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‘Out of Context’ is all SD Republicans have

When I first saw this clip, I knew right away that it was taken out of context before I even saw the context. When Erin Healy was referring to ‘killing the fetus’ she was referring to the fact that certain Republicans in our state want to prosecute rape and incest victims for having an abortion or as they claim ‘killing a fetus’.

City of Sioux Falls plan to expand indoor pools has been in the works for years

This is no surprise, before the doors of the Midco even opened there were plans to expand the indoor facilities;

South Dakota’s largest community is readying to spend tens of millions of dollars overhauling its pool system, which could include a pair of brand new indoor aquatic centers.

The plan to expand indoor facilities has been talked about for a long time. In fact, the bonds they are proposing have been on the table for years.

I am NOT against building indoor rec facilities that have multiple uses, but when we are losing $700K a year on just one indoor pool we have to ask ourselves some serious operating expense questions. If these community centers are meant to help those who can’t afford private fitness clubs why not have certain hours where they are FREE to use by anyone?

Leon Younger, President of PROs Consulting, reviewed the alignment with the Park System Master Plan, with the following main points: replace aging aquatic facilities; renovate and update aquatic facilities to extend their useful life; adult fitness and wellness programs; year round programming; maintain the level of service with population growth; address the shortage of indoor recreation space. Younger also stated the following recommendations: prioritize indoor multi-generational recreation center with aquatics at Frank Olson or Kuehn Park, ideally both; follow Master Plan for McKennan Park with replacement of wading pool; add shade and upgraded concessions at Terrace and Laurel Oak parks.

We can’t say on one hand we are here to help the less fortunate then turn around and charge an entrance fee like we do that already at many city owned facilities.

You will also find that the largest number of people who filled out the survey were from the SE district in North Harrisburg. It makes you wonder if that district is more targeted online to participate in the survey. The SE district is what shaped the last city election, and now we are letting them shape policy.

It will be interesting to see what kind of operating expenses the Parks Department comes up with.

Bunker Ramp patio astroturf put in just in time for winter

Former South Dakota blogger nails Sioux Falls government in one sentence

Tim has decided to leave SD;

Sadly, I have to admit I’d come to regard South Dakota with Contempt. I’ve been “Noemed” and “wing nutted” to death. It’s simply no longer the state I’ve known for more than half a century.

I would agree with Tim this is not the state I grew up in, one-party rule has destroyed any hopes of progression or freedom. It really has become an authoritarian regime from the top down. I have told many people when I retire, the only part of Scott that will be living in SD is a mail box.

…And while it may be the case in many cities, Sioux Falls kowtows to developers and the financially well-off. There’s little concern for what the citizens want and little to no transparency.

Sioux Falls government has really become a plutocracy (a country or society governed by the wealthy.) When you have a newly elected councilor (Merkouris) having to ask the city’s emergency manager who writes policy (tornado sirens) and that manager responding ‘the mayor’s office’ you really start scratching your head as to why we even have a city council when the dictator and mostly the deputy mayor is calling the shots. (FF 47:20)

Former Oath Keeper decides to testify Punk Rock style

I had to chuckle a bit when this former Oath Keeper testified today to the January 6th committee in his punk rock jean jacket and Descendents T-Shirt. I guess I am going to have to change my clothing style when addressing the city council from now on 🙂 At least I don’t have a face tattoo.

Why did Amendment C fail?

I am just as shocked as you. Even by the fact that it failed in all but 1 county in South Dakota. Even when you talk to the folks that were in opposition, they seemed skeptical that it would fail.

There were a lot of factors;

• The Vote NO campaign did an amazing job of getting the simple message out that this would destroy initiatives in the future. It was well funded and well organized.

• There was an amazing grassroots effort to get out Dems and Indys to vote against this.

• Many Republicans opposed the measure and spoke out.

• The Chamber and the 3 major hospitals opposed it.

But the main reason I think it failed is people in South Dakota, no matter your political affiliation, like our initiative process. I think while the process is long and messy I think South Dakotans are very proud of direct democracy and when they can’t trust our elected officials, we have options.

Ironically the pro Amendment C people in the legislature who said this was about taxes (hogwash) have failed to reduce our taxes. Several bills failed this winter that would reduce sales taxes. If this was really about low taxes, when is the legislature going to lower our taxes?

I also think this is a good sign that Rec MJ and Medicade expansion will pass in November.

I also was NOT amused by this thread on Reddit. Apparently poll workers were yelling out if you were an evil Democrat when checking in for voting. Wrong ballots handed out and I guess the Minnehaha County Auditor Kyte is apparently trained poll workers to not have the public sign the poll books. This makes signature matching impossible. Good thing the guy lost. The County Commission should tell him to resign before the General Election, he is clearly not cut out for the job.


Sioux Falls Police Officer gets fired from his part-time food delivery job

Recently Sioux Falls patrol officer Paul Whitechurch got the idea to join a national food delivery company for a side hustle after seeing one of his fellow officers with such a positive experience that took over social media in Sioux Falls.

“I just thought after sitting in my patrol car all day at the skate park it would be a nice change to actually work in a moving car.” said officer Whitechurch “While police work is certainly very fulfilling, what attracted me to this side hustle is the pleasure of delivering fast food to lazy bastards who are willing to pay $10 bucks for me to deliver food from a restaurant a 3 blocks away.”

Whitechurch was surprised that after only a week on the job that the corporate office informed him that he was terminated.

We contacted the office to see if we could figure out why he was terminated so quickly? They sent us a statement;

‘While we try not to talk about why our independent contractors are terminated, we feel Whitechurch broke so many rules we needed to share. His delivery response times were about 3 to 4 times slower than our Sioux Falls average and sometimes he would bring 4-6 friends to assist him with the delivery. He was also caught eating the food he was supposed to deliver and even if he made it in good time, he never wore a mask when in contact with customers. That may fly at his day job, but at our business we take our protocols seriously and they must be followed.’

Maybe Mayor TenHaken should listen to Trump

Recently our previous president called elected officials who don’t promote Covid vaccinations or lie about them ‘gutless’, surprisingly, of about the 30 to 40 thousand statements this caveman makes I agree with a few. This is one of them.

But even when Poops was presented with a moment to stand on a soap box and tell people to get the damn shot, he says this;

“I’m glad I was vaccinated,” he added. “Get your vax. We know people who get it are less likely to get it in a bad way and be hospitalized. I still think just the confusion among people is so great, it’s hard to correct at this point.”

Huh? What confusion? Getting less sick? Dying?

The only confusion is why you are not on the streets of Sioux Falls promoting vaccination. I could speculate, but I am sure when you are running the Dutch Mafia, it’s good to be Dutch. (this was my scaled back ‘previous’ Christian response and not my potty mouth response).

While people may think I am attacking Poops, let’s be clear hear, I have viewed several local PSA’s, and NOT once have I seen the supposed leader of our city promoting vaccination.

If you are so speculative or confused, why did you get fully vaccinated? As you mentioned. It protected you? Why not use this opportunity to tell the public that vaccinations are a good thing? Because as your orange hero says you lack the courage to state the obvious. You should have just told the interviewer, ‘I didn’t sign up for this.’

How will Sioux Falls Public Works handle Friday’s possible snowstorm?

Let’s pretend the forecast for Friday comes true (I hope it doesn’t) and the city comes under a snow alert Friday night. Will the city be able to dig us out (residential) by Monday morning? I ask this question, because I have noticed over the past two years and the past two winter events recently that it seems the city doesn’t seem to be to concerned with cleaning the residential streets.

Mind you, I don’t want the public works department to plow every street when we get a little sleet or a little snow, but at least sand intersections. I didn’t see one single truck and on my 7 mile commute across downtown to the NW part of the city, no intersections cleaned or sanded.

The rumor going around is that they are short staffed. I was unaware that the city lost dozens of employees in the street department. I also point out that the city budgets for this service and with a $700 million dollar budget, we have the funds to plow and maintain the streets.

So if we get over 4 inches on Friday, how will the city react?

While I had my issues with Mayor Munson, he never faltered on plowing the streets, in fact he prided himself on the service the city was providing and made many improvements.

Maybe the street department will send out peeps to pink spray paint our residential streets to alert us of the deep unplowed snow?