SEP048 – PremonitionLive

Get ready for a candid Perkins talk on the Sioux Empire Podcast. We’ll see what it sounds like after Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, and Emily Gheorghiu have their minds freaked by Premonition live!  We’ll also talk just a little bit about what’s been going on the last two weeks and of course a very healthy side serving of randomness.  This episode is sponsored by #PremonitionLive (Zac Tenneboe and Travis Nye) and Organizing By Lisa.  The Sioux Empire Podcast is still not sure how Z*Stonish (Zac Tenneboe) “Incepted” Robert during the show like that…


Mike Myers, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Matthew, Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, Emily Gheorghiu, Zac Tenneboe, Travis Nye, Organizing By Lisa, PremonitionLive, Inception, Kanye West, Donald Trump, Flipper, Robots, Robin Williams, The Terminator, 99 Red Balloons, Perkins, Lady in the Water, M. Night Shyamalan, The Village, Star Trek, ISIS, Mike Pence, Men in Black, Westworld, Professor Michael Roche, University of South Dakota, Owl City, Yo Yo Ma, Rap Music, Atlanta, Georgia, Allergies, Tattoos,  The Trump Affect, Teenagers, CPR, Landlords, Scarffs

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Attorney General Jackley Comments on the Arrest

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley comments on the arrest of the CEO from

Backpage CEO, Carl Ferrer, was arrested in Texas on a California warrant on pimping a minor, pimping and conspiracy to commit pimping, in connection with sex trafficking of minors on

“This sends a strong message that sex trafficking will not be tolerated and that those that are preying on children, no matter who they are, will be prosecuted,” said Attorney General Jackley.

On October 4th, 2016, the South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that South Dakota joined with 20 other State Attorneys General in an amicus or “friend of the court” brief, challenging a decision granting broad protection from civil liability even when it took active steps to promote sex trafficking of children.  Data reveals that these children exploited through sex trafficking are typically given a quota by their trafficker of 10-15 buyers a night, and sold up to 45 times a day during high demand sports events and conventions.
“The internet continues to be the primary method of advertising for sex trafficking and South Dakota is not immune from these types of ads. It is an uphill battle when sources like actively promotes and refuses to cooperate in the prevention of child sex trafficking.  Companies selling ads for profit should not have immunity for their role in harming children,” said Jackley.
The brief was filed in the United States Supreme Court in the case of Jane Doe 1, Jane Doe 2 & Jane Doe 3 v.  The brief argues that the Communications Decency Act does not protect a website operator from liability when it creates content that actively promotes sex trafficking of children by encouraging use of language that will attract customers seeking children for sex.  The brief argues that uses language to encourage payment methods that make financial transactions with the traffickers’ untraceable, strips metadata to impair law enforcement’s ability to locate victims, and deletes “string ads” posted by law enforcement.
In 2011, Attorney General Jackley co-authored with Democratic Attorneys General Bob Ferguson of Washington and Chris Koster of Missouri, a letter to signed by 45 Attorneys General.  The letter outlined a series of requests and specifically asked them to describe how they intend to stop the exploitation of minors.  The goal for the Attorneys General with this letter was to find cooperation from to protect children from being sold with the removal of the adult services advertisement. has not cooperated with the Attorneys General.
The South Dakota Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit and their law enforcement partners from across the state continue to battle sex trafficking with law enforcement operations targeting sex traffickers.  Since 2013, 9 operations have been implemented statewide resulting in 39 arrests of those individuals soliciting minors for sex.

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Thousands Gather for Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup

Picture perfect weather drew near-record crowds for the 51st Annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival at Custer State Park.

Last year during the 50th Anniversary, attendance reached nearly 22,000 spectators. This year’s attendance was close to 21,000, almost matching last year’s record-setting numbers.

Custer State Park also hosted its three-day arts festival in conjunction with the Buffalo Roundup. Good crowds gathered throughout the three-day celebration to enjoy entertainment, educational programs, the buffalo chip flip as well as the Buffalo Wallow Chili Cook-off and Buffalo Art Stampede Arts Auction.

“All in all it was a fantastic three days in Custer State Park with the Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival,” said park superintendent Matt Snyder. “We’re already planning for next year’s event which will be held Sept. 28-30.”

The annual Roundup serves as a tool to help manage the park’s buffalo herd. About 200 buffalo will be sold at the park’s annual auction on Saturday, Nov. 19. For additional information on the auction, contact the park at 605.255.4515 or email

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Attorney General Jackley Joins Challenge to Federal Government over Transgender

PIERRE, S.D.-  Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that South Dakota has joined 18 other State Attorneys General and the Governors of Kentucky and North Carolina in an amicus or “friend of the court” brief, challenging the federal government’s withholding of education funds over transgender.
“President Obama’s directive that children of opposite sex must be required to share locker rooms and bathrooms under the threat of lawsuit and withholding of education funding has been halted by a nationwide federal preliminary injunction. Unfortunately, the federal government continues to act on its threat by forcing this extraordinary intrusion upon our schools. The Attorneys General are again stepping forward to protect children by asking the United States Supreme Court to allow school districts to avoid placing young children of opposite sex in the same bathroom or locker room,” said Jackley.
The brief was filed in the United States Supreme Court in the case of Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., Mother Deirdre Grimm.
The case involves a school board in Virginia making accommodations for an individual born as a girl that self identifies as a boy wanting to use the boys’ bathroom in school. The Federal District Court entered a preliminary injunction requiring the school board to allow the girl to use the boys’ bathroom after it was directed by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to afford controlling deference to the Department of Education and Department of Justice letter that makes it discriminatory for a school to separate male and female bathrooms, unless each student is allowed to select either bathroom in accordance with that student’s asserted gender identity.  The United States Supreme Court has stayed the 4th Circuit Court mandate and the District Court preliminary injunction, pending the disposition of a petition for certiorari from the school board.
South Dakota had previously joined 24 other states in parallel lawsuits filed in Texas and Nebraska against the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice. The challenge was initiated by a letter threatening states with loss of all educational funding under Title IX unless every public school in the country allowed students to select restrooms, showers and dormitories based on their expressed gender identity. A federal district court in Texas recently entered a nationwide preliminary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of the letter, and withholding of education funding, which applies nationally.
There is no cost for South Dakota to join these proceedings.

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South Dakota Flu Vaccination Rate Tops Nation

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota vaccinated 56.6 percent of its residents during the 2015-2016 season, the highest overall flu vaccination rate in the nation for the third straight year.

The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data show the national rate was 45.7 percent, well below South Dakota’s rate.

“The number one ranking is a well-earned pat on the back for the doctors, nurses and other providers who promote vaccination. It’s also a credit to South Dakotans, who are taking the flu seriously,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “I’m proud we are number one and I hope this year we can surpass 57 percent.”

The CDC recommends yearly flu vaccination for everyone over the age of six months. Vaccination is especially important for those who are at higher risk for flu complications – pregnant women, people over age 50, people with chronic medical conditions like heart disease and health care workers. Infants under six months are too young to receive the vaccine so the CDC recommends vaccination for their parents, guardians, grandparents and any others who may have contact with them.

South Dakota has a history of high flu vaccination rates, having led the nation for five of the last six flu seasons. While overall rate remained above national rates, we are seeing some decline in the numbers of adults who are getting vaccinated.

“Linda and I get vaccinated every year and I encourage all South Dakotans to do the same,” said the Governor. “Don’t make the mistake of thinking the flu isn’t a serious illness – every year the flu puts some South Dakotans in the hospital and, in extreme cases, lives are lost because of complications. Take the time to get vaccinated.”

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Pokemon CP6 Base Set Reprint 20th Anniversary Booster Box Opening Part 1(500 Sub Giveaway)

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The Havoc Pack Battle League Week 1: Pokehon V.S Mikespoketube (A MUST SEE SHOWDOWN)

Sorry folks for the confusion I thought all cards mattered but I ended up with eight points!
The Havoc Pack Battle League Week 1: Pokehon V.S Mikespoketube is brought to you by TonyKGB.
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10-Spot Spotlight with Kellen Marson

Could there be a comedy scene in Sioux Falls without a comedy club? Probably, but it wouldn’t be the same. Sioux Falls has had a long history of comedy clubs, Nitwits, Fat Daddy’s, and most recently Rookies comedy club. Unfortunately, that history hasn’t always been rainbows & butterflies as all of those clubs have closed or no longer do comedy. However Sioux Falls still has hope as a new comedy club, Wacko’s Comedy Club opened up back in August. I’ve had the pleasure of performing there and can attest that it’s a fantastic venue for comedy. In this 10-Spot I sat down with the owner of Wacko’s Comedy Club, Kellen Marson.

Kellen Marson may not be a stand-up comedian himself, but he’s no rookie when it comes to entertainment as he is an award-winning comedy hypnotist that has performed across the country. He started as a hypnotherapist, training in California back in 2008 at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute and then later transitioned into the entertainment side of hypnosis. Kellen decided to become a hypnosis therapist after he used it to overcome PSD that he was suffering from after being stationed in Iraq in 2004 and that’s what brought him to South Dakota. He opened a hypnosis therapy center in Pierre, but after getting more gigs on the eastern side of South Dakota, he decided to move to Sioux Falls. Along with owning Wacko’s Comedy Club, Kellen is still active in the Army National Guard, so he keeps very busy, but he was able to make some time to sit down and talk.

Wackos Comedy Club

Wackos Comedy Club

DB: What was your best show? Worst Show?
KM: The worst show I did was back in 2011. I got hired to do a show for a bank as a comedy hypnotist and still to this day I will not do a show for a bank. They were a small group, and they were so reserved. I remember getting people up on stage, and it was the only show I ever did that I failed to hypnotize a single person. I got paid to do the show but failed miserably.

The best one I did was up in Fargo, ND for a branch of the Microsoft Corporation. It was one of the funnest shows I’ve done. There was like 500 people there. Another one that really stands out is doing a show for the South Dakota student council association, and they brought out 900 students from all across South Dakota. It was an incredible show, and it really opened up a lot of doors for my career in South Dakota especially for doing high schools.

DB: What do you like most about South Dakota? What do you like the least?
KM: I absolutely love the people. I love how friendly people are and that there are still some old fashion values here that you don’t see in other parts of the country. The thing I don’t like about South Dakota is that people always show up at the last minute for everything. Nobody can ever seem to show up 10 minutes early. It’s always 2 minutes before the event is supposed to start. I’ve never seen it anywhere else in the country.

DB: What’s your favorite local hangout spot?
KM: Wacko’s Comedy Club (laughs), no I really, really enjoy the Pourhouse,

DB: What are you working on right now?
KM: Yes, I’m working on a publicity stunt for Wacko’s Comedy Club. I want to demonstrate the power of hypnosis, and I’m currently looking for subjects to be hypnotized. I’m going to find a trough and fill it with enough ice that a person couldn’t be in there without getting hypothermia. Then I’m going to take my hypnotized subject and put him/her in there to see how long he/she can stay in the ice to defy what the mind is capable of. I’ll have medical professionals there so that we can monitor his/her heart rate. It really has two functions, publicity for the club and to see how powerful hypnosis really is.

DB: How old were you when you realized Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny probably never actually knew one another in real life?
KM: Interesting enough I never believed in Santa Claus, and I never believed in the Easter Bunny. From day one my parents never bought anything for those holidays. It was a religious thing.

DB: How would you describe yourself in three words?
KM: Highly motivated & dedicated.

DB: Who was your biggest inspiration?
KM: I would have to say, my son. A lot of people don’t realize I have a son. I would say that he has taught me more than anyone else has on the basis of how to just love life, how to enjoy life, and not to take things so serious. I was always that person that took everything seriously and would never take a step back, but he showed me that it was okay to step back. He has also inspired me to push hard and not give up because I feel like everything I do at some point will benefit him as he grows and gets older.

Kellen Marson

Kellen Marson

DB: Who is your favorite comedian? You better say Dan Bublitz Jr. (Laughing)
KM: (Laughs) To be honest my favorite comedian is Ralphie May. A lot of people find him controversial, but I love his comedy. I love how blunt he is. He has an “I don’t give a f**k” attitude and says what he wants. I appreciate that in comics.

DB: How long does it take you to listen to a song before you hate it?
KM: Haha, that’s kind of a tough question. Probably a dozen times.

DB: Who would you let punch you in the face?
KM: My girlfriend Darci. Probably because I deserve it about 90% of the time and she would love every minute of it.

For information on Kellen’s comedy hypnosis, you can visit his website, and you can always say hi when you catch a show at Wacko’s Comedy Club (which I highly recommend). For the complete schedule and pricing visit

For my complete schedule visit my website

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SEP047 – Sioux Empire Weird

Things get weird on The Sioux Empire Podcast this week as hosts Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, and Natasha Estes seek to discover more about the secretive paranormal research group here in Sioux Falls calling themselves Sioux Empire Weird.  The Sioux Empire Podcast has secured an exclusive interview with the anonymous group that, while illuminating, may raise more questions than answers. Before that, we bring you local stories only slightly less weird.  City Council member Theresa Stehly get’s gaveled, pee wee football players get death threats, Ron Branstner holds another refugee hate rally in Aberdeen, everybody loves Dennis Daugaard,  South Dakota eats it’s young with Referred Law 20, and more.  This week’s episode is sponsored by #PremonitionLive October 8th.  Get your tickets now!  We also feature new music from Work of Wolves off of their new album “Is this all we are?”  The Sioux Empire Podcast is pretty sure that thing you saw out of the corner of your eye just before you fell asleep was nothing…  Pretty sure…



South Dakota eats it’s young,_Referred_Law_20_(2016)

Stand With Standing Rock

Stand for the flag… or else

Another hate seminar in Aberdeen

Everybody loves Daugaard

Fireworks and possible ethics charges at city hall

“Work of Wolves” with their new album “Is this all we are?”

Sioux Empire Weird

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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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