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.
Just So You Know, Here’s the No-Mow Explanation [OPINION]
A couple weeks ago I wrote about how the City of Sioux Falls lets the grass grow tall along the Big Sioux River and some other parks in order to filter storm run-off.
Several Events Scheduled for Bike to Work Week
It's Bike to Work Week starting Monday (May 14) in Sioux Falls and across the nation.
Time to Think About How We Landscape Sioux Falls [OPINION]
The City of Sioux Falls started using unmowed strips along the Big Sioux River several years ago to help improve water quality.
Nothing Better Than a Clear Bike Trail After a Big Blizzard
Here's a good indication that we live in a bike city -- the trail system was plowed on Sunday afternoon following a blizzard that dumped more than a foot of wet snow on the city.
Good News on Trade Buried in Trump’s Testy Week [OPINION]
President Donald Trump had quite a week. From the FBI searching his personal lawyer's office, to pardoning Scooter Libby, to the first early details of the James Comey book, to finishing up the week with launching a round of missiles into Syria, it's fair to say that, even for Trump, it wa…
City Election Results Signal Shift in Demographics, Attitude [OPINION]
The results of the city election on Tuesday (April 10) were something of a repudiation of the current state of local government.
Don’t Muzzle Free Speech for Sake of Council Convenience [OPINION]
There’s been a fair amount of comment on the radio waves and elsewhere this week about public input at City Council meetings.
South Dakota Loses in a Trade War with China [OPINION]
Where did we think this tariff thing was going to go? The daily escalation of threats and saber rattling between the Trump Administration and China started with steel and aluminum and has -- predictably -- landed in the lap of South Dakota farmers.
New Restaurants in Sioux Falls; Get the Latest Additions
There are very few things that garner more attention than a new restaurant in Sioux Falls. And I use the term restaurant in the loosest sense, as we all know that any sort of meandering franchise operation can come to town and everybody loses bladder control for about three weeks. You know what I&a…
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.