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.
First Real Snow of Winter Was Fine -- Except For the Crashing
You can still ride a bike when it snows. It's not always easy. Snow can be difficult to plow through when there's a lot.
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 Hills
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 Sanford Researcher Hoping to Save 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 Part 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 to Decide Hotel Project Tonight [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.
Run for Food Continues to Grow Since Humble Start; Tops $40k
Jeff Smith and Rob Sevold started the Run For Food at The Banquet on a Thanksgiving morning run. The next year they raised $1,000. This year it's $40,000.
One Bad Fashion Decision and You're Marked for Life
We’ve been talking on the Patrick Lalley Show about the downtown hotel and parking ramp proposal. I've been reflecting on the transformation of downtown.
Hotel and Parking Ramp Plan is Good for Downtown [OPINION]
The announcement on Wednesday of a public/private partnership to develop a downtown block is an exciting and positive step for Sioux Falls. There will be plenty of discussion surrounding the finances of the deal -- valued at $50 million -- including the parking ramp, hotel and retail space. Notably,…