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Health Freedom South Dakota Presents H.O.L.D. Summit
“Freedom has many branches, and we are all at different stages of our journeys. H.O.L.D. Summit is sure to have something for everyone to learn how to own their health, develop their liberties, and protect their freedom.”

On the evening of December 2nd and throughout the day on December 3rd, Health Freedom South Dakota will be hosting their Health Ownership and Liberty Development Summit at the Laurel Ridge Barn in Sioux Falls, SD.

Health Freedom South Dakota is an organization that advocated for medical decisions to be put in the hands of individuals and families, not in the hands of government organizations or pharmaceutical corporations. They acknowledge the importance in technological advances such as sanitation and clean water, but also see the need to exist in balance with nature and not let modern technology reduce people’s quality of life by going too far.

Doors open at 5pm on Friday night for a VIP dinner, panel discussion with the featured guest speakers, and a presentation by Tim Grover of Rev-tac about Second Amendment rights and responsibilities. Rev-tac is a range in Jackson, NE that teaches families about safe, conscientious gun ownership in a relaxing environment that has leisure activities such as paintball and sniper competitions as well as courses in women’s self-defense, trauma management, and obtaining concealed carry permits. The H.O.L.D. Summit will also have hands-on workshops for guests to learn self-defense skills from experienced instructors sharing invaluable knowledge. Instructors at Rev-tac are made up of snipers, SWAT, competitive shooters, and seals. Their motto is, “Practice Makes Prepared.”



Beginning at 8am on Saturday, there will be a vendor’s market where guests can shop for Christmas presents with local merchants and a series of presentations by speakers who have unique perspectives due to their expertise in various fields and share a passion for health freedom.

Guest speakers include pediatrician Dr. Paul Thomas, constitutional attorney KrisAnne Hall J.D., author Connor Boyack, educator Brian Young, author Rory Groves, “Education, not Indoctrination” producer Brian Lauer, and policy analyst Valerie Borek J.D.

Dr. Paul Thomas states on the H.O.L.D. Summit’s event page that, “The time has come to take our health and that of our children into our own hands. Gone are the days when you could blindly follow your doctor’s recommendations or count on your health plan or some government agency to put your best interests first.” The H.O.L.D. Summit aims to empower attendees and their families to know what their rights are and to protect liberty and freedom.



The H.O.L.D. Summit will feature issues pertaining to medical freedom, but it also is about a wider variety of liberties. Some topics that will be discussed are homesteading, home schooling, legislative opportunities, and career choices. The two-day event will facilitate more community involvement for participants in the future and connect people who have shared interests with each other. The goal goes far beyond a weekend event, towards building a more resilient community long-term.

Tickets are available on the event webpage. The code "Freedom50" can be used for a 50% discount on the ticket price for a limited number of guests.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-11-30 10:00:00Last Update: 2022-11-30 07:21:43


Gov. Noem Signs E.O To Protect Data as Tensions Mount With China
Gov. Noem Takes Action as The DOJ and Now the FBI Warns of National Security Breaches Due to Chinese Owned Telecom Companies

PIERRE, S.D.- Gov. Kristi Noem has signed Executive Order 2022-10, taking decisive action as tensions continue to mount with China. The E.O bans state government agencies, employees, and contractors from accessing the social media platform TikTok from state issued devices.

Noem's order corresponds to recent warnings issued by the DOJ and FBI, as various national security breaches have been unearthed. In addition, tensions mount as China's President Xi Jinping has taken aggressive actions, and absolute control
of both the government and the military. According to ABC news, Jinping replaced most of the top leadership with his generals last month during the 19th Party Congress.

Upon seizing control, Jinping outlined a new path forward that refocuses the Country's prior emphasis on economic security, to now making China a world power by 2035. According to the Chinese Communist Party Leader, this will be accomplished and backed by creating the top ranked military in the world.

Jinping's actions, and the use of Chinese owned telecom companies to spy on Americans, have many within the U.S State Department warning of threats to homeland and national security.

During the Nov. 15, 2022 Congressional Oversight hearing on Homeland Security, FBI Director Christopher Wray told members of Congress that "under Chinese law, Chinese companies are required to essentially, and I’m going to shorthand here, basically do whatever the Chinese government wants them to in terms of sharing information or serving as a tool of the Chinese government. And so that’s plenty of reason by itself to be extremely concerned.”

TikTok has come under recent fire, and is now facing multiple lawsuits in European countries for allegedly oversharing their user’s data. TikTok is owned by
parent company ByteDance, a Beijing-based company that has links to the Chinese government . Shou Zi Chew, who simultaneously served as the CFO of ByteDance until November 2021, began serving as CEO for TikTok in April 2021, solidifying concerns related to the influence of the Chinese parent company over the app's data management.

FBI Director Wray is one of several within the intelligence community to warn Congress, stating that they do not believe the app has the ability to protect user data.

Privacy and national security concerns continue to mount after the
DOJ arrested five Chinese Nationals in March, who were recruited to spy on defectors of the CCP regime on U.S soil.

During a press conference on Oct. 24, 2022 DOJ Director Merrick Garland announced charges in three separate cases accusing more than a dozen defendants, most of them Chinese officials, of participating in schemes to repatriate critics of the Chinese government, obtain secret information about a U.S. investigation into Chinese telecom firm Hauwei and recruit spies to act as agents of the Chinese regime in the U.S.

"This case exposes the interconnection between PRC officers and Chinese companies," Deputy Attorney Lisa Monaco said during the press briefing.

Noem has said that the E.O is needed immediately in order to prevent the Chinese Communist Party's ability to gather data from state issued devices. The app is able to track user location, videos watched and commented on, as well as the data gathered off the device itself such as; personally identifiable information, contact lists, addresses, photos, health information, and even banking information.

“The Chinese Communist Party uses information that it gathers on TikTok to manipulate the American people, and they gather data off the devices that access the platform,” Noem said. “Because of our serious duty to protect the private data of South Dakota citizens, we must take this action immediately. I hope other states will follow South Dakota’s lead, and Congress should take broader action, as well,” Noem concluded.

EO 2022-10, signed Nov. 29, 2022, takes immediate effect and only applies to employees and agencies of the State of South Dakota, including persons and entities who contract with the state, commissions, and authorities or agents thereof. The order prohibits downloading or using the TikTok application or visiting the website on state-owned or state-leased electronic devices capable of internet connectivity.

--Breeauna Sagdal

Post Date: 2022-11-30 08:07:59Last Update: 2022-11-30 14:04:28


Christian Pulisic Helps Bring U.S Closer to World Cup
U.S Leads Iran 1-0 at Halftime

The crowd was electric as Christian Pulisic brought the USMNT one step closer to the FIFA World Cup at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar today. Pulisic is one of only 22 Americans to score big during a World Cup.

During the play however, Pulisic collided with Beiranvand, and was removed off the field. Tim Weah nearly made the score an even 2-zip, when a referee called his goal offside. That offside call could have meant another goal for the USMNT.

Having failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, it has been eight years since the USMNT were contenders for the Finals. A big day for all watching and involved. The game continues this afternoon as 32 teams fight to secure their place in the finals, beginning Dec. 18, 2022.

PULISIC PUTS THE USMNT ON TOP 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸@USMNT pic.twitter.com/nkcQ5DDU0i

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 29, 2022

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-11-29 11:53:03Last Update: 2022-11-30 11:07:59


Recent Snows Make Driving Conditions Difficult
Minnehaha Sheriff’s Department offers tips and tricks for safe driving

November 29, 2022- Breeauna Sagdal

Minnehaha County Sheriff's Deputies are reminding people to take it slow today. Earlier this morning, deputies responded to multiple accidents on rural county roads following overnight snows. The Sheriff's Dept. is now asking that people take their time navigating the slick conditions.

Sgt. Scott Dubbe of the Minnehaha Sheriff's Department says people should give themselves an extra ten minutes to get to work or school in the morning. "Currently the roads are looking pretty good, but overnight it will likely freeze and create icy road conditions," Dubbe said. "Make sure that you allow multiple car lengths between yourself and the car in front of you, and make sure that you leave at least ten minutes early to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination safely."

Dubbe says that if you do find your car skidding, or sliding, to take your foot off the gas and turn into the direction of the slide, rather than try to course correct. If worse case scenario should occur, Dubbe says to call 911, put the car's hazard lights on and try to get the vehicle off the road.

"Prepare ahead of time to avoid accidents," Dubbe said. "Make sure to keep your headlights on, check your tires, drive slow and buckle-up."

Deputies in Minnehaha County are responding to multiple accidents on rural county roads. Please slow down and stay off the roadways if possible.

— Minnehaha Sheriff (@MinnehahaCounty) November 29, 2022

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--Breeauna Sagdal

Post Date: 2022-11-28 10:52:18Last Update: 2022-11-29 11:53:03


The Novem-burns “Link” Challenge
Killer Burns - Awesome Cause

Nov. 23, 2022 By Breeauna Sagdal

The Novemburn for Hope Challenge is coming to close soon and it appears that Councilman Greg Neitzert might be headed for a second year win. The challenge began last year as an awareness campaign for the Link, a Sioux Falls based emergency triage center for mental health and chemical dependency in all its many forms.

"We had raised funding for COVID-19 rental relief, and had this incredible service for the community," Councilman Marshall Selberg tells TDL. "We just needed to figure out how to merge the two concepts, and tell the community it was available," Selberg said. The service provided by the Link is saving thousands of lives in the Sioux Falls area alone.

Bill Earley is the Executive Director of the Link. Earley tells TDL that his staff members have helped to provide triage services for over 5,000 people this year, creating a sizable dent in the opioid war. "These are not numbers to us," Earley said. "The people walking through our doors are the same kids you grew up with, played sports with, went to prom with. They're brothers, sisters, sons and daughters and everyday our staff members hope and pray that another soul will walk through our doors and have that 'vie' moment."



When people decide to fight for their lives and work towards reducing chemical dependencies, Earley and his staff call this "the vie moment." "We have many who come through our program several times, and that's okay," Earley said. "The moments we live for though, are those moments when you see a shift happen, and people begin to vie for their lives. We call this the vie moment."

The Link is one of the only emergency triage facilities in the Sioux Falls area. The program helps people to detox from opioid pain medications or street drugs, and become stable in those first steps to freedom from chemical dependency. The link also specializes in recognizing and addressing duel-diagnosis needs, which helps people to get linked to the right services while in the midst of an episode.

In an effort to help raise awareness about this program. Sioux Falls City Council members have been growing out their facial hair, specifically their side-burns. Sioux Falls Police Chief Jon Thum actually inspired the entire event, Councilman Selberg explains. "Police Chief Thum has the best side-burns, so we decided to do something silly and challenge each other for a good cause," Selberg said. Chief Thom will be judging this year, and we will know soon who has won for sure.

Let us know who you think will win. Have you or someone you love been impacted by the opioid epidemic? Write to us and share your experience at Editor@DakotaLeader.com

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--Breeauna Sagdal

Post Date: 2022-11-23 14:02:24Last Update: 2022-11-23 16:25:50


The Argus Leader’s Mandatory Furlough Ahead of the Holidays
The end of print, or a distaste for “biased reporting?”

Nov. 23, 2022 By Breeauna Sagdal

Gannett, the nation's largest newspaper chain, recently announced mandatory furloughs which will require employees to take one week of unpaid leave this December. The company, which owns The Argus Leader, The Watertown Public Opinion, and The Aberdeen American News, is also seeking volunteers for buyouts according to a staff-wide email sent by CEO Mike Reed.

In addition, the company also has paused overall hiring and will temporarily suspend matching contributions to employee 401(k) accounts starting Oct. 24. The email came two months after Gannett laid off 400 employees and eliminated 400 open positions in response to year-over-year losses, and a troubling second quarter. Gannett reported a loss of $54 million dollars during the second quarter, and its shares have plummeted down by 77% over the last year.

In the company-wide email sent to the over 200 publications owned by Gannett, Reed said “these are truly challenging times. The company continues to face headwinds and uncertainty from the deteriorating macroeconomic environment which has led the executive team to take further immediate action.”

The company-wide furlough is now impacting the "young and out of the area" journalists at The Argus Leader. A GoFundMe page has been created to help Argus Leader staff ahead of the holidays.

The Argus Leader has had significant losses this year within their own newsroom. Top investigative journalist Jonathan Ellis, and capitol correspondent Joe Sneve, have both left The Argus this year to launch their own publication,
The Dakota Scout. The Argus also lost top news Director Cory Myers in early October of this year, along with Mackenzie Huber. Huber has joined colleague Seth Tupper to launch the SD chapter of Searchlight, which functions as an independent state newsroom.

In addition to losing some of their top local staff, Gannett will say goodbye to President Maribel Perez Wadsworth at the end of this year. Wadsworth was the first woman of color to serve as the publisher of USA Today, prior to being named the President of Gannett. Her announcement came on the heels of the Gannett Co. Board of Directors eliminating the role of former CEO, Paul Bascobert, to streamline its operating structure.

Since then, Michael Reed, chairman and chief executive officer of the overall public entity, Gannett Co., has assumed the responsibilities of both Wadsworth and Bascobert. According to a timeline of events, these decisions came rapidly after a negative second quarter, and revelations related to subscription losses.



According to a transcript obtained by the Washington Post, Gannett's editorial staff met in April to scale-back opinion and election coverage. “Readers don’t want us to tell them what to think,” the editors, who come from Gannett newsrooms across the country, declared during the internal presentation. “They don’t believe we have the expertise to tell anyone what to think on most issues. They perceive us as having a biased agenda.”

"Not only are editorials and opinion columns 'among our least read content,' the committee said, but they are 'frequently cited' by readers as a reason for canceling their subscriptions.'"

Going into the third quarter amid steep losses, one of the biggest questions has been; How much improvement could the company achieve in a short time-frame? The answer came early this month with an identical third quarter loss of $54 million and a 10% year-to-year revenue decline. CEO Mike Reed told analysts, as he had in August, that he does not expect revenue to head back up until sometime in 2024.

It's not all bad news for Gannet however. The company hit a milestone in paid digital subscriptions which could signal where things are headed for the media giant and its over 200 print dailies. By the end of the third quarter Gannett hit 1.98 million digital subscribers, and passed the 2 million mark since then. On Sept. 30, Gannett had an increase of 28.5% in digital subscribers compared to the same period a year ago.

According to Reed, cost controls have taken root as the U.S headcount fell by 6.5% during the quarter with 468 employees leaving the company and another 400 open positions left unfilled. In addition, with the imposed mandatory unpaid leaves and suspended 401(k) contributions Reed said "the full impact on costs will be greater this quarter and through 2023." The company is also on track to sell $60 to $70 million in real estate and other assets this year to help pay down the debt they took on when the company acquired GateHouse in 2019.

Due to the cost-cutting measures, the on-going transition to digital and a focus on digital marketing services, the company is slowly seeing a turn around. At this point the question appears to be; How quickly can Gannett fully transition digitally? With print subscription revenues off by $51 million and print advertising in a $31 million year-to-year decline, the $9 million in digital gains may not be enough to keep print alive.

--Breeauna Sagdal

Post Date: 2022-11-23 11:09:21Last Update: 2022-11-23 16:33:10


Deadrick Named Deputy Secretary of State
Secretary of State-elect Monae Johnson names her Deputy

PIERRE, SD - Secretary of State-elect Monae Johnson has announced that Thomas J. Deadrick will be joining her office as Deputy Secretary of State.

"As an attorney, former legislator, and former deputy, Tom brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position that will be invaluable to me," Johnson said. "Tom has a long history of service to our state and the people of South Dakota, and I am thrilled to have him as part of my team."

Deadrick previously served as Deputy of Business Services from 2015-2018 under former Secretary of State Shantel Krebs. A graduate of Platte High School, Deadrick earned a Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University and holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry, Chicago and a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Dakota School of Law.

He practiced dentistry in Philip, SD for five years before transitioning to law. He practiced law in Philip and Parker, SD and served as state's attorney in Turner and Charles Mix counties. From 1995-2014, he operated Deadrick Law Office and Platte Title Company in Platte. A Republican, Deadrick served in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 2003-2010 and was Speaker of the House from 2007-2008. Since 2019, he has worked as an Assistant Attorney General for South Dakota. Deadrick and his wife, Cindy, have two grown daughters and reside in Pierre.

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--Breeauna Sagdal

Post Date: 2022-11-23 08:33:10Last Update: 2022-11-28 10:52:18


What Have South Dakota Citizens Said About Sales Tax On Food and Clothing?

As Governor Noem fights tooth and nail with her opponent Jamie Smith on whether or not to remove sales tax on food, we do have some precedent on what South Dakota Voters support, and do not support.

According to an Argus Leader article, quoting a S.D Legislator in response to the Governor's ploy to remove sales tax from food:

"My first reaction is that this is a desperate political stunt on the part of a political campaign who sees it's about ready to lose what many thought was a slam dunk race," Sen. Reynold Nesiba (D-Sioux Falls) said.

And, while the S.D Legislature claims it did have some support in the previous session (January through March 2022) to lift the tax from food and clothes, it is evident that the voters of South Dakota most likely do not support the removal of sales tax from food or clothes, as evidenced by two previous public votes held in S.D Elections.



In a 1992 vote on reducing property taxes assessed to land owners and removing sales tax from food, clothing and utilities, 75% of South Dakota voters said “no”. Of course, the measure also included replacing the lost income with a statewide personal income tax and corporate excise tax in order to tax incomes, while redistributing the revenues to certain sects of the population.

So not only did the 1992 vote send a strong signal that voters did not support the removal of sales tax on food and clothes, but it also sent a strong message that they do not support a tax on people's incomes or profits at all.

Nearly a decade later, the issue returned for a second vote in 2004. Again people voted on whether or not to remove sales tax from food,and the voters overwhelmingly voted 255,855 to 123,210 to maintain a steady collection of sales tax revenues on groceries.

Democrat Candidate Jamie Smith says:

"We were able to work in the house in a bipartisan fashion to get this passed, but it was killed promptly upon its receipt in the Senate. Our governor has not supported this, nor did she support tax cuts in general throughout the last session."

Governor Noem, Jamie Smith and the S.D Legislature do not have the support of the people to remove sales tax from food, clothing, or even utilities. Twice the voters have indicated they are perfectly fine with taxing food, clothing, and utilities as the main source of statewide revenue.

In 2016, the voters even approved of the S.D Legislature expanding the "sales tax" collections across a larger base of citizens to include "online sales" which includes food and clothing purchased online.

Every time the voters had the chance to remove sales tax on food or clothing, they have rejected the option.

Does a 6.5% State and Local Sales Tax really hurt the pocketbooks of South Dakotans? According to the voting records, the people of South Dakota do not seem to think so.



The People of South Dakota appear to support paying taxes on food, clothing, and utilities, so long as they do not have to pay taxes on their incomes or business profits.

As you go to the polls this November, consider whether the people really have an issue with paying sales tax across the state. The answer may be in those 1992 and 2004 Public Votes.

South Dakota does in fact help its poorest and most vulnerable citizens of the State. Whether they are seniors, disabled, or simply low income, as a State, they have the option to submit an application for tax reduction. This provides the most vulnerable with a 'tax rebate' or refund in order to help pay for food, clothing, rent, and utilities. All they need to do is apply for such a program.

--Mike Zitterich

Post Date: 2022-10-27 10:00:00Last Update: 2022-10-27 07:04:04


Statement on CDC Minor COVID-19 Immunizations Schedule Recommendation
SD Freedom Caucus Issues Statement

Pierre, S.D. (October 21, 2022) – In response to the CDC adding COVID-19 treatments to the recommended children’s immunizations schedule, the South Dakota Freedom Caucus released the following statement:

The South Dakota Freedom Caucus passed a resolution in July of this year affirming parental medical rights and rejecting any forced child COVID-19 mandates, which work to erode the rights of parents to make informed medical decisions for their children. We join several of our state freedom caucuses around the country in rejecting such efforts by the CDC which have once again severely damaged the credibility of the medical community and have posed risks to our children’s health and well-being.



Today we reiterate our stand against such forced mandates, which current studies and information indicate may pose a serious medical risk to our youth with little known benefit due to the nearly negligible hospitalization and mortality rate from COVID-19 infections with minor children, as reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). (Hospitalization and Death by Age, COVID-19, Center for Disease Control)

“The current presidential administration, and the unconstitutional CDC, have made it clear that they intend to hinder our rights of making medical decisions for our children”, said Freedom Caucus Chair Aaron Aylward, “and we want to make it clear, that we will fight for the rights of South Dakota parents to keep their children safe.”

We are calling on our Governor, Secretary of Health, Secretary of Education, our fellow legislators and our local school boards to reject any effort to make such experimental medical treatment mandatory in order to receive a public education, which is guaranteed by our South Dakota Constitution Article 8 § 1.

--Press Release

Post Date: 2022-10-22 11:00:09Last Update: 2022-10-22 11:03:30


Call For Immediate Sales Tax Relief
Press Release from the desk of Representative Phil Jensen District 33 State Representative

Press Release Calling for Legislative Special Session for Immediate Sales Tax Relief

During the 2022 legislative session, the South Dakota House passed Senate Bill 117, which would repeal the state sales tax on food, while allowing cities to maintain some local control on what they’d like to set for a local sales tax. That bill unfortunately died in the State Senate. As we moved through the spring and into the summer, we saw a continuous rise in inflation, gas prices, and food prices, and consequently, a large number of people who are on fixed incomes and low earned wages, continued to get squeezed into unfortunate financial situations.



Thankfully, during the last week of September, Governor Noem made a public statement that she was committed to repeal the sales tax on groceries. The hard-working citizens of South Dakota have experienced a significant increase in the cost of groceries over the last year, seriously impacting their ability to provide for their families, and it’s time our citizens are able to keep more of their hard-earned money. South Dakota is in a great financial position but we need to remember that it’s not the role of government to hold onto the peoples’ money, but rather to provide them with the necessities of a limited government.

Senator-elect Tom Pischke (R-Dist. 25), Senator Julie Frye-Mueller (R-Dist. 30) and Representatives Phil Jensen (R-Dist. 33), Taffy Howard (R-Dist. 33), Tony Randolph (R-Dist. 35), Kevin Jensen (R-Dist. 16) Steve Haugaard (R-Dist. 10) and Aaron Aylward (R-Dist. 6) are asking their fellow legislators to provide relief for the people of this state and to call a special session for November 3rd, 2022.

Representative Phil Jensen

District 33 State Representative

10215 Pioneer Ave

Rapid City SD 57702

--Representative Phil Jensen

Post Date: 2022-10-11 08:04:23Last Update: 2022-10-11 17:14:19


SDFRW Announce Newly Elected Members
Press Release - South Dakota Federation of Republican Women

October 07, 2022 For Immediate Release

Last weekend, the South Dakota Federation of Republican Women (SDFRW) held its biennial convention, with former Governor Dennis Daugaard delivering the keynote address.

Members enjoyed fun activities – from pontoon boat rides on the Missouri River, to live music performed by Jim Mehlhaff and the Homestretch Band – and met with conservative leaders including Marty Jackley, Chris Nelson, Rich Sattgast, and many others. SDFRW also hosted a watch party, cheering on Governor Noem in the gubernatorial debate.

Special congratulations to Cecil Nankivel Award-winner Lois Van Dusseldorp, Maree Raschke Award-winner Lorie Hausmann, and the unanimously-elected officers: SDFRW is an affiliate of the NFRW, our nation’s largest grassroots Republican women's organization with more than 65,000 active members. SDFRW consists of one virtual club and 10 in-person clubs located throughout South Dakota. To learn about, or to join SDFRW, please email info@SDFRW.org


Post Date: 2022-10-07 09:07:01Last Update: 2022-10-07 07:30:06


“Vote NO on Measure 27”
“It’s Not Recreational, It’s Reckless”

--Sent to TDL By- “Protecting South Dakota Kids”

Post Date: 2022-10-07 08:03:27Last Update: 2022-10-06 20:07:01


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