Peter Pischke, a candidate for Sioux Falls School Board, stops by the show to tell Seth Glover and Robert Mehling about his ordeal trying to collect signatures in Sioux Falls, and the kinds of policies he’d like to see in Sioux Falls Schools. But first, Seth’s bi-weekly book club explores another tale of horror from Ambrose Bierce; this one is called “One Summer Night,” it’s a lot scary and a little racist. This week’s episode is sponsored by the Chaos Reigns Podcast. Chaos Reigns is a talk show about Horror Films, Sci-Fi, Comics, Acting and a host of other topics. The Sioux Empire Podcast doesn’t require any signatures to listen.
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Scott Ehrisman, Robert Mehling, Janet Brekke, Rex Rolfing, Run off elections, signatures, Michelle Erpenbach, City Attorney, code enforcement, Project NICE, Project KEEP, Sidewalks, project trim, broken windows syndrome, adopt a highway, adopt a neighborhood, neighborhood watch, affordable housing, NAFTA, Drugs, Gangs, Violence, Growth, Embracing Diversity, Diversity Education, English Language, Clean, Safe, mental health, addicts, rehab, Mayor, long range strategic planning, public input, civility, Theresa Stehly, open meeting laws, Pat Starr, Greg Neitzert, Rick Knobe, Honey Baked, Honeybaked Ham, deregulation, Touch of Europe, Health Inspectors, texting ban, distracted driving, institutional memory, policy specifics
Special Guest Thor Bardon candidate for Sioux Falls City Council Central District.
Contact Thor Brandon: 605-321-2463 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Produced by Robert Mehling
Theme Music “Rainy Day” by Brian Masek & Friends
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Scott Ehrisman, Robert Mehling, Thor Bardon, Sioux Falls, City Council, Foster Care, Quest, Criminal Justice, Mike Huether, Jim Entenman, Theresa Stehly, City Employees, Crime Rate, Neighborhood watch, community, Tax Revenue, Transparency, Parking Ramp Deal, TIF, Parking Pay Stations, Zoning, Affordable Housing, Public Records, Joint Budgeting, Labor Shortage, Low Wages, Living Wage, Workforce Development
This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised.
Theresa Stehly makes her triumphant return to The Sioux Empire Podcast this week to tell Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, and Dustin Buri all about city government and her adventures in amateur journalism. But first, Seth give the crew a little run down on “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce. A story Kurt Vonnegut called “the greatest American short story.” Theresa tells us all about her newsletter “The Stehly Report” and talks about what it would be like to run a small newspaper. She also gives us an update on last week’s legislative coffee and a quick rundown of recent city news. This episode is brought to you by Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival celebrating comedy and…Snow! That’s right there is no other comedy festival like it. Thirty comedians from around the country will be traveling to Sioux Falls, SD to perform in various venues across the city. Over the course of three days they will perform in both stand up and themed showcases, not only testing their comedy wits but their endurance to the cold. All the while supporting a good cause. Net proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics of South Dakota. Kurt Vonnegut also once called The Sioux Empire Podcast “the greatest American Podcast.” Sure he died seven years before this podcast existed, but you’d be amazed what you can find out with an ouija board and enough cough medicine.
Seth’s Book Club An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, a short story by American author Ambrose Bierce, is “one of the most famous and frequently anthologized stories in American literature”. Originally published by The San Francisco Examiner on July 13, 1890, it was first collected in Bierce’s 1891 book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. The story is set during the American Civil War, in which Bierce himself was a soldier.
“An Occurrence” is renowned for its irregular time sequence and twist ending. Bierce’s narrative, discarding linear sequence, and adopting the protagonist’s inner experience, is an early employment of stream of consciousness. Calling it “the greatest American short story,” author Kurt Vonnegut added, “It isn’t remotely political. It is a flawless example of American genius, like ‘Sophisticated Lady’ by Duke Ellington or the Franklin stove.”
It has been adapted as a film, as well as an episode of the twilight zone and, has been imitated in popular culture thousands of times.
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Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, Seth Glover, Theresa Stehly, Voting, Government Spending, The Stehly Report, Tom Walsh, Great Life, Golf Contract, Pat Starr, Snow Gates, John Hult, Tim Stanga, Greg Belfrage, Patrick Lalley, KSOO, Kermit Staggers, Gary Hanson, Utility Costs, Pam Nelson, Minnehaha County, Mike Milstead, Minnehaha County Sheriff, Argus Leader, Small Newspapers, Gannett Media, Joe Sneve, Jeff Barth, Crime, Todd Epp, KELO, Veterans Cemetery, Larry P. Zikmund, City Council, South DaCola, Jim Schmidt, Lincoln County, Lura Roti, Bruce Danielson, Mixed Use parking Ramp, Gold Plated Ramp, Annexation, Llyod Company, Tax Increment Financing, TIF, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Ambrose Bierce, Civil War, Kurt Vonnegut, Dustin Buri, Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival
“City of Sioux Falls we have an elected official who has refused to perform his role.” – Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether
So the historic vote was last night, it was one of the wildest City Council Meetings I’ve ever seen. Here are some highlights.
At around 55:27 The Parking Ramp Discussion Starts.
At around 1:09 Public Input starts. Mayoral Candidate David Zokaites opens public input with an interesting slide show.
At 1:58 the Mayor stops public input to summarize what people for and against have said and announced that the next member of the public will be the last to give input.
At 2:05 Councillor Pat Starr asks Mayor Mike Huether to continue public input since this is the only chance the public will have to give input. The Mayor denies this request. Then the council begins the discussion.
At 2:09 Audio cuts out because I suck at live stream. My Bad. You can still see councilor Theresa Stehly’s slide show.
I fix the audio at 2:16.
At 2:21 the council member Rex Rolfing goes off on council member Theresa Stehly for sharing his contact info on her materials urging voters to speak out against the ramp and to contact their elected officials. Mayor tells him to get back to the matter at hand.
At 2:22 the vote happens and things fall apart. The ramp passes 6-1 with Pat Starr trying to obtain. A short debate ensues about whether a council member can abstain from a vote while present. It ends with Pat Starr leaving the room. Mayor asks council chair to bring him back and he refuses. Mayor declares council member Pat Starr to have “City of Sioux Falls we have an elected official who has refused to perform his role.” Then applause breaks out among the public in the chamber. The mayor reprimands the applauders.
2:51 after a heated debate about an amendment from council member Theresa Stehly, council member Pat Starr returns to the chamber. Council member Rex Rolfing asks if it is appropriate for council member Pat Starr to return and vote in the meeting. Mayor tells him that he checked and it is.
And thus, a public-private partnership parking ramp is born in Sioux Falls.
South DaCola Podcast Episode 010 The Parking Ramp Debate
Host Scott L. Ehrisman and nameless co-host.
Special Guests Sioux Falls City Council Member Pat Starr and Responsive Government Advocate Bruce Danielson aka “Cameraman Bruce”.
Produced by Robert Mehling
Theme Music “Rainy Day” by Brian Masek & Friends
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Scott Ehrisman, Robert Mehling, Cameraman Bruce, Mike Huether, Sioux Falls, Downtown Parking, Government Transparency, Open Government, Pat Star, Game of Thrones, Theresa Stehly, Copper Lounge, OSHA Violations, Aaron Hultgren, Hultgren Construction, Liability, Conflict of Interest, Cindy Huether, Event Center Siding, Gannett Media, Argus Leader, Greg Belfrage, Pat Starr, Bruce Danielson, Greg Neitzert
Scott Ehrisman, Dana Ferguson, Robert Mehling, Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, Rex Rolfing, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Billie Sutton, Government Operations and Audit Committee, Public Records, Wayne Steinhauer, Jonathan Ellis, Joe Sneve, Theresa Stehly, Democrats, Republicans, Twitter, Dick Cheney, Tom Petty, Deb Soholt, Dakota Free Press, Open Primaries, Donald Trump, Runoff Election, Nonpartisan Election
The Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling and Natasha Estes) welcomes Sioux Falls City Council Member Greg Neitzert without making him do a run-off election to be this week’s guest. We talk about 50 Percent Threshold in city elections, right turn on red, no mow policies, and more. This episode is sponsored by The DakotaBall Podcast, ‘Life, Love & basketball in a small town’ is an explorative journey into small town living and midwestern dreams of big-time high school basketball. Much more than just sports this podcast explores life in small and tiny towns. This episode is also sponsored by Superstitions – A Psychological Spectacle. From the mind games of Zac Tenneboe (@zstonish) comes his new show, “Superstitions.” It’s more than just a magic show, but a stunning one-man performance weaving mystery and theater. No rabbits. No top hats. No smoke and mirrors. Witness a different way to experience illusion. The first 50 people to use promo code “siouxempire” will receive $1 off each ticket purchased online. Don’t miss out on this discount deal before it’s too late! The Sioux Empire Podcast always yields to pedestrians.
Sioux Falls City Council Member Theresa Stehly is back for week two to forcibly annex our hearts here on The Sioux Empire Podcast. The Sioux Empire Podcast Task Force (Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, and Seth Glover) gives Theresa a second reading on issues we missed in part one like Forced Annexation, which is a catch 22 in which the city has the money to annex your community (and possibly assess up to $80,000 on your home) but can’t seem to find the funds to tell you they are about to do that. Other topics include Gestapo lawn code enforcement, the mayor calls law abiding human beings freeloaders (We’re sure that won’t come back to bite you down the road), Big Brother code enforcement sticky notes, ruling Sioux Falls by fear, no warning citations, and so 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 is so thankful for the flowers from Theresa Stehly, time to up your game future guest hosts!
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Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, Theresa Stehly, Sioux Falls, City Council, Mike Huether, Rex Rolfing, Greg Neitzert, Forced Annexation, Task Force, Downtown Library, Wessington, Berk, Assessment, Curb and Gutter, Split Rock, Skyline Heights, Martindale, Prairie Meadows, City Speak, Snow Gates, Swimming Pools, Freeloaders, Big Brother, Code Enforcement, Gestapo, Truth, Flowers, Community, Compassion, Garbage Handlers, Mark Cotter, Kermit Staggers, Police Union, Mediation, Back Pay, Greg Jamison, Retaliation, City Attorney’s Office, Performance Audit, Dave Munson, Operation TRIM, Tree Trimming Protection Racket, Mobridge, Rodeo, Drivers Education, Life Skills, Education, New Music, Mozart, Chicago (Band), You’re The Inspiration, Washington Pavilion, Verdi Requiem, Downton Abbey, Lord of the Rings, Dunkirk, War Room, Oriental Lily, Dustin Buri, Tattoos, Billie Sutton