I grew up on the North End of Sioux Falls, one in a long line of Lalleys who still hold ground around Terrace Park. I graduated from O'Gorman High School and the University of South Dakota. Following college, I was fortunate to spend more than two decades in journalism in South Dakota and Iowa. I love the give and take of good civic discourse, history and politics. To gain some sort of perspective on the world, I try to read books, primarily fiction for true perspective. My musical tastes were formed primarily obscure -- to most people -- pop and punk music from the '80s and '90s, though in truth any sort of jangly, smart pop music can get my attention.
Connections in Copper Lounge Collapse Open Door to Dark Corners [OPINION]
The latest turn in the Village on the River project in downtown Sioux Falls was announced by Mayor Paul TenHaken last week.
Total Cost of Sioux Falls School District Bond a Legitimate Question [OPINION]
The debate over a $190 million bond vote to build some new schools in Sioux Falls is heating up. It's a big number that has raised eyebrows in the city, to be sure.
Local Farms the Best Way to Fill Your Food Supply
For reasons that are pretty much lost to the dim mists of history, JP and I decided to go vegetarian to ring in 2018. We're still going.
Schwinn Varsity Rehab Project Comes Full Circle… Sort Of
A couple weeks ago I wrote about an accidental obsession of mine: Rebuilding an old Schwinn Varsity.
Bike Packing Adventure Leads to Luverne, And It Was Awesome
I've been trying to do more bike packing recently. It's a marvelous way to disconnect and explore the backroads and haunts of the area around Sioux Falls. And you generally don't have to go that far to find great experiences.
Bike Trail Challenge Raises Nearly $7,000 To Build Tuthill Trails
The Falls Area Bicyclists held the Sioux Falls Trail Challenge on Saturday, June 30, to get people out riding bikes, running or skating our city's 20 mile loop.
Jason Isbell Roadtrip Reminder that Saturday in the Park is Great
Jason Isbell has played in Sioux Falls three times, the latest about a year ago at the Pavilion. Before that, it was two shows at the Orpheum, a pretty small venue, though I enjoy it very much.
Schwinn Varsity Flashback Turned Weekend Obsession
One day about five or six years ago I ran into a guy in the old Black Sheep Coffee who was selling an old Schwinn Varsity.
Compromise on City Council Public Input is a Good Deal [OPINION]
The compromise forged over the gurgling controversy of open public input at Sioux Falls City Council meetings is a good one.
Back in the Race — and It’s Not Pretty
There was a lot of excited talk on The Patrick Lalley Show the last couple weeks about the potential -- and then stark reality -- of me entering the DakotaMan Triathlon at Wall Lake on Saturday.