreshing to smell the death of pics and cows knowing what time it is during the day, likewise, the former Old Home Bread Production Plant once covered the small of John Morrells like a air freshner that made the city smell super delicous.

    I have no issue with the current plant, and I have no issue with the Wholestone slaughterhouse being built in its present location either..

    People need to grow up and stop being so afraid of these plants, as Sioux Falls is and was formed as a “Cattle Town” and that is part of our history. It would appear the only people trying to force us to change our wasy are Democrats, who always seem to want to force us to comply with their unconstitutional orders, than accept our traditions, beliefs, and concepts.

    If the ordinance passes, it will cost the residents tons of money, due to the litigation to follow.

  8. I guess my biggest concerns have never been about the smell, the size of the operation, jobs, housing for employees, etc. I am concerned about the 1 million gallons of water usage per day and the 3 million gallons of wastewater discharge that concerns me. Will WF be subsidized by other property owners in SF who use our water and sewer system, or will they have to pay a higher rate? I disagree that it will be a major factor in polluting the Big Sioux. Everybody knows, or should know, that the major polluter of this river is runoff up north of raw animal sewage and fertilizers from farms along the river. The hippie in me also says if you are opposed to animal slaughterhouses, then stop eating meat. There is ZERO nutritional benefits from eating meat that can’t be provided in plant based proteins. You also don’t have to pop a soybean plant in the head with a hammer to harvest it.

  9. Donald Pay on November 6, 2022 at 1:50 pm said:

    MZ, It’s not a case of being “afraid” of these plants. It’s a case of wanting any plant to be run without causing physical or economic costs on others. Why should any plant “socialize” the cost of their effluents? They need to be responsible citizens, and that means controlling those odors and effluents so others don’t end up paying the costs.

  10. what kid doesn’t dream of working in a slaughter house or call center?

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