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Mayor Schaunaman Asks, Politely, That We All Mask Up

Mayor Travis Schaunaman has been pretty quiet about coronavirus lately, even the disease is surging well past April levels here in Aberdeen just like it is in the rest of our dangerous state. But at least his belief that pandemics are just “the natural order of things” didn’t stop him from joining fifteen other mayors in signing a letter urging every South Dakotan to get serious about stopping coronavirus:

We are writing you with a simple ask, but one that we need everyone to take seriously. We need you to do your part. It is crucial that we are all aware of our behaviors. Wear a mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained, keep your social interactions to small groups, wash your hands frequently, clean frequently touched surfaces often, and stay home if you feel sick. These may seem like small actions, but can make a big different during this current surge we are experiencing in this state.

We are also asking for diligence from our business communities. Consider asking your employees and customers to wear masks, promote physical distancing within your organizations, provide hand sanitizer, follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards of cleaning, conduct daily health checks and allow your employees to stay home if they feel sick [South Dakota Municipal League, open letter from mayors of South Dakota’s sixteen largest cities, via KELO-TV, 2020.10.16].

Thank you, mayors for mentioning masks first. But to paraphrase Vice-President Joe Biden’s discussion of American foreign policy last night, the most powerful leadership is leadership by example. Mayors, will you lead by example and read this letter aloud, on video, on your social media channels, while wearing a mask?

Mayor Travis Schaunaman, FB post indoors, without a mask, 2020.10.02.
Mayor Travis Schaunaman, FB post indoors, without a mask, 2020.10.02.



  1. chris 2020-10-16 14:05

    These mayors are gonna be in SO much trouble when Kristi gets back from… wherever she went.

  2. Loren 2020-10-16 14:06

    Sioux Falls mayor was just interviewed by Chuck Todd and was asked if not wearing a mask in SD was political or he felt SD just didn’t need them. With SD vying to be the national leader in virus spread, the answer would seem obvious, but in typical SD style, he blathered on about nonsensical tripe and never answered the question. He definitely made us look like rural bumpkins that can’t face the obvious.

  3. D Chris 2020-10-16 20:15

    He is in lock step w Gov N and Lew and Trump! Looks like they are doing a p— poor job!

  4. DaveFN 2020-10-16 21:41

    Truisms have never been so true and they and their wisdom never so forgotten as they seem to be today. To wit: “Prevention (whether by social distancing, masks, vaccines, a combination of all the foregoing…) is the best cure.”

  5. Debbo 2020-10-16 21:58

    “Consider asking your employees and customers to wear masks.”

    It’s so bizarre that they’re being asked to “consider” masks in mid October! Masks have been the rule in Minnesota since early summer and it’s simply no big deal. Keep one in the car and put it on on your way from the car to the store.

    At first it was weird seeing people in masks, but now it’s normal, meh. The only time I notice it is times like watching a college age guy alone shooting hoops on an outdoor court while wearing his mask. No need there.

    One of the results of masking is people meeting outdoors. Lawn chairs got a lot of use this summer and spaced groups in parks was a common sight. No masks.

    Really, all the childish fuss over masks is just silly. Get over it.

    BTW, Minnesota is having a surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths. They come from rural areas every damn time because those trump cultists are exercising their freedumbs to kill one another. 🤬 🤬 🤬

  6. mike from iowa 2020-10-17 11:28

    Mayor should have bit the big one and stopped the virus as the PM of New Zealand did, twice. She just won a landslide re-election due to her being light years smarter than yer typical braggart, stable genius who has done nothing but whine and instill the same responses from his closest adherents, like Noem Nothing.

    My apologies. Jacinda Arderns is New Zealand’s foxy Prime Minister. No offense meant by forgetting to include her name.

  7. mike from iowa 2020-10-17 11:58

    One new body count milestone set today and another close behind.

    United States
    Coronavirus Cases:

  8. Debbo 2020-10-17 13:50

    Right Mike. As a result of PM Ardern having the intelligence and courage to completely shut New Zealand down twice, their economy has only faltered lightly compared to most of the rest of the world.

    You know who’s done better than Infectious Idiot at managing this pandemic? Those primitive people on that Seychelles island that don’t allow anyone in EVER! They kill those that try. (The latter is a bit extreme, imo.)

  9. Debbo 2020-10-17 13:52

    Saw this on FB beneath the Mt. Rushmore image as it appears on license plates:

    South DaCovid

    Unmasked Faces, Infectious Places

  10. jerry 2020-10-17 13:53

    Add the 75,000 killed by trump virus in accordance with the CDC, and we have over 300,000 deaths by trump/GNOem regimes. South Dakota republican legislators, you also have blood on your hands with your indifference to the dead and dying.

  11. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-10-17 17:10

    Consider planting a Victory Garden.

    Consider that loose lips might sink ships.

    Consider buying war bonds.

    Consider telling the women in your life not to have an abortion.

    Consider cleaning up after your dog.

    Consider shoveling the snow from your sidewalk.

    Consider slowing down in school zones when children are present.

    Consider standing for the National Anthem.

  12. Jake 2020-10-19 11:56

    Consider. Think. For yourself-not to follow blindly some idiot with orange hair combed over to hide the transplant he got for vanity’s sake.

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