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Chamber Inconveniences Senator and Entrepreneur with Awards Ceremony During Session

Congratulations to Al and David Novstrup, who have the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneurs of the Year Award. Son David was present to accept the award at the Chamber’s Communtiy Champions luncheon yesterday in Aberdeen, but dad Al had to miss the ceremony, because as District 3 Senator, he was busy in Pierre—

Aberdeen American News, 2020.02.12, p. 3A.
Aberdeen American News, 2020.02.12, p. 3A.

—oh, check that. Al made it to Tuesday’s ceremony.

During his time home yesterday, Senator Novstrup missed testimony and votes on four bills in Senate Judiciary, an appointment to the Lottery Commission and testimony and votes on three bills in Senate Commerce Energy, and votes on two resolutions, three executive appointments, and seven bills on the Senate floor.

I guess public service isn’t as important to Al as getting a plaque (here, David, let Dad hold that—you don’t want to drop it, now where’s that camera?).


  1. Porter Lansing 2020-02-12 17:58

    Congratulations, Al and David. Looking forward to your monetary donations to programs that make Aberdeen’s needy have a better year.

  2. jerry 2020-02-12 18:11

    I thought Al was the guy who “broke into residence and stole fishing equipment”, headline right next to the picture. That seems more on par than any other award for this knucklehead.

  3. Porter Lansing 2020-02-12 18:28

    Jerry … It’s appalling to me that a 19 year old kid got seven years in the pen for a property crime. Is anyone in SD also amazed by that? That’s not normal, folks. In a normal state a person needs to endanger the life of another person with a weapon to get prison time. Y’all live in a fantasy world of hate and revenge. Even if the kid is a multiple B&E felon, nineteen years for fishing equipment? Who benefits from that? Angry, scared old Republicans?

  4. Debbo 2020-02-12 21:08

    Good old Al Nostrap-

    Serial session skipper.

    Part time legislator in a part time legislature.

    What a guy! Let’s give him an award!

  5. grudznick 2020-02-12 21:56

    All your goats are belong to Novstrups.

  6. Donald Pay 2020-02-13 08:55

    I’ve noticed that participation trophies are a big thing on the right of the political spectrum. Participation plaques and pledges and mottos of all kinds seem to fill their days, while the real work that real folks do goes unnoticed.

    Republicans like to pontificate loudly about kids getting medals or ribbons for participation, but they show up smiling to clutch their participation plaques when a business lobby dispenses such hardware for doing what we on the left do out of the goodness of our hearts, expecting no notice. Cory, for example, does much more good for the community and the state than the people clutching their plaques and beaming out of that picture. Being a truth-teller, though, is usually not respected, certainly not by people who don’t care about such things as truth. One thing I’ve learned in my 68 years is that the world is run by people who lie, cheat and steal for a living, and give themselves awards for it, while they incarcerate some schmuck who steals fishing equipment so he can eat. Go figure. How about we sentence that schmuck to fishing for a day to provide food for the family he stole the equipment from. That would be an appropriate sentence for that guy, not 7 years in prison. What do we sentence the participation plaque winners to? I suppose they live in their own prison, a prison where such awards are the only thing they have in life to give it meaning.

  7. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-02-13 10:58

    The fishing gear thief won’t get the White House to tweet about how unfair a seven-year sentence is or get an intervention from the Justice Department. Maybe he can sign up to work for the Novstrup and Trump campaigns and get a pardon and a plaque….

  8. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-02-13 11:00

    Grudz, is it really a win for someone to shirk his job and draw public criticism? You love lambasting laggards in slackers in education; where is your disgust with such laggards and slackers in the Legislature?

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