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South DaCola Podcast Ep 012 2018 Predictions with Scott Hudson

South DaCola Podcast Ep 012 2018 Predictions with Scott Hudson

Host Scott L. Ehrisman and nameless co-host (Absent).

Special Guest Scott Hudson host of The Ledge, Big Brother Gossip, and Day Drinking With Scott & Colette Podcasts.

Produced by Robert Mehling

Theme Music “Rainy Day” by Brian Masek & Friends

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Senator Billie Sutton Responds to Governor Daugaard’s Budget Address

BURKE, S.D. – State Senator Billie Sutton, candidate for Governor and member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement in response to yesterday’s Budget Address by current South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard:

South Dakotans know the importance of living within our means and balancing our budget responsibly. As a state legislator and member of the appropriations committee, I know first hand how to cut unnecessary spending while also making the necessary investments that will grow our economy. We must live within our means, but unfortunately yesterday’s Budget Address lacked a plan or vision to improve the anemic economic condition in South Dakota.

Ag income and non-farm income are both struggling in South Dakota. Housing starts are falling behind, and unemployment has risen. In tough times, we must prioritize to make strategic investments that improve the economy. Strategic investments like our children’s education, public/private partnerships for early childhood education, needs-based scholarship opportunities, job training programs for those looking to advance their careers, improving housing opportunities, increasing salaries and wages, and improving healthcare access will all positively impact the economy throughout the state.

We also need to ensure tax payer dollars are being spent wisely, not mismanaged or steered to political insiders for personal gain. With the corruption we have seen in state government, more must be done to ensure government funds are properly administered, accounted for, and transparent to the people.

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Gov. Daugaard Signs Propane Executive Order

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard this morning signed an executive order to allow expedited commercial delivery of propane products to assist regions of the state that are experiencing low inventories and outages.


“Our ag producers need to have access to propane in order to carry on normal operations,” Gov. Daugaard said. “This order gives companies that transport propane some leeway so they can deliver products in a speedier manner.”


The Governor’s order declares a state of emergency and exempts delivery of propane from federal motor carrier regulations on drivers’ hours of service statewide.


Although hours of service have been temporarily suspended for commercial deliveries, companies may not require or allow fatigued drivers to make deliveries, Gov. Daugaard said.


The executive order expires at midnight Nov. 20, 2017.

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South Dakota Launches State Response Website

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the launch of to provide the public with real-time information during severe weather and disaster situations.


The Governor encourages South Dakotans to utilize the new website in times of emergency and follow the corresponding @SoDakResponds Twitter and Facebook accounts.


“South Dakotans need to have access to up-to-date information in order to make the best decisions during times of disaster and inclement weather. With that intent in mind, we created to be a one-stop public safety response site just in time for the winter season,” Gov. Daugaard said. houses material from multiple state agencies and outside response entities. The website currently includes information on drought, fire and winter weather, and the tabs will rotate depending upon the season and what is occurring in the state.


The website also includes an archive where information from emergencies dating back to 2011 are stored. The archive contains sections on the 2011 flood, Winter Storm Atlas, Wessington Springs and Delmont tornadoes, and the Big Sioux River flood in 2014 where photos, press releases, executive orders, and letters are available.


“We wanted to provide a historical component to as well by making documents and images from past disasters readily available,” said Gov. Daugaard. “We need to remember the lessons we’ve learned from these events and the many ways in which South Dakotans have persevered.”

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Get Serious About Tackling Opioid Abuse: A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard

This week President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. According to the White House, in our country, drug overdose deaths now outnumber fatal crashes and gun-related deaths, with 175 Americans dying each day. An estimated 11.5 million people self-reported misusing opioids in 2016. And the numbers of infants born drug-dependent and children placed in foster care because of parental drug abuse have both increased substantially.


Fortunately, South Dakota’s prescription drug overdose death rate remains relatively low. Still, every one of these deaths is a tragedy, and for too many South Dakota families, opioid addiction hits close to home.


Jeff and Maureen Deutscher of Sioux Falls experienced something no parent should when, in July of 2015, they lost their son Nick after his battle with addiction. An active, athletic student, Nick was on the high school football team. After he sustained a football injury and was prescribed prescription drugs by his physician, Nick became addicted.


Since their son’s tragic death, the Deutschers have become advocates for preventing opioid abuse. They are a part of a statewide advisory committee which has been meeting over the past year to address this problem in our state.


The committee also includes health care professionals, law enforcement, policymakers and state government officials. Together, this group has developed a strategic plan to address opioid abuse in South Dakota. The plan identifies four key areas of focus: prevention and early identification; treatment and recovery; reducing illicit supply; and emergency response to opioid abuse and misuse.


To address this problem, systemic changes are required. For instance, earlier this year I signed a bill into law which requires doctors to enter painkiller prescriptions into a statewide database within 24 hours. Also, health care providers are providing additional guidance to their physicians on when to prescribe these drugs.


Addressing the issue will also require action on an individual level. That’s why one of the advisory council’s key strategies is to promote the disposal of unused or unwanted drugs, so they don’t fall into the wrong hands.  Law enforcement agencies across the state promoted Saturday, Oct. 28, as National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This gives South Dakotans the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


If Take Back Day has passed by the time you read this or you can’t make it to one of the locations, check with your local pharmacist or law enforcement for additional disposal options available year-round. In the near future, the Board of Pharmacy hopes to establish these permanent take back sites throughout the state.


With the problem escalating at the national level, now is the time to get serious about tackling opioid abuse. We need all hands on deck.  Health care providers, governments, communities, and individuals all have a role to play. We owe it to the Nicks out there who are struggling with addiction, and to the Jeffs and Maureens who are fighting for their loved one, not to wait another day.

For a list of sites participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day visit:


For more information about additional disposal options visit:

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South DaCola Podcast 005 Eclipse and City Government with Pat Starr

South DaCola Podcast 005 Eclipse and City Government with Pat Starr

Host Scott L. Ehrisman and nameless co-host.

Guest Sioux Falls City Council Member Pat Starr

Produced by Robert Mehling

Theme Music “Rainy Day” by Brian Masek & Friends

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Republic of China (Taiwan) to Honor American Veterans Who Served in Taiwan

PIERRE, S.D. – Republic of China (Taiwan) will honor 52 South Dakota veterans who served in Taiwan during 1955-1979 at a ceremony hosted by the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. The ceremony will be held Monday, Aug. 14, at 1 p.m. (CST) in Galleries B & C at the Ramkota Conference Center in Pierre.

On behalf of the Republic of China (ROC) government, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver will present the “US-ROC Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge” to express the country’s appreciation for their service and contributions.

The United States of America and the Republic of China established a Mutual Defense Treaty from 1955 to 1979, which defended Taiwan’s democracy and freedom. Director General Jerry Chang said, “The American soldiers played a very important role in maintaining the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait during that time and we are very grateful for all the veterans’ contributions to providing assistance in Taiwan’s self-defense. Taiwanese people will always remember with deep appreciation.”

“It has been an honor to work side by side with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office on this ceremony,” said Larry Zimmerman, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs.  “They recognize what these heroes have given and as a token of their sincerest appreciation they will present them with the US-ROC Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge which symbolizes their adoration and appreciation for their service and sacrifice.”

“This is a conflict not many remember, and few even know about,” said Zimmerman.  “We must continue to provide opportunities like this ceremony to educate all on the sacrifices made by those who serve.”

The ceremony will include remarks from Gov. Dennis Daugaard, SDDVA Secretary Larry Zimmerman, and Director General Jerry Chang.

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Governor’s Column: The 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard:


It’s almost rally time in South Dakota. What started in 1938 as a single motorcycle race in a small town has grown into one of the largest and best-known motorcycle gatherings in the world. This year is the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and though we don’t expect the numbers will approach the levels we saw two years ago, the rally is sure to bring a crowd.


Motorcycle enthusiasts won’t just be visiting Sturgis. They will be traveling all around the Black Hills – staying in our hotels and at our campgrounds, eating in our local restaurants, shopping in our stores and refueling at our gas stations. Each year the rally has a big economic impact on Sturgis and all of the Black Hills, and that creates benefits for our state too.


An event this size is not without its challenges. To help things go smoothly, the state has opened the Rally Operations Center and a Traffic Operations Center. Local law enforcement, the Highway Patrol and ambulance services will have additional personnel working during the rally.


Many state agencies will provide additional staff to support food safety, drinking water safety, fire safety, roadway safety, emergency communications, and vendor sales tax registrations and collections. National Guard soldiers will also be prepared in the event they are needed to respond to a large-scale disaster.


For the past 76 years, we’ve had no major emergency at the Sturgis Rally. Our goal is to get through the 77th rally with that record intact, but we need help.


We’re asking South Dakotans to do their part to help make this a safe journey for our visitors. Drive carefully and be particularly mindful of the motorcycles on the road. Don’t get distracted by electronic devices. It only takes one mistake to alter your life and someone else’s forever. If you live in the Black Hills area, leave extra time to reach your destinations, and be patient with law enforcement and emergency responders. If something doesn’t look right, let law enforcement know.


For those who are attending the rally, be careful and be prepared. Wear a helmet and proper riding attire. If you are driving a vehicle, wear your seatbelt. Most importantly, don’t drink and drive.


Riders can visit for real-time information and some helpful tips. On the website are links to weather updates, fire danger information, Twitter feeds from the departments of Transportation and Public Safety, and a map of hospital, urgent care, and police station locations.


One of government’s primary functions is to keep people safe. The state of South Dakota is ready to perform that responsibility and we welcome the opportunity to host so many visitors in our great state. If South Dakotans and our visitors do their part, it will go a long way toward helping make the 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally a safe and fun event.

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Sioux Empire Podcast 072 – Your Friendly Neighborhood Podcaster with Sarah Rhea Werner

Howdy neighbor!  This week the Sioux Empire Podcast crew of Robert Mehling and Natasha Estes set out with Sarah Rhea Werner (Host of the Write Now Podcast and Forbes Contributor) explore what it is to be good neighbors.  Sioux Empire Podcast and Sarah Rhea Werner have officially learned that the best way to get along with your neighbors is to have dead neighbors.  Topics include:  Big Brother Mike Huether is watching you, or at least your lawn, and wants everyone to watch your lawn.  California boycotts South Dakota, South Dakota replies *shrug* meh. Robert makes an urgent plea to for people to be safe with fireworks no matter how cool messing with them looks on YouTube and does so by telling stories about how cool fireworks are… We cover the pros and cons to arming school staff.  And finally, we talk about neighbor etiquette in the 21st century.  This week’s episode is brought to you by the Chaos Reigns podcast.  A podcast about independent filmmaking, acting, horror films, and whatever else strikes us. With Dominic Wieneke and Ari Show.  The Sioux Empire Podcast is not nearly cool enough to have gotten locked in a graveyard while getting engaged.

Guest Host Sarah Rhea Werner, Forbes contributor and host of the Write Now Podcast.

Girl In Space

Sioux Empire Tonight

Chaos Reigns Podcast

Tattoo Artist Dustin Buri



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Report thy Neighbor


Boycott South Dakota


Please don’t burn our state down


Armed school staff


Neighborhood Thunderdome in Sioux Falls

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Gov. Daugaard Awards Six Community Development Block Grant

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded more than $3.4 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to six projects throughout South Dakota. Blunt, Faith, Lake Andes, Langford, Newell and Veblen will use the approved monies to help fund projects totaling almost $10 million.


“CDBG funds assist projects that improve living conditions for our state’s residents,” said Gov. Daugaard. “These six grants are in addition to eight other grants awarded in December. Because we have so many community-minded leaders who continue to prove their commitment to their towns and cities, we’ve now awarded more than $6 million for projects totaling more than $23 million, and that’s something I think we can all be proud of.”


The CDBG awards include the following:


  • The city of Blunt will use a $515,000 grant to make improvements to the city’s wastewater infrastructure and treatment lagoons.
  • The city of Faith was approved for a $515,000 grant to upgrade its wastewater system.
  • The city of Lake Andes was approved for a $750,000 grant to upgrade the city’s wastewater system.
  • The town of Langford will use a $565,000 grant for construction of a new drinking water storage system and increase the capacity of the city’s water infrastructure.
  • The city of Newell was approved for a $324,370 grant to assist with replacing the city’s water mains.
  • The city of Veblen will use a $765,000 grant to make improvements to its wastewater infrastructure and collection ponds.


The CDBG program provides local governments with funding to complete projects that improve living conditions. The CDBG program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.


For more information about the CDBG program and other financing programs offered through the GOED, please visit

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