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February 2012 Volume 11 • Issue 3

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Explore the Virgin Islands 61

Get a Taste of the State Dessert and Much More at Zum Kanzler 14

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Weight Loss and Exercise May Improve Your Odds Against Developing Breast Cancer 66

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Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids 71

recipes Valentine’s Day Delights 40

Tot Spots Molly Kate Peterson’s Room 74

Man in the Kitchen Parenting & Pregnancy

A Chef’s Knife, a Frying Pan and a Remote Control 42

Waterbirth: A Natural Option for Mother and Baby 78

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Children’s Books Best Books 82

French Kiss 46

Stress Less! 50

Go Green

Cute Kids Submit Your Child’s Photo 84

neighbor Megan Dahle – The Story Lives on 86

Pets The Missing Shoe 90 best friendS Submit Your Pet’s Photo 92

historical marker MAMMOTH - Denizen of the Ice 94

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here’s No Place Like the Neighborhood,” according to Applebee’s. And now, one of Sioux Falls’ two Applebee’s restaurants is in a new neighborhood – situated between the Younkers and Sears wings of the Empire Mall. The new location opened during the day on December 31, just in time to ring in 2012. With the move to the Empire Mall from its former Empire East location, this Applebee’s location is now the third largest in the United States – following only behind Times Square and another downtown location in New York City.

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The restaurant’s seating for 314 gives it about 40% more capacity than at the former location. The updated look is contemporary – with warm colors, a blend of wood, brick and fabrics, seating areas at various heights and design elements that celebrate the Sioux Falls “neighborhood.” Owner Todd Porter says they had outgrown the former space, which was located between Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond at The Empire East, and moving to Empire Mall provided many great opportunities. “All of the stores across the country are updating their look, so this move gave us the chance to start fresh with the new


design in a bigger space.” The new location, with both exterior and interior mall entrances, has a very comfortable feeling that works for everything from a business lunch or leisurely dinner with the family to evenings watching ballgames with friends. And, for those sports lovers, a glimpse of the game is never far away, with 27 large screens placed strategically throughout the restaurant. The design was carefully thought out to give patrons a choice of seating experiences. You can choose from one of the 25 seats around the bar, for example. Get there early to claim the choice seats right in front

of the iced beer taps….beer taps that are literally iced over on the outside. This Applebee’s location is the only establishment in the state to use this system, which allows patrons to enjoy one of 10 beers on tap so cold that it’s on the verge of being a barley slushy. Or, perhaps you prefer a raised booth near the bar, a table near the windows where the sun shines in, or seating near windows that look out at the activity within the mall. In addition to the restaurant seating, diners can also sit at the “café tables” located outside the main restaurant in the spacious mall corridor. Accessibility is a key component, with aisles over a foot wider

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than standards established in the Americans With Disabilities Act. It is welcomed not only by the servers, but also individuals using devices like walkers or wheelchairs and families with young children in strollers. The various seating areas also allow for accessibility, such as one section that has extra-long booths that are open on both ends. Although there are franchise standards for design, Porter says each location has some flexibility to include features that meet the needs of their customers and that give the place a local feel. As you look around the walls, you see various aspects of life in Sioux Falls. Real photographs are superimposed to create three-

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dimensional wallpaper. You can be surrounded by images of JazzFest, high school and collegiate sports, hot air ballooning, the Sioux Empire Fair and more. One of the real iconic pieces to look for is on the soffit above the entrance that features a panoramic view of Falls Park with artsy letters spelling out Sioux Falls. Porter says that The Empire Mall often surveys shoppers to get feedback on mall offerings. “While shoppers mention specific stores they would like to see added to the mall, they also comment on food and beverage establishments,” he says. “And nearly 57% said they wanted to see a nice, sit-down


Applebee’s The Empire Mall – Sears/Younkers wing Hours: Sunday 11am-10pm , Monday-Saturday 11am-midnight

restaurant in the Mall. We’re pleased that Applebee’s could meet that need.” The move is an economic boost for the community as well, with 40 new jobs added at the Empire Mall location for a total of 140 jobs. The East 10th Street Applebee’s employs 90 workers, and that location has also been remodeled to reflect the more contemporary design. Once you are seated inside, you’ll notice other unique details of the restaurant, such as the apple-shaped cutouts in the backs of the wooden chairs or the way the carpet design complements the geometric patterns of the fabric on the booth backs.

And let’s not forget the menu, with Applebee’s favorites as well as special features that change as often as every eight weeks. One of the newest additions to the menu is the section with tasty items that are all 550 calories or less. These items, as well as those endorsed by Weight Watchers, are marked on the menu with a green apple. The menu features entrees endorsed by Weight Watchers further by marking them with the logo and the number of Weight Watcher points. There is something for everyone at Applebee’s, so load up the car and head on over to the new neighborhood.

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id you know that kuchen is South Dakota’s official state dessert? Horst Jahn didn’t know that when he moved here…but he sure knows how to make it! Jahn is originally from Germany, and he and his wife Teresa recently opened Zum Kanzler in downtown Sioux Falls. They previously operated the Rail Haus Bakery in Canton. While the Canton bakery has closed as a retail location, it still serves as their kitchen for baking all the wonderful treats now available at the Sioux Falls location. Although they have been in Canton for a few years, Jahn is no stranger to Sioux Falls. He is a well-known vendor at the Sioux Falls Farmer’s Market and annual German Fest. “I feel very welcome here,” says Jahn, who says his


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relocation to Sioux Falls came about because of the Farmer’s Market. He was approached about a downtown location, but he says like any good husband, he said he needed to talk to his wife first. After much discussion, they decided to move ahead with the Sioux Falls location and on December 14, opened Zum Kanzler, which Jahn says is a common name in Germany for places such as restaurants. He says the response has been good, surprising him with the amount of his famous German apple strudel he has already sold. While much of his customer base comes in to buy baked goods for home or office, there is a small seating area near the big windows facing Main Street where you can sit and enjoy a piece of kuchen or a bowl of soup at lunch. Jahn follows the seasons for selecting fruits for his kuchen. “You can get apples all year,” he explains, “but others need to be in season – peaches, plums, rhubarb.” In addition to the kuchen or strudel, there are many other baked delights to choose from – like fruit danish, sticky buns, danish twists, bear claws or strudel sticks. If you are there over the lunch hour, you can enjoy a different homemade soup each day, served with broetchen, which means “little bread” – delicious hard rolls. The one exception is Friday’s chili, which is served in a homemade bread bowl.

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There are several varieties of sourdough breads available as well, such as the Rail Haus original or seeded, pumpernickel, multigrain and Bavarian pretzels. There are no preservatives in the breads, and they also offer varieties with no yeast. “We want to offer things that are unique and things that we know people are looking for,” says Jahn, adding that in addition to the baked goods, customers can get German meats like

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salami, schinken, hosteiner, bratwurst and mettwurst. Customers can also place special orders for breads, hard rolls or other items like warm bacon bread, carrot cake or black forest torte. Zum Kanzler also caters. For the time being, the Rail Haus in Canton continues to be the host location for the popular German Night – a full-fledged German dinner held monthly – which typically sells out well


in advance. Dinner participation is by reservation only, so for information on upcoming dates and ticket availability, call the Sioux Falls location at (605) 271-6999. You can find Railhaus Bakery and Delicatessen on Facebook to watch for announcements about specials and events.

Zum Kanzler/Rail Haus Bakery 319 N. Main Avenue Downtown Sioux Falls (605) 271-6999 Hours: 7:30am – 5pm Tues-Fri, 8am – 3pm Saturday Closed Sunday-Monday

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feb Olive Oil Appreciation

Wed, February 1 • 6:30 pm Olive Destination

57th St. & Louise Ave.)

You have heard of the many health benefits of olive oil and the

Mediterranean diet. Explore how to incorporate some of the many varieties of olive oils into your food planning to enhance the flavor and healthfulness of your meal preparations. Be prepared to have all your

senses delighted as you sample various varieties, as well as some fused

and infused oils. $15. Event organized by Community Education. INFO (605) 367-7999.

Movie Night at the Museum: The Muppet Movie Fri, February 3 • 6:45 pm

Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street

Feb 10th, 11th, 13th & 14th Special Dinner Entree Menu to share with your sweetheart... • Most Romantic Riverside Dining • • Delicious food and ambiance to spare • $5 Burger Special not available Feb 13th & 14th.

The Old Courthouse Museum and Downtown Sioux Falls are once again

teaming up to bring you Movie Night at the Museum. Bring a blanket or

pillow and settle in on the floor of the historic courtroom for a free family movie night. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie will begin at 6:45. Some

chair seating is available; refreshments will be for sale during the movie. INFO (605) 367-4210. Benson’s Flea Market Sat, February 4 • 9am Sun, February 5 • 11am Sioux Empire Fairgrounds

Benson’s Flea Market features everything you can imagine, big and little, old and new, heavy and light! $2 admission. INFO (605) 332-6000. Mall Walk Sat, February 4 • 9am

• Classic Steaks, Wild Seafood, Bison & Elk • Intimate and Relaxing • Lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri / Dinner 5-9 Mon-Sat • Visit www.wildsagegrille.com

Empire Mall Now in its 18th year, this fund raising walkathon gathers families, friends and co-workers for a six mile walk in the comfort of the Empire Mall. Proceeds are used to buy equipment, toys and special adapted items for the children. Over 1,000 supporters of Children’s Care participated last year, raising over $85,000. INFO 782-8500 or www.cchs.org Starlab Inflatable Planetarium at the Old Courthouse Museum Sun, February 5 • 1pm, 2pm, 3pm Old Courthouse Museum 200 W. 6th St.

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Discover the night sky. Explore the constellations! Starlab Inflatable Planetarium is for children and adults to begin their own sky exploration. Each Starlab presentation lasts approximately 40 to 45 minutes. Up to 25 people per program. Ages six and older. Programs begin promptly on


the hour, no late admission. Admission $1. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www. siouxlandmuseums.com

brua Swing Dance Program at the Old Courthouse Museum Sun, February 5 • 1pm

Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street

Learn to swing dance at the Old Courthouse Museum! Beginning swing

dance lessons from 1-1:30p.m. with open dancing from 1:30-4 p.m.

It Takes More Than THE RIGHT SHOES to Find Balance.

Beginners are welcome, all ages, no partner needed. Free admission. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com Crazy About Coupons

Mon, February 6 • 6:30 am

Instructional Planning Center 201 E. 38th St.

Do you feel like you are stretching your pennies as far as they will go and you are still over-budget? During these difficult economic times, learn

how to make coupons work for you. Find out where to get coupons, how to organize them, the best ways to use them, how to get FREE groceries

and even how to start your own stockpiles! $5.00 supply fee payable to

instructor. *Pre-registration prior to class is required. Register online

with a Mastercard or Visa. INFO (605) 367-7999 or commed.sf.k12.sd.us Crocheting Basics

Tue, February 7 • 6:30 pm

Instructional Planning Center 201 E. 38th St.

For the rightie who has never picked up a hook or yarn. Learn how to

chain, single crochet, and double crochet. Instructor crochets righthanded. $10.00 material fee payable to instructor which includes hook and yarn. This is a two night class 2/7 & 2/9. *Pre-registration prior to

class is required. Register online with Mastercard or Visa INFO (605) 367-7999 or commed.sf.k12.sd.us Open Drawing Group Tue, February 7, 14, 21, 28 • 10am Museum of Visual Materials 500 N. Main Ave.

Join us for an open drawing group every Monday at 10am. Beginners to advanced. Bring your own supplies-learn from others...teach what you know. Hosted by Tara Barney. INFO (605) 271-9500 or www.sfmvm.com It’s In The Bag • Purse Auction Benefiting The Compass Center of Sioux Falls Thursday, February 9 • 5:30 - 7:30pm

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ometimes it’s hard to find balance. Balance your time, your career, your family and your passions with the gift of Executive Coaching. With just one hour a week, I can help you balance your demands and dreams, no matter what shoes you’re wearing.

The Prairie Center (Home of Avera Cancer Institute) 1000 E. 21st Street #1100 Help us work harder for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Only $20 per ticket. Call 339-0116 to reserve yours today. Behind the Scenes Tour of the Old Courthouse Museum Thu, February 9 • 6:30pm

Call John Beranek at

605-310-3226

to take the first step.

Old Courthouse Museum • 200 W. 6th Street Take a look behind the closed doors at the Old Courthouse Museum and get a behind the scenes look at the work areas and artifact storage locations in our 120 year old building. Space is limited, call (605)367-

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Sioux Falls Quilters Guild

Vermillion, hors d’oeurves from local chefs and a silent auction. $20 per

Thu, February 9 • 6:45 pm

person or $35 per couple and can be purchased by calling Angie at 201-2091

Southern Hills Methodist Church • 3400 E. 49th St.

or email bowers@sio.midco.net

ruary The Sioux Falls Quilters Guild Meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Each month includes a program and show and tell. INFO (605) 371-1714 or www.

Valentine’s Bash! Featuring the fabulous Johnny Holm Band

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Sat, February 11 • 7:30pm

El Riad Shrine Center • 14th and Phillips

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15th Annual Fife & Drum Valentine’s Bash! Featuring the fabulous Johnny Holm

Thu, February 9 • 6pm

Band. Doors open at 7:30 with Johnny hitting the stage at 9pm. Tickets $15 at

Strawbale Winery

all Lewis ticket outlets and the El Riad Shrine office. Must be 21 and older to

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attend. Proceeds to benefit the El Riad Fife & Drum. INFO (605) 336-1117 or

The activity changes every month! Exciting speakers, demonstrations,

www.elriad.org

shopping for the unusual, hands on activities, or dancing. INFO www. strawbalewinery.com/events or (605) 543-5071.

A Free Day of Play on Super Science Sunday! Sunday, Feb. 12 • 12pm - 5pm

The Ballroom Dance Club

Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Brookings

Friday, Feb. 10 • 8pm - 11:30pm

Come join the FUN on Super Science Sunday, the museum and South Dakota

El Riad Shrine • 14th and Phillips

Public Broadcasting are hosting an extravaganza including free museum

Live ballroom music, guests welcome $10 each at the door, yearly membership

admission, amazing science demos, hands-on exhibits and live animal

available.  Dressy/business casual attire requested. INFO (605) 528-2200.

presentations by Todd Magnuson and Terri Lawrenz of SDPB TV’s Nature Adventures. INFO (605) 692-6700 x234 or www.prairieplay.org

The Dancing Grape

Sat, February 11 • 7pm

Valentine’s Party

Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West 6th Street

Sun, February 12 • 9:30 am

The Dancing Grape is a fundraiser hosted by MDC Boosters for our dancers

Calvary Cathedral • 500 S. Main Avenue

to raise money to go to West Coast Nationals this summer. A portion of the

Please join us for a children’s Valentine’s party! We will decorate cookies,

proceeds will also be donated to the Children’s Care Hospital and School.

make Valentine’s Day Cards and other crafts. Free and open to the public.

There is a wine tasting sponsored by Cask and Cork, music by Mike and Keven

Please call the office at 336-3486 for more information!

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Victorian Tea Party at the Pettigrew Home & Museum

Learn about history and make a craft to take home! Learning sessions

Sun, February 12 • 2pm

begin every 15 minutes 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. For children preschool

Pettigrew Home & Museum • 131 N. Duluth

through 2nd grade. Call (605) 367-4210 for available times or visit www.

Celebrate in true Victorian fashion with a Victorian Tea Party at the Pettigrew!

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y 201 In this free adult program, follow the history of tea while enjoying a unique tea

blend in the Victorian atmosphere of the Pettigrew Home. Call the Pettigrew at

Project Linus Annual Make-A-Blanket Day

(605) 367-7097 to register.

Fri, February 17 • 10am Heirloom Creations

Warm Up Sioux Falls

3800 S. Western Ave.

Sun, February 12 • 1pm

Each year, participating chapter coordinators around the country band

Athena Fibers • 3915 S. Hawthorne Ave.,

together to make blankets and spread the Project Linus word. Want to come

Warm Up Sioux Falls is a part of a national effort to create warm afghans for

sew? Stop by anytime for sewing, tying and tagging of donated quilts. Bring

families in need. Volunteers use leftover yarn to make 7” by 9” sections that

your sewing machine or just bring a pair of scissors. Donations of hand made,

are joined together into afghans to donate to Sioux Falls organizations that

finished kid-friendly quilts, quilt tops, fabric pieces, individual blocks, batting

help families. INFO (605) 271-0741 or www.craftyarncouncil.com/warmup.html

and thread welcome! INFO (605) 332-4435.

Touchmark at All Saints Hosts Unique Valentine’s Day Event

Family FUN Festival

February 14 • 1:30 - 3:30pm

Sat, February 18 • 12pm

Touchmark at All Saints • 111 W. 17th St.

Multi-Cultural Center

Touchmark at All Saints is helping its residents and the public celebrate

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Valentine’s Day by throwing a Dessert Extravaganza. The event features many

The Family FUN Festival is the annual Health Connect health and safety fair

spectacular desserts, gives a taste of the full life at the retirement living

event. Admission is free. INFO (605) 371-1000.

community. The public is invited to attend this gathering, and there is no charge. INFO Touchmark.com.

Swing Dance Program at the Old Courthouse Museum Sun, February 19 • 1pm

Kid’s Activity Day at the Old Courthouse Museum

Old Courthouse Museum • 200 W. 6th St.

Thu, February 16 • 9am

Learn to swing dance at the Old Courthouse Museum! Beginning swing dance

Old Courthouse Museum • 200 W. 6th St.

lessons from 1-1:30p.m. with open dancing from 1:30-4 p.m. Beginners are

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welcome, all ages, no partner needed. Free admission. INFO (605) 3674210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com

2012 Ceili Dance Program at the Old Courthouse Museum Thu, February 23 • 6:30 pm

Old Courthouse Museum • 200 W. 6th St.

Ceili, pronounced (KAY-lee) is an Irish social dance. Live music is provided by the Sioux Falls Ceili Band. The dances will be taught and the moves called out. Beginners are welcome. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www. siouxlandmuseums.com

Sioux Empire Young Marines Spaghetti Feed Fri, February 24 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm Sioux Falls American Legion 1701 W. Legion Dr.

Come out and support the Sioux Empire Young Marines. $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.

The Young Marines program is an official nonprofit organization of the Marine Corps that promotes kids mental, moral, & physical development from ages 8-18 along with Marine values/traditions. INFO (858) 357-7071 or youngmarines.com The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Book Discussion at the Old Courthouse Museum Sun, February 26 • 2pm

Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street

Now is a great time for you and your family to read The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. In support of the new North Wind: Enduring

Dakota Winters exhibit, we are hosting a book discussion. Copies of the

book are available in the Museum Store. Please call to register for this discussion in advance. Admission is free. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www. siouxlandmuseums.com

Inspire Your Greatness Academy Wed, February 29 • 4pm All Occasions Room by Hy-Vee 27091 Kerslake Place, Tea, SD. This phenomenal event brings you the Best of John Maxwell’s Leadership Success Principles. John is a world renowned leadership expert, who has sold over 19 million leadership books, and Melanie, will share his success principles. ~This Academy offers EmpowerMEnt for leaping into success, your dreams and your potential. It’s time to leave the past behind and celebrate your future! Make a quantum leap of success for 2012! Invest in yourself, come Celebrate your future with us. Tickets $40 each. INFO (605) 338-9029 or www.InspirationForOurNation.org Junior League of Sioux Falls Pumps, Pearls, Purses in Boogie Wonderland Thursday, March 1 • 5:30pm Callaway’s Event Center 500 E. 69 St. Junior League of Sioux Falls’ annual fundraiser “Pumps, Pearls, Purses in Boogie Wonderland”. Tickets $35 ($40 at the door), available at JJ’s Wine & Spirits and Jenny Craig The funds support the local mission of the Junior League of Sioux Falls (JLSF). This ‘girls-only’ fundraiser changes a little every year, but a few things stay constant...unique menus, fun games, a fabulous silent auction and abundant shopping. INFO www. JLSiouxFalls.org or (605) 336-9469.

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“…and, I’m going to do my roof too, and my windows, and you know my kitchen is so old…” Before they knew it, the three were in a collaboration that would result in a significant change to the home Robin has lived in with her family for 30 years. The home has seen a lot of living and love. Robin and her husband raised


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reflects her personality. Beginning with her kitchen, one can see a space doesn’t have to be large to have lots of impact. Updated cabinets are matched almost perfectly to existing ones. A cute little coffee preparation area is topped by a unique cabinet. “I used to put all these letters, papers and bills on the buffet. I

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asked them if they had something where I could just throw things in,” Robin shares. The solution: a kitchen cabinet skirted by a series of cubby holes, which is both stylish and clever. “Now I can always find my keys!” Robin laughs. The counters of the kitchen are gleaming, polished granite. Robin also wanted

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Consequently I never bought another of his books. He passed away several years ago and even as I write this it bothers me that I once revered a man who could do the despicable things of which he was accused. Much of my television viewing was while I was working my way through college as a bartender. The gig as a barkeep at the Indianola Country Club also involved some short-order cooking — hamburgers, hot dogs and steak or chicken sandwiches on a flat-top. I also spent one summer in a red apron behind the counter of the local HyVee deli. While certainly not glamorous, each of these jobs allowed me to learn a little more about food and beverages. In the early morning hours in the deli, I got the chance to spend a lot of time at the griddle making bacon and

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Now the Food Network and the Cooking Channel are frequent viewing around our house and I feel like Mario Batali and Alton Brown are old friends. But many of this second generation of celebrity chefs and television cooks do things differently. I’ve broken these new small-screen gourmands into three distinct groups; the Mentors, the Recipe-Readers and the Entertainers. Let’s start with the Recipe-Readers. These are names you know like Martha Stewart, Ina Garten, Sandra Lee and Melissa D’Arabian. These are the onscreen cooks who tell you precisely how much of each ingredient to use — right down to measuring a half a teaspoon of salt. They also tend to dwell on the cost of ingredients. I really don’t have time for this kind of cooking show. My biggest problem is they are only teaching their viewers how to follow a recipe. They fall short of teaching you


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how to cook, much less inspiring you to create your own dish. If you enjoy these shows, more power to you, but they’re not my cup of tea. The Entertainers spend more time with distractions than cooking; the food is secondary. It seems like there are more and more of those that fall into this category: The Neeley’s who spend too much time canoodling, Gordon Ramsey who’d rather drop F-bombs than pick up a whisk and Top Chef, which is closer to American Idol than a cooking show. The king of the Entertainers is Guy Fiery. Put Guy on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and I (like millions of Americans) will watch for hours, but his cooking show, Guy’s Big Bite is more about him than the food. His recipes are usually too complicated and not terribly appealing. I’ve also had the opportunity to eat at one of his Tex Wasabi restaurants in Sacramento. I should have gone to the Chili’s down the street. Great entertainer, not so much a great chef. The Mentors follow the route of those great television chefs who laid the ground work for 24-hour cooking channels by daring to try something different in a half hour on public television. Many, like Emeril, Rachel, Mario, Giada and Alton have risen to a level where they are known by a singular name. So what makes them different? They teach techniques while they present a recipe. They don’t just show you how to make a dish; they explain the what, the why and the how of making food taste good. As you watch one the Mentors, you will begin to learn when they say “add a little nutmeg” to help develop the flavor, how much you add is up to you. On the other hand, when you see one of them carefully measure a teaspoon of salt, there is a reason. When I watch these chefs, I learn and I grow as a cook, whether or not I will ever make the meal they are presenting. They inspire, they teach, they nurture, and I continue to watch. So as the winter doldrums set in while most guys get lost in reruns on ESPN, you’ll find me snuggled in watching Good Eats or Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. Not just watching, but discovering a few new ideas. Then I’ll head to the kitchen to experiment, play and create. As you cuddle up with your favorite small screen chef, take a few minutes to decide which category they fall into. Now ask yourself if you’re really learning to cook or to just follow directions. Do yourself a favor, eat something good today. Jim pays the cable bill by creating advertising ideas at ADwërks, the agency he runs in Uptown Sioux Falls.

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bout three months ago I walked into meeting with my manager, all the while, in my head, going over about 50 tasks I needed to complete before the day’s end. The discussion started off as most have in the past - conversing about the goings on at the store, reporting on sales, upcoming events, new products, etc. Everything was routine until the issue of stress came up. Apparently when I am stressed people around me know it - I ooze it - so much so that it begins to affect them. As we dove deeper into the cause of my stress, it became apparent to me that I could afford to handle stress better. I am a note-taker and find myself writing everything down, never orga­nizing my notes or making

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lists, just hoarding this stack of scratch paper with random thoughts, deadlines, and ‘“to do’s” scrawled in blue ink, black ink, pink sharpie and green colored pencil. Looking back at how I dealt with my list of things to do, it is no wonder I was stressed — I hadn’t any organized process to getting things done. Stress is inevitable and if your life is stress-free, please share your secrets! For the large percentage of the rest of us suffering from regular bouts of stress, and worse, constant stress, we must find a means of dealing with it for the sake of our health and the sanity of those around us. Fortunately, with some conscious effort and the help of some natural remedies, we


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can control stress and in turn, reverse the negative health effects of it without breaking the bank or exposing our bodies to harsh chemicals often found in pharmaceuticals commonly prescribed to treat stress and anxiety. In some cases, feeling slightly stressed is beneficial — think about deadlines, due dates, and important events. Stress, at times, can give us the drive to get through these situations. The difference between short bouts of stress compared to extended periods of stress is that it begins to have negative effects on our bodies. Anxiety, depression, weight gain, difficulty sleeping, digestive disorders and

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so many more health problems are associated with stress, and often times, can be reversed if stress is reduced or eliminated. There are many roads to take to deal with stress naturally and healthily. For starters, do as I did, and get organized. The extra hour I spend each week sending un-needed emails to the trash bin and re-composing my random notes into an orderly list has worked wonders on my stress levels. Being methodical about my tasks has greatly decreased the overwhelmed feeling I used to experience every morning as I got ready for work and cringed at the idea of not being as productive as I needed to be. Once you get organized, you may find that you’re still stressed. Family stress cannot be organized into a tidy list, nor can most other personal relationships. Keep communication open. There is no need to hold onto a grudge, resentment, sadness or whatever else another person makes you feel just because you want to avoid confrontation. Confrontation, when conducted calmly, is a very effective form of communication and means of reducing stress. Keep family and friends close and be open with them as they will be great support during your quest to de-stress. Even after cleaning off your desk and making amends with those closest to you, you may still feel stress. Fight the urge to drown your stress out with a three pints of Häagen Daz and reach for something comforting and healthy. An experiment conducted by the Stress Research Institute at Stokholm University concluded that warm oatmeal is very effective in reversing overflow of negative, stress-filled brain chemicals like cortisol. The comfort aspect of oatmeal as well as the healthy, complex carbohydrates found in it, cause the brain to release

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feel-good, calming chemicals called seratonin. In this particular study, other foods with seratonin-inducing results include whole grain cereals, breads and pastas, oranges, fatty fish like salmon, raw pistachios, almonds, avocados, spinach and other raw vegetables. Food to reduce stress? Yes! Another natural and effective method to reducing stress is using herbal remedies to calm the body and mind. Whether your stress causes you to lose sleep or makes you feel agitated, there is likely an herb to help. A study at the University of Portland in Oregon, concluded that the herb Passionflower, remedied anxiety and insomnia. The passionflower acted as a calming agent without leaving the participants drowsy, which is a common side effect to many medications prescribed to treat stress/anxiety. Other effective herbs for stress and anxiety ­— Kava and Valerian. (As with any herbal remedy, it is highly recommended that you seek guidance from a professional, as some herbs can have negative side effects or interactions with other herbal remedies or drugs.) Of course, there are many natural ways to reduce stress — massage therapy, yoga, walking, sleeping, aromatherapy — the list goes on. Find something that works for you and stick with it for the sake of your future health. Life is too short to spend worrying and feeling anxious — replace negativity with positive health goals and routines and push yourself to live stress-free! Amanda works at Pomegranate Market - for more information on foods, herbs and practices to reduce stress, visit the website at www.feedyourhappy.com.


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Enjoy Brazil’s national drink with the savory flavors of pure cane sugar rum. Thursday is Ladies Night with half-price cocktails and special pricing on food with a flair. All with live entertainment from Leo. Carnaval Brazilian Grill, 2401 S. Carolyn Ave. 605-361-6328. Carnavalbraziliangrill.com

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Hearts A Flutter

Send her heart a flutter with an elegant piece of Mariposa. Choose from several heart design gifts, picture frames, serving pieces, and so much more. Shown $23 & $42 at Good Spirits Fine Wine & Liquor. 41st & Minnesota. 339-1500.

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Think pink for your little one this February, by dressing her from head to toe in bows, tulle and sequins.  Lipstick Girl and Sprout provide you with that perfect dress for that special girl in your life. Located in River Plaza, across from the Century Movie Theater. You can also find us on Facebook under ‘Sprout Children’s Boutique.’

Twinkle Toes

Make her toes twinkle for Valentine’s Day! Just $11.99 each at Kids Stuff Super Store. 3109 S. Carolyn Ave. (605) 361-8636.

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A classic combination and a great way to treat your Valentine! Come in February 3rd wearing red (to support Hearth Health month) and get a FREE cup of coffee. Kaladi’s. 26th & Minnesota, 339-3322 or 10th & Phillips, 977-0888.

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Treat your sweetheart to a Sweet Heart from Breadsmith. Order your chocolate cherry heart bread at either Breadsmith location. Advance orders appreciated. 609 W. 33rd St. (605) 338-1338 or 1813 S. Marion Rd. (605) 275-2338.


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Celebrate Love

Celebrate love in a royal way when you clasp on this spectacular crystal encrusted fantasy “Will & Kate” pin. It is sure to enhance your finest outfit or your loveliest summer dress. Finished in your choice of gleaming gold or rich rhodium. Swarovski crystal, $49.99 at Fifth Avenue Collection. Shop their national showroom just east of the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. 708 E. Benson Rd. (605) 335-0602.

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You will love the Bao Bao bear coat in caramel brown curly fur, soft velour and handsome red trim. Pull up the hood and a sweet bear face and ears will make you grin with delight. Coat and matching slippers available at Forget Me Not Gift Boutique. 57th & Western. 335-9878.

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Let us create the perfect accent to your favorite chair or sofa — or even your bed. Down-filled custom-made pillow shown 21” square, $179 at Twetten’s Interiors. 26th & Minnesota. (605) 275-3456.

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Each scarf is individual — just like you. Inspired by the vibrant, diverse and sensual style that is unique to Barcelona. Available at Hip Chic Boutique. 328 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 271-8480.

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Functional and glamorous! Choose from any of these five fabulous Brighton® coin purses. $48 each at Susanne’s on Phillips. 216 S. Phillips Ave. 330-4002.

Don’t keep your jewelry in those small boxes — organize and display it all in one of our armoires. Tall, dark and handsome, these Jewelry Armoires start at just $99 and feature mirrors, divided compartments, lined drawers and more. The Furniture Mart. 2101 W. 41st St. 336-1600.


Be My Valentine!

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Stand out in a crowd with this fabulous and flashy red handbag. Shop Lillian’s huge selection of handbags and wallets. February sale dates include the Sneak Peek Party on January 31 from 4pm - 7pm and February 2 - 5 regular store hours. 311 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 275-5720 or lilliansshoppe.com

Wine Diva

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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. $5 Burger Special not available Feb. 13th and 14th. Wild Sage Grille, 300 North Cherapa Place. www.wildsagegrille.com

Our favorite giraffe, Sophie, now has many new friends. Teething rings, nibblers and bath toys. Meet the whole gang at Child’s Play Toys. 233 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 274-8697.

Two Become One

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Learn to make this fabulous jacket sizes infant to adult by Elizabeth Zimmerman. For class information call or check our website. Available at Athena Fibers, 3915 S. Hawthorne, 271-0741, www.athenafibers.com

Something special for your Valentine. The travel mug, coasters or adorable cupcake-shaped towel would make a unique gift — without all the calories! $4.50 - $10.35 at Maxwell Food Equipment. 1212 S. Cliff Ave. (605) 336-2675.

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Delight your Valentine with this charming tulip bouquet. Valentine’s Day special bouquet price just $50. Order yours today. Josephine’s Floral Design. 401 E. 8th St. (605) 338-9290.

In support of our new exhibit, a book discussion on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter will be held on February 26th. The Long Winter and the rest of the Laura Ingalls Wilder series can be found in the Old Courthouse Museum Store. 200 W. 6th St. (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com

Belt It!

Belt your favorite sweater with these bright and blingy belts. A touch of color always brightens a girl’s day! $32 at Go Casual. 124 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 334-5795.

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Outfit your little captain in these smart Sperry boat shoes for summer. $37.99 at Stride Rite. 2425 S. Shirley Ave. (605) 362-7728.

Hot Diamonds

Why not treat yourself this Valentine’s Day? Hot Diamonds are the perfect gift. You deserve it! Raymond’s Jewellers. 206 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 338-7550.

A Valentine Treat

A Valentine treat — of daiquiris and chocolate — or new kitchen cabinets in the color of your choice. Shown is the new color from StarMark Cabinetry — Old World Daiquiri Chocolate. Delicious! StarMark Cabinetry. 600 E. 48th St. North. 335-8600.

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New! At The Dance Line — personalized license plate holders. Several to choose from. Prices range from $6 - $19. The Dance Line. 2115 S. Minnesota Ave. 335-8242.


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Feel the warmth of love every time you wear this Trollbeads bracelet. With beautiful rose tones, flowers, and hearts, it embodies the fluttery beginnings of romance. Trollbeads are available at Holsen Hus. 225 S. Phillips Ave. 331-4700.

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Intriguing, unique and enticing, Riddle’s new Impulse collection features plump gemstones in vivid and unusual gemstone colors, cut to showcase a mosaic of hues and shades. Only at Riddle’s Jewelry, corner of 41st & Louise, Sioux Falls. (605) 361-0911.

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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. On Sale for $209. (Originally $299) at Great Outdoor Store. 201 E. 10th St. (605) 335-1132.

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Make a personalized photo book for any occasion! You can completely customize your book with photos, text and colorful backgrounds. Available in 8x8 and 8.5x11 sizes with 20 to 80 pages. Shop in-store or online. Prices starting at $49.99 at Harold’s Photo Centers. www.haroldsphoto.com

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Virgin Islands Explore the by Jessica Weischedel

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hen some people hear the phrase, Virgin Islands, they don’t think of the United States. However, there is a portion of this Caribbean paradise that is located in the United States territory, as part of the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. Consisting of the three main islands of Saint Thomas, Saint John, and Saint Croix, the United States Virgin Islands are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean. Breathtaking beaches and amazing weather are not the only attractions that lure visitors to this tropical destination. The wonderful people who live here are known for their extreme kindness and contagious smiles, along with their rich culture and strong diversity. The locals here have nicknamed the three

main islands as “Rock City” (St. Thomas), “Love City” (St. John), and “Twin City” (St. Croix). There are so many amazing things to see and do on all three of these lively islands, including worldclass diving and sailing, fine dining, kayaking, hiking, and a superb night life. St. Croix is the easternmost place in the United States, with Christiansted and Fredericksted being the two largest towns on the island, and full of Crucian culture. Buck Island is one of the only three underwater national monuments in the United States. There are full and half day trips available to this beautiful National Park, with Turtle Beach was voted one of the world’s most gorgeous beaches by National Geographic and

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an underwater trail for snorkelers who could only dream of such an adventure St. Croix has some excellent opportunities on its crystal clear waters, including the St. Croix Bluewater Adventures (SCUBA), Inc. Located in Christiansted, this worldclass operation provides courses in scuba diving; all taking place in the breathtaking Caribbean. Receive your PADI Open Water Diver certification after only four dives, and become a

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100 yards away, known as the “Wall” on St. Croix. Have a tasty drink and some delicious food at the Flambouyant Beach Bar & Lounge and the on site Mahogany Restaurant. St. Thomas and St. Croix feature walking tours that teach the extremely diverse history of these islands. The architecture tells the stories of nations that colonized the islands in the 17th and 18th centuries. Restored museums and art galleries dot the

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islands and preserve the past, illustrating crafts, linens, and other artistic masterpieces. Cultural demonstrations are displayed as well, such as cooking with an open flame and a coal pot. Journeys through the streets will challenge you here and there, with one of the most famous challenges being the 99 steps on St. Thomas, which is a popular way of making it to higher ground. Another fantastic place to enjoy the breathtaking harbor view is at the Big Kahuna Rum Shack, located downtown on the waterfront of St. Thomas. Enjoy their amazing food with one of their World Famous Love Juice drinks, made in house and only available at the Big Kahuna Rum Shack. The Amalia Cafe gives the Caribbean a taste of Spain, with its selection of a variety of Spanish favorites. Located in St. Thomas, this well-known restaurant is famous for


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getting worse. Over one-third of the adult population in the U.S. is considered to be obese – another one-third of adults are overweight, but not yet obese. Obesity is measured by body mass index. You can calculate your own body mass index at www.AveraMcKennan.org. Click on Health Information, and then on Wellness Tools. The tie between obesity and breast cancer is particularly striking, Dr. Krie says. Research shows: • Obese women are 30 to 50 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than women of a healthy weight. • Women who walk 30 minutes per day lower their rate of breast cancer by 20 percent. • Women who gain 20 to 30 pounds after age 18 are 40 percent

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more likely to develop breast cancer than those women who stay within five pounds. Women who gain 70 pounds double their risk of breast cancer. Research also shows that breast cancer survivors who do not gain weight after their diagnosis and maintain a healthy weight are less likely to have a recurrence of breast cancer. “Certainly, the connection between obesity and cancer is one we’re still unraveling,” Dr. Krie said. The reasons why obesity is linked to breast cancer are complex. Simply put, being overweight means you have higher levels of hormones in your bloodstream, because fat cells produce estrogen. Also, being overweight can cause insulin resistance, leading to higher levels of insulin in the bloodstream. This causes inflammation and also prevents cancer cells from dying. “In order for a cancer cell to grow, it needs to have the right microenvironment. If your microenvironment is healthy, it is harder for cancer cells to set up shop,” Dr. Krie said. Exercise is one key to cancer prevention. “Exercise lowers estrogen and insulin levels, decreases inflammation, relieves

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stress and improves your immune system,” Dr. Krie said. “Exercise helps you set up a very healthy environment so that tumors can’t grow.” “We also recommend a diet that’s lower in carbohydrates, and one that’s higher in fish and low-fat meats, vegetables and especially leafy green vegetables, and whole grains. An ideal diet would be more like an Asian or Mediterranean diet,” Dr. Krie said. A research study is underway at Avera to determine if a diet that is adequate in protein and lower in carbohydrate has a positive impact on breast cancer recurrence. Other current research is studying whether drugs commonly used to control diabetes and high blood pressure can also prevent cancer recurrence. “Statistics show that one in eight women will experience breast cancer within their lifetime. We all want to improve our odds, and there are lifestyle changes we can all make to reduce our risk of cancer,” Dr. Krie said. To learn more about breast cancer prevention and early detection, go to www.AveraThinkPink.org


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Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids by Jessica Weischedel

Paper Love Bug What you need: Scissors, glue, pipe cleaners, empty toilet paper tube, light colored paper, pens, markers, crayons, or other drawing utensils. Take the empty toilet paper tube and paint it or cover it with colored paper to create the bug’s body. Using a lighter color of construction paper, such as pink or light purple, cut two hearts out and attach them to both sides of the body with glue or tape. Have your child get creative and draw a face at the top of the tube in the middle of the body. Use some colorful pipe cleaners to create antennae, twirling the ends down to make a fun and realistic effect. Using a darker marker or pen, write a cute Valentine’s Day message on the wings, such as a lovable phrase or poem for the recipient.

Conversation Heart Pencil Toppers What you need: Valentine’s pencils, craft foam of white, pink, red, and purple colors, a thin marker, colored pipe cleaners, and a hot glue gun. Wind the pipe cleaner around the pencil, making sure to leave two coils above the eraser. Cut out small hearts from the craft foam, or use a heart punch if you have one. Using the hot glue gun, add a small drop to the back of the heart and attach it to the top of the pipe cleaner coil that is above the pencil eraser. Let dry, and when completely dry have your child write their Valentine’s Day messages on the hearts with a thin marker.

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Mosaic Heart What you need: Scissors, glue stick, poster board, construction paper, old magazines. Cut the poster board to the size you would like your mosaic heart to be. A large square such as a 12” by 12” size works well. Draw a heart near the center of the poster board with a pencil. Divide the background into four sections by drawing four lines from the edge of the heart to the edge of the poster board. Taking the magazines, tear out pages that have a lot of color and barely any text on them. Tear these pages into small squares and keep the colors separated from each other. An easy way to get small squares is by tearing the pages into strips first, then tearing the squares out of the strips. Choose which colors you want to use for your background, and glue the squares next to one another in one of the four sections of the background using your glue stick. Do this for each section until the background is complete, with four separate colors or however you choose to use your creative skill. Your child may want to mix up the colors in the background and keep the heart a solid color as well. Fill your heart in with the same color squares. Frame your mosaic heart by cutting out four 1”-wide strips from the construction paper and glue them in place, overlapping at each corner.


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n 2005, Kristen and Mitch Peterson were in the market for the perfect, two-story home in which to start their family. However, they were uncertain of one factor: area of town in which to live. After a tour on the Parade of Homes, they were predominantly drawn to HeatherRidge, as well as to Ralyn Kruetzfeldt’s design and construction of homes. “We loved how centrally located this neighborhood is, in addition to Kruetzfeldt’s designs, ” said Kristen. The couple scoured the neighborhood, looking for their dream home, but always came back empty-handed. Alas, no Kruetzfeld homes were available for purchase in the HeatherRidge neighborhood. However, after weeks of searching, they were able to find a Kruetzfeld home on the quiet street of High Cross Trail, but it was merely framed. Despite the home

having no walls, carpet or paint – just studs, the couple believed they had finally found exactly what they were looking for. “The bones of the house were done and the layout was completed, but we were able to design the entire interior of the home,” said Kristen. “We’re really happy here, and very happy with how our home turned out. We also really love this neighborhood.” After settling into the house for a few short years, Kristen and Mitch found out they were expecting a little girl in early March 2011. While the couple was anxiously awaiting the arrival of their daughter, Molly Kate, they began to decorate the nursery. Walking through the door of 10-month-old Mary Kate’s room, you can instantly see that family is very high on their priority list. The details of the room show how the Petersons wanted

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to focus on the idea of family and the love they have for one another. In fact, it’s apparent in every unique detail. Hung above a small table near the entryway looks, from a distance, like it could be any poem. It’s only upon closer inspection that you see it holds much more significance to the couple than any poem written by any of the most famous poets in history ever could. “These poems hold a lot of meaning,” explains Kristen. “The middle poem was written for me by my grandmother. My name in utero was Sunshine, because my parents did not know my gender. The Christmas before I was born, my grandma (my mother’s mom) wrote a poem for me and titled it, “To Sunshine.”

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My mom did the same thing for Molly Kate before she was born, and also wrote a Grandma’s prayer. It’s absolutely beautiful.” The four-piece canvas wall art, given to Molly Kate by her Aunt Kate in Washington D.C., hangs above a white changing table. “My sister, Kate, lives in Washington D.C., and she gave us this beautiful handmade artwork of the cherry blossoms,” said Kristen. “The colors in the artwork kind of became a focal point to the design of the room.” The bright color palate enlivens the interior, and the wall decals and paintings add a dose of whimsy as well as tell a unique story. “It’s a fun story how we picked the color scheme of this room. I took a Tiffany’s box to the Home Depot


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paint department and color matched it,” said Kristen. “I was very close to my grandma and grandpa. My grandma’s favorite colors were the Tiffany’s blue and bright pink. My grandma always wore these sweatsuits, and they were either blue or hot pink. It kind of became an inspiration for the overall color scheme of the room.” Kristen and Mitch have worked diligently to make their daughter’s room feel comfortable, but also fun and personable. A piece of artwork that features birds sitting in a tree hangs above Molly Kate’s bed and also holds special significance to the Petersons. “My grandpa and I used to sit for hours and watch birds together in their screened-in patio,” said Kristen. “We would also buy bird houses

and clean out the bird bath together. We found this print of birds, and it had a lot of special meaning to us. It felt like a piece of my Grandpa Stan in this room — kind of like he is watching over Molly Kate.” Molly Kate’s grandparents are a big part of the theme in the nursery. A beautiful passage from the poem written to Molly Kate from her Grandma Suzie, states: “Love is your origin. Share it generously and happily.” The colorful artwork and hand-written poems given to Molly Kate are clearly indicative of the family’s love they have for her. If she is brought up to be anything like her mother and father, there will be no problem sharing that love generously and happily.

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ew things are as a soothing as a soak in a warm tub of water. For years, hospital and birthing centers have encouraged women in labor to use whirlpools and tubs to ease pains and relax in the minutes and hours before their baby is born. Increasingly, women and their health care providers are seeing water as a way to improve the whole childbirth experience, including the birth, says Terry Engelmann, a Sanford Certified Nurse Midwife. “Water immersion has been used for laboring for years,” said Engelmann. “Women who have given birth in water say they would never go back to doing it the other way because it was so much easier for them and the baby.”

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water, is a safe and natural way to deliver a baby for women who are having a healthy, normal pregnancy. Engelmann, who has assisted with waterbirths when she practiced in the Twin Cities area and now in Sioux Falls, said the practice has been popular nationwide for as many as 20 years. The process is simple, she says. A woman enters a tub or deep pool of warm water when her contractions become strong and regular. Engelmann said the woman determines what position is comfortable for her. Her physician or certified nurse midwife kneels by the pool to help assist with the birth of the baby, reaching into the water to help guide the newborn in the same way that she would in a regular birthing situation. The physician or certified nurse midwife can even monitor the baby’s heartbeat using an ultrasound device in the water.

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Soothing for Moms “The water birth seems to make it easier for the woman to relax and listen to her body’s instinct regarding the birthing process,” Engelmann said.

“Babies don’t breathe until the air actually hits the face,” she says. “It seems like the babies born in the water are a little calmer or quieter, too.”

Less Stress for Baby In addition to the soothing comfort of the water, there are a number of advantages for the mother, including: • Ease in movement and positioning due to the buoyancy of the water. • M ore efficient uterine contractions and better blood circulation, which results in less pain for the mother and more oxygen for the baby. • Lower blood pressure. • Alleviation of stress-related hormones, allowing the mother’s body to produce endorphins, which are paininhibitors.

By being born into water, babies are experiencing a similar environment to what they experience in the amniotic sac, Engelmann said. They seem to have less stress and more security during the process, she said. Waterbirth is not recommended for women who need constant electronic monitoring of the baby throughout childbirth, making it inappropriate for a woman who has had an epidural or is having her labor induced. A provider would also likely rule out waterbirth for a mother with an infection, large amount of bleeding, high blood pressure, insulin dependent diabetes or one who is giving birth prior to 37 weeks of gestation.

After the baby is born, he or she is assisted to the surface of the water fairly quickly and placed on the mother’s chest.

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Maisy’s Valentine Sticker Book by Lucy Cousins Today is Valentine’s Day, and Maisy is baking goodies. But she needs the help of her readers to find the ingredients, put on her apron, pass around presents, and even go on a special train ride with her friends. Luckily there’s an entire spread of stickers for children to match to the pictures, making for plenty of heart-filled fun with Maisy! Spread the love to little Maisy fans with an adorable sticker book bound to be a favorite Valentine’s treat. Ages 3 yrs - 5 yrs Candlewick Press

Love Waves by Rosemary Wells Love Waves are what we send to our loved ones until we can be together again. Invisible and strong, they can fly across town or around the world, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that neither time nor space can keep love from ? nding its target. Combining a wonderfully concrete concept with her cozy pastel illustrations, Rosemary Wells offers an ingenious way to ease the separation anxiety many children feel when parents go to work, or live in separate homes; when close friends or relatives move, or live far away; or whenever a loved one’s absence calls for an extra dose of reassurance. Ages 3 yrs - 7 yrs Candlewick Press

Groundhog Hamster Day by Darrin Jon Johnson — SIOUX FALLS AUTHOR! There was once an ornery little hamster named Tallahassee Roy who had his mind set on having a holiday of his own. Why should Punxsutawney Phil have his own holiday anyway? Roy’s evil plan is to take over Groundhog Day and make it Hamster Day in honor of all hamsterkind! Join Tallahassee Roy on a trip through the history of Groundhog Day, and see if hamsters have their day! Ages 3 and up www.tatepublishing.com

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Elmo Loves You: The Pop-Up by Sesame Workshop Everyone loves something, and just as Bert loves pigeons and the Count loves to count, Elmo loves you! Now this beloved Sesame Street classic springs to life in a high-quality interactive story. All the favorite characters are here: just pull a tab, flip a wheel, or turn a page to see Big Bird tote a teetering stack of books, Abby play peekaboo, the Count tally windows as they fly open, and more. And of course Elmo keeps popping up, too! Ages 3 yrs and up Candlewick Press

A You’re Adorable by Martha Alexander A You’re adorable B You’re so beautiful C You’re a cutie full of charm D — You’ll be delighted by this delicious trip through the alphabet! Sing along as a lively company of children and assorted pets scamper across the bright pages and through the letters from A to Z. Ages 1 yr 6 mos and up Candlewick Press


George Flies South by Simon James Autumn is coming, and George sits in his little nest, not quite ready to learn to fly even though his mom says it is time to head south for the winter. But when a gust of wind swoops George and his nest out of the tree and onto the roof of a car, George is off whether he likes it or not! With his mom following along chirping encouragement, George must gain the confidence to fly before his nest blows away entirely. This charming picture book gently nudges little fledglings everywhere to try out their wings. Ages 3 yrs and up

Crouching Tiger by Ying Chang Compestine Vinson is very excited when his grandfather comes from China for a visit. When Grandpa practices tai chi in the garden, Vinson asks to learn, hoping it will be like kung fu, full of kicks and punches. But tai chi’s meditative postures are slow and still, and Vinson quickly gets bored. He can’t understand why Grandpa insists on calling him by his Chinese name, Ming Da, or why he has to wear a traditional Chinese jacket to the Chinese New Year parade. As the parade assembles, however, he notices the great respect given to his grandfather and the lion dancers under his training. And when Vinson is offered a role in the parade, he realizes that being part Chinese can be pretty cool — and is ready to start learning from his grandpa’s martial-arts mastery in earnest. Ages 6 yrs - 10 yrs Candlewick Press

A House in the Woods by Inga Moore One little pig has made a little den for herself in the woods, and another little pig has a small hut next door. One morning they return from a walk to find that their big friend Bear has moved into the den and an even larger Moose into the hut. CRASH! With both homes collapsed, they’re all in a pickle--but what if they find a way to build a house in the woods that all four of them can share? With lush, whimsically detailed illustrations and a cast of endearing, industrious (and most accommodating!) characters, Inga Moore constructs an inviting story of friendship that kids will be happy to visit awhile. Ages 3 yrs and up Candlewick Press

Who Has What? All About Girls’ Bodies and Boys’ Bodies by Robie H. Harris Young children are curious about almost everything. Asking questions is one of many ways they learn about themselves and the world around them. Now, this unique series for our youngest children provides easy-to-understand facts and answers to their delightful, thoughtful, and often nonstop questions. Ages 2 1/2 yrs - 6 yrs Candlewick Press

The Hound Dog’s Haiku by Michael J. Rosen A corgi dozes with paws in the air. A bloodhound burrows into a scent. A border collie tracks a herd of cows. A wagging spaniel leaps for joy. In simple, charming haiku, poet Michael J. Rosen portrays twenty beloved dog breeds, from the pug to the Dalmatian to the golden retriever. Complete with interesting facts about each breed and illustrated with Mary Azarian’s striking woodcuts, this keepsake volume is sure to set any dog lover’s tail a-wagging. Ages 6 yrs and up Candlewick Press


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hen it comes to family histories, it’s impossible to know who you are without first knowing where you came from. The problem is most family histories are a product of the spoken word. Stories shared around a kitchen table are sometimes all we know. As years pass, the stories fade and sometimes all we are left with is a series of dates (born, married, retired, buried) that serve as pale remembrances of the three-dimensional people whose lives led to ours. Megan Dahle wants to change all that. As the creator/founder of 1st Person History, Dahle has created a series of kits that make it

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easy and fun to capture forever the history and memories that make each person and family unique. We talked with Megan about how the idea came about and how it has helped her to better know and appreciate her own family.

It took a lot of research and fine-tuning before I felt ready to pursue it as a business but it’s been a couple of years now and so far the response has been great.

So how do the kits work? So how did 1st Person History get its start? I was taking an entrepreneurship class while getting my Masters degree a few years ago and one of my assignments was to come up with a viable business idea. At this same time, my grandfather had just had a stroke and could no longer speak. This was the man who, while all us kids would lay around the Christmas tree in our sleeping bags, would be out in the kitchen telling all these old stories that made everyone laugh and laugh. It felt like such a loss because while everybody knew the stories, no could tell them like my grandfather. So it occurred to me that there should be a way to capture all those great stories and memories so they aren’t lost. I began creating the kits for the assignment and after getting a lot of encouragement from my professor and friends, I decided there was some merit to it as a business.

So it went from classroom project to real life business?

The basic kit comes with two books and a timeline document. One of the books is titled “The Life of ” and the person doing the interviewing uses it and the second book is titled, “As I Remember It” and it is for the person being interviewed. Each comes with instructions on how to fill out the books and do the interviews. There are also topic ideas for reminiscing, a notes and fill-in-the-blanks section, and lots of tips to help collect the stories and memories. After doing the interviewing, you fill in the timeline folder with all the important dates and events in the person’s life. It also helps to identify gaps in the history. More advanced kits include a digital voice recorder and other helpful tools, but the books and timeline are the primary things used to capture histories.

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won’t know what to ask, but really it’s as simple as sitting down with a cup of coffee and chatting for 15 minutes. Most of the times I’ve interviewed my grandmother, it’s been over coffee or a lunch. I just set the recorder off to the side and start asking questions. The beauty of it is that you can start with some specific questions from the kit but usually the conversation just takes off on its own and you learn things you’d have never thought to ask.

I was reading through some of the questions in the kit and I thought, ‘I would’ve liked to know my Mom or Dad’s answer to that.’ Along with capturing histories it must be a great way to bond with your subject.

but I always tell them I’m asking because they are important to me and I want their memory preserved so that my kids and grandkids can know them too. Usually they come around. (Smiles)

Along with the kits for individuals, you also have kits for married couples to use in capturing their history. I think that would be fascinating. There have to be instances where a couple’s recollections of particular events…uh… conflict?

Absolutely, sometimes the questions can just be great conversation starters. In asking them, you learn so much about your subject that you wouldn’t have learned through the everyday chitchat we sometimes fall into with our families.

It happens a lot and it makes for great stories. My own parents’ version of buying a house is a great example. My mom tells it that she found this perfect wonderful house and had to beg the owners to sell it to them. But my dad’s version is that mom came home all excited about this house but when they went to see it, he was shocked because it was a broken down dump.

Have any of your subjects ever refused to be interviewed?

They moved the next week didn’t they?

Yes, it’s happened. Some people think that if they are being asked about their life, it must be because they are close to death and they aren’t signing on for that. It’s okay if that happens

Yep, pretty much. (Laughs)

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death of the handwritten written letter, doesn’t that raise the importance of capturing family histories even more. After all, no one is going to find shoeboxes full of letters in our attics after we’re gone. I think that’s a good point. That type of personal correspondence – letters, diaries, etc, - is sort of a dying art. I think it’s unfortunate, but it’s true that future generations probably won’t have those types of remembrances to pass along.

What do you see as the value in capturing family histories? There is comfort in knowing that the people you love will always be with you — even after they’re gone. But what the histories do is give you a chance to enjoy and learn about your family members while they are alive. The conversations I’ve had in compiling my histories are things I’ll treasure all my life. I can’t think of a better way to honor someone you love. To learn more about 1st Person History and its products go to: www.1stpersonhistory.com

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The Missing Shoe by Dick Rogen, DVM Horizon Pet Care, 1100 E. Holly Blvd., Brandon, SD (605) 582-8445

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would like to tell you about a new friend I made on vacation. I am not sure what his real name is, but I preferred to call him Red. He came to visit us the first day of vacation and made daily visits. He was amiable, a bit of a clown and loved the kids. Red was a local that knew all of the tricks. He would dig up angry crabs on the beach, excavate large holes in the sand and he never complained about lunch. He belonged to the locals on the island and made daily visits up and down the beach. He loved the tourists and apparently, most of them liked him. This friendly red dog was fun to have around. He would go swimming in the ocean with us every day and appeared to enjoy bouncing in the waves. His daily routine was sun, sand and a few tasty handouts from the new batch of tourists for the week. He truly has a “dog’s life”! We had a great time, but the sand on the beach also appears to consume things on the beach. It swallows up jewelry, money, keys, toys and even shoes. We needed a daily walk just to retrieve the gear needed for a day on the beach. But by day 3, we could not find Annie’s new shoe. It was a small silver shoe that blended into the sand all too well. Everyone looked for it, but no shoe. It was brand new and her favorite. It always feels like we never lose the old things that are

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worn out, but instead it is the latest and best. It was almost sad to see that lonely left shoe sitting on the deck every morning. Lucky she brought two pairs of shoes. I took a walk to the neighborhood grocery store to pick up a few things. On the way, I met Red. He came out from a bright green house with two of his friends. He greeted me like an old lost friend. After a few pets, I looked up to see a driveway scattered with shoes. Now Red appears to have a wide variety of tastes. There were tennis shoes, flip flops and designer high heels. He appeared to be a compassionate thief, because there was only one of each style. Yes, there was a silver shoe too! He freely gave it back, with few apologies. It was great to get the shoe back and it gave us all some laughs. We now knew not to trust our shoes with Red. Like all vacations, it had to come to an end. We packed our gear, checked the beach and went for the last walk in the sand before bed. Tomorrow we were leaving early in the morning. It was a rush to pack the car and get to the airport on time. As we left the house, Alex went to put on his shoes. That’s right, he left them on the doorstep and now there was only one. I guess Red needed a souvenir too.


Best Friends Amos, best friend of Ella, Gerrit & Eden Peck

Bentley and Zoey best friends of Ryan, Kristin, Ben and Sophie

Reese, best friend of Rory & Kelly Witt

Lincoln, best friend of Nick and Kayla

Wylie Jai, best friend of Katie McGaffee

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Mr .Grumpy Jenkins & Nelstalic, best friends of Shana Letsche-Hinks

Molly B, best friend of Marsha & Loren Letsche

Pumpkin, best friend of Rob & Dee DiMemmo

Sonny, best friend of Rob & Dee DiMemmo

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.

Mosby, best friend of Jenna Mann

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MAMMOTH -

Denizen of the Ice By Dr. L. Adrien Hannus

Seney Island Sioux Falls, Archeology Lab, Augustana College

Mammoth Sculpture This representation of an actual mammoth stands on the south side of the Augustana College Archeology Lab building, and its bronze historical marker is attached to the large boulder shown in the right foreground. Image owner: Augustana College Archeology Lab.

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ammoths entered the New World approximately 1.7 million years ago and ranged through this hemisphere until their final extinction occurred at the end of the Pleistocene (Ice Age) about 10,000 years ago. The mammoth was the largest land mammal that existed worldwide during the ice age. This life-size sculptural representation is based on an actual specimen excavated in the White River Badlands of South Dakota at the Lange/Ferguson archeological site. In life this mammoth stood 14 feet at the front shoulder and weighed approximately 9 tons (18,000 lb.). The sculpture has been left unpainted since mammoth fur recovered in the Soviet Union confirms that these animals had a reddishbrown coat close to the color of rust. This sculpture was is dedicated to the memory of Helen Bernice Hannus (1910~1991), an individual of wisdom and wit whose parting has left an unfilled void. Created by Eugene A. Anderson and L. Adrien Hannus. Funded by Eugene and Miriam Anderson, Archeology Lab, Jerke Construction, and Jerry & Gail Simmons.

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Mammoth Kill in South Dakota PaleoIndians (oldest American Indians) are also called Big Game Hunters or Clovis Hunters. Some of the early humans to enter what is today South Dakota are shown as they close in for the kill of a Columbian mammoth. The adult mammoth was mired in the mud at a location in the western part of the state. Thousands of years later the mammoth’s bones were excavated by an archeological group led of Dr. L. Adrien Hannus. Image owner: Robert N. Farrington.



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