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.
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.
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.
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.
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…