Is the city data mining with the FREE dump pass?

The city has already been using a private contractor at the recycling center that uses the special software to scan your driver’s license and they will deny you if you abuse the dropoff;

The Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill now will scan driver’s licenses or state ID instead of collecting the free passes. It’s still one load per household address and up to 10,000 pounds. The goal is to start the digital approach April 3 and allow residents to use the pass until the end of the year.

While I agree mailing out postcards can be costly and apartment dwellers deserve the passes as well, I think they are making this more complicated then it needs to be. You simply keep a data base of all adult residents residing in Sioux Falls with their address and when they present their ID (not scanned) at the dump, their name is searched and removed from the list after utilizing the opportunity. This could be done in under a minute by simply doing a search of the name in the data base.

Many residents have reached out to me telling me they don’t want there DL scanned and this may be an attempt to data mine more information from citizens.

While this kind of information gathering is allowed by law where it gets grey is if this information can be shared with private political campaigns or candidates. As I understand it, it can be. Mayor TenHaken learned thru his Bloomberg connections how to data mine on citizens, but what is stopping him from using this data personally to run for higher office?

The rumor mill says that Marion Mike Rounds will likely run for governor leaving a Senate seat and Congressional seat open. Dusty Johnson will likely run for Senate (with maybe a primary challenge from Noem) and TenHaken is gearing up to run for Congress (you know, the guy who hates politics and isn’t a politician 🙂


#1 rufusx on 03.04.23 at 7:23 am

FWIW – your DL or SD ID (and all the info on it) is the property of the state.

#2 Very Stable Genius on 03.04.23 at 1:25 pm

John, Paul, Mike, and Dusty, it’s like having The Fab Four once again. Does that make Noem the fifth Beatle? Or, merely a groupie? The Beatles started out as the Quarrymen, but sense they already have us in a big hole maybe they will just get away with crawling-out like some bugs dressed as beetles. But will Mike like Pierre without EB5? And what happens to a senator who is mistaken for a page? But the sweaty selfies with Marjorie Taylor Greene and Gaetz will be priceless….. So, it looks like it’s Best that Pete just head for the “ranch”… While the rest of us, well, given the inevitable, we could definitely use some ‘Help’….:

( and Woodstock adds: “I think Dusty would make a great Ringo”…. 🙂 )

#3 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 03.04.23 at 1:36 pm

Is that what they mean by a data dump?

#4 l3wis on 03.04.23 at 6:17 pm

Ruf, I don’t care who owns it, the data being manipulated for campaigns is what worries me.

#5 LJL on 03.05.23 at 12:21 pm


#6 Jeanette on 03.06.23 at 1:25 pm

I can see the campaign slogan now: “Paul, Look at Me, Ten Haken, for Congress!”

#7 Further Fear & Loathing on 03.07.23 at 12:07 am

Dusty will be a natural for the filibuster. He’s has a commanding voice and is a good talker. But are selfies allowed on the House floor? Oh, they must be, because Dusty took one with Kevin just after Gaetz said “Yea” on the 15th vote…. AND, just coming from the House gym will make it sweaty…. I can’t wait…. Meanwhile, Mike returns to Pierre. He’ll be excited. They have a new bridge coming. Plus, Pierre in the spring is just marvelous. Dusty will follow John around like a kid brother, while Paul will have to buy a tie. Unless, Gym Jordan gives Paul a tie, while Paul allows Gym to wear his blazer on the House floor…. I wonder if that blazer will be sweaty for Gym after Paul has been to the gym, however? I guess we will just have to see, while Gaetz gets excited about another 15, Boebert loads her gun, Marjorie Taylor Greene lets out another scream, and Paul looks for his cell with its FB App… #AnotherDayinDC #GitRDone

#8 Vincent Van NO! on 03.07.23 at 8:16 pm

The Sioux Falls Household Hazardous Waste scans your drivers license when you drop off your leftover Taupe paint.

#9 The Guy From Guernsey on 03.09.23 at 1:23 pm

Vincent –
Just as there is no such thing as leftover wine, so also is there no such thing as leftover taupe paint.
We T-villians put that [bleep] on everything!

#10 anominous on 03.12.23 at 12:18 pm

does anybody in town no a revine where we can dump our grass; if the City did the leaf dropoff but for grass year round down by morrells the smell of the fresh cut grass would cancel out the smell of the hogs and we would have a nice clean town one other thing is i heard a lot of these new small town church ministers in NW iowa are trying to cast out demons of their church members now and send them into the local hogs like in the bible n then they go to slaughter here and then the demons comeout in sioux falls in ghostbusters thats probly why there is so many cases of demon possession in town now