Congratulations on your new job as the Flandreau city administrator and welcome to town.
As a newbie myself, I want to share some of the things you won’t want to miss living here. Granted, you’ll have the fun of discovering Flandreau through your own eyes and experiences, but it doesn’t hurt to have a bit of a guide to help you notice the people and places that you are about to enjoy.
I’m sure you have met some of the group that I like to characterize as 30 in their 30s. Ok, maybe some are younger and others older than that decade, but there are a surprising number of people in that general age group who volunteer and promote the business community here, largely through the Flandreau Development Corporation. They have ideas on everything from revitalizing downtown to adding recreational opportunities to supporting homegrown businesses and looking for other companies to bring to town to provide good jobs. They admittedly need help with that, and hopefully that will be part of your mission as administrator. One thing is certain, they have a lot of passion and spirit behind them. Not every community sees that in its next generation of leaders.
Take a moment to look at the work the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe has done to build infrastructure, programs and opportunities for its tribal members and Flandreau in general. From the Royal River Casino, which is in the middle of an update, to the tribal health clinic and the community center, both beautiful new buildings that get lots of use. In addition, you will have a chance to attend rodeos June 8-9, a new event by the casino that could be a big draw for Flandreau.
Besides the Indian tacos, hotdogs and other fare, there’s a really good steakhouse in town at Mad Mary’s, there’s a new Mexican place at Fajita’s Bar and Grill, you’ve got the traditional café at John’s Place, all you can eat at the casino, and you probably won’t buy bread and sweet rolls anywhere else after visiting the Flandreau Bakery. This is probably another reason to promote more outdoor recreation. We need to move our bodies living here. Plus, there’s the call of that beautiful natural resources the Big Sioux River provides.
So again, welcome. There are so many things to enjoy here. And from my experience, people will know who you are before you know them by name. They’re good about that here so just smile. It’s the best part about small-towns.
All the best,