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January 2012 Volume 11 • Issue 2

A Healthier You in 2012 Comfort Food with a Kick


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the a list 38

Experience Southern Hospitality in Savannah, Georgia 46

Weight Loss Surgery 50


health & well-being

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In Love with You? 54


Making Sense of the Grocery Store Aisles 56


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friends & family

at home The Colleen Hines Home 20

For Kids Play with Paint 59


Parenting & Pregnancy

Comfort Food with a Kick 26

Developmental Milestones 62

Man in the Kitchen

Children’s Books Best Books 66

A Brilliant Mistake 28


Cute Kids

2012 Resolution: Share 32

Submit Your Child’s Photo 68

Celebrate 2012 With a Healthy New You! 34

Nichole Carper & Kelly Goslinga 70

New Year Resolutions Through Your Pet’s Eyes 74

Go Green

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rowing up on a farm, pot pies for dinner were fairly common for Angela Waltjer. However, she discovered it wasn’t as easy to find them at our Sioux Falls restaurants. She also found out that a good friend of hers, Laura Poppenga, felt the same way. So, during a conversation about opening a coffee shop in town, they decided to do something different and open a place specializing in gourmet pot pies. Lick the Spoon Gourmet Coffee & Bistro opened last November in Park Place Center on 41st Street (across from O’Gorman High School). The name evolved from the tasty foods they offer that are served with spoons – pot pies, soups, coffees – where you want to be sure to get every drop.

All of the pot pies are made fresh every day. “We’re here at 6:30 in the morning rolling out the dough,” says Waltjer. And, there’s a lot of dough to roll when they are baking up so many varieties of pot pies, such as traditional chicken, spicy chicken, vegetable beef, seafood alfredo, chicken alfredo, tuna, cheeseburger and chili. The flavors change daily, and there have been days when they have sold out before the afternoon. Weighing in at a pound each, the pot pies make for a hearty lunch (or take them to go for dinner!). Lunch choices also include their gourmet mac & cheese, lemon basil egg salad sandwich, garlic pesto tuna salad sandwich and the avo ranch turkey sandwich.



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Waltjer says that she and Poppenga are excited by the response so far. “People find out we specialize in pot pies, and then suddenly we see them two or three times a week. It feels so good when they tell us we have the best pot pies they’ve ever had.” The pair also prepare homemade quiche and soups each day. “These are fun items to make because you can be creative,” Waltjer explains. “Just about anything you like you can then bake into a pot pie or use as a base for soups.” Their soup choices include white chili, cheeseburger, jalapeño corn chowder, taco and many more delicious varieties. If you fancy sweet tastes as well as savory, you’ll want to check out the bakery case that features several varieties of scones, muffins and filled croissants like the raspberry cream cheese croissant. To warm you up on these cold winter days, Lick the Spoon features Dark Canyon coffee that comes from Rapid City, offering a special flavor each day by the cup, as well as several flavors

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of whole beans by the bag. Dark Canyon is well known among Sioux Falls coffee drinkers, says Waltjer, and everyone has a favorite flavor, such as top-seller “Highlander Grogg.” Waltjer adds that customers can also place orders through Lick the Spoon for bags of the whole bean coffee. For a little extra flavor in your coffee, you can choose from several syrups, such as Irish Crème, Caramel and Amaretto, and they do have sugar-free flavors available as well. If you aren’t a coffee lover, Lick the Spoon also offers a selection of Numi teas, chai tea and hot chocolate made with Ghiradelli chocolate syrup. They’ll even treat you to a candycoated spoon for your favorite drink. Lick the Spoon is now online, and you can find them on Facebook. “That’s where we’ll post updates and special offers,” says Waltjer. Whether you are in the mood for a little comfort food or a good cup of coffee, stop in and see Angela and Laura at Lick the Spoon Gourmet Coffee & Bistro.

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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. Wining Women

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ry 201 Learn about history and make your own crafts to take home. 15 minute sessions run throughout morning and afternoon times. Call to reserve times. Free Admission. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www. siouxlandmuseums.com

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Pettigrew Home & Museum • 131 North Duluth Avenue

Get the first look at the new exhibit dedicated to the man who designed the Pettigrew Home, the Old Courthouse Museum and several other

prominent buildings and homes in the area. Refreshments will be served, admission is free. INFO (605) 367-7097 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com. Teddy Bear Den’s Celebrity Night Out

Friday, January 20 • 6-11pm • CJ Callaway’s

Help mothers and children in need through the Teddy Bear Den. Attend this year’s 9th Annual Celebrity Night Out Auction and get a chance

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residence, Great Bear BBQ party for 100, two day fishing trip with pro walleye fisherman, Ted Takasaki. INFO (605)335-2730.

Marty DeWitt at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, January 20 • Noon to 1 p.m.

Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street

Marty DeWitt will perform songs about folk, farm, and family in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum. Bring your lunch

or purchase one from The Pickle Barrel. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www. siouxlandmuseums.com Murder Mystery at the Pettigrew Home & Museum Friday, January 20 • 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, and 8pm Saturday, January 21 • 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, and 8pm Pettigrew Home & Museum • 131 N. Duluth Avenue Please join us at the Pettigrew Home & Museum for an entertaining, interactive murder mystery. There will be four nights of public performances, with five show times each. Tickets will be $10 per person and go on sale on Saturday, January 7th in the Old Courthouse Museum Store. 200 W. 6th St. INFO (605) 367-7097. Greater Sioux Falls Outdoor Show January 20 - 22 • Expo Building at the Fairgrounds Annual Outdoor Show with displays and booths related to outdoor sports including hunting, fishing, boating and water sports and camping. Boat’s, RV’s, campers, ATVs, watercraft, lawn & acreage equipment, motorcycles and much more. INFO (605) 366-6186. Sioux Empire Young Marines Spaghetti Feed Fri, January 20 • 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Sioux Falls American Legion • 1701 W. Legion Dr. Come out and support the Sioux Empire Young Marines with an all you can eat spaghetti feed at the American Legion. $5 per person for all you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad. Coffee and lemonade is also included. Adults and children of all ages are welcome. INFO (858) 357-7071. Beat the Blues Sat, January 21 • 10am • Sertoma Butterfly House 49th and Oxbow in Sertoma Park

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2012 Beat the winter blues at the butterfly house! Various activities will help

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Plus, a special display of brilliant blue morphos will fill the butterfly house with everyone’s favorite butterfly. All activities included with admission. $8.50

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adults; $5.50 age 5-12; $3.00 age 3-4. INFO (605) 334-9466.

Friday, January 27 • Noon to 1pm

Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street

Starlab Inflatable Planetarium at the Old Courthouse Museum

Boyd Bristow will perform music from South Dakota songwriters in the historic

Sunday, January 22 • 1, 2, 3pm

courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum. Bring your lunch or purchase one

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from Kaladi’s. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com

Discover the night sky, explore the constellations! Starlab is a program for adults and children over the age of 5. Not recommended for those not

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comfortable in the dark. Tickets only $1, program begins promptly on the

Friday, January 27th 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, and 8pm

hour with no late entry. Groups of 8 or more, please call ahead. INFO (605)

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Thursday, January 26 • 6:30 p.m.

disease look forward to longer, healthier lives. The Walk to Cure Diabetes

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alking up to the front door of Colleen Hines’s Cape Cod home, you feel like you have stepped into a picture postcard. It is as welcoming as Colleen, who has called it home since 1979. But, this home has changed significantly since then. “This house has evolved over time,” Colleen says, “and the evolution has been a good one!” For example, the spacious entry used to be simply a small doorway. “We opened that up, with the help of Charlie Beatch; he has done so much work

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and does such a great job,” says Colleen. Now, the entryway opens into a large living area, flooded with light from multipaned windows around the room. The floors are polished warm wood, and although the lines are clean and minimal, it is anything but cold. The walls, a warm chocolate, offset the white window panes and built-ins filled with creamy vintage vases. The furniture, also neutral, is warmed by layers and textures. “I like clean lines; I don’t like a lot of clutter,” Colleen says. “I find

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things I love, and then reuse them throughout the house.” A study, to the right of the entryway, was once a bedroom. “I like subdued colors, like this red,” Colleen shares about the color in the study. “I don’t want anything too intense.” In her home, the feel is easy and relaxed, not glossy, and not overdone. Colleen has a natural talent for creating interesting vignettes with a variety of objects. Often, vintage accessories are paired with modern and even playful touches. “My style is

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very eclectic, “she says. For example, in the study, a huge dry sink is filled with framed pictures. Shape, texture, and scale give the home a rhythm that keeps the eye interested and moving. Just past the living room, you are surprised to come upon a rich warm kitchen that opens to a bright great room. Just outside the great room, a private courtyard promises lazy, relaxing days in

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the summertime. “This room is what attracted us to the house,” Colleen smiles. Colleen, who loves spending time outdoors, was drawn to the feeling in this part of the house because, “in the summer it is bright, bright, bright, and the privacy is just wonderful. Colleen adds, “This is where everyone congregates; there have been many cups of coffee, as well as many glasses

of wine shared here!” The great room is done in neutrals offset by black accents like the fireplace mantel, and the frame of a large mirror. The impact is kicked up a notch by a huge, textured wreath. Pops of reds, golds and even a little turquoise in the rugs and pillows add further interest. Underfoot is a terra cotta colored ceramic tile,

which Colleen finds is a more practical choice in the kitchen and great room. The courtyard, visible from the great room, will be full of flowers in the summer, and is lovely with brick walkways. Upstairs, Colleen shows how the master bedroom ceiling has been vaulted, for yet another fresh and airy room. The second bedroom, whose ceiling is not vaulted, has a cozy, intimate

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feeling. With five bedrooms, and four baths, Colleen says over the years, it felt like something was always being remodeled. “There is probably nothing original, every window and door has been replaced,” she says. The result has been well worth the time and effort. All the rooms are cohesive and work as a whole. “I like to carry the colors from room to room,” Colleen says. Yet,

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each room has its own unique touch and interesting décor, right down to the basement. You are greeted at the bottom of the stairs by a large painting of a vase of flowers; poppies in rich reds and oranges. It is visually stunning and unexpected. “This room is terrific in the winter time, “Colleen says, “It is actually very warm and

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comfortable.” As in the rest of the home, Colleen says she has displayed “a little bit of everything.” A guest room on this lower level boasts a lovely white spread swirled with a multicolored quilt pattern. Colleen also displays beautiful cross stitching she has completed. The lower level also has her last project, a spacious renovated laundry room.

“Now I’m done, “Colleen says. It’s great not to have to think about getting anything else.” After touring the home, you leave feeling inspired by Colleen’s sense of style, imagination and creativity. I’m really happy with how it has ended up. This mix of old and new; that’s what’s fun and it gives the house personality!”

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Comfort Food with a Kick

by Jo McClure

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White Chicken Chili 16 oz canned white beans 2 large onions, chopped 1 stick unsalted butter 1/4 C flour 3/4 C chicken broth 2 C half and half 1t Tabasco 1 1/2 t chili powder 1 t cumin ( or to taste) 1/2 t salt ( usually more) 1/2 t pepper (usually more) 2- 4oz cans chopped green chilies 2lbs skinless chicken breasts 1 1/2 C grated Monterey Jack cheese 1/2 C sour cream

Heat large skillet, put in some oil and butter. Meanwhile coat your chicken with salt and pepper and maybe some chili powder. Throw chicken into skillet and resist urge to turn them over. Leave them for 5 minutes until nicely browned and then flip them over. Do this until they are cooked, not pink in the center. Remove chicken from pan and when it’s cool enough, shred it with your fingers and set it aside. Cook onions in pan with 2 T butter until softened. In large pot, melt remaining 6 T butter on low heat and whisk in flour. Cook the roux, whisking constantly for 3 minutes. Stir in onion and gradually add broth and half and half, whisking the whole time. Bring mixture to boil and simmer for 5 minutes, until thickened. Stir in Tabasco, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Add beans, chilies, chicken and cheese, cook on low heat for around 20 minutes. Add sour cream and garnish with avocado if you like and serve immediately. Though like all chili, this tastes awesome the next day as well.

7-up Biscuits 2 C Bisquick 1/2 C sour cream 1/2 C 7-up ( not diet) Mix ingredients together. This dough will be soft. Roll dough out onto counter, use extra Bisquick so it doesn’t stick. Meanwhile melt 6T butter in a 9X13 glass pan. Cut dough into circles and place into pan on melted butter. Bake at 450˚ for 12-15 minutes. Delicious, quick, and perfect with chili.

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A Brilliant Mistake By Jim Mathis


s the New Year begins it’s time to set our sights on new dreams and atone for previous errors. Often I find it best just to admit to my misgivings so I can put them behind me and move on. Yes…writing this qualifies as therapy and catharsis, but if you stick with me for the next few hundred words, you’ll get a chance to learn from my mistakes and perhaps find the silver lining in your own. Many years ago I had agreed to bring a cheesecake to an office function. I’d come up with a pretty good recipe laced with Drambuie and it was frequently requested. I stopped at the grocery store to pick up the ingredients, including a fresh bottle

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“It was a fine idea at the time, now it’s a brilliant mistake.” — Elvis Costello

of Drambuie, on the way home from work. For the uninitiated, Drambuie is a liqueur of Scotch whiskey and spiced honey, the recipe for which is attributed to Bonnie Prince Charles in 1745. It is a lovely sweet beverage that my father introduced to me sometime around my 19th birthday; I later discovered in addition to a fine cocktail, it made a really nice cheesecake. Like any good cook will, I had a couple of glasses of the elixir before I started baking, just for quality control. But shortly into the recipe I discovered I only had about half of the sugar I needed. At the time I was a bachelor and as such my pantry Horner Ortho well mag stocked, ad:Layout 12/12/11 9:09 AMsugar! Page 1 was not always but 1I thought for sure I had

Since I’d done the quality check on the liquor, a drive to the grocery store was out of the question. I started digging through the cupboard for a replacement. And there on the shelf was a gleaming golden bear filled with honey! So I subbed the honey for the missing sugar and set about to finish the dessert. The result was the smoothest, creamiest cheesecake ever. And the honey added a slight bitter complexity and depth, while it enhanced the flavor of the liqueur. Since that fateful night, I’ve always put honey in the cheesecake, and I always make sure I’ve got a little bear-shaped squeeze bottle in the cabinet. More recently, my beloved was working a little late and I

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decided to make her favorite pasta sauce as a reward for her tough week. I’d made the sauce hundreds of times before, so I had it down pretty well and could make it almost on autopilot. But on that fateful night, my beloved called twice to say she’d be later than she thought. No problem, I’ll just turn it down and put in a little extra wine and stock to keep it from getting too thick. As the sauce continued to simmer, I continued to add wine and stock. When Kara got home, I threw the pasta in to boil and we ate. “This sauce is your best ever. Whatever you did, you need to do it again,” my beloved said as she twirled the noodles around her fork for another bite. She was right, the old tried and true sauce was good when it cooked for half an hour, but after two hours, it was truly awesome. Now when I make that sauce I make sure I have plenty of three ingredients: wine, stock and time. On another evening I was making paella, it’s one of our favorite meals and is quick enough for a weeknight meal or a busy Saturday night. I already had a bottle of Spanish red wine to go with the paella, but I was planning on grilling a mild piece of fish the following evening, so I asked my beloved to stop at the liquor store for a bottle of sauvignon blanc. But when she got to the shop, the owner — an old friend — happened to be working so Kara asked for a suggestion on a nice sav blanc, and like the good wine steward our friend is, she asked what we were having. My beloved said “paella,” not knowing which meal the wine was intended to accompany. “OK, here’s a good sauvignon blanc, but if I was eating paella, I would pair it with an albariño”. So my beloved returned home with a bottle of each. And the knowledgeable Wine Goddess was right. The albariño was perfect, not just with that dish, but with many others. Albariño has become one of our favorite varietals and we always have a few bottles on hand. Let’s chalk that one up to a happy accident; had Kara known the wine was intended to accompany swordfish, we might never have discovered this brilliant wine. Please understand that not every error leads to a wonderful new discovery; I’ve made more than my share of terrible and inedible kitchen blunders, but every once in a while, a potential disaster turns out to be a brilliant mistake. Do yourself a favor, eat something good today.

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haring is caring. We try to teach that to young children, and it’s no different in our household. We try to teach that a giving heart expects nothing in return. Of course, my nine-yearold (and middle child, by the way) takes it to the extreme. He gives stuff away like it’s going out of style, until he realizes he gave something away that he needed. There’s a much longer story here about his favorite winter hat that wound up in his friend’s backpack at school, but let’s just say that Berent’s giving spirit has gained him many friends because the simple act of sharing is something that transcends sharing material things;

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by Riccardo Tarabelsi General Manager, Westward Ho Country Club

the truth is that when you share selflessly, you get something much greater in return. In the wine world, I witness many acts of sharing. A wine bottle, if you think about it, is designed for sharing. There’s plenty of wine in a regular bottle of wine to go around. Typically, if you pour 6 oz. in a wine glass, you will get four glasses out of a bottle of wine. That’s three friends that you just made happy. I’ve been thinking lately, why is there 750 ml. in a regular bottle of wine? It seems like an odd size; why not an even 1.0 liter? Here’s what I found out:

In ancient times, the Romans and others usually kept wine in clay pots. Glass blowing technology was known, but bottles were rare and expensive novelty items that may have been used for serving wine, but rarely for storing it. By the 1500s, glass bottles were fairly commonplace in commerce and in well-to-do households, but they were used only to tap a ration from a wooden wine barrel and bring it to the table, still not for storage. The bottle became an important part of wine only in the 17th Century, says Hugh Johnson in his “Vintage: The Story of Wine,” when improving technology made it possible to produce bottles in a consistent size and shape that could be easily stored in quantity. Through the 18th Century, the standard wine-bottle shape stretched from a squat decanter-style flagon to a fat “pot,” to eventually, something close to the cylindrical bottle size we know today. Not coincidentally, the use of the natural cork stopper as a reasonably reliable way to close the bottle also developed about this time. Bottle sizes seemed to develop by a similar trial-anderror process. In England, the old-fashioned pint and quart sized were popular, perhaps by analogy to other bottled liquids. Most antique bottles, however, seem to fall into the range of 600 ml. to 800 ml. Britain and the U.S. eventually legalized the “fifth” bottle — one-fifth of a gallon — as a standard size for wine and liquor, while Europe gravitated to the similar 750 ml size in the metric system, although with many variations such as 700 ml or 730 ml. Only as recently as the 1970s, did most industrial nations standardize on the 750 ml size for consistency in importation and taxation, a move that saw Americans lose about 2/10 of an ounce from the standard bottle. But all this still begs the question: Why the specific “fifth” or 750ml size? Two theories in particular sound reasonable: 1. This is the average capacity of a glass-blower’s lungs, and thus the approximate size of a bottle created in one blow. 2. A typical “fifth” bottle full of wine and corked weighs about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds, a convenient size to pack and carry while shopping.

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Celebrate 2012 With a Healthy New You! By Amanda Day of Pomegranate Market


n researching for this article and deciding upon a topic, I began by looking up the top news stories of 2011...all I have to say is, “Happy New Year!”. Let us not dwell upon last year, rather, look forward to all that 2012 has to offer — be optimistic and determined to make this year memorable, productive and happy. To keep up with the optimism, I hereby declare my New Years Resolution to stay positive, look on the bright side and do all that I can to achieve happiness. According to psychologist, John M. Grohol, the top resolutions made by Americans year after year are to exercise, eat better and cut back on caffeine, alcohol, and cigarette consumption. All great ways to get healthy, yes — and all very necessary to a long and happy life. However, how many of us actually stick

to our resolutions for more than a month...3 months, tops? And why is it so difficult to alter our behaviors? Most resolutions are made based upon habit — we try to change bad habits and adopt healthier habits to make life easier, less-expensive, and happier. Whether your New Years Resolution is to spend more time with family, leave work at work, or lose a few pounds, a habit must be formed in order to maintain the ultimate goal. Statistics show that only about 15% of New Years Resolutions are kept, which, unfortunately gives an 85% failure rate. In keeping up with my resolution, let’s look at the bright side! There is room for improvement and it starts with you. Studies indicate that keeping a New Years Resolution is

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more about strategy than willpower. Some of us can only will ourselves to the gym so many times before driving there, changing into workout clothes, exercising, cleaning up, and going home night after night becomes a hassle and we drop that resolution like a bad habit (pun intended). There needs to be a plan set into place, and perhaps some pressure from friends and family to stick to it. Personally, I find that having a partner in crime helps me stick with goals. If I do not stick to the plan, I not only let myself down, but I let my partner down as well. Try pairing up with a friend or family member — whether your resolution is to exercise or cut back on sweets, having someone to support you and someone for you to cheer on will help drive the desire to better yourself.

Not only that, but you’ll grow closer to your chosen partner and reap the happy benefits of a close, trusting relationship. Write out your goals for improvement. If you plan to eat out less in 2012, take the time to write down menu ideas to make at home. Writing down what you plan to achieve gives you a physical reminder of what you wanted to fix about your life in the first place. You can refer back to the “plan” and tweak it you see fit, because let’s face it, we all start out pretty ambitiously and might find the plan to make gourmet meals every night isn’t as achievable as previously imagined. Start small. Leaping into a strenuous exercise routine a week after Christmas will likely burn you out in a matter of a week or two. Keep in mind that changing behavior starts with baby steps,

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and as you grow to adopt positive change, your tiny steps will turn into great strides toward success. Also, if you make small goals, say, to run one mile by the end of January and increase that distance by a mile more each month, then you will set yourself up for success. Imagine the feeling of accomplishment a year from now when you can run 12 miles, no sweat! Reward yourself. Obviously if you’re trying to cut back on fast food in 2012 buying a BigMac at the end of a fast-foodless week won’t get you far in achieving your resolution. Instead, treat yourself to something more positive like a 30 minute massage or a cup of hot cocoa. Eventually the changes you want to make will become part of your lifestyle and you will not even think about what you’re missing. Plus, if you are trying to break an unhealthy eating habit, you’ll feel better all around, which is

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reward enough. Don’t give up. We’re all bound to slip up on our resolutions at some point — work may be overwhelming one week or the flu could stop us from exercising for a few days. Try not to lose sight of the task at hand — if you truly want to better yourself and stick to the new habits you’ve worked so hard to form, then failure one week doesn’t mean failure all together. Get back into the habit of adjusting your behavior — you did it at the beginning of the new year, you can do it after a rough week too. What is your New Years Resolution and how will you work to achieve that goal for the year? Amanda works at Pomegranate Market. For more information on nutrition and wellness, visit our website.

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Catch All

These all-natural twisted hemp and jute totes make a beautiful catch-all for anything you can imagine — toys, magazines, fireplace logs...you name it. $99 and $129 at Twetten’s Interiors. 26th & Minnesota Ave. (605) 275-3456.

Chocolate Babka

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Get Sassy!

We’ve got some words for you! Get sassy in the new year with these clever and comical box signs. Several fun sayings to choose from. Shown $32 at Forget Me Not Gift Boutique. 57th & Western. 335-9878.

Winter Ladies Night

Warm up and start your weekend early at Carnaval Brazilian Grill. Thursday is Ladies Night with half-price cocktails, a great atmosphere, and special pricing on food with a flair. Enjoy it all with live entertainment from Leo. Carnaval Brazilian Grill, 2401 S. Carolyn Avenue. 605-361-6328. Carnavalbraziliangrill.com.

Winter Getaways

Getaway this winter with a Laurel Burch travel bag. Several colorful sizes and themes to choose from. Available at Go Casual. 124 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 334-5795.

Eyelash Growth Stimulator

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New Year = New Kitchen

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January Blahs?

Add a pop of color to your dance wardrobe — and dance the blahs away! Shown from $28 at The Dance Line. 2115 S. Minnesota Ave. 335-8242.

January Close Out Sale

Save up to 75% storewide during our January close out sale. Tru Luxe jeans sale priced at $89 — your choice of style and fit. Tote-ally Gorgeous Boutique. 57th & Western. 274-3500.

January Clearance Sale

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Amazing Vera Bradleys Vintage Earring Bracelets

What a lovely way to brighten any outfit — from jeans to your favorite little black dress. Handmade from vintage earrings. Several colors to choose from. $35 at Josephine’s Floral Design. 401 E. 8th St. 338-9290.

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New Year, New Look

Now it’s your turn - treat yourself to a new look in the new year. Dress $42, leopard scarf $14, belt $24, and leopard leggings $20 at Lillian’s. Open Jan. 5-8 and Jan. 21 10-5 for Crazy Days! 311 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 275-5720.

Lights, Camera, Fashion!

Add the grandeur of Old Hollywood to your home with this nostalgic steel spotlight. 63” high and 10” wide & priced as low as $209. Only at the Furniture Mart. 2101 West 41st Street, 336-1600.

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It may just be a small detail, but it is the detail that makes all the difference. Shop You’ve Been Framed for all your Valentine Pandora needs. 57th & Western. 361-9229.

The Children’s Blizzard

This heartbreaking account unearths the stories of a devastating 1888 snowstorm that swept across the states of the upper Midwest in less than one day. Beautifully written and with a flair for novelistic detail, author David Laskin brings the stories of many of the Plains pioneers back to life. Purchase at the Old Courthouse Museum Store. 200 West 6th Street, (605) 367-4210.

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Stop by and see what is new from the Chamilia designer collection like this “Lovedrop Necklace” accented with sparkling Pave styled Swarovski crystals or the leather wrap style bracelet. New 2012 beads are also arriving! Prices vary. The Diamond Room, 3501 W. 57th Street. www.TheDiamondRoom.com or 605.362.0008.

Family Links

Introducing the new Trollbeads Maternity and Paternity beads. The time a child spends with its mother and father are important moments that set up a family link that will never be broken. Trollbeads, The Original Since 1976, are available at Holsen Hus located on Phillips Avenue in Downtown Sioux Falls. 331-4700.

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Come down for a $5 S.D. Certified Beef Burger After Five (but only until 6pm) Monday thru Friday. Served with our special house-grilled seasoned potatoes. Wild Sage Grille, 300 North Cherapa Place. www.wildsagegrille.com

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Walk-To-Work Warmth

Don’t worry about walking through downtown Sioux Falls in this very comfortable, cozy, down parka. This Patagonia Fiona parka has princess seaming, narrow quilt lines and is available in Bayberry, Black and Seaweed for $299 at Great Outdoor Store 201 E. 10th St. - 335-1132.

Fashionable Headwear!

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It’s not too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day. The Bubble N’ Bling set from Fifth Avenue Collection will dazzle her! 14 kt. gold posts. Set just $89.99. Shop their national showroom just east of the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. 708 E. Benson Road, (605) 335-0602.

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f you are looking to redesign your life for 2012, motivational speaker, Melanie Brown has the perfect opportunity. This passionate speaker is preparing for a phenomenal event entitled, “Inspire Your Greatness Academy.” She is being trained by the internationally recognized Leadership expert John Maxwell who has sold more than 19 million leadership books and Melanie will bring you the best of his leadership principles. This session, with its potential to transform your life is fittingly scheduled for leap year day, February 29th 2012 at the All Occasion Room by Hy-Vee in Tea. This academy offers empowerment for leaping into success, your dreams and your potential. Melanie says, “It’s a great time to leave the past behind and celebrate your future. If you are burned out, tensed up or stressed out, join us to conquer the challenge of change, overcome invisible roadblocks, limiting beliefs and stir up your greatness. Many leaders from across the US have found Melanie’s programs to be extremely beneficial. Those who have attended one of her seminars are full of accolades for the speaker. According to past program participant Katie Mullin, “Melanie’s enthusiasm is contagious and her spirit, invigorating! She connects with her

audience through humor and breathes new life into every room!” Mullin is not the only person that has been inspired by Melanie, Judy Aldrich, client service executive for Holmes Murphy says, “Melanie empowers our team with an attitude of success, energy and enthusiasm. She leaves the team inspired to do their best both personally and professionally. Melanie has great insight on life and motivates us to improve our effectiveness and overall performance for life.” Browns services are in demand by businesses who want EmpowerMEnt, to create extra-ordinary results, as well as individuals seeking confidence to overcome their fears and achieve their dreams. She teaches the importance of thinking outside the box, stepping out of your comfort zone, and reminds her audiences to “Dare to be bold and believe. When life seems at it’s worst, is when we become our best!” With a background in nursing, Melanie is fully aware of the benefits realized from living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She blends her experiences, knowledge, compassion and humor into a program designed to Inspire Your Greatness and make a quantum leap of success in 2012. Come celebrate your future with us February 29th, 2012.

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avannah, Georgia is a city known for many things. Some elements that really stand out here are the genuine southern hospitality and the preserved historic sites. Designed by General James E. Oglethorpe, the founder of the colony of Georgia, Savannah has a very unique city plan that is based on a grid system of 24 square areas known as wards. There are 21 of these wards still in existence, with over 1,600 historicallysignificant restored structures throughout. Savannah is a city popping with marvelous historical southern architecture, tree-lined parks, and beautifully quaint neighborhoods. There are many historic homes and museums in Savannah that offer some magnificent tours. One of the most popular historic homes is the Owens-Thomas House, a National Historic Landmark. This home is considered by architectural historians to be one of the most exquisite examples of English Regency architecture in the United States. In 1830, the mayor of Savannah, George Welshman Owens, purchased the property for $10,000 and it remained in the Owens family until it was donated to Savannah’s Telfair Museum of Art in 1951. Take a tour and enjoy the detailed art collections, family objects, and

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beautiful landscape architecture. Another historical home to stop in and admire is the Andrew Low House. In 1848, New York architect John Norris designed this house for Andrew Low, with intricate details in the side balconies, cast iron railings, and stuccoed brick walls. Following the death of Andrew Low’s daughter-in-law, Juliette Gordon Low, who is the Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, the Andrew Low House was purchased by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia and was opened to the public in 1950. In addition, the Davenport House Museum is an 1820 Federalstyle abode with a very rich history of owners. The first act of the Historic Savannah Foundation was to purchase this home. Ever since, the Foundation has proceeded to save hundreds of buildings in Savannah. Savannah’s Historic Railroad was also named a National Historic Landmark, being America’s oldest standing railroad repair and manufacturing facility. The Roundhouse Railroad Museum displays rail exhibits, steam engines, belt-driven machinery, and locomotives. Another very interesting sight to see are the numerous plantations, which are shown on many guided tours. The


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other buildings throughout Savannah, which is known as “The Most Haunted City in America.” For a more thrilling perspective, dare to brave a nighttime ghost tour with a Savannah Candlelight Walking Tour. Guides wear full costumes as they take you on your choice of two tours, the Haunted History Tour or the Haunted Pub Crawl. If you prefer to tour Historic Savannah by foot with children who like ghost stories, the Haunted History Tour is your best bet,

departing from the Colonial Park Cemetery and continuing through the streets of the magical city. The tour also includes familyfriendly tales of the city’s most famous ghosts, with candlelight as a dramatic effect. Adults will enjoy the Haunted Pub Crawl, which includes a lighthearted, humorous, and educational walking tour of the pubs and taverns of Savannah. The two main focal points of this tour are ghosts and alcohol.

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There are also several amazing restaurants and shops to visit while in this gorgeous city of Savannah. Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is just one of the many eateries offering hearty, Southern homestyle meals. This family-style restaurant is the result of four generations of Wilkes women creating delicious food for all to enjoy. Another very noteworthy place to satisfy cravings of real Southern food, hospitality, and good times is The Lady & Sons

Restaurant, founded and owned by the famous Paula Dean. Visit Savannah, Georgia, any time of the year, as the warm climate is always inviting. With the gardens almost always in bloom and the ocean breeze creating a refreshing atmosphere, this city is guaranteed to be the place to find joy and relaxation, and you will leave feeling enriched with newfound historical stories to tell your loved ones.

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Weight Loss Surgery: A Change for Better Health and Life By Sanford Health with Dr. Curtis Peery, Sanford Clinic Surgical Associates

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hug from her daughter is all Sherry Schock needs to remember the days before her weight loss surgery. At over 250 pounds, every day was a struggle for this 33-yearold mom. She didn’t have the energy to play or even read bedtime stories many nights. And many days, depression made it hard for her to even get out of bed. “I knew I wanted to do better for my kids, but I had a hard time caring about anything,” said the busy mother. “Life needed to get better.” As nine-year-old Breanna gives her mom a squeeze in the hallway outside her elementary school classroom, Sherry says her life and her health have improved in ways she never dreamed of since her sleeve gastrectomy two summers ago. “It’s fun to give mom hugs,” says the girl, looking up at Sherry with a smile. “My fingers reach all the way around now.”

A Common Problem As many as one-third of U.S. adult women are obese, according to 2007 estimates from the National Center for Health Statistics of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Extreme obesity can impact almost every aspect of a person’s life.

Women who struggle with obesity are at risk for a variety of health problems specific to their gender, including infertility, certain types of cancers and depression. While diet and exercise can help, some women don’t see the results they need to change their weight and lives. “While weight loss surgery is not for everyone, it can help some patients ensure long-term weight loss success,” says Curtis Peery, MD, a Sanford Weight Loss Surgery specialist. For women with extreme obesity, surgery can help them make the changes they need to live longer and healthier.

Declining Health Sherry’s battle with obesity started at an early age. Beginning in elementary school she put on extra pounds, struggling to lose weight with “every diet humanly possible.” Nothing seemed to work. As she reached adulthood, her weight led to a variety of health issues: high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and gastric reflux. She was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), an endocrine disorder that interferes with ovulation and made it difficult for her to get pregnant. Her depression deepened.

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“When you feel good, you feel more confident,” Sherry says. “I’m a better person, a better wife and a better mom. I’ve got so much to be confident about.” “I knew that I was being crabby all the time,” she says. “Fat isn’t a word we use in our house, but my kids knew. They would say, ‘Mom, you’re just fluffy.’” Two years ago, Sherry chose sleeve gastrectomy, a new weight loss surgery that removes the majority of the stomach, leaving a narrow tube of stomach where food can pass through the system. Dr. Peery says the procedure works by decreasing the amount of food required to feel full with meals and affects the production of hormones that contribute to hunger. “As with other weight loss procedures, sleeve gastrectomy is a tool that has to be used with dietary modifications and exercise to get results,” Peery said.

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The surgery immediately changed the way she ate. She no longer craves unhealthy food and is satisfied with a small portion size at every meal. Some days she even has to be reminded to eat. After losing more than 100 pounds, Sherry no longer has to take medication for hypertension, reflux or high cholesterol and her PCOS and depression are gone. When Dr. Peery met Sherry he knew she would be a good candidate for weight loss surgery because her primary goal was improving her health. She is a perfect example of how weight loss surgery can result in resolution of diseases that occur in obese patients. “She paid attention to detail and was willing to make some serious lifestyle changes,” Peery said. “Being young and having an active family helped her achieve the exercise goals needed to be successful.” The best moments for Sherry are the times her children reach their arms around her newly slim waist. The active mom can now keep up with her three children and has energy to spare. “When you feel good, you feel more confident,” Sherry says. “I’m a better person, a better wife and a better mom. I’ve got so much to be confident about.”

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In Love with You? by Rebecca Wiener


he best and most difficult relationship of your life will probably be with yourself. Who else can you spend so much time with, love so much, be angry with so often, feel proud of, feel let down by, feel amazed by, and who will never leave you? This relationship defines you more than any other relationship you will ever have. This relationship affects everything you do. It affects how you treat yourself, how you treat others, how hard you work, how respectful and accepting you are of others, how connected you allow yourself to become with others, and so much more. What you think about yourself and how you treat yourself is reflected in how you treat others. If you feel you have no value, everyone else who has value becomes more important than you. If you feel you are valuable, you take the time to learn your needs, desires, goals, intentions and you make decisions based on those things.

You put yourself first. Now, I need to clarify something here. Showing that you love yourself by putting yourself and your needs first is not a bad thing. In the distance...are you hearing a needle slide off of a record? Wait a minute...putting myself first makes me a selfish person, doesn’t it? No, it does not. Taking care of your emotional and physical health impacts your relationships with others in a positive way. It makes you a better friend, partner, lover, sister, brother, mother, father, or whatever other roles you have in your life. When you love, respect, and nurture yourself, you know exactly what you deserve and don’t deserve. You know what you will accept and what you won’t accept. You know how you want to be treated and how you don’t want to be treated. When you know these things you have healthy boundaries, you have lower stress levels, you aren’t critical, you are open and

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accepting, and so much more. Until you explore and strengthen your relationship with yourself, it is very likely that the relationships you have with others will be superficial, stressful, difficult, painful or empty. Those kinds of connections do not enhance your life. Those kinds of connections leave you emotionally spent. No matter what you try, your tank will always be empty. Let’s fill up the tank and keep it full. You’ll have to listen to yourself and act on what you learn and create a habit of doing so. If you’re ready, here are some ways to learn what fills your tank, makes you feel fulfilled, and what feeds your joy. Think about what you want for yourself. What you truly want to feel, be, do, and even own. Stress and anxiety come when we lose focus of our true intentions and goals. When we’re not focused on what truly matters and we make decisions from a stressful place, we create regret. Regret is like termites in your foundation. You need to get rid of it so your house doesn’t crumble. Think about what feeds your joy. What makes you truly happy? How do you

express yourself creatively? Do you know what that is? Have you found it? Think about what calms you down when you’re stressed. Is it a substance? Is it an activity? Is it silence? Is it noise? Are these healthy responses? If it is unhealthy, what can you do or try that is healthy? Consider your past relationships, especially the painful ones. These relationships are where you will find many answers about what you can or will accept in your life. What was painful? Why was it painful? Will you accept that behavior in your life? Why or why not? What do you want future relationships to look like? Notice how you pick your battles. Does the cap on the toothpaste deserve hours of your attention? What if you put the cap on the toothpaste and moved onto your next task? When you’re complaining about the toothpaste cap over and over there is probably something bigger about which you’d like to be complaining. What is it? Find it. Ask for what you need. Look at the people you’ve allowed in your life and on what level. Are they helping or hindering you? Are they adding or taking

away? I’m not saying start deleting everyone on your list who isn’t helping, but consider the amount of time you’ll spend with them, and what kind of people you want in your life. If you have a lot of “hinderers,” it’s time to find some balance and add some positive, helpful people into the mix. You deserve love. You deserve goodness. You deserve respect. You deserve kindness. You deserve acceptance. You deserve these things from others, and most of all you deserve them from yourself. If you’re struggling to find these feelings, talk to someone. You have friends, family, support groups, and even nearby professionals who want to help you find true and lasting happiness. Because it is always worth repeating: You deserve happiness. Go find it. Rebecca Wiener “The Positivity Queen” is the founder of Heal With Hypnosis (HealWithHypnosis.com, ThePositivityEffect. com, and Happy Life News). Rebecca is an experienced consulting hypnotist dedicated to helping men and women resolve anxiety and PTSD, and achieve their dreams.

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Making Sense of the Grocery Store Aisles

A veterinarian provides perspective on choosing the right foods for her family. by Dr. Corale Dorn, DVM


he list. We all have one. Whether it is on a smartphone, a notepad, or on the back of an envelope, we are all trying to keep track of ever-growing lists of things to do. For my family of five, the list changes by season and which activities my kids are participating in, but one thing is always there: “Buy Groceries.” In addition to planning the family’s meals and snacks at home, there is always food to take somewhere… snacks for softball practice, salad for the church council meeting, hot dogs for the neighbor’s cookout, cookies for the bake sale. It makes for a very daunting grocery list. The “Buy Groceries” entry on the list is even more overwhelming when I think about how significantly those two words impact not only my family, but also my community and my world. Beyond

meeting our daily nutrition needs, the food I choose plays a role in preventing childhood obesity, saving the earth, preventing cancer, heart attacks and diabetes, avoiding food borne illnesses...and, don’t forget that it has to taste good and not break the bank! At the grocery store, we are bombarded with choices and labels: natural, organic, free range, hormone free, fat free, etc. We pay attention because we want what is best for our families. But, some of the labels also carry a higher price tag. How do we know which ones are better and worth paying extra for? As a veterinarian, I’m fortunate to work daily with farmers and ranchers who care deeply for the animals they raise. I have a good understanding of how animals are produced, processed, and delivered to my grocery store or restaurant plate. Even with this background, I

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have to look closely at the labels of food that I purchase. Some labels are straightforward. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued specific guidelines for organic products. There is a certification process for farmers who grow organic produces, as well as those who raise organic meat, milk or egg products. Other product claims are less clear. There are no guidelines for what free-range egg production means. It could mean anything from chickens that truly “roam free” around a pasture to ones with a small yard outside a barn to ones that are raised indoors but can see out a window. The same uncertainty can be applied to terms such as natural, sustainable, etc. I applaud the concepts, but without a specific definition of how the animal was cared for, or the produce raised, I’m not willing to pay extra for it. I’ve spent my entire life watching farmers care for animals. My parents are veterinarians in Kadoka, South Dakota, and I earned degrees from South Dakota State University and Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I’ve been practicing in Dell Rapids for the past 10 years, working primarily with farmers to care for beef and dairy cattle and sheep. I spend most of my time with farmers on prevention — doing everything we can to make sure that animals are well-fed, wellrested and comfortable. In many cases, this includes housing

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animals in climate-controlled barns that protect them from South Dakota weather and the spread of disease. It also includes carefully planned diets that are often monitored by nutritionists, and training employees on how to handle animals calmly to reduce stress on the animals and keep employees safe. Just like humans, cattle, pigs and sheep are often vaccinated to prevent diseases. If an animal does get sick, it is examined by a veterinarian and treated. As a mom, I believe it is important to use antibiotics and other medicines to responsibly treat my children when they are sick. As a veterinarian, I also believe it is important to responsibly treat animals that are sick. I work closely with farmers to prescribe the right medications for animals in appropriate doses. Farmers keep detailed written records to prevent treated animals from entering the meat production or dairy production process until medicines have left the animal’s system. Meat and dairy processors also have stringent testing procedures to make sure all products meet safety requirements before they are processed for consumers. Each shopper will choose the “label” that is most important to them, but when I go shopping for my family, I’m confident that all of the meat, milk and eggs on the store shelves were raised by farmers who took great pride in their work and their animals.

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Play with Paint by Jessica Weischedel


aint can be a scary subject for those parents who like to keep their homes as nice and clean as possible. Having their kids play with paint might just sound like a project that is a little too over-the-top for their kitchen. However, children love paint, and what better way to feed their creativity and encourage their inner artist to surface than breaking out the paint and letting them be free? Of course, boundaries should be set as with any messy art project, such as drop cloths and areas that are off limits. Here are a few ideas to get you started on a creative painting project with your kids.

Salad Spinner Art What you need: an old salad spinner, acrylic paints, card stock, and scissors. This is a very easy and cute idea involving any old salad spinner, or an inexpensive one found at the store. Take your card stock of any color and cut it into circles that fit into the bottom of the salad spinner. Next, squeeze some paint on to the paper. Results will vary, so try placing the paint in the middle of the circle first, then experimenting. Replace the lid and start spinning the basket as slow or as fast as you would like, as long as the paper doesn’t fold. Repeat this with different colors and combinations of paint. Your kids will absolutely love the results when they open the lid to see their creation.

Painters Tape Art What you need: blue painter’s tape, acrylic paints, paintbrushes, and a canvas of your choice. Using the painters tape, create lines or designs on your canvas. Some options for this portion of the project are to write your child’s name or some other fun word, tape straight lines across, or create a tree or other shape out of the painters tape. Let your kids choose which colors they want to use, and have them paint to their heart’s content directly over the tape. Once the paint is dry, pull the tape off of the canvas and step back to view the awesome masterpiece you and your child have created together.

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What you need: a big sheet of white paper and acrylic craft paints. Fold the paper in half, then open it back up, creating a crease right down the middle. Staying a couple of inches away from the edges of the paper, drop blobs directly from the bottle or use a spoon to place any paint colors your children want to use as close to the crease as possible. Once satisfied with your paint color choices and locations, fold the paper the same way once again and press down, pushing the paint in different directions away from the crease. A rolling pin would work well to create a nice pressure and even design. Open the paper and see what the painted creature looks like.

Apple Tree Arm Painting What you need: red, green and brown acrylic paint, plastic plates, large white card stock, and paint brushes. Have your child paint their forearm with brown paint from elbow to wrist. Have the card stock ready, and stamp the child’s arm on the paper, making what resembles a tree trunk. Next, paint their hand with the green paint, and press it onto the card stock right above the brown tree trunk. It would help to have them spread their fingers a bit to create a nice tree top for the trunk. Another option for the top of the tree is to use the same brown paint and create branches that are coming out of the tree trunk. After washing the paint off, have your child dip one thumb in green paint and one thumb in red paint to create leaves and apples on the tree. Just like that, you have an apple tree! Take it one step further by using blue paint for sky and creating a backdrop for the tree.

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our baby’s first smile, first coo, first word, or first “roll over” are all moments to celebrate, as they mark important milestones in growth and development. From the moment your baby is born, he or she will begin making small achievements of normal development, said Dr. Joseph Vogel, pediatrician with Avera Medical Group Pediatrics South. “Children go through a set of milestones in four key areas,” which include social/emotional, physical/movement, speech/language, and learning/thinking. “Not every child develops in the same way or at the same rate. It’s typical for children to follow a predictable pattern, although there are ranges of normal,” Dr. Vogel added. One of the first things your baby may do is to become interested in his surroundings, watch what’s going on, and follow objects. “It’s fun to know what to expect and what to watch for,”

Dr. Vogel said. “If parents know the different milestones for a given age, they know how to work with their children and can give them opportunities to achieve these milestones.” Developmental milestones are covered at each “well baby” checkup. “Parents know their children better than anyone, so if they have a concern, it’s important to bring it up,” Dr. Vogel said. “If there is a delay, early intervention is important.” Your doctor may ask you about milestones verbally, or may give you a written assessment tool to fill out. If a delay is evident, parents may be referred to South Dakota’s Birth to Three Connections program, which provides early intervention services, at no cost, for children who have a disability or a developmental delay. “Particularly at 18 months, we do additional screening to look for any autistic tendencies,” Dr. Vogel said. “The earlier we pick up on that, the earlier we can start with intervention and make a

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positive influence on that child’s development.” Language development begins with smiles, coos and babbles. By 18 months, the child should be saying single words more often, and by age 2, she should be putting two words together. Like talking, walking is a process. “It goes from learning to crawl, to pulling to a stand, to cruising furniture,” Dr. Vogel said. The average age for a child to begin walking is around one year. “One child may begin walking at nine months, where another child may not decide to get around to it until 15 months. Both are normal,” Dr. Vogel said. “Yet if a child is not walking by 18 months, it catches our attention as a red flag to check into.” Parental involvement is important, Dr. Vogel said. Parents should do what they can to encourage milestones, but not pressure their child to achieve milestones. Staying informed is key, Dr. Vogel said. Read credible websites or books on healthy child development. Your doctor may also give you handouts detailing what to expect at each developmental stage. One good resource is www.healthychildren.org, a site provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Developmental milestones are also posted at www.AveraChildrens.org. Just click on Child Development Newsletters in the left column. Give children age-appropriate toys and a safe environment, Dr. Vogel said. For example, when your baby is four months old, place your baby on a blanket on the floor, with a colorful object out of his range, so he can work on rolling. Give the child plenty of time out of the car seat, swing or Exersaucer. For language development, talk and interact with your child from birth. “Narrate your day, even if it’s mundane. Then the child can associate language with what’s happening around him,” Dr. Vogel said. Start reading to your child as early as 6 months. “Reading to your child for at least 15 minutes a day is a great investment in future language development.” “TV doesn’t count toward supporting a child’s development in the first two years of life,” Dr. Vogel said. Even at older ages, TV is not a substitute for human interaction, or reading to your child. “I encourage parents to limit their child’s screen exposure,” Dr. Vogel added. Give your child a safe environment to explore. Let him get into cupboards or cabinets filled with plastic ware. Place breakable knick-knacks up and out of the way, so the child has “free reign” to explore his environment. For parenting tips, and more information about developmental milestones and children’s health, go to www.AveraChildrens.org.

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These are just some of the wonderful books for children we have come across this month. We hope to share with you some you have not seen before and also introduce others being released in the near future. Enjoy.

North The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration by Nick Dowson In the winter, it is a cold and barren land, where few animals can survive. But when spring comes, it brings with it animals from every corner of the earth. Gray whales, white cranes, wolves, and caribou begin their migrations as the snow melts, gradually making the long journey north. Once they reach their destination, they will raise their young, feast on the lush Arctic tundra, and bask in the sunlight that lasts all summer. Still, this season too must pass, and by the time winter grips the Arctic once again, the visitors have gone — only to return the following year. This book celebrates the cyclical nature of the seasons, showcasing the barren and beautiful landscapes of the Arctic Circle. Ages 7 yrs and up Candlewick Press

White Water by Michael Bandy It’s a scorching hot day, and going into town with Grandma is one of Michael’s favorite things. When the bus pulls up, they climb in and pay their fare, get out, walk to the back door, and climb in again. By the time they arrive in town, Michael’s throat is as dry as a bone, so he runs to the water fountain. But after a few sips, the warm, rusty water tastes bad. Why is the kid at the “Whites Only” fountain still drinking? Is his water clear and refreshingly cool? No matter how much trouble Michael might get into, he’s determined to find out for himself. Ages 5 yrs - 8 yrs Candlewick Press

Scrawny Cat by Phyllis Root The scrawny cat used to belong to someone, someone who scratched his ears and let him lick her chin and knew his name. Now the only thing anyone ever calls him is “get out of here!” But when a snarling dog and a blowing rain turn the scrawny cat into a sailor cat, he learns that even a scared and shivery stray can find a kindred soul at the end of a storm-tossed night. Phyllis Root’s lyrical narrative joins with charming illustrations by Alison Friend in a classic, comforting tale about a lost creature that cat lovers (and story hounds) will cozy up to. Ages 4 yrs - 7 yrs Candlewick Press

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Belle, The Last Mule at Gee’s Bend A Civil Rights Story by Calvin Ramsey Sitting on a bench waiting for his mother, Alex spies a mule chomping on greens in someone’s garden, and he can’t help but ask about it. “Ol Belle?” says Miz Pettway next to him. “She can have all the collards she wants. She’s earned it.” And so begins the tale of a simple mule in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, who played a singular part in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. A true story inspires the moving tale of a mule that played a key role in the civil rights movement — and a young boy who sees history anew. Ages 5 yrs - 8 yrs Candlewick Press

Be Quiet, Mike by Leslie Patricelli Even before he was born, Mike started drumming. Kick! Thump! Pow! Wherever he goes, his rhythms sing: swis, thak, go his books; bang, clank, goes the trash can; tap, tap, go his pencils; and “BE QUIET, MIKE!” yells everyone around him. But one day Mike sees a drum set in a store window-- and puts his hands-on talents to work in a most impressive way. With the bold graphic style and clever details her readers love, Leslie Patricelli strikes a cymbal for active, highenergy little monkeys everywhere. Ages 3 yrs - 6 yrs Candlewick Press


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he opening of the La Vie Center for Health & Weight Loss, LLC brings a unique revolutionary new program to Sioux Falls. As the name implies, this one-of-a-kind center will focus on improving health and achieving weight loss as it combines the expertise of Hari D. Kannan, MD, a Physician/ Psychiatrist at Kannan Clinic, P.C. and Brenda DeVries, Nutrition Consultant/Owner of the Weigh 2 Go Weight Loss Clinics as well as utilizing the latest equipment from Sundet’s New Leaf technology. Obesity has become an epidemic in the US and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1/3 of adult Americans are obese and another 1/3 are overweight. Dr. Kannan who has practiced medicine for three decades has seen first hand the impact of excess weight on his patients. At the La Vie Center, Dr. Kannan and his team of professionals will provide a holistic medical approach integrating medical, pharmacological and natural therapies to assist individuals in achieving their optimal health and weight loss goals. Dr. Kannan would often see individuals prior to gastric bypass or other weight loss surgery but realized that such procedures were not a viable option for many individuals and his desire to help his patients find a long-term effective alternative weight loss treatment pro gram led him to Brenda DeVries, Owner of Weigh 2 Go Weight Loss Clinics. Brenda and her team of expert nutritional consultants have helped over 2,000 individuals overcome weight and weight-related issues over the past 3 years. The Weigh 2 Go Weight Loss Clinics feature the FDA-Approved Ideal Protein protocol. Ideal Protein was developed in Europe and has been used there for more than 25 years. Weigh 2 Go provides individuals an effective supervised method to use diet Hari D. Kannan, MD, a Physician/Psychiatrist at Kannan to modify metabolic Clinic, P.C., Veronica Sundet, New Leaf Technology, and function based on Brenda DeVries, Nutrition Consultant/Owner of the Weigh 2 Go Weight Loss Clinics. sound scientific principles that allow the average male to lose 4-7 lbs of body fat per week and the average female to Darla Before Treatment lose 3-5 lbs of body fat per week. The La Vie experience is further enhanced by adding the expertise of certified fitness trainers using New Leaf technology to measure metabolic rates at rest and with exercise. Previously, such technology was available only to Olympic and professional athletes but the La Vie Center now makes it possible for anyone to obtain such metabolic assessments to enhance wellness. The La Vie Center for Health & Weight Loss, LLC opened Independent Medical Arts Building, 6709 South Minnesota Avenue Ste 202, Sioux Falls, in October 2011. For an appointment, call 201-0282 or 413-2686. Darla After Treatment

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Lydia, 3 yrs (twin of Brea)

Brea, 3 yrs (twin of Lydia)

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Elle 2 1/2 yrs Each month we will choose and feature new cute kids. Your child could be next, so send in a picture today. Email your photo – just one per child – to etc.mag@sio.midco.net. Please make sure they are high-resolution photos (the highest setting on your camera). Include in email: child’s first name, age, birth date, parents or guardians names, address, email address and phone number. Parents must own the rights to all submitted photos.

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or most of us, the legal world is a mysterious place. Our knowledge of it comes from the occasional episode of Law & Order and even then it’s easy to get a little lost in the structure, process, and jargon that dominates the profession. Most of us don’t know our affidavits from our elbow, so when the time comes to deal with a legal matter, it can be intimidating, uncomfortable, and even scary. This month, we sat down with Nichole Carper and Kelly Goslinga, two local attorneys who work in family and criminal law. We asked them to share their career stories, provide some insight into the legal process, and of course, tell us what they think of “show-biz” law. So tell us a little about yourselves. What has your legal experience consisted of? Nichole Carper: I’ve been an attorney for about 15 years now. I got my start working for the Public Defenders office and after five years there, I decided to go into practice on my own. Kelly Goslinga: I’ve been working in Sioux Falls for about three years now. I started out interning for Nichole and Manuel De Castro

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when they relax and tell me everything. I am their advocate, their partner in this, so there’s no need to be nervous. Let’s just talk.

So when did you decide to become lawyers? What was your inspiration? NC: Actually, when I was little I wanted to be a veterinarian. But in eighth grade I joined the debate team and found that I loved it. The discussion of ideas and making logical arguments was something I really enjoyed. That put the idea of a career in law in my mind. By the time I was in college it became clear that was my path. KG: I knew I wanted to be a lawyer from a very early age. I guess maybe I was 12 when I decided for sure. By the time I was in high school, I was already interning in a law office and that experience really cemented it for me. I knew it was what I wanted to do.

What would you say is the most important quality to have as a lawyer? NC: Empathy and communication skills are important. You have to be able to put yourself in that person’s shoes and understand what they are going through and what they are trying to accomplish. But after you know their situation, you have to be able to lay out options and give them a clear picture of what’s next. Sometimes it’s referring them to get help from other resources — therapists, financial planners, tax professionals, etc. — that’s a big part of what we do. The goal is to help people take a step back from an emotionally charged situation and make good decisions. KG: Creativity certainly plays a part too as no two situations are the same — especially in family law — and working out an acceptable solution for all parties can sometimes take real creative thinking. For example, in divorce cases, I tell clients that as hard as it may be, the best settlement you can make is one you and your former spouse work out together. You know your lives and with some mediation, a settlement made there usually turns out best. But when it goes to court, it’s very rare either party comes out satisfied. NC: Yes. It’s basically the difference between making a decision on your own and being told to do something. It usually is more palatable if you have some control of the outcome.

In your experience what is the biggest misconception people have about the law? NC: I think the speed, or lack thereof, of the legal process is a shock to people. The fact that things take so long can be very frustrating. What they see get wrapped up in an hour on TV can take weeks, months, and even years in real life. KG: Also, people tend to be nervous or intimidated about discussing their situation with a lawyer. Sometimes they are going through a lot of stress so it’s understandable, but I always try to put them at ease and help them understand that I can help them best

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What are the most and least rewarding parts of your job? KG: Helping people get through difficult parts of their lives, whether in court or out, is very rewarding. I’ve had some clients for years now and you get to know their lives and families and you become connected to their lives. But on the downside, it can be hard to separate yourself from those situations. You can’t help but bring home some of the difficult situations you encounter and that can be tough. NC: That’s what is compelling because you have to care and invest in that person to properly represent them and sometimes when you go to court things don’t work out exactly as the client would like. When that happens it’s difficult to explain to them why a judge or a jury ruled this way or that way. You know you did everything you could for them, but you still feel that disappointment. What’s the most important question a person should ask when considering hiring a lawyer? NC: I don’t think it’s a specific question as much as a feeling. If you are talking with an attorney and you don’t feel like they understand your situation or there isn’t a connection, it’s probably not a good fit. KG: People should feel like their lawyer understands them and is on the same page. Communication is the key and if you feel comfortable with an attorney, you’ll probably have a good experience.

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Most real life lawyers roll their eyes at the inaccuracies and over top dramatization of TV/Movie law proceedings. Is that true of you? NC: Oh sure, the courtroom behavior is pretty unbelievable. When you see TV attorneys yelling at the judge or bullying witnesses, it’s hard not to laugh. NC: Yes and like we mentioned earlier, everything happens so much faster on a television show or a movie. A murder trial that would take weeks or months in real life, wraps up in a day or two on TV. That said, who is your favorite TV/movie lawyer and why? KG: I’d have to say my favorite lawyer show is The Good Wife with Julianna Margulies. Not so much that I like or identify with her character, but more so because it’s the most realistic of the law shows I’ve seen. NC: I’ll go with Atticus Finch, from To Kill a Mockingbird. The character exemplifies the ideal for the legal profession. His dignity, decency, and willingness to stand up against injustice are inspirational even today. Finally, we have to talk about lawyer jokes. There’s a good one about an attorney who bills clients $100 a question. Have you heard it? NC: Yes we have. (smiles) KG: And what is your second question? (laughs) I will now exercise my right to remain silent.

New Year Resolutions Through Your Pet’s Eyes by Dick Rogen, DVM Horizon Pet Care, 1100 E. Holly Blvd., Brandon, SD (605) 582-8445


he start of a new year is filled with expectations and resolutions to make it the best year ever. If we were a dog or cat, would we make the same intentions? Maybe humans could learn a few things from our pets. Just watching Piper cruise the kitchen looking for lost morsels, shows me how hard weight loss can be. If it was up to the dogs, dieting would not be high on their list of resolutions. There is always room for one more cookie! Besides, they do not usually wear swimsuits. Canines would probably be for more exercise, but treadmills and Pilates not so much. My pets tend to have a purpose when they are exercising. They usually require companionship. They love to go outside with us or take off with another canine. What fun would rolling in stinky stuff or finding an old stick be if you were alone? More education would also not be a resolution. My dogs’ battle with a lack of discipline the way it is. Why would they want to sign up for classes to make them more submissive or obedient? In their eyes, humans are here for their service, not the opposite. Piper would like a class called, “opening things 101”. If she only had thumbs, she could open jars, wallets and even drive. The toilet lid could open for a cool drink, the cupboards would be accessible and even the pickle jar could open. Oh life would

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be good, but she might weigh a little more by 2013. Dogs and cats would not wish to write or call their friends more. They see no reason for long distance relationships either. It is very simple. They want to be with you every day, all day and as close to you as possible. What could be better than constant contact? Momo the cat would like to learn a new language this year. He would like to tell the dogs in a clear message that their nose is too cold. The nose has also been in areas that are private. Hissing and spitting have not been adequate to this point. Momo would also like to clue me in on the proper etiquette for feeding and grooming a high classed individual such as himself. There are times I do not groom him enough and sometimes too much. The too much often involves hissing and a quick nip. Just like the dogs, I am a slow learner in his eyes. Personal appearance and grooming is never high on a pet’s list. How many times have a dead fish, mud, or unmentionable things become a target to roll in? Millie and Piper feel that there is never too much mud on them to come inside. Pets have great noses, but their choice of cologne is poor. Pets are lucky, except they have to put up with us humans. Let’s hope they will continue to take walks, play ball and go for rides with us. Maybe we should take some lessons from them and enjoy life more. Take a slow walk and keep an open mind to what we need to smell along the way. Happy New Years!

Best Friends Sierra, best friend of Gene and Barb Haggar

Riley & Ruby, best friends of Steve & Joanne

Dutch, best friend of Jaunna

Lincoln, best friend of Nick and Kayla

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Lucy, best friend of JoAnne Packman & Darold Kolbrek

Phog, best friend of Claire Doeden

Phoebe, best friend of Kim Petterson

Polly & Lanto, best friends of Susanne Harmon Truffels, best friend of Rachel DeSmet

Each month we will choose and feature cute pets. Your pet could be next, so send in a picture today. Email your photo – just one per pet – to etc.mag@sio.midco.net. Please make sure they are high-resolution photos (the highest setting on your camera). Include in email: pet’s name and owner’s name. Pet owners must own the rights to all submitted photos.

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Seney Island By Bruce BlaKe

Seney Island Sioux Falls, Kiwanis Park

1881 Drawing of Seney Island. Photographer LeRoy T. Butterfield photographed an 1881 drawing of a birds-eye view of Seney Island. Two bridges connected the island to the west river bank. Note the Queen Bee Mill shown in the lower right corner beside the falls of the Big Sioux River. Image owner: Siouxland Heritage Museums.


n the west side of the river is the site of Seney Island. This ten acre island split the current of the Big Sioux River, creating the first “park” for early residents to use for the Fourth of July and other holiday celebrations. The island was also a popular picnic spot. In 1907 the west channel was closed and filled to raise the pond for the Hydro Electric Plant. After 1916, the island’s many trees were removed, and a railroad freight yard was built on the land. Seney Island was originally named Brookings Island after its first owner, Wilmot W. Brookings, who was an agent for the Western Town Company. The name was changed in 1879 when the land was purchased by George Seney, builder of the Queen Bee Mill. Funded through the state preservation office by the National Park Service

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Well Dressed for An Outing on Seney Island! Three students are shown enjoying a Sunday stroll on Seney Island. A part of the bridge that connected the island to the west bank is visible on the left, ca. 1890s. Image owner: Robert Kolbe.

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