Category Archives: Aberdeen

Video: Aberdeen School Board Candidate Forum hosted by the Aberdeen Education Association

Second Aberdeen School Board Candidate Forum

Yesterday, May 17th, the Aberdeen Education Association (AEA) hosted a candidate forum in Aberdeen. I would like to thank the AEA for hosting the event. Additionally I would like to thank them for allowing me to film and post the event. This is actually the second forum to be held for the School Board election. The first forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Aberdeen, SD, and the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce can be viewed here.

There are five candidates running for three seats in this race. Here are the five candidates in this race listed left to right as you see them in the video:

  • Kevin Burckhard, incumbent – Facebook.
  • Ken Santema – Facebook – That’s me…
  • Aaron Schultz – Facebook
  • Brian Sharp, incumbent – Facebook
  • Renee Wise – Facebook

Below is the video; it can also be viewed directly on YouTube. It is just over an hour in length.

Aberdeen Candidate Forum videos fixed

Earlier this week I posted videos from the Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen School Board candidate forum held this previous Saturday. The original posts had the wrong versions of the videos. I have replaced those videos with version that now have the the proper audio embedded. I apologize for the bad audio included in the original posts.

The two posts in question are:

VIDEO OF THE ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM

VIDEO OF THE ABERDEEN SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM

The posts listed above now have the correct video. I have also embedded both video below into this post:

Aberdeen School Board Candidate Forum:

Aberdeen City Council Candidate Forum:

Video of the Aberdeen School Board Candidate Forum

Aberdeen School Board Candidate Forum

*** Updated on May 8, 2017. The original post had the wrong version of this video. I have replaced it with a video that has the proper audio embedded. I apologize for the bad audio included in the original post.

Yesterday, May 7th, the League of Women Voters of Aberdeen, SD, and the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum in Aberdeen. There were two parts to the forum. The first part was the City Council Candidate Forum; which I highlighted in an earlier post. The second forum was for the Aberdeen School Board and will be the focus of this post.

Channel 7 will be broadcasting the event until election day. But for those of us who don’t have Cable TV I recorded the event and have it posted below. Alternatively you can click here to directly view the forum on YouTube.

There are five candidates running for three seats in this race. The five candidates running for Aberdeen School Board are:

  • Ken Santema – Facebook – That’s me…
  • Aaron Schultz – Facebook
  • Renee Wise – Facebook
  • Brian Sharp, incumbent – Facebook
  • Kevin Burckhard, incumbent – Facebook. Burckhard was not able to attend the forum.

The third incumbent, Todd Kolden, did not seek reelection (thank-you for your service Todd!).

Here is the video. It is just under an hour in length.

I will post more about the questions on my campaign Facebook page, and possibly here (blogging is much easier than Facebook posting).

Video of the Aberdeen City Council Candidate Forum

Aberdeen City Council Forum

*** Updated on May 9, 2017. The original post had the wrong version of this video. I have replaced it with a video that has the proper audio embedded. I apologize for the bad audio included in the original post.

Yesterday, May 7th, the League of Women Voters of Aberdeen, SD, and the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum in Aberdeen. There were two parts to the forum. The first part was the City Council Candidate Forum and will be highlighted in this post. The second forum was for the Aberdeen School Board and will be posted next.

Channel 7 will be broadcasting the event until election day. But for those of us who don’t have Cable TV I recorded the event and have it posted below. Alternatively you can click here to directly view the forum on YouTube.

The ten candidates running for city council are:

NW District five-year term candidates:
The incumbent Todd Campbell is not running for reelection.

SE District three-year term candidates:

  • Tim Prater – Facebook
  • Dennis “Mike” Olson – Facebook – Olson is the incumbent appointee. He has to be elected to serve the rest of his term.

NE District five-year term candidates:

SE District five-year term candidates:

Here is the video. It is about an hour an a half long.

I don’t have much to say about this race. I will say however that as a resident of Aberdeen I think the city looking into building an event center is a horrible idea for many reasons….

Video of Clare Lopez speaking at the Americans First, Task Force, event

On Thursday, April 6, the Americans First, Task Force, hosted an event at the DEC in Aberdeen to address refugees in Aberdeen from a conservative viewpoint. The speaker at this event was Clare Lopez of the Center for Security Policy. Earlier I posted about the protesters of this event. This post will focus on the video I shot at this event. As with most of these events I record, I will post these videos unedited (mostly, more on that below) and without commentary. If I find time I will blog separately about what I agree/disagree with from the event.

I have the event split into three separate YouTube videos to make it easier for people to view the portions of the event they wish. I have also included a fourth video below, which is actually a playlist including all three videos playing back to back.

The first video is the opening of the meeting and some remarks from Amy Willson, Chapter leader for Act for America SD. This video is just under nineteen minutes long.

The second video is the main presentation from Clare Lopez. It is completely unedited. It is interesting to note that she brought some things about Aberdeen specifically into her presentation. This is something many out-of-town speakers often fail to do. The video is just under one hour and eight minutes long.

The third and final video is the question and answer session with Clare Lopez. The video is just over thirty-six minutes long. I had somewhat of a technical issue filming this portion of the event. During the middle of the Q&A session I lost the video feed due to a technical issue with my camera. As always I was also recording the audio; so the audio from that portion of the Q&A session has been inserted to make the recording complete. That is the only edit to this video; no portion of this was edited for content.

Finally I will include this playlist which includes all of the three videos.

Pictures of protesters at the Americans First, Task Force meeting, plus video of organizer

On Thursday, April 6, the Americans First, Task Force, held another event in Aberdeen revolving around the whole refugee issue. The speaker at this event was Clare Lopez of the Center for Security Policy. I will have a blog post up shortly with video I shot of her presentation. But for this post I want to focus on the protesters outside the event.

Up first is this video of a short interview with Briggs Tople. Tople is the Chair of the Aberdeen High School Democrats and spearheaded this protest effort. The video below allows Tople to explain in his own words why he felt this protest was necessary:

I think Tople should be commended for organizing this protest. Even people who do not agree with Tople should acknowledge that this young man is proactively doing something about an issue which resonates deeply.

I didn’t get a chance to get video interviews with other protesters; mostly because I wanted to get into the event and pick a good spot to record the meeting (it was a packed house). Over at Dakota Free Press there are a few videos of what other protesters had to say. I was able to get a few pictures of the protesters before the meeting started. Here are a few of those pictures:

Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.
Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.
Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.
Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.
Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.
Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.

Up next I’ll have the video footage I shot from within the event.

Video of the LSS community public meeting on immigration and refugees

Yesterday Lutheran Social Services (LSS) held a community public meeting to speak about the organizations activities regarding refugee resettlement. The meetings goal seemed to be aimed at communicating with the Aberdeen community as to what LSS does or doesn’t do in regards to refugee resettlement.

The two speakers from LSS were:

  • Betty Oldenkamp, President & CEO
  • Tim Jurgens, Director & State Refugee Coordinator

This is an issue getting a lot of attention in the community. Jurgens and Oldenkamp were not exactly in friendly territory. Many people in the community have questions about refugees and want answers to a variety of issues regarding refugees. In this meeting Jurgens really took a lot of heat from community members. After the election when I have more time I’ll probably come back and blog about some portions of this particular meeting.

Here is the video of the event. I haven’t had time to clean up the audio yet, so there are some portions that are somewhat hard to hear. Hopefully this weekend I can find time to clean the audio up a bit.

Video of Usama Dakdok for American First, Task Force, on October 20

Last week I noted the American First, Task Force, of Aberdeen was hosting a pair of events featuring Usama Dakdok. Dakdok is a man who travels the country to expose what he calls the truth of the Qur’an. Then, a couple of days ago I posted the video footage from the October 18 meeting. In that meeting Dakdok spent a few hours trying to make the case that Allah is Satan. That meeting really got more into religion, to an extent I almost feel it really didn’t offer much to the current refugee debate. But I still feel it was important to post so people on all sides of the debate understand why some people fear Islam.

On October 20th the second meeting featuring Dakdok was held. This meeting focused more on Dakdok’s views as to how ISIS formed and how Islam will take over the country. A very large part of the presentation was centered around President Obama and how Obama is advancing the cause of Islam in the United States. I will have upcoming posts about this second presentation; mostly revolving around why I think people need to focus around issues other than Islam in the refugee debate; even if they agree with Dakdok.

Here are the videos from the Thursday, October 20, meeting. The presentation by Usama Dakdok is called “Revealing the Truth About ISIS.” I have this presentation split into two videos. I’ve also included a playlist that includes both videos.

Part 1 of Dakdok’s presentation is about one and a half hours.

Part 2 of Dakdok’s presentation is just under one and a half hours.

Here is a playlist that includes both videos:

Video of Usama Dakdok presentation for American First, Task Force, on October 18

Earlier this week I noted the American First, Task Force, of Aberdeen was hosting a pair of events featuring Usama Dakdok. Dakdok is a man who travels the country to expose what he calls the truth of the Qur’an. This is a topic I don’t blog about and definitely falls outside my comfort level for writing about due to the mixture of politics and religion. But since religion and politics are so closely intertwined for those debating refugees I feel it is important get viewpoints out there. As I’ve stated before, if groups of other more pro-refugee viewpoints would host events in Aberdeen I would record and share those presentations as well.

Here are the videos from Tuesday’s meeting. The presentation by Usama Dakdok is called “Allah is Satan, Jesus is God.” I have this presentation split into two videos. I’ve also included a playlist that includes both videos.

Part 1 of Dakdok’s presentation is about one and a quarter hours.

Part 2 of Dakdok’s presentation is just under one and a half hours.

Here is a playlist that includes both videos:

Pair of Americans First, Task Force, events featuring Usama Dakdok this week

This week the Americans First, Task Force of Aberdeen, will be hosting two events featuring Usama Dakdok. Americans First, Task Force of Aberdeen, has previously held two events in Aberdeen regarding immigration and refugees. The group first had an event back in August featuring Ron Branstner; I have a video of that event posted here and a few photos posted here. Last month the group held a meeting featuring Ron Branstner and Bob Enos speaking about refugees; my video of that event can be viewed here. This time there are two meetings with guest speaker Usama Dakdok.

Below is the flier for the two meetings, which be held on October 18 and October 20. Both meetings being at 6:00 pm at the Eagles in the bingo room.

I’ve spoken with people in Aberdeen asking why there aren’t events with the opposing view in Aberdeen. Well, no group has come forth to invite speakers and host such an event. Personally I think there should be events with various viewpoints, there just hasn’t been any groups willing to come forth with a different viewpoint in the same fashion Americans First, Task Force has.

October Americans First, Task Force of Aberdeen Meeting flier
October Americans First, Task Force of Aberdeen Meeting flier