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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Scott Ehrisman, Robert Mehling, Pierre, Sexual Harassment, Sioux Falls School District, Sioux Falls, Scott Hudson, The Ledge, Rant a Bit, Trump, Shithole Countries, Twitter, Facebook, War, North Korea, Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff, Office Vacancies, Midterm Elections, #MeToo, Dennis Daugaard, Kristi Noem, Marty Jackley, Chislic, Billie Sutton, Susan Wismer, Tim Bjorkman, Shantel Krebs, Dusty Johnson, Teacher Pay, State Budget, State Employees, Legislator Pay, Per diem, Downtown Parking Ramp, Paul Ten Haken, Jolene Loetscher, Youth Vote, Voter Turnout, Jim Entenman, Greg Jamison, Mike Huether, Kermit Staggers, Christine Erickson, Jim Sideras, rib fest, Cory and the Fireflies, Jodi Schwan, Sioux Empire Fair, Vikings, Super Bowl, US Bank Stadium, New England Patriots, Tom Brady, Football, SKOL, Sam’s Club, Costco, Lake Lorraine, Supreme Court, Internet Sales Tax, Amazon, Use Tax, Podcasting, Real Punk Radio, Grant Hart, Big Brother, CBS, iTunes, Game of Thrones, Day Drinking With Scott & Colette, Voyeur, Big Brother Gossip

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South DaCola Podcast Episode 011 2017 Year End Review

South DaCola Podcast Episode 011 2017 Year End Review

Host Scott L. Ehrisman and nameless co-host.

Produced by Robert Mehling

Theme Music “Rainy Day” by Brian Masek & Friends

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Scott Ehrisman, South Dakota Supreme Court, IM22, Badlands Pawn, OSHA, Glory House, Gene Abdallah, Pierre, Sexual Harassment, Steve Metli, Sioux Falls School District, McKennan Park, Cynthia Mickelson, Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, Uptown II Project, SFPD, Backpay, Sioux Falls Thrive Report, Annexation Task Force, Sales Tax Revenue, SFFD, Washington Pavilion, KELO TV, Perry Groton, Carnegie Town Hall, Annette Bosworth, Arc of Dreams, Bob Jamison, Doug Morrison, Sioux Falls Little League, South DaCola, Right on Red, Patrick Lalley, Potsdam, Germanfest, Don Kearney, Midco Aquatics Center, Golf, Lyft

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QAB Episode 008 Getting Detailed (and Jolly) with Adam Huber

QAB Episode 008 Getting Detailed (and Jolly) with Adam Huber

Host Emily Gheorghiu

Adam Huber’s Detailing



Produced by Robert Mehling.

A production of TheSiouxEmpire.com.

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Adam Huber, Detailing, Cars, Cards Against Humanity, Christmas, New Year’s,  Alien Life, Pierre, the Fast and Furious, Paul Walker, Grand Theft Auto, Emily Gheorghiu, Small Business

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Highway Patrol Graduation Friday; Largest Group in 43 years

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol officially welcomes its largest group of new troopers to the agency in more than 40 years this Friday during a graduation ceremony held in the State Capitol Rotunda in Pierre.


Class 59 consists of 20 recruits — 15 men and five women. It is the Highway Patrol’s largest class since 25 recruits graduated in 1974.


“This is a good group of recruits, who come from many different backgrounds and perspectives,” says Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. “Their different skill sets and life experiences will make the Patrol stronger and help us to better meet the needs of the public.”


The recruits have completed eight months of training which included basic law enforcement training, attending the South Dakota Highway Patrol Recruit Academy and finally, field training. The period from initial application to graduation is about one year.


“This has been an intense period of training, but these recruits need to be ready for any situation they might face,” says Price. “It has not been easy, but Friday’s graduation is the culmination of their hard work and dedication. We look forward to celebrating the moment with the recruits and their families.”


The graduating recruits and their duty stations are: Jeremy Biegert, Belle Fourche; Zach Bruzelius, Pierre; Andrew Buns, Wall; Joshua De Wild, Chamberlain; Paige Erickson, Rapid City; Brian Gordon, Murdo; Ashley Granville, Pierre; Tyler Jackson, Rapid City; Shane Johnson, Mitchell; Peter Klein, Belle Fourche; Jordan Melius, Aberdeen; Devin Olson, Britton; Eric Peterson, Beresford; Brandon Ridgeway, Brookings; Brynne Rist, Platte; Maxwell Schrader, Spearfish; Sara Schumacher, Pierre; Jared Smith, Gettysburg; Daniel Woodring, Rapid City; and Tyler Woodside, Faith.


Gov. Dennis Daugaard is the guest speaker for the ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m.  At the end of graduation, the new troopers will receive their patrol cars which will be parked behind the state Capitol. Many of the graduates are scheduled to be on duty as early as Saturday, July 22.


The public is invited to attend the ceremony.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

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SEP074 – Road Rage Prison Tablets with Kellen Marson

This week The Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling and Seth Glover) will commit random crimes so they can go to jail for the free iPads.  Fortunately, Comedy Hypnotist and Wacko’s Comedy Club Owner Kellen Marson was on hand to talk them out of it.  That, and the whole being threatened with forced catheterization thing were enough to talk them down.  We also discuss Xennials, South Dakota GOP chairman Dan Lederman’s defense of Gerrymandering, and Couch Everett Gebhart of Washington High gets permanently benched.  Kellen Marson also uses this appearance on the podcast to announce his candidacy for governor of South Dakota!  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 has a zero tolerance policy for school zero tolerance policies.

Parental Advisory

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Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Kellen Marson, Wacko’s Comedy Club, Tablets, Prison, Selfies, Forced Catheterization, ACLU, Child Welfare, Marty Jackley, Billie Sutton, Pennington County, Pierre, Dan Lederman, Gerrymandering, Spanish Inquisition, Junk Torture, Xennials, Avera, Gen X, Millenials, Dreams, X-Men, microgeneration, Zoolander, Austin Powers, Fake News, election reform, Justin Trudeau, Everett Gebhart, Washington High, Jesse Ventura, The Sioux Empire Tonight, Tut Hill, Disc Golf, Battleship USS South Dakota




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SEP074 - Road Rage Prison Tablets with Kellen Marson

SEP074 – Road Rage Prison Tablets with Kellen Marson

Tablets in prison!?! Rabble!  Rabble!



Urine strikes back


We’ve been here before






The Game Is Rigged




When being a good driver will get you killed (Cut for Time but still something to consider)




Coach takes one for the team


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Gov. Daugaard Announces $94.6 Million for Environmental Projects

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $94.6 million for water and waste projects. The board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

The $94,620,125 total includes $7,636,000 in grants and $86,984,125 in low-interest loans, with $2,015,000 in principal forgiveness.

The grants and loans awarded by the board are administered through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

“I am pleased to announce that this financial assistance is available,” said Gov. Daugaard. “These grant and loan awards will result in better drinking water, improved wastewater treatment and enhanced protection of the environment.”


Grants were awarded to:

  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources, $800,000 in two grant amendments, which includes a $550,000 grant amendment for the Big Sioux River Basin hydrologic and hydraulic model and a $250,000 grant amendment for waste tire and other solid waste cleanups


Loans were awarded to:

  • B-Y Water District, $4.7 million loan for ground storage water reservoir
  • Centerville, $240,000 loan for Main Street storm sewer improvements
  • Gregory, $260,000 loan for Felton Street sewer replacement
  • Hermosa, $199,000 loan for well rehabilitation and system pressure improvements
  • Humboldt, $272,000 loan for water meter replacement
  • Martin, $633,000 loan for water main improvements
  • Plankinton, $240,000 loan for water meter replacement
  • Sioux Falls, $11.559 million loan that provides $11 million for primary digester cover and mixer improvements and $559,125 for nonpoint source improvements in the Big Sioux River basin
  • TC&G Water Association, Inc., $775,000 loan amendment for drinking water system improvements
  • Yankton, $37 million loan for a drinking water treatment plant


Loans with principal forgiveness were awarded to:

  • Doland, $150,000 loan for water meter replacement with $75,000 in principal forgiveness
  • Onida, $3.35 million, which includes a $2.4 million loan for wastewater system improvements and a $950,000 loan for water main replacement with $250,000 in principal forgiveness
  • Sturgis, $16.647 million for wastewater treatment system improvements, which includes a $400,000 grant and $16.247 million loan with $1.6 million in principal forgiveness
  • Worthing, $120,000 loan for water meter replacement with $90,000 in principal forgiveness


Grant and loan packages were awarded to:

  • Canova, $52,000 for water meter replacement, which includes a $32,000 grant and $20,000 loan
  • Colton, $2.7 million for 1st and Main Street projects, which includes a $1.385 million loan for sanitary sewer replacement and an $815,000 grant and $500,000 loan for drinking water main replacement
  • Lake Norden, $1.606 million for wastewater collection system relining, which includes a $321,000 grant and $1.285 million loan
  • Lesterville, $453,000 for water main replacement and looping, which includes a $353,000 grant and $100,000 loan
  • Miller, $6.274 million, which includes a $2 million grant and $1.875 million loan for wastewater collection improvements and a $1.3 million grant and $1.099 million loan for water distribution improvements
  • Pine Cliff Park Water and Maintenance, Inc., $463,000 for water system improvements, which includes a $115,000 grant and $348,000 loan
  • Salem, $3.358 million, which includes a $2.556 million loan for wastewater collection improvements and a $500,000 grant and $302,000 loan for drinking water distribution improvements
  • Summerset, $2.769 million for wastewater treatment plant improvements, which includes  $1 million in grants and $1.769 million loan


The grants and loans were awarded from DENR’s Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program, Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program, Solid Waste Management Program and State Water Resources Management System.


The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, funded in part by revenues from the Petroleum Release Compensation Tank Inspection fee and the sale of lotto tickets, provides grants and loans for water, wastewater and watershed projects.


The State of South Dakota and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fund the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program, which provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects. The State of South Dakota and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fund the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program, which provides low-interest loans for wastewater, storm water, and nonpoint source projects. Principal forgiveness is a subsidy option that results in a reduced loan repayment amount for the borrower.


The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling, and waste tire projects. The State Water Resources Management System, also funded in part by revenues from the sale of lotto tickets, provides grants and loans for large water projects that have been authorized by the Legislature. The Legislature annually appropriates dedicated water and waste funding for the Consolidated, Solid Waste and State Water Resources Management System programs through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

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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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Tourism Industry Leaders & Innovators Honored for Their Work

PIERRE, S.D. – Lt. Gov. Matt Michels and the South Dakota Department of Tourism presented awards to top tourism industry leaders Thursday evening at the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre.

2016 Mickelson Award Quality Inn Watertown

2016 Mickelson Award Quality Inn Watertown – South Dakota Department of Tourism

The A. H. Pankow Award, which honors a media outlet or individual member of the media for unparalleled coverage and promotion of the state’s visitor industry, was awarded to South Dakota Public Broadcasting. The organization has continuously produced programming that has focused on the unique beauty and culture of South Dakota including shows like “Soaring South Dakota” and “Dakota Savor”, a new program that looks at South Dakota’s food, wine and brew offerings.

“We are thankful for South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s passion and continuous promotion of our state’s history, arts, destinations and way of life,” stated the Lt. Governor.

2016 Pankow Award SD Public Broadcasting

2016 Pankow Award SD Public Broadcasting

The George S. Mickelson Great Service Awards were given to The Saloon #10/Deadwood Social Club in Deadwood and to the Quality Inn & Suites in Watertown. This award honors businesses, communities or organizations that have done an exemplary job of exceeding visitors’ expectations in customer service.

“These businesses believe in involving staff members in all phases of planning, development and execution and they empower their employees to take care of customers immediately and effectively,” the Lt. Governor said. “By creating positive experiences within the cultures of their organizations, they prove they are willing to go above and beyond to take care of our visitors as well.”

2016 Rooster Rush Award Aberdeen

2016 Rooster Rush Award Aberdeen – South Dakota Department of Tourism

The Excellence in Tourism Innovation Award honors an industry partner for thinking “outside the box” when it comes to making their business, attraction or destination even more appealing to their visitors. The award was given to the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, in recognition of their innovative ideas and promotions to elevate their visitors’ experiences during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

“The team at the Buffalo Chip exemplifies the theme of ‘Building for the Future’ and innovative ideas,” said the Lt. Governor. “The continuous improvements and expansions the Buffalo Chip has made at its property show the commitment to the guests, their comfort and the importance of the visitor experience while in South Dakota and at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.”

2017 Black Elk Award Maureen Droz

2017 Black Elk Award Maureen Droz – South Dakota Department of Tourism

The Rooster Rush Cacklin’ Community Award, in its eighth year, went to the Aberdeen Convention and Visitors Bureau for the community’s level of support of the Tourism Department’s fall Rooster Rush campaign. Members of the Aberdeen business community decorated their businesses, and the CVB sponsored giveaways and hosted a coloring contest for youth that received 250 entries.

The Ben Black Elk Award honors someone who makes an outstanding contribution to the state’s tourism industry. The award was given to Maureen Droz of Pierre, a recently retired employee of the Department of Tourism who worked in the department for nearly four decades.

2016 Tourism Innovation Buffalo Chip

2016 Tourism Innovation Buffalo Chip – South Dakota Department of Tourism

“Maureen is someone who traveled all over the world to promote South Dakota and always gave more than was asked,” said the Lt. Governor. “The extreme passion and love for South Dakota was infectious to everyone that Maureen met during her global travels; we can’t thank her enough for the decades of her life she devoted to the State of South Dakota.”

The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council. The department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.

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1941 recording of USS South Dakota christening

USS South Dakota christening.  Two lacquer radio transcription discs, held in the collections of the South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, broadcast the June 7, 1941, double christening and launching of the battleship USS South Dakota from the New York Shipbuilding Corporation ways at Camden, N.J.

The digital audio recording of the christening of the South Dakota can be heard on the South Dakota Digital Archives website. Visit history.sd.gov/archives and find the link on the right to “USS South Dakota.” A transcript of the recording is also available on the website. The audio recording run time is just over 21 minutes.

The two discs were recently sent to the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, Mass. The conservation center used its touchless optical scanning technology, called IRENE, to retrieve the sound from the two discs.

At 1:20 p.m., on June 7, 1941, First Lady Vera Bushfield, official sponsor of the battleship christening ceremonies and wife of South Dakota Governor Harlan J. Bushfield, christened the battleship with a “full-size” bottle of Cook’s Imperial American champagne across the waiting prow of the United States Navy’s newest battleship South Dakota. A second “half-sized” champagne bottle, donated by Pierre resident Genevieve Trask, was also used in the ceremony – a special double christening.

After a brief delay, the South Dakota traveled down the ways into the Delaware River. As proclaimed by radio announcer Lewis Fischer, “There she goes … Mrs. Bushfield has just smashed the christening bottle and majestically the South Dakota is going down the ways. You can hear the crowd yelling, the flags are flying and the whistles blowing. It is a magnificent sight.”

The Sioux Falls Washington High School band performed at the event and played “Anchors Aweigh” as the ship drifted into the Delaware River. The band played the national anthem later in the ceremony.

The main speaker for the event was U.S. Secretary of War Frank Knox. He said, “There are fewer stirring views, nor moving sites, than that which you just witnessed. To see a great battleship leave the spot on the land and take to her native element. And to know that great ship will make a tremendous contribution to the safety of our country and all the people in it is a moving thought.”

Secretary Knox emphasized that day on June 7, 1941, exactly six months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the necessity of preparing the military for the future, saying “We must, if we are to play our part in the world of the future, establish and maintain the greatest sea power the world has ever seen and along with that predominant sea power, and auxiliary service, civil supplemented and make it all powerful everywhere.”

He continued, “Unhappily we seem to be living in a time, when affairs are moved by force, when destinies are controlled by force and since we know now that at this time in the world, which for some time in the future we must live. Then we Americans must have that force, which is first essential to protect us in our security and safety and finally to support those elements and those ideals in humanity and civilization that will bring finally peace to this war in the world.”

Knox concluded, “On your behalf I say, to the good ship South Dakota, God go with you, because after all, your mission, the mission for which we built you, is not war, but the prevention of war as God wills. Thank you.”

A recording of the ceremony was made by radio station WCAU of Philadelphia. The recording was sent via airmail to WNAX in Yankton, which broadcast the ceremonies. Arthur J. Smith, program director of WNAX, presented the transcription discs to Governor and Mrs. Bushfield, who then transferred them to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

The 17th Virginia Class nuclear submarine, the USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790), will be christened in the summer of 2017. The submarine is scheduled to join the fleet in August 2018.
The SSN 790 will be the third boat commissioned with the name “South Dakota.” The first was the Armored Cruiser USS South Dakota (ACR-9). The second was the Battleship South Dakota (BB-57), one of the most decorated battleships in World War II.
Editor’s Note: The U.S. Navy’s newest battleship, the USS South Dakota, awaits its christening and launching at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation ways in Camden, New Jersey, on June 7, 1941. (Photo courtesy South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives)

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LEAD South Dakota Drafts Letter to Governor

The Facebook group LEAD South Dakota (Leaders Engaged And Determined) has drafted a letter to be presented to South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard when he is visiting Sioux Falls on Friday as part of his state budget tour. Below is the text of that letter obtained and displayed by TheSiouxEmpire.com with permission from LEAD South Dakota.

From a LEAD Group Facebook post:

Governor Daugaard will be in Sioux Falls next Friday on his Budget Address Tour. The attached letter to him was drafted by contributing authors in this group as an introduction to the sentiment shared by many members of this group. This letter does not claim to speak for all: you have an opportunity to sign as individuals. Read it and if you are so moved, comment your name below or message me to sign the letter.

The letter:

December 9, 2016

Governor Dennis Daugaard Office of the Governor
500 East Capitol Avenue Pierre, SD 57501

Dear Governor Daugaard,

Over the past month, in the aftermath of the 2016 election, hundreds of women throughout South Dakota have gathered out of concern for the future of our state. It is inescapably clear that fundamental voices have been pushed aside at both the state and national level.

We will no longer sit quietly as others make important decisions regarding our lives. People of various races, ages, religions, and genders are assembling around matters of social justice and women’s issues to ensure the rights of all South Dakotans are protected.

Now, we rise.

We are a growing, inclusive community that supports, empowers and encourages the participation of women in all stages of the political process. Many of us will pursue an active role in the state Legislature in Pierre, fighting for legislation that improves the lives of women and families and against legislation that threatens to discriminate marginalized groups in our state. Any legislation that impedes the rights of individuals based upon any legally protected status, including gender, must not become law. In some cases, you will be our best and last hope. We South Dakotans are counting on you to uphold our invaluable freedoms.

Statewide movements are forming to engage individuals, prepare candidates for political office, and to amplify the voices of determined women ready to support positive change in South Dakota. Throughout the remainder of your term, you can count on regularly hearing from us and our allies. We will make our voices heard and we will take an active role in the processes that shape our state, our nation, and our shared future.

LEAD South Dakota (Leaders Engaged and Determined)

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