08/20/2022 A Voice From the Gallery

Anita Berit Johnson-Lusk says, “…my son Connor is 18 years old now, technically a man. However if I catch anyone looking at his crotch, you will be terribly sorry… (0:21:41.87)


Folks U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has defined Sexual Harassment as:

It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.

Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.

Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.

 Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).

The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.


Now Ms. Berit Johnson-Lusk now you have a real definition of Sexual Harassment and since I have already delivered the FACT that Ptomaine Poisoning was not considered Food Poisoning.  You Madam seem to have a FACT problem.  “Hear-say” does not prove sexual harassment.  So let’s talk about Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens and her office’s improper and what I term as grossly suggestive choice Christmas gifts for city employees.  I demand Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens be fired for cause for gifting grossly improper gifts to city employees a couple of years ago.  What happened to the traditional Turkey or Ham?  Huh?   

Ms. Berit Johnson-Lusk you ranted, raved and threatened in your input of diatribe and by Golly if the council didn’t jump to accede to your rant ’cause if they didn’t they were going to be in your own words, “…terribly sorry…”! Are you threatening Mayor Dan Haeder? Sounds like it! Are you threatening the Council? Sounds like it! Are you threatening former Councilwoman Linda Talbott? Sounds like it? Are you threatening me and the rest of Alcester? Sure did sound like it!  How  dare you?  You witnessed nothing! You apparently are ranting, raving and threatening upon basely upon “hear-say”. You make the threat, “…if I catch you looking at my son’s crotch…you will be terribly sorry…” Ma’am you make the assumption someone thinks there is something there to look at. 

Now Madam Berit Johnson-Lusk I watched your son go into Executive Session Wednesday night to ‘talk’ to the Mayor Haeder, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples, Councilman Kyle VandenHull, City Attorney Sam Nelson and Finance Office Patricia Jurrens.  Unfortunately I did not time his performance but it seemed around 1/2 hour.  So your  ‘adult, 18 year old, man’ son was presumably describing the ‘alleged’ incident.  So Madam Johnson-Lusk, just WHERE was your son looking?  A corruption of a old Germanic saying “Tip for Tap” or was it “Tit for Tip”?  H-m-m?  I never had to compete for Tips but I did notice the restaurant waitresses I knew who achieved the highest Tips definitely dressed-for-the-income.   I bring this up due having witnessed the open-meeting discussion by the city council of proper attire for the wait staff of the Albatross.   So if you son was indeed relating this ‘looking incident’, he was looking too!  So Sugar what-is-sauce-for-the-Chef is sauce-for-the-Chef-in-waiting.  Gee, I wonder what conviction/sentence would a “man” get for felony-looking?  If Mr. Nyreen’s termination is anything to judge by, A long one!  I can hearing the Village People Navy would be chanting We don’t want you, We don’t want you, we don’t want you as a new recruit. (for sous cook for the Albatross)

Continuing on discussing your public diatribe.  The city has employed male and female life guards.  I commented some time ago on the appropriateness of the swim costumes the life guards were wearing.  I opined to the council that city female lifeguards should be wearing a one piece demur swim costume, preferably with a t-shirt and the male lifeguards wear similar swim attire of a T-shirt and swim trunks.  I suggested the city purchase the appropriate swim wear much like a city uniform for the life-guards.  I felt the string bikinis I saw that summer were a highly inappropriate exhibition of skin to our children at the pool and the mode of swim wear has not changed. I mean Come On, a swim-suit so tight and miniscule you can count the rolls of skin like the rings in a tree stump.


Folks it is a sad state of affairs when Mayor Haeder did not have the intestinal fortitude to allow Mr. Nyreen to rebutt any of these scurrilous allegations.  The council failed their due diligence and fell prey to the ranting and ravings of some California Karen and her co-horts.  The Council and Mayor Haeder voted to terminate Mr. Nyreen for cause and evidently Mayor Haeder was too much a coward and negligent in his mayoral duty to give the termination notice in person. Hear It? I hear a chicken by the Alcester Swimming Pool, squawking and flapping his wings.  To date it is my understanding Mr. Nyreen still has not received official notification of termination from the Great Coward himself, Mayor Haeder.  Then top it all off, evidently Chef-in-waiting Connor Lusk had the unmitigated crassitude to text Chef Nyreen for instructions on how to be a Chef.  Apparently young Mr. Lusk seemed to think he was qualified to replace Chef Nyreen. By Golly he and the girls could handle the Albatross kitchen. Unfortunatley he was crass enough to send a text asking how long should he cook meat, the morning after Chef Nyreen was terminated.   Yeah right. So let’s see how well the kiddies do and how long?

More to come, lessons in napkin folding. 

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Mayor Dan Haeder                              605-934-2287     

Councilwoman Darla Reppe              605-934-2602

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples          605-934-2096

Councilman Lukas Driesen               605-934-

Councilman Kyle VandenHull          605-934-

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517


08/18/2022 A Voice From the Gallery

The truth will set you free, only if you are allowed to speak.

Today a man was not allowed a voice. He lost his job due to gossip, hear-say, and retaliation. It wasn’t just his job he lost that could be replaced, but there was a concerted effort to tarnish his name and reputation.

Mayor Dan Haeder called the  August 17, 2022, meeting reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples, Councilman Kyle VanderHull, Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson and gallery.

In the restaurant business there is a part of the menu called an appetizer (a diners sneak preview) an aperitif (taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite), in government there is a daily briefing (lol) and in the military there is another kind of briefing (There are four (4) basic types: the information brief, the decision brief, the staff brief, and the mission brief). (0:00:18.27)

Agenda item #3(0:02:21.00)  Approve the agenda.  Unanimously approved by all three council members (Councilman VandenHull, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples and Councilwoman Darla Reppe.

Agenda item #4(0:03:13.00))  Accept Resignation of Councilwoman Linda Talbott.  Mayor Haeder read Councilwoman Talbott’s letter of resignation to the council members and gallery.  Council (all three of them Councilman VandenHull, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples and Councilwoman Darla Reppe) voted to accept Councilwoman Talbott’s resignation.

Agenda Item #5(0:05:34.00)  Elect Council VicePresident   Councilwoman Darla Reppe was nominated to fill the Vice-President of the Alcester City Council vacated by the resignation of Linda Talbott.  The vote was as follows:  Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples voted aye, Councilman Kyle VandenHull voted aye and Councilwoman Darla Reppe abstained (nay).  With the absence of Councilman Lukas Driesen according to Mayor Haeder that was two aye votes and two nay votes so he broke the tie and voted aye to seat Councilwoman Darla Reppe as Vice-President of the Council.

Agenda Item #6  (0:09:17.10)   Premier Bank Account Signers  Motion to remove Linda Talbott from all city bank accounts and add Councilwoman Darla Reppe to the city bank accounts and a signor.  Vote was taken as follows:  Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples voted aye, Councilman Kyle VandenHull voted aye and Councilwoman Darla Reppe abstained (nay).  With the absence of Councilman Lukas Driesen according to Mayor Haeder that was two aye votes and two nay votes so he broke the tie and voted aye to remove Linda Talbott from the city bank accounts and add Councilwoman Darla Reppe.    

Agenda Item #7  – (0:11:05.97) Public Input

(0:11:13.97)  Gordon Richard  Mr. Richard questioned the lack of financial condition information on the Alcester Community Center, the Grill and the Event Center.  So where is it FOPAT?   Mr. Richard also questioned why the city was tolerating the trash heap at 409 SD Hwy. 11 which appears on Beacon-Schneider as being owned by Daniel Waterman.  Yeah FOPAT why is this trash-heap property being allowed continue without challenge when YOU (FOPAT) engaged in an apparent vendetta against former city finance officer Mike Kezar for the last years of his life? Seems like Mayor Haeder and Finance Office Patricia Jurrens are failing miserably in their jobs.

(0:13:44.63) Vickie Larsen  (0:13:52.43)  Who is Visions Solutions and what did they do to earn $164,460.19 Profession fees (Oxymoron)?  (0:14:20.57)  Shell Game of the second August Meeting of the Alcester City Council.  Yeah, First FOPAT hid the pea under the shell marked “incompetence of job” (publishing the Agenda with the Heading and content of August 16, 2021, on Monday.  Then FOPAT hid the next pea under the shell marked “trying to excuse incompetence of job” by taping the August 16, 2022, Agenda the morning of August 16, 2022 on the door of city hall.  Totally ignoring the 24 hour rule of notice of meeting…  1-25-1.1. Notice of meeting of political subdivision–Agenda–Violation as misdemeanor.  Each political subdivision shall provide public notice, with proposed agenda, that is visible, readable, and accessible for at least an entire, continuous twenty-four hours immediately preceding any official meeting, by posting a copy of the notice, visible to the public, at the principal office of the political subdivision holding the meeting. The proposed agenda shall include the date, time, and location of the meeting. The notice shall also be posted on the political subdivision’s website upon dissemination of the notice, if a website exists. For any special or rescheduled meeting, the information in the notice shall be delivered in person, by mail, by email, or by telephone, to members of the local news media who have requested notice. For any special or rescheduled meeting, each political subdivision shall also comply with the public notice provisions of this section for a regular meeting to the extent that circumstances permit. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.  And the last pea was hidden under the shell marked “trying to keep from being arrested for a Class 2 misdemeanor” with a legal advice fee tagged.  After FOPAT’s failure to notify a full 24 hours before the meeting both on the front door AND the website the meeting was moved back to August 17, 2022.  Now all of this Shell Game was because FOPAT wanted to attend a meeting the day of the regular Alcester City Council meeting and she was going to be absent.  SO WHAT?  Any member of the council could take notes, shoot even City Attorney Sam could take credible notes.  Our previous city attorney often took notes for the council.  In fact Mr. Haugland’s notes and Finance Office Kezar notes were often compared for any errors or omissions one or the other of them missed something.  So FOPAT’s presence was not vital to the flow of the council meeting.  SO WHY DID the council have to change all of their schedules just to accommodate the city bookkeeper?  One has to wonder, just how much did FOPAT’s classic screw-up cost us?  (0:15:38.43)  Albatross Booze Patio and gate too close to school property.

(0:18:47.10) Josh Carlson Working conditions at the Community Center and healthy conditions.  Litigation?

(0:19:58.93) Anita Berit Johnson-Lusk  Ranted and raved about sexual harassment, ranted and raved about safe food and ranted and raved about Ptomaine Poisoning.  Ms. Anita Berit Johnson-Lusk did you never hear the adage, “look but don’t touch”?  (0:20:24.17)  Grossly negligent?  Tell me Ms. Berit Johnson-Lusk, isn’t  defaulting on property taxes payment #054-353-017-000 of $5650.55 executed at Madera, CA and published May 26, June 2nd and June 9, 2021, grossly negligent.  Here in the mid-west we Rubes say your grossly negligent statement a case of, “…the pot calling a kettle black. (0:21:30.27) Folks don’t ya just love it when a California Emigrant attempts to school us mid-westerners on our social opinions.  (0:21:46.13) Madam Berit Johnson-Lusk you keep pushing that your son is an adult, he is 18 years old and technically a man.  So why does he send his mommy in to protect and appear to threaten lawsuit?  H-m-m?  (0:22:10.37) Madam Berit Johnson-Lusk you rant and rave about food being dropped.  Who dropped it your son?  Madam if it was raw meat, it could be treated with vinegar to take care of any harmful substances, if it was cooked the piece of meat could be trimmed and placed in an oven at a temperature that would burn off any harmful substances.  What is it you do for a living, Karen?   (0:22:57.83)  As to ptomaine poisoning, “… ptomaine poisoning a term commonly misapplied to food poisoning. Contrary to popular belief, ptomaines are not injurious to the human digestive system, which is quite capable of reducing them to harmless substances.  (citation… Miller- Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.)

(0:23:33.77)  Jessie Paulson  comments on her daughter Aleigha’s job experiences at three other jobs.

(0:25:43.50)  Councilman Kyle Vandenhull  comments,

(0:26:07.17)  Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples comments.

(0:26:24.27)  ACTION?  how about a fair and impartial investigation and not some threats based upon hearsay.

Agenda Item #8 – (0:26:43.27)  Alcester Bar Name Change  Vote to change the name of the bar to 1More.  The licensure and operational names will be the same name.  1 MORE.  The lease agreement will be amended to read under Section 1 the lessee will be allowed to use the name 1 MORE and under Section 28 “…excepting the items highlighted in yellow from the inventory to be purchases…”  The city will pay the Deems for any liquors excepted.  Council voted unanimous.

 Agenda Item #9 – (0:40:40.57) 505 Ofstad Street Property ongoing legal fee, ongoing property inspector fee and ongoing bookkeeper fee assessed to the tax payers of Alcester.

 Agenda Item #10 – (0:46:55.23)  Legal Update  Sam  Already dealt with.

 Agenda Item #11 – (0:47:39.50)  Chairperson Updates  Other than the grave stone marker repair under Cemetery, nothing of any consequence reported.

Agenda Item #12 –  (0:53:43.73) Finance Office Updates   (0:54:46.20)  Warrant approval

Agenda Item #13 – (1:03:27.97)  Executive Session SDCL 1-25-2.1 Personnel

.(1:05:38.60)  Mayor Haeder calls for motion to terminate Clint Nyreen.  Councilman Kyle VandenHull makes the motion to terminate Clint Nyreen for cause, Second came from Councilwoman Darla Reppe.  Councilman Kyle VandenHull, Councilwoman Darla Reppe and Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples all voted unanimously and by roll call to terminate Clint Nyreen effective August 18, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. and without any attempt apparently to hear his side. 

Agenda Item #14(1:08:07.00)  Adjourn 


Folks, a man was fired today, his reputation shredded and apparently not once was he allowed to refute the allegations against.  His crime, he looked at someone funny.

He was to be in charge of a kitchen and the wait staff, however it was the Alcester City Council and Mayor Haeder who interviewed the ‘staff’ of 14-18 year olds and made the choice whether to hire them or not.  He was plagued with continual turn-over of staff, staff more intent on their cell phones, social media and staff/finance officer interference in the performance of his job.  Dress code was discussed by the council ’cause some of the children were not dressed appropriately.

Last night the council as a result of coercion of a handful of parents ’cause their kiddies didn’t like being supervised and evidently a new experience for them, a council member resigned in light of this pressure.  Folks this man was judged for sexual harassment for looking at a kid.  The council failed to ask him what happened.  Some of these same council members failed to fire the finance officer for election violations and they failed to fire the same finance officer for purchasing Duluth underwear for male employees for Christmas.  Talk about Sexual Harassment.  That finance officer violated South Dakota liquor laws and violated city ordinances by throwing a birthday party for her husband at the city owned golf course which served liquor.  On the invitations she sent out carried the BYOB notation.  Was she fired?  Nope.  Why not? 

So ya’ll think ya can run a supper club and serve high class menus without Chef Clint Nyreen just with teens who cannot legally serve liquor, cook with liquor, no recipes and most would have trouble balancing a double entry bookkeeping system.  Do they think they can handle it?  I give ’em two weeks before they walk.

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Mayor Dan Haeder                              605-934-2287     

Councilwoman Darla Reppe              605-934-2602

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples          605-934-2096

Councilman Lukas Driesen               605-934-

Councilman Kyle VandenHull          605-934-

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

08/01/2022 A Voice From the Gallery


I acknowledge some inadvertent mis-information I shared with the City Council and gallery members during the August 1, 2022, meeting. (1:00:46.97)  I was in error when I made a statement regarding a past contract amount which was signed on the 3rd day of November, 2015 between the City of Alcester and Deem Enterprises and commencing on January 1, 2016 through the last day of December 2016.  In this agreement, “the operator agreed to pay the City the sum of Fourteen Thousand, Four Hundred Dollars ($14,400.00) paying in monthly installments of One Thousand Two Hundred Dollars ($1200.00) per month”  which I mis-stated in last night’s meeting.  I apologize for the mis-statement.  In the years prior to the 2016 contract the Alcester Bar had been pulling in much higher rental fees but unfortunately there was an event which cost the city money and the city had no candidates for the Bar lease and the 2016 lease rent dropped substantially, down to $1200 per month.  Each succeeding year after 2016 the rental income from the bar was stagnant but the expenses continued to grow.  I looked at the 2016 lease before the meeting to refresh and verify the monthly income.  Unfortunately only the $14,400.00 figure stuck in my memory last evening.  I should have realized the $14400. was not accurate as a monthly rate but I did not.  My purpose in raising the issue of rent was to recognise the prospective gain in bar lease rents to the point where the rents were even with the expenses.  I make this statement to correct my error.  I still believe the bar building/premises should be sold into private hands and the city get out of the rental business and get away from competing with our local businesses.

Mayor Dan Haeder called the  August 1, 2022, meeting reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples, Councilman Kyle VanderHull, Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson and gallery.

Agenda item #3(0:0051.70)  Approve the agenda.  An error in the agenda was noted by Councilwoman Linda Talbott under Agenda Item #6 subsect. (b) referencing the term Quick Claim Deed was incorrect.  The correct term is Quit Claim Deed.  Once that correction identified and made, the council approved of the Agenda with the correcting change in place.

Agenda item #4(0:02:03.30)  Approve minutes of the July 5 & July 19, 2022 meetings.  Unanimously approved without additions or corrections.

Agenda Item #5(0:02:42.17)  Public Input  

          Vickie Larsen (0:02:49.93) presented input on an opinion on the language of the Alcester Bar Lease.  As I noted in my input ‘troubling language” while I did not address specifically in my video remarks, I will note a few of the here: 

          “…ITEM 10-ALTERATIONS, ADDITIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS…All alterations, additions and improvements on or in the demised (fancy legal term for the property the tenant is renting under a lease) premises at the commencement of the term, and any that may be erected or installed during the term of this lease and Operation Agreement, shall become part of the ‘demised premises’ and the sole property of the City.  Operator shall make no alternations, additions and improvements to the described premises without the prior written consent of City

          VICKIE opinion-Okay so the Operator formally agrees to refer any alternation, addition and improvement plans in advance to the full council of the City of Alcester.  Once said Operator has received formal, written approval by vote of the Alcester City Council, he/she may contract and begin start-of-work of plans which have written approval of the by full  of the City of Alcester.  

ITEM 11-REPAIRS…Operator shall maintain the building premises and any improvements, additions or alterations thereto in a good, safe and substantially condition to the condition existing at the commencement of this Lease and Operating Agreement, and shall use all reasonable precautions to prevent waste, damage or injury to the demised premises.  Operator shall also, at his/her own cost and expense, put, and maintain in thorough repair and in good, safe and substantial order and condition, and free from dirt, snow, ice, rubbish and other obstructions ( you mean the $500.00 garbage cans FOPAT needed?)or encumbrances, the sidewalk areas, gutter and curb in front of and adjacent to the ‘demised premises’…

          VICKIE opinion- By the statement “condition existing at the commencement of this Lease” which is contained within the contract-for-lease, the City of Alcester is indemnifying/guaranteeing conditions within the ‘demined premises’ as being up-to-building code, up-to-health code and safe bar operations code at the time of the effective date and/o date of taking possession by the Lessee/Operator unless any adverse conditions have been made known to the city, identified as needing repair and are on a schedule to be repaired in advance of the possession by the Lessee.

          ITEM 14 – INDEMNITY…The Operator shall indemnify the City against all expenses, liabilities and claims of any kind, including reasonable attorney’s fees, by or on behalf of any person or entity arising out of either (1) a failure by Operator to perform any of the terms of this lease and agreement, (2) any injury or damage happening on or about the ‘demised premises’, (3) failure to comply with any law of any governmental authority (4) any mechanic’s lien or security interest filed against the ‘demised premises’ for equipment, materials or alternations of buildings or improvements thereon, contracted for by the Operator, or (5) losses sustained by any person as a result of the operation of Video Lottery within the ‘demised premises’

          VICKIE opinion – By this indemnification statement’s insertion into the contract the City wants the Operator-alone to stand responsible for, “…all expenses, liabilities and claims of any kind …”  Even though the City is dictating all terms and conditions which affect most forms of liability.  The City formally approves all improvements, additions and alterations as well as the City dictates the Operator and his/her employees meet the ‘good character’ requirements of SDCL 35-2-6.2.  The City stands as Governance and Final decision maker with that said it is my opinion it(the City) is the Cheese who stands alone before the judge and jury of any legal actions.

          VICKIE opinion – The statement regarding, “…losses sustained by any person as a result of the operation of Video Lottery within the ‘demised premises’…”  In this context it appears the City wants the Operator to stand liable for any losses an incautious gambler may incur by and through Video Lottery from gambling with money he/she does not have to lose, losses he/she may incur due to a program glitch/incursion, to being assaulted for a winning ticket.  All of which the Operator has no hand in choices another person makes of their own free will, conditions beyond the Operator’s reasonable control and the actions of another actor’s choices.

          Vickie Larsen (0:04:03.77) presented an opinion on the Authorization of City of Alcester Credit Card with the limits per department as follows:  Finance Office – FO Jurrens $1000, Police Dept. – Chief Austin Schuller $1000, Street Dept.- Lonnie Johnson $1000, Water/Wastewater Dept. – Dale Pearson $1000, Finance Office – Assistant Abigail Moore $500, Police Dept. – Officer Grayson Cannon-Lass $500, and Library – Librarian Paige German $500.  It is to be noted here contrary to a past event, if the card holder exceeds his/her assigned limit on his/her City of Alcester Credit Card it is not permissible to place any overage charges on one of the other Alcester City Department Credit Cards.  This got my attention when I was leafing my way through duly appropriated FOIA records.  With that said, perhaps the next audit should be a Forensic Audit and records disappear as did the January text messages of the U.S. Secret Service.

          Councilwoman Darla Reppe and Councilwoman Linda Talbott (0:05:31.10) participated in sharing concerns of their Ward members during Public Input. Public Input has become a wonderful venue in which Alcester City Council members are able to share the concerns of their Ward residents with the council, the mayor and the rest of the city.  Having the Council members voice their concerns and those of their constituents allow the residents of Alcester hear their voices have been heard and not have to wonder when they call Mayor Haeder about an issue and hear a recorded voice tell them to leave a message at the tone where the mayor has the ability with the help of his APP. to erase, ignore or block any resident he chooses not to be on his call list.

          Additionally Mayor Haeder you DO NOT tell OUR city council representatives what to do, who to listen to and how to vote.  Mayor Haeder how dare you presume to voice a veiled criticism of Councilwoman Reppe and Councilwoman Talbott because they shared during Public Input when you asked (0:07:02.92) “…was that complaint considered public input…?”  Or  (0:07:15.13) when you asked, “…if somebody comes into the Finance Office to file a written complaint, is that considered public input?…”  I disagree with Counselor Nelson in his answer to Mayor Haeder. While I understand the semantics Mr. Nelson is alluding to, by simple definition public input is the opportunity for citizens to provide information, facts, data, figures, and opinions respecting an issue before a governing entity. A correction here and make no mistake this is not a veiled criticism Mayor Haeder, it is an in-your-face criticism! IT IS THE OFFICE OF THE CITY OF ALCESTER!  Which just happens to house the finance office, city files, site of city council meetings and on occasion fulfills the honor of voting precinct.  With that correction on the record, I would also voice a complaint relating to the so-called finance office.  If a resident actually goes to City Hall to lodge a complaint or request agenda placement, depending who they are they are advised by FOPAT/Mayor (at least in my case and as I understand it others have experienced the advice from FOPAT/Mayor) to do Public Input.  Where you may or may not be granted time to speak.  In fact in my case during one of my inputs, the Mayor repeated several times NEXT!

So Yeah Mayor the council is allowed to participate in Public Input, after all they are members of the Public and it is their duty to speak for their Constituents, too!

Agenda Item #6 – (0:08:03.33)   Legal Updates 505 Ofstad

          Update- City Attorney Sam Nelson gave an summary of actions on the 505 Ofstad Property.

          Quit Claim Deed Motion Parcel  This is an adverse action to pass a real property from one person to another or one entity to another entity without a guarantee of ownership.  For example I could, if I wanted to live dangerously, issue a quit claim deed to the Albatross on Sixth street stating for a consideration I would give up all my interests in the building, outbuilding and real property at, I would not be liable for any defects in the title nor would I be liable for any damages for any defects.

          The council voted to accept the issuance of a Quit Claim Deed on the 505 Ofstad Property.  Once the City has the Quit Claim Deed, the intent is to sell the property to recover collection, demolition costs and legal costs of the property transfer.  Question was this the most recent form of the South Dakota Quit Claim Deed?

          Acceptance of Bid of demolition.  The council voted to award the demolition of 505 Ofstad to Bidder Scott Persing Excavation for $12000.00  time frame of 08/08/2022-08/12/2022.  Council voted unanimously.

Agenda Item #7  – (0:22:14.03) Legal Updates 307 Iowa

No Action taken, waiting for updates.  (0:22:19.13)  At this point we can hear FOPAT yapping and asking questions of City Attorney Nelson. 

FOPAT HAS NOT BEEN RECOGNIZED by Mayor Header and there has been no agenda item called, SO why the devil is she asking questions out-of-order, without any standing and acting like a councilmember?             

 Agenda Item #8 – (0:30:17.80)  Alcester Bar Bid Opening   6:30 P.M.  Mayor Haeder made a production of opening the bids for the lease of the property called the Alcester Bar.  Lease document can be found on the city website.

(0:31:17.07)  Augustine LaFramboise #1  $1520.00 per month initially rent to purchase but became rent for the time being.

(0:34:35.27)  Rick & Laura Walleen #2  $1405.00 per month rent

(0:38:56.70)  Melissa Koenan #3  $1413.00 per month rent

 Alcester Bar Lease was awarded to Augustine LaFramboise by unanimous vote.

 Agenda Item #9(1:01:38.50) Public Hearing 7:00 P.M.  Representatives from Alcester Quik Stop and Total Stop Grocery were present for the public hearing.  Off sale Liquor License awarded to Total Stop Grocery by unanimous vote.

 Agenda Item #10(1:10:56.10)  Police Dept – Chief Schuller Update

Executive Session  SDCL 1-25-2.1 (1:22:34.67)  Personnel

in session at 7:23 P.M.  out session at 7:55 P.M.

Hire:  Lisa Schenzel Part-time  $17.75 per hour.  vote unanimous

 Agenda Item #11 – (0:25:21.07)  Golf Course/Community Center Updates

Motion to Hire was inserted into the agenda item but no hire imminent. 

Agenda Item #12 –  (0:23:33.20) DANR Award Certificates  Mayor Haeder announces a DANR certification and award for water quality and etc.

Agenda Item #13 – (1:30:04.90)  Finance Office

(1:36:28.57)  Budget meeting set for 08/09/2022 at 6:00 P.M

(1:36:58.63)  Approve July Warrants Approved unanimously

(1:37:32.40)  City of Alcester Credit Card limit approval  Note:  FOPAT announced that Wanda will be done sometime in August and upon her leaving the City of Alcester Credit Card in her name will be destroyed.  Approved unanimously

(1:39:04.00)  Removal of Wanda Halverson from the city bank accounts and addition of Abigail Moore to the account along with Dan Haeder, Patricia Jurrens Lukas Driesen and Linda Talbott.  Approve unanimously.

(1:40:40.50)  Change of meeting date of September 5, 2022, to September 6, 2022, at 6:00 P.M. due to Labor Day Holiday.  Unanimous vote aye.

(1:42:09.87)  Incident at pool, behavioral issue.  Punitive measures were taken.  An official complaint was made.

 Agenda Item #14(0:26:18.40)  HRC Update  Announcement of HRC tenant moving out as of August 11,2022, and the open unit will be offered for sale.  Mayor gave report.

Agenda Item #15   Executive Session  NOT NEEDED

Agenda Item #16  (1:47:51.83) Adjourn

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Mayor Dan Haeder                             605-934-2287     

Councilwoman Darla Reppe              605-934-2602

Councilwoman Linda Talbot             605-254-3074

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples                    605-934-2096

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Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

08/09/2022 A Voice From the Gallery

A thief is a thief, whether he steals a diamond or a cucumber.

Indian Proverb

Folks I am ashamed to report, our food pantry was robbed. Not of money but the sustenance which it housed. Those items which contributed toward the well being and comfort of those families in our community, who through no fault of their own, fall short of meeting their need of a full, healthy daily meal.

Sometime between Monday, August 1st and Friday, August 5, 2022, our pantry was breached and the entire refrigerated stock was stolen, most of our frozen stock was taken along with salts, oils, cereals, paper goods and detergents. The amounts of inventory taken was not just to satisfy the hunger for one meal to just-get-by but to fill an avaristic greed which knew no bounds.

My message to the thieves you did not steal from me, but you literally stole food out-of-someone’s mouth. What You did do to me?…You forced us to turn away folks who needed that food! You forced us to delay much needed meals to families in need of food until we could replenish the food panty. You could see the call list for access and assistance in the use of the Food Pantry. Yet instead YOU chose to steal not just one meal but many meals.



Law enforcement has been notified of the breach. You cannot make up for those meals lost due to your poor decisions and actions but you can provide for future meals with a donation to the Food Pantry. I can be contacted at the number on the call list at the Food Pantry.


Kristian Goldmund Aumann