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Rachel Palmer - Writer

Rachel grew up near the Black Hills in Rapid City and is a South Dakota native. She is currently attending the University of South Dakota and is in the process of earning a degree in English Education with a minor in Music. As cliché as it may sound, Rachel has a passion for reading and writing—creative writing in particular. She enjoys tutoring students at Vermillion Middle School and volunteering at the W.H. Over Museum. For fun, Rachel loves to go on “road trips” and see her favorite bands and musicians live. In the future, Rachel hopes to become a secondary English teacher and keep herself busy as a freelance writer. Rachel tells you how to get involved in summer kickball leagues.

Mary Dodson - Writer Mary is 28 years old and grew up in Spearfish, SD. She graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Theatre. At NSU Mary’s significant accomplishments included having poetry and a humorous sketch published in the Shelterbelt literary magazine, performing in ten main stage theatrical performances and winning three acting awards. In December 2008 she received her Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of South Dakota. This month Mary gives a look at artist Micah Luke.

Sabina Mustic - Writer Sabina graduated from the University of South Dakota in May 2008 with a B.A. in English and German. She enjoys writing because it gives her satisfaction when she knows she worked hard and created something worth reading. Some of Sabina’s hobbies include reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and shopping. Sabina plans to attend graduate school sometime in the near future to get a Master’s degree in Library Science. Check out Sabina’s article on keeping your skin healthy from sun exposure.

Denise DePaolo - Writer Denise is from Sioux Falls and graduated from Washington High School in 2001. Since then she has lived in Gainesville, FL. and traveled extensively. She and her husband Tony moved back to Sioux Falls in 2008. She is finishing up her English degree at the University of South Dakota and works as a bartender on weekends. Denise hopes to one day write for a living, but making drinks is a pretty cool job for now. She like adventures, jokes and going to punk rock shows. Denise gets to know YouTube stars Nathan Hoffman, Chris Dorhout and Zach DeBoer.

Lee Marotz - Graphic Designer Lee was born and raised in Watertown, SD. He is a graphic artist who moved to Sioux Falls in May of 2008 and is getting married in October 2009. Lee is currently the Web Operator for KDLT-TV in Sioux Falls as well as doing freelance design. As a freelance designer he creates logos and graphics for companies and individuals, as well as making slide-shows for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays; pretty much any occasion. He loves the creativity of graphic design and truly has found the passion and calling for his life. Lee would love to continue making graphics until the day he dies, whether it be in a company setting or freelance design. Any questions or comments for Lee can be made by emailing him at Check out Lee’s graphic for this month’s quiz to see if your friends take advantage of you.

Jamie Bulian - Writer Jamie is a 21-year-old from Yankton. She graduated last May with a major in Communication Studies and minors in both Contemporary Media and Journalism and Spanish. Jamie was very involved with the university newspaper and the university weekly newscast. Jamie plans to pursue a career in either advertising/marketing or public relations. In her spare time she loves to run, read, watch movies, and spend time with family and friends. This month Jamie discusses the dangers of boating in The Scoop.

Chuck Bennis - Illustrator Chuck attended Minnesota State University Moorhead where he received a degree in Art Education. After student teaching art and drawing at the International School of Geneva, Switzerland he moved home and took on directing the 2nd largest day camp in the United States, YMCA Camp Leif Ericson in Sioux Falls. At camp, he is known as “Woodchuck” by thousands of local youth. Outside of work you will see Chuck making the most of the Sioux Empire by biking on the trails, kayaking in the Sioux River and sketching at the Pavilion. Currently, his largest piece of public artwork is spray painted on a wall at J&L Harley Davidson. Check out Chuck’s elaborate illustrations in this month’s road trip article.

Kiel Mutschelknaus - Illustrator Kiel is originally from Brandon, SD and graduated from Augustana College with an Art major and Math minor in 2007. He is currently a graphic designer at Fresh Produce and has been since January ‘08. Kiel enjoys creating anything and everything. He hopes to continue working in the visual realm, hopes to write and draw an illustrated novel, open a “creative only” subscription shop, become an art professor, and make Sioux Falls the art mecca of the upper Midwest (watch yourself Minneapolis!). Kiel also “curates” a local arts blog called Graphic Content, at: desktopsoil. Check out Kiel’s illustration with Sabina’s article on sun exposure.

Kiley Barnes - Writer Kiley is native to Beresford, SD, but currently resides in Sioux Falls. She graduated this May with an English degree from the University of Sioux Falls, where upon she will be faced with the difficult task of finding a real-life, boring job like a real-life, boring adult. Her dreams include traveling, freelance writing and one day publishing a successful children’s book. In her leisure time she enjoys good music, good food and good friends, along with some dancing, too. Kiley has four of the best Midwest road trips and reasons why you should run a 5k or marathon.

Danielle Rae Jaeger - Writer Danielle is 20 years old and grew up in Sioux Falls, SD. She recently completed her second year at MSU in Mankato, MN, pursuing a major in Journalism with a minor in Creative Writing. Danielle hopes to one day work as a columnist at a prestigious magazine or newspaper, write her own novel and travel as much as possible. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, friends, family, and her four dogs. She also has a deep love and respect for cheerleading, dance, music, and art, as well as an unhealthy obsession with candy and gas station slushies. Danielle wants you to Get Involved this issue with Sioux Falls Synergy.

Molly Keen - Writer Molly was born and raised in Sioux Falls and is currently a junior attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is an Advertising major with an Art minor, but is still undecided as to what she wants to do when she “grows up.” In her spare time Molly likes to listen to and make music, hang out in coffee shops, travel as much as her budget will allow, read, and... well, write. Check out Molly’s article on busting beauty myths.

Kyle Vanhove - Writer Kyle is 25 years old and is living in Sioux Falls, SD, where he pays the bills working at Citibank, and is working as a freelance journalist in his free time. Since moving to Sioux Falls three years ago after graduating from Dakota State University, his work has appeared in the Argus Leader, the Monthly Mix, and weekly at as the Sioux Falls Event Examiner. His favorite smell in the world is Pizza Hut ovens firing up, and he has a weakness for caramel. Check out Kyle’s article on The Golden Bubbles in the music section.

Rob Specht - Photographer Rob is a native of Sioux Falls and has a Finance degree from Colorado Technical University. After discovering a family heirloom camera that his grandfather had once used, he developed an interest in photography that has since become a passion. Fulfilling the family tradition of photographers that skipped his father’s generation, Rob enjoys photographing many angles of life, people and places. He enjoys spending his summers traveling to the lake or regional music festivals, and hopes to develop the skills to become a photographer full-time. You can follow Rob’s work by adding him on Facebook, and keep on the lookout for a website coming soon. Rob’s photo can be found this month in A Taste of Sarcasm.



june 2009

Reviews and Recommendations 6

June Event Calendar


Beyond Borders: Book Reviews


A Taste of Sarcasm


P  rofiles in Sound: Cursive, Useful Jenkins and the Golden Bubbles


Get Involved: Sioux Falls Synergy

Life, Love and Laughter 15

Why Don’t Ya Do Somethin’?: Recreational Sports


COVER: YouTube stars Nathan Hoffman, Chris Dorhout and Zach DeBoer


The Real Deal: Micah Luke


Ask the Johns


In the Matter of Nick Kotzea...


The Scoop: Boating Safety

Viral video stars and USD students (from top to bottom) Chris Dorhout, Nathan Hoffman, and Zach DeBoer. Photo by Reistroffer Design

28 He Said, She Said... 30



Top 4 Midwest Road Trip Destinations

32 Music Festival Survival Guide 35 Quiz: Do Your Friends Take Advantage of You?


Fashion and Beauty 36 What’s Boss/Get Lost 37 Beauty Mythbusters 38 Our Favorites 40 Fashion: Soak N’ Sun

Fitness and Health

Poll of the Month

OK, How Old Are You? under 17

44 Marathons: Enduring the Ultimate Endurance Test 46 Solar Precautions: Preventing Skin Damage


40+ 30-39 13.11%


18-23 47.54%

24-29 31.15%


Check our official website for next month’s poll and be part of the next issue!





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June 6, 7

2009 Siouxland Renaissance Festival 10 a.m.

May 1

Downtown First Fridays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Historic Downtown Sioux Falls. Please support Downtown, especially during construction.


June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

605 Magazine Women’s Slowpitch Softball Games

Sherman Park. Times vary. Visit for details.

June 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

EDGES (a musical) 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. matinee Sat.

Edith Mortenson Center, Main Stage. Presented by Many Hats Productions; a musical by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul about the awkward transition into the “real world” while posing questions like “Who am I?” “Who do I want to become?” and “Will you please be my friend on Facebook?” Strong language, not recommended for children under 12. For more info call (605) 251-0489 or visit www.manyhatsproductions.squarespace. com.

June 4

Teensville USA Pool Dance 7 p.m.

Sioux Falls Pools. One of two popular outdoor teens-only dances sponsored by HOT 104.7 and Papa John’s Pizza. A Music-To-Go DJ will provide music. Watch and listen for chances to win backstage passes to get in early. There will be inflatables, water games, contests, and glow lights. Event organized by Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation. For more info call (605) 367-8222 or visit

June 5

Downtown Block Party on the Eastbank 5:00-10 p.m.


8th & Railroad Parking Lot. Add variety to your Friday night. This first out of three for the summer will be held in conjunction with First Friday activities every month. Bring a lawn chair. Organized by Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. For more info call (605) 338-4009 or visit

June 5, 12, 19, 26

Horse and Carriage Rides 7-9 p.m.

Downtown. Rides are $5 per person and $20 to rent the entire carriage. Pick up and drop off at 12th Street Plaza located at 12th St. and Phillips Ave.

June 5, 6, 13, 20, 27

Downtown Moonlight Movies 9 p.m.

Fawick Park. Enjoy a free movie in the park every Saturday night. Movie begins at dusk, so bring your favorite chair and blanket. Refreshments will be sold, please don’t bring pets, coolers or alcohol. For more info call (605) 338-4009 or visit

June 5, 12, 19, 26

Greatest Show On H20

Catfish Bay Water Ski Park. $9 adults, $7 kids (6-12), anything lower is free. New show every year. For more info call (605) 339-0911 or visit

June 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 19, 20, 21, 26, 28 Canaries Games

Canaries Stadium. Times vary. Fireworks on Friday games. For more info call (605) 3330179 or visit

Fairgrounds. Huzzah for the eighth year of the Siouxland Renaissance Festival. Twoday event for all ages with jousting, games, shopping, music, comedy, and more. Admission is $10 but you receive $1 off if you come in costume. For more info on pricing or more, call (866) 489-9241 or visit www.

June 6, 13, 20, 27

Sioux Empire Farmers Market 8 a.m.—12 p.m. 401 E. 8th& Railroad Center.

Falls Park Farmers Market 8 a.m.—1 p.m.

Falls Park – Lot north of the Horse Barn.

June 7

Sioux Falls Has Talent! Showcase Performance 2 p.m.

Washington Pavilion’s Great Hall. See who has talent! Prizes to top performers. Admission is $10 adult, $5 kids. For more info call (605) 367-7397 or visit

June 8, 22

Historical Tours Via Bus 7 p.m.

Falls Park. This free Monday tours are a great way to enjoy summer nights. Transportation is provided but there is some walking. For more info call (605) 367-8222 or visit www.

June 10

Cruise to Executive Touch/Subaru 5 p.m.

1011 S. Minnesota Ave. Free admission to this event where all car enthusiasts are welcome for fun, food and friendship. Hotrods, street rods, classics, muscle cars and all

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June 12, 13

Physical Graffiti – A Tribute to Led Zeppelin 7:30 p.m.

Orpheum Theater. Don’t miss this 2 and a half hour theatrical concert experience featuring: 10 musicians, including a string quartet from the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, performing 25 Led Zeppelin songs, light show, actors and more! VIP tickets will get reserved seating and include access to the pre-party with free beer and Jimmy John’s gourmet subs. Tickets available at Sioux Falls Music, Last Stop CD Shop, Common Sense, and online at www. siouxfalls and are $21.50 at the door and $18.50 in advance.

June 13, 20

Sioux Falls Storm 7:05 p.m.

Sioux Falls Arena. Admission $10-$18.

Downtown – Phillips Ave. to the Falls. Free event for 16 blocks: Live rock-n-roll, food and exciting auto-related vendors. Bring muscle cars, hotrods, imports, sports cars, and classics. First 500 to register receive a free goody bag. For more info visit

June 19, 20, 21

USD Playhouse Presents Man of La Mancha 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. on Sunday

Orpheum Theater. Musical play by Dale Wasserman with music by Mitch Leigh and

lyrics by Joe Darion. Play about Don Quixote de La Mancha, knight and errants, and his manservant, Sancho. They journey from one misadventure to another in this Broadway musical. Tickets on sale June 1 and cost $17. For more info call (605) 677-5400 or visit cfm.

Have an event you want people to know about? Send details to

Attention all artists:

Want to show off your artistic ability in a fun way that will also benefit the Sioux Empire Arts Council (SEAC)? The Sioux Falls Canaries are partnering with Sanford’s Health Plan elite 1 individual insurance to showcase a new young artist’s work on second base every home game (48 total). Elite 1 will have contributions go towards the SEAC every time a Canaries batter ends up on second base with a double. Artists will be recognized before every game on the field and will have their work displayed at the Youth Arts Corner along with all of the second base masterpieces. If you are interested and/or want to sign your own pledge card, contact Deb Klebanhoff at (605) 977-2002 or at

June 17

Automania 5-10 p.m.


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B E Y O N D borders... with Mark Lloyd


ark Lloyd gets all the book perks working at Borders. Our perk? We get the skinny about upcoming books ahead of everyone else. An Unknown Book That I Know You’ll Like Jim Rath builds dioramas for a living. These are those scenes in museums that represent something in nature or a historical event. These are things like a scale replica of the solar system or a scene from the American frontier with a wax mother milking a cow and a wax father planting corn. Jim’s dream is to build a museum based on the Aquatic Ape Theory of Human Evolution. For those of you who aren’t anthropologists, this theory basically states that humans have an ancestor that was aquatic. But not aquatic like a whale or dolphin, where the creature lives solely in the water. We’re talking The Unknown more like a penguin, where the creature lives on land and hunts Knowns in the water. Jim also believes in an anBy Jeffrey cient civilization that came about Rotter through the aquatic ape. He calls them the Nautikons, and they were the ancestors of the aquatic apes that stayed in the water. They lived at the bottom of the ocean, had gills and webbed feet, and were governed by women. There was no war. There was no hunger. They didn’t use each other. They were protected by what Jim calls the Estro-wisdom of the Queen. So, Jim’s wife leaves him, which probably comes as no surprise. And then Jim runs into one Les Diaz. Les Diaz is an agent in Homeland Security. He works in a division called WATERT. His duty is to protect anything that has to do with water. This would include oceans, lakes, and even water parks. He’s convinced that the terrorists are going to strike a water park in the near future. He thinks it would be just too easy to slip some lye into the water or loosen some bolts on a water ride. But when Jim sees Les Diaz for the first time, he’s convinced that Les is a member of the ancient water people called the Nautikons. Jim thinks that the Nautikon Les Diaz is here to save humanity by spreading the Estro-wisdom of his people. But Diaz just wants to show the world how dangerous water features can be if the terrorists get to them. He needs some kid to get chemical


burns in a hotel pool or some teenage girls to fall out of a water ride at a water park. That’s what Diaz wants to show the world. And he needs a scapegoat. Intelligently ntelligently written and funny, dealing with stuff ranging from the emasculation of the modern man to the paranoia of the American people, this book is definitely worth checking out

What to Watch for in June W got an ex-marine who just got out of jail and We wants to get his life back together. Do you think he might get caught up with an old friend who gets him into trouble? There will be drug dealers, stripThis Wicked pers, dog fighting, World and crime bosses. How visceral. I reBy Richard ally like the cover, Lange though. I totally judged this book by its cover. I’m that guy.

Cooking Dirty By Jason Sheehan

Roses and Thorns By Bret Michaels

Jason’s account of his life “on the line” in the restaurants of America. I guess it’ll be filled with sex, love, and death. I just like the title. I’m that guy, too. Also… Bret Michaels has an autobiography coming out too. Wooooo! I love you Bret! Wooooo!






SARCASM: The Attic

with Dan Doyle

s a guy that grew up on the West and South sides of the city, I have often thought of the East side of Sioux Falls as another town altogether1. However, my increased presence on the East side has introduced me to a relatively hidden gem that happens to be celebrating its one year anniversary.

This grand oasis in the rather bleak desert that is the East Sioux Falls bar and restaurant scene is the Attic Bar & Grill. Located at intersection of East 41st Street and Sycamore Avenue2, the Attic looks like a large cement box3 in the middle of an empty field. However, in spite its bland

photo by Rob Specht exterior, and the fact that it sits at ground level, the interior of the Attic does in fact look like (Surprise!) an attic…with a bar… and a restaurant. Ok, it does have a fireplace above the bar and numerous flatscreen televisions, making it the nicest attic I have ever seen. I digress. In my several experiences there, the Attic has been a bar first and a restaurant second. Falling in line with the disorganized, shotgun-patterned Sioux Falls bar scene4, the Attic derives as much of its success from its proximity to residential neighborhoods

as it does from its food and drink offerings. Regardless, I have enjoyed all aspects of the Attic immensely. Unlike other Bar/Restaurant offerings in town, the Attic has more of an everyman’s aura around it. For instance, the Attic provides an isolated “casino,” darts, pool, Buck Hunter, and one of the few f remaining Golden Tee machines in Sioux Falls along with quality décor and furnishings. Additionally, the bar has numerous flatscreens which are visible from nearly all vantage points. The drink offerings are fairly standard, providing a wide beer, wine and liquor selection. Though the bar does not have a signature drink, I was informed that the shot of choice is a Chuck Norris5. Additionally, there are always seasonal concoctions and an ever-changing tap rotation. Not to be out done by every other bar in Sioux Falls trying to appeal to the city’s prevalent North Face crowd, the Attic has added Fat Tire6 to its beer selection. Even though the bar is the initial draw to the Attic, the food menu is actually what distinguishes it from “any other bar/restaurant.” Although the food is not exactly gourmet, the menu carries a diverse selec-

tion and brings new meaning to the term bar-food. The first item to note is not even a main course, it is an appetizer. In fact, despite my insatiable lust for breaded, fried and brown food, I was not familiar with this item before the Attic. This item, or rather, these items are bottle-caps. They are deep fried jalapeño slices, and are great with a side of ranch and a cold beer. The next item to note is near and dear to my heart.7 Imagine if you will, a half-pound of ground beef, topped with lettuce, pickle, tomato, onion, and - wait for it – a fried egg. Oh, you have heard of this already, eh? Did I forget to mention that the toasted bun also carried a healthy smear of peanut butter? [My heart just skipped a beat]8 This menagerie of glorious flavor is aptly named the Artery Clogger.9 In addition to the featured items above, the steak sandwich, the Cuban, and the Indian taco are recommended items. The Attic is a good place to meet with friends for great time. As luck would have it, the Attic also offers a full menu of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and entrées that are excellent compliments to the libation of your choice – or, if you are into that sort of thing, you can find a diet soda to accompany one of the Attic’s several salads…fun hater.10

The Attic 4601 E. 41st Street Sioux Falls, SD 57110 (605) 275-4600 Have a question for columnist Dan Doyle? Email him at Namely, Brandon. (Just kidding…sort of.) Yes, 41st Street does exist East of Minnesota Avenue. 3 Really a building. 4 South: McNallys, Bracco; West: Lie-brary, Billy Frogs; Mall: Rookies, Shenanigan’s; Downtown: Stogeez/ Copper Lounge, Wiley’s; Central: Crow Bar, Poppadox; North: the Red Eye, Brass Rail 5 Not surprising. He did build the Attic with his bare hands in a single day. 6 Dude, it is made in Ft. Collins, CO, man. That is so (pick one: dank, tight, sick, headie). 7 I didn’t think of this a pun until I saw it on the page, I swear. 8 That pun was shamelessly intentional. 9 For those of you that haven’t already filled your Lipitor prescription, a couple slices of bacon on the Artery Clogger can be like dipping French fries in a Frosty – “Not slim” people, like myself, will get that analogy. 10 Again, kidding…not really. 1 2




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f you’re feeling like you want to be footloose and fancy free, the band for you is coming to town.

The Golden Bubbles is a threepiece that embodies quirky indiepop sensibilities, wearing bright gold and white; think Ben Folds with more bounce and wardrobe by Sid and Marty Croft. They’re flying all over the countryside these days in their touring van trying to build their name, a name they actually borrowed from a dance hall in Wells, MN, that was shut down for being a meth lab. Irony? Check. Chris Vondracek, piano and vocals, explains the origin of the group, “My brother (Leo) is the lead vocalist/bassist. I do a lot of singing too, Jared (Fette) is the drummer, and we’re all from a town called Wells, Minnesota...We played with a band called Brickhouse Boys. Basically that group was everyone in The Kickback now and my brother and I. That broke up two Decembers ago, and we started the Bubbles up again. So we’ve been going strong about a year now.” Their recently self-released first LP A Good Time Was Had By All has been getting play on college radio, and is complete with amazing piano work and perfect harmonies that hit just when you’re not expect-

Local Indie-Pop Group Kicks Out Floating, Danceable Jams ing. From the up-tempo piano mixed with a honky tonk breakdown of “Pretty Girl” to “Hold Her Tight” jumping between do-wop and hip-hop, to the guitar riff power pop of “Vroom Vroom” (Tim Evenson from We All Have Hooks For Hands helps out live on occasion), listening to the entire disc without at least tapping your foot in almost impossible. “We love Beatles, the Beach Boys, all kinds of pop music,” Leo Vondracek, bass and vocals, says. “Billy Billy Joel, Ben Folds Five, Chicago...Carole King? That pounding piano music,” Chris lists as his influences, “I love old melodies...I shouldn’t say old, I should say classic, of the rock genre....we want to cue the audience in a little bit, don’t want to make it heavy-handed... we’re not just a re-enactment band. I just don’t want to be pastiche.” Seeing them live defies what you know about bands playing in little halls. Even as the opening band they make the crowd dance, and that’s not what opening bands should be able to do. By the time they step off the stage, all three members are soaked with sweat through their trademark gold and white outfits. If the outfits are getting as much attention as the music, the

band says that’s the idea. “The costumes aren’t supposed to be ironic, I think bands should perform,” Chris says, “We try to conjure up some of the mystique, dazzling stuff you had with costumes.” “I want to be a pop Kiss. That’s what I want to be. That’s my dream,” Leo says, “I don’t like Kiss’ music, but I want to be a pop Kiss.” The Golden Bubbles aren’t a joke band, they just want to see you dance. The CD release show is at Nutty’s North on Thursday, June 25th. To get more updates visit myspace. com/thegoldenbubbles or join their e-mail list by writing to

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Sioux Falls Synergy By Danielle Rae Jaeger


re you a young adult looking for the opportunity to be a part of your community? If you are, there is a fresh, innovative group that has been a part of the Sioux Falls community for three years that is definitely the group for you. Sioux ioux Falls Synergy is a young adult networking group that consists of three tiers

bers and non-members have participated in over 60 events.” This organization is relevant to all companies who know that this age group is a vital part of the Sioux Falls community. A corporate partner of Sioux Falls Synergy this year is Sanford Health. In addition, Johnson said they are in the process of adding two more.

Nate Welch and Jennifer Johnson speak at the SF Synergy 2008 Breakfast of Caring Fundraiser that work to promote civic, professional and social opportunities for its members. “It is about the opportunity for young professionals in the Sioux Falls community to network, socialize and give back to their community,” said Jessica Johnson, Civic Chair of Sioux Falls Synergy. “Over the course of three years, more than 315 outgoing, young professionals have joined. Mem-


As a member of Sioux Falls Synergy, you can choose to become involved in a single tier of the organization or to participate in all three. “Sioux Falls Synergy offers quarterly professional events, quarterly civic events and quarterly social events,” said Johnson. “We offer young professionals a myriad of events and opportunities that cover all aspects of life in Sioux Falls.”

The organization knows each person may be looking for a different opportunity. Johnson assures that this organization will benefit each person and their community. “The great thing about Sioux Falls Synergy is that there is something for everyone. We offer socializing and networking opportunities once a month called HotSpots for our members and non-members to attend. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people in the community and make some great friends, plus there is no charge to attend.” Now ow is a great time to join Sioux Falls Synergy because they just launched their 2009-2010 Membership Drive that will last through April of next year. “Expect a lot of exciting events this year,” said Johnson. “Some of the events include the 2nd Annual Breakfast of Caring Fundraiser, the Annual Golf Tournament and a Sioux Falls Storm Event.” Iff you would like to get involved with Sioux Falls Synergy there are only a few conditions that need to be met, making it simple. “The only qualifications to be a member of Sioux Falls Synergy is anyone who is in there 20’s and 30’s, and we ask that you to fill out an application,” said Johnson. When they make it that easy for you, why not join the fun and become an active member of Sioux Falls Synergy, benefiting yourself and your community? For additional information, you can check For out their website at

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or those who are looking to get physical outside this summer and into a social setting, the Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation summer kickball league may be just what you need. With participants ranging from “police officers to tattoo artists,” Recreation Program Coordinator Scott Juhnke describes the league’s atmosphere as “circus-like” with “lots of laughing.” The league is coed, and with an average of 18 players per team, last summer’s program included 144 teams and over 2,500 individual participants. If you’re interested in putting a team together, Juhnke suggests that you find at least 15-20 players (18 or older and out of high school) to ensure that extras are available and forfeits are kept to a minimum. There are two 6:30 p.m. informational meetings—on June 16 and June 25—at Morningside Commu-

Recreational Sports by Rachel Palmer

nity Center that at least one member of each team must attend. Also, if you can’t get a team together but would still

like to participate, Juhnke will make an announcement during the meetings to

Life check if any teams are looking for extra players. A only $50 per team, this league is At a relatively cheap way to remain active this summer. A team of 15 costs approximately $3 per person, a price nearly anyone can afford. As far as uniforms go, Juhnke finds that most teams purchase t-shirts; however, teams are welcome to get creative in putting together their look. This eight-week season kicks off in mid-July, so the registration and payment deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26. The first 100 teams to sign-up and pay will play on Wednesday nights; any additional teams will play on Thursday nights. All games are at either the McCart or Dunham Fields. Sioux Falls’ summer kickball league has proven to be a hit with participants in the past, and there’s always room for more willing competitors. Diversify your social life this summer and get outside. Kickball’s the way to go.



VIRAL Using Youtube’s widespread accessibility, three USD students have developed a worldwide cult following with their show, Vermillion

By Denise DePaolo


Photos byReistroffer Design

ith the advent of websites like Hulu and YouTube, the Internet has ascended to the first wrung of the entertainment universe. Young and old alike use these sites to catch up on episodes of their favorite shows and to glean a glimpse of the hilarious, and sometimes downright odd, clips that everyday people feel are worthy of sharing. In the grand tradition of internet sensations like Yacht Rock and The Lonely Island, comes Vermillion, a show out of our own backyard. University of South Dakota students Nathan Hoffman, Chris Dorhout and Zach DeBoer (natives of Madison, SD, Brandon, SD, and Luverne, MN respectively), are the creators and stars of what could be the Web’s next must-see series. 17

Life The show is not a far departure from reality. Vermillion is about the everyday adventures of three guys who go to USD: Ted, Danny and Percy, who talks like a less-coherent Walter Matthau. So why is it worth watching, you might ask? Because it’s pretty freakin’ hilarious. That’s why. How did you guys meet? Nathan: Chris and I were randomly roomed together our freshman year of college, and Zach and I met because we’re both art students. We met in our first art class. What were your experiences before this show? Had you ever done anything like it before?

iting it together, we shot an opening credit sequence and a closing credit sequence. We loved how it turned out and just decided that we wanted to do more. When we started writing the second episode, we saw it as a series and just kept going with it. How many cast members do you guys have? Zach: The main cast is the three of us. We’re in every episode. The Hooks guys are in a couple of different episodes. They’re this band, We All Have Hooks for Hands - they go to school here. They play somewhat recurring roles. How many people do you write into each

Do you guys write out the whole script, or is there a lot of improvisation? Nathan: We script every episode. We have full scripts written out. I think that there’s improv in every single one, but it’s mostly scripted. Who acts as the director? Zach: Nate’s the director, because he owns the camera… Nathan: Then the three of us write it. Do you worry about things like lighting? All: No. Chris: We did one episode where we had

(From Left to Right): Chris Dorhout, Zach DeBoer and Nathan Hoffman. Hoffman has been creating short films since high school. Dorhout was his randomly selected dorm roommate. As Art majors, Hoffman and DeBoer met in their first art class. In their show, Vermillion, each plays an exaggerated version of themselves.

Zach: I never did. Chris: I never did. Nathan: I’ve been doing movie stuff since I was in high school, and I just wanted to do a new thing here. Where did the concept for Vermillion come from? Zach: After I met Nate, I knew he did shorts. We wanted to do something together. Our first episode, we thought of it as that - as just a short piece - but when we started ed-


episode? Nathan: In the first season it’s the three of us mostly. In the second season we have a lot of extra characters. We have around tenplus, it just depends. Zach: We try to give them all equal play in the second season. After we’ve just written an episode that’s heavy on the character “Mike,” we’ll try not to have him in the next episode. That way the audience doesn’t get bored.

lighting, and it just sucked. It took forever, and it was hot… Nathan: We were all mad at each other by the end of it, because the room was a thousand degrees with three lamps pointing at us. Zach: It was just awful. We’ll stick to lowtech, I think. What about your characters? Are they based on you? Zach: I play Ted. I guess I am kind of the

“straight man”… Nathan: You’re definitely the closest to your own character… Zach: Yeah, I’m the closest to my character, which is saying something, since he’s just mad all the time. He’s also the most “normal” of the three. Nathan: Yeah, I’d say that’s reasonable. Chris: I play Danny. Danny’s actually not that different from who I am. We play roommates on the show, and I am definitely the one who tries to push Zach a little more. Or push “Ted” that is. Sorry. Nathan: I am a bit like Percy. Obviously I don’t talk like him all the time, but I’m a really huge nerd. I’m like Percy in that I’m always the one to bring up the awkward, bad conversation. How about the other characters? Nathan: There’s the Hooks guys. They’re the “bad guys” of the show. They’ve been in three episodes so far, and it’s gonna be four. Those guys play our gang members— our bad dudes. It works really well, because they’re already a band. Plus, they get us extra hits on YouTube because people look them up and find us. Zach: We leach off ‘em.

Through YouTube, do you guys ever get feedback from people far away? Zach: There’s a tracking thing on YouTube so you can track where people are who have watched your videos, and there’s a few random hits from outside the United States in weird countries. There’s one dude in India who loves it. It shows this little line graph,

and one day he watched, like, eight episodes. Nathan: Then we all have friends from other states who show it to their friends and start little followings. Chris: I know that in Nebraska and Texas there are people who watch. Zach: Then in Virginia…no wait…not in Virginia, but in Georgia.


Chris: My extended family thinks that Vermillion is the greatest thing on the face of the planet. My extended family on one side will literally quote Vermillion episodes at family gatherings. Like, every time he sees Cheetos at the grocery store, my little cousin, who’s four years old, will say, “Oooh Cheetos,” like Percy. Stuff like that. It’s almost become, like, a cult classic to them. Nathan: I got a girlfriend last year because of Vermillion. That was awesome! She recognized me from the show. Zach: Score! That’s why we set out to do this. To get girlfriends. How have your parents reacted to the show?

Nathan: On Facebook, someone used the “Pieces of Flair” application and they made Vermillion pieces of flair using our faces. We don’t know who made them, but we found out about them one day. That was weird. Zach: The mild levels of fame that we achieve are so sad, but we get so pumped about it. We call ourselves F-List celebrities.


Chris: Like, we’re famous on YouTube, but not even all of Youtube. Just the Midwest, but not all the Midwest… Zach: Then there are ridiculous stories, like my girlfriend told me that she was talking to her cousin and said that she was dating someone. When she showed her who she was dating, her cousin was like, “You’re dating the guy from Vermillion!?”

Nathan: Mine didn’t know about it. Zach: I didn’t tell my parents about it for obvious reasons, just because we curse up a storm the entire time. My dad found out about it and liked it, though. He showed it to everybody at his work. I think my mom knew about it, but didn’t want to watch it at first. She was like, “I don’t think it’s something a mom should watch,” and I agreed. But she eventually saw it, and now she likes it a lot. Chris: I’ll tell you about my parents and the

Life show. Last weekend was prom in Luverne, and after all of the kids went to the dance, some of the parents came over to my house. My parents decided to put in the Vermillion DVD for seven or eight 40-year-old couples. Did they love it? Chris: Oh yeah. Which other shows have influenced you? Chris: Gumshoe Extraordinaire. Zach: Probably The Office, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Arrested Development. Stuff like that. Nathan: Some friends of ours have a show that they do sometimes called Rural Living that we like to watch online. They haven’t done an episode in a while, though. They’re from Sioux Falls. Chris: It’s the drummer from We All Have Hooks for Hands. Nathan: Our friends Isaac and Nick do it. They’re pretty funny. They do it in a different way than we do. I think they just have a general idea of where they want to go and then they improv most of it.

Do you ever get recognized around campus? Chris: Yeah. Zach: Yeah. More and more now that people are watching the show. I remember that the first few times were pretty exciting. Nathan: Oh yeah.

Chris: We’re always coming up with new ideas. Nathan: Yeah. Someday we might do an-

How long have you been doing this? Nathan: We’ve been doing it since our freshman year—last year. We’re all sophomores. Do you plan on continuing Vermillion until you finish school?

other series, or we might do a film, or more short films. We have a million ideas to keep going with.

Nathan: Right from the beginning we decided that Vermillion was going to be two seasons long. We’re certainly going to keep going together, because we have, like, 10 more projects that we want to do.

Check out Zach’s blog at, or watch the Pilot episode, then five or six more by plugging in “Vermillion episode” at com.




REAL deal:

Micah Luke

by mary dodson Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD Age: 24 Medium: Painting


icah Luke searched for years for the proper outlet for his creativity. “Each medium of art has its own dialect,” he says. After dabbling in writing and filmmaking, he finally found his artistic voice in the medium of painting. While a student at Southwest Minnesota State University, Luke found that his comic-book style paintings, usually rendered in spray paint, stood out from the more traditional landscapes and still life paintings produced by his fellow students. Luke chose to specialize in spray paint because he has always liked “the healthy hip-hop way of life.” Working in an untraditional medium makes Luke’s art unique, but it also presented a challenge for him as an art student. “My professors used to joke that they couldn’t help me; they said, ‘I can tell


you if it looks good, but I don’t The Art of Painting know anything about spray paint.’” says Luke. Once Luke started working with spray paint, he “fell in love with the different effect” it created in his paintings. Artwork that breaks with tradition in style or medium is not usually considered to be serious art, but Luke’s artwork usually deals with serious themes. “I enjoy the duality of the pop art look and the serious subject matter,” says Luke. In addition, Luke finds different viewers can have vastly different reactions to his work. Often, “the meaning of art is beyond what the artist intends,” says Luke, “which raises the question of where does art exist?” Dra Drawing inspiration for his paintings from various sources, Luke bases the composition and colors of his paintings on comic book artists such as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, but thematically his paintings are influenced by the “old masters,” such as Picasso and Vermeer. One painting, a self-portrait of Luke in the act of spray painting, was inspired specifically by a similar self-portrait by Vermeer called The Art of Painting; painting oneself in the act of painting was a common practice for artists to demonstrate their style in the days before photographic portfolios. This homage is Luke’s way of “appreciating where art comes from and where it is going.” Among his other interests, Luke enjoys theatre, movies, literature and video games. “I once tried to count all the movies I had ever seen,” Luke says, “I counted up to 3,000 and I was only in the L’s.” Luke cites The Godfather as his favorite movie and Don Quixote as his favorite book. These other interests also influence Luke’s artwork; he has painted a portrait of Clint Eastwood and a painting inspired by Star Wars entitled Who Shot First? One of his paintings, entitled Petite Miseres de vie ne humaine, was inspired by a collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s letters to his brother called Dear Theo, a book Luke finds fascinating because “you can see the artist’s decent into madness—in his own words.” Luke has a performance for the YMCA Golf Classic at CJ Callaway’s June 4th. For more information, like on his upcoming solo exhibit in July, visit his website at


Ask The Johns


es, all three of these guys are named John. Yes it was a popular name in the ‘80s (I’m sure you feel their pain all you Katies, Michaels and Jessicas). But these three gentlemen, when not slaving away at Worlds of Warcraft, are here to answer every question you throw at them. They’re suave, sort of hip and are here for you. The identity of these three amigos have been altered to protect the innocent.

My girlfriend is staying home for the summer while I’ll be in Florida working for a friend of the family. What are your thoughts on different area codes in regards to different rules with hooking up with other people? Cool names, by the way. -John, 19 John P: John, I don’t think you’ll need to worry about it. John W: First off, sorry about your name. We have the honor of sharing it with toilets and men who patronize prostitutes. On to your question... While separated, I think that she would want you to hook

up with a bunch of people, just for practice’s sake. John T: If you are thinking about cheating, then most likely you will cheat or you want to. Don’t be “that guy” who is a coward and cheats, because it won’t get you far in life. Instead, Photo by CLG Pix have some dignity and be honest with her. Let her know how you feel, and because I would rather be safe and know tell her that you need the summer to work than be sorry and have a 20-year-old some things out. I promise you by the end pregnant friend. But whatever you do, do of the summer you will be either begging not go straight to her boyfriend without to have your girlfriend back or you will be talking to her, because if she is kidding completely content living the single life then you will create a lot more trouble for a while. My belief is that a true gentle- than good. man is someone with integrity, because integrity is doing the right thing when no Do you think the Swine Flu is the one can see it but you. next plague?

My friend always jokes about how she wants to go off of her birth control to get pregnant by her boyfriend. The joke comes up every couple of months, and now I’m starting to become worried. Should I warn her boyfriend about it or ask her if she’s actually serious? -Kim, 20 John P: I would warn the boyfriend if this girl is a deadbeat. On the other hand, if this girl is getting set to start medical school or something along those lines, I’ll bet the guy could get used to being a stay at home dad. Finally, if her future is somewhere in between the two, tell her that she needs a new joke. John W: The thing about jokes is that there is always some truth to them, otherwise they aren’t jokes. In this case, he needs to know that his girlfriend is in “family bear trap mode.” John T: If you are really concerned and believe that your friend would actually do something like this, then you definitely need to sit her down and talk to her. If it were me, I would straight up ask her,

-Terrified, 90

John P: Considering the overwhelming fact that there have been two confirmed deaths in the US, yes I am terrified, just like your name. To help wrap your brain around the astronomical number, I will try to bring it into perspective for you. Two is 1 million times larger than .000002, pretty huge huh? John W: You are 600 times more likely of being struck by lightning than catching this “24-hour-news-cycle-flu.” I wouldn’t be surprised if CNN has been going down to Mexico and spreading it around just so they had something to write about. John T: The day the world ends is when pigs fly...wait...everyone run and hide. Have a question for the Johns? Shoot an email their way at TheJohns@605magazine. com. Disclaimer: Ask the Johns is a sarcastic piece. Their advice is not meant to be taken literally… except maybe John T’s.




Big, Fat, Juicy Steaks E

very so often we encounter poignant reminders of the basic duty of goodwill and decency that we owe one another. We recognize all that is tragic and inequitable in this world, issues that fester as a consequence of societal inaction. It compels us to shed our petty differences, open our minds and extend compassion to those around us.

One of those moments is upon us. Amidst the transition into the outdoor grilling season, the unmistakable aroma of burning animal flesh serves as a powerful reminder that condiment lovers everywhere, myself included, are shackled by asinine notions of what sauces may or may not be applied to steaks. It is an oppressive state of hostility and judgment perpetuated by beef fanatics and culinary elitists. It must be stopped. These high and mighty goofs will have you believe that condiments are designed exclusively for crude, fried fare and to compensate for deficiencies in principal food items. They arrogantly condemn dissenters, revering the steak as a godsend to be worshipped in its pure form. To these radicals, steak sauce on tenderloin is an unholy union. They look down their noses, proclaiming sacrilege and casting malicious labels such as “unrefined palette.” Enough. Kotzea It is high time for the steak – and any other food unwarrantedly deemed “above” the application of condiments – to be stripped of contrived sanctity. Condiments can and do serve to enhance foods that might otherwise be superb standing alone. Those who endorse this proposition should be free from persecution. Sometime ago, I had a lively exchange with a friend at a steakhouse. He scolded me for applying steak sauce to a tender, juicy cut of meat. By itself, the steak was satisfactory. It was both prepared and seasoned well; I simply opted for a little extra kick from the A-1 bottle. All I wanted was some tangy zip, but you’d think I had spray painted across a Monet. Myy friend adamantly contended that the use of steak sauce was an insult, not only to the chef, but also to the beef producer. He went further to suggest that raising cattle and preparing steak both constitute “art forms.” Granting much due respect to the hardworking beef producers of this world, as well as the innovative


chefs who make dining out an enjoyable experience, I categorically rejected my friend’s ridiculous assertion. For starters, there are few culinary processes as straight forward as grilling a steak. That’s why guys can do it. Like Neanderthals, we are capable of flipping large pieces of meat over loosely contained flames. Our aptitude tends to diminish the closer we get to a kitchen and an actual recipe. Probably the whole “following directions” part of it. I know and appreciate the fact that chefs (think table cloths, not Denny’s) and food aficionados strive to engineer the perfect mari-

I simply find that ketchup and turkey belong together like straitjackets and pageant moms. nades and spice combinations. I realize they frame eating as an experience rather than a function. They take pride in their work, and they feel that what they present on a plate is not some tired recipe for mere sustenance, but rather a thoughtful and complete culinary expression. I get it. And honestly, my first few bites are always “as is.” However, on occasion, I pursue a variation. Usually there’s nothing wrong with the foundation or the architecture; I’m merely adding a little extra flair reflective of my personal preferences. The central question is, of course, whether that flair is truly a showing of disrespect to the cook. In my opinion, the answer is no. There are undoubtedly some who sharply disagree with the way I’ve framed this issue, i.e., some would argue that the use of condiments destroys calculated flavor combinations and reflects one’s close-mindedness toward new food experiences. I find this argument unpersuasive. It boils down to the prerogative of the patron. A $30 New York strip is no more protected than a Big Mac. I’m not suggesting that the first words out of my mouth at a private dinner party are

“Where’s the ketchup?” Certainly there are times I think it, but I generally abstain only because so many people subscribe to this notion that the application of condiments is the hallmark of dissatisfaction. That’s just not true, and I know I’m not alone on this. Some foods simply possess textural and flavor combinations that I personally find more appealing when accompanied with certain condiments. A prime example is my use of ketchup on turkey. I’ve tried countless turkey variations, and I’ve yet to find one unimproved by the use of condiments. In fact, I unabashedly apply ketchup to my own mother’s Thanksgiving Day turkey (gasp). Do I consider my mother an incompetent cook? No. Do I find her turkey sub-par? No. I simply find that ketchup and turkey belong together like straitjackets and pageant moms. The same typically holds true for steak, although I observe a strict “steak sauce only” policy (in a grand showing of hypocrisy, I do sort of judge those who opt for ketchup in such situations). The bottom line is that I like steak. When dining out, I often order and pay good money for it. The whole money part of it would seem relevant to this discussion, don’t you think? Brass tacks – it’s my steak. I own it. I might exercise cautionary discretion in someone else’s home, but when it comes to restaurant dining, all bets are off. Maybe I’ll consume my steak as is. Maybe I’ll apply steak sauce. Or maybe I’ll take it to a Cubs game. Play check-

ers with it. Start its own Facebook account. Feed it to my dog. Does it really matter? As a consumer, isn’t that my right? Do the design engineers at Toyota get offended every time someone puts a dancing hula girl on the dashboard of a Camry? I think not. I appreciate fourth-generation marinades, secret family recipes and culinary school loans, but I also appreciate the millions of dol-

There are few culinary processes as straight forward as grilling a steak. That’s why guys can do it. Like Neanderthals, we are capable of flipping large pieces of meat over loosely contained flames. Our aptitude tends to diminish the closer we get to a kitchen and an actual recipe. Probably the whole “following directions” part of it. lars spent on condiment research and development. In fact, when I die, if it’s not the result of a freak, fatal slip in the delivery room where Erin Andrews is giving birth to our fourth child, I hope it’s drowning in a vat of ranch dressing (and definitely not the fat-free variety). At my funeral, respectfully observe the 21-ketchup packet salute. And don’t bother tossing flowers on my casket; I’d prefer a generous sprinkling of Cholula Hot Sauce. Wow. All this talk of decaying corpses is making me hungry. W Who wants to grill? Nick Kotzea, 27, is a lawyer in Pierre, SD, and a proud double-graduate of the University of South Dakota.






: Boating Safety BY JAMIE BULIAN


ach year, lives are lost, bodies are injured and boats are totaled because of easily preventable boating accidents.

From 2006 to 2007, boat accidents rose from 4,967 to 5,191, and boating-related injuries rose from 3,473 to 3,673, according to the National Recreation Boating Safety Program. Though many people think simply suiting up in a life jacket before water skiing is precaution enough, statistics from recent years show that boating accidents not only occur more often than one might think, but that they also happen in various different ways. Colliding with vessels or fixed objects, falling overboard, capsizing, drowning, unruly weather, equipment failure, and skiing mishaps have all contributed to deaths or injuries on the waterways. However,

alcohol is by far the leading contributor in fatal boating accidents and the leading factor in 21 percent of deaths. Though it is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol, drivers are still choosing to participate in drinking on the water. But just like when drivers are on land, alcohol affects their judgment, vision, balance, and coordination, which increases the likelihood of accidents for both passengers and boat operators. In fact, alcohol may be even more dangerous when used on the water because boat operators are less experienced on the water than drivers are on the highway. Simply put, recreational boaters don’t experience daily boat operation, so they are less confident and knowledgeable about how to navigate through their surroundings. Think that’s all there is to know about the dangers of boating under the influence? Not even close.

Since the marine environment is filled with motion, vibrations, sun, wind, and noise, it tends to speed up a drinker’s impairment. What’s more, alcohol creates a sensation of warmth, which may stop someone in cold water from getting out before hypothermia sets in. Although some people think that alcohol and boating go hand in hand and can’t imagine a day in the sun without a six-pack of Coronas in the cooler, there are ways to still have fun on the water without turning the day into a tragedy. For instance, take along a variety of nonalcoholic drinks, like soda, tea or lemonade and plenty of snack foods. This way, you can still eat, drink and socialize without the impairment and dangers that alcohol can bring. Another way to avoid alcohol on the water is to participate in fishing and other water sports. When you’re skiing, tubing, wake boarding or casting out a line, there is barely time to think about guzzling down a beer. However, if you must drink alcohol as part of your day out, plan to do it ashore at the dock, in a picnic area or in your backyard. While alcohol is a leading contributor to boating accidents, there are several other factors that can turn a fun day in the sun into a heartbreak of a lifetime. Though boaters might think that simply packing enough life-jackets for everyone on board is good enough to keep them safe on the water, they are wrong. Life jackets are only effective when they are actually worn. If a jacket is simply stored, you will probably not be able to get it fast enough when you need it. That, and it’s doubtful that many people are able to hook and fasten a life-jacket in the water.

“Since the marine environment is filled with motion, vibrations, sun, wind, and noise, it tends to speed up a drinker’s impairment. What’s more, alcohol creates a sensation of warmth, which may stop someone in cold water from getting out before hypothermia sets in.” Next, it’s important for boat operators to be aware of the water levels and only boats within their capabilities. At times, water levels may be higher and currents may be faster, causing the driver to lose control of his/her vehicle. Also, it’s important to avoid jumping wakes and if crossing a wake, to lower the boat speed and keep a close lookout for skiers.

gasoline, propane, charcoal or oil burns. In regards to a boat, this includes the engine, gas generators, cooking ranges, and space and water heaters.

Lastly, but definitely not least important, it’s vital that boaters and passengers be aware of the dangers that carbon monoxide can bring while on the water.

Therefore, it is important that boaters avoid swimming in certain zones and know ways to avoid the spread of this poisonous gas.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that is produced when

However, carbon monoxide may accumulate anywhere in or around a boat, and once it enters an individual’s bloodstream, it is deadly.

For instance, do not swim near or under the back deck or swim platform, install and maintain CO alarms inside your boat, don’t

teak surf, drag or water ski within 20 feet of a running boat and run exhaust blowers whenever the generator is working. If, however, you or a fellow passenger experiences symptoms to those similar of seasickness, treat them as possible CO poisoning. Get the person into fresh air immediately and seek medical attention, unless you’re sure CO is not the culprit. Each year, hundreds of lives are lost and thousands are injured because of preventable boating accidents. Don’t be one of the statistics. Be safe. Be smart. Be responsible.

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he said, she said bull… you get it. Lady Tove and Sir Mammenga are here to cut the middle man and give straight-up answers for relationships from a male and female perspective. I have been hanging out with this guy a lot the last couple of weeks and we finally kissed. Before we kissed I was on cloud 9, but now I’m starting to stress out because now we’re in the stage of deciding if we’re a couple or not. He’s perfect so there are no concerns, but I haven’t been officially dating someone for over a year. Is this a normal feeling? -Tanya, 20   T: What you’re experiencing is completely normal. Getting into a new relationship is always a bit stressful, and having precommitment jitters are expected. When you start spending time with someone new, getting butterflies is an exciting feeling, but they can lead to anxiety if you don’t know how to handle them.   Just because this new guy is perfect in every way doesn’t mean that if things don’t work out you’ll never find another guy with similar qualities. One person cannot make or break your personal life, and investing all of your future ideals in him can be detrimental to your sanity in the long run.   The bottom line is this: just relax. Things will happen if they are supposed to, and they won’t if they’re not. This is not life or death (although it can feel like it). I’m a firm believer in everything happening for a reason, so take this guy in stride and let it unfold without being too pushy. You’ll end up much more sane in the end if you just let life happen and not get too hung up on the details.   M: Wait, what? I’m sorry, but I don’t understand. You say you’re stressed about becoming a couple, but, there are no concerns because he is “perfect?” Hmmm… Sounds like you are living a little too much in your


Photo by CLG Pix own head. So much, in fact, you are completely contradicting yourself. If he is so “perfect” there shouldn’t be any problem. You are 20 years old. What’s the harm in having a go at it? It’s called dating, Tanya, and it’s ok. If you were on “cloud 9” before, you must really like this guy, so give the “official” thing a try. Luckily, if it happens to not work out, you won’t be rendered an old maid. We are fortunate to not be dating in the time of our grandparents. You are not a ruined woman at 25. You have plenty of time. You need to take risks to get rewards, Miss (even though this doesn’t seem like much of a risk since by your own admission this guy is perfect). Get out of your head and into his car (yes that is my own variation on the Billy Ocean classic; molded to fit your specific situation. You’re welcome)! My girlfriend and I love going out to eat, to movies or anything fun. The only problem is that I feel like I’m always stuck paying for everything. We have been dating for a while now, so how do I bring up that I would appreciate it if we took turns paying or if she would step up and pay once in a while? -Pat, 28   T: The paying topic is a bit of a touchy one, and finding the right way to bring it

up is hard, but not impossible. Next time you and your lady are planning a night out, softly suggest that she pick up the tab this time. Make sure you don’t make her feel guilty about having you always pay, but also be sure you’re clear that you don’t like being a “sugar daddy” all the time. Most girls really don’t mind throwing out cash for a date here and there.   Also, if you’re thinking about getting serious with this lady, talk about your finances up front. The fact that you always pay and she hasn’t offered might signify a lack of funds in her accounts. In this day and age, credit card debt or impulsive spending is not unheard of, and getting into a relationship with someone who has financial trouble might not be an ideal situation. But don’t jump the gun and assume the worst. Just be prepared to have an adult conversation and cross the scary financial conversation bridge when you get a little more serious.   M: Thank you so much, Pat, for the great question. It seems to be a tale as old as time that men are expected to pay. This fact can be proven anytime you go out to eat. What happens when the server brings the check? He or she hands it right to the guy. What a crock! It is of my opinion that it has been ingrained into the human psyche that it is the man’s obligation to pay. Why has it

become the man’s obligation, you ask? Because it has become the woman’s obligation to offer up some “post-date activity” (let your imagination run wild.) That’s right, I said it. Often times men go out and pay for the sake of “something” a little later in the evening. And to be totally honest, both practices are completely ludicrous. At no point should any party feel obligated to pay or offer up this “post-date activity” of which I speak. This activity should be done consensually and not out of obligation. And in an era of female progression and independence, more women need to step up and pick up the bill occasionally. There is a possibility of two things happening here: 1) she has been brainwashed by societal norms (which, don’t worry, is fixable), or, 2) you are caught in a Real Housewives of Orange County episode and she is going to bleed you dry. If you think it happens to be the latter, good luck and Godspeed; and, hopefully, you have a good job. This girl I enjoy spending time with is the sweetest girl have ever met...except when she’s had a few cocktails. After a certain amount of drinks (I want to count just what number changes it) her smile fades and she becomes snappy and rude

to people. What is going on with her? Is it OK to ask her what’s up with that? Is it preventable? -Confused, 24   T: It is absolutely preventable! Don’t drink! Alcohol affects everyone differently, and some people get violent or mean after a few too many cocktails. This Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality twist is not uncommon, but it is also not ideal. Obviously.   The best way to avoid her behavior change is to avoid alcohol when you’re with her. If this is not a possibility, then talking about her trouble is the next best thing. (No matter what, though, this topic will eventually need to be breached.) Bring it up to her tactfully and calmly and see if she’s noticed her behavior change. She may be completely oblivious, but most likely just doesn’t want to admit a problem. As long as you are gentle and she’s really worth your time, this is not a deal-breaking problem that can’t be addressed and fixed.   M: Well Mr. Confused, in keeping with this drinking theme, I’m going to answer this one in “steps.”   Step #1 – Is it preventable? Well, yeah. It might be time to seriously contemplate getting your soak-of-a-girlfriend off of

the sauce. The cold, hard fact is that some people really cannot handle their booze. Most of the time people act how they want to act when they are drunk. Alcohol lowers inhibitions, so when she gets a little tipsy, she’s probably saying things she wants to say when she is sober. Often times people just don’t understand that they are acting ridiculous when they’re drunk; so it’s up to friends to shoot ‘em a reality check and let them know. Now, I don’t think she has quite reached the “intervention” stage quite yet – after all, she isn’t chugging mouthwash during work just to catch a buzz. You should just calmly bring it up to her and ask why she does acts in such a way. Like I said, chances are she doesn’t even know how ridiculous she is acting. One of two things is going to happen: a) she will realize the error of her ways and reform, or, b) she will lose her mind, get drunk and come after you (after which time all of those events will be made into a lame Lifetime movie.) If she is as nice as you describe, however, you’ll be fine, she’ll realize how loony she is acting and eventually change for the better.   Steps #2-12 – See step #1   Have a question for Tove and Mammenga? Email


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Midwest Road Trip Destinations By Kiley Barnes Illustrations By Chuck Bennis


chool’s out, the sun is shining, and gas prices are low. That means it’s time to gather up your friends, pack your swimsuit, hop in the car and head for the coast! Okay, maybe gas prices aren’t that low, but you can still have a big adventure without the high mileage. Here are some places a little closer to home that have a lot of summer fun to offer. You don’t have to feel like you made a compromise, either.

Jackson Hole, WY

If you love the outdoors, you’ll love it here. Home to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole has some of the nation’s greatest breath-taking sights to see. Every moment is a Kodak moment here, so bring your camera along. You can kayak or canoe along the river, scale the cliffs rock climbing, or take time to slow down and enjoy the view with a simple, but challenging hike. At the end of the day, you can set up camp or, if you’ve had a little too much outdoors, rent a cabin with a view. Just be sure to reserve it in advance.

Black Hills, SD

The Black Hills National Forest is too good to pass up with its winding roads shaded by beautiful hills and thick pine trees. Though it’s just over the river and through the woods, it’s a whole new feel on the west side. Splash around in the natural spring waters at Evan’s Plunge Water Park, hit the nature-rich hiking trails of the Black Hills, take your picture in front of the faces of Mt. Rushmore. Or, if you’re feeling risky, take a drive through Bear Country USA or try your luck at the casinos of historical Deadwood. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir while you’re in town, though. Stop by Woody’s Wild West Old Time Photos to dress up and get your old-fashioned portrait taken.

Twin Cities/Shakopee, MN

If it’s tradition you love, you can find it in a box of Cracker Jacks at Twins’ Stadium or covered in four layers of thick fabric and a feathered hat at the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, MN. These are a couple of Minnesota’s biggest summer attractions for a reason. If you don’t mind traveling to hear good music, you could find yourself a frequenter of the Minneapolis music scene. Great bands and performers are always making their way through the Little Big City, so keep your eye on upcoming shows at Epic Entertainment, The Myth and First Avenue. Also, every Saturday night First Avenue hosts Too Much Love, an 18+ dance party featuring funky fresh DJ talent. Admission is cheap; even cheaper if you’re a student, so bring your ID. When it’s summer in the city, boredom is hard to come by. But if you do stumble upon it, hop into the Mall of America. With 520 stores, 14 movie theatres, 60 restaurants, a theme park and an aquarium, you’re bound to find something that excites you. Even if it’s just the air conditioning.


Chicago, IL The windy city is rich with culture and style all its own. You can eat it up in the form of a deep-dish, Chicago-style pizza or a simple hotdog from a corner vendor. Take a walk through the Museum of Modern Photography to learn how to look at life through a narrower scope, or tower over the city from the Sears Tower Skydeck to broaden your horizons. If that’s a little too deep for you, you can find some comical relief at The Second City, a comedy club in Chicago’s Downtown Theatre District (a.k.a. Broadway in Chicago). Navy Pier, along with its boats, cruises, and rides, hosts a dazzling fireworks display twice a week from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. So once you’ve taken in the culture, relax a little bit in Chicago’s Millennium Park, an outdoor center for art, music, architecture, and landscape design.


hough traveling to a coast has a certain appeal that is hard to resist, the grass is not always greener on the other side. In fact, there might just be a lot more concrete. So stay a little closer to home and let the Midwest pleasantly surprise you with all the fun, beauty and diversity it has to offer. And if by the end of this summer, you find yourself with a trendy South Dakota state outline tattoo on your arm or your ankle, don’t say I never told you so!



Music Festival Getting the Best of Your Festival Experience



he smell of mud, grass, questionable substances, and poor decisions: it’s time for summer music festivals. Are you ready? Here are some tips and suggestions to help make your music festival experience the best, and possibly safest, it can be.

PRePARAtion To get started, make sure you find out T which festivals you have your heart set on and buy your tickets (if applicable) from a reputable source. It may seem like a good idea at the time to get them off eBay until you travel 10 hours to find out your ticket is “no good here.” It’s an expensive, and pos-

comes. Helpful tip: don’t put it in a “secret place” that is so “secret” you forget where it is three months from now. The next step, for those who like to research things and want to know the nitty gritty, visit the festival’s official website for rules and regulations. Though most think there is a “no rules apply” mentality with festivals, most actually have quite a few, so

sibly disappointing, risk to take. Also, buy them as soon as possible, because tickets go fast. As soon as you have your ticket in your hand, place it in a folder or a place where you know you will find it when the time

check it out to see what you can get away with and what will get you booted before you get to see your favorite band. It sounds corny, but it’s for your safety and enjoyment.


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Now how will you get there? A car? Plane? Train? We would say old school it and hitchhike, but we have seen way too many Datelines to suggest that. For flight tickets, make sure you get them a.s.a.p. because prices hike up fast if you wait until last minute. If you are road-tripping it, Google Map directions, print them out and place them with your ticket in the folder so you know you definitely have it. Also, make sure you have a proper vehicle to make the trip and take it in for an oil change and the like if the venue is far away. The last thing you want to do is have your car break down in California. Or maybe you do? If you have a crew in the car with you, make sure there is an agreement made prior to leaving for the festival with who is helping pay for gas and at what times during the trip. As some already know, without having the talk beforehand, it is extremely awkward to ask for gas money in the middle of the road trip. That can risk one or all of the passengers making up an excuse not to pay if that happens, and then you’re stuck paying everything. Looks like you can’t get that Dave Matthew’s Band shirt after all. Sigh. Though most tend to camp at festivals, if you plan on staying off-site at a hotel, etc. it is best to book it as soon as you get your other tickets, especially because the popular festivals have hotels book up fast. If you choose the good ol’ camping route, check out the grounds beforehand online to see what you are dealing with. Some venues don’t allow you to have your car near the tent, but that is for fire safety reasons, so there is a method to the madness. Checking ahead of time also gives you a heads up on if you can bring your mobile home or caravan. Also plan to get to the camp site early so you can choose where you want to camp and not be stuck by the outhouses or Body Odor Billy next door. When the time has come, check your tent before you leave so you don’t feel like an arse when you are already there and your tent has a giant hole in it or is miss-

ing poles. For what to bring, check out the list, but for important issues, like if you are on a certain medication or have a health condition, make sure you bring enough to last you the trip and let your friends know what’s up ahead of time in case of an emergency. Speaking of emergencies, make sure you plan your money situation. Bring enough for the event and travel. Separate your money in different places on you and in your belongings so if you lose some, you don’t lose everything.

PACking Before you even think about picking up anything, check the weather forecast to see what’s going to happen so you can pack items to help with the rain or pack shirts or sweaters. If you want to pack festival wear or leave room in your bag to buy some at the festival, check out the information box for info on where to get local goodies from the Su-Fu Collective booth. Things to bring: -A Attire to fit the weather. Pack lightly, though. You might also find some cool clothes on location (but make sure to

(L to R) Mike Smith, Lee Walsh, Nesjua , and Angie Walsh. All four are wearing clothes produced by the Su-Fu Collective which are sold at Common Sense in Sioux Falls and will be sold at music festivals throughout the region. have extra outfits in case of weather elements). -T Toiletries: several rolls of toilet paper, women’s sanitary items (if necessary),

toothpaste, toothbrush, hair brush (if that’s the look you’re going for), shampoo, conditioner, deodorant (for the sake of others), hand sanitizer, and wet wipes (so you don’t have to shower often).

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Life - First aid kit and potential illness/hangover/survival kit: Aspirin, Pepto-Bismol, sun block, lip balm, etc. - Easy-to-carry asy-to-carry cooler with bottled water and sports drinks (along with other beverages of choice), food, snacks (it will save you a bunch of money). - Lawn chair and blankets. - Backpack to carry essentials. - Cooking supplies (if cooking is allowed) and matches. - Tent T necessities (if camping): sleeping bag, pillow and headlamp. Things not to bring: - Illegal drugs or weapons - Pets. It might seem like a good idea, but festivals can be very unsafe for animals. - Candles, flares or any kinds of fireworks. - Professional cameras (some don’t allow them). - Items you would be crushed over if you lost them. Don’t risk it.

The Su-Fu Collective is a collaboration of “wearable art” with Earthtone Clothing (Angie), Peaceful Patches (Alicia), The Peanut Patch (Christina), and Cotton Candy Creations (Cathy), and will be going into its first year with a booth at three to four festivals, including Harvest Fest and Bella Festivals. The Su-Fu Collective has everything to offer from pants, to dresses, backpacks, drum bags, apron tops, and jewelry. Patchwork and a great attention to detail goes into each unique piece, so prices can range anywhere from $40-$100. The Peanut Patch specializes in children’s wear as well, so your children or niece or nephew can have some, too! Check them out at


SAfety Make sure you have a charged cell phone at all times so people in your group can find you if you get lost during a concert. To help avoid that from happening, have a buddy system circa Heavy Weights and plan a meeting spot ahead of time in case the whole group separates—it helps to become familiar with the area right away at the information tent. Find out where the first aid and other services are before you start partying. Also look for all emergency exits in case the crowd gets crazy later at a concert. T keep your things safe, lock all of your To doors of your car or mobile home. Don’t have anything valuable in them, and if you need it in there make sure it is not visible. Make a reference point to help find your car (like Mexico Donald Duck at Disney World) at the end of the festival so you’re not stuck for hours searching. For your other personal items, make sure you do an inventory check at least once a day to make sure you didn’t drop anything

or that nothing was taken. You would be surprised how many people get their belongings stolen at music festivals. Make it a habit to consume a lot of water, and make sure to keep yourself hydrated. It could definitely become dangerous if you don’t, especially if it’s boiling outside. W hate to say it, but don’t crowd surf, We mosh or rush into a crowd. It may seem like fun until you either become injured for the rest of the festival or get escorted out, reaching out to your friends who are still dancing to Wookiefoot. Along with that topic, if you or a friend gets into it with a security guard, don’t fight back. If you haven’t noticed, people who get rowdy and argue back never win, unless you’re Naomi Campbell. Respect the locals, county laws and police wherever you’re at, and you’re golden. With this slightly abridged list of tips and suggestions, your festival experience will go way smoother than you imagined, and, if you listen to all of our advice, will help keep your group safe. Find your dream music festival at


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Unfortunately these boots were made for walking, and they’re walking all over you. You need to stick up for yourself and not let your friends take advantage of you. It seems as though you are “that friend” who people know will do anything to please people so they ask you for favors, to pay for things, to drive everywhere, you name it, they probably ask you to do it. Remember the word “no” sometimes and go with your gut instincts. If you don’t want to do something, you don’t have to do it because a friend asked. Trust us, if they are your friend they will not be mad at you, and if they are, they will get over it.

Laid Back Lucy 4-6 Points

You’re pretty good at realizing when to give a little and take a little. If you are near six points maybe watch out a little bit on being too generous.

Rude Richard 0-3 Points

You’re most definitely not letting people take advantage of you. You are actually the exact opposite and are on the brinks of becoming rude. It doesn’t hurt to drive sometimes or help out a friend when they need it. Maybe you’ve been scarred by prior events where you have been used for money or gas. Let your wall come down and slowly join society again. Everyone will have a better time, including you, if you do so.



Get Lost...

What’s Boss

Black and whites for accessories.

Having neon accessories. Try to limit neon to one item so it’s not overpowering.

Feathers in your hair. Sadly, it’s more of a winter statement.

Adding flowers in some fashion with your hair style.

Having a summer fling and not calling them when you want it to end thinking they’ll “get the message” you’re not interested anymore.

Being upfront and honest about what your intentions are, and what you’re looking for.

Noticed Trend of the Month : Sci-fi movies. This summer is like Christmas to the geeks at heart.

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Uncommon Solutions for Common Beauty Dilemmas: Do They Work? by Molly Keen


ver find yourself short on supplies—and on cash? I scouted out five popular household remedies for common beauty problems and acted as your own personal guinea pig to find out which really work and which are just myths. So the next time you’re a damsel (or dude) in beauty distress, look no further than your very own cupboard.

Hair Conditioner for Irritated Legs

Ladies, this one is just for you. Shaving can make your legs dry, red and itchy. Shaving foams work well, but are a little tough on the wallet. The solution? Hair conditioner. I give using hair conditioner as a shaving cream a resounding five stars! It makes for a close, smooth shave and leaves your legs soft and moisturized afterwards. Plus, it’s a good way to get rid of all that old conditioner you have sitting around from switching hair products.

soften your tough side? The olive oil did work to moisturize my skin, but only for a limited amount of time. Also, remember that less is more. If you use too much, you’re left with an unpleasant greasy residue that you wouldn’t get with most lotions. This tip deserves three stars because while it is not ideal, it would still work in a pinch.


the mayonnaise works! I just applied a palm full of mayonnaise to my hair, making sure to work it in from root to tip. Afterward my hair was soft and tangle free. I give this tip only two stars, however, because mayonnaise is just not worth the price (or the smell!) and it does not do anything for your hair that a regular conditioner couldn’t do.

** Toothpaste for Breakouts

I was hopeful that this trick would work—after dabbing a little toothpaste onto a blemish, the minty flavor had a tingling and cooling effect. I settled into bed expecting to wake up to clean, clear skin. In the end, however, it ended up being messy

***** Baby Powder for Oily Hair

Summer heat and humidity making your hair a little greasy? Sprinkling some baby powder over your locks will absorb the oil and leave your hair looking freshly styled. It works best if you shake the powder onto your brush or fingers first and then comb it through your hair, starting at the roots. A little powder goes a long way. This tip only gets four stars because it can be tricky for darker hair.

**** Olive Oil for Dry Skin

Mayonnaise: Delicious Remedy?

Mayonnaise for Tangles

One of the most often repeated unconventional beauty tips is using Skin-baring summer clothes are not mayonnaise as a hair conditioner, forgiving of rough, dry knees and so should we be swapping our soaps elbows. Is olive oil the best way to for sandwich spread? Surprisingly,

and ineffective. And to be frank, it’s just rather silly looking. This tip earns only one star because while it didn’t make my problem any worse, it certainly didn’t make it any better either.




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e have access to all the goods around town and are willing to share the wealth. Check out these featured items from local establishments. P.S. This is only the beginning of what you can find, so if you like what you see, check ‘em out yourself!

Damaged Goods

This beauty looks tattered, but has yet to have a string touched to release its unbelievable sound. This Fender’s Road Worn™ ‘60s Strat® delivers that aged look and feel—built to look, sound and feel like it’s got more than just a few miles on it, designed with 1960’s specs, including a nitrocelluloselacquer finish, and supercharged with Tex-Mex™ pickups and 6105 frets. Originally $1,200 but found at Sioux Falls Music for $899.99. Sioux Falls Music 1209 W. 41st St. Sioux Falls (605) 334-5361

The Ultimate Frisbees

Get the highest quality (and most attractive) discs for your next game at Sun ‘n Fun Specialty Sports. Prices range from $9.99 to $17.99, so go in today and start enjoying those rays with a relaxing day of disc golf with buds. Sun ‘n Fun Specialty Sports 1605 W 41st St Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 361-1456

Orange you glad you’re healthy?

All of Blue Sky’s health-conscious, quality-rich products contain no artificial color or flavors, no preservatives and, of course, no caffeine. Did we mention it’s also delicious? Available in other flavors like root beer, black cherry, cola, and ginger ale for $4.14 a six-pack or $.88 a can. Natural Foods Co-Op. 2504 S Duluth Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 339-9506

Hidden Soundz

Ever wondered how great it would be to have amazing sound without all of the clutter of stereos? Check out the Soundolier ® available at Soundz, Inc. where you can get surround sound or single source audio from a lamp! It has easy hookup, can be used in any room in your house, is wireless, and has great audio. Good Morning America calls it “Brilliant.” Soundz, Inc. 4001 N. Cliff Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57104 (605)941-3499

Passport to Delicacy


Available in a variety of colors and for only $12.95, this t-shirt is one of many merchandise items from the Luverne, MN store. Also available are longsleeved shirts for $15.95 and hoodies for $25.95. Herb N’ Legend 218 E. Main Street Luverne, MN, 56156 (507) 449-9570

Get this a glass of Renwood while you relax downtown at Michelle’s coffee for $6 and also collect a stamp for your wine passport for the Wine Passport Downtown event, lasting until September 26 during the Harvest Festival. Once you have obtained 15 of the 18 possible stamps in your passport (found at the Downtown office), turn it in for a chance to win some great prizes. If your passport is completely full, you will be eligible for additional prizes and incentives. Michelle’s Coffee 324 S. Phillips Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57104 (605) 367-1100


Soak N N’’ Sun fashion

Ready or not, swimsuit season has arrived in full force. This season, stand out at the pool or lake with some of these hot looks – the brighter and more patterns, the better.

(On Sami) Roxy bikini, $80. (On Charlie) Quicksilver trunks, $55. (On Maggie) Roxy bikini, ranging $80-$90. (On Bill) Quicksilver neon trunks, $59. All available at Sun ‘n Fun Specialty Sports (minus sun glasses).


Photos by Candance Ann Photography Models: Sami Wehrkamp, Charlie Jensen, Maggie Dunham, and Bill Thompson II Hair & Make-up: Kat Christensen from The Beauty Room

(On Sami) Merona速 Athens blue cover-up, $17.99. (On Bill) John Lennon t-shirt, $12.99. Mossimo速 Supply Co. swim trunks, $19.99. All available at Target (minus sun glasses).

(On Charlie) Mossimo速 Supply Co. Vintage shirt, $16.99. Available at Target.



(On Sami) Roxy bikini, ranging $80-85. (On Maggie) Roxy bikini, ranging $80-$85. (On Bill) Reef Bottle trunks, $49. All available at Sun ‘n Fun Specialty Sports. (On Charlie) Straw fedora, $21.99. Converse® One Star® vintage 1908 swim trunks, $21.99. Both available at Target.


(On Maggie) Xhilaration plaid bikini, $14.99 top and $14.99 bottom. Available at Target.



Marathons: by Kiley Barnes

  Are you bored? Do you feel like your daily routine has exhausted itself? If so, your problem may have a simple solution: Run a marathon. OK, so the concept is a lot more simple than the actual goal, but isn’t that the point? Maybe all you need is a set goal to accomplish in order to get out of the daily wind and grind of life.   More and more people are getting involved in 5ks and marathons every day, and


Enduring the Ultimate Endurance Test

each person has their own reasons why. USF student Karen Sumner has ran three marathons, two halfmarathons, five 10ks, five 5ks, and six mini triathlons. Sumner says that running 5ks and marathons gives her “something to train for, rather than the redundancy of just running.” She also has words of encouragement for runners who are just beginning their training. “I always hear people say they just can’t run pass three or four miles. Well, that’s because the first three to five miles are always

the hardest,” she explains, “But once you can get pass those, you can keep running forever.”   It’s just a case of mind over matter, so just keep running.   When not working at Paulsen Marketing in town, Emily Knutson runs. Knutson found her motivation in other people for her extensive resume of 5ks, 10ks, marathons, and more. “Running with a friend gives you positive competition,” says Knutson, “Even if you aren’t talking, having someone there with you will help drive you to keep going

even when your body is saying ‘no.’”   Knutson shares that she enjoys running for a cause, not just for herself.

interesting outlook on reasons to train for a run as well. “Running has helped me through some hard times, and it helps me clear my

“I always hear people say they just can’t run pass three or four miles. Well, that’s because the first three to five miles are always the hardest...But once you can get pass those, you can keep running forever.” “I like to dedicate each mile I run to a person I know and pray for them during that mile. But the last mile I run just for me. It helps me stay motivated.”   Brenda Poppens, 23, has an

Though Forrest Gump never needed a reason to run, most people do. So find your reason, whatever that may be, and give yourself something to be proud about. To find information on where and when 5Ks and marathons are held, go to You can search according to your city, state or race type. Decent pair of running shoes? $75.00. Registration $30.00.



mind. I always feel so much better The feeling you get when you cross that I’m doing something that’s re- the finish line? Priceless. ally healthy for myself instead of turning to possibly unhealthy alternatives.”



SOLAR PRECAUTIONS: Pr e v e n t i n g S k i n D a m a g e By Sabrina Mustic Illustration By Kiel Mutschelknaus


h, summer! The sunny days are finally here. Although there are many things one could be doing during this time of year, most of us like to do the one thing we should not be doing, which is hanging out

by the pool or beach and frying our skin. Knowing the side-effect of too much sun does not stop us from worshiping the rays.


The words “skin cancer” do not cross our mind as we go out day after day without the proper sun protection. Most of us have endured painful sunburns, but unfortunately we do not learn from painful sunburns, in fact we forget about them and continue exposing our biggest organ. But eventually all the sun exposure we think nothing of turns into those two words that do not cross our mind as we soak up the sun. Skin cancer. Sanford Clinic’s Dermatologist, Dr. David Shields, shares important information about a cancer that is the most common type of human cancer and on the rise. According to Dr. Shields, “There are three main types of skin cancer. Basel cell and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common; melanoma is the most serious one.” Each cancer is named after the cell that it comes from. Basel cell cancer begins in the lowest layer of the epidermis and squamous cell cancer starts in the upper part of the epidermis. When pigment cells (melanocytes) become malignant melanoma occurs. Dr. Shields says “the main cause of skin cancer is sun exposure and long-term ultraviolet light exposure.” He goes on to explain, “ultraviolet light damages DNA and there is a mechanism within our body that fixes that but eventually [the mechanism] gets broken down by the same thing that is damaging the DNA. [Also] as we age the repair mechanism wears out.” So how do you know if you have skin cancer? Dr. Shields says, “Most of the time the symptoms are what you feel and report. Skin cancer doesn’t hurt or itch, doesn’t give us a fever. Most of the time it’s something you can see, a lesion, bump, or pimple that doesn’t heal normally. Melanoma is usually dark, so look for a new mole or any mole that is irregular or has scalloped borders, has more than one color, and anything that is bigger than a pencil eraser, or if something is evolving or changing.” The most common areas for melanoma in

women are the lower legs and the back, for men it’s chest, stomach, and back. Melanoma affects people from age 20 to 50. Basal cell carcinoma occurs mostly in the sun exposed areas such as the face, ears, chest, back, and neck and affects people from middle age and up. It is important to understand that skin cancer affects everyone

or zit and sending it to the lab.” Treatment for skin cancer varies. “Most of the treatment for basal and squamous cell carcinoma is surgical. Primarily the abnormal areas are removed and the place is repaired, or some skin cancers are treated by getting the margin around the skin cancer and scraping and removing it. Sometimes it’s removed by liquid nitrogen which is used for precancerous cells. Some anticancer creams are used and in the case of melanoma it’s treated surgically and some forms of chemotherapy if it has spread to other parts of the body,” Dr. Shields says. Thee survival rate for skin cancer is high. Dr. Shields points out, “For basal and squamous cell carcinoma survival is close to 100 percent. For melanoma, if it’s caught early it can be treated by just removing it. If people wait too long, then it can be dangerous because skin cancer doesn’t hurt and we are in denial.” Although skin cancer is a serious and

“The he main cause of skin cancer is sun exposure and longterm ultraviolet light exposure...ultraviolet light damages DNA and there is a mechanism within our body that fixes that but eventually [the mechanism] gets broken down by the same thing that is damaging the DNA.” -Dr. David Shields and every age group. Dr. Shields stresses, “Any age can get skin cancer at any time.” Dr.. Shields says skin cancer is “primarily diagnosed by morphology, how things look, what the shape of things is and if a patient says they have something they didn’t have before. The doctor looks for certain characteristics and then a biopsy is done, [meaning] taking a little piece of the mole


health scary disease it does not mean you should never go outside. Taking simple steps to protect yourself from the sun’s rays can not only prevent those nasty and painful sunburns, but also prevent premature aging.

the price we will pay later on is not worth that tan. It is also not worth the premature aging. When we fry in the sun we are inviting not only cancer but wrinkles as well. This summer choose to look good in the

Although skin cancer is a serious and scary disease it does not mean you should never go outside. Taking simple steps to protect yourself from the sun’s rays can not only prevent those nasty and painful sunburns, but also prevent premature aging. Ultraviolet light is connected to aging Dr. Shields explains. That is another reason why you should wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days, because UVA comes through the clouds. Dr. Shields says, “The best way to prevent skin cancer is to reduce your total lifetime exposure to UVA. Wearing hats, using sun block, at least 30 SPF and it should cover both UVA and UVB, and wear sun protected clothing. There are ways to reduce your exposure, and it doesn’t mean stop going outside. Just protect yourself.” Choosing to be healthy is always the way to go. A tan body might look good now but


long run and not just for a few months. Put on the sunscreen, wear the cool sunshades and hat, and don’t forget the lip balm with SPF as well. Just remember that healthy skin is always in!

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June 2009  

605 Magazine June 2009 Edition

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