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Kooiker helped keep LNI in Rapid City

Mayor Kooiker has worked very hard and productively for Rapid City. One of the largest accomplishments of Mayor Sam Kooiker has been to retain the LNI Tournament in Rapid City. The LNI Tournament brings up to $3 million per event into our city, making it a vital event to Rapid City. After recent unfortunate events, the LNI Tournament Board and many others seriously considered relocating the event to Sioux Falls.

However, through active diplomacy and relationship building, Mayor Sam Kooiker, along with key business leaders in Rapid City actively sought to repair this damaged relationship between Rapid City and LNI officials. Through dialogue and open discussions, the LNI Board recently voted to retain the LNI Tournament in Rapid City. This is a huge win for Rapid City, benefitting the entire community, and particularly our business community.

Secondly, Mayor Kooiker’s willingness to listen to all parties served to calm tensions and mistrust that existed between our community members during two crucial events in our city. Mayor Kooiker’s willingness to build relationships with all, no matter their political or socio-economic status, speaks volumes regarding his willingness to build bridges among all members of our hurting community.

— Dale Salway, Rapid City

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The Fourth of July is approaching and South Dakota has much to celebrate as we are one of a 26-state coalition led by Texas that is challenging the president's executive order on amnesty. For the second time, a federal appeals court refuses to lift the ban on his executive order citing the action if allowed to proceed allows injury to the states in opposition.

Obama said he wasn't a king, yet he reached across the pages of history to seize the crown from King George the third, he's blown off Congress and the Constitution, and never consulted the states. Texas Governor Abbott called this decision a victory for our Constitution, and still on the horizon is the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare subsidiaries. The president's legacy could be further shredded, his crown a bit tarnished.

South Dakota you stand tall, the Founding Fathers would be proud presidential overreach has been halted.

— Patricia Dorgan, Rapid City

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