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Kristi Pawn, Open at 18th and Minnesota

An eager reader invites your captions for this photo of Kristi Noem’s Sioux Falls campaign office at 18th and Minnesota:

Kristi Noem campaign office in former Sioux Falls pawn shop, Sioux Falls, SD, July 2022.
Kristi Noem campaign office in former Sioux Falls pawn shop, Sioux Falls, SD, July 2022.

Somehow I doubt chess of any dimension is taking place in that building. But “pawn” is probably a better assessment of the South Dakota governor’s power on the national political chessboard than her former title of Snow Queen.


  1. mike from iowa 2022-08-02 08:43

    The place is crawling with supporters. She draws the bigliest crowds ever! Just like drumpf.

  2. Donald Pay 2022-08-02 08:46

    Boy, that neighborhood has really gone downhill.

  3. buckobear 2022-08-02 10:03

    She’s “America’s Governor” about like Rudi (noun, verb, 911) is “America’s Mayor.”

  4. Tom 2022-08-02 10:08

    will there be a petting zoo for her horsey?

  5. P. Aitch 2022-08-02 10:13


  6. O 2022-08-02 10:18

    buckobear, your comment makes me think about the people who hitched their wagons to the Trump train. In many of those cases, these were not openly crazy people, but over the time of their involvement with Trump, the more unhinged they became. Association became both a test of potential lunacy AND the environment to nature the worst of those proclivities. Ihope for SD’s sake, for even the Governor’s sake, that she can avoid the sharp departure from reality so many others have fallen into. Maybe that’s the best critique of Trump’s leadership: what respected, rational, intelligent supporter can he claim as loyal to him?

  7. Eve Fisher 2022-08-02 10:25

    I’ve actually never seen a car in that parking lot – and I drive by it almost every day.

  8. WillyNilly 2022-08-02 10:48

    I saw Nepotism Noem’s recent commercial with her mother. Guess she can’t showcase the kids anymore. Or they’re too embarrassed to appear.

  9. chris 2022-08-02 11:12

    Isn’t this property part of T. Denny Sanford’s future mega-tract? Does Patriot Ripple Effect know she is so deeply in cahoots?

  10. All Mammal 2022-08-02 11:46

    Looks like a place meth addicts go to hock Grandpa’s old war medals.

  11. Francis Schaffer 2022-08-02 12:19

    It reminds me of ‘The 4 Seasons”.

  12. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-08-02 13:45

    I think an off-sale liquor store would dress this property up fine.

  13. Loti 2022-08-02 15:56

    What is the purpose of the campaign office anyhow, who works there, duh. Looks deserted. Everybody is on vacation or tending to the cows.

  14. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-08-02 16:45

    We were invited to make a caption for the photo, but mine isn’t at all clever and probably not printable.
    Loti – I think it’s a pizza joint where Ravnsborg and Sanford hang out in the basement and bugger little boys, eat their flesh, and drink their blood.
    WillyNilly – I’ve wonder if Booker Noem squirms when he thinks about his Mommy Dearest. He turned twenty in May, and surely knows Byron ain’t his daddy.

  15. Bob Newland 2022-08-02 17:37

    Queen’s Gambit

  16. Arlo Blundt 2022-08-02 20:57

    Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here

  17. Mike Z 2022-08-02 21:33

    P-proly A-a W-wing N-nut.

  18. JO 2022-08-02 21:56

    There used to be a really classy place called “Chuck’s Corner” where any ol’ 18 year old could legally drink .32 beer. My goodness! That neighborhood has gone to hell.

  19. Joe 2022-08-02 22:13

    In the words of the great Bette Davis, what a dump.

  20. Richard Schriever 2022-08-03 10:39

    Jo, when I was a yung’un, Chuck’s Corner was still Pinard Drug, with a real live old-fashioned soda fountain where one could get a cherry phosphate and all manner of other delicious soda fountain offerings, as well as your mom’s prescriptions and smokes picked up and walked the 4 blocks back home with, stopping to flirt with the neighborhood girls from school along the way.

  21. chris 2022-08-03 10:44

    K(r)one’s Korner?

  22. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-08-03 11:58

    Tom, I’m not sure Sioux Falls allows horses in the commercial district. ;-)

  23. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-08-03 11:59

    Hey, now, Bonnie, let’s not get too personal… but if you have DNA evidence, please do share.

  24. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-08-03 12:07

    Chris, that’s an interesting question about ownership. That intersection is near where Sanford wants to create some kind of Minnesota Avenue gateway to its complex to the west. But the Sioux Falls parcel map tells me that the owners of that lot at the SW corner of 18th and Minnesota are “NETOS, ANTONIOS NICK & GEORGIA”. The surrounding lot west and south is owned by DG Developments 2 LLC.

  25. chris 2022-08-03 12:17

    Yeah Cory, looks like that building behind & lot west & south is the Sanford Hospital motorpool for their vehicle fleet. Good neighbors.

  26. DeeJay Beejr 2022-08-03 19:09

    The subliminal message here is “trade in your old Pony Girl for a new governor.”

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