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.
Golf Course Management Contract Messed up by City Hall [OPINION]
The City Council on Tuesday decided not to approve the selection of Landscapes Unlimited of Lincoln, Neb., to manage the city’s three public golf courses. It was the culmination of several weeks of speculation and suggestion since the announcement was released in October, that the city would …
The Natural World is Out There Waiting For You
I held my breath. I could feel my heart beating hard in my chest. But I wanted to listen to the world around me. The wind, the birds, the distant cars on the highway. I wanted to hear my world.
The Infamy of Gitchie Manitou Kept Me Away For More Than 40 Years
I’d never been to Gitchie Manitou. That changed on Saturday (Dec. 16). I was born and raised in Sioux Falls and lived here nearly my entire life, yet had never visited the small Iowa State Preserve, just across the Big Sioux River. It’s so close that, if the powers that be ever decide …
Riddlebox Winter Ultra Was a Great Ride Through the (Hilly) Countryside
What a wonderful day it was on Saturday (Dec. 9). I was lucky enough to ride in the Riddlebox Winter Ultra bike race. It was a great day for a ride in the wilds of the Big Sioux River Valley near Canton.
Father Joins with Sanford Researcher Hoping to Save His Daughter’s Life
Dan Brendtro is on a mission to save his daughter's life. Reana Brendtro, now 16 and a student at Lincoln High School, was diagnosed with Friedreick's Ataxia when she was 11. There's no cure but that hasn't stopped Dan from trying to find one.
Listening to the Public is Part of the Job of Serving the Public [OPINION]
There’s been a lot of discussion here and elsewhere about the Sioux Falls City Council’s debate and vote on Tuesday regarding the big $50 million parking ramp and hotel project planned for downtown.
City Council Vote on Tuesday Will Decide Fate of Parking Ramp, Hotel Project [OPINION]
The debate over whether the City of Sioux Falls should build a parking ramp downtown as part of a hotel and retail complex comes to a conclusion tonight (Tuesday). It likely will pass -- and it should.
Global Fat Bike Day Latest Sign of Joyful Cycling Community
Global Fat Bike Day is big for folks who like to ride bikes with wide tires on dirt and gravel or off the beaten path entirely. The observation of this year's event on Saturday (Dec. 2) in Sioux Falls drew more than 50 riders, demonstrating the popularity of fat tire bikes in general and the gr…
Sioux Falls Retains Bronze Ranking as Bicycle Friendly City
Sioux Falls transportation planner Sam Trebilcock was on The Patrick Lalley Show on Wednesday talking about our status as a bicycle friendly city.
Christine Erickson Running for Re-election to City Council
City Councilor Christine Erickson said this week that she's running for re-election. This wasn't a surprise to anybody.