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.
Different Folk Records Showcases Some of Sioux Falls’ Best
I don't know that I've attended a concert with as much variety of local talent as the Different Strokes show on Saturday (March 24) at the Orpheum.
Sioux Falls City Council Diversity Statement Well Placed [OPINION]
The Sioux Falls City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution in support of more inclusive community. These resolutions are generally meaningless, as they hold no authority to actually do anything.
Sioux Steel is Doing Downtown Development Right Way [OPINION]
It’s been clear for years that Sioux Steel would eventually move out of the spot just above Falls Park along the Big Sioux River, though they don’t necessarily have to.
Misreading Sioux Falls Crime Rate Feeds Hysteria [OPINION]
You've probably already heard about the report of the skyrocketing crime rate in Sioux Falls. Take a breath. It's not what it appears.
Celebrate Pi and Pie with a Bike Ride or Run
There's a great event coming up this week for cyclists and runners. It's Pi(e) Day!
Secret Government Wins Again in Closed Pierre [OPINION]
I shouldn’t be surprised by the brazen efforts to keep the operation of South Dakota government in the dark. But it’s still stunning to see it expressed with such disregard for the greater good.
City Hall’s Pre-emptive Barrage of Facts over Noise Limits [OPINION]
City Hall must be getting a lot of flack over the controversy that's blown up over the recent noise complaint that led to Icon Lounge suspending live music at its downtown location. They must also have heard that a bunch of live music and entertainment aficionados and supporters plan to show up…
The Most Conservative and Liberal Cities in Polarized America
We always say the best government is that which is closest to the people. But do America's cities actually represent their constituents' politics or do power and influence rule the day at the local level?
Great Winter Entertainment Combo in Sioux Falls
February gets a little long, no surprise there. There are years when we get a reprieve from extended snow cover and temperatures rise above what we're used to. Then there's normal. Then there's 2018.
A Job Well Done by Legislature in Forging Deal for Brewers [OPINION]
I’m occasionally critical of the South Dakota Legislature. I know that’s a shock to you all. But there are times when they get it right, straight up problem solving without fanfare or shouting.