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Allen Jones – Cartoonist When Allen was in second grade while living in Miller, S.D., he told his father one night that he believed he was supposed to be a cartoonist. After attaining his BFA in theatre from the University of South Dakota, he decided to once again strive for the goal of becoming a professional cartoonist. He loves hanging out with his wife and two dogs, fishing and escaping into middleearth, Westeros, and a galaxy far, far away. Austin Kaus – Writer Austin is a graduate student, college teacher and custodial engineer. He spends too much money on records and tacos and not enough time at the gym. He created Songs From A Couch ( to convince people to play music just for him...and you.

Liz Long – Graphic Design & Photography Liz is 21 and is a student at South Dakota State University studying graphic design. She goes to University Center so she can stay in Sioux Falls with her fiance and continue growing her design experience and photography with her obsession of Sons of Anarchy at hand. Kacie Svoboda – Intern Kacie is a senior at Black Hills State University majoring in mass communications with an emphasis in journalism. Her first love is travel, especially if it involves a passport, though writing is a close second.

Bill Tetrault – photography Bill is a freelance event photographer and is also the “computer guy” for a Sioux Falls manufacture. Like most photographers, his passion came from taking photos of his children; as they grew so did his ability. Some of his favorite things are his family, photography, technology and good craft beer.

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MOONDOGGIES The Americana band, The Moondoggies, made a stop at Icon Lounge on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Their new album, Adios, I’m a Ghost, is now available. For more shows happening, visit IMAGES BY BILL TETRAULT

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SIOUX FALLS ROLLER DOLLZ Zombies made an appearance at the Sioux Falls Roller Dollz bout Saturday, Oct. 19 at The Coliseum against Duluth, Minn. The Sioux Falls Doll Starz beat the Harbor City Roller Dames 178-117 and the Sioux Falls Killa Beez beat the Harbor City Shipwreckers 71-40. For more info, visit IMAGES BY BILL TETRAULT

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Sioux Falls Area

Rapid City Area

ENTERTAINMENT Nov. 1 Downtown First Fridays

Downtown Sioux Falls. 5-9 p.m. Enjoy the sounds of live outdoor music at various downtown locations. A special day of shopping, art and entertainment downtown! This month is Downtown Gives with participating stores! The first Friday of every month many stores stay open later until 8 p.m. For more info, visit

Ipso Wonderful Life

Ipso Gallery at Fresh Produce. 6-8 p.m. Ipso Wonderful Life is a collaboration between sponsor and artist that explores the significance of our most-loved films and with a singular work of art, attempts to extract our connection to fictional worlds. For more info, visit www.

Nov. 7 Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody

Washington Pavilion. 7:30-9:30 p.m. SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious new comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the bestselling book to life. SPANK! contains mature adult content and may not be appropriate for all ages. Parental discretion is advised. For more info, visit

Nov. 8 Local Fashion Show

Icon Lounge. 7 p.m. With Ragus Designs, Darling Vintage & Michelle & Olive. Special guest Sadie Soul and Rock-a-Bettys.

Super Happy Funtime Burlesque

The Red Eye. 9 p.m. For more info, visit

Nov. 12 & 13 The Graduate

Washington Pavilion. 7:30 p.m. Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father’s business partner and then finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine. Parental discretion is advised. For more info, visit

Nov. 15 Dainty Obsessions presents: Your Wedding

Icon Lounge + Event Hall. 6 p.m. Complete with hors d’oeuvres and drinks, 5 mock ceremonies, live inspiration, the area’s best wedding vendors and an awesome dance party. You, the “wedding guest,”

get to taste delicious appetizers, drink signature cocktails, sample sweet treats, visually see styled tables, smell the flowers, touch the stationery, interact with vendors, dress up, enjoy a girls’ night out and be inspired! Admission $15. Limited space. For more info, visit www.

Nov. 22 Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss Family Celebration Tour

Washington Pavilion. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Buddy will talk about family, the bakery, his show on TLC, take questions from the audience, have decorating contests among audience members, give away prizes, and give cake decorating demonstrations. Admission is $42.50 or $18 plus tax. VIP seats available to meet Buddy, get an autographed book and a souvenir VIP Lanyard and laminate ($95). For more info, visit


The Dahl Arts Center. 5:30 p.m. Time-honored anonymous art exhibit and art “lottery” sale. The Goods is a festive evening celebrating the community’s artistic talent and diversity and is an annual fundraiser for the Rapid City Arts Council. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres complemented by paired wine. Tickets $35 members, $40 non-members. For more info, visit

Nov. 14 High Heels & Hard Hats

The District. 6-9 p.m. Imagine the power of a wish come true for those in the midst of hospitals, tests and treatments. Enjoy wine and beer tasting plus samples of delicious h’oeuvres. Individuals $80, couples $150. For more info, visit

Nov. 19 Purses with a Purpose

Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn. 6-9 p.m. Unwind at the Girl Scouts 6th Annual Purses with a Purpose. Enjoy a live auction, silent auction,

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paired with designer purses, go-green (gently used) purses, wine tasting and a plated meal. Tickets in advance $25, table of 10 is $200. Purchase at the Rapid City Girl Scout office or contact (605) 271-9716.


Nov. 22 & 23 2013 Festival of Trees

Nov. 1 Soulcrate Music: Halloween Rap Karaoke

Avera Prairie Center. The Festival of Trees is Southeastern Behavioral HealthCare’s annual fundraiser. The Festival features a Gala on Friday, Nov. 22, which includes a live and silent auction where beautiful trees and wreaths are sold. The Festival is known as the kick-off to the holiday season. Admission $75. Make plans to join us! More info, visit www.directionsforlife. org.

Nov. 29 Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Downtown Sioux Falls. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Before the Parade of Lights, a 5K race/walk will take place downtown from Phillips Avenue to the Falls Park arch. The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis® is a festive way to kick off your holidays. For more info, visit programs-events/jingle-bell-run.

Due to space, here are only some of the biggest shows of the month.

Club David. 9-11:30 p.m. If you would like to perform a song, e-mail with song choice (limited to 15 performers). Admission $5. Ages 18+.

Nov. 8 Hairball in Concert

Deadwood Mountain Grand. 8 p.m. For more info, call (605) 559-1188.

Nov. 15 Wookiefoot

The District. 8 p.m. With That 1 Guy. All ages. $15 adv/$20 door. For more info, visit

Nov. 16 Goodroad CD Release Show


The District. 8 p.m. All ages. Free. For more info, visit

Nov. 8 | 9 | 15 | 16 | 27 | 29 | 30 Rapid City Rush

Nov. 24 Josh Thompson

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. 7:05 p.m. For more info, visit www.

Nov. 9 Sioux Falls Roller Dollz

The Coliseum. 7 p.m. Pirates vs. Ninjas. Admission $12, kids 10 and under free. For more info, visit

Nov. 9 | 15 | 16 | 22 | 23 | 29 | 30 Sioux Falls Stampede

Sioux Falls Arena. 7:05 p.m. For more info, visit

Nov. 22 | 23 | 29 | 30 Sioux Falls Skyforce

Pentagon Sanford. 7 p.m. For more info, visit siouxfalls.

The District. 6 p.m. All ages. VIP balcony $32, general $17. For more info, visit

Nov. 29 Soulcrate Music

The District. 8 p.m. With PROF, Later Babes, Grrl Prrrty and Phantom Balance. $30 VIP balcony, general $17. For more info, visit www.

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

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BEYOND BORDERS with mark lloyd

Borders went bankrupt? So what. That doesn’t stop former employee Mark Lloyd from finding out what’s the next hottest read.


Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell

The Unknowns by Gabriel Roth

So you’re a time traveler and you’ve seen it all. And you like to celebrate your birthday every year by having a party in New York City in the year 2071 at this abandoned hotel with every other you of every other age. At 39, the 40-yearold version of yourself ends up dead, and you kind of feel like you might need to figure out what happened before you are the 40-year-old version. First of all, if you’re a time traveler, I’m not sure how you know when it’s your birthday, but besides that, this sounds pretty interesting.

Extortion by Peter Schweizer

I figure with the government shutdown, we should all check out a book about government corruption. That way, we can say more than, “Man, the government is stupid.” Educate yourselves, people.

Eric wasn’t exactly the cool kid in school. He didn’t play sports. He didn’t hang out with the cool kids. He didn’t date a cheerleader. He didn’t date anyone. This was the ‘90s. This was before everyone had a cell phone. This was before the internet. This was before everyone walked around with hand-held computers, talking, texting and taking pictures all at the same time. But Eric was into computers. He understood them. He could write computer code without even thinking about it.

And this was perfect, because when the internet boom hit, Eric wrote a little code with his buddy for a program that tracked people’s internet habits for big corporations. They sold high, and Eric was a millionaire in his early twenties. But he still didn’t know a thing about girls. I mean, in high school, he kept this notebook with entries for every girl. He would study the girls and then write things about them in the notebook in an attempt to learn about girls. Yeah, he tried to scientifically study girls. That didn’t work out too well for Eric. But now he’s rich and sitting around and going to parties. And then he meets Maya. And Maya is pretty much perfect. She’s beautiful, funny and smart. She is a reporter who is not afraid to get the big story by stepping on some toes. She actually thinks Eric is interesting. She is a little freaky in bed. But Eric can’t help but use that scientific mind to try and unravel the mystery that is Maya, and when she tells him something private about her childhood that throws him for a loop, he can’t just let it go. He has to play the scientist.

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South Dakota Film Festival 2013

bio: Dustin Jansick is the owner of WayTooIndie. com, which is dedicated on providing you with the most accurate and honest movie reviews and ratings. The site is focused around, but certainly not limited to, independent films. Dustin, along with other fellow contributors, not only write reviews on indie, foreign and art house films, but also post trailers, news articles, and Top-10 lists. Check them out on Facebook and @WayTooIndie on Twitter.

S O U T H DA KO TA F I L M F E S T I VA L 2 0 1 3 Being that Dustin and I have both previously attended prominent international film festivals, we both knew it wouldn’t be fair to compare the South Dakota Film Festival to ones like Toronto International Film Festival or Cannes. So I’ll be honest—I wasn’t expecting to see the same quality of films here. But, by the end of the festival, we were both pleasantly surprised and unquestionably satisfied with our first experience at the SDFF. By not knowing much about the films that were playing going into the festival, I was able to sit back and put myself in the moment of each film. Truth be told, I had a blast, even if I didn’t enjoy every single movie. But I would say I easily enjoyed 90 percent of the films I saw. That speaks volumes to a) the talented filmmakers on hand and b) the quality of the eye that the programmers of the SDFF have. If there’s one thing the SDFF has taught me—or rather, reminded me—it’s that sometimes it doesn’t matter how big the festival is, it’s the atmosphere of the theater itself. Every single person

in Aberdeen at the Capitol Theater that weekend was there for a sole purpose—to appreciate the art of film. There were no other agendas brought to the table. It was simply a celebration of film. The producers of the festival need to be commended. They put on a very warm and welcoming festival. I remember when Dustin and I were walking into the theater the for the first time and we weren’t sure what to expect, but immediately we were treated like two long lost family members that hadn’t been seen in years. Looking around over the weekend, it was pretty obvious that every single person attending was being treated the same way. Sure the festival is tucked away in upstate South Dakota, making it a little out of the way from some areas. But if you’re in the region, or if you just happen to be passing through, you will be hard pressed to find a better outlet for film lovers. The festival is held in Aberdeen every year in late September. by Blake Ginithan

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NOVEMBER MUSIC PREVIEW Tis the season for great concerts. Check out some of the highlights in November. Big Head Todd and the Monsters When: Nov. 9 @ 8 p.m. Where: The District Details: The Colorado band is performing in the area’s newest music venue. Also playing is the Kris Lager Band. Their last album was 100 Years of Robert Johnson in 2011. All ages. For more info, visit Rob Zombie & Korn When: Nov. 10 @ 6 p.m. Where: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Details: Featuring Scar the Martyr. Korn recently released their new music video Love & Meth off of The Paradigm Shift, while author, director and musician Rob Zombie recently released his book The Lords of Salem in paperback and ended his “Great American Nightmare” that featured 15 nights of live music and haunted houses pulled straight from his horror films. For more info, visit www.pepperentertainment. com. Third Eye Blind When: Nov. 12 @ 6 p.m. Where: The District Details: Known for hits like “SemiCharmed Life,” “Jumper” and “How’s It Going to Be.” With special guest Gentlemen Hall. All ages. For more info,

visit Lady Antebellum When: Nov. 21 @ 7 p.m. Where: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Details: The seven-time Grammy award-winning trio hits the stage in Rapid City in the first leg of their “Take Me Down” tour with guests Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves. For more info, visit LaVerne Butler When: Nov. 22 @ 8 p.m. Where: Orpheum Theater Details: The superb, yet underexposed New York City jazz singer whose main influences include Nancy Wilson and Sarah Vaughan is coming to Sioux Falls. Check out Butler, who recently released her critically acclaimed album, Love Lost and Found Again. For more info, visit

AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL KACIE SVOBODA BY “Americana is contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles--including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues,” explained Dahl Art Center’s development director Deb Lux. This genre’s varied background and broad appeal inspired the Dahl to host an event that features area musicians to celebrate this particular music style. On Nov. 2, the Rapid City art gallery will host the fourth annual Americana Music Festival, drawing in a number of local acts and the headlining band the Union Grove Pickers. The Sioux Falls band was chosen as a main event because of a Facebook call out that asked fans to pick their favorite regional band. The choice could

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This metallic force of coordinated chaos features members of The Wildhearts, Cardiacs and Napalm Death and will find a welcome home in the ears of metal fans desperate for something more than a onegrowl trick. Mark E. Smith from The Fall shows up because he’s Mark E. Smith. Favorite tracks: “White Leg,” “Mutations,” “Relentless Confliction.”

Melvins Tres Cabrones hardly have been more true to the spirit of Americana music, as the Pickers blend folksy lyrics over an amalgamation of rock beats and bluegrass-based variation. The Pickers, who describe themselves as “lifetime musicians,” consist of band members Tim Jewell (guitar/vocals), Erin Castle (vocals), Travis Jamison (bass/vocals), Megan DeBoer (vocals), and Josh Rieck (mandolin/vocals). The Pickers, along with opening act Jennyhead, will headline the concert at 7:30 p.m. Prior to that—from noon to 5 p.m.—there will be a host of local musicians performing for free and other music-related events. Some of these musicians include Avalon Roads, Deadwood Express and Emily Lloyd. “There are so many talented acts in the area,” said the Union Grove Pickers.  “Many of them are our friends, so to be asked to headline the show feels great.” 

The winner of the Americana Song Writing Contest, Nick Engbers, will also be featured with the winning song, “Hometown Ghosttown.” Some of the other events include a vintage instrument showcase, a musical instrument swap meet, and a musical petting zoo— where kids are allowed to test out their talents on various musical instruments.  Musical workshops will also be offered, and a raffle will be held for a vintage Beatles album. Tickets are $10 for Rapid City Arts Council members, $12 for advanced tickets and $15 for tickets bought the day of the show.  Tickets may be purchased at, and proceeds go to support arts programming by the RCAC and the Dahl Arts Center. If you can’t make the Americana Music Festival, you can catch The Union Grove Pickers at their CD release at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theatre Center in March.

The latest from the inventors of the “Kiss-on-ludes” sound both shatters and pleases the ears. What stands out on Tres Cabrones is how much fun they appear to be having, especially with the playful mangling of traditional songs like “99 Bottles of Beer,” “You’re in the Army Now,” and “Tie My Pecker to a Tree.” Favorite tracks: “99 Bottles of Beer,” “Dr. Mule,” “Tie My Pecker To A Tree,” “Walter’s Lips.”

Tera Melos The X’ed Out Remixes EP

Listening to Tera Melos is a pretty colorful and twisted journey in itself. This remix album gives you a different angle with which to push your thumbs onto closed eyes. Favorite tracks: “Snake Lake (Busdriver Remix feat. Milo),” “Weird Circles (Fang Island - Jason Bartell Mix).” See Austin’s interview with #1 Bad Boy Jordan Karr on

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About the author: Shanna Howe lives in Sioux Falls, and when she’s not busy writing, she’s trying to raise a couple of good humans.

THE DARE Make no sound, Jacob wills himself, leaning down on the handle of the front door. Orion, his Jack Russell, only stares, tilting his head and watching his thirteen year-old owner slip out into the humid night. With the door secure behind him, Jacob allows a quiet exhale. Dare me to meet you at the park at midnight, will you, Jaz? Let’s see if you even bother to show. Jacob scans his sleepy neighborhood, with its empty lots and for sale signs marking the new houses, and decides the street is too risky with its gleaming lights. To make it to the park without being caught, he’ll have to weave between the backyards. After a successful tiptoe across his driveway, Jacob edges around the garage with his back flat against his house. He surveys his

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neighbors’ backyard. He zeros in on the giant play system. After three deep breaths, he sprints toward the yellow slide. Half-way there, he realizes he can easily pass it and run straight for the empty house next door. He sails past the play set, giving the house behind it a quick glance to make sure no one is stirring. Jacob safely swerves to a stop around the half-finished privacy fence and catches his breath. He smiles—it was smart choosing this yard. The house is almost finished, but nobody’s moved in, and its fence means an easy stroll through the lawn. Suddenly Jacob is blinded by a bright light. He shields his eyes and crouches down, certain it’s the cops shining the beam in his face, ready to haul him in for trespassing, or worse, take him home to his mother. But there’s no movement: no voices. Blinking, Jacob realizes the light is coming from above the sliding

door at the back of the house. Motion lights. Relief, followed by the panic of being seen, hits him, and he takes off again. At the end of the fence is a vast, open square where four empty lots meet. Thistles scratch at his bare calves as he makes his way through the first lot. The summer-grown weeds are waist-high in spots and slow him down; to avoid them he starts doing highknees like Coach makes him do in gym class. Car lights illuminate the lot in front of Jacob. Fear gets the best of him, and he hits the ground. “Ow!” he whispers, so loudly he might as well have yelled. He isn’t injured, but pulling the thistles out of his hand in the dark is going to be difficult. Sitting in the weeds, he picks out the tiny spikes. He hears a garage door close, and waits a few more minutes to make sure all is silent. Slowly, Jacob

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rises out of the tall weeds, poking his head out first before standing upright. The neighborhood looks deserted again. Carefully, Jacob pulls out his new cell phone and checks the time: 11:48. He’s not late, so no more running. Using the phone to light the way, Jacob walks to the end of the empty lots. He looks up at the last six houses and secures the phone in his pocket. Losing it would be the second thing he could get killed for tonight. The streets dead end on either side of him because of the stream: the last obstacle separating him from the park. Jacob decides his best bet is to walk crouched, right where the lawns meet, away from motion lights. He lowers himself and makes it between the first two lawns, then the next two. He nears a small shed between the last two lawns and darts around it. “Bow, wow, wow! Ruff! Grrr… Bow, wow, wow!” Ack! Kennel, not shed! Jacob runs so fast he doesn’t even see what kind of dog it is. He barrels straight toward the park, stomping through the stream, tripping once and soaking himself. He bounces up and runs, all the way to the swings, where he plops down and tries to compose himself, dripping all over the ground beneath him. “Wow! You came. And I think you met my dog,” a voice says. Jacob jumps up to see Jazmine standing behind him. “That was your dog, Jaz?” Jacob asks. “Doberman? Great Dane? Mastiff?” Jazmine laughs. “Lab poodle mix,” she says, smiling. “Well, you showed, so now you get your proof. Got a camera?” Jacob reaches for his phone and finds an empty pocket. He pinches his eyes shut. So. Much. Trouble. “No worries,” Jazmine says, pulling out her phone. “It will have to be a selfie. I want proof that I came too.” She stands next to Jacob, cheek to cheek, and extends her arm. “Smile!” Jacob half-smiles and waits. “Hey, Jacob?” Jazmine says. Jacob turns his face. The flash and her kiss are simultaneous. Totally. Worth it.

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AT HOME with Rebekah + Nick Scott

“It’s whimsical and western, which is so me,” she said of her polka-dot cattle pillow.

REBEKAH + NICK SCOTT As you enter the 135-year-old farm in Valley Springs, S.D., you are engulfed in the everyday hustle and bustle of the Scott home. Gus, 6, had just arrived home from school, Iversyn, 3, was playing piano and Rozelyn, 1, was making noise in the baby monitor. “Nick’s out in the field trying to beat out the rain,” mother and entrepreneur Rebekah Scott explained as she glanced out the window, looking for her husband. Rebekah is celebrating 10 years in business with Rebekah Scott Designs (RSD), a direct sales company that sells custom-made purses and accessories through trunk shows, outdoor events and online. Her home exudes her business, because that’s exactly where everything takes place. “The girls are with me all day, I don’t have a day care,”

she said. “That was my mission when we started the company is to be able to stay home with them.” Evergreen Stock Farm (named because the original owner planted evergreens all around the property, including one of the tallest in the state) raises cattle and has been in the family for generations. “Everyone [in the family] that comes to visit has lived here at one point or another,” Rebekah laughed. That being said, the Scotts rent from the family, so big

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“My husband wrote me this poem when we were dating,” she explained, creating it into wall art (top right).

decisions like building on a studio had to be run by Nick’s father first. In regards to décor, the family is always interested to see what she does next. “Everyone comes in and is like, ‘What is Bekah doing to it now,’” she said. As she talks, you can hear cows mooing outside like an offbeat chorus. “We just sorted them, meaning Momma is away from the babies, so they’re bellering all night long,” she explained with a smile. Leading into the RSD studio is a playroom filled with toy cars, stuffed animals and the latest art projects. “I don’t keep it separate,” she said about family and business. “I never want the kids to think this is where Mommy works and this is where we do family. I want them to know this is as much of family as they are.” That means sewing machines shut off by 6 p.m. “We live a very military regimen lifestyle, because that’s the only way I can do what I do so they know what’s coming next,” Rebekah said. Walking into a room off to the side of the sewing space is Rebekah’s utopia: the fabric closet. “It’s a bliss just sitting in with the fabrics and thinking of combinations,” she said, beaming.

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Sixty percent of her fabrics are her designs, which is huge considering she made her first bags out of curtains. “I was determined not to get a business loan,” she said. Her goal is to one day have 100 percent of her fabrics to be exclusively RSD fabrics. The barn doors leading into the closet came from a church in her hometown of Philip, S.D. “I knew I wanted these doors somewhere in my house, so we based the height of the ceiling off of them,” Rebekah said. “I’m a West River girl, and I’m very proud of that.” Her kitchen, where everyone gathers, is where she keeps her family, life and business goals. “It keeps me accountable to all the roles I’m in.” One of Rebekah’s biggest goals? To make Oprah’s O List. She exclaimed, “I’m going to have a testimonial from her one day!” Keeping all of these goals and working from home is as overwhelming as it sounds, but that doesn’t bother the Scotts. “I get overwhelmed, but my work energizes me,” Rebekah said. “It doesn’t exhaust me.” Another important reason it doesn’t exhaust her? “I got to see Rozelyn take her first steps this week, and it reminded me why I’m so happy I get to be home.” To shop RSD or to inquire about hosting a RSD party, visit Find RSD on etsy, Facebook and follow @ShopRSD.

The Scott home is filled with Minglewood Studio clocks and signboards “My husband keeps saying, ‘Okay, we don’t have any wall space left, stop!’” (middle right)

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Breck’s Bar & Grill 8405 west 12th street Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57106 (605) 335-9633

BRECK’S BAR & GRILL “Greasy food might not be good for your body, but it does wonders for the soul.” ~Jessica Zafra When it was announced in September that a new bar and grill was going to open on the west side of Sioux Falls, I thought that’s exactly what was going to happen. Right?! Wrong. If you liked the former business enclosed in the shack-like building in the faraway land of the west side called Chasers Food and Spirits, don’t be sad! It’s the exact same menu. “They just moved it around,” our server said, referring to the menu text. Purchased by couple Pat and Marilyn Breck, the restaurant has been newly dubbed Breck’s Bar & Grill. They offer the typical bar grub, a full bar, billiards, darts, music, sand volleyball and disc golf. Any grease lover would be satisfied with the food selection: cheese balls, french fries, tater tots, chicken drummies, chicken gizzards, oh my!

And don’t forget the questionable South Dakota seafood baskets like fan tailed breaded shrimp and beer battered cod. Chasers fans, don’t fear—their “world famous” Indian Tacos are here to stay as well! With fluffy fried bread and sour cream that is served in its packaging, it is a delight and is one of the only establishments you can find Indian Tacos in the area (if not the only). Driving up—to be honest—it looks rough. With the building that needs some tender love and care to the dark lighting, it reminds you of something that could be a great setting for The Accused or Boys Don’t Cry. Just out of instinct, everyone at the table talked in a whisper. After a few minutes into realizing it was once Chasers (there are literally still signs up that have the Chasers logo on it) you become relaxed. It’s the type of place where you feel like

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cozy atmosphere

21+ room leather sofas

you can say anything, let your guard down and eat some tortilla chips and salsa while watching three TVs on the wall (one having Law & Order: SVU on it—score). It was day two of opening, so our server was quite frazzled. She kindly explained that she was in training still and apologized if it took her a while to type in our order because she was still learning. Thus far, here is what we know...

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It’s the facts... · We had to find out the address from their Facebook status stating they officially opened Oct. 1 and posted where to find them (they did not list a phone number or address otherwise). It has since been added. · They recently announced Mark Down Mondays where all alcoholic drinks and beer are 50 cents off, including happy hour. · One of our main servers appeared to be a daughter or someone in the family during the lunch hour on a Thursday afternoon, which was semi confusing since she appeared to be around 10-12 years old. She was great, though! · We were told to get our order in quickly because sometimes there is a lunch rush (FYI). You can check out their menu to prep yourself at the Chasers website (ATMOSPHERE) As stated, this is on the outskirts of Sioux Falls and can appear to look questionable. Once inside, though, it’s a laid back atmosphere where you can play some pool, order a beer and get the fried food you expect. (SERVICE) While one of us was asked around eight times what he ordered and we kept getting handed the wrong food, it was the second day of being open. Of course it will improve (fingers crossed), and the little girl was really fast with refills! (TASTE) It’s all about the Indian Taco. Unless you are in the neighborhood, this is the reason why you would drive out there. • 605.582.2520 • 1013 N Splitrock Blvd, Brandon, SD


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Todd Burns, general manager of Carnaval Brazilian Grill, shakes things up with martinis that will excite any Thanksgiving guest. Bringing a side this year? Try their CBG Cod Croquettes! For the latest at Carnaval, visit or call (605) 361-6328.


PUMPKIN PIE MARTINI 1 oz. Pumpkin Pie Vodka 3/4 oz. Pumpkin Spice Kahlua 3/4 oz. Bailey’s Vanilla Cinnamon Grahamcracker, sugar and cinnamon on rim Shake in mixer Garnish with fresh-grated nutmeg

3 oz. Vodka Splash of apple juice 1 oz. Apple syrup 3/4 oz. Cinnamon syrup Grahamcracker, sugar and cinnamon on rim Shake in mixer

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CBG COD CROQUETTES 6 oz. Cod 2 Shallots 1 Garlic clove 1 Egg Panko Mashed potatoes

Bake cod, let cool, and then crumble. Mix cod with shallots, garlic and egg. Add panko for consistency and mashed potatoes for taste. Form into balls. Deep fry until golden.

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The Sioux Chef Challenge helps provide these children with a hot meal each day, placement on a list to receive shoes and school supplies, and a de-worming every six months.  

SIOUX CHEF CHALLENGE What could be better than an evening spent with chefs competing over which mouth-watering delight will be your favorite? How about if that event also provides funding to help children in need? On Thursday, Nov. 14, the Diversity Kiwanis Club of Sioux Falls is hosting its second annual Sioux Chef Challenge.  This event pits the best local executive chefs, sous chefs and caterers to battle in three food categories: appetizer, entrée and dessert.  Awards are granted in each of these categories by guest judges. This year’s judges are: Argus Leader digital media manager Cory Myers, Southwest Minnesota State University culinary professor Michael Cheng, and ADwerks founder Jim Mathis.  Though these judges are not world-renowned chefs, they all have one thing in common—an appreciation for fine food.  “This year, we just want people who know food,” said past president of the DKC, Katie Studer.  The same could be expected of the challenge’s attendees, as all of them are involved in choosing the winner of the night’s most prestigious award, The People’s Choice.  This award spans across the three categories and will honor the winning 2013 chef with a $500 commercial grille donated by Lowe’s Home Improvement.  Last year’s winner was Sioux Falls Convention Center Executive Chef Yancy Erickson with his submission in the entrée category. Erickson returns to this year’s challenge along with nine other chefs. However, this time he will enter an appetizer.  Some of the other chefs competing are Lance White of Buffalo Ridge Resort with an appetizer, Ryan Hembree of Trail Ridge Retirement Community with an entrée and Melissa Johnson from Oh My Cupcakes! with a dessert.    Image courtesy of Sioux Chef Committee Members.

This event is the main fundraiser to support the many philanthropic activities of the DKC. The members sponsor a shoe drive where they gather donated shoes and toiletries and send them to a Guatemalan orphanage.  The Sioux Chef Challenge allows for them to pay the costly shipping fees.  The club also sponsors the BackPack Program, which supplies over 4,300 backpacks filled with food to 71 schools across the state of South Dakota. In Project Warm-Up, members make fleece blankets for students in need.  The challenge raises money to buy supplies for both of these projects.  But perhaps the most directly significant activity is KDC’s four-year sponsorship of two children in Haiti— first grader Daniella Canard and kindergartner Wilson Lacouture.  The Sioux Chef Challenge helps provide these children with a hot meal each day, placement on a list to receive shoes and school supplies, and a de-worming every six months.  Last year, approximately 228 people attended the event, which raised over $4,400. “There were a lot of unique dishes that I wouldn’t have tasted without attending the event,” Studer said.   So if you need your Thanksgiving fix a little early, an individual ticket is $41.50 or a table for 10 goes for $412.50 and can be purchased on the ticket page.  “Come out and try the best of the best from all the local chefs,” recommends KDC president Elect Stacey Kracht.



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

Image courtesy of Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau.

WINTER WONDERLAND KICK-OFF Nov. 22 | 6 p.m. Falls Park Price: Free More info: Join the city for the flipping of the switch! Winter Wonderland kicks off with Santa and Mrs. Claus, cookies, hot chocolate, holiday music, live reindeer, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. The Falls “light up” nightly through Jan. 5. BONUS! Music and refreshments will be available throughout the evening.

Image courtesy of 1880 Train.

5TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXPRESS Nov. 29 & 30| 29th, 3:30 & 4:15 p.m. 30th, 12:45 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Hill City, S.D. Price: $28 adults, $12 children (3-12) More info: Experience the magic as you take a journey from Hill City to the North Pole where Santa will be waiting to get on board the train. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies from Santa’s elves. BONUS! Each child will get to meet Santa and receive a small Christmas gift.


Image courtesy of DTSF.

22nd Annual Parade of Lights Nov. 29 | 7:30 p.m. Downtown Sioux Falls Price: Free More info: Dazzling lighted holiday floats and music flood Phillips Avenue from 14th Street to 5th Street. Start off the holiday season right with hot chocolate and the holiday spirit. BONUS! Award ceremony for floats takes place at the Holiday Inn City Centre following with awards like Best Use of Lights, Spirit of Sioux Falls, etc.

Image courtesy of Main Street Square.

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Nov. 30 | 1-8 p.m. Main Street Square, Rapid City Price: Free More info: The festive celebration returns with ice skating, figure skating performances and Santa and the Potter Family. Don’t miss the lighting of the tree at 5 p.m. BONUS! Ride a horse-drawn carriage through downtown free of charge.  



n my opinion, if you aren’t being criticized, you aren’t doing something right,” said Jered Johnson. Johnson, 34, is seasoned with taking “leaps” throughout his career, and it’s proven to work in his favor. In 2006, Johnson left his job at Gannett Company overseeing the entertaining advertising segment to start his own business, Pepper Entertainment—an entertainment agency in Sioux Falls. A Spearfish native, he grew up wanting to work in music, but couldn’t sing or play an instrument. He suddenly found his niche. “As I worked closely with area promoters and events, I knew at that point working in music was no longer a dream, rather, my calling,” he said. His wife at the time, now a close friend, mustered up enough money to make his calling a reality. Johnson worked from his home for almost two years until outgrowing the space. “I always tried to run the business how it made the most sense to me, not


how everybody else was conducting business,” he recalled. “It was very challenging, but we pushed through and maintained the vision.” A large portion of Johnson’s job is building relationships and negotiating with artists and agents, which he says isn’t as easy as it sounds. “Contrary to popular belief, there is an art to buying talent,” he said. “It’s not something you just decide to do, pick up the phone, call your favorite artist and WHAM, they’re playing in your town.” Some of the biggest acts he has worked with over the years are Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw, Marilyn Manson, and Macklemore—to name a few. This involves those leaps of faith. “There are extreme risks in buying big shows like Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson,” he said. “You have to be willing to take the leap in order to achieve the ultimate reward.” His most recent, calculated leap? The District.

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Two years in the making, the new music venue, restaurant and lounge broke ground in June and will have its grand opening event free to the public Nov. 8 with music in the event hall from artist Uncle Kracker and a jazz band in the lounge. Johnson explained the name represents the building as an “all-encompassing” destination for all things entertainment. “It’s a district of opportunities,” he said. Inspired by venue concepts such as House of Blues and The Hard Rock Café, the 37,000 square foot, bi-level hall is located on the campus of The Empire Mall in Sioux Falls and was built in mind to host corporate events, wedding receptions, concerts and more. Before opening, The District has already booked over 50 events, including a 500-person wedding (their maximum limit). “We invested a lot of time traveling to different markets to conduct research, such as Minneapolis, Tulsa, Los

Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas,” Johnson said. “All these cities have multithemed establishments, so we wanted to see how they compared to our vision and to get a better sense of how they operated.” That is why when you see the facility, it’s like they thought of everything. The event hall can hold 1,500 for a concert setting, is two levels and offers three VIP suites and a corporate suite. Just want a relaxing dinner at the Woodfire Grill or to chill and have a drink with friends in the Ultra Lounge? You never have to run into the other happenings going on at The District. “Each have separate entrances, yet have the ability to work as one functioning facility,” Johnson described. “Multiple events can be going on simultaneously.” Announcements have been made in two-week spurts to get people excited, such as concerts and the restaurant menu (see an exclusive peek above). Some of the announced concerts include Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Nov. 9, Third Eye Blind Nov. 12, and Josh Thompson with special guest Hailey Steele Nov. 24. Another important element was the location. “It’s the most heavily trafficked shopping area in the tri-state region that also is easily accessible, offers ample parking and lodging options, and is surrounded by gas stations and other local novelty shops,” Johnson said. Gaining a contract with Simon Companies also opens up the possibility to expand into other markets with mall locations. Why does Johnson think Sioux Falls is ready for a venue of this magnitude? “In my opinion, nobody has been willing to invest in the financial aspect of taking on a risk such as this,” he said. “Additionally, I don’t think the market was ready for something like this a year ago, or even two or three years ago. As progression occurred and the economy

begins to recover, I think the timing is perfect now.” Having day-to-day challenges through Pepper Entertainment has helped Johnson realize the obstacles of starting something new and the ongoing struggle to “stay ahead of the curve and outperform your competition.” “Being a business owner, every day you are on the cuffs of a potential crisis. Team members count on you to make decisions that best position the company, as well as them and their families for success and stability,” he said. The best word he uses to survive it? Perseverance. “I don’t really consider what I do a ‘job,’” Johnson said. “It’s a passion and love for being different, taking on challenges and the endless pursuit of perfection.” For the latest on The District, visit


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“The galleries in Hill City have always worked well together with the other businesses, linking arms to create events that benefit our community,” Crane said.

THE NEW, OLD-FASHIONED WAY In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens presented a picture of Christmas day with snow-dusted, horse-drawn carriages, the warm smell of roasting chestnuts, people dressed in their Victorian best and plenty of holiday cheer. Though Dickens’ time has long since past, the modern day South Dakotan can still get a taste of some old time Christmas spirit. Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, Hill City kicks off the Christmas season with the Old Tyme Christmas Parade and Dickens Celebration, which offers a range of holiday activities from the lighted parade to chestnut roasting. Around 12 years ago, the Hill City Chamber and several prominent community members decided to combine various events based on a Dickens theme to attract business at the beginning of the holiday shopping season. The Black Hills are clearly a tourist destination during the summer months, but Hill City boasts plenty of galleries and unique gift shops that are open for business even during the winter months.  One of the most well known galleries features the work of painter Jon Crane, who—with his wife Gail—have been instrumental in the success of the celebration.  “The galleries in Hill City have always worked well together with the other businesses, linking arms to create events that benefit our community,” Crane said.  And many local businesses, such as the Alpine Inn, have joined in to enhance the experience for visitors.  The Alpine’s founder, Wally Matush, contributes her part to the celebration by serving cider, hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts on the front porch of the restaurant while a band comprised of local senior citizens plays Christmas songs. Other businesses and organizations join in the fun by sponsoring floats for the lighted parade and decorating for Image courtesy of Deb Bruce.

the event. The parade participants range from the Crazy Horse Monument to local 4-H clubs, and the entrees vary from horse-drawn carriages covered in lights to traditional floats.  The Black Hills Institute of Geological Research ensures that even their resident T-Rex joins in the festivities.  “Stan, the dinosaur, is usually wearing a Santa hat,” said director of the Hill City Chamber of Commerce, Deb Bruce.  But even with all the other events, the Jon Crane Gallery still draws a crowd as it gives away 100 mini-prints. At least 100 people show up just for Jon Crane,” said Bruce. However, people don’t just come for his paintings. Crane and his staff also don Victorian garb to sign artwork. “As a part of the town theme, and with Wally Matush’s encouragement, I began showing up at our Christmas Open House as a Dickens character,” Crane confessed. “Most people would refer to me as Scrooge!”  However, this is not the artist’s only holiday incarnation. Crane hinted, “It has been rumored that after our gallery event, I change costumes for the parade and dress up in red with rosy red cheeks.” The day is completed with the 1880 Train’s Holiday Express Tour and the lighting of the Hill City Tree.  “It’s just something warm to celebrate the start of the Christmas season,” Wally Matush said.    This year, the celebration is on Friday, Nov. 29 and will run from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit the events page.

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Name: Bill Allen Ages: 61 Hometown: Athens, Ga. Specialty: Entertainment Productions

“I never get tired of seeing the glow of children’s faces, the satisfied nods and smiles of seasoned concert-goers, and the enthusiastic, spontaneous responses of the full audience as they leap to their feet to provide a standing ovation.”

BILL ALLEN Critics are raving over one of the most unique traveling shows audiences can experience: Cirque de la Symphonie. The production (part of the South Dakota Symphony “Pop” programs) brings the magic of cirque to the music halls of cities around the nation with adaptations of classical favorites, including acrobats, world-aerial flyers, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen. We spoke with executive director and producer of CDLS Bill Allen about the upcoming Sioux Falls performances at the Washington Pavilion Nov. 9 and 10. Tell us about Cirque de la Symphonie? It is an elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing cirque acts performed on a stage shared with the full symphony orchestra, showcasing many of the best artists in the world. These accomplished veterans include world record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, Olympians and some of the most original talent ever seen. Each performance is perfectly choreographed to classical masterpieces, raising cirque artistry to a fine arts level. Adding a stunning visual element to the concert experience, these aerialists and acrobats provide a three-dimensional entertainment extravaganza. What is your role in the production? I am a co-founder of the company, along with Alexander Streltsov, a Russian who was raised in a circus family and became a major international performer from an early age. While Streltsov helps bring in much of the best cirque talent from around the world, he is also one of our performers, as well as serving as technical director. I am the executive diSubmitted Images.

rector and producer, communicating with symphonies that would like to engage us with a performance, and planning the music to be presented, the artists who will participate, and the general production, including lighting and program flow. When did you become interested in performing and what all have you done in training? I have always been wired musically, and throughout my life I have been involved in the music and entertainment world. I began playing the piano at the age of five, but was distracted by all of the possible detours one can take as an adolescent, spending more time in sports than with the keyboards. But you cannot stifle the musical intuitions you are born with, and eventually they will rise out of you and take command. I have been involved with music groups of one variety or another for years, represented aspiring artists, and gradually became involved in the production end of the entertainment business. But the association with circus artists began about 20 years ago, when I made the first of many trips to the former Soviet Union. I was just amazed at how dedicated these athletes were, and how much training they endured throughout their lives to perfect their skills. I always thought that the circus should be recognized on a fine arts level, and one of the ways I thought that might be possible was to pair circus performances to classical music. I got my first opportunity to prove that when contacted by the late Erich Kunzel, former conductor for the Cincinnati Pops, who had just seen Alexander Streltsov

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fly out over his head in a touring theatrical production we were involved with. That first pairing of cirque and symphony was in 1998, and the result was a major television success, a broadcast that was repeated nationwide for five years. Since then I have collaborated with numerous artistic directors, conductors and symphony administrators to plan innovative programs that might attract new patrons to the music hall. Alexander Streltsov and I finally decided to formalize this idea by incorporating Cirque de la Symphonie in 2005, and the rest, as they say, is history. How interactive is this show with the audience? This program is an up-front, close and personal experience. We lament sometimes that we feel a bit guilty sometimes because people pay full price for their seats, but they only need the edge of them. But all of the cirque artists connect visually with the audience, making eye contact with patrons and even flying out over their heads! What is one of your favorite memories with Cirque de la Symphonie? I never get tired of seeing the glow of children’s faces, the satisfied nods and smiles of seasoned concert-goers, and the enthusiastic, spontaneous responses of the full audience as they leap to their feet to provide a standing ovation. For tickets and more info on the “Unexpected” SD Symphony season, visit

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As I approached her incubator, my heartbeat quickened and I sensed myself holding my breath.

bio: Tracy Kirby’s roots and heart are in the Hawaiian Islands, but destiny has led her to the prairie. She is a wandering traveler, a wife to a dashing Sioux Falls native, a mother to a 2-year-old daughter and 145-pound bear puppy, a freelance writer, and a lover of souls.

THANKFUL FOR A TINY TWO-POUND GIFT What an incredible gift. The words echoed elusively in my unconscious state. As my mind grappled with what the phrase meant, the faint scent of mixed flowers beckoned me into a groggy state of cognizance. I could sense the presence of other people, but I stalled opening my eyes. My thoughts were oddly befuddled. The simple act of recapitulating who and where I was felt like an attempt to solve one of those unsolvable, mysterious life questions. Like, why in God’s green earth are the Kardashians famous? Suddenly, I heard the steady sound of the blood pressure monitor next to me and pieces of the previous days began crashing back to me Bourne Identity style … I am in the hospital. I had a baby. Ten weeks early. I opened my eyes to see an entourage of people milling around the faint-lit room; family members and a nurse all staring anxiously toward me. “Your blood pressure still has not gone down,” the nurse said factually.

Illustration by Liz Long.

“But, would you like to go see your baby? Your husband can take you to the NICU.” What is a NICU? My streaming thoughts felt like a slow runner in a race that just couldn’t quite keep up with the front-runner known as reality. But, I nodded blankly and prepared for this alleged NICU. On the way, more pieces of the puzzle began to fit in my mind. I had preeclampsia—a disease little is known about, but strikes a small percentage of pregnancies. At first, the course of action was bed rest for 10 more weeks. But, as time went on, the doctors realized they needed to deliver the baby immediately to save my life, as the only known cure for preeclampsia is delivery. So, one swift C-section later… We were parents. To a tiny, two-pound baby. Two pounds. And here I was, getting wheeled into the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, I learned later), half-awake to meet my daughter. As I approached her incubator, my heartbeat quickened and I sensed my-

self holding my breath. Nothing could have prepared me for that moment. I peered in, and there she was; attached to too many cords to count and moving steadily with each tiny, miraculous breath. I gasped in disbelief. She was mine? I had never seen anything so small. So delicate and fragile. And yet, so perfect. What an incredible gift. The words that were swimming in my dreamy head suddenly made sense. It had been what one of the doctors said as he delivered her. It was one of the only lucid memories I have of her delivery. I revisit this story often. It was two years ago, but it feels like a raw, living memory. When things get challenging in parenting (which is, ahem, everyday), I try to go back and remember. I relive when I first laid eyes on her, when I watched her fight for her life in the hospital for two months, and when we finally brought her home. I remember. And in this month of Thanksgiving, I remember, I look ahead, and am truly, fully grateful.

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Yes, all three of these guys are named John. Yes, it was a popular name in the ‘80s. The identity of these three amigos have been altered to protect the innocent. Have a question for the Johns? Shoot an e-mail their way at




No matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to get along with my sister-inlaw. We constantly bump heads and nothing ever seems to get better. How do I handle this? Ignore her for the rest of my life?

There are signs my good friend is cheating on her husband. Every time I’m around her, she gets mysterious phone calls and has started going out more and being more social. I love her husband, so it’s so uncomfortable. What should I do?

Even before my friend was married, she seemed miserable. I have never truly seen her happy since her marriage and she constantly confides in me about how sad she is all the time. It’s almost like she’s waiting for me to tell her it’s okay to get divorced. Should I, or will I regret it?




JR: Me and my sister-in-law don’t get

JR: I’m always getting mysterious

JR: I once told one of my best friends

along either. She seems to think my bro shouldn’t be lending me 20 spots to pay the pizza man. But I just ignore it. As long as my bro keeps me (and the pizza man) happy, it’s all good.

phone calls saying I won a cruise, even though I don’t remember entering any contests and have been hitting the town constantly with my karate buds, but I’m not cheating on anyone.

JW: The obvious answer is to plant

JW: STAY OUT OF IT! Oh wait... I’m

to cut the cord and get divorced. Mom walked right up to Dad and told him it was over. Do I regret it? Only when Mom is gone and no one is there to make my lunch. Besides that, it’s been smooth sailing.

drugs on her. Then she’ll do three years breaking rocks upstate, and when she comes out she’ll either meet your brother’s new wife or she’ll be walking on eggshells and will be easier to deal with.

not supposed to give good advice. Um, have relations with the husband to prove he’s cheating... Yeah, that sounds good.

JT: Try to get to know her better by taking her out to one of her favorite activities or try to talk about things she’s interested in. Maybe you will find common ground and finally break the ice. Common interest always helps with building relationships.

JT: Unless it is something truly serious and you know 100 percent, I would not get involved. If you are wrong, your friend could stop talking to you. If you’re right and they get divorced, your friend could most definitely stop talking to you. Unless you see hard evidence and think they deserve to know, don’t get caught up in anything.

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

JW: Tell her ‘welcome to marriage’ ::rimshot::

JT: Like the other question, unless they come forward saying they want to get divorced, don’t get involved. You don’t want to end up being the friend that told them to leave their husband and then they make up and stay together. Then you turn into the problem. Just listen to your friend and be there for them when they confide in you.

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Do you know the facts? Each month we bring you interesting tidbits about our community and more.

98 Ninety-eight percent of farms in South Dakota are family owned and operated. Provided by Ag United for South Dakota

1939 The year President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on Nov. 23, not Nov. 30, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season. Provided by

9 Prevention Magazine named Sioux Falls #9 as one of the “Happiest, Healthiest Places in America.” Provided by

4 Embrace Church in Sioux Falls was named the fourth fastest growing church in the nation, according to Outreach Magazine.

DIY with kerry mcdonald

Create your own rustic accent furniture for your home.

bio: Kerry uses her love for typography and ranged design talent to compile both 605 Magazine and Dainty Obsessions. Her subtle quirks include her color coordinated closet and her somewhat unhealthy Pinterest obsession.

BUCKET STOOL Cost: >$5 Skill level: Medium 3 - 1 1/4” Dowels 5 Gallon Bucket Concrete Mix - Quikrete Sand Paper Clean Tap Water

Notes - you want the bucket to have a smooth bottom and rounded corners (look in paint aisle). To increase stability, add a 4th leg or cut bucket to 9” instead of 14” so the legs will sit out wider. Put 3 inches of concrete mix in bucket. Add water (not too much or it will be weak and crumble). Mix until consistency of cookie dough. Shake out bubbles by hitting the sides of the bucket. Place legs in center past the surface and rest against the side of the bucket. Wait 20 hours, then remove. Sand the edges of the concrete. Optional - level out legs with copper pipe caps and washers.

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“I feel like a little kid because I’m jumping around, yet I’m getting good exercise,” he described.

LOSING IT ON A TRAMPOLINE It’s not every day someone makes their weight loss goal, let alone so quickly. Registered nurse Sarah Greoneveld officially made hers in a matter of months. She lost 40 pounds by her 40th birthday this past September. How? The trampoline. When you think of Skyzone, you imagine children raising havoc and exerting hours of energy dunking basketballs and literally flipping off the walls. What some aren’t aware of is that Monday through Saturday adults are burning up to 1,000 calories a session. Greoneveld was unaware of it until she was there in June. “I brought my kids here one Saturday and saw a brochure that advertised Skyrobics,” she said. “I thought I would give it a try.” Greoneveld had no idea what she was getting into. “The first one was exhausting. They had us climbing walls, bouncing off the walls, all different exercises. I made it through my first class and have been coming back ever since,” she said. Warehouse employee Chris Breen loathed the gym and stayed away from it as much as he could. After being at Skyzone, his wife urged him to try out Skyrobics with her. After one session his wife never returned, but Breen found a new obsession. “I’m not one to work out, and I’m here four times a week,” he said. Breen has already lost 18 pounds in two months. The difference of this exercise regimen compared to the ones he loathes? It’s fun. “I feel like a little kid because I’m jumping around, yet I’m getting good exercise,” he described. But don’t get it twisted--it’s not all jumping. The hourlong workout includes planks, burpees and mountain climbers. After a few sessions, both frequent attendees say it gets

easier. “I’m not as short of breath,” said Breen. “After a week or so you get in the rhythm and you just go.” Greoneveld looks forward to the sweat. “You do everything; all major muscle groups,” she said. “You never know what to expect. It’s a great stress reliever.” What also is nice is that the trainer (which switches up each class) works alongside you. “They’re right along with you and give you encouragement,” said Greoneveld. There are several payment options: $60 for an unlimited monthly membership, a 10 session punch card for $80 or $10 per class (the first is $5). Breen is still working towards his goal to tone up and run a 5K at the Parade of Lights in downtown Sioux Falls this month. “I’ve never really had a lot of muscle, and this is toning me and tightening me,” he said. After having to buy a whole new wardrobe, Greoneveld can attest that this class works, even when she had never been on a trampoline prior. “For most of the first class, so much of my workout was just trying to remain upright. Everything is so much harder when you’re actually on a trampoline, because you’re not only doing the exercises, but you’re trying to keep your balance,” she said. But that’s the best part, according to Greoneveld, that you don’t have to be experienced to start the workout. She said, “You don’t have to jump the highest, you don’t have to be the fastest, you don’t have to be the best, you just have to give it your best and you’ll see results.” To sign up for a class or for more info, visit www.skyzone. com/siouxfalls.

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“I worked a lot on defensive wrestling — keeping the fight standing so I could use my greatest strength, which is boxing.”

STEPHANIE “SNOWFLAKE” EGGINK Stephanie “Snowflake” Eggink earned the Xtreme Fighting Championships women’s strawweight belt Sept. 6, tapping out her opponent, veteran Angela Magana. The main event of the XFC 25 “Boiling Point” event was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was only Eggink’s fifth fight in mixed martial arts, showing that she is a force to be reckoned with. The athlete knows how to train hard, working alongside local and national MMA professional Shayna Baszler, who currently appears on the Fox Sports reality show The Ultimate Fighter 18. We caught up with the titleholder and Ferndale, Wash. native to see just how intense fight preparation truly is. When did you become aware of MMA and when did you start getting involved? I have actually been doing boxing since I was 16. I was on the United States National Boxing team and won nationals in 2007. After a while, I got bored with the boxing training. I tried the Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) class I saw going on and decided I would like to try MMA. Boxing is my first love, and that’s still true today, but there are so many more facets to training MMA—every day is something different. The variety keeps the monotony away.

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Who were fighters you really looked up to and who do you look up to today? Obviously I look up to Shayna [Baszler] since she is one of the top catch wrestlers and fighters in the sport. She has taught me more than anyone ever has about wrestling and MMA. I also look up to Rob Kahn since he has such an extensive knowledge of the ground and BJJ and how it fits into MMA. What brought you to Sioux Falls? Shayna brought me to Sioux Falls. I truly believe there isn’t a girl in my division in the world that can beat me while standing. Shayna is one of the greatest ground fighters and wrestlers in the sport. It was the perfect thing to round out my game for MMA. You won the XFC Strawweight Championship after only fighting five fights. How did you prepare and how did it feel to get the belt so early in your career? Obviously, the weakness of being a boxer would be to have a wrestler take me down to nullify my boxing. So I worked

a lot on defensive wrestling—keeping the fight standing so I could use my greatest strength, which is boxing. Another great thing about being in the Midwest is that the amount of wrestlers is so much more abundant than anywhere else in the U.S. It was easy for me to find training partners that were good at taking me down. How do you prep for the 115 lb division? How long do you have to start to get ready? I usually do an 8-10 week training camp. I walk around at about 140 lbs, so getting to 115 is a very difficult process. I must follow a very strict diet throughout my camp that gets more and more strict the closer it gets to the fight. And then, the week of the fight, my diet is all preparing for the massive water cut that I have to do for the actual weigh-in. I water load by drinking at least two gallons of water a day and eating things that will rid my body of any electrolytes and minerals that will retain water. This is a miserable time. And can be extremely unhealthy for someone who has no experience with it. Thankfully I have Shayna, who is a veteran in the sport and has made a career of cutting weight to help me the entire way. On the day of the actual weigh-in, I literally dehydrate 10-12 lbs of water off to step on the scale to make 115. Just as important as the diet and the weight cut is the replenishing process. We have 24 hours or more to put fluids and nutrition back in our body before we fight. But if you do this wrong, your body will not absorb the things it needs in order

to perform a taxing sport at a top level. It’s just as much a measured process as the dieting and water cut is. How often do you work out and what do you typically do during workouts? I work out two times a day, five days a week and once on the weekends while in a fight camp. It’s hard on a body, so I have to listen to what it tells me while still being able to push myself. I have very heavy intense sessions, usually interspersed with lighter technique-type days where I’m still working, but recovering as well. What are your favorite cheat foods when you’re dieting and when you’re not dieting? When I’m dieting I do get “cheats” until it gets really close to fight time. Things like dark chocolate and graham crackers. When I’m not dieting, I love the buffalo wings at Old Chicago. And I can never say no to whiskey or a good beer. What’s next for you in your MMA career? Well, currently being the XFC champion means I will be there for at least a few more fights. I hope to one day be considered the best in the world in not only the 115 class, but the 125 as well. For the last updates, follow Eggink on Twitter @00Snowflake or her fan page on Facebook.

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