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Augie has online survey about local impacts of Covid

I took this SURVEY today, and it is pretty good. I encourage all to take it and leave your name and email for follow-up.

But what I want to know is how is it that 1) Homeland Security thinks providing bacon is an ‘essential’ service. As someone said to me today, ‘to build up your immunity you should be eating more vegetables and less bacon and ham.’ Duh! 2) Why would we let a business, owned by Chinese investors (a communist nation, hint, hint, Krusty Gnome) delegate to our free society leaders when they will be open, and when they will not be open? 3) I will answer that question; because immigrant’s lives are expendable to them, and it makes me sick to my stomach. If our supposed leaders had any backbones (I’m mostly talking about Rounds, Thune and Johnson) they would have had a directive already for Homeland Security to shut this place down. Bacon production can be suspended for a few weeks or months, we will survive. Our partisan hack leaders (from both parties) are showing their true colors, money is all that matters.

This is what happens when you don’t have government transparency

As I warned, if you didn’t use city resources and had no transparency with the rental help program it could be misused;

“There is no specific agreement that the landlord signs,” said Janet Kittams, executive director of the 211 Helpline Center. “We’re taking it on a good faith commitment that when they receive that check for 70% of the rent that they will not evict that person.”

This is why it needs to be administered by city officials, so they can put in stipulations that evictions don’t occur. Non-Profits don’t have that authority;

Anderson said city officials told him the city doesn’t have the authority to stop evictions from happening based on South Dakota law, but he argued that because the city of Sioux Falls has a mandatory registry of rental properties, making it the sole authority over what “those licensees may or may not do with those licenses.” 

“I understand that there might not be any established legal precedent for what we’re asking, but we are living in unprecedented times,” he said. “I have no doubt that you all care for your fellow citizens, but I’m asking you tonight to turn that care into action.”

And once again, Stehly was justified in asking those questions;

Councilor Theresa Stehly pressed city staff on whether landlords were bound to play nice with their tenants if they received money through the One Sioux Falls Fund.

“I don’t know,” Sioux Falls Planning and Development Services Director Jeff Eckhoff said.

The program should have been administered through the planning office. But that is the least of the city’s problems.

This morning Mayor TenHaken said a major employer has become a hotspot. The guess by many and the media is Smithfield (who recently offered employees a $500 bonus for showing up to work over the next month). But our very transparent mayor didn’t want to share that information with the public. Later Noem admitted to it.


If there is a major outbreak of covid at a major employer, don’t you think for public safety we need to tell the public who it is?! I keep beating this drum, TRANSPARENCY DURING A TIME OF CRISIS IS CRITICAL! I don’t understand why PTH doesn’t get it. The public has a right to know what business this is, for our safety and wellbeing.

This is why a stay at home order for businesses that employ ten or more needed to be implemented a couple of weeks ago. Now I’m afraid it may be too late. The head doctor at Falls Community Health admitted today that since we didn’t have stay at home orders like many cities across the US our numbers will now spike, dramatically. She made this admission today at the health board meeting. An admission PTH failed to inform the public about this morning, and even telling Belfrage this morning that he ‘didn’t want to show modeling daily to the public, because it changes to much.’ I have argued what will get people to stay home is putting the fear of God in them by giving them the realistic projections, instead we have downplayed the pandemic and put on art contests to keep our minds off of the inevitable. Again, NO LEADERSHIP and NO TRANSPARENCY.

The meeting last night (above) wasn’t much better. Cameraman Bruce addressed transparency during a crisis (below-transcript at bottom of article), but it fell on deaf ears. And while Stehly offered amendments for the safety of employees, the RS5 once again said while it was a good idea, they couldn’t support it, because you know, it was Stehly’s idea. Councilor Neizert even commented that by voting against it, people will write bad things about them (the RS5) on social media. Yeah, because you need to stop listening to our moronic city attorney who doesn’t know his butt from a hole in the ground.

At public input, even a citizen pointed out that we have the legal rights to implement rules when it comes to stay at home orders and eviction stipulations.

Besides the lack of transparency and legal knowledge of what to do during a health emergency, it appears some on the council are also worried about their appearance. Put a trucker hat on it, maybe that will make you look better, but just like the bunker ramp, you can only get the sh*t so shiny when you polish a turd.

The RW3 (Right Way Three) the only ones ‘leading’ during this crisis.

Bruce’s input transcript; Democracy dies in darkness

Real leaders can take people into the darkness and find the light.

Democracy dies in darkness

Our elected leaders saying I “really didn’t sign up for this” is missing the point of leadership 101. There are no classes to teach imaginative leadership. It does not come from the Gallup Polling service. We have had many leaders who really didn’t understand what they got themselves into even prior to the drought, virus or tornadoes.

Democracy dies in darkness

Government positions are not to be treated as pedestals of success, a position of stature, or a line on their resume. We voters elected every one of you on this dais to lead us through the darkness by giving us disaster plans when times are good. We had boom times up until 2 months ago, why didn’t the RS5 and the plus one up in front of us have the disaster plans ready.

Democracy dies in darkness

The reason we question and then get derided by the RS5 members of this body is because we have been asking for preparedness and all we get are jabs, assaults, broken teeth, jail time and more.

Democracy dies in darkness

Last week, when I was finally able to log into the meetings held in this very room, I saw what could easily be prosecuted as criminal. This is not Soviet Russia or Red China, this body is a public government forum where our rights guarantee our leaders and the public the ability to ask questions. No matter how embarrassing it might be to those in power. To tell the members of this body they cannot ask questions before they vote is criminal. Councilor Starr did the right thing in attempting to adjourn the meeting.

Democracy dies in darkness

The reasons we ask embarrassing questions is because some of us have been lied to and jailed as a result of our questions. Just think the Midco Pool windows, HVAC failures in a building we didn’t need, a death caused by a failed parking ramp project, secret settlements for a lousy siding job and more. As said in the old movie “Don’t pee in my boot and tell me it’s raining.” We know the difference.

Democracy dies in darkness

Opening an official meeting of this city by calling it goat roping is insulting to the body and especially the voters who put you here. Also, hiding the city’s pressers, business and health discussions on a private membership, data harvesting service such as Facebook and not putting them on the taxpayer’s CityLink should be considered a crime.

Democracy dies in darkness

Now more than ever, the public needs a voice in this room because our city leadership has shown window shades are safer than open windows. This city government needs to empty their boots and get to work opening up the process to the public. It has come to the time after hearing the open discussion at today’s Informational, the public should be able to sign up to speak via their phones or computers. If you have to be here until midnight, we don’t care.

Democracy dies in darkness, this is a dark place.

Stink Factory is going to get more Stinky

Oh joy, more hog barns by our biggest tourist attraction!

The Virginia-based company has received a building permit for a $12.5 million expansion to the Sioux Falls plant for a holding barn addition. That follows a $2 million holding barn addition permit filed in May.

And that is what brings the tourists in!

When turning the corner to enter the cafe we walked into a thick, and pungent wall of odor emanating from the business across the street. I grew up in southwestern MN and have had my fair share of brushes with pig farming and even helped feed pigs at one time, but this was on a whole other level.

Never in my life have I been hit so hard with pig manure odor that I almost gagged! We quickly entered the cafe, but upon losing any sense of hunger we each held our breath and made a dash out of the cafe! (Some advice, do not hold your breath after breathing in an awful smell as it only increases the difficulty of getting that odor out of your throat and nose.) Falls park is an extremely wonderful experience for the senses, it would just be nice if one of the senses could be taken down a notch!

And that’s what keeps the visitors coming back, as my stepfather would say “Smells like money.”

I have often argued if we are ever going to re-develop our Downtown we need to eliminate the train traffic, JM’s and the Prison.

Who posed the question?


I posed the question;

At a forum last week for candidates running for mayor, they were asked about the volatile meatpacking industry and whether the John Morrell plant would remain.

This was a question I email submitted to the mayoral forum at the University Center, and candidates Staggers and Huether expanded on it. It is an important issue to our city and I am glad our city is starting a discussion about it. Not sure what I think anymore after reading the article. One side of me doesn’t trust the meatpacking industry that has no problem with making changes overnight, but another part of me says they make some good points about not closing the packing plant. I guess time will only tell.

Is John Morrell’s closing in SF?


Bye-Bye stinky.

Consolidation has been going on for awhile and in a recent Gargoyle Leader article, Sioux City is gearing up for a bigger plant.

But the biggest piece of news that has been circulating in news circles is that Smithfield foods who owns JM’s has filed Federal consolidation paperwork (but the document does not include location). – Sorry still trying to find a link

I have said for awhile that it doesn’t make a difference to me, but there is a lot of powerful people in SF that would benefit greatly from the closure, and with the Stockyards for sale, that is a prime piece of property.

So what are Sioux Falls city and business leaders doing about it? Probably helping JM’s pack – but they will never tell you that.

I suspect once they drop the bulldozer blade to tear down JM’s they will probably keep going east until they hit the insterstate, considering that neighborhood will be emptied overnight.