This little tidbit of information sent to me by several foot soldiers over the weekend, got me thinking, “Glad I don’t have a business in Brookings”

BROOKINGS – The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) has hired David Merhib as executive director to lead the local business organization.

Merhib, a Brookings resident and recent school board candidate, joins the Chamber team with a strong background in institution management and leadership of non-profits.

After earning a B.A. in art history from the University of Oregon and a master’s in educational administration from South Dakota State University, Merhib served for eight years as director of the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. Merhib was responsible for strategic planning, developing businesses relationships, fundraising and collaborating with city, state and regional organizations to further the mission of the Visual Arts Center.

Besides the fact that the Brookings Chamber probably made a bad choice (Maybe Pitty Patt will look into David’s past). One has to wonder, why did David ‘Leave’ the Pavilion? Or was he asked to leave?

Rumor has it that there was a major ‘incident’ last year involving the VAC that probably didn’t bode well with Merhib. I was told by an anonymous source several months ago about the incident, and I asked for documentation to back up the allegations, and have never received it. Hopefully this latest upheaval will get some document proof in the hands of Detroit Lewis.

Stay tuned.

I wonder if the consumerism drunken Republicans will get it?

‘Twas the morning after Halloween and into Wal-Mart

stumbled three wayward friends who each grabbed a cart.

Hungover and hungry, they came for cheap food.

Yet what they discovered was unexpected, not good.

For what decked the Wal-Mart halls, floor and walls?

But reindeer, Santas, snowmen and green and red balls.

Truly, the friends found this site very queer.

Despite what the calendar said, Christmas was here.

I also liked this part;

I would propose a boycott of these stores that so vehemently exploit Christmas, but I have yet to find a single store that has not.

I have often wondered if I am in the wrong line of business – I think I want to become a consultant in our state.

“We have quite a few communities on board, with commitments so far totaling around $130,000,”

The coalition, which includes representatives from Watertown to Elk Point, hopes to raise $200,000 for its study.

One I-29 community that has committed financial support is Madison, which has pledged $25,000 from the city and the local economic development corporation,

He also is asking the state of South Dakota to contribute $50,000 toward the study.

I do think the study is a worthy cause, but I wonder why it can’t be done by city and state employees or contracted through both of our universites that already get state money. It seems we are quick to hire outsiders all the time.

Fire up the government burn barrel.