Legislative Coffees and Cracker Barrels – Saturday, February 8, 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended Legislative Coffees and Cracker Barrels last Saturday.  Your attendance was noticed!  So much so, that the opponents spent the week begging people to write and show up at the coffees and cracker barrels this week.  Last week in Sioux Falls, one legislator polled the audience by a show of hands. There was about a 50/50 split of pro vs anti Common Core.  Let’s be sure we are the majority at each event throughout the state.  If you attended last week in Sioux Falls, please attend again this week if you can as there will be different legislators present.  These are great opportunities to meet face to face with legislators and to share with them your questions and concerns.  If you have samples of your children’s work to show them, please bring it along.


Saturday, February 8, there are legislative coffees and cracker barrels being held in Aberdeen, Canton, Custer, Hills City, Huron, Madison, Piedmont, Pierre, and Sioux Falls.  Check the following list for more details.  If you live in one of these areas, please consider attending.  The reach of our email lists are limited.  Please forward through your networks and post on your social media sites.



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.

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 (892-2676)


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 orlisa.canton@iw.net


Saturday, February 15, 10:00 am at the Gateway West
Contact Chamberlain/Oacoma Chamber of Commerce at 234-4416 or Mike atchamber@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 orEdgemontchamber@gwtc.net

Hills 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 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 director@spearfishchamber.org

Saturday, February 1st

Saturday, 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 orKathy.Christenson@sturgisareachamber.com


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 orannb@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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