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Old 12-11-2007, 11:56 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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I agree with DannyBanany that Western SD is more conservative and Democrats (even moderate/conservative ones) have a tougher time winning except for the reservations. Eastern South Dakota is a mix and is for the most part moderate with a few pockets of strong Republican and Democrat areas. Lincoln County leans Republican, but Minnehaha County is a toss up. Clay and Yankton counties along with the James River area (Mitchell/Aberdeen/Huron) and spots in northeast and southeast may be more apt to vote Democrat than other areas. Most Democrats, including I, generally are the moderate to conservate end of the party's political spectrum. Many Republicans in eastern South Dakota are moderate and some vote straight ticket and others vote for the best person.

Fortunately, illegal immigration is not a big problem for South Dakota. Sometimes, there may be an illegal bust along I-90 or in Sioux Falls near Morrell's, but in prior comments, the problem pales in comparision to largers cities and neighboring states such as Nebraska (Grand Island, Omaha, South Sioux City/Dakota City), Iowa (Sioux City, Storm Lake, and other larger cities), Minnesota (Worthington, Twin Cities).

Eastern South Dakota has a strong economy with a low unemployment. Anyone who is willing to work can find work. There are larger towns and as mentioned in earlier posts, access to larger cities (Omaha, Kansas City, Des Moines, Minneapolis, and Chicago) is better. Western South Dakota has scenery that is easier on the eyes, drier/warmer climate (especially in the winter), and plenty of outdoor stuff (especially in the Hills/Badlands area). Both areas of the state have great people and potential in the future.

It depends on what is important to the person.
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Old 12-12-2007, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Black Hills of S Dakota
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I've lived in SF and now Rapid City. In my experience, SF is more white collar, RC blue collar. Both cities don't really pay well, SF probably pays more than RC. But cost of living in both is lower than in most other cities so it's a trade off. Climate wise, RC winters tend to be milder, it's comperable to Denver winters. Winters in SF are long, very cold and windy. Actually SF is very windy ALL the time, could never get used to that.

As far as illegals, well there aren't many around, yet. SF are getting more and more. The crime rate is steadily increasing, not sure if that is due to illegals or not. But every so often one will rob a casino or convenient store. Illegals will effect both cities in a big way in the near future. SF is very close to Iowa which is full of illegals. RC is close to Denver, also full of illegals. There are an estimated 12 million of them in the US, it's only a matter of time before they invade SD in flocks.

Which city is more artsy? I'd say SF edges out RC. SF is home to SD Symphony. SF has a couple of stages that host off Broadway shows and the SF Downtown Society is very active. RC has some arts too of course, but it's not as active. Which city is more scenic? RC and the Black Hills win that hands down! SF has one of the flattest and most uninspiring landscapes I have ever seen in my life.
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Old 12-12-2007, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Any idea how the arts scenes compare between RC/BH and SF?
Thanks.
I cannot spea for Sioux Falls, but Rapid City has a vibrant art scene. The Dahl Fine Arts Center, Journey Museum, Prairie Edge Galleries, and dozens of other artists' galleries downtown attract locals to an appreciation for the arts. Many lakota artists are based in Rapid City or the Black Hills region. Hill City has a couple galleries.

Spearfish is home to Dick Termes, the "termesphere" artist. His gallery is in his "dome-home" and he paints scenery on giant spheres. Some of his work hangs in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and other event places in Rapid City.

The Heritage Festival is a venue held every year in Memorial Park in downtown Rapid City. Many local artists, singers, and vendors bring their creations to the festival and show displays. The food and song is always enjoyable. The Black Hills Pow Wow also brings in Native American singers and artists from around the United States.

Rapid City is also home to some famous authors. Paul Goble, the Nativa American Folklore author lives in Rapid City. As does Jack Van Der Geest the Holocaust survivor and author of Was God On Vacation?.

There are also many events at Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse for authors and artists. "Art Alley" in Rapid City is an alleyway in Old Town designated for the tagging and painting of locals. If you are ever in Rapid City drive through it. It is by the Hotel Alex Johnson between 7th and 6th Streets.
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:35 AM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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I presume you're speaking of Governor Rounds?//Unquote

Yes, he's the one. He's always been soft spoken and mild, but he actually seems very decisive and strong.

Unfortunately, I've also heard that the meat packing plan has drawn illegals to it. I believe there's also plans for a turkey plant (In Huron possibly?) that may draw them.

I just don't understand it though. I haven't applied for employment for the past 11 years, but I remember having to bring my social security card in for them to make a copy of. And I've lived in this area my entire life and they KNEW I was from here. Are they actually getting such legit looking documents that the employers really can't tell the difference?

The descriptions of the difference in our weather is so accurate. I live an hour west of Sx. Falls and we may only be at 10 degrees and Rapid City is basking in 60 degrees. They have a semi-arid climate so their summers aren't humid either. Actually I personally like humidity so that part doesn't bother me at all.
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Old 12-12-2007, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Yes Jammie,

I did a project down in Texas. We had a person that was doubtful, so we called INS. We ended up loosing over 30 employee's.

Once everything was ironed out, we found out you could buy SS cards at the local swap meet. They really looked real. With that card, they could now get a drivers license. So, two forms of ID and they went to work.

Take out your SS card. Notice the pillars on each side? Scrape your thumb across. You'll notice they are raised. The illegal ones aren't. Also, you know that line you signed your name on? It's not a line. look at it with a magnifying glass. It's words. The illegal one is a just a line. Also, if you have a black light, the back of the illegal ones say, "For novelty only". But you can only see it with a black light.

I went to the swap meet and checked. Yup, $15. and I could have my very own SS card.
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Old 12-12-2007, 12:30 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Isn't that just unreal? I had no idea that they could be that legit. Maybe it's time that some employers read your post so they could distinguish the difference.

I was just remembering that we have had a few incidents with illegals in So. Dak. I already posted about the accident in Hanson Co., but they also had problems with the chicken farm over by Plankinton. They'd go and haul a group of them back down south and they'd find out that they were just replaced with more illegals. That actually went on for a few years, but I haven't heard anything recently so either the owner was finally fined so heavily that he stopped or the place changed owners or something. They had rented a couple of houses over there and about 20 lived in a house. They eventually even had to burn down a house or two over there because they were so trashed.

Then there was the restaurant owner in Sioux Falls who was caught with illegal employees. I wish I could remember his penalty because it probably wasn't enough, but I do remember that he didn't just walk away from his crime either. Also, the manager of the restaurant was penalized, too.

AND I'm sure there are other examples, but at this point I believe that our state is trying it's best to keep only legal American citizens here.
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Old 12-12-2007, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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We didn't know. They would apply, show SS card and drivers license and we thought we were in good shape. Finally, a single woman, with 2 kids, turned down insurance. $95 a month for full coverage insurance. That's what caught our eye and we called INS. They come in and told us how to check documents and stuff. So to be fair, we went through all records to check. We lost over 30 employees in 24 hours. hahahahaha We only had 90 employee's so loosing 30 hurt big time.
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Old 12-12-2007, 06:55 PM
 
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We didn't know. They would apply, show SS card and drivers license and we thought we were in good shape. Finally, a single woman, with 2 kids, turned down insurance. $95 a month for full coverage insurance. That's what caught our eye and we called INS. They come in and told us how to check documents and stuff. So to be fair, we went through all records to check. We lost over 30 employees in 24 hours. hahahahaha We only had 90 employee's so loosing 30 hurt big time.
Good job calling INS, Elkhunter.

The comments in response to my initial thread are very helpful, and I appreciate all the information and candor. This is a great forum. Thanks, all.
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:35 PM
 
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Twenty-nine years here in South Dakota and I have seen a dramatic change in the 'style' of people. My opinion-South Dakota has gained alot of immigrants(illegal or not)-no offense-more than we want. If you were to travel North on Highway 37 and enter Beadle County-you will see more immigrants now then you would have fifteen years ago. Theres the turkey plant and a couple of meat packing plants in that area that they are employed at. There has also been alot more crime up North lately. So, East or West, your choice,(I would pick West if you like more history in SD and if you like to hunt), but not North.
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:14 PM
 
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The east tends to be a little more left, but once you get past the river they get more right.
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