Which States Did Most People Move From and To Since COVID Began?

Data from United Van Line’s “45th Annual National Movers Survey” tracks their exclusive data for customers’ state-to-state migration patterns.

Data from the survey indicates:

🔹Vermont is the state with the highest percentage of inbound migration during 2021, at 74 percent.

🔹South Dakota follows with 69 percent

🔹South Carolina at 63 percent

🔹West Virginia at 63 percent

🔹Florida at 62 percent. 

Where are they moving from?

States with the highest percentage of outbound migration include:

🔹New Jersey at 71 percent

🔹Illinois at 67 percent

🔹New York at 63 percent

Connecticut at 60 percent

🔹California at 59 percent

In addition to the state-by-state data, United Van Lines conducts an accompanying survey to examine the motivations and influences of Americans’ interstate moves.

Primary reason for move: 2018-19, 2020-21

🔹Job change or transfer: 51.4%, 37.1%

🔹Physically closer to family: 23.2%, 29.6%

Retirement/lifestyle: 29.8%, 31.8%

The United Van Lines data analysis shows that the pre-pandemic move patterns were mostly the same as pandemic-era moves. However, the number of moves was substantially lower after the pandemic began. 

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More States Could Add Marijuana Policy to Their Ballots in 2022

Recreational marijuana is legal in 18 states and Washington, D.C., and medical marijuana is legal in 36 states and D.C.

Some other states where voters could see marijuana on the ballot in 2022 include:

Arkansas: Voters could decide two marijuana initiatives. One would decriminalize marijuana, give limited immunity to cannabis businesses, and create regulations for the cannabis industry.

The other would legalize marijuana use for individuals 21 and older regardless of residency. Both campaigns have until July 8 to collect 89,151 valid signatures.

Idaho: Kind Idaho filed an initiative to establish a state medical marijuana program. Sponsors attempted to qualify an identical initiative for the 2020 Idaho ballot but suspended their signature-gathering campaign in April 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Voters could also decide on an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. The Idaho Way sponsored the initiative. The campaigns need to submit 64,945 valid signatures by May 1.

Ohio: Sponsors of an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana submitted an additional 29,918 signatures on Jan. 13, after the secretary of state verified their initial petition contained 119,825 valid signatures–13,062 less than required. If enough of the additional signatures are valid, the initiative will go before the state legislature.

If the state legislature does not enact it outright, sponsors will have to collect a second round of 132,887 signatures to place it on the November ballot. In 2015, Ohio voters defeated Issue 3 63.65% to 36.35%.

South Dakota: an initiative to legalize marijuana was cleared for signature gathering. In 2020, 54.18% of voters approved Amendment A, which would have legalized marijuana. The state supreme court later ruled the measure violated the state’s single-subject rule and constituted a revision of the constitution rather than an amendment.

New Approach South Dakota, which also sponsored the 2020 amendment, filed the current initiative.


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South Dakotans Decide Healthcare Submits Signatures For Medicaid Expansion Initiative

South Dakotans Decide Healthcare submitted 47,000 signatures for their Medicaid expansion initiative on Nov. 8. To qualify for the ballot, 33,921 valid signatures are required.

The measure would amend the constitution to require the state to provide Medicaid benefits to adults between ages 18 and 65 whose incomes are below 133% of the federal poverty level. Because the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) includes a 5% income disregard, this measure would effectively expand Medicaid to cover those with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level.

As of November 2021, a total of 38 states and Washington, D.C. had expanded or voted to expand Medicaid, while 13 states had not. Six states have expanded Medicaid through citizen initiatives.

Dakotans 4 Health also circulated a Medicaid expansion initiated amendment but did not submit signatures by the deadline.

Dakotans 4 Health filed a Medicaid expansion initiative to amend state law (rather than the state constitution). Since the deadlines for initiated measures that amend state law was extended to May 3, 2022, Dakotans 4 Health said they would collect signatures for that measure and would support South Dakotans Decide Healthcare’s constitutional amendment.

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Bill Snyder, former South Dakota Medicaid director, has joined Leavitt Partners, an HMA Company as a principal with the firm. He is the third former Medicaid Director to join the Health Management Associates (HMA) family of companies this year.

Former Idaho Medicaid Director Matt Wimmer joined HMA as a principal in September. 

Beth Kidder, former Florida deputy secretary for Medicaid, joined HMA in August as a managing principal in its Tallahassee office. 

With the addition of Snyder, Wimmer, and Kidder, HMA is now home to 11 former Medicaid directors.

Founded in 1985, HMA is an independent, national research and consulting firm specializing in publicly funded healthcare and human services policy, programs, financing, and evaluation. Clients include government, public and private providers, health systems, health plans, community-based organizations, institutional investors, foundations, and associations. HMA has more than 20 offices and over 400 multidisciplinary consultants coast to coast.


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More States Supporting Texas and Arizona With Biden’s Border Crisis

Over 3,000 state troopers from other states are being sent to the southern borders of Texas and Arizona to help with the Biden Immigration Crisis.

🔹Harvard-Harris poll indicates that 64% of registered voters think Pres. Biden should “issue new, stricter policies to reduce the flow of people across the border.”

🔹63% of Texas voters believe Kamala Harris’s appearance in El Paso recently had little purpose other than another worthless photo opportunity.

🔹The latest Fox News poll found that 54% of Americans disapprove of Pres. Biden’s handling of the border crisis.


“The State of Idaho proudly stands with our fellow Americans along the United States-Mexico border and will do what we can to protect the American people – Idahoans – against the damaging consequences of the inaction of the Biden-Harris Administration,” Gov. Brad Little said in a statement.

“Smuggling of drugs and illegal weapons, property destruction, and the daily influx of increasing numbers of illegal immigrants into our country are problems that are getting worse by the day,” he noted.

“It is time for our nation’s Governors to do what the federal government won’t – secure the border. Idaho is evaluating our resources, and I will have more to share with Idahoans about our support of this important call to protect our country.”

South Dakota

Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem tweeted on June 28, “Tomorrow morning I’m officially announcing up to 50 National Guard troops to Texas to help secure our border.”


“The Biden Administration has failed to keep America safe. We shouldn’t be making our own communities vulnerable by sending police to fix Biden’s border crisis.”


“My first responsibility is to the health and safety of Iowans and the humanitarian crisis at our nation’s southern border is affecting all 50 states,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement.

“The rise in drugs, human trafficking, and violent crime has become unsustainable,” she said. “Iowa has no choice but to act, and it’s why I am honoring Texas’ Emergency Management Assistance Compact following assurances from the Iowa Department of Public Safety that it will not compromise our ability to provide all necessary public safety services to Iowans.”

Reynolds noted the deciding point for her action came through skyrocketing amounts of illegal drugs coming into the state.


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was the first state leader to response to the request for help from Texas and Arizona saying said no state is immune from the border crisis.


“America’s border security crisis impacts every state and every American,” DeSantis said in a statement.

“The Biden Administration ended policies implemented by President Trump that were curbing illegal immigration, securing our border, and keeping Americans safe,” he stated.

“Governors Abbott and Ducey recently sent out a call for help to every state in the nation, needing additional law enforcement manpower and other resources to aid with border security. I’m proud to announce today that the state of Florida is answering the call. Florida has your back.”


Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts soon followed saying his state would be sending about 25 Nebraska state troopers to Texas.

“Nebraska is stepping up to help Texas respond to the ongoing crisis on their border with Mexico,” he said in a statement.

“The disastrous policies of the Biden-Harris Administration created an immigration crisis on the border,” he noted. “While the federal government has fallen short in its response, Nebraska is happy to step up to provide assistance to Texas as they work to protect their communities and keep people safe.”


Georgia decided to send state troops too.

South Carolina

South Carolina troops are on the way.


Good neighboring state Oklahoma is sending troops.


Kentucky will also be joining other states lending support to protect the nation’s southern border, but their Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear put a political spin on his announcement Thursday.

Saying his commonwealth will deploy 220 National Guard members to the nation’s southern border–but not until October–he added, “This is a direct request from the federal government, from the Department of Homeland Security.”


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Over $400,000 Donated in First Week to Continue Building Texas Trump Wall on Border

On Wednesday morning, donations to the Border Wall site: www.borderwall.texas.gov surpassed $400,000 just one week after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the initiative. The site accepts voluntary donations to the construction of the border wall President Donald J. Trump initiated.

“The Biden Administration has abandoned its responsibilities to secure the border and Texans are suffering as a result,” said Governor Abbott. “The problems along the border are only getting worse due to President Biden’s inaction.”

“Property is being destroyed, deadly drugs and illegal weapons are being smuggled into communities throughout the state, law enforcement is having to redirect their resources, and county judges and mayors are facing skyrocketing expenses.”

“Texas is doing more than any state has ever done to protect the border, but it is clear that more is needed,” Abbott stated. “In the Biden Administration’s absence, Texas is stepping up to get the job done by building the border wall. Through this comprehensive public safety effort, we will secure the border, slow the influx of unlawful immigrants, and restore order in our border communities.” 

Florida and Nebraska were quick to offer help as the Biden Administration works to make the problems more difficult to manage.

There have been more than 900,000 apprehensions at the southern border so far in fiscal year 2021, with 180,034 in May alone. As Customs and Border Protection (CBP) grows more overwhelmed by the day, rather than sending aid to the border, the Biden and his sidekick Kamala Harris administration continue to make things more challenging.

Nebraska is sending two dozen state troopers to Texas for 16 days. In a press release, Governor Pete Ricketts stated “Nebraska is stepping up to help Texas respond to the ongoing crisis on their border with Mexico.”

“The disastrous policies of the Biden-Harris administration created an immigration crisis on the border. While the federal government has fallen short in its response, Nebraska is happy to step up to provide assistance to Texas as they work to protect their communities and keep people safe.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) stated, “We have a crisis at our border – a crisis created by bad policies. With the federal government unable to get the job done, Texas and Arizona have asked for help to secure our border and Florida is answering the call.”

DeSantis said officers would be deployed to Arizona and Texas for 16 days.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is also considering sending aid to Texas. She told Fox & Friends, “Well, securing that border is a national security issue, and we in South Dakota are evaluating that. We’d love to help and we’re working through that process to see if that’s something that we could make possible.”

Abbott Governor has directed the Texas Facilities Commission to hire a program manager to oversee construction of the Texas border wall. This program manager will lead the process of planning and executing the project, and will hire the contractors and subcontractors needed to build the wall. Once hired, the program manager and contractors will identify state land and land that private landowners and local governments can volunteer for the wall. 

During the original announcements last week, Abbott was joined by Lieutenant Governor Patrick, Speaker Phelan, and Senator Nelson, and Representative Bonnen to sign a document authorizing the transfer for $250 million as a down payment to launch the construction of the wall. an

The state budget allocates 1.1 billion dollars towards border security — a record for the State of Texas. 

The Governor also signed a letter to President Joe Biden demanding the immediate return of any land taken by the federal government to build the border wall. Once returned, Texas will talk to those property owners about the possibility of Texas using that land to build the wall. 

With that project stopped, Abbott has highlighted the dangers of what he sees as the result of stopping the project, as part of the “open border policies” promoted by the new administration.

“Make no mistake, the border crisis that we’re dealing with right now is a direct result of the open border policies that have been put in place by the Biden administration,” he said at a press conference last week.

Which States Have Banned Proof of Vaccination Requirements?

Fifteen (15) states have prohibited proof-of-vaccination requirements at all or some levels of government: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

In 10 of those states, governors banned proof-of-vaccination requirements through executive orders. In the other five, legislators passed laws banning proof-of-vaccination requirements.

Additionally, five states have gone a step further. Alabama, Iowa, Montana, Texas, and Florida have extended bans on proof-of-vaccination requirements to some private businesses.

On the other hand liberal socialist leaning states, New York, Hawaii, and Oregon exempt fully-vaccinated individuals from some COVID-19 restrictions. To avoid the restrictions, they must provide proof of vaccination.

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Texas Joins 10-State Coalition in Suit Against Biden’s ‘Dangerous Act of Overreach’ Environment Order

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a 10-state coalition suing the Biden Administration over a recent Executive Order in which the President established a “working group” of federal bureaucrats charged with calculating the “social costs” of certain emissions.

The end goal of the Administration is to enact new environmental regulations based upon these “social costs.”   

“The use of these values will result in the most expansive and expensive environmental regulatory initiative in history and affects virtually every federal agency,” said Attorney General Paxton. “These estimates will be used to fundamentally transform the entire regulatory structure of the federal government, as well as the way Texas conducts its business and Texans manage their lives.”

“This puffed-up Executive Order was not approved by Congress or the American people, and it flies in the face of the Founders’ vision of state sovereignty and the free market,” Paxton said. “This is a dangerous act of overreach led by President Biden’s unaccountable environmentalists.”   

Federal agencies were required to immediately begin applying these numbers in regulatory actions and “other” decision making.


This multistate lawsuit aims to prevent yet another act of executive overreach from the Biden Administration that will both eliminate thousands of jobs and impose serious regulatory burdens on Americans, including regulating and taxing use of generators, dishwashers, lawnmowers, firewood, and many more aspects of everyday life. 

Texas joins Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming in the suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Gov. Noem

“President Biden’s attempt to implement a ‘social cost of greenhouse gases’ value will result in government sticking their hands into virtually every aspect of our day-to-day lives. With this lawsuit, we are committed to fighting off such unconstitutional overreach,” South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said.

Is South Dakota’s Kristi Noem America’s Best Governor?

CleverJourneys is proud to present the full text of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s speech at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference. We think you will find her words to be honest, uplifting and important!

One of our personal highlights, being newlyweds, was on July 3, 2020 as Dodie and I witnessed Marine One fly over our heads taking the President and First Lady Melania Trump from the White House on their trip to South Dakota. They were to meet Gov. Noem at Mount Rushmore for a giant July 4th Independence Day celebration.

Right now, she’s my pick for a Vice Presidential running mate with President Trump in 2024. Read her speech and you will understand why. As a bonus, we are also including her speech at the August 2020 Republican National Convention.

2021 CPAC

Good afternoon. It is such an honor to be here with all of you.

My guess is most of you didn’t know who I was a year ago.

But unlike the D.C. media, I am sure you all at least know there are two Dakotas.

I’m Governor of the warmer one.

I’m here today to share some of the lessons from my state. I think the main question that needs to be answered this weekend is: Why does America need conservatives?

The question of why America needs conservatives can be answered by just mentioning a single year. And that year is 2020.

Everybody knows that almost overnight, we went from a roaring economy to a tragic nationwide shutdown.

By the beginning of 2020, President Trump had created seven million new American jobs. We had the lowest unemployment rate in over half a century — and unemployment rates for Black, Hispanic, and Asian Americans reached the lowest levels in history. More than 10 million people had been lifted out of poverty and off welfare.

All of that changed in March. Most governors shut down their states. What followed was record unemployment. Businesses closed. Most schools were shuttered. Communities suffered. And the U.S. economy came to an immediate halt.

Let me be clear. COVID didn’t crush the economy. Government crushed the economy. And then, just as quickly, Government turned around and held itself out as the savior. Frankly, the Treasury Department can’t print money fast enough to keep up with Congress’ wish list.

But not everyone followed this path. For those of you who don’t know, South Dakota is the only state in America that never ordered a single business or church to close.

We never instituted a shelter-in-place order. We never mandated that people wear masks. We never even defined what an “essential business” is. Because I don’t believe Governors have the authority to tell you your business is not essential.

South Dakota schools are no different than schools everywhere else in America. But we approached the pandemic differently. From the earliest days of the pandemic, our priority was the students; their well-being; their education. When it was time to go back to school in the Fall, we put our kids in the classrooms. Teachers, administrators, parents, and the students themselves were of one mind: to make things work for our children. And the best way to do that was to get them back in the classroom.

In South Dakota, I provided all the information we had to our people. And then I trusted them to make the best decisions for themselves, their families, and – in turn – their communities.

We never focused on case numbers. Instead, we kept our eye on hospital capacity. Dr. Fauci told me that I would have 10,000 COVID patients in the hospital on our worst day. On our worst day, we had a little over 600. I don’t know if you agree but, Fauci is wrong a lot! 

Even in a pandemic, public health policy needs to take into account people’s economic and social well-being. Daily needs still need to be met. People need to keep a roof over their heads and feed their families. And they still need purpose. They need their dignity.

My administration resisted the call for virus control at the expense of everything else. We looked at the science, data and facts and then took a balanced approach.

Truthfully, I never thought the decisions I was making were going to be unique. I thought there would be more who would follow basic, conservative principles – guess I was wrong. 

Ask yourself this question. How far will people go to enforce mask mandates? Once you start lockdowns, how are you going to sustain them? In South Dakota, we had some cases in March and April, but the virus didn’t really hit the Midwest until late fall. Should we have kept people in their homes from March onward? Of course not.

It is important to ask those questions. We have to show people how arbitrary these restrictions are—and the coercion, force, and anti-liberty steps governments take to enforce them. Often, enforcement isn’t based on facts. Justifying these “mitigation efforts” has been anything but scientific.

Many in the media criticized South Dakota’s approach. They labeled me as ill-informed, reckless and even a “denier.” Some even claimed that South Dakota is “as bad as it gets anywhere in the world” when it comes to COVID-19—that is a lie.

The media did all of this while simultaneously praising governors who issued lockdowns, mandated masks, and shut down businesses—applauding them as having taken the “right” steps to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

At one point, I appeared on George Stephanopoulos’s Sunday show. He had just wrapped up a segment with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Where he asked Cuomo to give ME advice on how to deal with COVID.  Now seems like a good time to remind everyone of what Governor Cuomo was doing in New York.

On March 25, Cuomo ordered COVID patients into nursing homes and prohibited staff from testing people before admitting them. Nine days later, he pushed legislation prohibiting nursing home lawsuits over COVID deaths.

Six days after that, he prohibited nursing homes from sending COVID patients to the nearby naval hospital ship or the field hospital. Both of which were essentially empty.

Eight days after that, the first deaths began to show up.

And on January 28 of this year, the New York Attorney General announced that Cuomo and his administration significantly undercounted the number of COVID-related deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50 percent. To make matters worse, they tried to cover it up.

That’s the media’s COVID hero. By the way, he also earned an emmy and wrote a book on his COVID response.  So, who really needed the advice?

Again, in South Dakota we did things differently. We applied common-sense and conservative governing principles.

We never exceeded our hospital capacity. And, our economic is booming. We have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation.  We are number one in the nation for keeping jobs, keeping businesses open and keeping money in the pockets of our people.  The people of South Dakota kept their hours and wages at a higher rate than workers anywhere else in the nation. 

And, our schools are open!

America needs conservatives at the state and local level. But we also need conservatives at the highest level of government too. 

In America, we have government of, by, and for the people. Our Founding Fathers established our national constitution. And the people of individual states crafted their own constitutions that place specific limits on the role of government.

Those limits are essential to preventing government officials from trampling on people’s rights.

The people themselves are primarily responsible for their own health and wellbeing. They are the ones entrusted with expansive freedoms – free to exercise their rights to work, worship, and earn a living.

No governor should dictate to their people which activities are officially approved or not. And no governor should arrest, ticket, or fine people for exercising their freedoms.

Governors – and members of Congress and the President – have a duty to respect the rights of the people who elected them. But it seems these days that conservatives are the only ones who know what that means. “Personal responsibility” is considered a God-given gift in South Dakota. “Personal responsibility” is not a term that conservatives have abandoned.

When I was preparing to come speak with you, I came across some fascinating remarks made back in 1962.

Listen to this:

The Declaration above all else was a document not of rhetoric but of bold decision.

“The Declaration unleashed not merely a revolution against the British, but a revolution in human affairs.

“This doctrine of national independence shook the globe–and it remains the most powerful force anywhere in the world today.”

Fantastic right?

Those are the words of Democrat President John F. Kennedy.

Is there any wonder why Ronald Reagan often said, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.”

There was a time when both political parties clung to certain fundamental principles. But today, we seem not to share even the most basic ideals.

America needs people who will stand up for these fundamental principles. America needs conservatives.

It’s easy to look back on 2020 and remember the issues with COVID. But COVID is only one piece of a very problematic puzzle. It certainly showed us how deep the divide really is, and how thin the barrier is between freedom and tyranny.  But there was a worse movement happening in 2020, and it’s an ongoing problem.

Across America these last several months, we watched an organized, coordinated campaign to remove and eliminate all references to our nation’s founding and many other points in our history. Rather than looking to the past to help improve our future, some are trying to wipe away the lessons of history – lessons that we should be teaching our children and our grandchildren.

This approach focuses exclusively on our forefathers’ flaws and fails to capitalize on the opportunity to learn from their virtues–and they had many of those. By discrediting the individuals who formed America’s founding principles, they create doubt. And then they can remake America in a very different political image.

It is our job to help explain why this is wrong.

Remember, America wasn’t founded for the personal gain or personal power of men like Washington, Adams, and Jefferson. The signers of the Declaration of Independence put their lives and sacred honor on the line to affirm people’s God-given freedoms.

Still today, the Declaration of Independence is one of the most important statements of purpose ever written. Not just because it serves as the justification for our Independence to the entire world, but also because it has led to our prosperity and inspired many other nations and peoples to seek freedom.

We the People have consented to a government that will serve all of us equally. A government that will protect and uphold our God-given rights as well as the fundamental rights enumerated by our Constitution. It is our duty to renew our commitment to these ideals and to pass them on to those who come after us.

These ideals cannot be dismissed as the opinions of flawed men. Our Founders had their flaws, certainly, but to use those flaws to condemn their ideals and the greatest Constitution the world has ever seen is both unjust and self-defeating.  How many of us live up to our own ideals? Without the words, the beliefs, and the sacrifices of those few, the world would not have a ringing example of true freedom. To attempt to “cancel” the founding generation is an attempt to cancel our own freedoms.

Let’s always remember: America is good. Freedom is better than tyranny. We are unique. We are exceptional. And no American should apologize for that, ever. We should illustrate to the world that people thrive when government is limited, and people’s ingenuity and creativity are unleashed.

We should also remind the world what happens when tyranny and oppression are allowed to thrive. These days, too many are embracing China – a nation that crushes freedom of speech and religion.

China literally places religious minorities in internment camps. China responded to COVID by trying to cover it up. One of their mitigation strategies was to weld doors shut to lock families in their homes. Friends of China are not friends of freedom.

Make no mistake, America’s leadership is needed in the world.

So now let’s have a really candid conversation. Everyone in this room and those listening at home know that America needs leaders right now. Those leaders need wisdom, the confidence to stand up for our principles and a will to act.  Those leaders need to be conservative.

We have a lot of work to do in the coming months. What may have worked in the past is not good enough anymore.

It is not enough to say, vote for us because your pocketbook will be bigger. Or because we’ll cut your taxes or reduce the regulations. Or because we will fight against abortion or Obamacare or whatever else. 

I’m not saying these things aren’t important. They are among the pillars of what we believe.

Conservatives must lead the nation away from borrowing from our children’s future. We must put an end to the accounting gimmicks used to deceive people. Joe Biden has been in politics for almost 50 years. At that time, our national debt was roughly $450 billion dollars. Today, that’s pretty close to what we pay in interest on our national debt.

Everyone is to blame. We have forgotten principles we once held dear.

We must more clearly articulate to the American people that we are the only ones who respect them as human beings. That we are the only ones who believe the American people have God-given rights.  

We are not here to tell you how to live your life, or treat you like a child or a criminal because you go to church or defend yourself. 

Conservatives respect people as individuals. We don’t divide people based on their religion, their culture or color of their skin. We don’t shun people who think for themselves. We understand that each person is different. Each person deserves the opportunity to build his or her life without some self-important government bureaucrat telling them what they can and can’t do.

We don’t have the media on our side. Conservatives must be smarter than progressives. We must know our history. We must know what works and what doesn’t work. We must think through issues.

Make no mistake about it — conservatives exist to fight for America, and for every American.

For those of you who are disappointed about the election — and I am too — remember, incredible innovation took place after Goldwater’s 1964 landslide loss. It took the creation of many institutions, including The American Conservative Union, the National Right to Life, The Heritage Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, Concerned Women for America, the Federalist Society, Family Research Council, among others — to change hearts and minds.

It was institutions like these that helped bring about the Reagan Revolution and bring America exceptionalism back. Their work is more important today than ever.

So, what can you do right now?

It’s simple. Be bold. Show up. Debate these ideas. Persuade your neighbors.

This pandemic illustrated that many politicians have a totally different vision for government than what the Founders laid out.

It was once said, “The left takes its vision seriously — more seriously than it takes the rights of other people. They want to be our shepherds but that requires us to be sheep.”

Let it be heard loud and clear from us right now. 

We will not be sheep!

I’d like to close today with a story.

My dad was a cowboy. He was the toughest person I have ever known. Ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted to be just like him. He died in a farm accident when I was 22. A couple months after he was killed, I finally got the courage to go clean out his pickup. All of you who have a farmer or rancher in your life know that they often live out of their pickups. Everything important can be found in the cab — wallet, bills to pay, you name it. If you need to find something important, every farmer’s kid knows the first place you look is in the pickup.

As the new General Manager of the business, every day that had passed after Dad died had been filled with a thousand questions. What seed should we plant? What field should we plant first? What is the price we need for our calves to cash flow the cattle operation? And I didn’t know the answers. I remember wishing over and over again that I could ask my Dad just one more question. And frankly, I was running the business, but I was faking my way through it.

I had no idea how we were going to keep our family business going without my dad. But I was determined we were not going to fail.

That day, I carried a box to the pickup to clean it out. I stuck my head into the console and started putting items into the box: pliers, a Baby Ruth candy bar, notebooks, pens, tools… And then I found a tiny tape recorder. The kind a doctor dictates into. I pushed the play button and immediately heard my dad’s voice. He was talking about seed corn varieties and which ones performed well on certain fields we owned.

He spoke about how we had had such a wet year the year before that resulted in poor crop yields and damaged grain. We had had a tough harvest and he went on to describe what kind of variety choices he would have made differently and what he thought might work better for the spring we were anticipating. My eyes started to fill with tears as I realized I was learning information that was going to be helpful to us in making crop decisions.

I looked down into the console and saw several more tapes, almost a dozen in all. One by one, I put them into the tape recorder and listened to my dad’s voice talk about cows, weather, what to do if we were ever in a tough financial situation, etc. Inside those tapes were the answers to so many of the questions I had had over the past several months.

Over and over again, I had said to myself, “If I could just ask dad…” And here were all the answers I needed, straight from him, literally in the palm of my hand.

In that moment, I felt a strange type of peace settle over me. Scripture talks of a “peace that passes all understanding.” It was as if in that moment, God was saying to me, “I will provide. Stop worrying. You will be ok. Your family will be ok. I’ve got this.”

I had the answers. I just needed to get to work. Dad was always the hardest worker. He led by example and action — but that day, what changed everything was his words.

I made the decision that day to be like my Dad. A person of words and action. Both matter.

That’s why I ran for office. My mission is to make South Dakota a better place. A better place to live, to do business, and to raise a family. One of the reasons I care so deeply about these issues is because I want these things for my family and for every American family.

I believe South Dakota has been an example to the nation this past year. People used personal responsibility to protect their families’ health and way of life, while the government respected their rights and freedom.

And we are working together to create new opportunities and a better future for our kids. We took the American path.

Let me close with this. As conservatives, we often forget that stories are much more powerful than facts and statistics. Our stories need to be told. It is the only way we will inspire and motivate the American people to preserve this great country.

We must go into this fight for freedom with our eyes wide open, educated to the tactics the liberals will use, and yet totally pure in our motives. This isn’t about us. It’s about our children and their future. It’s about the nation that we will pass on to them. It’s about telling the stories, over and over, that remind us why America needs conservatives—now more than ever.

Thank you for all that you do. America is blessed to have you on her side. God bless each and every one of you, and may God bless The United States of America.

2020 Speech

I’m here tonight because I believe America is an exceptional nation founded on three principles — equality, freedom, and opportunity. But today, our founding principles are under attack.

This year, the choice for Americans is between a man who values these ideals and all that can be built because of them and a man who isn’t guided by these ideals and coincidentally has built nothing.

Remember, America’s battle for independence and fight for self-governance was something that had never been done before. Men of great intellect and wisdom like James Madison, the Father of our Constitution, hoped our constitutional republic would last for ages, mitigate the problems that would naturally arise from political factions, and prevent tyranny.

Our Constitution gave only a few, narrowly defined powers to the federal government. Most powers were left to the states, so that those closest to the people could decide the laws that would govern their activities.

Madison also authored much of the Bill of Rights because he understood the natural tendency of government to increasingly encroach on the people’s consent and thus our freedom. He urged his colleagues to adopt these amendments to enshrine in our Constitution the ideals laid out in the Declaration of Independence:

• That all power comes from the people; and

• That government is created and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people.

Our Constitution guarantees:

• The right to speak, to assemble, and to worship;

• The right to arm ourselves as a counterbalance to a standing army; and

• The right to a fair and equitable criminal justice system.

We must fight to protect these foundational rights from government interference and indifference.

America is unique in the world. Government’s power at all levels is limited to the confines of our Constitution, which protects our God-given liberties and civil rights. We are not — and will not — be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. We the people are the government.

At times, our country has struggled to live up to our founding principles. Another great American, Abraham Lincoln, knew that struggle better than anybody.

When he was just 28 years old, Honest Abe saw wild and furious passions, “worse than savage mobs,” he said, taking the place of reasoned judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country.

He was concerned for the people who had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. These good people were becoming tired of, and disgusted with, a government that offered them no protection.

Sound familiar?

It took 244 years to build this great nation — flaws and all — but we stand to lose it in a tiny fraction of that time if we continue down the path taken by the Democrats and their radical supporters. From Seattle and Portland to Washington and New York, Democrat-run cities across this country are being overrun by violent mobs. The violence is rampant. There’s looting, chaos, destruction, and murder. People that can afford to flee have fled. But the people that can’t — good, hard-working Americans — are left to fend for themselves.

The Republican Party’s commitment to individual rights and self-government is as necessary today as it was in 1860 when we won our first presidential election.

Our party respects individuals based on who they are. We don’t divide people based on their beliefs or their roots. We don’t shun people who think for themselves. We respect everyone equally under the Constitution and treat them as Martin Luther King, Jr. wished, according to the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

In just four years, President Trump has lifted people of all races and backgrounds out of poverty. He shrunk government and put money back into the pockets of hardworking, ordinary Americans. He has advanced religious liberty and protected the Second Amendment. You can look back 50 years, and you won’t find anyone that has surpassed President Trump’s success on these four issues alone.

President Trump places the American people, American liberty, American security, and the American Constitution before all else. He honors the fact that the American people provide the “consent of the governed” on which legitimate government depends.

History chooses its heroes for the time in which they live. At our founding, Madison was one of the chosen. When the nation’s very existence was challenged it was Lincoln’s turn. Thanks to these men, America is a land of hope. Their examples have been repeated in countless ways by simple Americans following their consciences.

But, there is another American hero to be recognized. That is the common American. This is who President Trump is fighting for. He’s fighting for you.

Energy Facts Liberal Media and Globalists Don’t Want You to Know

America now produces more oil and gas and holds more coal reserves than any nation, surpassing Saudi Arabia in 2013 as the largest producer of petroleum hydrocarbons in the world.

Because of these recent increases in domestic energy production – driven by market forces, pro-energy policies, and American ingenuity, under President Donald J. Trump, America became a net energy exporter, meaning we export more than we import.

If America continues to lead by fostering free markets and energy entrepreneurship, America and her allies will benefit from a wealth of energy and ideas, thereby increasing our economic and geopolitical security.

Within days of the Biden Administration White House takeover, it became obvious this is not their plan. Democrats are on course for a socialism Globalist stance. We can preview where this will take us going down this path by looking at Europe.

Average electricity rates in Germany have risen by more than 50% in the last 10 years

According to Eurostat, retail electricity rates for an average German household rose from 20.6 to 30.5 Euro cents per kWh from 2007 to 2017.

This increase is primarily due to taxes and levies to support renewable energy generation and integration, including a 6.88 Euro cent per kWh levy for direct payments to renewable energy producers.

Average retail prices for U.S. households were 12.9 cents per kWh in 2017.

Direct taxes and subsidies for renewable energy cost and estimated €24 billion in 2017, and IHS estimated that net export losses due to high electricity prices were €52 billion from 2008 to 2013.

Despite hundreds of billions of Euros in taxes and subsidies over the past two decades, CO2 emissions in Germany only fell by 9% from 2003 to 2016 because Germany is forcing out nuclear generation, the only practical means to achieve zero carbon electricity generation, and relying on coal to support intermittent renewable resources.

The recent experience of Germany and many other countries, including many U.S. states, has shown that mandates, taxes, and subsidies that support renewable energy and increase power prices are regressive, distort markets, and do not move the needle on global climate change.

By most accounts, the U.S. contains enough reserves of fossil fuels to sustain current production levels for many decades to come.

The latest estimates show that the U.S. has at least 310 billion barrels of recoverable oil, enough for almost 80 years of production at current rates.

North America has over 2 quadrillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas, enough for more than 60 years at current production rates.

The lower 48 states have enough recoverable coal to meet current demand for 350 years. And more resources are being found every day as the energy markets go to work.

Energy demand and production will always have their booms and busts due to economic cycles and price fluctuations, but the fact that more than 80% of the energy we consume comes from petroleum, natural gas, and coal will not change in the foreseeable future.

Thanks to the shale revolution, domestic production is rising to satisfy that continued demand. The Energy Information Administration correctly projected the U.S. would produce oil and natural gas at record levels in 2018 and 2019 and became a net energy exporter in 2020. 

Before Biden, we were making great progress in technological advances and the efforts of energy entrepreneurs, we were unlocking resources once thought unattainable and achieve sustainable fossil fuel production.

Is it any wonder China will soon earn its third wind turbine farm in Texas on land they know is rich in fossil fuels?


Note: Much of this information came from Life:Powered, a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation to ensure that Americans continue to benefit from abundant, reliable, safe, and clean energy. 

Mid-States From Dakotas to Texas Brace For ‘Once in a Generation’ Winter Storm

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a state of emergency across the entire state ahead of the arrival of the current winter storm, and requested a federal emergency declaration from the White House to establish additional resources for communities impacted.

“Every part of the state will face freezing conditions over the coming days, and I urge all Texans to remain vigilant against the extremely harsh weather that is coming,” said Governor Abbott. “Stay off the roads, take conscious steps to conserve energy, and avoid dangerous practices like bringing generators indoors or heating homes with ovens or stovetops.”

Accuweather map and risks.

Accuweather has deemed this a ‘Once in a generation’ storm.

“Life-threatening cold is an additional risk with this storm, and any motorists who become stranded on snowy or icy roads may find themselves in a dangerous situation,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Randy Adkins.

According to Adkins, “Temperatures in some areas may be in the single digits or even below zero for 12 hours or more, and that’s a significant concern for anyone unprepared for cold of this magnitude as hypothermia and frostbite can occur very rapidly.”

“The cold will also help to keep any ice and snow accumulations around for several days following the end of the storm.”

Here are two quick articles to help you with these storms:

How To Prepare Your Home

Snow and Ice Storm Road Safety Basics

American Hero: South Dakota Gov. Kristin Noem Crushed Media On Lockdowns

My pick for a future president of the United States (should Donald Trump seek to run again, she could be his vice presidential running mate) is South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.

While governors like Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo were following the Democrat agenda to use the pandemic as a tool to force socialism, destroy freedoms, and set the course for election fraud, Noem responded as a true American leader.

“I took an oath when I was in Congress, obviously, to uphold the constitution of the United States,” she said. “I believe in our freedoms and liberties. What I’ve seen across the country is so many people give up their liberties for just a little bit of security, and they don’t have to do that.”

Despite the typical modus operandi methodology to crucify her by mainstream media, she persevered with truth, common sense solutions and leadership. In her own words and actions, this is what occurred:

“Rather than following the pack and mandating harsh rules, South Dakota provides our residents with information about what is happening on the ground in our state—the science, facts and data.

Then, we ask all South Dakotans to take personal responsibility for their health, the health of their loved ones, and—in turn—the health of our communities. The state hasn’t issued lockdowns or mask mandates.

We haven’t shut down businesses or closed churches. In fact, our state has never even defined what an ‘essential business’ is. That isn’t the government’s role.”

Her results established her wisdom and leadership, while the villains of a dishonest media proved to be deadly and dangerous.

The unemployment rate for South Dakota just dropped to levels lower than before the China Virus hit.

So far, in 2021, South Dakota is the third-most successful state in administering its provided coronavirus vaccines, following West Virginia and neighboring North Dakota. 

South Dakota Keeps Citizens Informed

South Dakota’s rate of inoculating its residents far exceeds the national average, which currently hovers around 3.5 doses per 1,000 people. The state has also used a significantly higher percentage of its allocated vaccines at 67.4%.

California has used only 25.9% of its allotted vaccines, meaning that the state still has nearly 2.5 million vaccines sitting in various hospitals and healthcare facilities.

New York City, which is lagging behind the state, has administered 33.8% of its vaccines and has over 500,000 still waiting in storage.

Last summer, low information and indoctrinated voters obediently repeated the buzzwords and media mantra. Many stayed locked in. (Yes, we realized there are cases where it is prudent to be very cautious, but many of us know far too many loved ones who were forced into nursing homes that may not have needed to…only left to die. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s disturbing socialist actions reek).

Wise and freedom loving Americans understand the myriad of dire consequences from oppressive lockdown orders. The results are reflected in our school attendance, restaurants going out of business, empty churches, and climbing suicide rates.

If we have learned anything in retrospect, it’s that WHO and CDC China Virus death rate figures were over inflated and false. “Official” causes of death were lies in at least a third of reported cases. We now know blaming vehicle accident, pneumonia, cardiac and other deaths on COVID by physicians and hospitals was inticed and awarded by generous payoffs that helped the narrative and struck fear.

People’s lives have been turned upside down and, in many instances, destroyed — not by a virus, but by state governments with authoritarian strategies.

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Governor Noem is right. Provide free people with accurate information and trust them to make their own decisions based on their own unique circumstances. It’s the American way.



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These Wacky American Town Names Will Make You Laugh

Our faith in America’s sense of humor was restored during the pandemic summer of 2020.

We escaped from the onslaught of negative news and propaganda by just getting away. Our travels  through 14 states and Washington D.C. for over a month thoroughly offered a lighter side of truth and experiences.

Besides counting the number of Trump (159) and Biden (0) flags and banners along the way, we got a kick from some of the names and places we saw. Uranus, Missouri,  Santa Claus, Indiana and Hot Coffee, Mississippi were three favorites that come to mind.

To pass some of the highway mile time away, we researched and gathered humorous and fun town names from all 50 states. Here’s are list:


Screamer, an unincorporated community in southeastern Alabama, may have come from 19th century Native Americans who screamed and  heckled white train travelers as they passed by what was then a reservation. Smut Eye, Alabama is doozie too.


Unalaska has over 4,500 residents, making it the largest city in the Aleutian Islands. Originally, Unangan residents named it Agunalaksh, a word that means “near the peninsula.” Eek, Alaska is noteworthy.


Why a call a town?” Yes, that’s right “Why” is a small community near the U.S.-Mexico border namhed after the Y-shaped intersection of two nearby highways. But because of an Arizona law requiring place names have at least three letters, “Y” became the much more pragmatic “Why.”


Smackover, a town of 1800 people in southern Arkansas, was once a major oil producer. Settled by French trappers in the early 19th century,  “Smackover” may have derived from the French name for a local creek, Chemin Couvert, which means “covered way”—and “sumac couvert” means a covering of sumac trees, a local plant. Goobertown is another fun one


Rough and Ready, California, is named after an old mining company with that same label. It was the first to secede from the Union and become its own “republic” in 1850 as a protest against mining taxes, prohibition mandates, and laws that weren’t enforced. They rejoined the United States three months later.


Colorado has No Name. When government official first marked a newly constructed exit off I-70 with a sign reading “No Name” as a placeholder, it stuck.


Hazardville, Connecticut, was an 1800s industrial village that made gunpowder. The town was named after Colonel Augustus George Hazard, who purchased and expanded the gunpowder company in 1837.


Corner Ketch is an unincorporated community in New Castle County, Delaware. A rough-and-tumble local bar was known for warning strangers that if they didn’t get you in there, “They’ll ketch ye at the corner.”


Two Egg, Florida, got its name during the Great Depression. When bartering transactions occurred with two eggs traded, almost like currency, for goods.


Climax, Georgia sits at the highest point on the railroad between Savannah and the Chattahoochee River.


Volcano, Hawaii sits near the Hilo Volcano and several volcanic hot spots.


Slickpoo, near Culdesac, Idaho, was once a bustling village and site of a Catholic mission. Landowner Josiah Slickpoo donated acreage to the missionaries. Dickshooter, Idaho made us laugh too.


Sandwich got its name from Sandwich, New Hampshire.


Santa Claus, Indiana celebrates the spirit of Christmas every day, but especially at the Post Office in December. Gnaw Bone is an interesting name too.


What cheer Iowa has in What Cheer, Iowa. It was derived from an old English greeting.


Gas, Kansas is the butt of many jokes. “You just passed Gas.” “Gas Kan.” “Get Gas!” Natural gas was discovered in the area in 1898.


Bugtussle is a tiny spot on the Kentucky-Tennessee border is an homage to doodlebugs. Personally, I think Kentucky has some of the best town names with Knob Lick, Bald Knob, Chicken Bristle, Fearsville, Hippo, Krypton, Mud Lick, Monkeys Eyebrow, Pig, and Raccoon.

Bald Knob (guess they licked it too much?), Chicken Bristle, Fearsville, Hippo, Krypton (say hi to Superman’s parents for us!), Mud Lick, Monkeys Eyebrow, Pig, and Raccoon.


Uneedus is the settlement site of the Lake Superior Piling Company. Their corporate slogan was “You need us.”  Residents founded another farm community nearby and called it Weneedu.


Burnt Porcupine is an island off the coast of Maine.  Located near Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Burnt Porcupine has nearby sister islands with equally intriguing names: Bald Porcupine, Long Porcupine, and Sheep Porcupine.


Boring, Maryland. Enough said.


Belchertown wasn’t named for the aftermath of a particularly gassy meal. It’s named after Jonathan Belcher, a colonial governor of Massachusetts.


Hell is 15 miles northwest of Ann Arbor. In the 1830s, the town settler, George Reeves, traded homemade whiskey to local farmers for grain. The farmer’s wives said “He’s gone to hell again.”


Nimrod, Minnesota is full of nimrods. In the book of Genesis, Nimrod is described as “a mighty hunter before the Lord” and is credited with overseeing the construction of the Tower of Babel.


Hot Coffee is marked as the midpoint between Natchez, Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama. A late 1800s inn was erected and capitalized on the spring water, molasses and New Orleans beans used to make hot coffee for weary travelers.


Although Uranus was our favorite spot in Missouri, Tightwad has a cool name too. There’s also a Cooter and a Licking.


Pray, Montana. And they do. But the town of Pray, Montana, was named for then-state representative Charles Nelson Pray in 1907.


Magnet, Nebraska was named by settler B.E. Smith in 1893.


Jiggs, Nevada is about 30 miles south of Elko. It’s named after a top hat-wearing, cigar smoking Irish-American protagonist from an old comic strip Bringing Up Father. A women’s organization in town dubbed itself Maggie’s Club after the character’s wife.


Sandwich is named after The Fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montague, who actually invented the sandwich.  In 1763, he chartered the town between the Lakes Region and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.


Loveladies, New Jersey, was named from a nearby island owned by Thomas Lovelady, a local hunter and sportsman.


Candy Kitchen lies between Zuni and Navajo reservations in western New Mexico.  A local moonshine distiller needed a front to hide his illicit operations during Prohibition. To secure the sugar necessary to concoct barrels of hooch, the moonshiner established a confectionery that produced pinion nut candy on the side. Just 85 miles away is Pie Town.


Neversink, New York is currently sunk under about 175 feet of water. Named for the Neversink River, the longest tributary of the Delaware River, the city of 2000 was a Catskill towns flooded in the 1950s to create reservoirs that would provide water to New York City. It relocated afterwards. But another town, Bittersweet, remains underwater. On land, are towns called Coxsackie and Butternuts.


Why not Why Not? That’s the named settled upon when the post office was established in 1860. If not, try Lizard Lick, NC.


Cannon Ball, North Dakota gets its name from geological curiosities called concretions. There’s also Zap.


Knockemstiff, Ohio. Bar brawls and street fights during moonshine days, prompted the advice from a preacher. When asked by a woman on how to keep her cheating husband home and faithful, the preacher responded simply: “Knock ‘em stiff.” Take that advice however you want.


Gene Autry, Oklahoma was named after the singing cowboy who purchased a 1200-acre ranch nearby that he would turn into the headquarters of his Flying A Ranch Rodeo. On November 16, 1941, the town of Berwyn officially became Gene Autry, Oklahoma. It’s home to a museum and film festival in his honor.


Zigzag, Oregon, in the middle of Mount Hood National Forest, is named after the Zigzag River, which drains from the Zigzag Glacier. Notable is


Intercourse is in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. “It’s okay, you can giggle!” the village’s website says. “We’re happy with our name. It’s the perfect conversation starter.” About 20 minutes away is the town Blue Ball, named after an 1850s inn.


Woonsocket is the sixth largest city in Rhode Island ands was originally known as la ville la plus française aux États-Unis, which translates to “the most French city in the United States.”
Historians believe the name is an evolved variation of a word from a Native American language.


Ketchuptown got its name from a country store built by Herbert Small in 1927 were locals went to “catch up” on news and gossip.


Mud Butte was named for a nearby barren butte. In 1981, archeologists digging around unearthed the sixth Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered, after a local rancher finally got around to calling a museum about the dinosaur bones he’d seen digging out of a cliff on his property for years.


Difficult, Tennessee isn’t too hard to remember.


Muleshoe, Happy, Dime Box, Gun Barrel City, Cut and Shoot, Telephone, Jot ’em Down, Loco, and Comfort were among my favorite town names in Texas until I came upon Ding Dong.  Located in Bell County, the community was named after its founders, the Bell family.


Mexican Hat, Utah, has a 60-foot-wide, sombrero-shaped rock formation on the northeast side of town.


Satans Kingdom, Vermont is not the only state with that town name. Massachusetts and Connecticut does too. The land was said to be rocky and void of fertile soil.


Bumpass, Virginia is pronounced “bump-iss.”


Humptulips was a major logging center. The name comes from a local Native American word meaning “hard to pole.” Native Americans used to canoe by propelling themselves along with poles.


Lick Fork, Virginia is basically known for photo opportunities with signs bearing that name. There’s more in Booger Hole.


Bosstown, Wisconsin takes its name from a William Henry Dosch, a storeowner nicknamed Boss. Wow! There’s also a Spread Eagle.


Chugwater, Wyoming was home of the Mandan tribe, whose chief was reportedly injured during a buffalo hunt and sent his son to lead the hunting party in his place. According to Chugwater’s website, the son determined that the easiest way to kill the buffalo was to drive them off the local chalk cliffs. “The word ‘chug,’” the town’s website notes, “is said to describe the noise that the buffalo or the falling chalk made when it hit the ground or fell into the water under the bluff, depending on which version of the legend you wish to believe. Indians began to call the area ‘water at the place where the buffalo chug.’”