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.
Tending the Fire at Trail Race is Arduous Duty — Seriously, it is
Last weekend (Oct. 28) I was the Newton Hills Ultra Trail Race, a 50k, 30k and 20k trek through the state park near Canton. Running trails at Newton Hills is tough because there are some long climbs that require walking, or a kind of exaggerated power hike. Much of it is also just beautiful, winding…
Busy Stretch of Bike Trail Rebuilt and Open; Best Part is the Drainage
The reconstruction of the Sioux Falls Bike Trail system near Spencer Park is is done and was officially reopened on Wednesday.
Maybe You Already Knew This: South Dakota State Parks are Awesome
We all know that South Dakota has state parks. What we forget sometimes is just how great the parks surrounding Sioux Falls really are.
End the Flow of Free Booze For Lawmakers in Pierre [OPINION]
Reports of sexual harassment and violence in Pierre during the legislative session continue to ripple through the state.
Shrinking the Footprint of the Sioux Falls Bus System is Short-Sighted [OPINION]
There's been something rolling around in my head for a bit. In interviews with several city councilors and mayoral candidates there’s a fairly common notion about transportation in our community that bothers me. It’s this idea that in order to make the bus system better in Sioux F…
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…