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March 2010 Volume 9 • Issue 4

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CONCIERGE Sinful Things Gourmet Desserts 7

Roadie… 52

CALENDAR March 2010 11

TRAVEL The Lodge at Deadwood 54


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HEALTH & WELL-BEING Sweet New Technology for Sour Old Leg Veins 58




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AT HOME Jim and Kara Mathis Home 19


VINO Don’t Call it a Comeback 28

St. Patrick’s Day Fun 64

RECIPES Irish for a Day 30

Breastfeeding for Working Moms 68

MAN IN THE KITCHEN The Fine Art of Being a Regular 34





Bringing Up Baby: Green Options 38

Submit Your Child’s Photo 72



NatureServe – Tracking South Dakota’s Rare and Endangered Plant Species 42

Bonnie Bly 74

BEST FRIEND When You Least Expect It 76

HISTORICAL MARKER The Government Building 78

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ever before has sinning been something so, well, sinfully delicious. Sinful Things Gourmet Desserts co-owned by mother-daughter duo Shirley Phalen and Jennifer Beckman, opened in November on Phillips Avenue in downtown Sioux Falls. At her previous job in the banking sector, Jennifer used to bring her homemade treats in daily to share with delighted coworkers, who would then jokingly complain that she was going to make them all fat as her treats were just way “too sinful”. They all thought them so delectable, she recalls, but still said they just “couldn’t do it.” Now with the opening of Sinful Things, Jennifer and mother Shirley no longer need to convince anyone to indulge in their sinful delicacies. “They know they are not going to get a low calorie dessert here. They know they are going to get real cream and butter in their sweet desserts. Anything that’s sweet and that you think you shouldn’t have... it’ll be here,” promises Jennifer. As a third generation baker, Jennifer says both her grandma and mother were amazing bakers, and she herself remembers “having been in the kitchen since I was born…right along side my grandma, helping and watching.” One day at work, she told her mother she wanted to start a bakery someday. Her mother’s reply was “Why wait?” The decision to locate Sinful Things downtown was an easy one for the duo, “We wanted to be downtown for the atmosphere

downtown brings. We wanted to get into dessert catering, and needed a large, nice space — something homey.” But what was really appealing to them was the downtown foot traffic…so with that in mind, they decided to add breakfast and lunch menus. Always a lover of art, with a degree in graphic communications, Jennifer says Sinful Things ties into every part of her background. “I get to have both a bakery and an art gallery.” Her grandma’s table sits in the front window of Sinful Things, and a shadow box filled with her apron and wooden spoons hangs on the wall nearby. Beyond the table seating, and gallery of original artwork at the front, is a carpeted cozy fireplace side area furnished like a living or sitting room. Her own artwork, plus that of other area artists is on display, and commission free — it just has to be hang ready. It is rotated every three months, and they are looking for artists of any skill set. A special artist menu is provided at each table with information on how to contact the artist. Along the opposite walls, adding to the family atmosphere, toward the open style kitchen, are photos of cousins, and extended family members, mostly at a very young age, caught in the act of sampling or “helping” in the kitchen. Oddly enough, there isn’t an actual dessert menu…because “How do you wrap up every dessert under the sun? So diners instead get to look with their eyes and their appetites” at the current offerings ranging from uniquely flavored gourmet cheesecakes and truffles

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to cookies, bars, pies, and cakes, Kentucky bite bourbon pie, pecan, chocolate, and the decadent Ultimate Sin dessert, most of which are not found elsewhere in the area. People specifically come in for their pull-aparts, and they lay claim to having the best baked spiced oatmeal. The lunch menu features soups, sandwiches, and a daily chef special. And who can possibly resist partaking in the “sin of the day”, or a “tin full of sin” (tins you can purchase with a dozen goodies and they can be

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refilled at a discount) that are great for the office or club meeting. The duo believes “you can’t be a fabulous baker or cook unless you taste it yourself. We want them to know they are getting handmade from scratch; the flavor shines through, and we pride ourselves on flavor.” As for recipes, Jennifer’s mom has recipes from grandma, and Jennifer has her own too; among them are Grandma’s Odessa Odies, the highlight of their annual cookie party, a night for women only, Grandma Grammy-o’s, and

Sinful Things Gourmet Desserts 120 S. Phillips Ave. 605-332-5522 www.sinfulthingsdesserts.com Hours: Mon. – Fri. 7am - 6pm Sat. 9am - 5pm Breakfast 7am - 1pm Lunch 11am - 2pm Closed Sundays Owners: Shirley Phalen Jennifer Beckman Mother Daughter Duo

no one else knows the secret to making Yum-yums. The kitchen at Sinful things, where all good things are baked, is not your grandma’s home kitchen; the oven is faster and hotter, full functioning commercial grade. Chef Ben, who was trained at a culinary school in Minnesota, serves as the chef. “We went looking to hire a cook — and got a chef! He tells us how to cook, and we tell him how to bake! We’re family.” They are always looking for something new to add to their offerings,

and say, “You can go anywhere and get a slice of cheesecake in a box from a vendor; we don’t want to do that.” Private parties (seating for forty) are welcome after hours, with advance arrangements including a consultation to choose from several meal and budget options. They are currently working towards a liquor license for wine. It would be positively sinful to not plan a visit to Sinful Things.


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Beginner Social Dance - Wedding & Event Survival Mon, March 1 • 8:30 pm DANCE Ballroom & Studio • 1200 E. 57th St. Start dancing today! Get ready for a special event or just learn to have more fun in life. Lots of review and repetition of steps and turns so you’ll remember what you learned and look good dancing! Individuals and couples. Fee/Person: $40. Sessions: 4M. Call (605) 367-7999 to register or online at commed.sf.k12.sd.us. Pre-registration prior to class is required. Journaling Class - The Doorway to Self Awareness Tue, March 2 • 6:30 pm Instructional Planning Center • 201 E. 38th St. Get to know the REAL YOU. You will be pleasantly surprised! Experience a method of reflective writing that can accelerate your personal growth by beginning a Growth Journal; a place to record your deep hopes, longings, feelings and self-observations. Fee: $49. Sessions: 3T. Call (605) 367-7999 to register or online at commed.sf.k12. sd.us. Pre-registration prior to class is required.

DANCE Ballroom & Studio • 1200 E. 57th St. Are you looking for a way to become “femininely fit?” This is the class for you! You’ll learn hip and arm movements that will tone your muscles, improve flexibility and coordination while having fun! A beautiful, low-impact workout that strengthens your core and more. Fee/Person: $40. Sessions: 4Th. Call (605) 367-7999 to register or online at commed.sf.k12.sd.us. Pre-registration prior to class is required. Jewelry - Basic Wire Class Thu, March 4 • 5:30 pm The Bead Company • 319 S. Phillips Ave. Bend, twist, shape, texture and wrap wire. Make earrings, pendants, baubles and home decor with wire, beads and found objects. Enjoy hands-on practice and leave with examples. ($9 material fee payable to instructor) Fee: $16. Sessions: 1Th. Call (605) 367-7999 to register or online at commed.sf.k12.sd.us. Pre-registration prior to class is required.

SalsaSolo Class Wed, March 3 • 7:30 pm DANCE Ballroom & Studio • 1200 E. 57th St. The Latin music keeps playing while you learn fun, freestyle Salsa, Cha Cha & other Latin dance moves and turns. Ladies or gents will learn cool, solo dance moves to take to the dance floor or used in partnered dancing. Fee/Person: $40. Sessions: 4W. Call (605) 367-7999 to register or online at commed.sf.k12.sd.us. Pre-registration prior to class is required.

The Fantasticks Thu, March 4 • 7:30 pm; Fri, March 5 • 7:30 pm; Sat, March 6 • 7:30 pm Edith Mortenson Main Theatre Augustana College campus The timeless musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. Two teenagers on neighboring farms steal glances and hide their romance from their feuding fathers. Little do these love-birds know, however, that their fathers are actually good friends who’ve hatched a plan - with the help of a mystical roving sideshow and its equally mysterious ringmaster - to get these two lovers down the aisle! Tickets $12 adult/$8 student & senior. INFO (605) 274-5320.

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David Bixler & Heather Bixler Sat, March 6 • 8pm Washington Pavilion • 301 S. Main Jazz saxophonist David Bixler joins the Symphony to perform his own concerto for saxophone and orchestra along with Gershwin’s classic, An American in Paris. His wife, former SDSO concertmaster Heather Bixler, will also play a concert for Irish fiddle and orchestra composed especially for her. Repertoire: Gershwin - An American in Paris. INFO (605) 335-7933.

Inspiring the Muse Sat, March 6 • 10:30 a.m. Washington Pavilion • 301 S. Main Ave. In this exploratory experience designed to help you gain insight into what motivates you to create we will explore which language of creativity you respond to: sight, sound, or movement. We’ll explore all three through various exercises of writing, drawing, and conversing. We’ll discuss techniques that help you harness your creativity and keep the muses coming back time & time again! INFO (605) 367-6000. Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival Mon, March 8 • 7:30 pm; Tue, March 9 • 8pm Kresge Recital Hall • Humanities Center, 30th & Grange High school and middle school jazz bands compete during the day, Augustana’s Northlanders Jazz Band performs an evening concert with guest soloists/ clinicians Ted Piltzeker (Vibraphone) & David Bixler (Saxophone). INFO (605) 274-5451. La Leche League of Sioux Falls March 11 • 6:30 pm (2nd Thursday of each month) Elegant Mommy • 2109 W 49th St. INFO 338-0228.

Sioux Falls Quilters Guild Thu, March 11 • 6:45 p.m. Southern Hills Methodist Church • 3400 E. 49th Street The Sioux Falls Quilters Guild Meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Each month includes a program and show and tell. The purpose of our guild is to encourage a wider appreciation of quilting; to raise and maintain standards of design, individual ideas and expression; and to keep interest alive by promoting local quilt projects and programs and doing charitable works. INFO (605) 371-1714. Bonerama Fri, March 12 • 8pm Orpheum Theater • 315 N. Phillips Ave. Retuning to Sioux Falls after their energy-packed set at JazzFest 2007, Bonerama is not your traditional brass band, but a group with brass to spare – even with no trumpets in sight! You won’t want to miss their vintage funk, classic rock and free improvisation in the same set; maybe even within the same song! INFO (605) 335-6101. Ballroom Dance Club El Riad Shrine • 14th and Phillips 8pm-11:30pm Friday March 12th. Ballroom dancing to the music of El Riad Big Band, guests welcome, $10 each, yearly membership available. Dressy/ business casual requested. INFO (605) 212-4017. An Evening of Irish Music Sat, March 13 • 7:30 pm Orpheum Theater • 315 N. Phillips Ave. Based out of Fargo, The Dirty Hurlers high-energy, sing-along choruses, and amiable harmonies have taken them everywhere from pubs to festivals to college campuses. In 2008, the group was judged to be the Irish Idol contest winners at the Minnesota Irish Fair in St. Paul, and played at the River Stage in 2009. The Dirty Hurlers’ blend of traditional and modern Irish folk music continues to pick people up off their seats and toss ‘em about the room. Tickets $12.00. INFO (605) 731-0404. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day Sat, March 13 • 11:30 am Downtown Sioux Falls Phillips Avenue

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h 201 11:30am • Painting of the Shamrock, Downtown at 9th & Phillips Avenue 2:00pm • 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Downtown. Featuring the world famous Khartum Temple Pipes & Drums from Winnepeg, Canada! Special fly over by the Vanguard Squadron! Everyone is welcome to bring their float, car, group of people, etc. and be in the parade. The only requirement is that you must wear a 2010 St. Patrick’s Day button, available for $2. Call Wendy at 605-373-2037 to register and purchase your button. Sunset • Falls Park. Enjoy the beautiful “green” falls at Falls Park while enjoying wonderful Irish music. 7:30pm • The Dirty Hurlers Presented by the Irish Club, Orpheum Theater. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $12 and available through Ticketmaster. com or Mrs. Murphy’s Irish Gifts. INFO (605) 336-1620. Doctors In Concert Sat, March 13 • 7pm Washington Pavilion • 301 S. Main Avenue A performing concert consisting of local physicians displaying their musical talents to raise money for the children served by Children’s Care Hospital & School. The concert features a wide range of talents including bluegrass, classical and Brazilian music. In 2009, ballroom dancing was highlighted with a group of local physicians and spouses performing. The event is a great way to showcase incredible talent and entertainment with proceeds to benefit programs that enrich the quality of life for our children. For more information call 782-8500 or visit our website at www.cchs.org. St. Patty’s Day Bash! Sat, March 13 • 3pm El Riad Shrine • 14th and Phillips, downtown 7th Annual St. Patty’s Day Bash! Featuring the fabulous ECLIPSE Band. This is THE annual St. Patty’s Day party to be at with plenty of entertainment, green beer, and even an appearance by the Khartum Pipes & Drum. Doors open at 3:00 pm with ECLIPSE hitting the stage at 9:00 pm. Tickets are just $10 at the door. Reserved tables are available. Must be 21 to attend. INFO (605) 336-1117.

Adult, Infant and Child CPR with AED Mon, March 15 • 6pm Instructional Planning Center • 201 E. 38th St. This American Heart Association course, intended for the public, covers CPR for victims of all ages, relief of foreign body airway obstruction, signs of heart attack, stroke and using an automated external defibrillator (AED). ($18 material fee payable to instructor – includes 2 year certification) Fee: $39. Sessions: 1M. Call (605) 367-7999 to register or register online at commed. sf.k12.sd.us. Pre-registration prior to class is required. INFO (605) 367-7999.

Sioux Falls Skyforce Tue, March 16 VS. Idaho Stampede • 7pm Wed, March 17 VS. Idaho Stampede • 7pm Wed, March 24 VS. Maine Red Claws • 7pm Fri, March 26 VS. Springfield Armor • 7pm Sat, March 27 VS. Springfield Armor • 7pm Sioux Falls Arena The Sioux Falls Skyforce features nonstop, high-powered fun in the familyfriendly Sioux Falls Arena. One of the newest members of the NBA Development League (D-League), the Skyforce is strictly professional, with all of the highflying, fast-breaking action and national halftime acts you expect from the NBA. INFO (605) 332-0605.

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What Grows Around Comes Around Dropoff: Thursday, March 18 • 4pm - 7pm Open to the Public: Sat., Mar. 20 • 8am - 5pm and Sun., Mar. 21 • 8am - noon Family Life Center at Central Baptist Church • 3100 West Ralph Rogers Road Recycle some of the clothing, toys, and baby items your children have outgrown — and buy the things you need! INFO (605) 336-3378. Basic Beading Thu, March 18 • 5:30 pm The Bead Company • 319 S. Phillips Ave. Master the best, professional techniques to make bracelets, necklaces, earrings, charms and many beading projects for yourself or as gifts! You will complete at least one bracelet with a charm or earrings. ($9 material fee payable to instructor – includes use of tools, materials and all basic supplies). Fee: $16. Sessions: 1Th. Call (605) 367-7999 to register or register online at commed.sf.k12.sd.us. Pre-registration prior to class is required. INFO (605) 367-7999.



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2010 Lawn & Garden Show March 19 - 21 Sioux Falls Arena & Convention Center $5.00 and Children 12 & Under FREE. INFO (605) 271-5804.

Nube Fri, March 19 • 7:30 pm • Washington Pavilion • 301 S. Main Avenue Nube is an ensemble of master musicians that blends Contemporary Latin American and World Music. Comprised of guitar, harp, percussion and Andean flutes, this group fuses the dynamic sounds of many regions to create lush musical landscapes, ever-rooted in the warmth of South American ambience. The breadth of this world repertoire creates a most inviting array of textures, from rhythmic use of strings to haunting explorations of panflutes and percussion. INFO (605) 335-7323. Alessio Bax Sat, March 20 • 8pm • Washington Pavilion • 301 S. Main Avenue Following his wildly successful SDSO debut last season, renowned pianist Alessio Bax returns to the Symphony to perform Beethoven’s Emperor concerto. Mr. Bax and his wife, Lucille Chung, will also perform a work for two pianos and orchestra by American composer John Adams. Repertoire: Adams - Grand Pianola Music, Beethoven - Leonore Overture No. 3, Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”. INFO (605) 335-7933.

Hops and Grapes Sat, March 20 • 7pm El Riad Shrine • 510 S. Phillips Avenue Hops and Grapes Fundraiser. Music by the El Riad Shrine Dixieland Band, silent auction, hors d’ oeuvres, cash bar and door prizes. Sponsored by the El Riad Hospital Auxiliary. Proceeds donated to support the Shriners Hospital For Children Women’s General Auxiliary - Twin Cities. Open to the public. Must be 21 to attend. Ticket costs are not tax-deductible. $25 per person. INFO 605-336-1117. Easter Eggstravaganza at Color Me Mine Sunday, March 21 • 12 - 2pm and 3-5pm 3709 W. 41st Street Easter is early this year, so get “eggcited” for the Easter Eggstravaganza. Paint as

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many ceramic eggs as you like. The first egg is $8/painter and each additional egg is just $5 (no additional studio rate). Reservations required. Two sessions available. INFO 362-6055. University of Sioux Falls Theology & Science Conference: Psychology in Recovery March 22 • 7:30 p.m. USF Salsbury Science Center Speaker: Dr. Paul Vitz, New York University professor emeritus of psychology. INFO (605)331-6677 or visit www.usiouxfalls.edu

Ceili Dance Thu, March 25 • 6:30 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum Céilí (pronounced KAY-lee) dances are held each month at the Old Courthouse Museum. Céilí dance is Irish social dance. The dances are taught and moves are called. Beginners are welcome. Céilí music may be provided by an assortment of fiddle, flute, tin whistle, accordion, bodhdrán, and in more recent times also drums and electric bass guitar. The music is cheerful and lively, and the basic steps can be learned easily; a short instructional session is often provided for new dancers before the start of the dance itself. INFO (605) 271-1786. Garage Party for Women Thu, March 25 • 7pm J&L Harley-Davidson • 2601 W. 60th Street North This special event is for women who are interested in motorcycling but aren’t quite sure how to get started. Attendees will get a behind the scenes tour of the dealership as well as individual time with different “experts” on topics from proper riding gear to how to pick up a fallen bike. Even if you are just a passenger, this seminar will help you to better understand riding and how fun and empowering it can be! Women only event. INFO (605) 334-2721.

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Sat, March 27 • 8pm Washington Pavilion • 301 S. Main Avenue Please visit www.washingtonpavilion.org for more information about tickets, driving directions and other information about the venue.

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ou could call the home of Jim and Kara Mathis an artist’s studio meets flea market — a space filled with natural light and splashed with colors, paintings and sculptures combined with eclectic treasures that honor the timeless appeal of the 1950s. The couple’s goal was to find a house they could transform room by room into a home that fits both their taste

and their lifestyle. Before undertaking any major changes, the Mathis’ allowed plenty of time to figure out how to best capture the feel of the space. Their challenge was to add modern amenities without losing the character of the ’50s design elements. “We wanted to acknowledge the simplicity of mid-century modern designers

but didn’t want to turn it into a shrine to 1954,” says Jim. Fifties designs often included space-age inspired imagery such as starbursts or atoms and the furniture was much smaller scale and streamlined than what you typically see today. The couple’s appreciation for art and the desire to support local Sioux Falls artists has led them to collect colorful pieces

from Bryan Holland, Ceca Cooper, Mi Young Lee, Paul Schiller, Joan Swenson and Liz Bashore Heeren. Blending contemporary art with the house’s retro feel works and still gives the art a proper, reverent setting. The resulting style brings life to living within an inspired history. The home’s main level living area is back dropped with an 18’

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wall of windows and flows in to the dining room and kitchen. Old items have been given new roles and artwork enhances the view at every turn. A simple black & white photo of two chairs hangs above an old conga drum, a lucky eBay find. A repurposed chicken egg incubator serves as a coffee table with cd storage and a Mimeoscope tracing table rescued from an antique store

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something different strikes. The home’s original kitchen didn’t always have such an open feel. A remodeling project removed a row of upper cabinets and part of the wall behind them, revealing the view into the dining room and capturing the front window’s natural light. New energy-efficient windows and appliances completed the upgrade. “We removed cabinets but have more storage capacity than we did before, plus we gained a dishwasher,” says Kara, an added bonus that enabled Jim to really unleash his inner chef.

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BeadsGalore! at the Museum Store Influenced by a home improvement show where grocery bags were varnished onto a wall became the inspiration for a soft, dark solid for the master bedroom. Eclectic, colorful artwork balances the room and adds green, blue and orange into the mix. The home office on the main level uses various shades of gray in large squares along the back wall. A project Kara tackled solo while Jim was out of town, she allowed plenty of time to repaint before he returned in case it didn’t work out as planned.

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Downstairs atop a game table sits one of Jim’s projects — a chess set he created using an assortment of copper tubing for the rooks and pawns. The piece fits in quite well amongst the Rat Pack inspired bar, vintage Eames recliner and Herman Miller sofa and chairs, felt pennant window coverings and shuffleboard court. With a wink and a nod to its fifties heritage, the lower

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level is a serene place complete with a corner fireplace warming the room and more artwork adorning the walls. There’s also a bedroom which again utilizes a creative painting idea; this time painting over pieces of tissue paper. The technique adds a unique texture while masking any imperfections in the walls. The colors of mustard, taupe and


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Sunday, April 18 th, 2010 5:00 - 7:30 pm The Center for Active Generations 2300 W. 46th Street - Sioux Falls • Sample incredible foods! Enjoy complimentary wine and beer while strolling through the festive atmosphere of The Center for Active Generations. • Musical entertainment by The Crabgrass Crew, Jack Hansen, Gene McGowan and John Mogen. • Tickets only $30.00 per person in advance or $35.00 at the door.

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red add warmth to the room and a shelf holding metal letter Zs encourages guests to doze peacefully. The sentiment fits the quiet and cozy lower level. As furniture and art were chosen for the Mathis’ Wayland Avenue home, much of the couple’s appreciation for the era came from their parents. Photos of the families’ previous homes

were helpful in visualizing what the interior should look like. Now with their artistry and color, you hardly notice the big screen television — which is what the Mathis’ had in mind. This creative outlet has become a well-crafted environment that’s truly one-of-a-kind, and you can’t help but be taken aback by its striking appeal.

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P M s 7ASHINGTON 0AVILION 3IOUX &ALLS Physicians donating their musical talents to benefit children with special needs. Dr. Wilson T. Asfora Dr. Terri A. Peterson-Henry Dr. Scott & Beth Boyens Dr. Shirley Kunkel Dr. Christopher Carlisle Dr’s. Miroslaw & Wioleta Mazurczak Dr. Nancy L. Carroll Dr. Mike & Jean McHale Crab Grass Crew Dr. Marian S. Petrasko Dr. Lisa Ellis Dr. Mark Berdahl & Bonita Schwan Dr. Mary Helen Harris Dr. Kirke Wheeler Dr. Les & Cherie Heddleston Dr’s. David & Candace Ziegler Rick Knobe, Master of Ceremonies

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BEAT COLORECTAL CANCER It’s the cancer no one likes to talk about, yet colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers—and most treatable, if detected early. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month to emphasize the importance of regular screening, a healthy lifestyle and expert clinical care in preventing colorectal cancer deaths.


hile colon cancer screenings are just as important as regular pap smears or mammograms for women over age 50, many tend to put them off. Research shows that up to 60 percent of South Dakotans over age 50 have never received the recommended colon screenings. As the third most common cancer in both men and women, an estimated 147,000 new cases were diagnosed in 2009. After lung cancer, colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths, with an estimated 50,000 deaths annually. The CDC estimates that as many as 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented if everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly. Stop cancer before it starts Colon screenings are recommended beginning at age 50, when doctors can spot and remove polyps that may eventually become cancerous. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 90 percent of cases are diagnosed in people over 50. Earlier screening is recommended for people who have a family history of colorectal cancer.

Screening guidelines call for one of the following: a colonoscopy every 10 years, a flexible sigmoidoscopy or barium enema every five years, CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every five years or fecal occult blood tests every year. Colonoscopy is often a top recommendation, because it examines the entire colon, and polyps can be removed at the same time the test is performed. “Many colon cancers come from small polyps which, over a span of 10 years, can develop into colon cancer,” said Dr. Cristina Hill Jensen, gastroenterologist with Avera Gastroenterology Clinic of Sioux Falls. According to the American College of Gastroenterology, detecting and removing polyps in their precancerous stage can prevent up to 90 percent of colorectal cancers from ever developing. Having a colonoscopy every 10 years will in most cases catch polyps before they have a chance to become malignant. In fact, the American Cancer Society reports that incidence of colorectal cancer has decreased over the past two decades thanks to removal of precancerous polyps. Women may be prone to put off a colonoscopy due to fear of pain or embarrassment. Dr. Hill Jensen said sedative medications make the procedure itself very comfortable. In fact, many patients wake up after it’s over and don’t realize the test has even taken place. The aspect patients probably dislike the most is colon prep for the test, which involves drinking liquid laxative the night before the exam to cleanse the colon.

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During colonoscopy, a doctor gently moves a long, lighted tube with a tiny camera through the entire colon. The doctor can see the inside of the colon on a viewing screen. If polyps are found, the doctor can remove the polyps immediately with a special tool attached to the colonscope, eliminating the worry that these polyps might turn into cancer. In addition to getting regular screenings, you can lower your risk of colorectal cancer. t &BU B EJFU MPX JO SFE NFBU BOE IJHI JO fruits and vegetables t (FU QMFOUZ PG QIZTJDBM BDUJWJUZ t %PO U TNPLF t .BJOUBJO B IFBMUIZ XFJHIU t *G ZPV ESJOL ESJOL JO NPEFSBUJPO Treat it early Even if a polyp becomes malignant—if the malignancy is found in an early stage—the cancer is very treatable surgically. When detected at an early stage, the five-year survival rate of colorectal cancer is 90 percent. Colorectal cancer that has spread beyond the colon to lymph nodes or other organs may require additional treatment of chemotherapy and radiation. Most colon cancers are slow-growing and can be detected long before symptoms arise. However, people should see their doctor if they experience any of these symptoms: t " DIBOHF JO TUPPM QBUUFSOT TVDI BT diarrhea or constipation t " GFFMJOH UIBU ZPVS CPXFM JT OPU DPNQMFUFMZ empty after a bowel movement t #SJHIU SFE PS WFSZ EBSL CMPPE JO ZPVS TUPPMT t 4UPPMT UIBU BSF OBSSPXFS UIBO VTVBM t 'SFRVFOU HBT QBJOT PS DSBNQT GFFMJOH GVMM or bloated t /BVTFB PS WPNJUJOH t 'SFRVFOU GBUJHVF t 6OFYQMBJOFE XFJHIU MPTT Although abdominal pain is also a symptom, colorectal cancer does not usually cause pain in the early stages, so don’t wait to feel pain to see a doctor if you are experiencing the above symptoms.

Evidence-based care In light of all the treatment options available, cancers today require a multidisciplinary approach. At the Avera Cancer Institute, gastrointestinal (GI) cancer cases are reviewed at a Digestive Disease conference by a team including gastroenterologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and surgeons. Doctors at this conference converse about each individual patient, collaborate in making treatment recommendations based on the latest medical evidence, and design a recommended plan of care, making sure all the pieces of the puzzle fit together for the patient’s best benefit. Patients then work with GI navigator Jessica Morrell, CNP. “I am their central point of contact,” Morrell said. Cancer patients see multiple health providers, from their primary care provider to a surgeon to a oncologist. Everything Avera does is centered on the patient, and that’s why the Avera Cancer Institute has developed navigator programs for different types of cancer, including breast and GI. The navigator helps patients understand their diagnosis, and focus on treatment decisions each step along the way. Navigators also put patients in touch with support services available to them. “My job is to help cancer patients navigate the system— to make sure they’re not missing any referrals or services outlined in the plan of care,” Morrell said. “I help facilitate the individualized plan, so patients receive technologically advanced treatment in a timely manner.”

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have played and coached competitive soccer for over 30 years, and I love a good comeback story. I love rooting for the underdog, cheering for the little guy, and believing in miracles. Every four years we get to do this as the world watches the Winter Olympics unfold. In the wine world, grapes and varietals compete against each other on a daily basis. What’s funny about this comeback story is that it was never really a comeback at all; it was a battle against the power of Hollywood. The Nielsen Company has conducted new research into wine consumption patterns and attitudes. Their study reveals some surprising facts about a wine that is both loved and hated in the United States: Merlot. Commissioned by Blackstone Winery and utilizing multiple Nielsen data sources, the research finds that Merlot has the single largest consumer base of any varietal wine in the U.S. and, of the major wine varietals, is the one most closely associated with high quality at an affordable price. Danny Brager, Nielsen vice president and group client director of Beverage Alcohol states, “Contrary to what people may think, Merlot never died. Even post-Sideways, Merlot sales continued to grow and it is the third most popular wine varietal behind Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in sales, while having the largest consumer base of the three. The bottom line: Merlot is a

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Gary Sitton, winemaker for Blackstone Winery, which produces a best-selling domestic Merlot, sees Nielsen’s findings as confirmation of Merlot’s enduring appeal. Says Sitton, “What initially attracted wine drinkers to Merlot continues to attract them today — bright fruit aromas, plush flavors, and a round, smooth mouth feel. There’s no question there was some mediocre Merlot in the market earlier this decade as a result of growers planting too much in ill-advised areas. But much of that acreage has been pulled out, and the quality of California Merlot has greatly improved — supply and demand have come back into balance. Today, Merlot winemakers have much better fruit to work with, and Merlot consumers are benefiting from that combination of quality and value.” Although the research and the numbers show that Merlot is still doing well, it will never stop Miles Raymond, the main character in Sideways from telling it like it is… Jack: If they want to drink Merlot, we’re drinking Merlot. Miles: No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any ******* Merlot! Carpe Vino! Contact Riccardo at riccardot@ westwardhocountryclub.com for all of your wine questions.



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What would St. Patrick’s Day be without potatoes? Enjoy being Irish for the day with one of these tasty dishes. Creamy Potato Bake

Bacon Cheese Hash Browns

1 can ( 10.75 oz.) cream of chicken soup 1 can (10.75 oz.) cheddar cheese soup 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup margarine, softened 1/3 cup chopped onion 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 28 oz. bag frozen O’Brien hash brown potatoes 3/4 cup crushed potato chips

2 lb. bag of frozen cubed hash browns 2 cups Velveeta cheese, cubed 2 cups sour cream 10.75 oz. can cream of celery soup 10.75 oz. can cream of chicken soup 1 lb. sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled 1 large onion, chopped 1/4 cup margarine, melted 1/4 tsp. pepper

Combine the soups, sour cream, margarine, onion, salt and pepper in a large bowl; add potatoes and mix well. Pour into a greased 9x13 inch pan. Cover with crushed chips and bake uncovered at 350˚ for an hour or until potatoes are tender. Serves 8-10.

Combine all ingredients and pour into a greased 9x13 inch baking pan and bake at 350˚ for an hour or until potatoes are tender. Serves 10-12

Potato Spinach Bake 3 lb. potatoes (about 9 medium sized potatoes) peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes 2 garlic cloves, peeled 3 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened 2 Tbsp. margarine 1/2 cup sour cream 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided 1 tsp. onion salt 1 tsp. garlic salt 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry Boil potatoes and garlic in a large pan for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Drain well. Now mash the potatoes and garlic with cream cheese and margarine. Add sour cream, 1 cup cheddar cheese, garlic salt, onion salt and spinach. Stir just until mixed. Spread into a greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Bake uncovered at 350˚ for 35-40 minutes or until heated. Top with remaining cheese and bake another 5 minutes. Serves 10-12

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Just a few nights ago, the missus and I went to our regular Friday night spot, a small bistro downtown… I’d called for a reservation and they recognized my voice on the phone. Although we were a few minutes late, our favorite table was waiting. As we were seated, one of the servers (who wasn’t covering our table that night) smiled and said “lamb chops tonight”, knowing that’s a favorite of mine. And the benefits of being a regular aren’t reserved to the white tablecloth, fine dining places. At one of my favorite lunch spots, a simple sandwich shop, the guy at the counter often tries to guess what I’ll be having, knowing my history and favorites. At a few other spots I frequent for lunch, my Diet Coke will hit the table almost as soon as my butt hits the seat. So how do you achieve this elite status? I’m glad you asked. First and foremost, the key word in “frequent flyer” is frequent. You can’t be a regular after one or two visits. Start by making a reservation and going to the same restaurant every Thursday evening for a month. Why Thursday? It’s a typically slow night, so you’ll stand out sooner. On your third or forth visit, you’ll start to recognize other regulars. They are there every Thursday, just like you. And the staff will start to recognize you. They will start to know your tastes, your preferences and your quirks. Next month, you’ll start to see the reward. The next step may seem obvious, but you’d be amazed how

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many people screw it up. Be a good customer. Be polite. Engage the server when appropriate. Compliment the food when it is good, offer constructive criticism if something is not perfect. Now this is not easy. Your instinct may be to complain. But here’s the key; no one wants to hear a complaint, it makes them defensive. But a bit of constructive criticism, delivered humbly, is almost always well received. Unless you are Gordon Ramsey, it is never acceptable to shout, cuss and/or throw a temper-tantrum in a restaurant. Come to think of it, if you are Gordon Ramsey, shut your pie hole. If I want to hear whining and cussing like that I’ll go to Wal-Mart. One more thing – tip! Good servers are worth their weight in gold. They can make a good meal great. Most importantly, when things aren’t right, they can get them fixed. What if you need them to go to bat for you in the kitchen, but all they remember is the 4.2% tip you left last time you were there? Would you help someone like you? Neither would I. So back to that tip; start with 20%. I’ll spell it out so it sinks in; twenty percent. Yes, twenty, not fifteen, certainly not ten. Twenty. Why? They deserve it. And it’s easy to figure in your head… ten percent times two. If the meal and service are exceptional, round up. If something is a little off that night, round down. Don’t be stingy with the tip. Plan ahead, if you can’t afford what you are ordering PLUS twenty percent, go to Taco Bell.

They don’t expect your tip for their livelihood. And every now and then, go nuts. Figure the twenty percent; then add another ten or twenty bucks. If you give your paperboy or hair stylist a little extra at the holidays, why not your favorite server? Once, the wife and I walked into a nearly vacant restaurant on a snowy Sioux Falls evening. As we were seated, the server chuckled and said “I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but when the chef saw you walking up, he said ‘here comes Veal Chop and Seafood Special’.” Yeah, it wasn’t just the front-of-house who knew us. And as predicted, my wife ordered the seafood special, I had the veal. We left a little extra tip for the kitchen staff that night. I can proudly say I’m a regular at a handful of restaurants in the greater Sioux Falls metro, not to mention a meat market, a wine shop, a couple of spots at the farmers market and a few other assorted purveyors of the finer things in life. Am I saying you need to go back to the “conspicuous consumerism” of the ‘80s? Far from it. But if you’re going to be a customer, be a good one. And do it regularly. Do yourself a favor, eat something good today. Jim Mathis is just a regular guy who likes to eat and cook and occasionally write about culture. Between breakfast and dinner he runs an ad agency in uptown Sioux Falls.

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t’s a mother’s natural instinct to protect her child. As Mother Earth welcomes spring March 20, it is a good time to consider that making eco-friendly choices can also be kid-friendly. Protecting our children from environmental dangers and protecting the environment go hand in hand. While parents are always on Red-Alert, we could drive ourselves crazy worrying about the possible dangers our kids face. Luckily, there are a few aspects of our kids’ world that we can control: we clean them, feed them and entertain them. By putting a slight green spin on these essential child-rearing points, maybe we can foster a safer, family-friendly environment. Let’s start by getting to the dirty part. As a good mom, you try to keep your little ones clean. Some days this is harder than others, and often requires scrubbing. When it’s time for a bath, grab the good stuff. Look for products that have natural ingredients. Remember, less is more. Less products often will mean less chemicals slathered on their delicate skin. And that “fresh” baby smell we so often love after they’ve been lotioned and powdered up, is often the chemical fragrance. While the natural smell isn’t always as pleasant, it might just be best for baby. Look up

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the health ratings on your kids’ lotions, body washes, etc. at cosmeticdatabase.com. Also, read labels in the store. If you can’t pronounce most of the words, skip it. Many superstores now carry organic products for baby and mom. One brand that is nice is Little Twig, sold at Wayne and Mary’s, which not only is conscious about ingredients but also donates annually to a child’s charity. That has a rather sweet smell to it. The health of your child starts from the inside out. This requires moms and dads to be choosy with food and also food prep. Talk to your doctor about a healthy diet to fit your life. You might consider Earth’s Best Organic Baby Food if you are still in the jar food stage. It is great for what it doesn’t have: artificial flavors and colors, preservatives, pesticides or herbicides. If you have time to whip up your own, check your local bookstore shelf where many do-it-yourself recipe options abound. Keep it natural and balanced for babies of any age. The less chemicals, the better. This goes not only for the food you buy at the store, but also for dishes and utensils. Beware of Bisphenol-A, also known as BPA, a chemical used to make polycarbonate plastics. This is not a chemical you

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want leaching into your child’s breakfast. Look for labels that clearly state “BPA Free.” As you peruse the baby section hunting for bottles, pacifiers, bowls, sippy cups and easy-grip spoons, you will find a wide variety of non-BPA products. Hy-Vee carries Green Sprouts baby products, offering everything from organic cloth rattles to BPA and PVC Free nipples to PVC and Phthalate Free shopping cart covers. Make your child’s diet as healthy as possible from the grocery aisle to the dinner table utensils. On to the never-ending task of keeping your kids entertained and engaged. Kids love stuff, but maybe it’s OK if they don’t have the up-and-coming video game system, movie or gadget. Get together with friends or neighbors to have a toy-share rather than buying new toys that will inevitably be lost in the back of the closet next week. You might also try engaging their minds without the PSP or DVD players to help. Kidtopia at 57th & Western and Child’s Play Toys on Phillips Avenue downtown offer fun toys, many of which are eco-friendly. Nancy Savage, owner of Child’s Play Toys, says that maybe 98% of her toys are non-battery for increased “play value.” She had great options on display, from bamboo toys to Green Toy’s toolset made of recycled milk jugs. Sprigwood Toys are

made with recycled biofibers and reclaimed plastic. Plan Toys makes fun gadgets from drums to dolls out of replenishable rubberwood that come in a box printed with soy ink and recycled paper. While deforestation is a concern, wood toys are made from a renewable resource, unlike plastics. Explore these fun stores for environmentally friendly toys and you’ll also be supporting local business. From bath time to snack time and play time, we can help “green” our children’s lives. By introducing our kids to less chemicals, less products, less waste and hopefully more fun; we are also doing our part to reduce our environmental impact. This month’s column didn’t offer an in-depth parent’s manual to eco-living, but I wanted to show how easy being green really can be. For more reading from the experts check out the following websites: healthychild.org – Healthy Child, Healthy World iceh.org – Institute for Children’s Environmental Heatlth epa.gov/children – Environmental Protection Agency’s child protection page

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he high, tight crisscrosses of our neighbor’s ash trees suspend the abandoned bulky nests of last summer’s resident crows. Upon the oval tangles, the deep December snow piled high like formal top hats of white ermine. Sunny days quickly softened their edges, lick by lick, and shrunk them into slumped whipped cream dollops that stuck for weeks. With January’s freezing rain the tangled nests became balls of silver brittle, their twists and turns emitting minute sparkles, promises for a new year, a new decade. Foggy mornings churned up the thickest frosting. What next? Mashed potatoes? Snow, rain, fog, and frost, top hats, whipped cream, frosting and, now, mashed potatoes? You might suspect: I’ve been sequestered in-house by all. But there’s plenty of catching up to do, like rereading notes from South Dakota State Biologist, Dave Ode’s talk at last September’s Master Gardeners’ state meeting. On that sunny crisp day, when the ground still offered firm, non-slip footing, he guided us among the Cactus Hills and explained the plants and ecology of this unique region so near to Sioux Falls. He also tutored us in the existence and use of a consortium called NatureServe www.natureserve.org, presenting it as “an online encyclopedia of life.” NatureServe represents an international network of biological inventories known as Natural Heritage Programs or conservation data centers that

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operate in all fifty U.S. states, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. According to the NatureServe website, “Natural Heritage Programs collect and manage detailed local information on plants, animals, and ecosystems and develop informational products, data management tools, and conservation services to help meet local, national, and global conservation needs.” The Nature Conservancy helped to establish the first Natural Heritage Program in 1974. Natural Heritage Programs are the recognized sources for the most complete and detailed information of rare and endangered species for government agencies, corporations, and the conservation community. Nearly 1000 scientists support 82 international inventories that are tracked with the GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) system. While the combined Natural Heritage Programs are found under www.natureserve.org, the South Dakota portion, established in 1981, is administered through the S.D. Department of Game Fish and Parks (SDGFP). I went to www.sdgfp.info/wildlife/diversity/index.htm and clicked on “Rare Plants.” Up came a November 2009 list of 200 rare, threatened, and endangered vascular plant species that are tracked by the SDGFP. What percentage is this of total, wild vascular South Dakota plants? In 1985, then University of South Dakota Professor, Dr. Ted VanBruggen noted the number


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at 1,608. “Since then,” Dave Ode said, “dozens of new and rediscovered species have joined the list. Unfortunately, some of them are new weeds.” Each rare or endangered plant receives a “state rank” (indicated by “S”) and a “global rank” (indicated by “G”). The state rank frequently differs from the global one. SX (GX) – believed extinct SH (GH) – possibly extirpated, historically known, may be rediscovered S1 (G1) – vulnerable to extinction because of extreme rarity S2 (G2) – imperiled because of rarity S3 (G3) – rare or may be found locally in its range S4 (G4) – apparently secure, though rare in parts of its range S5 (G5) – secure This list allows a glimpse into a sketchy, short-term history of South Dakota native plants. For example, curly sedge (S1, G5) was last collected in the Black Hills at Harney Peak in 1983, while bur sedge (SH, G5) was last collected in 1928 from forests of southeastern S.D. Northern maidenhair fern (SH, G5) was last known collected in 1941 from Spearfish Mountain. Of the 200 species, a few caught my eye because I’d grown, or attempted to grow, them in the past. Otherwise, most of the plants were only vaguely familiar. In South Dakota, Turk’s cap lily (Lilium canadense ssp



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michiganense) (S1, G5) is rare in eastern tall grass prairies. Except where conserved land and pastures preserve them, the plow and herbicides long ago did-in the other thousands of acres worth. Tsk, tsk, for this is one magnificent native plant. Native stands of Kentucky coffee tree (S2, G5) and black walnut (S4, G5) are rare in our state except for a few southeastern forests. You can enjoy their shade in Newton Hills State Park near Canton. Localized stands of lodge pole pine and limber pine (S1, G5) can still be found in the Black Hills. I was sorry to see Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum, S1, G4), a fine, well-behaved garden plant, listed as extremely rare in S.D. Another favorite native, compass plant (Silphium laciniatum, S3, G5) is another we should plant in our garden. The flowers of merrybells (Uvularia grandiflora, S3, G5), which thrive in the shade of the black locust trees in our yard, bears resemblance to, and is named for, the uvula, that small fleshy thing that wiggles above the back of your tongue. Though I’ve lived in South Dakota all my life, I still have a lot to learn about my state. It bothers me that I’m unaware of much that makes it unique, like those 200+ native plants that hover between “secure” and “possibly extinct.” But that’s only a small portion of what makes this state special. Isolated by snow and ice is one thing, but a self-imposed sequester of citified boundaries is no excuse for ignorance.



Fabulous Finds from Sioux Falls Favorites

Fluff & Frill

Add some fluff and frill to your little girl’s wardrobe. Oopsy Daisy Baby puts a new swing on a classic style! Set $163. Bows range from $5.50 - $14 at Sprout. 2425 S. Shirley Avenue. 271-2999.

A Little Luck

Give yourself or someone else a little luck this St. Patty’s Day with this whimsical Mark Roberts Four Leaf Clover Fairy. Charming and heirloom quality. $38.99 at John Adam. 3401 S. Kelley Ave. 332-7685.

Resort Ready

Hale Bob pops for spring with bold embellishments and flowing fun color. For warm get-aways and warm months to come. Pair with earrings from Tarina Tarantino. Exclusively at AMaVo. Top $169, earrings $63. 57th & Louise. 274-8674.

Easter Blessings

Paint this cross platter and celebrate your Easter Blessings. $37.50 + $10 studio rate at Color Me Mine. 3709 West 41st St. (605) 362-6055.

Take a Seat A Spring Sensation

This sita murt gold linen bag with be a hit with any spring outfit. $339 at Attitudes. 26th & Western. (605) 335-7850.

You’ve Been Framed carries a wide variety of unique home décor and accent furniture. Chair shown $999 at You’ve Been Framed. 57th & Western. 361-9229.

Everybody’s Irish

Everybody’s Irish in March! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all month long with a delicious Leprechaun Cream Soda. Available in granny smith or kiwi flavor. Kaladi’s. 26th & Minnesota, 339-3322 or downtown at 121 S. Main Ave. 977-0888.

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Reveal’s New! Maximum Strength fat burner will rev up your energy & metabolism, revitalize your sleep, block stress and eliminate stubborn fat. 2 month supply just $209 or get started for as low as $49.99 at Complete Nutrition. 57th & Western. 274-7348.

Make Someone Happy

Irish Soda Bread

Knitties by Russ are soft and sweet adn sure to make someone happy. Put one in your child’s Easter Basket. $17.99 each at Kidtopia. 57th & Western. 334-4825.

Serve with your favorite Irish dish this month. Perfect with Mulligan’s Stew. Call to reserve your loaf. Breadsmith. 609 W. 33rd St. 338-1338 or 26th & Marion, 276-2338.

Let It Shine

Brighten any room with these whimsical mercury glass finials. Set just $199 at Twetten’s Interiors. 26th & Minnesota. (605) 275-3456.

Perfectly Princess

This line of princess outfits and accessories is simply adorable — and affordable. Booties just $6 and onesie $22 at Forget Me Not Gift Boutique. Several outfits to choose from. 57th & Western. 335-9878.

Forgive Me

These tanks are both slimming and forgiving. After all, it’s been a long winter! Starting at $35 at Tote-ally Gorgeous Boutique. 57th & Western. 274-3500.

Clutch It!

These genuine leather clutches will add a splash of color to your spring wardrobe. $84 each at Posh Boutique. 57th & Western. 271-2164.

Go Green

Extraordinary Beads

Visit the South Dakota Art Museum for an ever-growing assortment of beads from gemstones to international varieties. Hundreds to choose from! Bead classes available March 26th and 27th. South Dakota Art Museum Store, Medary Avenue @ Harvey Dunn Street, Brookings. www.southdakotaartmuseum.com (866) 805-7590.

Robeez® new organic line is now in at Stride Rite. Made from 100% organic canvas and recycled leather. Many adorable styles to choose from. $26.99 at Stride Rite. 2425 S. Shirley Avenue. 362-7728.

Fun & Funky!

Choose from over 300 fun & funky prom dresses at Interlude Bridal. Many designers, styles and colors to choose from. 2425 S. Shirley Avenue. 323-2210.

Lazy Days of Color

Celebrate summer with a new bag from the stephanie dawn line — made in USA. several styles and colors to choose from. $10 - $52 at Go Casual. 124 S. Phillips Ave. 334-5795.

In Bloom

This Brighton® Isabella straw tote is as beautiful as the blooming spring flowers. $230 at Susanne’s on Phillips. 216 S. Phillips Avenue. 330-4002.

Push Along Duck

This friendly looking Plan Toys Push Along Duck make a realistic “flip-flop” sound with its feet. Toddlers improve balance as they play. $34.99 at Child’s Play Toys. 233 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 274-8697.

New Colors

New bareMinerals® foundation colors are now in - 5 new colors - no more mixing! And also new, Mineral Veil with 25 spf protection. Stop today for your free color match. Hip Chic Boutique. 328 S. Phillips Avenue. 271-8480.

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Hop On In

Hop on in to Young & Richard’s for extraordinary Easter décor and an Easter arrangement for your table. Carrots shown $2.50 each, bunnies $23.99 and $37.99. Young & Richard’s. 236 S. Main Ave. 336-2815.

Design and create your own jewelry. Bring in your heirloom jewelry for a ‘remodel’ so you can wear Grandmas pearls again or share them with the rest of the family. Do it yourself or commissioned special orders by our professionals. Classes available. The Bead Co. 319 S. Phillips Ave. 605-977-2147 www.bead-co.com

I Do!

Nobody says “I Do” like we do! Raymond’s Jewellers has a huge selection of engagement and wedding rings. 206 S Phillips Avenue. (605) 338-7550.

Bold & Creative Green With Envy

Your friends will be green with envy when they see your new custom cabinetry from StarMark. Shown is the Covington Door in English Ivy Chocolate Tinted Varnish Glaze. Natural granite stone colors are Surf Green, Classico Sacramento and Cosmos. StarMark Cabinetry. 700 E. 48th Street North. 336-5595.

See what’s happening now in the world of beautiful jewelry - bold designs and creative looks. Stop and shop at the Fifth Avenue Collection showroom. 708 East Benson Road. (605) 335-0602. www.fifthavenuecollection.com

Beautiful & Multifunctional

Use this unique candlestick vase as a combo vase and candle holder or remove the candle and replace with your favorite stems. $40 shown. Josephine’s Floral Design. 401 E. 8th Street. 338-9290.

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Pair a delicious wine with your Easter dinner — whether it’s traditional or out-of-the-ordinary. Stock up at the March wine sale - 20% off the purchase of 6 bottles or more. Mix and match! Good Spirits Fine Wine & Liquor. 41st & Minnesota. 339-1500.

Go Bling!

Or go home! Add some bling to your spring with these sassy heels and earrings. Shoes shown $130, earrings $55 at Elegant Xpressions Boutique. 57th & Western. 362-9911.

Nourish your moisture starved hair and enjoy a vital shine you can see and feel. So moisturizing you’ll think it was sourced from the fountain of youth! Available at Rainn Salon. 57th & Western. (605) 521-5099.


Give the lasting gift of friendship. Add a bead for each fond memory – as your relationship grows, so will the bracelet. At Holsen Hus. 126 S. Phillips Ave. 331-4700.

$5 Burger Night Cuddly Companions

Add an adorable cuddly companion to your little one’s Easter basket. Several to choose from. $9 - $15 at The Dance Line. 2115 S. Minnesota Avenue. 335-8242.

$5 Burgers Tuesday Nights for a limited time. Come try a Premium “Free Roaming, Locally raised” Buffalo or Elk burger with our special house-grilled seasoned potatoes. So park free and have a burger with flavor....Wild Sage Grille, 300 North Cherapa Place. www. wildsagegrille.com

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Create your story with these gorgeous beads. Beautiful sparkle and color combinations to suit any style – perfect gift for all ages!! The Diamond Room. 3501 W. 57th St. 362-0008.

Baby Bumps

Fashionable Headgear!

Keep your ears warm while staying in fashion with one of these quick projects. For class information call or check our website. Available at Athena Fibers, 3915 S. Hawthorne. 271-0741. www. athenafibers.com.

When you get your baby bump, stop at Elegant Mommy and choose from a large selection of gently used name brand maternity clothing. Spring items arriving daily. Sweater shown $7.99 and jeans just $7.99 at Elegant Mommy. 2109 W. 49th Street. 338-0228.

Moisturizing Hand Washes

Desert Essence’s new moisturizing hand washes effectively cleanse without drying your skin. Organic jojoba oil and shea butter add moisture and gentle cleansers remove dirt while leaving skin silky smooth. Flavors include: grapefruit, coconut, vanilla and lavendar. Available at www.desertessence.com.

Pink Slip

Springtime in a bottle! Try it with your favorite salad, pasta with cream sauce or fruit and light desserts. Prairie Berry Winery received a Silver Medal for Pink Slip at the 2010 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition and this wine is available at local retailers. 877-226-9453 www.prairieberry.com

Come Home

Dress your table in spring with placemats, table runners, napkins, plates and bowls. Prices start at $4. It’s great to come home at Holz Haus Amish Furniture. 2723 W. 41st Street. 271-7272.

Cool & Comfy

Cool doesn’t have to look cold and this modern profiled chair and ottoman prove that point well. With its lively geometric pattern and comfortable form, it is a steal in today’s world at just $749.99. South Dakota Furniture Mart. 2101 W. 41st St. (605) 336-1600.

Great Gifts

Shop for new and used textbooks, as well as USF-themed gifts and apparel. Prices vary. University of Sioux Falls. 1101 W 22nd St. 331-6677. www.usiouxfalls.edu

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lot of people would agree, not the Lutheran church though, they spell it with a ‘D’ like this, ‘Colemand.’ I know this because I scribbled my story notes on the back of a Lutheran church bulletin that I found in a stack of papers at the local convenience store. Confused by the inconsistencies in spelling, I glanced up from the bulletin to get a good look at the town’s tea pot shaped water tower. Up there it’s spelled without an ‘E’ or a ‘D’ like this, ‘Colman.’ So, your guess is as good as mine. It doesn’t change the fact that there’s some serious action going on in the town of Coleman, SD. You’ve probably sped by Coleman, SD before. It sits up there on Highway 34, between I-29 and Madison. If Prostrollo’s big white buffalo were Mount Rushmore, Coleman would be equivalent to the 1880 Town, more or less, geographically speaking at least, but as opposed to real live props from “Dances With Wolves,” Coleman features a big field full of oil filled electrical distribution transformers and a café called the Norseman. Glen Sonen opened the Norseman in 1928. His son John

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Sonen took it over in 1975, just in time for the gas shortage. I smirked as he told me about it, but only because he did. Really, I can’t imagine what that would have been like. A gas shortage sounds serious, especially if you are the proud new owner of your dad’s filling station, but John laughed it off, which might be what I like most about the people I meet in places like Coleman. They tend to keep things in perspective. I stood at the counter as he generously piled some cheese on a pizza, Norwegians don’t skimp on the toppings. I could hear some weathered voices in the room next door. “They were dad’s customers before they were mine,” John explained. For a town of 572 it seemed like there was a lot going on in Coleman. Across the street at the 34 Stop, a gas station named for Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears, a bunch of farmers were gathered around a table playing cards. I broke out my flip video camera to get a photo and they looked at me like I was from another planet. Not because of my fancy techy gadget, really, the instrument panel on a John Deere makes a flip video look like a Scandinavian fruit bowl. It was that I had interrupted their





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or a true “wild west” adventure, Deadwood, South Dakota is the place to go. The restored casino town is named for the dead trees found in its deep V-shaped valleys. Located about 40 miles west of Rapid City, the town is entertaining and picturesque. Deadwood puts visitors in the middle of history. There are a number of places to visit and stay in the historic city of Deadwood, including the newest luxurious mountain resort and convention center, The Lodge at Deadwood. This four-story upscale complex opened its doors to the public on December 4, 2009. Located off U.S. Highway 85 and perched in a hilltop meadow


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Oggie’s Sports Bar, which is a warm and relaxing place to unwind. Deadwood’s only year-round indoor water playland with water slides and cannons, a lily pad rope walk, and a pirate ship. From the water playland you can walk outside to our large patio area with impressive landscaping that surrounds a fire pit. Furthermore, a 24-hour indoor fitness center is available to all guests. Of course, the most popular attractions in Deadwood are the casinos. The Lodge at Deadwood includes a large casino featuring gaming tables such as poker, blackjack and over 260 state-of-the-art slot machines in a Las Vegas-style atmosphere.

The Lodge also has the area’s only handicap accessible blackjack table. The resort is excited to introduce the highly interactive Star Wars and Jaws slot machines, as well as the Sopranos games and classic favorites like keno, video poker, and Wheel of Fortune. Every Friday and Saturday night, contestants will “Play Plinko” on the resort’s larger-than-life Plinko board for a chance to win up to $3,000. Offering poker tournaments throughout the week, Rounder’s Poker Room in the resort has its very own bar surrounded by large wall-mounted high-definition televisions to be sure everybody’s


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game or other favorite programs will not be missed. Weston Pleinis serves as General Manager of the casino. “I am extremely excited to be involved in one of the biggest projects to hit the Deadwood gaming industry,” Pleinis said. “I look forward to being a part of the best Deadwood will have to offer.” General Manager of The Lodge at Deadwood resort and convention center, Monte Hartl, is also very excited to be involved in such an attraction. “This is going to bring more business to all of Deadwood – we will be able to market Deadwood as a destination for a variety of visitor experiences, not gaming alone,” Hartl said. As a full-service, year-round resort, The Lodge at Deadwood is the ideal destination for a family vacation as well as conventions, corporate events, weddings, and private parties. With 140 spacious hotel guestrooms and suites with upscale amenities like luxurious bedding and linens, free high-speed wireless internet access and many balconies and patios, guests will enjoy their entire experience at the resort. The main Pine Crest Ballroom convention center accommodates groups as small as 10 or as many as 1,700 people, and this exciting new destination will help Deadwood become more popular for large events and retreats in South Dakota. The City of Deadwood recognizes the need for meeting facilities and now with over 16,000 square feet of flexible meeting space at The Lodge at Deadwood, the city will be able

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to compete for large regional and national gatherings. “The Lodge at Deadwood gives us the opportunity to take our community to the next level,” said George Milos, Executive Director of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. There are also many other options for entertainment in Deadwood. Boondocks’ 1950s theme park and original diner has vintage cars, rides, gifts, movie memorabilia and a Studebaker museum, as well as the option to have costumed photos taken. Located downtown in the Celebrity Hotel, Nelson’s Garage Car and Motorcycle Museum is free and a must-see for all of those car, motorcycle and movie lovers. Here you will see James Bond’s Aston Martin, Magnum P.I.’s Ferrari, Herbie, Smokey and the Bandit Trans AM and more. Gulches of Fun Resort is the area’s largest fun park and arcade. There are also many more options available to tourists including narrated tours around Deadwood, hiking, swimming, rock climbing and more. For ease and comfort in traveling to these nearby attractions, the Deadwood Trolley service is available from The Lodge at Deadwood to Historic Downtown. The hotel shuttle is also available for guests free of charge. The staff at The Lodge at Deadwood has been busy marketing and booking events. More information can be found on their webpage at www.deadwoodlodge.com. Reservations can also be made by calling 1-877-DWD-LODG (1-877-393-5634).

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MARCH !"#$%&'()*+!,$'(%,& Indoor Scavenger Hunt Thu, March 11 • 6:30 p.m. Sat, March 13 • 10:30 a.m. Kuehn Community Center • 2801 S. Valley View Rd. Look, scour, and explore in this exciting indoor scavenger hunt designed just for toddlers. This class is intended for children ages 2-4 with an adult. We request that only two children per one adult attend our toddler classes. We also ask that an adult stay with their toddler during the entire program. Preregistration is required. Online registration is available at www. siouxfallsparks.org or you can call the respective community center. Payment is required at the time of registration. $5 admission. INFO (605) 367-8222.

center. Payment is required at the time of registration. $5 fee. INFO (605) 367-8222. Art Adventures Sat, March 13 • 10am Washington Pavilion • 301 S. Main Ave. Art Adventures 60305– Art is all around us! Try different styles of art, explore the Visual Art Center, play art games and create a magic painting. This class will help you find art in your everyday life. Ages: 3-4 Teacher: Kim MacDonald March 13, 20, 27 10:00-11:30 $50, $45 for members. INFO (605) 367-6000.

Toddlers and Preschoolers with Disabilities Fri, March 12 • 10:30 am Fri, March 12 • 1:30 pm Kenny Anderson Community Center • 3701 E. 3rd Street Explore your senses! Come play, work on social skills, and check out our texture toys! This class is intended for children ages 2-6 with an adult. We request that only two children per one adult attend our toddler/preschool classes. We also ask that an adult stay with their child during the entire program. Preregistration is required. Online registration is available at www. siouxfallsparks.org or you can call the respective community

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Clay art is found in many different cultures around the world. In this workshop students will be exposed to the basics of throwing and hand building. Students will also be introduced to the pottery wheel, though actual time on the wheel will be limited. Sign up for one session or both. Teacher will work with each individual’s needs. All skill levels are welcome! Ages:7-9 Teacher: Mercedes Shillander March 13, 20, 27 1:00-2:30 $55, $50 for members. INFO (605) 367-6000.

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Elements of Acting Sat, March 13 • 10am Washington Pavilion • 301 S. Main Ave. Elements of Acting 60319 – There is more to being an actor than just being on set or on stage. Whether you are aiming for Broadway, the Silver Screen or just enjoy acting for fun, this class will get you ready to take direction! Ages: 10-14 Teacher: Kelsey Acers March 13, 20, 27 10:00-11:30 $50, $45 for members. INFO (605) 367-6000. What Scientist Are You? Sat, March 13 • 10am Washington Pavilion • 301 S. Main Ave. What is it really like to be a scientist? Wear a lab coat, use a microscope, do experiments and find out what type of science excites you the most. Ages: 5-6 Teacher: Chelsea Boscaljon March 13, 20, 27 10:00-11:30 $50, $45 for members. INFO (605) 367-6000.

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Get Your Body Movin’ Wed, March 17 • 11am & 1pm MariCar Community Center • 400 N. Valley View Rd. Come and increase your child’s large motor skills. We will be doing many active activities like jump roping, throwing, catching, and even an obstacle course! This class is intended

for children ages 2-4 with an adult. We request that only two children per one adult attend our toddler classes. We also ask that an adult stay with their toddler during the entire program. Pre-registration is required. Online registration is available at www.siouxfallsparks.org or you can call the respective community center. Payment is required at the time of registration. INFO (605) 3678222.

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Trap a Leprechaun A leprechaun is an Irish “elf �. They are small in size and look like tiny old men with red beards and top hats. Legend has it that leprechauns are shoemakers and you can tell that one is near if you hear the tapping of his shoe making hammer. Each leprechaun has his very own pot of gold. Some say they hide their gold at the end of the rainbow where nobody can ever find it. As the story is told, if you catch a leprechaun, he must lead you to his pot of gold in order to be set free. However, the


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leprechaun is a clever creature, and if you take your eye off of him for a split second, he will disappear. Tell your kids this story and have them help you build a leprechaun trap the day before St. Patrick’s Day. There is no right or wrong way to build a leprechaun trap. You can make a contraption out of almost anything, including a net, paper towel rolls, sandwich bags, etc. Gather items around the house such as old jewelry or small rocks painted gold or silver that could work for shiny bait to lure the leprechaun in. A shoebox or a small crate would work well for a leprechaun trap. Decorate it with rainbows, green stickers, glitter, four leaf clovers, and even Lucky Charms cereal. Let your child choose how to decorate it. Using bits of leaves and green paint to disguise the trap and blend it in with the surroundings would add to the mystery and fun for your child. Using a piece of string or yarn, make a small loop on one

end just large enough to catch the toe of a leprechaun as he enters the trap. Tie the other end of the string to a pencil or a stick of some sort. Place your box so that the open end is flat on the ground, placing the leprechaun bait underneath the box. Tilt it up on one end and use the stick to prop it open, making sure to out the end of the string on the ground. This way, the leprechaun will surely get his foot caught as he enters the trap to grab the shiny treasure. When your children are in bed, remove the treasure and leave a trail of gold and green glitter and lucky charms leading from the leprechaun trap for them to find the next morning. Tell your children that leprechauns sometimes leave treasure behind, even when you don’t catch them. Green jelly beans, gumdrops, shamrock and rainbow stickers, glass gemstones, gold-wrapped chocolates such as Rolos, and coins work great as belongings left behind by a leprechaun. Your children will be delighted to


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find a treat inside the leprechaun trap and the mystery of the glitter trail will be a thrill. Even further, sometimes the leprechaun can get revenge on your trickery and tint the toilet water green, leave glittery green fingerprints on the pets or items around the house or turn things upside down. Your children will enjoy what happens year after year when the leprechaun escapes once again.

Find the Pot of Gold After explaining to your children the mythical story of the leprechaun and his hidden pot of gold, write clues on pieces of paper shaped like shamrocks that lead your children around the house in search of the treasure. This “pot of gold” could be chocolates covered in gold foil or anything else mentioned above as the leprechaun’s belongings. The younger the child is, the fewer the clues they should receive in order to find the pot of gold. If there is more than one child, decide whether or not they will have more fun as a team or individually.

Green St. Patrick’s Day Eats Start the tradition of a special meal on St. Patrick’s Day such

as the traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage, or take it to the next level and eat everything green. This can be a magical experience for children, as they watch certain foods turn green before their very eyes. You can even tell them the leprechaun turned the food green in revenge of trying to trap him. Of course, it would be wise to only do this if you know your child will be amused and not frightened. This will work better for some foods more than others. Coat the inside of a crock-pot with green food coloring. Add any cream based soup and let the children start to stir. They will love to see the color change. For breakfast, eat green eggs and ham by adding a bit of food coloring to the eggs before you scramble them. Read the book “Green Eggs and Ham” to your children as you eat for a real treat. Prepare a green-themed dinner of pesto pasta and green vegetables with green cupcakes for dessert. Make vanilla pudding and add “secret green leprechaun” drops (green food coloring). Have your children take turns stirring the pudding to see the results. Prepare Rice Krispie treats and add green coloring to the marshmallows before you mix in the cereal. Use a shamrock mold to be even more festive. Put green food coloring in bowls and add “magic” ice cream. Again, have

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the children take turns stirring it. Place a small drop of green food coloring in a glass before pouring in the child’s milk. Tell them they will have magic milk on St. Patrick’s Day as you pour the milk in front of them. Top all of these magical treats off with some festive table decorations and it will soon be a day your family will never forget. St. Patrick’s Day is a great time for celebrating with your family and having fun. In addition to what was mentioned above, there are many more traditions to start on this fun holiday. Get creative and think of activities involving rainbows, leprechauns, the color green, and lucky shamrocks, and have a blast on March 17th every year.

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f you’re pregnant and plan to be a working mom, you’ll soon have two full-time jobs. You need to give 100 percent on the job, yet you want to do all the right things for your baby. One of those “right things” is breastfeeding. “Most women today know that breast milk is best for their babies,” said Kathy English, board certified lactation consultant with the Avera Breastfeeding Center at Avera McKennan. “Most new moms want to breastfeed, but they often don’t see how they can do it.” Plenty of research shows the value of breastfeeding. Breastfed babies get fewer colds or respiratory infections like RSV, as well as fewer episodes of upset stomach or diarrhea. It’s impossible for babies to be allergic to breast milk as opposed to formula. Breastfeeding delivers lifelong health benefits such as a decrease in childhood cancers, diabetes and obesity. Breastfed babies also have optimal brain development and increased IQ scores. Plus, breastfeeding saves over $1,000 a year in formula costs alone; let alone the money saved medical expenses. For mothers, breastfeeding burns calories so it’s easier to lose


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cycles and suction. “Any other type won’t be sufficient for working mothers,” English said. Hospital-grade pumps can be purchased or rented, but the cost is still significantly lower than formula. Usually, a week-old baby eats on one breast and is full, so you can feed and then pump from the other side, and start building a reserve of milk in the freezer. “We call it money in the bank,” English said. Pumping after your baby has eaten will encourage more milk production. Wait until the baby is about three weeks old to introduce a bottle of expressed breast milk. Have dad or grandma give the baby a bottle, so he gets used to someone else feeding him with a bottle. Then, after going back to work, it’s a matter of pumping milk at work at the times your baby would ordinarily feed, and storing it properly. “Reverse cycling” is common in breastfed babies. They may develop a pattern of eating very little at daycare, and take in most of their calories when they’re with mom. “Over and over again, we’ve heard working mothers say that it’s worth it to breastfeed,” English said. For one thing, it gives you a connection to your baby while at work. “It’s not easy to go back to work and leave your new baby with someone else,” she said. “Working mothers who breastfeed can know that they’re doing something for their baby that no one else can do. It’s a gift you can give your baby that lasts a lifetime.” To learn more, go to www.AveraWomens.org and click on Pregnancy and Birth. Discussions about breastfeeding and other parenting topics are now taking place at www.LivingWellCommunity.com.

pregnancy weight gain, and decreases cancer risks. It also provides you with a unique bonding experience with your baby that no one else can enjoy. Pediatricians recommend breastfeeding for the first year of life, yet 80 percent of new moms in South Dakota return to work. Breastfeeding as a working mom is not difficult – it just takes more planning, preparation and know-how in order to be successful, English said. The best time to plan for breastfeeding is when you’re pregnant, English said. Start by taking a breastfeeding class, preferably along with your partner. Find out if your employer is supportive, and if there is a clean, private room where you can pump milk at work. Find a daycare provider who’s supportive of breastfeeding. “Start building a support network, and putting the pieces together when you’re still pregnant, so you can feel empowered to carry through with your decision,” English said. Once your baby is born, spend the first week just enjoying your baby and learning to breastfeed. Let the baby drive his or her own feeding schedule, and breastfeed whenever your baby wants to eat. Take things one day at a time. “Your baby at birth is not the same baby you’ll have at six weeks,” English said. It’s easy to get discouraged early on, especially with shifting hormones, lack of sleep, physical recovery after childbirth – and lots of advice from people who mean well, but may lack current knowledge about breastfeeding. After a week, you can begin pumping breast milk. You’ll need a hospital-grade pump that mimics a baby as closely as possible in medx_etc_diagimaging.qxd:Layout 1


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All Around the Seasons by Barney Saltzberg From the first flowers of spring through the lazy days of summer, the brisk chill of autumn, and the shivery anticipation of blustery, snowy holidays, ALL AROUND THE SEASONS highlights the wonderful things that make each turn in the year unique. Lively verses and exuberant images show children finding fun in everyday pastimes — digging a garden or drawing on the sidewalk, dancing through sprinklers or making s’mores, carving pumpkins or building a snowman beside a house full of twinkling lights. Barney Saltzberg’s latest creation is an ode to the great gifts of nature, to families’ shared memories, and to childhood itself. Ages 2 yrs - 5 yrs Candlewick Press

What Color Is Caesar? by Maxine Kumin Caesar is a large white dog with a great many black spots. Or is he a large black dog with even more white spots? That’s the trouble: he doesn’t know which, and though nobody in the family seems to care, he won’t rest until he uncovers the truth. So off he traipses, beseeching one animal after another to find out what color he is, basically. From celebrated poet Maxine Kumin comes a doggedly quizzical hero, brought comically to life by Alison Friend’s expressive watercolors — a lovable picture-book character who ultimately learns that it’s not what’s on the outside that counts. One dog’s quest for self-definition is anything but black and white in this delightfully droll, enlightening tale by an acclaimed former poet laureate. Ages 2 yrs - 5 yrs Candlewick Press

Insect Detective by Steve Voake A Junior Library Guild Selection Right now, all around us, thousands of insects are doing strange and wonderful things: wasps are building nests, ants are collecting food, and dragonflies are readying for the hunt. But it’s not always easy to catch sight of these six-legged creatures: you have to know where to look. Guided by this book, readers will happily become insect detectives and find out just what those bugs are up to. Young readers will definitely catch the bug when they see this enticing, fact-filled invitation to explore the world of insects. Ages 3 yrs - 5 yrs Candlewick Press

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Guess How Much I Love You All Year Round by Sam McBratney More than 23 million GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU books in print worldwide! Little Nutbrown Hare has lots of questions when growing things start to sprout in the spring — and wonders what he will turn into one day. By summer, he notices colors everywhere, but there’s one that he’s sure he likes best. The autumn wind inspires hiding and chasing-and a funny surprise for Big Nutbrown Hare. And when wintertime comes, playing “I Spy” games is especially fun in the snow. These simple, endearing tales starring two of the world’s most beloved characters are perfect for sharing with little hares any time of year. Ages 3 yrs and up Candlewick Press

HOP! by Phyllis Root When a rhythmic read-along master pairs up with a Caldecott Honorwinning artist to visit endearing species, the result can only be an instant toddler appeal. HOP! The nonstop antics of five baby bunnies have them bumping, tumbling, zigging, zagging, wiggling, twitching, thumping — and lunching! Ages 3 yrs - and up Candlewick Press

The Very Best Mother Goose Book Tower by Iona Opie Read them like books! Stack them like blocks! Some of the best-loved nursery rhymes of all time — compiled by a respected folklorist and illustrated by a top picture book artist — are now available in an irresistible new format: a tower of tiny board books. Four fun books focusing on action rhymes, classic rhymes, lullabies, and animal rhymes are packed into one colorful box, making a mini collection guaranteed to appeal to the youngest of children. Ages 2 yrs - 5 yrs Candlewick Press

I Love My Little Storybook by Anita Jeram An eager little bunny lies on the grass and opens his book, and within moments, the story he’s reading comes alive in fascinating detail. As the bunny reads on — lazing back against a tree root — Anita Jeram quietly ushers children inside the pages of a fanciful story. Exquisite watercolors capture a classic storybook world of enchanted forests, gentle lions, stomping giants, and sleeping princesses, offering just a glimpse of the any adventures waiting to be discovered through the magic of books. Ages 2 yrs - 5 yrs Candlewick Press

QUACK! by Phyllis Root QUACK! Mama duck announces the hatching of five peeping, waddling, flapping, nibbling, wobbling, wibbling baby ducklings. Splish! Splosh! Splash! A lively lilting text by Phyllis Root links with luminous collages by in an original board book perfect for reading aloud to the preschool crowd. Ages 0 mos - 2 yrs Candlewick Press

The General by Jane Charters 50th Anniversary Edition There once was a general who fell off his horse, only to discover the beauty of flowers and nature. From that day on, he vowed to change the world around him by embracing peace. Created in 1961 — and retaining the essence of that decade — this picture book illustrated by three-time Kate Greenaway Medal winner Michael Foreman is lovingly restored in a beautiful edition sure to appeal to longtime fans and new readers alike. Ages 0 mos and up Candlewick Press

Yucky Worms by Vivian French Who would want to be friends with a wiggly, slimy worm? You can’t even tell which end is which! But there’s more to these lowly creatures than meets the eye. Kids are invited to find out where worms live, see how they move, and understand why gardeners consider them friends with the help of this humorous and informative look at an unappreciated — and fascinating — creature. Here’s to nature’s recyclers! Kids will burrow right into this book about the industrious — and danger-filled — life of the delightfully yucky earthworm. Ages 0 mos and up Candlewick Press

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When did you begin to volunteer? Seven years ago, I’d been retired for a year. I was looking for something that fit my background. Then, as I read about the Literacy Council, I thought it could be a good match. I’ve had a total of seven adults I’ve tutored over these seven years and committed to working with one person at a time. Depending on the goals they’ve set out to meet, I could teach an individual for two to three years. Usually our sessions last an hour to an hour and a half, but I did have one man tell me he’d stay as long as I had time. Actually you’d be surprised how much you can get done in an hour learning one-on-one. What advantages does an adult learner gain by having a tutor? I’ve seen that it’s never too late to make strides forward in an individual’s reading and writing abilities. People have started in their early twenties to their late sixties, although most of the people I’ve tutored have been between thirty and sixty. When I’ve talked to people who are in their sixties, there’s been an instructional gap because there wasn’t the understanding years ago of different learning styles like there is today. Sometimes someone’s earned their GED, but in a job they’ve wanted additional assistance with writing. Perhaps they’re not as confident as they’d like to be, so it’s nice to have that extra boost. There have been goals set towards working on spelling, as some people share history in experiencing difficult interactions with a teacher or they needed more support from home. What time of year do you do most of your tutoring? I’ve noticed patterns typically following the school year. Summer’s

not as good of a time, as there are so many things that can bring distraction, but fall and winter tend to be busier. For interest in being trained to tutor, contact the Sioux Falls Area Literacy Council at (605)332-2665. What’s your favorite book? Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson Who’s influenced you most? Probably my parents What’s surprising about you? When I was a freshman in high school in Summit, South Dakota, we had a home economics assignment to bring in a rooster for the next day’s practice with butchering and preparing chicken. People find it so surprising they respond with, “Where did you go to high school?” What’s your favorite movie? Recently I’ve liked The Blind Side and Invictus, and from the ‘60s Dr. Zhivago. What’s your favorite food? With having a husband in the beef business, I love a good steak, but then there are more favorites from salmon to pizza. I’m done with my chicken hunting these days. Where would you like to travel? I’d like to take a Mediterranean cruise.


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ith pets in our lives, many things happen when you least expect it. The remote control of your TV may be under the bed, buried in the backyard or in their stomach. They do not always follow the house rules! Pets’ unpredictability makes them fun. The urge to jump three feet in the air or to grab your shoe and run in wild abandon can make you frustrated and jovial all at the same time. They are almost human, and then the little dog or cat in their brain gives you the unexpected. When it comes to eating or chewing on unusual items, both cats and dogs seem to try to out do each other. I don’t know if Piper needs more fiber, is cutting new teeth for the 43rd time or has a death wish. My cat Momo, the good child, still sees great joy in chewing any string, ribbon or rubberband that escapes our attention. The cold weather and lack of exercise has resulted in many pets chewing and ingesting items that are very bad for them. It

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Least Expect It is important, that if your pet starts vomiting, cannot keep water down or has lost its appetite that you make a visit to the Veterinarian. Quite often, our pets chew out of boredom or curiosity. If you are a feline, it appears that anything shiny, long or rubbery is certainly tasty! In the case of dogs, anything smaller than the hubcap of your car, is fair game. In the last year I have removed a teddy bear, socks, underwear (a crowd favorite) tennis balls and a pop can. If you have a canine goat in your house there are a few things that you can do to keep them happy and safe. My mother always told me to pick up my stuff. It is often easier said than done, but puppy proofing your home is very important for your dog’s health and your sanity. Keeping things up and out of their reach may not be enough, but it helps. Exercise and play are just as important. You need to wear them out by running and playing with them until they are tired. This can be a full time job

in itself for some dogs, but do your best. Also provide them with as many pet-safe chew toys as possible. There are many new toys to help keep your pet busy and out of trouble. The treat jug or treat balls work well for some pets. The theory is not to feed them in a traditional bowl, but to make them work for several hours chewing and shaking the jug/bowl until all of their food falls out. It gives them a job and challenge every day. Also make sure they are confined to an area that is safe for them whenever you leave for work. Cats are another story. They often ingest string, ribbon and rubber bands out of curiosity. Once the item reaches their tongue, the spikes of their tongue force the item back into their throat and it ends up being swallowed. Choose your toys wisely and avoid any strings or elastic. Keep a close eye on your friends and your stuff picked up. It’s better than an unexpected surprise and a trip to the Veterinarian.


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12th & Phillips, Sioux Falls, SD

THE GOVERNMENT BUILDING In 1891 the United States government purchased the southeast corner lots on Phillips Avenue and Twelfth Street for $8000 for the construction of a government building. While everyone agreed that the fledgling city of Sioux Falls needed such a building, the site selected came about after a bitter fight among competing businessmen. A group of men led by two of the very earliest settlers of Sioux Falls, Wilmot Brookings and John McClellan, wanted the building located on the “north end” of Phillips Avenue. They all had economic interests in that area and wanted to enhance the value of their property. A second group, led by South Dakota Senator R. F. Pettigrew, was interested in developing their property at the “south end” of Phillips Avenue. Each group offered incentives to the federal government. Senator Pettigrew introduced a bill in Congress to provide funds for the project. While waiting for the outcome, he and his syndicate improved South Phillips Avenue and gathered signatures from people who favored their site. Congress passed the bill, and after due consideration, the Secretary of the Treasury chose Phillips Avenue and Twelfth Street for the new public building. This aroused a protest from the “north end” crowd, and the site location was again debated in Washington, D.C. However, the Secretary’s decision prevailed, and construction on this site began in 1892. Pettigrew was determined that the building be constructed of Sioux quartzite in support of the local quarry industry. Two of his associates were awarded contracts. Jacob Schaetzel, the first mayor of Sioux Falls (1883-1885), did the excavating and C. W. Hubbard of the Sioux Falls Granite Company erected the building with stone obtained from the Jasper Stone Company quarry. The renowned Wallace Dow was the supervising architect. Although not everyone was satisfied with the site, all agreed that Pettigrew’s efforts brought an important project to Sioux Falls. It provided jobs for a number of men during the depression which followed the financial “Panic of 1891” and also gave the citizens of the community a greater sense of stability and permanence. The two-story building was completed at a cost of $152,000 and was opened to the public on May 17, 1895. The exterior with its simple materials, large massing, and great rounded arches shows the influence of the Richardsonian-Romanesque architectural style, so popular in the 1890s. The interior housed a post office on the first floor and a federal courtroom on the second floor. A third story was added in 1911, and in 1931 a two-story wing was added to the eastside of the building. The post office moved to a new facility in 1968. This handsome stone building is one of Sioux Falls’ finest examples of the stonecutters’ art and of local building practices of the late nineteenth century. DEDICATED IN 1995 BY THE MINNEHAHA COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE, AND THE DISTRICT OF SD BRANCH OF THE US COURTS HISTORICAL SOCIETIES, CITIBANK, MARY CHILTON DAR FOUNDATION, AND JUDGE PEDER K. ECKER.

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Preparing the Lots for Construction This two-lot parcel of property was purchased in 1891 by the federal government from Tom and Mary Brown for $8000. Jacob Schaetzel did the excavation work. Image owner: Siouxland Heritage Museums.

Nearing Completion R. F. Pettigrew introduced a bill in Congress in 1890 that provided the funding for a Federal Post Office and Courthouse in Sioux Falls. Wallace Dow was the supervising architect. Image owner: Siouxland Heritage Museums.



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