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.
City Council and Mayor Mike Huether Made the Right Choice on Video Lottery [OPINION]
I attended the City Council meeting Tuesday. There was only one substantive item – the rewrite of some of the beer and wine regulations in the city.
There’s Hope for South Dakota in Reaction to Sturgis High School homecoming cancelation [O…
I started to see the images on social media of Sturgis Brown High School kids standing on a car with “go back to the Rez” spray painted across the side.
City’s Decision on “Right Turn on Red” Conflicts with Guidelines and Observations
Chris Parsley, president of the Falls Area Bicyclists, was on The Patrick Lalley Show on Tuesday to preview his appearance before the Sioux Falls City Council.
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is This Sunday
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Days is this Sunday (Oct. 8) at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls. The local event is part of a nationwide effort supported by the International Mountain Bicycling Association.
Sanford’s Imagenetics is an Impressive Building with an Ambitious Future
I was inside the new Sanford Imagenetics building today for a quick tour. It's a beautiful and bright facility with some massive windows on the south side. There's a cool interactive panel that scans your face and records your voice to create a three-dimensional model demonstrating how gen…
One Time, Riding Home On the Bike Trail
I see a lot of wildlife while riding on the bike trail system through the Sioux Falls Greenway. The best time is at dusk and dawn, when the critters are most active.
City Council Pressing for Answers on Siding Settlement is Encouraging [OPINION]
Several city councilors want Mayor Mike Huether’s administration make a presentation and answer questions about the once-secret-now-public settlement over the Premier Center siding.
Premier Center Settlement Reveals Mayor’s Struggle with Public Life and Truth [OPINION]
We found out last week that Mayor Mike Huether lied to us. That may seem a harsh assessment but I’m not sure how else to read the settlement the city was forced to release over the warped and bubbling silver siding at the Sanford Premier Center.
Greg Jamison Making Mayoral Bid Official on Monday
Calling it the worst kept secret in Sioux Falls does a disservice to real secrets. Greg Jamison plans to announce his formal bid for Sioux Falls Mayor at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Holiday Inn City Center. Nobody surrounding Jamison -- currently a state legislator -- has made any bones about the fact …
What We Should Talk About In Sioux Falls Mayor’s Race [OPINION]
I've heard a lot lately about all the people who are jumping into the Sioux Falls mayor's race. We're off to a fast start. It's only September after all, and we have eight candidates so far with some chatter that there will be more.