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Bang Bang You’re Drunk… and Saving 17% Today Only at Kessler’s!

?We go together like blamma-blamma-blamma, now drink-a-drink-drink-a-drink…?

Booze and Bullets, Kesslers ad, Aberdeen American News, 2015.12.17, p. 1A
Kessler’s ad, Aberdeen American News, 2015.12.17, p. 1A

Hey, Kessler’s! For those of us who don’t plan to drink and shoot this weekend, could you transfer that 17% discount to your tater-nugget casserole?


  1. Nick Nemec 2015-12-17 08:21

    What???? Talk about an unfortunate marketing combination. Nothing goes together like drunks and guns.

  2. larry kurtz 2015-12-17 08:35

    South Dakota: Land of Infinite Vinosity.

  3. mike from iowa 2015-12-17 08:49

    Magnums of champagne and magnums of elephant medicine. Milliliters of vino and milliliters of ammo.

  4. Dana P 2015-12-17 09:06

    Didn’t that retired FBI agent (Vecchi) open up a shooting range/bar upstairs in Deadwood? Yeah, the guns and booze mix just isn’t seen as a problem…..which is a problem.

  5. Francis Schaffer 2015-12-17 10:22

    It will be safer on Mars than in Aberdeen.

  6. crossgrain 2015-12-17 10:37

    As my daughter is fond of saying, “Remove the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.”

  7. mhs 2015-12-17 11:56

    You can poke libbie-left fun at legitimate gun owners all you want, but, mock tater-nugget casserole at your own risk.

  8. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-12-17 12:07

    Who’s mocking tater-nugget casserole? I love that stuff! Try taking my TNC, and no gun, legitimate or otherwise, will stop me from taking it back. (Plus, I’ll have a tactical advantage over the folks taking advantage of Kessler’s sale today.)

  9. Loren 2015-12-17 13:42

    What could possibly go wrong????

  10. MC 2015-12-17 14:59

    And there are some days even the ads make news

  11. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-12-17 15:46

    Front page news at that, MC!

  12. Dan 2015-12-17 16:44

    Is the ammo still next to the whiskey? When I first moved to Aberdeen, I thought it was the funniest/insane shelving ever.

    Of course, I still shop Kessler’s. I just don’t drink or hunt. The next marketing strategy: a shooting range next to the store. That way 8 year olds can practice with their Mack 10’s.

  13. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-12-17 16:52

    Maybe we could put a shooting range in the old library after they move all the books to the new library and put in a two-block skyway… over Arch Street! Yes!

  14. Blue living in a red state 2015-12-17 18:03

    Kessler’s used to be the finest grocery store in Abderdeen, then the Kessler kids took over and fired all the employees that had been with them for years, they replaced them with younger hires who they could pay less. I haven’t shopped there since.

  15. Bob Newland 2015-12-17 20:06

    Nuthin sez luvvin like sumthin frum the coven.

  16. grudznick 2015-12-17 20:10

    Mr. H is right about tater casserole. That’s a favorite hotdish.
    I, for one, have never been to this Kessler store that sells wine and ammunition. And if you can get hotdishes there too then this must be a pretty swell place. If they want to have a sale then good for them.

  17. Bob Newland 2015-12-17 20:12

    I visit hundreds of convenience stores (gas stations with insanely expensive grocery stores attached) every year. I have become increasingly amused by the increasingly common practice of attaching a liquor store to a gas station. I am prohibited–by the fact that I will not be paid for my visit if I do so–from commenting on my amusement when I make my report about the “customer experience” at said convenience store.

    I anxiously await the addition of cannabis vending machines within aforementioned gas stations/convenience stores/liquor stores.

  18. grudznick 2015-12-17 20:18

    Nobody knows their way around a gas station loo better than you, Bob.

  19. owen reitzel 2015-12-17 20:26

    incredible. Stace please explain!!!!

  20. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-12-17 21:04

    Dang, Bob—I’d think your “amusement” would be a key part of understanding the customer experience. If I were a marketing dude, I’d be trying to figure out how to enhance that amusement and squeeze profit out of it.

  21. Bob Newland 2015-12-17 21:18

    My only fiscal interest is in squeezing the most evaluations into a day, thus maximizing my profit.

    Along the way, I think I gain understanding of the customer experience.

    The corporate folks who devise the elements of the convenience stores to which I am supposed to pay attention have decided on the value of maintaining certain elements–colors, signs, pump appearance–that instill confidence in customers, I guess.

    As for amusement and its profit potential…, well; we’re adults, we understand the value of amusement.

  22. mike from iowa 2015-12-18 07:41

    Newland-remember the old 60’s bumper stickers that proclaimed gas and alcohol don’t mix,but gas straight ain’t bad? My how times have changed.

  23. mike from iowa 2015-12-18 07:45

    Dana P- like your article. The guy murders two people and when he is arrested he is charged with DUI. Priorities,I guess.

  24. Lynn 2015-12-18 08:36

    Vending machines with weed in C-stores? Might as well have needles, meth, crack and a wide assortment of hallucinogens although there should be a do not use and drive warning label on the machine. They could include a shooting gallery with needle disposal right next to the video lottery machines. Poverty industry could really increase profits.

  25. larry kurtz 2015-12-18 08:42

    Awesome idea, Lynn. Make it so.

  26. Lynn 2015-12-18 08:44

    We were up in Aberdeen for a social gathering at Wylie Park last summer and I heard the same thing about Kesslers and many of those long time employees went over to Kens where no one hardly ever leaves that store. Employees have been there for years. A few local Aberdonians brought out hamburger and Tiger meat from Kens and it was the best I’d ever had!

    It’s unfortunate to hear about the long time employees let go from Kesslers. Unfortunately sometimes a few generations removed from a family business founder the kids do not have that “drive” or “hunger” and value employees as much.

    Bad choice of an ad. Booze & Bullets don’t mix!

  27. Lynn 2015-12-19 09:39

    Correction Booze, Bullets and the rest of the mind altering drugs don’t mix. Very bad!

  28. Porter Lansing 2015-12-19 10:00

    You always forget the pain pills older women like yourself find so appealing. Over half the women in SoDak have abused them. How about you?

  29. larry kurtz 2015-12-19 10:05

    It’s not just dependency on opioids it’s anti-depressants used during pregnancy that lead to autism, too. South Dakota is among the worst states for prescription drug use and ODs.

  30. grudznick 2015-12-19 10:07

    But the beer is cold, Lar.

  31. Lynn 2015-12-19 10:09

    Porter Who Resides in Colorado,

    Older women such as myself? Pain meds? Hahaha! So you both see no problem with using firearms while under the influence of mind altering substances. Fascinating! I’m sure the different branches of law enforcement would have a different opinion on that.

  32. Lynn 2015-12-19 10:12

    If I were out hunting or target shooting and found out another that was participating was under the influence I’d get out of there quick. Common Sense!

  33. larry kurtz 2015-12-19 10:12

    Sugar is a mind altering substance. Chocolate is a mind altering substance. Turkey and dressing is a mind altering substance. Law enforcement is a racket that relies on the public dole for its existence.

  34. Porter Lansing 2015-12-19 10:23

    Lynn who resides in Plankington
    No trying to change the subject. You and Hickey aren’t so Slickey, anymore. Pain pill abuse is rampant among women of your demographic. A little too close to home, ma’am?

  35. larry kurtz 2015-12-19 10:45

    Lynn, PP’s blog is crashing. Why not head over there and inspire those people?

  36. larry kurtz 2015-12-19 11:56

    Good, Lynn: but ‘Krazy Larry’ is not very original. Try Larry Trump next time.

  37. larry kurtz 2015-12-19 11:57

    The Lawrence is catchy. Try that.

  38. Les 2015-12-19 14:02

    Porter@” Over half the women in SoDak have abused them. How about you?”

    Put the facts behind this on the table or quit flapping your jaw, Porter.

  39. Lynn 2015-12-19 14:31


    When you go hunting you block and don’t shoot right? You wouldn’t mind blocking in a cornfield or CRP land knowing that the others in your party that will be shooting will have had a few drinks, are stoned, high, or tripping would you?

    Not sure where Porter who resides in Colorado is going off the rails on women and pain meds or Larry who resides in New Mexico having another paranoia/conspiracy episodes with me one of his 8-12 ex wives, Pat Powers, an SDGOP black ops operative or Lord know what else but bullets, booze and mind altering drugs seem like a bad recipe to me.

  40. grudznick 2015-12-19 14:38

    I am writing a study on why the insanest and angriest of Mr. H’s bloggers are all from out-of-state. The theories will amaze you.

  41. Porter Lansing 2015-12-19 15:50

    ASAM FACTS & FIGURES (American Society of Addictive Medicine)
    – Prescription opioid overdose caused five times as many women’s deaths in 2010 than in 1999
     Drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death in 2013, greater than car accidents and homicide
     Over 50% of individuals 12 years or older have used pain relievers nonmedically from a friend or relative
     In 2010, more than 6,600 women died from prescription painkiller overdoses (18 each day)
     Every three minutes, a women goes to the emergency department for prescription painkiller misuse or abuse
    No, Les. I don’t do drugs.

  42. Les 2015-12-19 16:49

    South Dakota, Porter! South Dakota facts.

    Yes, nationally 125 perish daily from Heroin overdosing. The claims are it starts from pharmy pain killers while our new drug czar says 1 in 9 move from mj to hard drugs. I wonder if that means 1 out of 9 heroin users started with mj or every ninth person using mj went to heroin?

    I personally know of too many and more through acquaintances or friends of friends who’ve lost someone from pharmy pain meds. They are all males to my knowledge in my connections though I am not saying there is not a significant problem with our better half.

    Deaths from alchy poisoning are about 50 50 male to female of those I’ve had contact with.

    Back on topic, sort of, of suicidal deaths by shotgun in the side of the abdomen with a shotgun and a tree branch to push/pull the trigger, only one male in SD. Sounds like we need fewer meds and more guns.

  43. Porter Lansing 2015-12-19 17:18

    Les … Are you asserting that SD women don’t follow nat’l statistics for pain pill abuse? Then you’d have to prove that as a state specific chart hasn’t been needed. I barely know any women in SoDak who haven’t used pain pills for fun. It’s the same high as beer without the weight gain. Any women deny the fact?

  44. larry kurtz 2015-12-19 17:32

    The National Rifling Association has been very successful in suppressing statistics on firearm deaths linked to alcohol.

    The data are 15 years old, but no more recent data are available. Only eight states chose to ask questions about both firearms and alcohol. About one third of firearm-related deaths involve alcohol. In the last three years, about 25 percent of gunshot-wound victims treated at UC Davis Medical Center tested positive for alcohol.

    A website dedicated to disrupting legal cannabis struggles to identify more than a score of deaths per year and firearms are rarely involved.

  45. larry kurtz 2015-12-19 17:39

    The number of firearm deaths attributed to the illegal trafficking of cannabis? Thousands every year. Lynn can google those results just as easily as anyone can.

  46. Les 2015-12-19 17:42

    I speak from the population I know, Porter. Death from overdose is a more accurate indicator of use and addiction than something you pull from an org funding itself through numbers populated with no more authenticity than Eide Baileys audit results on MEC.

    If the over 50% was true it would hardly have been an addictive use or quantity in the non med use as stated or we would have over 150,000,000 addicted to pain and the 6,000 deaths would be 6,000,000. Only so much bs you can spout before it gets on you, Porter.

  47. larry kurtz 2015-12-19 17:43



  48. Roger Elgersma 2015-12-19 17:58

    Conservatives do not want laws to protect us from ourselves, but could they consider laws to protect us from devious salesmen?

  49. grudznick 2015-12-19 19:28

    Libbies want laws to keep the stupid from stuffing their baby’s lunch money into video machines and taking out loans they know they can’t afford to pay back to buy smokes and demon weed. Conservatives want to let those people get smarter from the school of knocks, or sink. There will always be strata of people. Socialism does not put everybody at the 51% percentile of living. Those who work harder get more. Those who are lazy get less. This is the way of things in life.

  50. leslie 2015-12-20 04:04

    While heartened by the declines in cigarettes and drinking, the growing acceptance of pot among teens concerns her because preliminary studies show changes in the brain structure of young people who smoke pot. Volkow and other scientists worry that when teens, whose brains are not yet fully formed, flood their systems with cannabinoids from marijuana, the wiring process between neurons can be disrupted.*

    To better understand the impact of marijuana and other drug use on the adolescent brain, the NIH this fall launched a study that will follow 10,000 children as they transition into adulthood. Among those who use substances, researchers will measure the effects on brain structure, academic achievement, and cognition.

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