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Sutton Donation to Help LifeScape Children Experience Rodeo

SIOUX FALLS – On Wednesday, Billie Sutton donated over $1,200 to LifeScape Children’s Services in Sioux Falls. The money will help fund an annual trip children with disabilities take to experience first-hand the excitement of rodeo at the Winner Elks Rodeo in July. A former professional rodeo standout, Sutton was excited to help provide the children this unique opportunity to learn about and enjoy the great sport of rodeo right here in South Dakota.

On Wednesday, Sutton said:

“With rodeo, that’s a sport that you’re guaranteed to get knocked down. But you have to keep fighting and get up and move forward, and these kids are my heroes in that. They face challenges everyday that I can’t fathom.” KDLT News

For the past 49 years, the Winner Elks Rodeo has served as a benefit for the LifeScape Children’s Services.  The funds have helped to expand their outreach capacities to serve more children in rural South Dakota.

Sutton’s donation is made up of small campaign contributions that were made anonymously. The campaign is unable to accept contributions from unidentified donors according to state law, and Sutton couldn’t have thought of a better cause to provide these funds to than a program that supports his passions for rodeo and helping kids facing some of life’s toughest challenges.

LifeScape is an independent, non-profit organization, serving adults and children in Sioux Falls with an additional center in Rapid City providing therapy and psychological services for children.

Billie Sutton is a rancher, financial professional at a small community bank, State Senator, former professional rodeo cowboy, fifth-generation South Dakotan, and candidate for Governor.

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Sioux Falls Buries April Snow Records.

Sioux Falls has officially blown away three of our April snow records. Stay safe out there everyone!

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Former GOP House Speaker John Boehner is now a pot dealer

John Boehner’s eyes will be bleary, liquid and reddened for another reason, henceforth: he’s got a job as a marijuana industry spokesman.

I’m joining the board of #AcreageHoldings because my thinking on cannabis has evolved. I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities.

I’m certainly looking forward to high John Boehner tweets, but let’s not forget that he and his party spent decades using drug policy to marginalize, incarcerate and politically neuter minorities. He’s woke for money, not justice.

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Reggie Rhoden “Small town uninformed plebs”

Reggie Rhoden, spawn of Larry Rhoden, would just like to remind you that the most corrupt legislature in America and their trust fund babies think people who live in South Dakota’s small towns are plebs.

Don’t worry rural South Dakota, little Reggie is here to tell you how stupid you are and to protect you from yourself.

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A Race We Can and Should Win By Sen. John Thune

By Sen. John Thune 

The United States has experienced numerous technological revolutions throughout its relatively short history that have been so monumental that life as Americans knew it would never be the same. Henry Ford made automobiles and the assembly line a reality. Scientists helped American astronauts take “one giant leap for mankind.” And U.S. innovators and academics played a pivotal role in making the internet as integral to our day-to-day lives as it is today.

It was Americans’ desire to ask “what’s next?” that led to each of these technological revolutions in the past, and it’s already leading to those of the future. An easy example of this is the evolution in how we’ve consumed media over the last century and the technology that has allowed us to do it. We had books and newspapers, then radio and television, then color television, then VHS and VCRs, then DVDs and Blu-ray, and now with a few quick clicks, you can watch a movie from a wireless tablet on a chair in your backyard or on an internet-connected airplane at 30,000 feet.

When it comes to mobile broadband technology, in particular, of which media consumption is only one small part, I believe American innovators and entrepreneurs are at the doorstep of another “what’s next?” moment. I’m hopeful that lawmakers in Washington can help these new American pioneers cross the finish line faster and more efficiently, because if we don’t win this race, another country will.

In early 2016, I introduced the Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless (MOBILE NOW) Act, bipartisan legislation that would lay critical groundwork for the next generation in wireless broadband technology. At the time, I said the MOBILE NOW Act would be our passport to a 5G future of gigabit wireless connectivity, and I believe it now more than ever.

While the Senate Commerce Committee, which I chair, easily approved this common-sense legislation a few months later, it unfortunately didn’t make it to the Senate floor before the end of the year. We were close, though, which is why I reintroduced the bill on the very first day of the 115th Congress in 2017. Our hard work and persistence paid off. The committee passed it again, and, as part of a larger legislative package, so did the full House and Senate. Our multi-year effort culminated with the president recently signing it into law.

Now that it’s the law of the land, I hope we can move quickly to cut unnecessary and overly burdensome red tape so U.S. innovators can continue to move the ball down the field. By deploying newer, modernized infrastructure, like small cell technology, and making more of it available for broadband, including inefficiently used government spectrum, the airwaves over which mobile communications travel, we can achieve these goals.

My hope is that as this new technological revolution continues to take shape, states like South Dakota can play a leading role in making it a reality. Some might say, “why South Dakota?” And to them, I say, why not? It’s within reach.

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Why Call It Good Friday?

Good Friday is the day when Christians memorialize Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. So why is it called Good Friday? According to the Bible, Jesus was ordered to carry the cross on which he would be crucified and then put to death. So what’s so good about it?

Some suggest that the day is “good” in that it is holy, or that the phrase is a corruption of “God’s Friday”.

However, according to Fiona MacPherson, senior editor at the Oxford English Dictionary, the adjective traditionally “designates a day on (or sometimes a season) which religious observance is held”. The Oxford English Dictionary states that “good” in this context refers to “a day or season observed as holy by the church,” for example; the greeting “good tide” in England or old Christmas songs. In addition to Good Friday, there is also a less well-known Good Wednesday, namely the Wednesday before Easter.

The earliest use of “guode friday” is in The South English Legendary, from around 1290. According to the Baltimore Catechism – the standard US Catholic school text from 1885 to the 1960s, Good Friday is good because Christ “showed His great love for man, and purchased for him every blessing”.

The Catholic Encyclopedia says that the term’s origins are not precise. It means some sources see its roots in the phrase “God’s Friday” or Gottes Freitag, while others argue that it is from the German Gute Freitag. It notes that the day was called Long Friday by the Anglo-Saxons and is referred to as such in modern Danish. It also says that Good Friday is known as “the Holy and Great Friday” in the Greek liturgy, “Holy Friday” in Romance Languages and Karfreitag (Sorrowful Friday) in German.


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Happy National Puppy Day

Sure it’s a made up holiday, but hey, puppies!

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Senator Billie Sutton First Candidate for Governor Officially on the Ballot

PIERRE–– Today, Senator Billie Sutton became the first gubernatorial candidate to be officially placed on the 2018 ballot. On Tuesday, Sutton’s campaign for Governor and a group of supporters submitted nominating petitions to the Secretary of State. In total, approximately 100 circulators gathered 2,422 petition signatures from voters across the state on Sutton’s behalf–– about 3.5 times more signatures than the number required. After sampling the signature submitted, the Secretary of State’s office officially accepted Sutton’s petitions today.

This isn’t the first time Sutton’s campaign has shattered expectations. At the end of 2017, Sutton had raised nearly $880,000, which is 2.5 times more than any Democratic candidate for Governor in South Dakota has ever raised at that stage of the race.

“I’m grateful for the support I’ve gotten from folks all across the state,” Sutton said. “Together we have built unparalleled momentum that has surpassed records of past campaigns. We’ve been able to gather about three-and-a-half times the number of signatures needed for our petitions and raised two-and-a half-times more than previous Democrats running for governor thanks to our strong network of grassroots supporters and volunteers.”

Sutton has been met with wide support as he’s circled the state. He’s received over 4,500 unique contributions, with 98% of his donors from South Dakota. He visited with hundreds of people in 29 counties on his listening tour last fall and has received support from all corners of the state in his campaign.

With hundreds of volunteers, supporters, and more donations coming in every day, the state of the Sutton campaign is strong. Sutton’s bi-partisan cross-party appeal and strong support in rural South Dakota add up to a clear path to victory in the race.

Billie Sutton is a rancher, financial professional at a small community bank, State Senator, former professional rodeo cowboy, fifth-generation South Dakotan, and candidate for Governor.

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Sioux Falls Labor Endorses Local Candidates

Sioux Falls AFL-CIO

Sioux Falls Labor Endorses Local Candidates

Sioux Falls— Immediate Release The Sioux Falls Central Labor Council, the local Labor Body that represents 32 local unions in Sioux Falls and maintains a membership of over 5,000 union members, held its Municipal Candidate Forum at the Sioux Falls Labor Temple on March 7th. After the Forum the Members of the Sioux Falls AFL-CIO voted to endorse:


Kenny Anderson Jr. for Mayor

Nick Weiland for City Council

Curt Soehl for City Council


All endorsed candidates signed The Union Pledge. Promising to prioritize Working Families and defend the rights of workers to collectively bargain and organize in their workplace. Union Members will work through the election to ensure Labor Endorsed candidates are successful.

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Undead Sioux Falls Mayoral Candidate David Zokaites’s Candidacy is Dead

I guess David Zokaites won’t be exciting us, to paraphrase a line from his now dead campaign’s music video. I guess should have spent more time on getting signatures instead of making funny music videos.

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