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.
South Dakota Loses in a Trade War with China [OPINION]
Where did we think this tariff thing was going to go? The daily escalation of threats and saber rattling between the Trump Administration and China started with steel and aluminum and has -- predictably -- landed in the lap of South Dakota farmers.
New Restaurants in Sioux Falls: Get the Latest Additions
There are very few things that garner more attention than a new restaurant in Sioux Falls.
Different Folk Records Showcases Some of Sioux Falls’ Best
I don't know that I've attended a concert with as much variety of local talent as the Different Strokes show on Saturday (March 24) at the Orpheum.
Sioux Falls City Council Diversity Statement Well Placed [OPINION]
The Sioux Falls City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution in support of more inclusive community. These resolutions are generally meaningless, as they hold no authority to actually do anything.
Sioux Steel is Doing Downtown Development Right Way [OPINION]
It’s been clear for years that Sioux Steel would eventually move out of the spot just above Falls Park along the Big Sioux River, though they don’t necessarily have to.
Local Musicians on Different Folk Records Hosting Concert
Different Folk Records -- the local label supporting local acts -- is hosting a concert called Different Strokes on Sunday (March 24.) The show is at the Orpheum Theater on North Phillips Avenue, which is wonderful venue to see live music if you've not been there in awhile.
Misreading Sioux Falls Crime Rate Feeds Hysteria [OPINION]
You've probably already heard about the report of the skyrocketing crime rate in Sioux Falls. Take a breath. It's not what it appears.
South Dakota Gaining More People Than We Lose
They like us. They really like us. Or at least, people moving in the United States like us the 5th best.
Celebrate Pi and Pie with a Bike Ride or Run
There's a great event coming up this week for cyclists and runners. It's Pi(e) Day!
Secret Government Wins Again in Closed Pierre [OPINION]
I shouldn’t be surprised by the brazen efforts to keep the operation of South Dakota government in the dark. But it’s still stunning to see it expressed with such disregard for the greater good.