Ride Your Bike to Sioux Falls Parks and Win Prizes
The Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Department has a fun way to explore the city this year. It's the "80 in 18" contest.
West-Side Dam Will Open for Bike Trail Extension this Year
There's good news for bikers, runners, and anybody else who uses the bike trail along the west side. The City of Sioux Falls is taking bids for an extension.
Anti-Islam Crusade Not Reflective of South Dakota [OPINION]
State Sen. Neal Tapio's latest attempt to demonize Islam was defeated in the South Dakota Senate last week. The Senate voted 19 to 16 against a resolution asking the federal government to identify the root causes of terrorism.
Sioux Falls Film Company Releases "Poor Mama's Boy"
I like having creative people on The Patrick Lalley Show whenever we can. That includes musicians and writers and photographers. Maybe surprising to people living here, it also includes filmmakers.
Open Government Emails to Fight Government Corruption [OPINION]
A committee in the South Dakota Legislature decided this week to keep their emails secret.
Mickelson Education Bills Undercut, Well Education [OPINION]
House Speaker Mark Mickelson is leading a campaign to undermine education in the state of south Dakota.
Rich Show Isn't Done After Four Decades of Songwriting
We spent a lot of time last week on The Patrick Lalley Show talking about and with Rich Show in advance of the release of his retrospective "That was the Future, This is the Past."
Pride Wins Over Convenience While Shoveling Snow
The surprise blanket of snow over the weekend and the mini-storm we had last week have recently put the shovel in my hands more than I'd like.
Trade Deals Vital to South Dakota, Sioux Falls Economy [OPINION]
There are few federal policies that affect life on the ground in South Dakota more than trade agreements. Our fortunes here are tied directly to agriculture.
More Than One Million Uses Counted on Bike Trail in 2017
We're spoiled in the Best Little City in America. The bike trail system is truly unique. It's all parkland, and there are no street crossings.
The Arc of Rich Show's Career Shines in City's History [OPINION]
It's Rich Show Week on The Patrick Lalley Show. If you're not familiar with Rich, you should tune in. If you are, you know him to be perhaps the most-prolific songwriter and rock-n-roll frontman in Sioux Falls history.
South Dakota Lawmakers Need Refresher on Free Speech [OPINION]
I don’t know how it’s possible that our legislators keep trying to do things that are so clearly unconstitutional. The latest example is a proposal by Rep. Sue Peterson, R-Sioux Falls, to make it illegal to alter the South Dakota state seal in any way.
Six-Man Football in South Dakota Not a Solution [OPINION]
Really? We’re going back to six-man football in South Dakota? The South Dakota High School Activities Association is in the midst of deciding whether to eliminate the smallest of the nine-man classes and start a six-man division.
Area Cyclocross Racer Dillon McNeil Takes 3rd at Nationals
I interviewed Dillon McNeil last week on The Patrick Lalley Show as he was preparing to travel to Reno, Nev., for the USA Cycling Cyclocross Nationals.
Part 2: The Underlying Danger of Neal Tapio [OPINION]
A gathering of interfaith leaders at the State Capitol in Pierre this week offered South Dakotans a glimpse into the fundamental beliefs of Neal Tapio. A dangerous and frightening glimpse.
The Underlying Danger of Neal Tapio, Part 1 [OPINION]
Neal Tapio is a state senator from Watertown who was the state director for the Donald Trump campaign in South Dakota. He's also rumored to be seeking the Republican nomination to run for the U.S. House or Representatives. Beyond that most South Dakotans probably didn't know anything about…
Banning Out-of-State Money Restricts Political Speech [OPINION]
Here's another phrase you're going to hear a lot for the next 10 months: Initiated Measure 24. That's the issue that is going to be on your ballot in November that -- if approved -- would ban out-of-state contributions to citizen-initiated campaigns.
City Council Should Never Alter Election Rules [OPINION]
A decision by the Sioux Falls City Council to change the percentage of votes needed to win a seat on the council is a fundamental and disturbing conflict with the principals of democracy.
Best Way to Beat the Deep Freeze? Go to Spearfish
A couple months ago friends asked us if we'd like to spend New Years weekend skiing in the Black Hills. This is the classic cross country type skiing.
Darth Vader, a 9-Year-Old and Bad Words on the Radio
Like most of you, I’ve been spending some quality time indoors. There’s no shame in taking refuge with a good book or binging on Netflix.