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.
Jason Isbell Roadtrip Reminder that Saturday in the Park is Great
Jason Isbell has played in Sioux Falls three times, the latest about a year ago at the Pavilion. Before that, it was two shows at the Orpheum, a pretty small venue, though I enjoy it very much.
Schwinn Varsity Flashback Turned Weekend Obsession
One day about five or six years ago I ran into a guy in the old Black Sheep Coffee who was selling an old Schwinn Varsity.
Compromise on City Council Public Input is a Good Deal [OPINION]
The compromise forged over the gurgling controversy of open public input at Sioux Falls City Council meetings is a good one.
Zero-Tolerance Policy Without Logistics a Political Disaster [OPINION]
Donald Trump told Republican lawmakers in a tweet last week that trying to craft a deal on immigration, even minor adjustments, is a waste of time. It’s disappointing because we need to do something. For far too long, going back decades, we have faced this immigration dilemma. The truth is th…
Adventure Bikepacking Without Ever Leaving the Metro
Last summer JP and I took a bikepacking trip to Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne, Minn. We had a lovely time and Blue Mounds is a great place to hang out for awhile. Then we talked about it all winter.
Clearinghouse for Data on Sioux Falls Now Available
Want to learn more about Sioux Falls? I mean really learn, like get down into the data, parse the subsets and all that?
Cut the Kitty’s Nails for Best Results
We have twin sister cats. They're about nine months old. Both beautiful grey tabbies with hints of orange on their tummies.
Neighbors Could Lead Us Out of Two-Party Gridlock [OPINION]
I talk about David Brooks of the New York Times quite a bit on the Patrick Lalley Show. That's because he's very good.
Sioux Falls School Plan Has Big Sticker Shock [OPNION]
The task force charged with assessing the building needs of the Sioux Falls Public School District released their report last week. And it was a doozy.
Trail Running is a Great Escape and Grueling Challenge
I've been running for fitness, recreation and competition for several years. Admittedly, I came to it late, after my 40th birthday somewhere. But now I've done marathons and Ironmans and in the past few years, trail running.