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Leah Moller:


The Wedding Whisperer

vol. 4 no. 3


605 Magazine is independently owned and operated in Sioux Falls, SD

contents March 2012 on the cover: Don’t want to deal with the stress of planning your wedding? Meet Leah Moller, owner of Envision Wedding Studio. Flip to page 38!

who, what & when 06

What’s on




Events Recap


March Events Calendar

reviews & recommendations 18

Beyond Borders


Album Review: Lana Del Rey


Tech Blend: Broaden the State


Profiles in Sound


Creative Writing


A Taste of Sarcasm: Old Market Eatery


Delish Delights


Get Involved: Children’s Care Celebrates

60 Years


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contents March 2012



life, love & laughter 36

March Checklist


COVER: Leah Moller: The Wedding




The Scoop: Top 10 Mistakes Candidates

Make at Job Fairs


The Real Deal: Marie Asbury


Relationships 101


Ask the Johns


605 Factoids

fashion & beauty

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fitness & health 60

Spring Your Pet to the Vet


Groups Help Motivate Fitness

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Available in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Brookings, Vermillion, and Brandon. | 5

web What’s on… Here is a taste of what is on our official website. Check out fresh content starting the 1st of every month.

605 chat Like us on Facebook and follow us @605magazine to join the conversation! missed an issue? Check out backissues on our website!

What is one of the craziest/funny wedding stories that you have? “I was at a complete pirate wedding. Jack Sparrow was officiating and everyone was in pirate attire. The whole wedding was done in pirate lingo as well. It was a sight to see.”

Cover story Leah Moller answers readers! Watch the video online and see if your question made the cut!

- Terry Gray, via Facebook.

“My friend was attending a wedding of a close friend out of town and started drinking early. The wedding was an open bar, and my friend decided to keep the party going in downtown Minneapolis. Somehow she ended up sharing a taxi with the groom, and ended up sitting in between him and another person. She suddenly felt sick and didn’t know what else to do, so she threw up in her dress. Needless to say she went back to her hotel and retired.” - Sarah Thorton, via Facebook.

“At my aunt’s wedding, my brother (too young to understand what was happening) thought that my mom was getting married to someone else. He started screaming, “You not in love. You in love with dad! Go sit in the car!’” - Amy Wyant, via Facebook.

“My groomsman’s girlfriend showed up to our wedding hammered. By the time it was the ‘dollar dance,’ she paid to dance with my bride and lightly slapped her face, telling her she hated her. Later during the bouquet toss, the same girl made a dive for it and landed straight on her face. It was mortifying.”

Check out this month’s Street Style with Jessica Farley.

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- Brian Nelson, via Facebook. | 7

contributors March 2012 Carl Anthony – Writer In addition to writing for 605 Magazine, Carl rounds out his resume as a Service Advisor for Luxury Auto Mall of Sioux Falls and producer of the John Tesh Radio Show on KELO-FM. Carl can also be heard on the KELO-FM airwaves as a weekend warrior disc jockey.

Denise DePaolo – Writer Denise works as a news producer in Sioux Falls. She lives with her husband, Tony, and two Miniature Schnauzers. In her spare time she enjoys reading, going places and taking naps.

Austin Kaus – Writer Austin is a writer, musician and University of South Dakota English student who cares a great deal for Belgian beer and Dead Milkmen records. He also enjoys caffeine, movies, stand-up comedy and putting food in his mouth hole. His cat can be a real jerk sometimes.

Lisa Peterson – Writer Lisa lives in rural Brandon, S.D. with her husband and two children. She received her degree in mass communications from St. Cloud State University and has enjoyed running her own marketing communications company, Main Ideas, for the past 19 years.

Ashley Sandborn - Writer Ashley lives in Sioux Falls with her husband and young daughter. She received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Dakota and has worked as a freelance writer for the past three years. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. Billie Streufert – Writer Billie is the director of career services at the University of Sioux Falls. With nearly 10 years of experience in career and academic planning, she enjoys helping young adults discover and achieve their goals. Check out her blog at

Dan Thorson – Photographer Dan is 27 years old and was born and raised in Sioux Falls. He enjoys photography, and is always thinking of ways to approach a subject.

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Publisher The Mighty Bowtones, LLC Editor-in-Chief Alana Snyder Director of Sales and Marketing John Snyder Art Director Kerry McDonald Sales Account manager Mary Abbott Creative Writing Editor Dale Carothers Cover Photography AC Ellis Photography AC Ellis and Candace Ann Photography Column Illustrations Chuck Bennis correspondence 300 N. Cherapa Place, Suite 504 Sioux Falls, SD 57103 (605) 274-1999 | Advertising Inquiries (605) 274-1999 ex. 2 Check us out or 605 Magazine is printed monthly by The Mighty Bowtones, LLC in Sioux Falls and is distributed free all over the city, in Brandon, Brookings, Vermillion and Pierre. Š2012 605 Magazine. All rights reserved. Content in this magazine should not be copied in any way without written permission from the publisher. 605 Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs. Materials will be returned only if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Content in articles, editorial material and advertisements are not necessarily endorsed by 605 Magazine. The Mighty Bowtones, LLC does not endorse or condone consuming alcohol under the age of 21.

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The crowd at the Swiftel Center.

events Recap 2012 2012 Snowstorm Music Tour The Swiftel Center in Brookings survived the elements on Feb. 15 when acts like T-Pain and Gym Class Heroes took the stage in the 2012 Snowstorm Music Tour. Fans were also treated to opening acts Cris Cab, Outasight, and Grieves & Budo. Visit for the latest shows. Photos by Dan Thorson


Outasight performed.


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Gym Class Heroes’ Travie McCoy blows a kiss.

T-Pain headlined the 2012 Snowstorm Music Tour. | 13

events March 2012 DOWNTOWN March 2 Downtown First Fridays Downtown Sioux Falls. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Enjoy exceptional shopping, original art, entertainment, dining and much, much more. This month check out the Art & Wine Walk – meet artists and view collections at 10 locations. For more info, visit www.

Movie Night at the Museum

Old Courthouse Museum. Doors open 6 p.m. Bring a blanket or pillow to the historic courtroom, and enjoy a free public viewing of “An American Tale.” The movie starts at 6:45 p.m. Some chair seating is available; refreshments will be for sale during the movie.

March 3 Ansel Adams: Masterworks, Photographic Art Exhibition Washington Pavilion. The exhibition entitled Ansel Adams: Masterworks will be presented at the Visual Arts Center at your Washington Pavilion March 3 through June 3. Check out 48 works by Ansel Adams (1902-1984). For more info, visit www.

March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade For more info, flip to page 37.

March 17 | 18 An Evening with Groucho Historic Orpheum Theatre. 7:30 p.m. March 17. 2 p.m. March 18. Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center presents the award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante as he recreates his PBS, New York and Londonacclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast-paced 90 minutes of hilarity. Proceeds benefit the Black Hills Playhouse and Sioux Empire Community Theatre. Admission is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids 4-18 and are available by visiting or calling (605) 360-4800.

ENTERTAINMENT March 1-May 6 Nature Unleashed Washington Pavilion. Inside natural disasters. Adults $9.50, seniors $7.50, children $7.50, Pavilion members free. Closed on Mondays. For more info, visit

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March 2 In Passing Ipso Gallery at Fresh Produce. 6-8 p.m. Rooted in a deep appreciation for the work of artists Anna Youngers and Luke Gorder, In Passing explores the artists’ contrasting styles as they find common ground in their subject – the human form. Ipso Gallery is excited to host this moment of convergence for the artists’ otherwise divergent paths.

March 2-4 Driving Miss Daisy Historic Orpheum Theatre. Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 p.m. Sundays 2 p.m. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, as well as four Oscars, Driving Miss Daisy begins in the Deep South of 1948 and spans the next twenty-five years evolving the relationship between Miss Daisy Werthan (a sharp-tongued Jewish widow) and Hoke (the initially unemployed chauffer that her son hires to keep her from driving recklessly).

March 4 “In the Heights” For more info, flip to page 36.

March 9 Cinema Falls presents “Thin Ice” Washington Pavilion Belbas Theater. 7:30-9 p.m. Starring Greg Kinnear, Lea Thompson, and Billy Crudup. Shown at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Admission $15. Rated R. For more info, visit

March 16 & 17 “Finnegan’s Farewell!” Grand Falls Casino. 7:30 p.m. Just in time for St. Patty’s Day weekend! Grand Falls Casino has paired off with Off-the-Cuff Stuff to present the interactive musical comedy dinner show “Finnegan’s Farewell.” This hilarious, interactive play has plenty of laughs and Irish toasts. Tickets are $40 and includes appetizer, dinner, show and dessert. For more info, visit www.

March 17 St. Patty’s Day w/ DJ Royski Club David.

March 20 Vegan Deelight!

March 10 3rd Annual Hops & Grapes Fundraiser

Museum of Visual Materials. 6 p.m. Looking for a great way to welcome a new season? All for $5, learn how to make lemon artichoke pasta, asparagus quiche and spring rainbow cupcakes. Portions of proceeds support the museum and Feeding South Dakota! Call Jessica at (605) 271-9500 to register.

El Riad Shrine. 7-10:30 p.m. A beer and wine tasting fundraiser to benefit children at the Shriners Hospital/Twin Cities. In addition to tastings, a cash bar is available, there is a silent auction, live auction, live music, hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. Sponsored by the El Riad Hospital Auxiliary.

March 29 Label Bring the Noise Runway Fashion Show & Benefit

March 24 Boy Scouts Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Aucition

Club David. Showcases new work from local designer Bambi Knutson of Label, introducing designers Michael Daniels and Travis Nye of Definition Clothing Company, and showcasing work from Hayden Rosenfield of Allergic to Broke clothing out of Minneapolis. First 50 people to arrive and donate $5 will receive a free “dank bag” and be entered into a raffle. Free event, sponsored by World Wide Skate Shop and hosted by Chan from

March 31 Vendor & Craft Fair Sioux Falls Lutheran Gym. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Crafts, vendors, bake sale, kid’s area with drop and shop and kids activities.

GOOD CAUSE March 6 Spaghetti Soiree Abiding Savior Lutheran Church. 6-9 p.m. A fine dining fundraiser to benefit Renae Knuth in her fight against Stage 3 Colorectal Cancer. Advanced tickets $5 or free-will offering, tickets at door $7 or free-will offering. Complimentary babysitting. Get tickets at RenaesCancerFund.

March 9 American Red Cross Honors 2012 Washington Pavilion. 7 p.m. Help honor the First Responders of the Sioux Empire. Red tie event – wear red for the Red Cross cocktail attire please. Tickets available at the Sioux Empire American Red Cross. Auction at 9 p.m. For more info, visit

St. Michael School Cafeteria. 5-7 p.m. To benefit St. Michael Troop 346. Admission is $6 a person with limit of $20 for immediate family. Children 4 and under are free.

March 30 60th Birthday Celebration for Children’s Care Hospital For more info, flip to page 34.

Sports March 9 | 24 Sioux Falls Storm Sioux Falls Arena. 7:05 p.m. For more info, visit www.

March 18 | 21 | 25 | 30 | 31 Sioux Falls Stampede Sioux Falls Arena. 7:05 p.m. For more info, visit www.

March 24 Sioux Falls Roller Dollz Swiftel Center, Brookings, S.D. 7 p.m. Watch the Dollz take on the Fargo Moorehead Derby Girls. Proceeds benefit a local Brookings charity. Buy one, get one free with a valid college I.D. Admisson $12. Kids 10 and under free. Tickets available at | 15

events March 2012 MUSIC Due to space, here are only some of the biggest shows of the month. For more show listings, visit www., www.PepperEntertainment. com,, PhoenixLoungeLive, or

March 25 Cappadonna of the Wu-Tang Clan

March 1 Unlimited Gravity

March 30 Bare Knuckles Blues Band

Club David. With Sovereign Sect and WorldCat. Admission $10 for 18+ and $8 for. 21+ For more info and a list of all events, visit

March 3 Prof in Sioux City The Chesterfield, Sioux City, Iowa. With Lazer Rocket Arm, MWB & AdApt, and Protige. Admission $8. 21+

March 9 Elisabeth Hunstad

Old Skoolz. 9 p.m. For more info, visit

March 31 Terry Quiett Band w/ Ten Paces to Freedom. Old Skoolz. 8:30 p.m. For more info, visit www.OldSkoolzSF. com.

March 31 Exile Accoustic EP Release Show

Old Skoolz. 9 p.m. For more info, visit

Skelly’s Pub. 8 p.m. With More Than Enough, Typical Hunks, Damn Your Eyes, Van Eps, Knucklehead, and Sadie Soul. Admission $7. 21+

March 10 Mat D


Old Skoolz. 9 p.m. For more info, visit

March 8 Bone Thugs in Harmony The Vault. 8:30 p.m. With Trey Lane and Night Shield. $15 advance, $20 day of show. $35 VIP section. 21+


For more info, flip to page 24.

March 9 Mat D and the Profane Saints Wiley’s Tavern. 8 p.m. $5 day at the door. 21+

Tab Benoit & Friends For more info, flip to page 36.

Later Babes

For more info, flip to page 26.

March 12 Kelly Clarkson For more info, flip to page 36.

March 23 Big Red Rawkit Riot Old Skoolz. 9 p.m. For more info, visit

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Boonies Bar. 7 p.m. With King Magnetic (Army of the Pharaohs), Block McCloud and more. All ages. $8 advanced, $10 day of show.

March 1-3 Pierre Players Presents: “All My Sons” Grand Opera House. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Drama, written by Arthur Miller. Director: Michael Pangburn; Assistant Director: Hannah Carda; Technical Director: Larry Johnson.”All My Sons” tells the story of Joe Keller, a captain of industry during World War II, whose business partner was imprisoned some years before the play starts for selling faulty parts to an airplane manufacturer, which led to the death of American soldiers. A love affair between Keller’s son Chris, and Ann Deever--the daughter of the business partner, the bitterness of Deever’s son, who returns from the war to find his father in prison and his father’s partner free, and the reaction of a son to his father’s guilt escalate towards a climax of electrifying intensity. Fees vary.

March 2-11 Boys Varsity State Hockey Tournament Expo Center in Fort Pierre. For more info, visit

Check out our complete calendar at and e-mail events to by the 15th of the month prior to issue release date. | 15

beyond BORDERS

with Mark Lloyd

Mark Lloyd gets all the book perks working at Borders. Our perk? We get the skinny about upcoming books ahead of everyone else.

The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman

Let me tell you about Y__. See, Y__ is this super-smart science guy who worked on a super-secret science project for the government and the military. At least that is what he says. The project was about cloaking an individual. It was about making an invisible person. See, Y__ says that project was abandoned, but that he continued it alone. He says that he succeeded. He says that he did it for completely scientific reasons. He says that he has had a lifelong obsession with observing people, but not just sitting on a bench and watching people. It is more that that, but it is not even like Anthropology where the person knows you are watching. That just will not do for Y__. He wants to watch people while they are alone. He wants to do this while using the cloaking technology, which he says is a suit and some sort of cream that bends light around his figure to make you see only what is behind him and not his body.

See, Y__ thinks that the only way to truly understand human nature is to watch them while they are alone. That way he can see their true nature. Yeah, that is a little creepy. Anyway, that is where Victoria Vick comes in. She is the therapist that Y__ seeks out to discuss his sensation of guilt associated with his activities. So Y__ tells Victoria Vick about what he has seen. He tells her about observing people as they truly are. Victoria Vick, of course, immediately starts to run down all the usual psychological problems that she thinks might be wrong with Y__. She thinks that Y__ is depressed. She thinks that Y__ is an alcoholic. She thinks that Y__ is agoraphobic. Whatever it is, Victoria Vick knows that he is lying about the cloaking suit and watching these people. But what if he is not.

What to watch for in March Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain by A. Lee Martinez

Life, on the Line: A Chef’s Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas

What is an evil mad scientist villain guy supposed to do after he retires? Emperor Mollusk thinks he might just solve the energy crisis and repel alien invaders.

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Grant Achatz was one of America’s greatest upand-coming chefs until he was diagnosed with tongue cancer. Because of radiation treatment, he lost his sense of taste. This is the story of how he learned to cook without a sense of taste, and his recovery. | 19

album REVIEW

by Austin Kaus

Lana Del Rey – Born to Die A girl named Janice Cook once introduced me to punk rock. In a debate about musical integrity, I - possibly while wearing a Mötley Crüe shirt purchased from the State Fair - finally exclaimed, “Can’t people just listen to the music without thinking about where it came from?!?!” I still listen to the music that young Wall girl introduced me to a lot more than I listen to the Crüe these days (although the entire “Too Fast For Love” album still rips the pale face off of a lot of things currently pretending to be rock and roll), so score one for Jan. But the question still remains valid: Should the story of the person performing the music influence a listener’s opinion on the material? This brings us to Lana Del Rey and her second album (made under that particular name), “Born to Die.” If a listener accepts the album as, say, a processed chicken product available across the world, they’ll likely find both items to be tender on the inside, despite a hardened outer shell. Honey works on most of the chunks, but sweet and sour demands inclusion.What’s inside? Why ask? Did I not just explain the amazing sauciness? The product that is Lana Del Rey is a successful one. If Marianne Faithfull’s voice was a cigarette, Del Rey would purchase lights, but smoke is smoke, and it’s all over this album. She generally keeps her smooth voice low, although she temporarily enters a world of flux on “Carmen” and, oddly enough, Betty Boop’s shoe closet on “Off to

the Races.” The production is strong and the songs themselves are heartfelt, although the repetitive nature of latter (SHE WANTS A BAD BOY, PEOPLE) could be a bit much for the average listener. For the exotic dancer, it’s damn near perfect. On the album analysis, I’m good with this piece of work. “Dark Paradise” blends synth ballad and club track to success. “Radio” and “Carmen” both have their charm, while “Million Dollar Man,” with its Twin Peaks-esque intro and slow-swelling emotional chorus, is legitimately enjoyable. I’m even digging the personal death rattle of the single “Video Games,” savoring each and every note before the entire track transitions from enjoyable pop song to a dead-horse annoyance that assaults me during a shopping trip for vegetables and bug spray. But listeners who wish to know more about their musicians might find a boxful of questions once the tracks stop. Did Del Rey claim to make the video for “Video Games” in a trailer park, only to actually do so in New York City? Was it all part of a plan to distance herself from her true role as daughter of a millionaire Internet investor? Was her “Saturday Night Live” performance premature, undeserved, and really as bad as Brian Williams and Juliette “Mallory Knox” Lewis claimed? Are you really going to tell me those lips haven’t changed since she recorded as Lizzy Grant? My eyes work even better than my ears, Lana. C’mon. Some might care. At the moment, I don’t. There’s not enough emotional investment on my part to push too deep into the composer of this frankly reasonably-solid and entertaining pop album. When the musician gets taken seriously enough to warrant salivation over the next release, so will the questions. Until then, I’m off to find some one-dollar bills. Rating:

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John Mulaney New In Town

The Big Pink Future This

Stew and the Negro Problem Making It

The rapid-fire, cleaner-cut comedy of this “Saturday Night Live” writer returns with a genuinely-funny album full of jokes touching on more things than we have room to print. Don’t worry though, fans: He’s still watching “Law & Order.” A lot.

The English electro-rock duo assuaged my fears that their sophomore release wouldn’t live up to its predecessor. It’s organized pop noise that makes you nod your head and scream the chorus at the same time.

A real-life couple breaks up and manages to make an album about it with no casualties. The result? An emotionally deep, yet playful collection of songs on loss, drugs, and the changing perception of everything.

Favorite tracks: “Stay Gold,” “Hit The Ground (Superman),” “1313.“

Favorites tracks: “Curse,” “Black Men Ski,” “Treat Right Song.”

Favorite Tracks: “Special Victims and Ice-T,” “Asian American Woman.”

tech blend Broaden the State by Devon Schreiner

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed by Congress in 2009, is providing $7.2 billion to expand access to broadband services in the United States. The South Dakota Bureau of Information & Telecommunications, or BIT, has received $5,729,415 of that to help fund their Broadband Data and Development project. This project includes many smaller sub-projects, including a couple where they need your help. The sub-projects that BIT has planned include projects that will expand the Broadband Advisory Team, provide support for technology teams to assess and support the network needs of Community Anchor Institutions, provide sub-grants that will allow for the purchase of equipment or software, as well as collect relevant data and create a comprehensive, state-wide address file. These projects will benefit state-run institutions as well as private companies and the general public. The major benefit that BIT The benefits of this project are easy to see is advertising for the generand are neatly listed al public is faster and more on their website. The major benefit that BIT widely available access to is advertising for the the Internet. Anything you general public is faster and more widely availdo, including connecting able access to the Inwith your friends and family, ternet. Anything you do, including connecttelecommuting to your job, ing with your friends watching your grandson and family, telecommuting to your job, play basketball in real-time watching your grandfrom 1,200 miles away, or son play basketball in real-time from 1,200 buying your fishing license miles away, or buying online will all be faster and your fishing license online will all be faster easier than ever. and easier than ever. These are all real reasons that South Dakotans just like you have already posted at Broadband.SD.Gov. Now here is where you come in. The state needs your help. Go to Broadband.SD.Gov and click on the Get Involved tab. There you will find many ways to help this project, and even

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help your area get better Internet access. The easiest way to help out is by taking the speed test. Click the speed test link, type in your address and click Take Speed Test. This will test your connection speed and If you don’t do anything put it into a database to let else, at least do this. It BIT know where the best and worst Internet connecliterally takes less than tions are. Information like two minutes to click the this will allow BIT to focus on the areas that need the button and let the test most help. If you don’t do run. You can do this anything else, at least do this. It literally takes less many times and from than two minutes to click as many locations as the button and let the test run. You can do this many you want to give the times and from as many lostate as much usable cations as you want to give the state as much usable data as possible. data as possible. The state is also asking 605 residents to take different surveys and to fill out where there is a lack of Internet services. You can provide your story about how broadband has impacted your life as well as how you use the Internet. Also providing the locations of free, public Wi-Fi hotspots will allow them to know where the infrastructure needs to be built and improved upon most across the state. For the most up-to-date information on BIT and all of the broadband projects they are working on and for the best ways to get involved, visit Broadband.SD.Gov. Listed along the side are all the project goals, benefits and ways to get involved. Also check out my personal blog at blog. for more techie articles like this one. | 23

profiles IN SOUND March 8 | Astronautalis Club David | 8 p.m. $10 adv, $12 door | 18+ by Lucy Albers

Minneapolis (by way of Seattle, by way of Dallas, by way of Jacksonville) indie rap artist, Astronautalis, has spent more time traveling the world and perfecting his art than most musicians would dream of. Mixing vivid storylines with aggressive music, this quick-tongued performer made a huge hit on the indie scene with his latest album, “This is Our Science.” Though he looks more like the lead singer of a punk-rock band, Astronautalis carries his own throughout his vibrant lyrics and ability to freestyle about anything thrown at him. “This is Our Science” has brought in numerous new fans, but Astronautalis’ real talent is taking the stage. You will get a chance to see him do just that on March 8 at Club David with Jel, Busdriver, Another Exoneration, and Phantom Balance. So far you have spent over 50 percent of the year on the road, and you still have more touring scheduled. Is this a pretty good outlook on how the rest of the year will go? I hope so. I hope to tour a lot. I mean, I have a new album out so I plan to work my ass off. I’m booked solid till April, and I have been for a while. So it’s just kind of figuring out the last few show details for South by Southwest (SXSW) and then what we’re going to do after that. I’m sure it’ll be more roadwork. I love touring. I’m pretty much on tour 8-10 months a year at the very minimum. I generally play around 200 shows a year, and I’m gone more than I’m home. At this point I have more friends in other places on the road than I do at home. [The] world has become my hometown, and all the cities are just neighborhoods I get to visit once in a while. 24 | March 2012

What was the transition like from doing live music on your own to performing with a band? It’s a whole new world. It’s really exciting. My main concern was musical, and what’s the music going to be like, and what’s this show going to become. But the music was the easiest thing. The hardest was adding three new people in

the van and three new personalities, so the interpersonal relationships became the most difficult thing. But the band has just opened me up to be more what I’ve always wanted to be on stage and didn’t have the potential to be with just a laptop. You’ve already seen such amazing re-

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it like a transition record at first, and then it sort of tightened up and I got this feeling that I was on to something special. I was coming up with stuff I didn’t think I would be able to do, and write a record I didn’t think I could yet. When I was in the studio recording, it was really overwhelming, and with that overwhelming excitement comes complete terror. Being terrified of songs is generally a good sign; those end up being the most popular, and I was generally terrified by the whole record. As an indie artist, you do everything on your own. You meet people and interact on a one-on-one basis, and you don’t see huge results of things done. All of my affirmation in my work is hand-to-hand - people writing me an e-mail or shaking my hand at a show or something. It’s small. It was exciting that so many people wanted my album without even hearing it, and then after it came out to watch it spread. What advice can you give to other musicians trying to accomplish what you have? There’s two pieces of advice I’d give. When taking on a job like this of being your own boss in a creative environment, you can’t possibly be prepared by any other job you’ve had for how hard you’ll have to work. This is the hardest job I’ve ever had because the work is never done. You can always do more. That’s something I think most people don’t think about. And second, I think a lot of people look outward for help and support and growth. Chances are the people who are going to help you are the people around you that are your friends. It may be friends you have now, it may be friends you don’t know yet. Never take advantage of the friends around you. The 18+ show starts at 8 p.m. and cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets are available at Ernie November (41st Street), either Last Stop CD Shops, or online at

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sults from “This Is Our Science” on numerous charts. Did you think you would get that sort of response from it? No, not at all. We put the album out because I hadn’t put an album out in so long. I put my nose to the grindstone to finish recording. I had written a lot of material and had a good grasp on a concept to it right away. I sort of saw

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profiles IN SOUND March 9 | Later Babes Boonies Bar | 10 p.m. $5 | 18+ by Ashley Sandborn Isaac Show has always been fascinated by music. Therefore, it’s no big surprise that he would form a new band aside from the several that he is already in. “Besides making music, my only other hobby is listening to too much music,” said Show. His newest project, the recently formed band, Later Babes, features Tory Stolen, Wes Eisenhauer, Corey Gerlach, and Myles Gosmire from

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popular bands Soulcrate Music and We All Have Hooks for Hands. Their music, much like the make-up of the band, is an eclectic combination. We All Have Hooks For Hands are classified as folk pop whereas Soulcrate Music performs hip-hop and rap. When the two seemingly polarized types of music were fused together, a distinct and unique genre of music was born. In fact, amid the countless music genres that have been pioneered in the past, Later Babes have perhaps formed the most idiosyncratic. “If I were to classify our band it would be dancey, new age, Midwestelectro-gangster-pop adjective,” said Show.

The band’s new single, “November Reign,” is a funky, raucous, evocative and deep-grooved mix that drew heavily from popular songs made by Hooks and Soulcrate. As a result, Show doesn’t think their new song will seem that unfamiliar to Hooks and Soulcrate’s longtime fans. “Our new song is a mix tape of some of our most popular songs,” said Show. “We picked like, 100 songs that people liked or already knew, and then mixed them together and incorporated live instrumentation to go along with it.” Isaac considers the band to be a fun side project that allows its members a certain degree of artistic freedom. “Later Babes is kind of an outlet out-

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side of Soulcrate and Hooks,” he said. “The great thing about the band is that it can be anything we want it to be. There are no expectations.” Despite the band still being in a state of infancy, they’re certain of one thing: how they want to be conveyed. “Our band is fun, and it shouldn’t be taken seriously,” said Show. “It’s for that reason that we are putting a cat with laser beams on our album cover.” The band is debuting their new material at Boonies Bar on March 9 at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5. To listen to their new song, “November Reign,” visit their Facebook page, www. | 27

creative WRITING About the author: Dani Johannesen grew up in Huron and is completing a Ph.D. in English at the University of South Dakota. She has worked as circulation editor of South Dakota Review and as an associate editor of Best of the West 2011: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri. Her critical and creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Western American Literature, VLP, Brevity, The Blue Bear Review, Conversations at the Wartime Cafe: A Decade of War, and South Dakota Women: Impact, Action, Voice. Graphic by Gerald Lindberg

The Rectangle Bud watched the clouds of his exhaled breath hit the door of the outhouse like puffs of cigarette smoke. Perched on the cold porcelain toilet seat he’d screwed into place himself, he felt unusual. His stomach burned and his chest felt tight, like when one of Elyse’s tomcats fell asleep on his sternum in the middle of the night. Probably just wolfed down too much chili, he thought, and pulled the incense stick close to his neck to warm himself. He’d built the outhouse after returning from Vietnam and buying the shack. Thirtyeight years he’d been relieving himself outdoors, and Elyse

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still went red every time he said he was going outside. She just don’t understand, he thought as he’d grabbed his newspaper and thick winter coat and trudged out to the structure he liked to call the rectangle. Man’s gotta have some freedom. Her mountains of junk bothered Bud. The punctured ten-pound bags of birdseed that she’d piled on top of the washing machine. Her expired yogurt collection. The cats she pretended to know by name, the cats that bred in the basement, the cats whose skeletons lurked under the stained sofa. Back in the sixties he used to smoke pot and burn incense. Out at the lake late at night, he’d drive around with his buddies in his brother’s new Roadrunner, the scent of cinnamon streaming out one window, odor of herb drifting out from the other. Bud’s brother Tommy would buy Bud and his friends six-packs of Schlitz whenever they wanted, and they liked to circle the lake looking for strange things out in the ditches between the roads and the cornfields, out in the sloughs where the tall cattails looked like corndogs. “I wanna go to California,” his friend Matt always said. “I wanna see the ocean. Wanna get me a GTO, one of them shiny goats with the new style headlights, rod that sucker all the way to the coast.” Bud kept a couple boxes of incense out in the rectangle. He’d fashioned a little storage container from a cardboard toilet paper roll, and he liked to sit out there and burn a stick or two

while he was having his evening sit-down, as he called it. Years before, when space remained in the garage, he’d jigsawed a moon-shaped window in the outhouse door, and he liked to sit, watching the red smoke lazily drift out the crescent and up toward the trees and the stars. Makes me think of the lake, he thought, watching the thin wisps of smoke curl out the moon and into the winter night. The way me and old Matt used to belt out them Van Morrison tunes, before he got shot up in ‘Nam. The way we tried to catch up to that Mustang them girls drove, that one girl looked just like Cheryl Ladd. Like one of them angels. Sometimes he thought about the town, back then. When the old schoolhouse still sat on the corner, when the school kids shot baskets at the court out back until well past dark, their high-pitched voices mixing with the sound of the thick leather ball as it fell through the chain-woven nets. The cars that buzzed down Main Street, throwing up clouds of dust, turning cookies in the loose gravel down by the old library. The laundry that whipped on the clotheslines, the miles of golden daffodils, the street dance. The street dance where he’d met Elyse. He’d seen her as the band that was playing under the picnic shelter started in on a cover of a Crosby, Stills and Nash tune he’d heard on the radio just that morning in the Roadrunner with Tommy downtown in Brookville. She was wearing a pair of those Calvin Klein jeans all the girls wore back then, with the bell-shaped bottoms and the high, tight waists where they threaded scarves or punched leather belts through the belt loops. Her red hair matched the color of the rocks out by Garretson, where Jesse James jumped a gorge on his horse, where Bud liked to camp with his friends and drink long into the night. Those were the days, he often thought, playing with the loose button he used to fasten his trousers. Outside, the wind had picked up. He heard it rattling Elyse’s weathervane collection. His nose felt froze up, the hairs felt stiff and some snot had crystallized in the thick of his greying mustache. He had a battery-operated tape player that he sometimes carried along outside to the rectangle for trips that seemed like they might get especially lonely. He pulled off his glove and squeezed the tape player between his knees while he pushed the “play” button. The gears barely moved in the cold, but they moved well enough for Bud, and he began to hum along with the tune and then sing. This here’s my favorite place in the world, he thought. He hummed and sang until the clouds of breath grew more and more thin, until the cat on his chest felt like one of those mountain lions he’d seen at Yellowstone Park, until he was out the door and dead on the ice, pants balled up around his ankles.

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a taste of SARCASM Old Market Eatery

with Polly Dean

“To eat is a necessity, to eat intelligently is an art.”- La Rochefoucauld

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assorted baked goods.5 I mean, really amazing, home-baked goods. For future guests, I would suggest having someone looking for wanderers like myself. I was fine waiting to eat, I just had no idea what I was supposed to do.6 When it was finally time to enter, I found a little table out in the porch. It was candlelit,7 with a perfect view of downtown and the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. We were immediately greeted by our server, whom we loved.8 He was professional, courteous and patient with patrons who could not quit with the “Would You Rather” cards and just order.9 Up first was a house salad with their cucumber ranch salad dressing. This was perfectly refreshing to prepare us for what was to come. My first appetizer was the goat cheese spinach dip. The magnificence of this dip, mixed with the perfect toast, pita pieces and piles of chips is almost indescribable. I don’t think the dip lasted any longer than five minutes. Just when I thought there was no way the chef could top something so wonderful, out arrived rosemary chicken smothered in garlic heirloom sauce with cream cheese-andchive mashed potatoes. Out next, the “big blue” mushroom burger with bleu cheese, shiitake mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, onion and avocado and a side of hand-cut Market fries. Lightly seared ahi tuna with a soy teriyaki sauce and fried leek chips followed. The chef at Old Market Eatery is not messing around. They offer a variety of pastas, salads, burgers, and steaks, but with a twist - Avocado where you weren’t expecting it, goat cheese smothering an already decadent dish, lime and other citrus hints where you would never think to add them… The details and surprises in each dish are exciting and leave each bite better than the last. For dessert, I opted for a red velvet cupcake and some “made from scratch” vanilla cheesecake. Let’s just say the wrappers were licked clean from the cupcake, and the cheesecake was the subtly sweet end to an endlessly decadent meal. Old Market Eatery in Brookings is nothing shy of perfection. As I write about the food I can feel my palate salivating at the thought of the ahi tuna or the rosemary chicken. The atmosphere, with its use of antiques and modern eclectic design elements, is a feast for the eyes. Staff is friendly and fast, and the location is beautiful. Like I said

Photos courtesy of Jael Photography

Brookings: Home of the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits.1 The same town is also home to my feature this month: Old Market Eatery. The restaurant/bake shoppe/bar is situated right in the heart of downtown in the former First Bank and Trust building on the corner of 5th Avenue and 5th Street. Everything about this space, from the impeccable lighting, to the purposeful draping of curtains, to the plush leather couches situated between beautiful wood tables, all help to create an elegant and modern “must see.” The drive thru of the bank has been transformed into a patio with wall-to-wall windows, and the former vault has been morphed into a private reservation room. The building itself, Old Market Galleria, holds not only Old Market Eatery, but a host of other businesses, including Jael Photography, J. Ella Couture and HoneyDo company.2 Walking into the restaurant, you are immediately struck with its obvious glamour and charm.3 One of the times I walked in I entered through the side door, stood aimlessly for a few seconds, walked through the restaurant and out the other door. I was clueless about where to go or if they were even open. I opted to do a little shopping and returned later. Upon returning, I decided to enter through the other door this time and spotted a small group sitting at the bar. After a few awkward moments of all of us looking at each other, I inquired about their hours.4 Turns out from 2-5 p.m. every day they do not serve meals. They do, however, still offer coffee and

424 5th Brookings, Ave. S.D. (605) 692-5 57006 757 www.OldM arketEater

before, you may enjoy this place as often if you want if you live in Brookings...otherwise get your XM Radio, a date or friend, and make a day of it.10 You will not regret it.

Call the Catering Fairy

Final Grade Atmosphere 5/5 The decor is magnificent. The lighting is perfect. Windows are overlooking busy downtown. I really don’t know how they could make it better. Each and every detail was thoroughly planned out and it shows in their presentation of everything from the food to the table set up. Jael’s photography makes for interesting wall decor and you are never left to feel bored in Old Market. Bold and absolutely impeccable design just add to the magnificence that is Old Market. Service 4/5 Our server was impeccable and personable. When we were there in the afternoon, we felt a little like we were busting in on a staff meeting or a personal party. We were approached several times during dinner with staff inquiring if everything was going well, which was great. The whole restaurant is self seating - at least when we were there - which I think can get tricky. Overall the staff was all super friendly and made it known that we were their first priority. FOOD 5/5 Details are of the essence at Old Market Eatery, and it shows in their spectacular presentation of the food itself and all the ingredients used. The only exception to our night was the hand-cut Market fries. I am not sure if they just fell to the side compared to the other dishes we had, but they seemed a little lackluster compared to the rest of the meal. A 5 out of 5 is still more than warranted at Old Market Eatery, though. I do not think I have stopped talking about the food since I left. [1] Not to be mistaken for the Jackalopes. I only found out my senior year of high school that the mascot for SDSU was a Jackrabbit. Plus, Jackalopes don’t even exist (with the exception of the incredibly creepy puppet featured on “America’s Funniest People,” voiced by Uncle Joey from “Full House”). [2] I also must mention that all said businesses are owned by one of the co-owners of Old Market, Jael Thorpe. Each business seems to be executed so perfectly it is hard to believe that one person can have that much motivation. She must have gotten most of mine.

...where every meal is Seasoned with LOVE...

230 South Phillips Avenue In the lower-level of Shriver’s Square Downtown Sioux Falls, SD (605) 336-0455

March 02 Levee Town & James Dews 8:30pm March 03 Hired Hands & Signs of Life 8:30pm March 09 Elisabeth Hunstad 9pm March 10 Mat D 9pm March 16 Luther Cole 9pm March 17 The Incident 8pm March 23 Big Red Rawkit Riot 9pm March 24 Studebaker John & The Hawks w/ Ten Paces to Freedom 8:30pm March 30 Bare Knuckles Blues Band 9pm March 31 Terry Quiett Band w/ Ten Paces to Freedom 8:30pm Open mic every Wednesday 921 E. 8th Street, Sioux Falls

[3] That is if you figure out how to enter the restaurant. Keep reading. [4] AKA “Can I finally eat here?” [5] Thus the “bake shoppe” in the crazy-long name they have for the Old Market on their Facebook page. [6] I did find they had a “Please Seat Yourselves” sign eventually, but I’m not sure how well that will work for when it gets really jam-packed. [7] They’re fake, so don’t panic if you knock it over like I did… embarrassing. [8] I was borderline obsessed with him. [9] At each table is a handful of “Would You Rather” cards to spark conversation. I think that is a FANTASTIC idea… until I got to the question, “Would you rather eat toilet tissue used by you, or facial tissue used by someone else?” [10] At least until Old Market Eatery starts a constant shuttle system to and from Sioux Falls...yeah?! | 31


Original recipe by Amanda Day of Pomegranate Market

March is here, and it’s beginning to feel a lot like springtime! Many of us will start venturing out of the house for adventures, and these bars are great to accompany any activity. The rolled oats and peanut butter provide complex carbohydrates to keep your energy levels up, while the coconut oil and coconut milk will nourish the heart and brain. As if energy and good health aren’t enough, the mixed berries make this treat taste like peanut butter and jelly... in bar form! Utilize bulk ingredients this month, save on packaging and give this recipe a try!

Peanut Butter Oat Berry Bars : and mix with the xantham gum and then add back to the berries and simmer until they have thickened. Remove from heat and set aside. 3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flours, baking soda, salt and brown sugar. 4. In a medium bowl, combine the egg, applesauce, peanut butter, coconut oil and coconut milk and whisk until combined. 5. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, then press the oat mixture into the base of the prepare pan. 6. Spread the thickened berries over the top of Instructions: the oat portion, top with 1. Preheat oven to 350 desired nuts or seeds and degrees. Prepare a 9x9inch baking pan by lining bake on middle oven wrack for 20 to 30 minutes, with parchment paper. 2. In a medium saucepan, until the oat bar is lightly browned. combine the berries and 7. Remove bars from the turbinado sugar and oven and allow to cool bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring before removing from the pan and cutting. Store in occasionally. Transfer a an airtight container for couple of spoons of the berry liquid to a small bowl up to a week.

Ingredients: - 2 cups frozen mixed berries - 2 tbs turbinado sugar - 1 tsp xantham gum - 1 1/2 cups rolled oats - 1/2 cup whole wheat flour - 1/2 cup all purpose flour - 1 tsp baking soda - 1/2 tsp salt - 1/4 cup brown sugar - 1 egg - 1/4 cup apple sauce - 1/3 cup peanut butter - 2 tbs coconut oil (or butter), melted - 1/4 cup coconut milk - Seeds or nuts of choice to top

Photograph by Amanda Day

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Photograph by Denise DePaolo

Oatmeal Cookie Shot: Simple Syrup: - 1 ¼ oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream - 1 ¼ oz. Butterscotch Schnapps - Ground cinnamon Instructions: 1. Pour liquors into ice-filled cocktail shaker. 2. Sprinkle in a pinch of ground cinnamon. 3. Shake furiously. 4. Strain into shot glass.

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get involved Children’s Care

Celebrates 60 Years by Lisa Peterson

On March 30, business, community and health care leaders will celebrate Children’s Care Hospital & School’s 60 years of service to the children of South Dakota and the region during a birthday party at the Sioux Falls Convention Center beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a dinner, silent auction, raffle, and a performance by disco icons, the Village People. Governor Daugaard will be there, as well as founding executive director Dr. E.B. Morrison.

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“We began planning for this celebration a year ago,” said Julie Gehm, director of marketing for Children’s Care. “Children’s Care Hospital & School has been privileged to serve thousands of children over six decades, and this event honors not only our past, but also our future, and our deep commitment to the children of our community.” Governor Daugaard will speak at the event, and Sheila Sechser, an occupational therapist who has worked at Children’s Care for 45 years, will be recognized. “We want people to have a really fun time,” Gehm said. “We had some staff attend a conference where the Village People performed and they just had a ball.” Children’s Care opened its doors on March 2, 1952 as Crippled Children’s Hospital & School, beginning what was to become the finest rehabilitation facility of its kind in the entire upper Midwest. The large, brick building stands today as a visible accomplishment of the efforts of a handful of South Dakotans who saw the need for a treatment and educational center for physically disadvantaged children. Getting there wasn’t easy. The idea began as early as 1948 with practicing orthopedist Dr. Guy Van Demark, Irene Fischer Coon, R.N. and many others working tirelessly to convince the community that providing medical and educational care for disabled children wasn’t just a good idea - it was a necessity. In the late 1940’s, there were more than 2,000 “crippled” chil-

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As birthday parties go in South Dakota, this could be the mother-of-all birthday bashes.

dren in eastern South Dakota. Bright and eager to learn, but unable to attend school, many children received medical care at Sioux Valley and Avera McKennan hospitals. Overcrowded and understaffed, the pediatric wards at both hospitals were filled with children suffering from polio, cerebral palsy and traumatic injuries. Many families had no insurance and no financial resources to support adequate treatment. With no state programs in place to assist disabled children and means of being educated, the future looked bleak for the children and their families. The situation prompted a committee to be formed to raise $500,000 for a new facility, which would offer both health care and education services to children. In March 1952, Crippled Children’s Hospital & School became a reality and served 32 children who were primarily disabled with polio and spinal bifida. The facility grew extensively in the following decades, adding three new wings in 1958, 1980 and 2000, and outreach services were established in 1970 to serve children and families in their home communities all across the region. “The greatest number of people we serve are on an outreach basis,” Gehm said, adding, “We cover the entire state of South Dakota.” Today, Children’s Care serves over 2,628 children with special health care and education needs and their families each year. From mild learning, behavioral, or physical challenges to intensive medical rehabilitation, Children’s Care knows kids. Their staff of approximately 480 includes physicians, nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists, teachers, psychologists, behavior analysts, a dietician and more - all specializing in the special needs of children.  While many things have changed since Children’s Care opened its doors in 1952, one thing has remained the same: their commitment to the community and helping children reach their full potential. Reserve your seat for the March 30 birthday party by calling (605) 782-8500 or online at: Individual tickets are $50 and tables of 8 are $375. 

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Pull out your pen and check these items off your list this month!

“In the Heights” March 4 | 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Washington Pavilion Price: Prices range $25.50+ More info: “In the Heights” tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. Bonus! The show is a winner of four Tony Awards for best musical, score, choreography and orchestrations!

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Image courtesy of Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society.

Tab Benoit March 9 | 8 p.m. Sioux Falls Historic Orpheum Theatre Price: Ranges $29-$44 More info:

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Returning to Sioux falls after a sellout performance last year, Tab Benoit’s high-energy guitar blues will bring home the sounds of the Bayou once again. Bonus! He’s bringing friends Chubby Carrier and Michael Doucet along with him for a Swampland Jam!

Kelly Clarkson: Stronger Tour 2012 March 12 | 7 p.m. Sioux Falls Arena Price: Ranges $28-$70 More info: See “American Idol’s” original winner live with hits such as “Since You’ve Been Gone,” “Miss Independent,” “Walk Away” and more. The singer, known for her “feisty, straight-talking lyrics,” is hitting the road on tour with her new album, “Stronger.” Bonus! Matt Nathanson, know for hits like “Come On Get Higher,” will be opening.

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St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza! March 17 | 2 p.m. parade starts Downtown Sioux Falls Price: Free! More info: It’s time again for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which has been held since 1980. The event, sponsored by the St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza Committee, with help from the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, is designed to be the “people’s parade” – as long as they wear the green button. Each button costs $3. All proceeds are donated to the Special Olympics and other children’s charities. Bonus! Don’t just show up for the historic parade! Come downtown at 11:45 a.m. to the Painting of the Shamrock on the corner of 9th Street and Phillips Avenue. A proclamation will be read in the atrium of The First National Bank in Sioux Falls, followed by the painting.

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Moller: The Wedding Whisperer


onsultant. Stylist. Designer. Coordinator. Networker. Money manager. Negotiator. Sounding board. The roles that come with being a wedding planner just keep piling on. “I’m their counselor, I’m their mediator… it’s insanity,” said Leah Moller, owner, designer and coordinator at Envision Wedding Studio in Sioux Falls. Moller has found herself “counseling” a lot since opening the studio in 2006 at its home on 5020 South Tennis Lane. “I’ve had a bride and groom walk out arguing before,” she recalled. “We’ve had fights between moms and brides, grooms and their brides... It’s the most awkward experience ever.” But with years under her wedding belt, Moller has acquired methods that get everyone to comprise to get the best result for her brides. That sense of calm Moller and her Envision crew creates throughout the wedding planning process has helped brides all over, including Angie Tewalt who used Envision from November 2011 to June 2011. “Leah brought a confidence to the planning that I couldn’t have sustained without her,” said Tewalt. “I trusted her, I liked her, and I enjoyed her feedback.” And Moller, who jokingly said she is a workaholic by nature, is making sure brides are okay 24/7, no matter when and where. “I had a bride e-mail me last night because they had an issue with their tasting and she was kind of distraught,” Moller said. “[My daughter] Sophia was taking a bath

and I’m e-mailing the client back not to worry, to sleep well, and that we would figure it out in the morning.” While a lot of couples would love services from companies like Envision provides, some might hear the term “wedding planner” and assume it’s too expensive, picturing the Jennifer Lopez-type coordinator from the 2001 romantic comedy who only caters to the elite. What a lot of brides don’t realize is that Envision has different types of design and planning packages that range from $75-$1800. “We do event or wedding planning, coordinating, day-of services – any of that stuff,” Moller described. “We also do the print and design inhouse.” Each wedding budget is different, and Moller said she is excited to work with any type. “Any of our services are fully customizable,” she said. “Usually I have the client come in, we talk about what their needs are, and then I figure out their budget from that point.” The average budget Envision typically sees is $30,000. “We’ve probably done anything from $10,000 to $100,000,” said Moller. “I see a lot of $40-$50,000 and that, for this area, is a high budget.” In the state of South Dakota, the average budget is $22,000. That is $6,000 less than the national average. One common misconception is that brides with smaller budgets can’t have a full wedding planning package. “I have a $12,000 right now and a $60,000, and we’re full-planning for both,” Moller said. “It honestly works

out either way.” The full planning, which includes everything from the venue, to entertainment, food/catering, transportation and any other vendors, typically has been brides who are living out of town. Moller has recently worked with brides from New York and Washington D.C. “We come up with their whole wedding for them, book vendors, getting contracts, looking through contracts, monthly timelines (checklist of the month), thorough e-mail or phone consults every month depending how far out they are, then final details,” Moller said. Not all full-planning brides are from out of state, though. Moller said some don’t want anything to do with planning and/or don’t want to deal with the stress. Susie Hooth and her husband used Envision from June 2009 to October 2011 and didn’t want to look back and regret not getting help for their big day. “Before Sean and I were engaged, I would hear from friends how miserable they were trying to put everything together and how much of a strain it would put on their relationship with their new fiancé and family,” Hooth explained. “I didn’t want to look back and think of our wedding as a stressful or miserable time, nor did I want to have any regrets that I didn’t do something because I was too busy with school and clinicals.” And what Moller brings to events is nothing short of breathtaking. Stacey Klinnert, wedding coordinator at Chef Dominique’s Catering & | 39

Banquet Facility, said the name of the studio says it all. “The name of her business [Envision] sums up the experience you receive while hiring Leah for your event,” Klinnert said. “She brings all of her client’s dreams and visions to life for an experience they will never forget.” Tewalt’s big day on June 17 was “vintage, sweet, romantic and warm.” Working together, Moller added unique elements that stood out at the event. “We have 32 tiny windows in our church, so Leah put a candle floating in water in a vase in every single window, and then we brought those candles to the reception. Brilliant,” Tewalt

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recalled. And Moller has gone to quite the extent for brides. In studio’s first couple of years, she went to the extreme for decor. “[The bride] wanted these really huge trees, so I went out to my parents’ house, who live by a river in Iowa, and went out into their grove looking for dead trees,” Moller said. “I had my brother get the chainsaw out and we were cutting down the frickin’ trees. I drove away with branches sticking out of my car – I looked like a witch.” Now knowing from experience that she can simply call a nursery for those requests, Moller has learned a lot as she goes. But that is not all she

went through to get to where she is today. Originally from Larchwood, Iowa, Moller always knew she wanted start something but wasn’t sure exactly what. “Honestly, I’ve always wanted to start a business, and Sioux Falls always had that opportunity,” she said. Having a passion for print and design, Moller originally worked for companies like Dakota Printing and FASTSIGNS. After moving into freelance out of her home, she began to venture into weddings with invitations, stationary and print. One day she decided to bring people into her home for a mini wedding show. “I decided to do a wedding show

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out of the blue. I prepped for that in a month,” she laughed. “I decided to put a bunch of samples together for invitations and stuff… it was crazy, I don’t know why I did that.” The event was a success, gaining her several clients, but Moller felt strange working out of her house. “For me, personal and business are two different things, so we started contemplating the studio concept, doing demographics, and figuring out all of that stuff through research,” she said. “Six months later I opened the studio.” The studio began more with the intentions of paper and graphic design, but she started to see the need for a coordinator in the area. Always having the party planning itch, Moller took the American Academy of Wedding Planning Professionals online class course to make it official. But it doesn’t stop there. Moller has to always be on the lookout for the latest design and elements, which she does through mountains of wedding magazines and blogs galore.

“[Leah] is very innovative and always brings the latest trends to the Sioux Falls area, which makes each and every event different and unique,” said Jess Fontenille, event coordinator at Chef Dominique’s Catering & Banquet Facility. One trend that Moller noticed is that South Dakota is usually around two years behind on trends. This spring/summer wedding season, lookout for softer colors. “We see more and more people wanting the soft palates and are bringing the outdoors and vintage in,” she said. “That was a whole trend a couple years ago.” Another trend she has noticed is that people in the area are beginning to really get into their weddings and invest in important elements to make the day even more special. “Year to year with the studio we see a lot more full planning and things like that with higher budgets, bigger weddings, a lot more detailed weddings – people willing to spend money on the details,” she said.

She attributes this to the rise in Pinterest and Facebook with more access to ideas and recommendations. Trends you will never see in an Envision wedding? “No camouflage, no tulle, no Christmas lights, nothing from the ‘80s,” she smiled. “I think I made a mom mad once with my honesty, but we ended the meeting laughing.” If a wedding isn’t in your future, Envision also provides decorative rentals, plans sweet sixteen parties, 50th birthdays, you name it. Whether it’s tearing down a wedding reception until 3:30 a.m. or having police escort out a rowdy 21-year-old who couldn’t handle the host bar (true story… let’s just say there was a lot of vomit, curtains, and people dancing involved), Moller and her Envision team are there for your next event. For more info, visit Envision Wedding Studio on Facebook or go to



1) Plan in order. Don’t go have a cake consult before you pick a venue.

1) Don’t have bad entertainment.

2) Let the professionals what they do best.

Let them guide you accordingly.

3) Details count. Have them reflect the couple and the life they have together.

4) Think about guests and not just


5) Don’t stress out. Have someone bring

important items or hire someone for setup.

2) Don’t have bad invitations, because that sets the tone to the event. 3) Don’t book a venue of a certain size before you know your guest list.

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the scoop The Top 10 Mistakes Candidates Make at Job Fairs

by Billie Streufert

Don’t be “that person” who shows up to a job fair in a sweatshirt or finds themselves in an on-the-spot interview without being prepared. We have the top 10 mistakes that are consistently made to ensure it doesn’t happen to you! Knowing too little about employers. If you plan on attending the job fair in Sioux Falls on March 13, visit and research the attending organizations. This will help you better understand the qualifications they desire, demonstrate your interest and assess if organizations are a fit for you. Submitting a poor resume. Bring several generic copies with you that include a broad objective. Some employers may refer you to their websites and decline your resume, but you can still take advantage of the opportunity to verbally share your qualifications and build a relationship with them. If you are an education major, bring a few copies of your credential file and transcript in case districts request it. Failing to develop your elevator speech. You only have 15 to 20 seconds to present your qualifications. Write a brief narrative that outlines your educational background, related experience and professional interests. Prepare and practice it several times. Loading up on freebies. Your objective is to collect information, not giveaways. Dressing unprofessionally. Business suits are the norm for job fairs. If you do not own a suit, wear Dockers or black pants. Men, avoid flashy ties. Women, wear closed toe shoes

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and nylon hosiery. Clean your fingernails and empty your pockets. Do not bring a large purse or backpack. Traveling in herds with your friends. Work the room yourself. Don’t be shy. Introduce yourself. Forgetting to obtain recruiters’ contact information. Remember to pick up a directory at the entrance of the job fair. This provides the organizations’ contact information. You will also receive a nametag, which you should place on your right shoulder. Failing to prepare for an on-the-spot interview. Expect employers to ask you questions. Prepare your responses for frequently asked questions. Be able to articulate your strengths, weaknesses and professional aspirations. Also, identify a few stories that you can share about an event or project that illustrate your ability to do the job.

Failing to keep the conversation going. Example questions include the following: Describe a typical day for this position. What is the hiring timeline for the position? What qualifications make a candidate stand out? What do you like best about working for this organization? How should I follow-up with you? You will sabotage your chance to land a job if you ask recruiters to describe their organizations. Recruiters will expect you to know this. Also, avoid inquiring about starting pay or showing a lack of ambition (i.e., “I’ll take anything.” or “I don’t know what I want to do.”). Forgetting to follow-up. When you return home, take notes about your conversations. E-mail or mail a thank you letter within 24 hours. Reiterate your interest and qualifications. If recruiters requested it, provide additional information. Emphasize the fit between your qualifications and their organizations. Thank them for their time and interest. For more helpful tips, visit | 45

the real deal Marie Asbury Name: Marie Asbury | Age: 28 | Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio | Specialty: Art

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Red lipstick and feather dusters rejoice! Cherry Pie Pin-Up Photography is in business. Launched officially this last January, Asbury wanted to fill the local need for sexy 40’s and 50’s-themed shoots that celebrate sexy glamour. Whether the customized shoots are for a spouse or simply for a personal scrapbook, they will leave women feeling like a bombshell.

Where did Cherry Pie Pin-Up come from? I put out a casting call [in November 2011] and said I would do [the shoot] at cost and threw in a calendar to thank the girls who participated. I had nine girls sign up within two weeks, so I was like, hey, I must have hit a niche. Why Pin-Ups? I’ve always loved vintage and anything from the 40’s and 50’s. It’s kind of a neat time period. I love the style, all the fashion and furniture. And it’s tasteful. I’ve never done boudoir, and I don’t think it would be something I would do, necessarily. This is a way I can empower women and make them feel sexy, but not make it raunchy. Who is your typical model? It seems like on average the girls who are contacting me are around size 10-13. I have had a size 6 come in and I’ve had a size 22 contact me. I make sure there is wardrobe for any size, and I make sure to make flattering photos of any woman. Regardless of size, any woman has insecurities, so I always make sure I have the photos make the woman feel as beautiful as she can. How long do shoots typically take? The base package starts with an hour. The prices start at $330, which includes the full experience as far as hair and makeup, an hour-long session, and the wardrobe. The packages range up to $1,000, including red leather albums for their nightstands or significant others, calendars, prints...

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What type of themes are there for shoots? A package will include a specifically tailored item for her, so if a woman has a guy that is overseas and she wants an army theme then I will make sure I’ve got an army outfit in her size in stock. She also has access to anything that fits in the studio. Right now there are probably 25 different themes in the studio. Some of the most popular ones have been housewife-themed with items like ironing, featherdusting, talking on phones… the sailor and the army girl have been pretty popular, too. I noticed people do the shoots for holidays, such as for Christmas gifts. What else do customers do the shoots for? Aside from holidays, I’ve had people contact me for anniversary presents, birthday presents… It’s about 50/50 on whether they’re doing it for someone else or for themselves. The girls who are doing it for themselves are just wanting to have some sort of keepsake where they can look at it years from now and say, ‘Hey, this is me in my prime.’ Do people get nervous? The majority of them are nervous. If they don’t tell me they’re nervous they probably are and just don’t tell me. I try to provide a safe feeling for them. I’m pretty goofy, I laugh a lot at myself. I’ll give them privacy if they want

privacy. By the end of the session they’re always like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is fun!.’ I’ve actually had a girl come back and do it again within two months. What’s your most memorable session thus far? I think the coolest reason that someone came to me was because this girl was single, she’s young, and she works like crazy. She saw it as a time to let loose and do something for herself, so I thought it was awesome that she did it as a way to take a break from the grind and feel glamorous. And you have another photography company [Finished Vision Photography]. How would you describe your style compared to other photographers? Vibrant, crisp, timeless…. Finished Vision Photography is kind of my main thing. It’s luxury wedding portraiture catering to fun brides with style. I also do mostly families and babies.

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relationships 101 This month, with awards season upon us, I wanted to offer to all of my faithful readers my list of top date movies. Due to a word limit, this is an annotated list. Without a doubt many who read this will disagree, call me names, and say to themselves, “How could he leave ‘City of Angels’ off?!” Hey, I’m just some guy making a list. What I say isn’t gospel. Besides, with the exception of “Raising Arizona” I think we can all agree that Nicolas Cage sucks. But I digress. Now...TO THE LIST! 4. Overboard This is more of a feel-good rom-com, but it really has something for everyone. For the ladies you have a young, rugged (and sometimes shirtless) Kurt Russell. For the gents, a young, funny, and (in the beginning) a leave-littleto-the-imagination-dressed Goldie Hawn.  The love story really comes together when they bond over designing a mini-golf course that is so crudely made that it belongs on a campground by the interstate, but somehow has investors. Like I said, it’s a feel good 80’s rom-com, but is definitely worth your time and a is great date movie. As a side note, it’s nice to watch a movie every once in a while where the actors actually look like real people.   *Put the moves on: At the end when they’re jumping off the boat and swimming to each other.  Really there is no good time except then because you’ll want to watch the movie until the end since it’s hilarious.   3.  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind This movie is so exquisitely made that it should make nearly every positive list for movies.  It has a tone of dark comedy and once again brings us actors actually looking like real people.  It really examines the inner-workings of relationships during the good and bad times, but ends with the idea that nothing is perfect. You move forward because of love. A little sappy, I know, but there is some truth in there for everyone. As a side note, you should probably not choose this as a first date movie. *Put the moves on: Sneak a hand-hold or put your arm around her when Kirsten Dunst is giving the “Eternal Sunshine” line. 2. The Wedding SingeR Without a doubt Adam Sandler’s best film (sorry “Happy Gilmore” fans) and a GREAT date movie. It has everything from blow-milk-out-of-your-nose hilarity (the Steve Buschemi scene and when Robbie Hart’s brother- in-law is talking about his nipples) to feel-good romance (Sandler singing on the plane). And if that wasn’t enough, you also 48 | March 2012

have Billy Idol in a rare film appearance, and, as we all know, NOBODY TALKS TO BILLY IDOL LIKE THAT! *Put the moves on: I would say without a doubt when Robbie is singing to Julia on the plane. Take that time to make your move and, hey, “Say hi to your brother, Tito, for me!” 1. Garden State This is probably the greatest date movie of all time. From its subtle humor (think the “it’s a shirt” scene or “once, twice, three times a lady” scene) to its simple love story, “Garden State” is the perfect first or 15th date movie. Even if you don’t have the movie handy and just have the soundtrack, it’s a great makeout soundtrack. Every aspect of this movie is great, and it’s easily Natalie Portman’s best role (and yes I’ve seen “Closer,” “Black Swan,” “V for Vendetta,” etc.) and is the sole reason that I was in love with her from 2004 to 2008. *Put the moves on: This one is easy. You put the moves on when Large puts the moves on when they are screaming into the abyss and Peter Sarsgaard is looking at them awkwardly. Or you can wait until the end of the movie after Large comes back and confesses that the “ellipsis conversation” was dumb. Either way, you win. *Bonus: Some Like It Hot Trust me, this movie is great. It’s older, but worth your time. I mean come on, easily Marilyn Monroe’s best role. I’m already over my word limit so I can’t go into detail. *2nd Bonus: The Job (episode 24 of season 3 of “The Office”) I realize this is a TV episode, but I wanted to throw it in because it’s great. Try not to tear up a little when Jim pops in at the end and asks Pam out on a date. This was “The Office” at its finest, though some may argue it’s when they jumped the shark. So yeah, I left out some obvious choices like “Titanic,” “The Notebook,” “Casablanca,” “Big Trouble in Little China,” etc., but like I said, there is only so much space for me to write this column. If you take serious issue with my choices, want to call me names, insult my intelligence, and such, please e-mail me. Thank you, and happy movie dates.

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ask THE JOHNS Yes, 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 creating new boards on Pinterest, 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 has been altered to protect the innocent.

1.) I’m newly single and my longtime friend asked me to get sushi. We usually hang out with other people, but when I showed up he was alone, dressed up and had made a reservation. How can I tell if it’s a date or a friendly hangout? -Super Confused JR: Lets looks at the facts: (1) newly single, (2) sushi, (3) dress attire, (4) alone. If this wasn’t a date, I don’t know what is. On an unrelated note, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that your last relationship ended because of your inability to read social cues. JW: It’s a date. A little known fact is that if people eat sushi together there is a 100-percent chance that they are or are about to be sexual partners. Fact. JT: It sounds to me like this was a date. The fact that he was dressed up and alone seems like he was trying to impress you. If you are interested in it actually being a date then I would play it by ear and see if this type of occurrence happens the next time you get together. You could also acknowledge it by playfully asking if it is a date. 2.) I am engaged and recently ran into an ex. We obviously cared about each other at one point, so we decided to grab drinks and catch up. Do I have to let my fiancé know if it was harmless? -Anonymous JR: You have an interesting definition of harmless. I sure hope your fiancé has the same understanding of the word.

JW: No, if you have already had ‘relations’ with someone who predates your current significant other, it’s all good. It’s written somewhere in either the Consolidated Bro Code, or the United Hookup Statutes of North America. JT: This is something I would definitely tell your fiancé. If it is harmless I do not see why there is any hesitation to keep him in the loop unless you are not being honest with yourself and/or the situation. 3.) My husband and I had a baby recently, and he has probably changed one diaper and sleeps in on weekends. I know he’s working, but how can I make him understand that I need help? -Abbie, 28 JR: We men need very specific directions. If you make a general plea for help, it will be lost on us. Assign him specific tasks. For example, hand him the baby and say ‘Go change his/her diaper now.’ Anything short of this will leave us confused. JW: Three words: Hot, Swedish au pair. Well maybe that’s four, technically. But either way, it worked out well for Tiger Woods! JT: I would sit him down and explain to him the help you need, and maybe come up with a plan or routine to make it easier. He definitely cannot read your mind, and I am sure he does not even realize he is doing it. Open communication is key in this instance.

Disclaimer: Ask the Johns is a sarcastic piece. Their advice is not meant to be taken literally… except maybe John T’s.

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Inspired by the tribal trend seen on the runway this season, I’ve created a simple, upcycled statement piece that can be worn year-round. ce Neckla 7 ment $ State tal Cost: To

Supplies: -Old leather bag/purse. -Yarn in various colors -All-purpose craft glue -X-Acto knife -Ruler -Pliers -Masking tape -Chain


1. Choose a purse to cut apart. I found my bag at St. Vincent De Paul for $2. You will be using the handles and part of the leather body. Make sure you choose a bag/purse that has rounded padded handles that are attached to the body with metal hardware. Cut the handles off (keep the hardware on one of the handles) with an X-Acto knife. 2. Yarn: Choose your color palette. I find great color combination ideas through Most of the time I look at fashion or home decor to determine what colors look best together. Color blocking, a trend that has been popular for the last two seasons, allows us to mix and match colors without any regard to matching. 3. Start with the handle with hardware still attached. Wind the yarn tightly around the entire piece. You may choose to use one color or you can use multiple colors. 4. Wrap yarn around the second handle. 5. Place the smaller handle (no hardware) inside of the larger handle (hardware). Use masking tape to secure in four spots. 6. Using the X-Acto knife and a ruler, cut (2) 1” x 3” pieces of leather from the body of the bag. 7. Wrap the leather pieces securely, and glue each into place (over the masking tape). 8. Attach chain to the handle’s hardware at the top of the necklace. 9. Wear your new creation with a simple silhouette (think basic black or white). 10. Never look at a purse the same way again. There are so many ways to turn “trash” into couture!





BIO: Jessica Farley is the author of the local fashion blog She is constantly inspired by fashion found in magazines, movies and TV, but is mostly influenced by street style: real style by real people. An expert thrifter and lover for all things vintage, Farley takes pride in finding eclectic, one-of-a-kind fashions for herself and others (she is a fashion stylist and personal shopper as well). Besides fashion, Jessica loves working on creative projects, her family, Google, cupcakes, and art.

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health Spring Your Pet to the Vet

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“Animals become part of our lives quite easily, and they play a big role for many of us,” said Dr. Russell Daly, extension veterinarian and associate professor with South Dakota State University’s Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Daly, who also serves as the State Public Health Veterinarian, believes the approaching spring months are an excellent time to make sure pets are up to speed with their routine checkups. “Spring seems to be the time when animals are outside and becoming more active,” said Dr. Daly. “Vaccinations given at the beginning of spring will boost the

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immune system and last through the rest of the summer when they are more likely to be in contact with other animals.” Dr. Daly encourages scheduled vaccinations to protect our furry friends, especially from aggressive viruses like rabies or parasites like heartworm. “Any animal exposed to these could be susceptible,” said Dr. Daly. “Life is much easier when pets are vaccinated.” Some pet owners may fear the costs of vaccinations, but by contrast, the financial aspect is really minor compared to what our pets may endure if we neglect them. “It is a pain and suffering I don’t even want to think about,” said Dr. Daly. “Nobody likes shots, and chances are your pet won’t either, but so many things are easily prevented with routine vaccinations. Dr. Daly suggests pet owners build veterinarian care into their budget. According to, dog owners spend an average of $248 for routine vet visits. And that’s not even covering flea and heartworm preventatives, which can run around $161 a year. If you’re a cat person, plan on spending an average of $219 on average per vet visit and around $110 on preventative medicine annually. “Always be prepared for preventative measures,” said Dr. Daly. “Plus, preventative care is much easier and less expensive when placed up against the cost of treatment.” Dr. Matt Stork, a practicing veterinarian with All City Pet Care West in Sioux Falls said he often treats ailments even humans suffer from. Skin irritations, allergies, digestive upsets, urinary tract infections, obesity and even general dentistry are all part of Dr. Stork’s day. The Iowa State University graduate also doubles as an animal surgeon and said paying attention to our pet’s everyday activities is a must. “Pets can hide things very well,” said Dr. Stork. “We often don’t notice until things get severely bad.” We know when we are feeling sick or ill, however, pets cannot talk to us and tell us what they’re feeling. How

will we know if something is “just not right”? “Take time to know them and learn their personality traits and routine,” said Dr. Stork “For example, if they are shying away from their food dish or seem rather irritable, it is time to see your veterinarian.” “Pay attention to what comes up and what comes out, too,” said Dr. Daly. “Vomit and stools can tell a lot about your pet’s health.” Both Dr. Daly and Dr. Stork believe education is the

key to understanding our furry friends. Both of them feel regular checkups, sensible feeding, routine exercise and an open dialogue with a veterinarian will keep pets living a high quality of life. “Cats and dogs are all different, and it is important to understand the background of your breed in order for them to have a mentally and physically stimulated life,” said Dr. Stork. “Your veterinarian has seen so many animals and is a key resource,” said Dr. Daly. “Even if they don’t know the answer, they know where to find it.” And as we give our furry companions that quality of life, remember, they’re returning the favor to us without even realizing it. “They serve as a source of companionship and unconditional love,” said Dr. Daly. “Pets truly become part of our family.” | 61

health Groups Help Motivate Fitness

by Carl Anthony

The old saying is often true: There really is strength in numbers. So when attempting something as challenging and as life changing as physical fitness, perhaps we are more apt to find success should we surround ourselves with others on the same path? “I always love how people will smile in a group atmosphere,” said Karri Stearns, supervisor of the group exercise and fitness program at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center on Southeastern Avenue in Sioux Falls. Stearns, a 30-year veteran of the fitness world believes training and exercising alongside one another in a group is the best way to motivate. “You get teambuilding and camaraderie,” said Stearns. “Everybody is there to cheer each other on.” Adam Reppe is the healthy lifestyles director for the Sioux Falls Family YMCA on Minnesota Avenue. Reppe, who studied health promotions at South Dakota State University, believes approaching fitness in the group setting can help all of us stick with it. “You get accountability and support from the people you see each session,” said Reppe. “Group fitness provides structure and will help you stay on track.”

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Group classes are fairly common in gyms, fitness centers and health clubs. Most offer some sort of group-type session for members: yoga, aerobics and cycling are all mainstays, for example, when it comes to group fitness. However, despite group fitness being widespread, there is always something fresh. “The instructors are always coming up with something new,” said Reppe. “You might attend a class and learn a cool move or exercise you can use the next time you are working out on your own.” One of the more popular classes to spring up here in South Dakota is called piloxing - a unique mishmash of pilates and kickboxing. “You get the power and speed of kickboxing, along with the sculpting of pilates,” said Stearns. “We have found classes that offer combinations, such as piloxing, are becoming the trend.”

And combination is the key word for maximum benefit when striving for our fitness goals. “When you combine your training, you get more bang for your buck,” said Reppe. “You get your cardio and your strength training in a set time at the same time.” The options for group fitness classes are plentiful, too. In addition to piloxing, the Avera McKennan Fitness Center offers a step/powerflex program, incorporating both weights and cardio. They also offer zumba, another hit amongst South Dakotans. Zumba is derived from dancing such as salsa and mambo. Even martial arts plays a hand in zumba. “These classes are better than just popping in a DVD at home,” said Stearns. “You are led by a trained and accredited professional who will help guide you through.” The Sioux Falls Family YMCA offers multiple variations of yoga, including one you can do over a lunch break. They also provide water aerobics and a boot camp class, which mimics a military/armed forces workout. “We have many different modes and options when it comes to group fitness,” said Reppe. “If you are stuck in a rut, these classes can help give you that well rounded routine.” Stearns is a believer in the power of group fitness. “I see people in the classes who would normally be intimidated by the gym coming in and getting results,” said Stearns. “Fitness needs to be a priority for our emotional and physical well being, and these classes will give you more strength, flexibility and energy.” Reppe offers some advice for those attempting group fitness for the first time. “Talk with the instructor ahead of time or visit with somebody like myself,” said Reppe. “We can help you find what classes would be best for you and help you find a niche.” For more information on group fitness classes, contact the Avera McKennan Fitness Center at (605) 322-5300 or the Sioux Falls Family YMCA at (605) 336-3190. | 63

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