Do you have a generator if an electrical blackout happens in South Dakota?

It is a question that many South Dakotans find themselves answering at some point in their lives from the harsh winters to the ice storms in the spring to the floods from time to time, all finding a way to mess with our power.

Full transparency, I'm in my 30's and I had never discussed a "generator" with any of my friends so not having one seemed to be a lot more common.

That all changed a few years ago when we had some extreme storms that knocked out our power in Hartford.

We ended up getting a hotel in Sioux Falls where there was power, but taking two little kids during a storm to a hotel was quite the chore.

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So I did what any aging man does when he is struck with the possibility of living like Fred Flintstone, he ponies up and gets a generator.

Now I am no expert, but from my personal experience, they run around $700-1200 for a decent one that will get ya through a storm with the essentials still staying on in your home.

The trick is to get one when there isn't bad weather because when it starts to get bad, humans panic and they are hard to find.

I got ours in the Fall and was able to save a little money because it wasn't peak generator season.

Now with the rolling blackouts through the upper midwest and the continued cold weather in the south, generators are a popular machine.

Nothing is worse than having to go back in time when candles guided the way, so you may wanna play the cautious card and scoop a generator so you don't end up in the cold.


10 Smallest Towns in South Dakota

South Dakota is loaded with small towns in every corner of the state. But where are the tiniest towns in the Mount Rushmore state?

According to the latest census data, here are the ten smallest towns in all of South Dakota. You won't believe which tiny town lands at number one.

Sioux Falls: Then and Now

The City of Sioux Falls has changed dramatically over the past several years. Some of the streets, landscapes, and neighborhoods look vastly different than just 10-15 years ago.

Here's a look at Sioux Falls, then-and-now. See if you can recognize some of these old buildings, businesses, and city streets.

The Ultimate Sioux Falls Visitor's Guide: A to Z

Sioux Falls has lots to explore; fun stuff for the whole family, food of every kind, educational opportunities, and more! If you have out-of-town guests visiting, show them around our city. Eat at places they've never eaten. Take them to places they'd never go. Take some great photos to post on social media (and don't forget the hashtag #HiFromSiouxFalls). We've even listed some cool hotels where they can stay if you don't have the room.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We call it the 'Sioux Empire.' It's the biggest city in the state with a population of nearly 200,000. We’re known for our namesake, Falls Park, along the Big Sioux River. Sioux Falls has received numerous accolades for its quality of life. We have been named the number one best place to rent in America. We’ve topped the list of Best States to Find a Job. Sioux Falls is the Best City in America for Young Professionals. 

We've appeared on lists such as Most Charming Small CitiesTop 10 Place to Raise Kids, and even ranked 10th in the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live. We have an abundance of achievements and you can see them on the Sioux Falls Development Foundation's website.

It's a pretty awesome city and that's why we think you should come and visit. If you're coming on business or pleasure, we've put together a list of places to go and things to see. We know you want to explore the attractions the city is known for like Falls Park, the Arc of Dreams, and the Sculpture Walk, but there's a lot more to see and do than just the touristy (that's really a word) stuff. The best places to go are where the locals go and we have a not your average, ordinary visitor's guide. 

Here's a list of over 100 things to do and places to go in Sioux Falls.

Click HERE for a list of all the places we mention and links to each one. Print it out or save it to your phone and use it as a reference when you're visiting. See you soon!


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