Update 18:30 CST: In my original report, I cited Facebook friends who said they had found copies of the white-supremacist propaganda sheet The Stampede in Cenex stores in Belle Fourche and Philip. I spoke with a spokesperson for the communications and marketing division at CHS, which oversees the Cenex brand. CHS notes that the Philip store is no longer Cenex branded but owned by a CHS affiliate. CHS checked with the general manager and the store manager at each site, and those managers say The Stampede has never been displayed at their stores. CHS also checked all available Stampedes online to verify that no Cenex store has advertised in Rudy Stanko’s publication. I have edited the below text to make clear that Cenex should not be implicated in the distribution of this white-supremacist, anti-semitic material.
Update 19:05 CST: CHS provides this statement:
At CHS we take our company values and our commitment to being responsible stewards of the community very seriously and do not condone or support hateful speech of any kind. We have investigated this matter and have confirmed that neither of the retail locations mentioned in the article handle or distribute the publication in question. As a corporation, we have not participated in any form of advertising with the publisher [CHS, statement to Dakota Free Press, 2017.03.20].
Edited Original Post:
Some Facebook friends noticed some West River stores displaying the following white-supremacist, anti-semitic publication:
The Stampede is produced by Rudy “Butch” Stanko of Gordon, Nebraska. His website archives a few dozen similar screeds going back to September 2, 2015. Stanko regularly peddles myths like the kosher tax, the peaceful intentions of Hitler, Jewish control of meatpacking and global finance, the Mossad’s responsibility for 9/11, and the assertion that the 14th Amendment and Reconstruction achieved “the Marxist Communist takeover of these States.”
Friends report this white-supremacist disinformation in Hot Springs, Caputa, Whitewood, Belle Fourche and Philip. Perhaps more alarmingly, Stanko appears to receive financial support from some South Dakota businesses who advertise in Stanko’s rag. The Philip, Belle Fourche, and St. Onge livestock yards appear as sponsors in the online PDF of March 13 Stampede:
Stanko has served time for felony conspiracy for selling tainted meat to the federal school lunch program, illegal possession of firearms, and most recently for violating his prison release conditions.
I won’t put anyone in jail for spreading racist, anti-semitic propaganda. But I’ll have a conversation with any shopkeeper who displays Stanko’s white-supremacist propaganda about how that makes their business look. And if I had cattle to sell, I’d ask the sale yard managers at Philip, Belle Fourche, and St. Onge just how much of my fees will go toward spreading Stanko’s lies.