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Crackerbarrels Across the State: Go Quiz Your Legislators!

Last updated on 2015.02.13

Nancy Hilding of the Prairie Hills Audubon Society sends me this list of crackerbarrels happening around the state this month. Updated lists are available online from the South Dakota Camo Coalition, the South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities, and the Associated School Boards of South Dakota.

I'll be hitting the Aberdeen crackerbarrel in the Centennial Rooms at the NSU Student Center at 10 a.m.; get yourself a good breakfast, jot down a question or two, and head to a crackerbarrel near you to hold your legislators accountable. Make 'em earn that pay raise!

  • Aberdeen, Saturday, February 7th, Saturday, February 21st, and Saturday, March 7th, 10 am - 12 Noon in the Centennial Rooms at Northern State University
  • Avon, Saturday, February 21, 9 a.m., A-1 Convenience Store.
  • Belle Fourche, Saturday, February 7th, 1:00 pm at the Belle Fourche City Hall, City Council Chambers (511 6th Avenue)
  • Brandon, Saturday February 14th, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM CST, Bethany Meadows Community Room
  • Brookings, Saturday, February 21, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM CST, Brookings City & County Government Building
  • Canton, Saturday, February 7, Time: 10 am, Location: Pizza Ranch
  • Custer, Saturday, February 28th at 3 pm, Custer Senior Center
  • Deadwood, February 21st, 9:00 am - Deadwood City Hall
  • Gregory, Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m., Gregory Lanes
  • Highmore, Saturday, February 28, 10 a.m., Hyde County Auditorium
  • Hill City, Saturday February 28th, Time: 1 p.m. , Super 8 Conference Room
  • Hot Springs, Saturday, February 7th, 1:00 pm - Brookside Apartments meeting room
  • Huron, Saturday, February 21st, and Saturday, March 7th, 9:00 am - Huron City Hall Commission Room
  • Lake Andes, Saturday, February 21, 1 p.m., Community Building, Main Street.
  • Madison, Saturday, February 7, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Madison Public Library Public Meeting Room
  • Mitchell, Monday, March 2nd, 12 Noon - Mitchell Technical Institute Amphitheater
  • Newell, Saturday, February 14th - 9:00 am, NVN Center (120 3rd Street)
  • Parkston, Saturday, February 7, 1 p.m., Parkston Armory
  • Piedmont (Foothills Area Cracker Barrel), Saturday, February 14th - 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, American Legion Post 311
  • Rapid City: Saturday, February 21st, and Saturday, March 7th, Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am - Location: SD School of Mines/New Classroom Building
  • Redfield, Monday, February 16, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m., Redfield Depot. The Redfield Chamber has invited legislators from Districts 1, 2, 3, and 23.
  • Sioux Falls, Saturday, February 7, 2015 - Segment 1 - 9 AM to 10:15 AM and Segment 2 - 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM; Saturday, February 21, 2015 - Segment 1 - 9 AM to 10:15 AM and Segment 2 -10:30 AM to 11:45 AM, Downtown Hilton Garden Inn
  • Spearfish: Saturday, February 7th, and Saturday, March 7th, 9:00 am - Black Hills State University/Joy Center
  • Sturgis, Saturday, February 7th, 9:00 am - For location contact Sturgis Chamber of Commerce
  • Vermillion, Saturday, February 28th, 10:00 am - 12 Noon - City Hall Council Chambers (25 Center Street)
  • Wagner, Saturday, February 21, 10:30 a.m., Booms Restaurant
  • Wall, Friday, February 27th, 4:00pm, Wall Drug in the back Café.
  • Watertown, Saturday, February 14th, 9:00 am - Watertown Winter Farm Show
  • Winner, Saturday, February 7, 8:30 a.m., Jeff Moore Meeting Room
  • Yankton, Saturday, February 21, 10:00 a.m. at the Avera Pavilion.


  1. Owen 2015.02.06

    Add one Cory. At 10 a.m. in Alexandria at the Hanson Community Library. District 19

  2. Owen 2015.02.06

    tomorrow Feb. 7th

  3. CLCJM 2015.02.07

    Going to be at the one here in SF Sat. AM!!

  4. Curt 2015.02.07

    News flash: Someone apparently awakened D Daugaard and told him there may be fiscal issues confronting public schools in SD. Appoint a blue-ribbon task force!

  5. Jana 2015.02.08

    After watching the Sioux Falls cracker barrels twice, it was clear the attitude from the legislators responses was that the voters didn't understand and weren't worthy of their time.

    Their comments on public voting on critical issues facing the state were centered on rude phone calls and not their stance on people having a voice in their governance.

    Many were either too ill informed or lacked courage on issues that they deferred heir time to others rather than admit their own failings as lawmakers.

    Some just didn't show up...Arch? can't meet with the people you promised to represent?

    South Dakota Newspaper Association...please, for the love of God, take control over these sessions and hold them to high journalistic standards.

    Legislators...please for the love of God, don't let the echo chamber of Pierre make you deaf to the voices of the people you allegedly represent.

    One more thing legislators...who's ass should you be kissing? If your first thought isn't the people you represent, then just tell us who you are really representing and who's opinion you respect enough to dictate your actions.

    Be honest for a change.

  6. Jenny 2015.02.08

    I watched the first part of the Cracker Barrel in the Argus. I'm not really surprised that no one brought up teacher pay, since that's not really an issue with 'pubs and the only dem there that I knew of was Paula Hawks. It's a bunch of grumpy old crotchety white men that are obsessed with religious freedom and the 2nd Amendment. Honestly, I really think SD voters could elect a better bunch of legislators. Sen Deb Peters and Hawks spoke intelligently, and I even give some credit to Hickey, but the rest of them were lecturing the people about pro-life and gun rights. The same old issues every year.

  7. caheidelberger Post author | 2015.02.08

    Jenny, what's gone wrong with Sioux Falls? Our largest city should be a bastion of liberal sensibility; instead, we get those guns-and-fetuses Tea Party radicals. Here in Aberdeen, the questioners went brought up tuition freeze, death penalty, SB 166 (Brown's anti-initiative bill, raising signature reqs), gas tax (former legislator Duane Sutton asked if we could go for 3-cent hikes in gas tax instead of 2-cent), Wollmann's veteran definition bill, HJR 1002 (the T-Rex finder pardon), school district pensions and capital outlay, and, in our only bit of Tea Party paranoia, genetic testing.

  8. Tim 2015.02.08

    That's a good bit of the problem Jenny, religious freedom, gun rights and pro-life really aren't issues, they have all been resolved decades ago by the constitution or the courts, these are the distractions republican politicians use to keep those peoples minds off of the real issues. SD voters fall for it hook, line and sinker every time.

  9. Lynn 2015.02.08

    Jenny of you changed ole Ernie's accent and a few other of those white guys you'd think we were in ole Miss in 1962. I was looking for Boss Hogg.

    At least with the Aberdeen Crackerbarrel the public could ask the legislators directly and followup if need be for clarification from watching the videos.

  10. Tim 2015.02.08

    Cory, maybe Aberdeen is that liberal cesspool republicans are always warning us about? Now, if we could just get them to vote that way. ;-)

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