2014 Legislative Cracker Barrel – Coffee Sessions

2014 Legislative Cracker Barrel – Coffee Sessions

Not everyone can make a trip to Pierre to have a conversation with your legislator. Legislative Coffees and Cracker Barrels are opportunities to visit with your area legislators face to face and close to home. Along with letters, phone calls, and emails, this is another tool to ask questions, present information to your legislator, and find out what they are thinking about an issue. They are free and open to the public. The format is a bit different in each location. Please wear RED to visually let your legislators know you are there to ask them to STOP COMMON CORE in SD. This also helps us connect and network with one another, especially at larger events. Remember, we don’t have a lobbyist taking care of this for us in Pierre. We all need to connect with them personally, while uniting with one another to make our voices heard. You are making a difference! Your presence is impressive to the legislators. The reach of our email lists are limited. Please forward through your networks and post on your social media sites.


Saturday, February 1, there are legislative coffees and cracker barrels being held in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Brookings, Hot Springs, Platte, Spearfish, Springfield, Vermillion, Wagoner, Watertown, and Yankton. Check the following list for more details. If you live in one of these areas, please consider attending this Saturday to keep the momentum of the last week building.



Sessions will be held in the Centennial Rooms of Northern State University on the following dates from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Sessions are open to the public. 

Saturday, February 8th

Saturday, February 22nd Saturday, March 1st


Belle Fourche

Saturday, February 22nd from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Belle Inn (2511 5th Avenue)

Contact Rita Pazour at Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce for more information




Saturday, February 15th from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Bethany Meadows there will be a Chamber Legislative Coffee.



Three cracker barrels will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the City County Building.

For information contact at 692-6125 or heidi@brookingschamber.org

Saturday, February 1st

Saturday, February 15th

Saturday, March 1st



Saturday, February 22nd – time and location unknown at this time.

For info: gregorynews@gregorynews.com or 605-835-8089



Saturday, February 8th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Pizza Ranch (719 East 5th Street)

For information contact Chamber of Commerce at 764-7864 or lisa.canton@iw.net



Saturday, February 15, 10:00 am at the Gateway West

Contact Chamberlain/Oacoma Chamber of Commerce at 234-4416 or Mike at chamber@midstatesd.net for more information



Saturday, February 8th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center

Contact Custer Chamber of Commerce at 673-2244 or Custer County Chronical at 673-2217



Contact City of Deadwood, Diana, at 578-2600 or Deadwood Chamber of Commerce at

578-1876 or martz@deadwood.org



Contact Edgemont Chamber of Commerce at 662-5900 or



Hill City

Saturday, February 8th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the 3rd floor of the Super 8 Motel

Contact Hills City Chamber of Commerce at 574-2368 or info@hillcity.com


Hot Springs

Saturday, February 1st at 1:30 p.m. at the Hot Springs School District Administrative Building

Contact Hot Springs Star at 745-4170 or hsstar@lee.net



“Coffee with the Legislators” are scheduled for the following dates starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Huron City Hall commission room. These are free to the public.

Saturday, February 8th

Saturday, February 22nd

Saturday, March 8th



Saturday, February 15th at 1:30 p.m.

For location contact Chamberlain/Oacoma Chamber of Commerce at 234-4416 or mike at chamber@midstatesd.net



Saturday, February 8th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Madison City Hall in the city commission meeting room (116 West Center St). This is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.



Saturday, February 22nd beginning at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Mitchell Technical Institute Amphitheater located at 1800 East Spruce Street.



Possibly Saturday, February 22nd…

Call Sabrina Harmon at 381-9136 for more information

Foothills Area (Piedmont)

Saturday, February 8th, at the American Legion Post 311 in Piedmont from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

The Post is located at 101 Pine Street and is at the intersection of Pine and Sturgis Road.



Friday, February 14th at 10 a.m. the Sully Area Library located at the school.

For more information, contact Marileen Tilberg at the Onida Watchman, Inc. 605-258-2604



Saturday, February 8th, beginning at 9 a.m. the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Legislative Cracker Barrel in the chamber’s Community Room (800 West Dakota Avenue)



Saturday, February 1st, at 12:30 p.m. at the Pizza Ranch.


Rapid City

These will be held at the South Dakota School of Mines New Classroom Building from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and they are free and open to the public.

Saturday, February 1st

Saturday, February 22nd

Saturday, March 1st



Saturday, February 17th at 2:00 p.m. at the Historic CNW Train Depot in Redfield. Refreshments provided by Redfield Tourism.


Sioux Falls

Legislative Coffees scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

Saturday, February 1st – Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, 201 E 8th Street

Saturday, February 8th – Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, 201 E 8th Street

Saturday, February 22nd – Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, 201 E 8th Street

Friday, February 28th – Holiday Inn City Centre, 100 West 8th Street

Argus Leader Media will livestream each event at http://www.argusleader.com. Follow along on Twitter @SFAreaAdvocate using #legcoffee



Cracker barrels will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the BHSU Club Buzz Room on the dates noted below. Contact Spearfish Chamber of Commerce at 642-2626 or


Saturday, February 1st

March 1st



Saturday, February 1st, at 8 a.m. – location unknown at this time.



Saturday, February 22nd at 9 a.m. at the County Office Building 1300 Sherman Street, 2nd Floor, Commissioners Room

Contact Sturgis Chamber of Commerce at 347-2556 or




Two coffees will be held on Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Vermillion City Hall Council Chambers.

Contact Vermillion Chamber of Commerce at 624-5571 or annb@vermillionchamber.com

Saturday, February 1st Saturday, March 1st



Saturday, February 1st, at 10 a.m. at Valley Station.



Saturday, February 22nd, at Wall Drug in the left side of the big dining room.

Contact the Wall Chamber of Commerce at 279-2665 for more information



There will be two sessions starting at 9:00 a.m.

For information contact Megan at coc@watertownsd.com or 605 886-5814

Saturday, February 1st – Lake Area Tech Campus Center

Saturday, February 15th – Watertown Winter Farms Show (County Extension Center)



All will be held on Saturdays at 10:00 am at the Avera Office Pavilion Amphitheatre

(409 Summit Street). Events are open to the public

Saturday, February 1st

Saturday, February 22nd

Saturday, March 1st

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