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.
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,…
Forget the Foo Fighters (Not Really) and Catch a Show at One of Sioux Falls’ Small Venues
I'm not going to the Foo Fighters concert in Sioux Falls on Saturday night. Not because I don't think it will be a great show -- pretty sure it will be -- but the big venues just aren't for me.
It’s Cranksgiving Time — Ride Your Bike and Help Feed the Hungry
It's an odd name, to begin with. But once you figure out that Cranksgiving is a bike event to collect food to feed people, it all comes into focus.
Frosty CX in LeMars Last Race in the Local Cyclocross Season
This coming weekend is the last weekend of cyclocross racing in the Sioux Falls area. Fortunately, it's a big one.
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.
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.