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GIRL TALK
Where were the Ward 1 voters?
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

April 17. 2014 9:19AM
6.4 percent.

Sounds like a good figure for a salary increase, doesn’t it?

But for a municipal election, in my opinion and probably yours, too, a 6.4 percent turnout is downright shameful.

So, shame on the 1,802 Ward 1 voters who were simply too busy to take a few minutes out of their day last Tuesday to cast a vote for either Barb Fish or Todd Anawski.

Kudos, however, to the 123 of you – including seven by absentee ballot – who felt the election was important enough to vote.

I shudder to think what each of the 76 votes actually cost Barb, or the 47 votes that Todd generated. It’s possible they’re some of the costliest votes in the city’s history.

Please don’t say you weren’t aware there was an election. A candidate forum was held two weeks before the election. The candidate’s Q&A’s were also printed in the Brandon Valley Challenger the week prior to the election. And, the candidates did some campaigning of their own, too. Lawn signs, door notices, postcards are just a few of the things the candidates did to get your vote.

So Ward I voters, as well as the voting population in the city’s other two wards, I hope you assure a better turnout at the upcoming elections yet to come this year: The June 17 school board election, the June 3 primary and the general election in November.

A familiar face in O’G blue
I was happy to see a familiar face at the ballpark in Valley Springs last week. That familiar face was Jack VanLeur, a 2006 Brandon Valley High School graduate. Jack was a three-sport standout as a Lynx, filling the role of quarterback on the gridiron and was a leader on the basketball court. His best game, however, was baseball, which gained him a full-ride to Creighton University, where the relief pitcher helped his team reach the College World Series in 2011. That was followed by some time in various leagues, including the Cam-Am League where he played for the Brockton Rox, and in 2012 was picked up the Philadelphia Phillies before spending some time on the Sioux Falls Pheasants/Canaries roster.

As I was saying, I spied Jack at last week’s high school game between the Lynx and the visiting O’Gorman Knights. There he was, sporting O’Gorman’s blue and white and coaching the boys from third base.

I’ll say Jack wears the O’Gorman colors well, but I bet there’s still plenty of red and black in his wardrobe!
How to liven up your idle hours and maintain a healthy level of insanity
• At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars, and watch ‘em slow down!

• Skip down the street rather than walk and see how many looks you get.

• With a serious face, order a diet water next time you dine out.

• Sing along at the opera. (By the way, you try this one out next month when Sioux Empire Community Theatre presents Les Miserables.)

• When the money comes out of the ATM, scream, “I Won! I Won!”

• When Leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot yelling, “Run for your lives! They’re loose!”

• Tell your children over dinner: “Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go.”
Community organization needs
Needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry this month are Jello and pudding, boxed potatoes, instant mashed potatoes, snack crackers, Snack Pack pudding and deodorant.

While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods in stock.
Monetary donations are always appreciated. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.






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