We all do it. No matter which Midwestern state you grew up in, you get excited when your state gets mentioned on national TV or in a movie.

I did a silent fist-pump when Ajak went to live in the South Dakota wilderness inThe Eternals. It was the best part of that movie.

Even though it is not connected, at all, to the real Sioux Falls, the series Supernatural spent lots of time in the city.

And it's always a joy when The Weather Channel shouts out a town around here.

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South Dakota on Saturday Night Live

For half a century, Saturday Night Live has been an American cultural institution. South Dakota has been a satirical target a few times. We've even had governors host the show.

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In 2021 South Dakota's Senator John Thune made it on SNL's Weekend Update segment when he opposed a minimum wage increase:


In 2019, Weekend Update again took a shot at SD, talking about Governor Kristi Noem's defense of a state anti-drug campaign, 'Meth, We're On It.'


In 2014 one of SNL's commercial parodies was set in South Dakota at Waterbed Warehouse.  And we get Martin Freeman showing off his Fargo accent.

"Remember at Waterbed Wearhouse, Janene says 'Our waterbeds are the beeeest'"

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In April 2001 Chris Kattan played South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle in a sketch.


SNL also has a long history of having political figures on the show.

In April 1984 former South Dakota Senator and presidential candidate George McGovern hosted Saturday Night Live after having little luck in that year's presidential primaries, which he jokes about in his monologue:

If you need more George on SNL here's a sketch he was in:


The Sitting South Dakota's Governor Hosts Saturday Night Live (Almost)

On November 19, 1977, the sitting governor of South Dakota hosted Saturday Night Live. Well, to be fair, he co-hosted as part of a contest and Buck Henry was the official host.

The show held an 'Anyone Can Host' contest. People were nominated for the job by sending in a postcard with a short explanation of why they should host.

South Dakota's governor at the time was Richard Kneip. His staff thought it would be funny to nominate him.

He was chosen as one of four finalists and joined them on the November 1977 show. Unfortunately, he lost out to funny old lady Miskel Spillman, who then hosted the show proper the next month.

When Buck Henery asked the governor why he wanted to host, Kneip said,

"Well, Buck, you and others know, or think at least, that a fella by the name of Ford had a little trouble coming on this show, but I’ve got nine good reasons why I’d like to host the show. First of all, I’ve got 8 sons and a lovely wife, Nancy, I’ve got a good staff back home, they want me to do it, So I- y’know, I guess I think I could do it. A lot of people from, uh, South Dakota are known around the world."

The whole episode is on NBC's Peacock streaming service.

Kneip was an interesting govonor. He was the youngest governor elected in SD. He was 37 when he took office in 1971. He was also the first SD governor to be elected three times. He was in office from 1971 to 1978.

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7 Real Reasons to Not Move to Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota is a boomtown. I think we can safely say that. The metro area is nearly a quarter of a million people strong. The future of the Sioux Empire looks to be more of the same. It makes sense, Sioux Falls is a wonderful place to live.

Not too big, not too small. If it was a bear, it would be the baby because it's just right. We have an urban feel to our Western lifestyle.

Those of us who have been in Sioux Falls for decades are used to welcoming the regular flow of new neighbors that our city attracts.

More people means more ideas and more opportunities for Sioux Falls and its citizens.

A while ago I listed some reasons for people to NOT move to Sioux Falls. It was a humorous, ironic celebration of our town.

But the jokes and seeing lots of people asking online about living in the Queen City got me thinking, what are some real reasons for someone to not move to Sioux Falls?

10 Reasons NOT To Move To Sioux Falls ;)

Sioux Falls is a special place. There is really no place else in the world quite like it. It is a unique spot of shining joy on the edge of the plains. But, if someone is planning to move here, there are a few things to know...


 

 

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