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.
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…
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.
Ride Your Bike to Sioux Falls Parks and Win Prizes
The Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Department has a fun way to explore the city this year. It's the "80 in 18" contest.
West-Side Dam Will Open for Bike Trail Extension this Year
There's good news for bikers, runners, and anybody else who uses the bike trail along the west side. The City of Sioux Falls is taking bids for an extension.
Anti-Islam Crusade Not Reflective of South Dakota [OPINION]
State Sen. Neal Tapio's latest attempt to demonize Islam was defeated in the South Dakota Senate last week. The Senate voted 19 to 16 against a resolution asking the federal government to identify the root causes of terrorism.
Sioux Falls Film Company Releases ‘Poor Mama’s Boy’
I like having creative people on The Patrick Lalley Show whenever we can. That includes musicians and writers and photographers. Maybe surprising to people living here, it also includes filmmakers.
Mickelson Education Bills Undercut, Well Education [OPINION]
House Speaker Mark Mickelson is leading a campaign to undermine education in the state of south Dakota.
Rich Show Isn’t Done After Four Decades of Songwriting
We spent a lot of time last week on The Patrick Lalley Show talking about and with Rich Show in advance of the release of his retrospective "That was the Future, This is the Past."
Pride Wins Over Convenience While Shoveling Snow
The surprise blanket of snow over the weekend and the mini-storm we had last week have recently put the shovel in my hands more than I'd like.