Sioux Empire Podcast 087 – All About Dan Bublitz Jr.

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This week the Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, Seth Glover) talks with Sioux Falls Comedian Dan Bublitz Jr. about his career and the comedy scene in Sioux Falls.  We hear about growing up in Huron South Dakota, deciding to start comedy, Poetry, and much more.  This week’s episode is brought to you by The Sioux Empire Podcast Network, specifically “The Art of Bombing” podcast with Dan Bublitz Jr.  Also, Chaos Reigns podcast with Ari Show and Dominic Wieneke.  The Sioux Empire Podcast studio is apparently haunted by Beatniks… BEATNIKS!

Dan Bublitz Jr.

The Cloud Lounge Mixed Tape Open Mic:

Sioux Empire Comedy

Billie Sutton

Argus Leader

South Dacola

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Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, Dan Bublitz Jr., Coffee, Huron, Weird Al Yankovic, UHF, Halloween, Family Matters, Urkel, Public Speaking, Plays, Diabetes, Sioux Empire Fair, Wessington, Kmart, Huron, Dead Malls, Godfather’s Pizza, Dakota Pork, Lewis, Saturday Night Live, In Living Color, Kids in the Hall, Sketch Comedy, Benny Hill, Divorce, American Dream, Sioux Falls, Fat Daddy, Poetry, Open Mic, Poetry Slam, Nandomas Techne, Vishnu Bunny tattoo, Coffea, The Blot Collective, Beatnik, Fernson on 8th, Superman, Boss Pizza, Batman, That’s Debateable, Pirates, Ninjas, Sioux Empire Fantasy Fight Club, Southeast Tech, John Thune, Get Small, Janklow, Sno Jam Comedy Festival, Billie Sutton

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Sioux Empire Podcast 086- The Art of Dan Bublitz Jr.

This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised.

This week the Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, Seth Glover) gets down and dirty with Sioux Falls Comedian Dan Bublitz Jr.  We cover how an unfortunate Homecoming tradition in Sturgis turned into a national embarrassment and a teachable moment.  Plus some bonus discussion of Homecoming traditions in small towns.  We also (master) debate if the infamous “Don’t Jerk and Drive” campaign created the current wave of public self-love terrorizing Sioux Falls parking lots. This week also marks the launch of a new bi-weekly segment on the podcast.  In Sioux Empire Book Club, Seth Glover will explore a new book every two weeks.  This week he’s telling us all about “Kama Sutra” by Anne Hooper.  This week’s episode is brought to you by The Sioux Empire Podcast Network, specifically “The Art of Bombing” podcast with Dan Bublitz Jr.  Also, Chaos Reigns podcast with Ari Show and Dominic Wieneke.  The Sioux Empire Podcast is now convinced that that was definitely a swastika on that car.


Dan Bublitz Jr.

That’s Debateable:

The Cloud Lounge Mixed Tape Open Mic:

Sioux Empire Comedy

Ugly Sturgis


Sports and Racism in South Dakota

Wacking epidemic


Sioux Empire Book Club

Alien and Company Tattoo artist Dustin Buri

Lore Podcast and Amazon Prime TV show:


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Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, Dan Bublitz Jr., Sturgis, High School, Homecoming, Racism, The Art of Bombing, Stand Up Comedy, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Huron, Giliberto’s, Huron Tigers, Wessington, Paintball, eggs, vandalism, teenagers, Flat Earthers, swastika, John Thune, Get Small, Red Necks, Public Indecency, Window Tint, Don’t Jerk and Drive, Homelessness, Public Transportation, Storage Wars, Ted Cruz, Chin Warbles Wafting, Kama Sutra, Anne Hooper, BoJack Horseman, Hugh Hefner, Comics, The Killing Joke, Cookbooks, Vātsyāyana, Skin Day, That’s Debateable, Zach Dresch, Skyler Bolks, The Art of Bombing, Open Mic, Podcast, Baseball, Yankees, Dustin Buri

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SEP059 – Rise of the Sioux Fallsians with Clinton Brown Part 2

This week The Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, and, Natasha Estes) continue our audio journey with entrepreneurship Übermensch Clinton Brown.  We explore the origins of his company, The Bakery. Brown tells us some exciting tales of the life and times of a serial entrepreneur.  He also tells a great story about why he is “psychologically unemployable.”  We also explore the real meaning of the word “Interesting” in South Dakotan.  This week’s local music spotlight is local artist Denham McDermott with the song “Something.”  This episode is sponsored by SiouxperCon 2017: The Sioux Empire Strikes Back.  SiouxperCon is a fan convention celebrating several mediums: including comic books, anime, board games, video games, science fiction, and fantasy. A non-profit event, SiouxperCon is dedicated to promoting literacy and valuable life skills in an inclusive and friendly environment. Net proceeds from the convention will benefit REACH Literacy and the JY6 Foundation.  The Sioux Empire Podcast tried to write Clinton Brown up with HR, but he refused to sign the acknowledgment.

Clinton Brown and The Bakery of Sioux Falls

Denham McDermott

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Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, Natasha Estes, The Bakery, Clinton Brown, Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Subway, Zach DeBoer, Travis Nye, Magic, Chicago, Santa Fe New Mexico, Albuquerque, Exposure Gallery & Studios, Bad Haircut Productions, Kettlebells, Sioux Falls, Edgewood New Mexico, Pierre, Huron, Brothers, Partnerships, Affiliate Marketing, Lauren Forsch, South by Southwest, Burt’s Bees, Intrinsically motivated, ADHD, South Dakota “Interesting”, Brian Rand, Art, Food Truck Friday, Total Drag, The White Wall Sessions, Automation, Truck Drivers, Silos, Queen City Bakery, Meso, Avera, Cancer, Emily Whoever,  Alternative Facts, Clustertruck, Steam, Denham McDermott

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SEP053 – 2017 We made it! With Ross Wickman Part 2

With Natasha Estes back in the studio, The Sioux Empire Podcast team (Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, Robert Mehling) pick back up where they left off with guest host Ross Wickman, host of the outstanding Technically Living Podcast. We talk over the Chuck Brennan’s Badlands Pawn meltdown, concealed carry permits in South Dakota, ways to not get killed by Natasha, the Sioux Falls deer purge, an infestation on social media, why Sioux Falls is never getting Uber (hint: draconian sales tax policy), vodka bandits, Huron’s mystery meet and pet panic, and ghost cars.  Our local music spotlight for this week is artist Bob Phelan with the song “She’s an Outlaw.”  This week’s episode is sponsored by the Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival, February 16th-18th. Three nights, three venues, and thirty comedians all benefiting the Special Olympics of South Dakota Tickets and info at  The Sioux Empire Podcast says there are ghost cars all over these highways.  Hold me.

Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Fest

Technically Living Podcast

Bob Phelan Music

Death of a Pawn Shop

South Dakota’s Packn’

Deer Purge

Bugging out–409593015.html

No Uber for you

Vodka bandits

Huron’s Mystery Meat:

OMG it’s a ghost car
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Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, Natasha Estes, Ross Wickman, Bob Phelan, Badlands Pawn, Colorado, Colfax Street, Riddle Master, Chuck Brennan, Boys and Girls Club, Panic at the Disco, Weezer, KBAD, West River, Wall, Wall Drug, T-Rex, The Badlands, Al’s Oasis, Siri, Concealed Carry, Uncanny Valley, Cowboy Orchestra, Futurescape 3D, Robby Hodgdon, South Park, Deer, Vermillion, Salem, Cryptids, Andy Warhol, Sioux Falls Ramada, Canton, The Gateway Motel, Uber, Lyft, Sales Tax, Use Tax, New Years Eve, Denver, Robert De Niro, Weed, Vodka, Amazon, Huron, Dogs, Coyote, Huron Community Speaks up for Animals, Smokey the Bear, Ghost Cars, Technically Living Podcast, Helen Kitter

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Coyote Road Kill Mystery Meat Dinner in Huron?

On January 1st, Huron police responded to a call of something burning inside of a garage in a southeast neighborhood. Once there, officers discovered a burning hog and what appeared to be a canine being cooked.

Officers and animal control seized the canine because it could not be determined what it was exactly at the time or how it had died. The canine was sent Wednesday to the South Dakota State University Veterinary and Biomedical Laboratory for a forensic exam. Detectives did follow-up interviews with two Huron residents, who said they had purchased the hog at a Spink County farm. It had been slaughtered at the farm in preparation for transport.

While at the farm, the individuals also lawfully purchased a dead coyote and transported it, along with the hog, back to Huron where they began cooking them. Detectives also interviewed the landowner and confirmed those events. The landowner said the coyote had been killed when hit by a motor vehicle. On Thursday, the SDSU Veterinary and Biomedical Laboratory exam confirmed that the animal was a coyote and had sustained injuries to the head and leg areas, consistent with a collision with a vehicle.

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SEP052 – 2017 We made it! With Ross Wickman Part 1

Happy New Year and welcome back Sioux Empire!  The Sioux Empire Podcast is hitting the ground running with Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, and Emily Gheorghiu on deck.  Our guest host this week is Ross Wickman, host of the outstanding Technically Living Podcast.  We cover all sorts of local stories like crafty six-year-old criminals, doomsday west river bunkers, why your vote doesn’t matter in South Dakota, and much more.  Our local music spotlight for this week is artist Bob Phelan with the song “When You’re a Farmer.”  This week’s episode is sponsored by the Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival, February 16th-18th. Three nights, three venues, and thirty comedians all benefiting the Special Olympics of South Dakota. Tickets and info at  The Sioux Empire Podcast would like to remind parents with Alexa in their home that Alexa has parental controls.

Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Fest

Technically Living Podcast


Bob Phelan Music


The secret is out


In case the whole 2017 thing doesn’t work out:


Can police hear your Echo?


Child Cyber Criminals


Drinking age 25?


Does voting mean anything in South Dakota?



South Dakota, Technically Living, Cost of living, Winner, Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, Colton, Weird Houses, Huron, Ross Wickman, Georgia, Vivos xPoint, Edgemont, Green Zone, Fallout 4, Income Tax, Minnesota, Arkansas, Swan Song, Doomsday Preppers, Wolf-Bears, Raiders, NFL, Texans, Bob Phelan, Earth Abides, Stephen King, Cozy Apocalypse, Road Warrior, Alexa, Siri, Apple, Amazon, Smart Home, Cuneiform, Hollywood Kid, Consumer Electronics Show, Google Pixel, Initiated Measure 22, Dennis Daugaard, Technically Living Podcast

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South Dakota Awarded $215,000 Opioid Abuse Grant

South Dakota will use a $215,000 federal grant to collect and analyze data about opioid misuse, abuse and overdose, a state health official said today.

“South Dakota has some of the nation’s lowest rates of drug overdose deaths but we can’t be complacent and ignore what we’re seeing in the rest of the country,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, secretary of health. “It’s important that we get a good handle on opioid use in our state and how to combat it now and not wait for the problem to grow.”

The funding comes to the South Dakota Department of Health through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Prescription Drug Overdose: Data-Driven Prevention Initiative in response to the growing national problem of opioid drug abuse. South Dakota is one of 13 states funded.

Malsam-Rysdon said she is appointing an advisory committee to review opioid use data for the state and develop strategies for preventing opioid misuse and abuse. Members include:

  • Tom Martinec, South Dakota Department of Health, Chair
  • Kristen Bunt, South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations
  • Sara DeCoteau, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation
  • Chris Diedrich, MD, South Dakota State Medical Association
  • Margaret Hansen, South Dakota Board of Medical & Osteopathic Examiners
  • Amy Hartman, Volunteers of America – Dakotas
  • Amy Iversen-Pollreisz, South Dakota Department of Social Services
  • Pat Kneip, South Dakota Office of Attorney General
  • Rob Loe, South Dakota Pharmacy Association
  • Jon Schuchardt, PharmD, Great Plains Indian Health Services
  • Kari Shanard-Koenders, South Dakota Board of Pharmacy
  • Senator Craig Tieszen, Rapid City
  • Senator Jim White, Huron

In 2014 South Dakota had the third lowest rate of drug overdose deaths – 7.8 per 100,000 population compared to the national rate of 14.7. The state also had the seventh lowest number of opioid painkiller prescriptions – 66.5 per 100 people compared to 82.5 for the nation in 2012.

“There is a lot of focus on opioid prescribing in both the public and the private sectors right now,” said Malsam-Rysdon. “This grant and the advisory committee is a great opportunity to coordinate those activities and have a real impact on opioid abuse.”

Meeting details will be posted at

Reducing the health impact of substance abuse and mental health disorders is one objective of the Department of Health’s 2015-2020 strategic plan,

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SEP044 – Poekhon Go!

Poekhon Go!  That’s right kids! (note this podcast is NOT for kids) This week the Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, and Emily Gheorghiu) welcome YouTube’s Pokehon (Joseph J Ektnitphong) to the show.  We talk about every random story that has happened in the last two weeks in a hurricane of “stream of consciousness” craziness (as is our way).  Stories include: “offensive” urinals at the new PAve restaurant in Sioux Falls, The Standing Rock Sioux vs. “The Black Snake” aka the Dakota Access Pipeline, and how reverse parking on Main Avenue in Sioux Falls is trying to kill us all.  In the second half, we cover the batshit insane anti-immigrant meeting in Aberdeen.  There we learn just how deep the racist rabbit hole goes (hint: get out your conspiracy theory bingo cards and tin foil hats).  We also get an update from Pokehon on next year’s SiouxperCon!  If you need us, The Sioux Empire Podcast is going to: “be under cover, that’s where you’re gonna be.”

This week’s episode is sponsored by PremonitionLive:



On October 8th at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls.  Prepare yourself for a night of magic, stunts, mind reading, and mystery with PremonitionLive!  z*stonish & Travis Nye perform a fast-paced, cutting-edge show that creates an unforgettable evening full of magic, mentalism, stunts, and mystery! Forget everything you know to be certain in this world. Allow your perception to change as you prepare to see how deep the rabbit hole goes.  Zac Tennneboe, aka z*stonish, brings an experience full of mentalism, hypnosis, and magic. You have to see to believe Zac’s world of make-believe.  Sit back and enjoy an evening of fun, mystery, and laughter. With Travis Nye’s combination of shock, freak stunts, & magic you will be saying “WOW!”

Happy Dakota

School Dress Code Issues

The Black Snake

Audio Clips from Americans First Task Force of Aberdeen event

Photos from Refugee Resettlements Program event in Aberdeen

A Brief History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization by Robert Evans

Video on Cracked to promote A Brief History of Vice


Napster, LimeWire, Urinals, Pokemon, Reverse Parking, Zoo Crew, Pokehon, Fatherhood, YouTube, Aberdeen, PremonitionLive, Bad Drivers, PAve Restaurant, Phillips Avenue, Argus Leader, Rolling Stones, Sioux Falls, anal beads, hotel rooms, Dakota Access Pipeline, Brawndo the Thirst Mutilator, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Tattoos, Human Skin Furniture, school dress code, sexism, fatherhood, yoga pants, Wall Drug, marijuana, happy cities, Huron, Aberdeen, Ecstasy, Yankton, Sioux Falls, Brookings, theater major parties, carnival game corruption, SiouxperCon, The Sioux Empire Podcast Panel, d20, Dungeons and Dragons, Crown Royal, Refugee Resettlement, Ron Bransetner, SoDakLiberty, Islam, Sharia Law, Agenda 21, UN, Infowars, Obama, Muslim Brotherhood, FEMA camps, Americans First Task Force of Aberdeen, Brown County Fair, Dakota Free Press, Cory Heidelberger, Communist, Independent Media, Press Releases, DMCA notice, Listerine, Dunkaroos, David Cross,  A Brief History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization, Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, Emily Gheorghiu, Joseph J Ektnitphong, The Black Snake, z*stonish, Zac Tennneboe, Travis Nye, Orpheum Theater, Cracked

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Governor’s Column: The Great South Dakota Get-Together

A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard:

Summer activities and vacations are coming to an end and practices for school-related events have begun. But there’s one final gathering to attend before summer is truly over – the South Dakota State Fair, which runs from Sept. 1 to Sept. 5 in Huron.

This is the 131st year of the great South Dakota get-together and this year’s theme is “Thrills, Squeals and Ferris Wheels.” Attendance, revenue and camper numbers all showed increases last year. With this year’s fair providing an excellent mix of new events and fair favorites, we hope to see increases again this year.

My sister and I were 4-H members growing up and we always were hopeful of exhibiting at the State Fair. My sister showed a dairy cow that earned her a purple ribbon. One year, I gave a demonstration on how to run an audio cassette tape player, which was considered new technology at the time. Members of 4-H still participate in the dairy show, demonstrations and many other project areas during the fair.

Some new activities at the South Dakota State Fair this year are cheese sculpting, a ranch rodeo, team penning, the Dole Canned Fruit Dessert Baking Competition and a ‘Fair’Cycled Art Competition.

A public Dedication Celebration Ceremony for the new Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth & Community will be held Sunday, Sept. 4, at 4 p.m. Thanks to a very generous contribution from the late Earl Nordby together with support from many other individuals, businesses and organizations, this facility replaces the old Clover Hall building and will be in use by 4-H members during the fair.

The State Fair is part of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, but other state agencies participate in the fair as well. As you walk about the grounds and through the buildings, you will see Game, Fish and Parks, Tourism, Health and others. The Department of Public Safety is holding “Drive Safe SD Day” Sunday, Sept. 4, in the Day Sponsor Tent where fairgoers can play games, register for prizes, watch Highway Patrol police dog demonstrations and learn more about the department’s agencies.

Another exhibitor is Driver Licensing and from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday in the Day Sponsor Tent, you will even have an opportunity to renew your driver’s license. Bring in two documents showing proof of physical address (such as vehicle registration and vehicle insurance) plus the actual driver license you want to renew. Staff will be there to help you.

Again this year, there will of course be tasty fair food, carnival rides, games and unique activities. Enjoy bull riding or one of the concerts in the grandstand each evening. No matter your interest, you’re bound to have a good time.

For more information on State Fair events, contact the Fair office at 800-529-0900, visit or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

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Huron Pizza Hut Destroyed in Fire

Heavy smoke and fire swept through the Pizza Hut in Huron early Saturday morning. Huron Fire Chief John Coughlin says crews were called around 3:45 AM.  Heavy black smoke pushed by a stiff northwest wind pushed thick soot and smoke into nearby neighborhoods.  Coughlin says a cause can not be determined yet.  No one was injured in the blaze. Firefighters did have to contend with number of kitchen utensils as they made entry. The scene has been cordoned off by the Huron Police Department.

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