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June 2012 Volume 11 • Issue 7

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Bring Your Custom Home Dreams to Life in A New Ronning Neighborhood It starts with a vision. You know what your dream living space would be — and we can make it a reality. Our quality interiors and exterior finishes ensure your custom home is as beautiful and well-built as you’ve imagined. Plus, our Selections Gallery simplifies the decision-making process. Build with the quality of Ronning Custom Homes & Neighborhoods. Call 336-6000 now to schedule an appointment or view our lots online at 8 model homes. Over 50 lots available. Exclusively offered by Ronning, starting in Spring 2012. Homes $200,000 and up.


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Flowers and Family at Meredith & Bridget’s Flower Shop 8

Camping Trip 55

Tap into Good Food and Good Fun at JL Beers 12

Tired of Frequent Trips to the Restroom? 60

health & well-being

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For Kids

Father’s Day Crafts 66

at home

Tot Spots

The Broc and Krista Halseth Home 29

Henry Erfman’s Room 70

recipes Parenting & Pregnancy

Summer Strawberry Desserts 36

Man in the Kitchen Party on the Patio 38 vino A Toast to Dad 42

A New Approach for High Risk Pregnancies 74

Children’s Books Best Books 78 Cute Kids Submit Your Child’s Photo 80


Lori Kiesow—Preserving the Past, Planting for the Future 84

Pets The Love of Snoopy 88 best friendS Submit Your Pet’s Photo 90

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Festival of Progress 94

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At the Avera Women’s Center, providing you, your new baby and your family with the ultimate pampering is our goal.

For mom: n Oversized beds n Whirlpool bathtubs n A complementary spa service n Access to the Avera Breastfeeding Center n Nursery with latest neonatal care innovations n Access to our Level III neonatal intensive care unit n OB physicians onsite, 24/7, to provide continuous support for your labor and delivery For Family: n Plenty of seating in mom’s suite for family bonding n Dad’s den with oversized chairs, big-screen TV, internet access and adjacent children’s play area n Full-service café with buffet line

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Flowers and Family at

Meredith & Bridget’s Flower Shop


by MAry Michaels | Photos by Chang Photography


hen you drive by Meredith & Bridget’s Flower Shop on Minnesota Avenue, the brightly-colored building just makes you want to go inside – even if you didn’t know what kind of business it was. Once inside, you feel like you have stepped into a friend’s sunroom all set for afternoon tea. With light streaming in through the large windows, a big floral sofa and an eclectic mix of tables and chairs set with dishes, glassware and floral arrangements, Meredith & Bridget’s just says, “Come in and stay a while!” That homey, friendly feel is exactly what the mother-daughter team of Meredith Peterson and Bridget Fitzgibbons-Peterson planned on when they decided to embark on this journey. The shop opened in April.

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3422 S. Minnesota Avenue | (605) 271-5500 | Find us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter: @mbpflowers | Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm Bridget had done freelance work for weddings and events out of her garage for years. Daughter Meredith would help her on occasion. When their current location became available, they knew it was time to open a shop. “A long time ago, I had said this building would be a great place for a flower shop,” says Bridget. “It had been everything from a bar to a bike shop over the years.” The personality of this ownership pair came out as they transformed a building with dark, paneled walls to something bright and colorful. The “robin’s egg blue” furniture, like the dining table and hutch, are permanent display fixtures. Many of the other pieces, though, are up-cycled furniture items available for sale. Decorating all of the fixtures are fresh and silk flowers,

custom jewelry, and unique home decor. Their approach to flowers is as creative as their approach to other items in the store. “Each fresh flower arrangement we create is unique,” says Bridget. “No two are ever the same. We like to use a personal touch. Whether it is for a birthday, wedding or corporate event, we love to work with our customers to help them design that ‘just-what-I-wanted’ arrangement.” You can also BYOV – Bring Your Own Vase – and they will help you build the arrangement that you want in it. As a full-service flower shop, Meredith & Bridget’s will deliver in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area. Ordering deadlines and delivery fees vary, so be sure to check online or inquire when

satisfaction. I’ve worked in healthcare a long time and Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital really lets me provide personalized care. I always have time to get to know my patients and make sure their needs are being met. The patient satisfaction surveys I read every day show that our patients are happy — and as a nurse, it doesn’t get more satisfying than that. I’m glad I chose Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital.

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A Benefit Concert for the Thie family!

SATURDAY, JUNE 16TH at Rookie’s Sports Bar & Grill, Sioux Falls, SD Bean Bag Tournament kicks off at 4pm Music from 6pm to close On March 1, 2012 Jade Thie (age 33) was tragically killed on his way home from work, when the driver of a stolen vehicle crashed into him while trying to outrun the police. Jade was a loving husband and the father of 2 young boys, ages 4 and 6 months. We can’t take the pain away for Jade’s wife and kids but our goal for this benefit is to help ease the financial burden.

Please join us for a night of great live music, a silent auction, and a raffle with lots of great prizes donated by local businesses.

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placing your order. For brides-to-be, they recommend starting at least 9 months out to book a florist. In addition to the traditional things you expect from a flower shop, Meredith & Bridget’s also offers weekly flower delivery in Sioux Falls to enhance a company’s lobby, offices or reception areas. “Fresh flowers brighten any interior,” says Meredith. “Whether a business has an environment that is professional, casual or elegant, we can work with them to make sure their weekly flower delivery perfectly fits their budget and style.” While the flowers in the shop are appealing both to the nose and to the eye, it is just as fun to browse all of their other unique offerings. You might come across a set of glassware just like the ones you fondly remember from grandma’s house. Perhaps you are a baker and would like a cake stand made from nostalgic or whimsical plates connected by candlesticks. You may not use a doily in your everyday decorating anymore, but the doily flowers at Meredith & Bridget’s would certainly make a fun conversation piece on an end table (as would the floral arrangement made from pages from a phone book!). Do you already have a little gift for someone special but need something to put it in? Check out the crafty gift boxes decorated with different papers, lettering, jewels and even old washers. You can also pick out a one-of-a-kind, handmade card from the wood-and-clothespin wall display. If you have a special event coming up, ask about renting their beautiful collection of milk glass pieces. Or, for a smaller group like a book club or birthday lunch, Bridget and Meredith will work with you to rent their charming space to add a little extra character to your gathering. Both mother and daughter love to play with the mix of old and new to create unique flowers and items for the home. And, what they have in the store is not all “girly,” either. They encourage men to stop in and check out their furniture pieces, coat racks made with old hardware or even a plate or picture display stand made from an old piece of curved industrial pipe. “And, of course, they could buy flowers for someone special while they are here,” Bridget says with a smile.

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Tap into Good Food and Good Fun at

JL Beers

By Mary Michaels | Photos by Chang Photography “When I read about the evils of drinking beer…..I stopped reading.” That quote is attributed to “JL Beers” and is one of several witty quotes displayed (and for sale) on t-shirts at JL Beers and Great American Burgers, which opened in April on the 300 block of South Phillips Avenue. The North Dakota-based company got its start in Fargo back in 2009 and by October 2010, JL Beers was named “best burger joint in North Dakota” by USA Today. After expanding into West Fargo, Moorhead and Grand Forks, the ownership group looked south. “The ownership group knows the business climate and culture in Sioux Falls,” says general manager Brian Wilson. “They felt that opening in Sioux Falls – especially downtown – would be a

good fit for JL Beers.” The décor of the place certainly fits the unique and trendy feel of many downtown shops, bars and eateries. The painted brick wall just inside the door sports their motto, “Seating for 1000 – 47 at a time.” JL Beers encourages community seating to help customers to get to know one another as well as enhance the speed to getting one of the 47 chairs. Tall black tables and metallic silver chairs, ductwork overhead and “industrial art” on the wall are just a few of the unique features inside JL Beers. Be sure to check out the paper towel spools on each table that feature handles of different beer taps. You can also sit at the long bar counter to view the selection of bottled beers on the shelves or the 40 taps currently being

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323 South Phillips Avenue | Downtown Sioux Falls | (605) 275-2012 | Hours of Operation: Daily 11am - midnight Like us on Facebook - and follow us on Twitter @jlbeerssf323 offered. The InFOAMation board behind the bar posts the current beer features. Sitting a little farther down the bar you can watch the JL Beers cooks making those fresh burgers, fries and chips. Perhaps the most interesting view is the table next to the window looking into the cooler where you can watch the next keg being tapped. JL Beers has their own brand of brews, and there are always at least two of their own beers on tap. While some tap beers may be standard offerings, most are changed out as soon as the keg is gone. “We want to give our customers a unique experience and let them have the chance to try a wide variety of beers,” says Wilson. “So, we may change anywhere from one to seven taps each week.

Wilson says they produce a beer menu on a regular basis with the current lineup of tap beers, but that can easily be outdated by the time it’s printed. So, with beers changing almost daily, how can you keep track of what’s on tap? There’s an app for that! The JL Beers app for iPhone and Android will let you know the current offerings. You can search by JL Beers location, the beer’s origin or beer style – as well as rate the beers you try. For even faster updates, text JLBEERS323 to 46786. The text club has proven to be popular already in North Dakota, and he expects the Sioux Falls customers to appreciate it as well. “In some of our other locations, we’ve sent out a text about a new beer just being tapped and the keg was gone in a day.”

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If you are enjoying the JL Beers experience, you can let your friends know by sending them Beer Mail. Write a message on a preprinted postcard inviting them to join you there the next time – and the staff will take care of the postage and drop it in the mail for you. The cold brews certainly get first mention in the establishment’s name, but the burgers deserve more than a passing mention. All of the burgers at JL Beers are made with fresh ground beef and served on a fresh baked bun. For basic burger lovers, you might prefer the Original Hamburger Stand Burger with pickles and special sauce or the Great American Burger with cheese, pickles and ketchup. JL Beers paid tribute to its new home city by adding a locally-named burger to its menu – the Phillips Ave. Burger with bacon, cheese, barbeque sauce and a hamburger patty with barbeque rub. Other more adventurous burgers are the BLT BLU®, Rajun Cajun and the Slaw Burger. And another favorite at JL Beers is their famous Humpty Dumpty Burger® with cheese and a fried egg. The fresh cut fries or chips are the perfect accompaniment for the burgers. You can get them with just classic sea salt or add a little zip with cajun, jalapeno cheddar or BBQ seasoning. For something extra, they offer a variety of dips like Cajun Lime, Ranch, BBQ Ranch, Chipotle and what they hail as the “Best Beer Cheese Dip Ever.” Another tasty option is to order the Buffalo BLU Fries or Chips topped with buffalo sauce and blue cheese. No meal is complete without dessert, and JL Beers has that covered as well with its 1919 Root Beer Float, featuring the famous 1919 Root Beer (caffeine and gluten free) paired with Schwan’s creamy vanilla ice cream. One important note: you must be 21 to enter JL Beers. But, you can always get orders to go! Great service is a priority for JL Beers, says Wilson. “During a customer’s time with us, they are likely to meet several members of our team. That is why we all wear a tag with our name as well as our personal favorite beer on it. We also provide guests with nametags so that we can get to know them and serve them better.” It’s a little reminiscent of “Cheers”. Now Sioux Falls has its own place where everybody knows your name.

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Dakota District Pipes & Drums – Summer Plaza Concert Series

food vendors, beer & wine for purchase and shopping at some of the most unique

Fri, June 1 • 12pm • Old Courthouse Museum • Sixth Street & Main Avenue

stores in Sioux Falls. Picnic table seating will be provided, but feel free to bring your

The Dakota District Pipes and Drums will perform traditional Irish and Scottish music

own lawn chair. INFO (605) 338-4009.

from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch or purchase one at the concert. Admission is free. The concert will be held inside in the case of bad weather. INFO (605) 367-4210.

First Friday

Fri, June 1 • 10am • Downtown Sioux Falls

Artists Against Hunger

A special day of shopping, art and entertainment downtown! Many stores stay open

June 1 • 11am - 4pm • 8th & RR Center

late until 8pm. INFO (605) 338-4009.

A bi-annual art show and food drive for Feeding South Dakota. Three floors of 8th

and Railroad Center will be filled with over 75 artists and local musicians. The show is

Trends in Wedding Stationery

free but we do encourage donations for non perishable food or cash (for every dollar

Saturday, June 2 • 11am • 524 N Main Ave, Suite 100

donated Feeding South Dakota can provide ten pounds of food to families in need).

Spark Stationery Love is celebrating its grand opening. They will be hosting an

Everything from pottery, pinstripers, painters and photographers will be represented-

informal discussion about wedding stationery trends on Saturday at 11am, as well

Join us for a fun and free weekend and support Feeding South Dakota!

as hourly demonstrations of letterpress printing basics on both days including opportunities to press your own coasters. Guests will enjoy yummy treats while

Downtown Street Musicians

taking in all the stationery delicacies Spark has to offer. INFO (605) 413-6490.

June 1-2, June 8-9, June 15-16, June 22-23, June 29-30 • 6pm - 8pm Downtown Sioux Falls

Stop Smoking Saturdays

Enjoy the sounds of live outdoor music at various downtown locations. A big thanks to

Saturday June 2, 16, & 30 • Heal With Hypnosis LLC • 3701 W. 49th St., Suite 203C.

Xcel Energy for sponsoring these musicians! INFO (605) 338-4009.

Consulting Hypnotist Rebecca Wiener will help you stop smoking with an individual session. $275 per person and sessions are limited. Please contact 605-940-8389 or

Downtown Block Party

visit to reserve your session as soon as

Fri, June 1 • 6pm • 8th & Railroad Center

possible as this event always fills quickly.

Come downtown to the Eastbank for the First Friday Block Party! Enjoy live music,



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Specializing in upscale resale home furnishings in like-new condition.

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Books, Baubles, Bread & Bach

ne 20 Sat, June 2 • 8am • 14th Street on Phillips Avenue, east side of street

First Book Fund Raiser - Open to the public. Selling gently used books, jewelry, and fresh made bread. All monies raised will go to the First Book - Sioux Falls project. INFO (605) 929-6404. Moonlight Movies

Sat, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • 9:15 pm • Fawick Park, 10th St. & 2nd Ave.

Enjoy FREE family movies in Fawick Park every Saturday night. The movie will begin at dusk. Bring your favorite chair or blanket and sit back and enjoy the show. Refreshments will be sold during the movies. We ask that you do not bring coolers or pets and no alcohol is allowed in the city park. INFO (605) 338-4009.

Shop Trademark Uniforms for the area’s best selection of uniforms, scrubs, footwear and so much more! With two convenient Sioux Falls locations, we’re easy to find or shop anytime on-line at Store Hours (Both Locations) Monday - Friday 10:00 - 7:00 Saturday 10:00 - 4:00

Ask us about our: • Group Discounts • On-Site Fittings • Road Shows

• Free Delivery • Embroidery • Sample Uniforms

Siouxland Renaissance

June 2 & 3 • begins at 10am • Sioux Empire Fairgrounds

The festival will host a wide variety of vendors playing their trade and offering

goods of every kind and foods to suit every taste. Venture into a realm especially for children. Come thrill to the spectacle of armored jousting. Marvel at our jugglers, dancers, fire-breathers and other entertainers on our stages.

Roam the streets filled with the people of Shrewsbury County and amusements of every kind. $10 admission. INFO (605) 367-7178. Free Consultation Mondays

June 4, 11, 18 • 10am - 6pm • Heal With Hypnosis LLC • 3701 W. 49th St., Ste 203C

Consulting Hypnotist Rebecca Wiener offers complimentary 1-hour consultations. Learn how hypnosis can help you resolve past painful events

and move forward. Please call 605-940-8389 or visit www.HealWithHypnosis. com to pre-schedule your free consultation. Vision Board Creation Workshop Wednesdays June 6 & 13 • 6:30pm-9 pm Heal With Hypnosis LLC • 3701 West 49th Street, Suite 203C. Consulting Hypnotist Rebecca Wiener will teach you the fundamentals of vision board creation. A vision board is a visual interpretation of your goals

and desires. Keeping focus on your true intentions helps you achieve your goals while reducing stress. $40 per participant. Limited to 6 participants.

Scrubs • Uniforms • Shoes • Professional Lab & Consultation Jackets • Chef Apparel Medical Accessories • School Uniforms Hospitality • Embroidery

Pre-registration is required. Please call 605-940-8389 or visit www. to register. Pioneer Day Camp Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 • 8am • Beaver Creek Nature Area Who know homesteading could be this fun? Kids experience life as frontier child in Dakota Territory. It’s outdoor, educational, and an all around good time. Kids can go fishing, dip a candle, make ice cream, and play historic games. For kids 7 to 12 years old. $25 registration fee includes program, meal, and snack. Call to register. (605) 367-4210. Storyland Children’s Theatre Thu, June 7 • 10am • McKennan Park Bandshell East 26th Street and South Second Avenue “Jack and the Beanstalk” will be performed. These shows are free and open

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to children of every age. Stick around afterward for a meet-and-greet with the actors. Performances are subject to change and will only be canceled if it is raining at performance time. INFO (605) 367-8222. Historic Walking Tour of South McKennan Park Thu, June 7 • 6:30 pm Enjoy beautiful summer weather while learning about the Sioux Falls sites

you pass by every day. Please register in advance by calling 367-4210. $3 admission. INFO (605) 367-4210. Starlab Inflatable Planetarium

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Thursdays, June 7, 14, 28 • 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

012 ju Old Courthouse Museum • 6th Street and Main Avenue,

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. We can

accommodate up to 25 people per program. Suitable for ages six and older. Programs begin promptly on the hour, no late admission. $1 admission. INFO (605) 367-4210.

YWCA Bunco Bash for Buses

Thu, June 7 • 6pm • All Occasions by HyVee, Tea

Join us for our 3rd annual Bunco Bash. Bunco is a dice game, a social event, a YWCA fundraiser event, and just plain FUN. Bunco involves 100% luck and

no skill, scoring and a simple set of rules. $30 per player. Call Catherine at 605-336-3660.

Beresford Day Trip

Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 • 10am - 5pm

Experience small-town charm with big city amenities in Beresford. Featuring

11 great local businesses from shopping, dining, crafts and more! Make a day

of it with the girls...or bring the guys too. For more information, call Jennifer at 763-8066.

Evening in the Vineyard

Fridays, June 8 & 22 • 6pm • Wilde Prairie Winery 48052 259th St Brandon, SD

Enjoy an evening at the vineyard and winery, relax and listen to live music.

Purchase a barbeque meal by Tim’s Grillin, or bring your picnic dinner, lounge

chair, friends, and wine down for the weekend. No pets and No outside alcohol, please. $5 admission. INFO (605) 582-6471. The Ballroom Dance Club Friday, June 8 • 8pm - 11:30pm • El Riad Shrine • 11th and Phillips Ballroom dancing to the music of Lonne Lynn and orchestra. Guests welcome with tickets just $10 each at the door.  (605) 528-5653. Visions of Quilting- Quilt Show & Sale Fri, June 8 • 11am; Sat, June 9 • 9am • Active Generations • 2300 W. 46th Street This show features over 80 quilts, wall hangings, wearable art, table runners and more. INFO (605) 336-6722. Woody Guthrie Tribute – Summer Plaza Concert Series Fri, June 8 • noon • Old Courthouse Museum • Sixth Street and Main Avenue Come see the Crabgrass Crew, Union Grove Pickers, Boyd Bristow, Jim Groth, Jack, Johnny and Jamison, and more in a tribute to Woodie Guthrie in the plaza behind the Old Courthouse Museum. Bring your lunch or purchase one at the concert. Admission is free. The concert will be held indoors in case of bad weather. INFO (605) 367-4210. Great Plains Balloon Race Sat, June 9 • 6am • Kenny Anderson Park The sky will fill with balloons as more than 30 hot air balloons take flight June 9, 2012 (weather permitting). It’s a family spectacle and as always - it’s FREE! Launch times are scheduled for approximately 6am and 6:30pm from Kenny Anderson Park- just west of Washington High School. If these two flights are not able to take place, the pilots will try again on Sunday, June 10 at 6:00am. Once again the very popular “Walk-in Balloon” will be inflated so that people can walk around in the inside of an actual hot air balloon. INFO (605) 339-1070 or visit Pedaling the Past Historic Bike Tour Sat, June 9 • 9am • Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street

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Join us a historic 5 to 8 mile loop around historic Sioux Falls starting and ending

Historical Tours via Bus

at the Old Courthouse Museum. Stops will be made at Falls Park, Riverdale Park,

Mondays, June 11 & June 25 • 6:30 pm • Falls Park

downtown, and other locations to talk about Sioux Falls history and landmarks. The

Early Sioux Falls Cemeteries - visits the cemeteries in Sioux Falls and tells the

ride should take between 2.5 and 3 hours and will ride both the bike path and city

history of each. Historical information includes the establishment and features of

streets. All riders required to wear a helmet during the tour. Recommended for ages

the cemetery, notable residents who are buried there, as well as information on

12 and up. Call 367-4210 ext. 0 to register in advance. $5 admission.

abandoned and little-known cemeteries within Sioux Falls. INFO 367-8222.

Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis walk.

YMCA Golf Classic Youth Clinic

June 9, 3:30 - 5pm (registration at 3:30, walk begins at 4pm)

Monday, June 11 • 9am - 11am • Minnehaha Country Club • 3101 W. 22nd St.

Falls Park, Sioux Falls

Sign your kids up for the FREE Youth Golf Clinic. Kids will receive free lessons from

Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis, the nation’s largest walk program dedicated to

the golf pros. Clubs will be provided. INFO (605) -336-3190.

2 jun raising funds and awareness for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis — two chronic, painful digestive diseases that affect 1 in 200 American adults and children. Our local

Storyland Children’s Theatre

walk hero is Sean Patrick Scott. Sean is 6 years old and was diagnosed with Crohn’s

Tue, June 12 • 10am & 7pm; Wed, June 13 • 10am; Thu, June 14 • 10am

disease in 2010. Sean and his family are walking in the Sioux Falls Take Steps walk

McKennan Park Bandshell

because they know Sean’s current treatment won’t last forever and we need to find

“Secret Identity” will be performed. These shows are free and open to children of

a cure! INFO 888-422-3266.

every age. Stick around afterward for a meet-and-greet with the actors. Performances

are subject to change and will only be canceled if it is raining at performance time. INFO (605) 367-8222.

Zippity Zoo Day

Sat, June 9 • 9am • Great Plains Zoo • 16th & Kiwanis

Make plans to attend Zippity Zoo Day, the Zoo’s annual summer children’s carnival!

Flag Day Fun

This popular family event includes face painting, carnival games, Creature Features,

Thu, June 14 • 5:30 pm • Terrace Park/Covell Lake

Zookeeper talks, and live music. INFO (605) 367-7003 or visit

This Flag Day celebration is in honor of our veterans and held beside the beautiful Veterans’ Memorial Park.You are invited to come participate in making a variety of

Warm Up Sioux Falls

different red, white, and blue crafts to celebrate this dedication. Bring your families

Sun, June 10 • 1pm • Athena Fibers • 3915 S. Hawthorne Ave.

and a picnic meal to enjoy this event. INFO (605) 978-6928.

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

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

Historic Walking Tour of Fort Dakota

together into afghans to donate to Sioux Falls organizations that help families.

Thu, June 14 • 6:30 pm • Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street

INFO (605) 271-0741.

Enjoy beautiful summer weather while learning about the Sioux Falls sites you pass


FOR YOUNG GOLFERS! YMCA Golf Classic Youth Clinic FREE Monday, June 11, 9-11am Minnehaha Country Club 3101 West 22nd Street in Sioux Falls

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As part of the 9th Annual YMCA Golf Classic, the Sioux Falls Family YMCA, along with StarMark Cabinetry, will be hosting a FREE Golf Clinic for youth in the Sioux Falls area. LPGA player and Sioux Falls native Kris Tschetter, World Long Drive Champion Lisa ‘Longball’ Vlooswyk, inspirational trick shot artist Dennis Walters, and other local pros will demonstrate golf techniques and provide tips! We’ll serve a light breakfast and children will receive a free t-shirt! Your child must be registered to participate! to register, please contact Margaret at the YMCA at 605-336-3190 ext. 117. **Golf Clubs will be provided!

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Fri, June 15 • noon • Old Courthouse Museum • Sixth Street and Main Avenue

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Jazz guitarist Scott Hesse’s Trio will perform in the plaza behind the Old Courthouse

actors. Performances are subject to change and will only be canceled if it is raining at

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Hartford Jamboree Days

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Friday, June 22nd • 12pm - 1pm • Old Courthouse Museum • 200 W. Sixth St.

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go through the Falls Park switchbacks. The goals of the walk/run include; remembering those lost to suicide, bringing awareness to suicide and supporting the Helpline Center’s programs for suicide prevention and survivor grief. 100% of the proceeds will stay local to support the Helpline Center’s suicide prevention and survivor grief programs. INFO (605) 274-1418. Storyland Children’s Theatre

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“The Quest for Quasi - How Little Red got her Hunch Back” will be performed. for a meet-and-greet with the actors. Performances are subject to change and will only be canceled if it is raining at performance time. INFO (605) 367-8222. Jazz & Brews. A spirited fundraiser for Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues. Thursday, June 28 • 7pm - 11pm • Vern Eide Acura Celebrate the start of summer with Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues with a silent auction, beer and wine tastings, great food by Chef Jeni and of course – live music. A

special fundraiser to benefit the scholarships and educational programs of the organization-this event helps to keep jazz alive. $35 in advance/$40 at the door. Advance tickets available through Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues by calling 335-6101. Historic Walking Tour of the Warehouse District Thu, June 28 • 6:30 pm Old Courthouse Museum • Sixth St. and Main Ave. Enjoy beautiful summer weather while learning about the Sioux Falls sites you pass by every day. $3 admission, please register in advance at 367-4210 ext. 0. Sounds of Sioux Falls Fri, June 29 • 7pm Drake Springs Family Aquatic Center • 301 South Fairfax Avenue Celebrate the summer with a live band competition at the pool. Listen to and watch some of the finest bands in Sioux Falls. At the end of the evening, you can vote on which band you think is the best. INFO (605) 367-8222. The Summer Singers – Summer Plaza Concert Series Fri, June 29 • noon Old Courthouse Museum • Sixth Street and Main Avenue The Sioux Falls Parks and Rec. choral group, The Summer Singers, will perform from noon to 1 p.m. in the plaza behind the Old Courthouse Museum. Bring your lunch or purchase one at the concert. Admission is free. The concert will be held indoors in case of bad weather. INFO (605) 367-4210.

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eading east out of Sioux Falls on Madison Street, you quickly begin to see small, rolling hills, clusters of mature trees and beautiful South Dakota farmland. Just off to the north side of Madison, nestled into this rural scenery, is a little neighborhood. Down one of the winding, gravel roads is the home of Broc and Krista Halseth.

The Halseths had once talked about building a home but could never find that “just right spot� to break ground. But, they found what they were looking for eight years ago with a 1.4 acre property that offers the best of both country living and a neighborhood for socializing and raising their two children. Over the years, the Halseths have taken their love of the

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outdoors – and Broc’s love of hunting – and brought that indoors. One of their first remodeling projects was the kitchen. There had been a small sunroom off the kitchen, so they took out the wall to expand the kitchen, opening up the view to their back yard. The kitchen is a great mix of old and new, with modern-looking, Spark_EFHAd_June2012F.pdf



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memories literally etched into the table. “The pine wood of the table top is soft,” she explains, “so as my daughter has done her homework here over time, you can see her words in the wood.” While Krista says something like that might bother other people, she loves being able to look at the table which is

capturing moments of her daughter’s childhood. Krista calls the main level “just your normal family house,” with their bedroom, the kids’ bedrooms, and the open kitchendining-living area. It is in the lower level of the house where the Halseths’ love

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of the outdoors is truly revealed. As you go down the steps, a sign hangs overhead that reads, “Do what you can where you are with what you have.” Krista explains the sign came from her mom, who said it was appropriate for the rustic, hunting lodge-like feel they created out of a “regular” basement. By the time you reach the bottom step, you are almost transported to another place, such as a cabin in the Black Hills. Suddenly, it seems very appropriate that this little neighborhood’s roads have names like Olde Wagon, Deer Hollow, Saddle Creek and Hidden Valley. The inspiration for the design – and the construction to bring it to life – came from the Halseth’s friend, Chris Hood, who owns a local landscaping business called Hoodscapes. Hood had used a similar design in his own home. Tall log “columns” provide a framework for the bar that draws your eye as soon as you come down the last step. These 1200 pound pieces that were found in Sioux Falls had to be brought in by a cherry picker. Another tall log was transformed with a copper sink and knobs covered with wood pieces for the sink behind the bar. The bar top was designed with broken pieces of slate tile (that match those on the bar floor) that were then covered by a clear epoxy to create a smooth surface. From behind the bar, you get the full view of this room that just beckons you to come and stay a while. To the left is a custom-made gun cabinet with glass doors surrounded

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by more of the unique log trim. On the walls hang several of Broc’s “trophies” from his hunting excursions, including one that includes the arrow that he used during that hunt. “We like to decorate with things that have a story behind it,” Krista says. “Whether it’s the animals from Broc’s hunting trips or our family pictures; everything has a story or a memory associated with it.” The rich earthy walls, made to look weathered with special plaster and glaze techniques, are a perfect backdrop for all of the Halseths’ “stories” on display. The fireplace on an angled stone wall is another focal point of the room. The rock came from Wyoming, where Hood and his landscaping crew were able to trade a farmer some labor at his place for the rock that was on his property. A large sectional couch provides plenty of seating for the family or friends to sit by the fire and still see the outdoors through the patio doors. “We aren’t formal people,” says Krista. “We like to have a room be comfortable so we can just hang out.” Tucked behind that angled fireplace wall is a little nook with a lower door – designed to be a little getaway for the kids as a place to curl up in a chair to watch a movie. Outside, the Halseths added another section of deck towards the trees, which offers a nice outdoor dining space. The lower patio includes a hot tub, which is another favorite spot for the family and friends to gather. “We really love it here,” Krista says.” It is peaceful, and

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we often have deer come through. The kids can go out exploring in the trees, which they call ‘the forest.’ It is nice to have neighbors so we can get together and kids can play together, but we all have our own space, too.” In this little neighborhood in the country, the Halseths love

the rustic and outdoorsy feel they have created inside their home, but there are some actual outdoor elements they have to deal with living where they do. “You definitely have to have 4-wheel drive in the winter,” Krista says with a smile.

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Crust: 1 1/2 cups flour 3/4 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed

Rinse the strawberries and gently pat dry with a paper towel. Coarsely chop the candy coating and melt in a double-boiler. Dip the berries in the melted candy by holding the stem and dip halfway into the coating. Allow excess coating to drip off. Roll in the chopped nuts if desired. Place dipped berries on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Let stand for 1 hour at room temperature or until firm.

Filling: 1 cup butter, softened 8 oz package cream cheese, softened 2 cups powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla 2 quarts fresh strawberries, halved Glaze: 1 cup sugar 3 Tbsp cornstarch 1 cup water 3 Tbsp strawberry gelatin 2 tsp lemon juice whipping cream Combine the nuts and flour in a small bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into the bottom of a greased 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 300Ëš for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack for an hour. To make the filling, cream the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Spread this mixture over the crust and chill. 2-3 hours before serving, make the glaze by combining sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Stir in the water until smooth and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in the gelatin until dissolved. Stir in lemon juice and cool to lukewarm, stirring occasionally. While the glaze is cooling, arrange the strawberries over the filling. Spoon glaze over the berries and chill until ready to serve. Garnish with whipped cream. Serves 12-15.

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n the twentieth of this fine month the sun will do its annual dance along the Tropic of Cancer marking the summer solstice. That’s the day when we here in the northern hemisphere are tilting as far toward the sun we as can. Along with the warm summer breezes, June brings with it the deep-seeded need to throw a backyard party. Nothing too crazy, just a couple dozen of your closest friends and a whole bunch of food and beverages. I can give you a little advice on the eats and drinks, but when it comes to finding friends, you’re on your own. Let’s get one thing straight, if the party is in the yard, you don’t want to spend your time in the kitchen. That means whenever possible, keep the cooking outdoors. Fire up the Weber, it’s grilling time! Most people think a backyard party means hot dogs and hamburgers, but think about your guests. They are going to have a drink in one hand and a plate full of food in the other hand, so unless you’re close to a family of octopuses, they won’t have a free hand to eat. That’s why I recommend the State Fair Plan – food on a stick! No, not corndogs and fried cheese, I’m talking kabobs, skewers and satays. Tasty small bites, each one with its own little handle, perfect for a full meal or light grazing. Here are a few simple crowd-pleasing ideas; start with a package of inexpensive chicken tenders and run each one length wise on a bamboo skewer. It’s a good idea to soak the skewers in water for a couple of hours first so they don’t burn. Then marinate the chicken in some bottled Italian salad dressing. They will cook through quickly on a medium hot grill and you can use just about anything from Heinz 57 to Thai style sweet

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chili sauce to dip them. You can do the same thing with cubes of steak or pork chop for a little variety. Even the kids will like them! One of my favorites is to take a fully cooked spicy smoked sausage (like Andouille) and skewer slices of the sausage surrounded by a large peeled and deveined shrimp. Give them a quick marinade in olive oil, salt, pepper and crushed garlic before you throw them on the grill. Just cook until the shrimp are pink and opaque, then they are ready to eat. I like to make a remoulade sauce, but you can easily buy one at the store. We call these Cajun Toothpicks and while it’s a very simple recipe, I’ve won a couple of competitions with this one. But let’s not forget nature’s “food on a stick:” ribs. Face it; nothing says backyard barbeque like a rack of baby back ribs. Admittedly, ribs may not be as quick and easy to make as the others and they can get a little messy to eat. But trust me; they will leave an impression on your guests. There is one drawback… if you make really good ribs, you may have people dropping by on weekends just to see if you have any ribs on the smoker, and as soon as neighbors smell the faintest scent of pork in the air, they will stop in “just to say hi.” Anyone who reads this column regularly will know that I love lamb, so how could I finish this article without suggesting lamb chops? Look for racks of lamb, they can be a little on the pricey side, but you may be able to find local lamb at area meat lockers, or watch for New Zealand lamb. The racks from down under are smaller than South Dakota or Colorado lamb, but just about any lamb is good in my book. Cut the racks into double

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chops (single chops tend to overcook very quickly.) Coat with olive oil, salt, pepper and some fresh chopped rosemary, then grill for a couple of minutes on each side. You’ll only want to cook them to about medium rare, so it won’t take long. That is my idea of the perfect finger food. I am a non-apologetic carnivore, but I understand some people might want to serve a few veggies. For you, I suggest vegetable kabobs and a few grilled veggies. While grilled veggies could be a whole article on its own, let me recommend asparagus. Soak in olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a little salt and pepper for a half hour, then grill for a few minutes. It may not qualify as food on a stick, but it’s a stick you can eat. So dust off those old lawn darts, polish up the bocce ball set and start sending out the invites, it’s time for a party on the patio. By the way, I’m free next Saturday and I’ll bring the guacamole. Do yourself a favor, eat something good today. Between his adventures in dining, Jim runs ADwërks, a small ad agency in uptown Sioux Falls.

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don’t know much about the bond that exists between a father and a daughter since I only have boys, but I do know that my father-in-law was a man who treated his daughter like a princess. He shielded her when she needed protecting and let go when she needed her independence. It’s truly a remarkable bond. With my boys, they are always trying to emulate me. There’s nothing else like it in the world. Jaxon, my 8-year-old, keeps asking me when he gets to shave. Berent, my 9-year-old, thinks I am the best driver in the world! Dante, my 11-year-old, wants to learn all of my soccer “tricks.” The point is: the best Father’s Day present I receive every year is becoming my sons’ idol more and more as they grow. To be their role model, mentor, coach, friend, Dad… it is the greatest gift I could ever receive. Now it’s my turn to give a gift to you all the fathers out there. If you are a mom reading this, please pass this on to your significant other as he’s taking a drink of his ice cold beer this summer. Maybe a glass wine is just what the doctor ordered. Dutch researchers followed 1,373 men for more than four decades, noting their eating and drinking habits. Men who had about 20 grams of alcohol daily —equivalent to a half a glass

of wine — had 2 1/2 years added to their life expectancy at age 50, compared with men who didn’t drink at all, according to research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Men who consumed only wine had twice as much added longevity. “In this study, 70 percent of all wine consumed was red wine,” the researchers, led by Marinette Streppel of the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, said. “This suggests that the cardioprotective effect of wine could be due to a protective effect of polyphenol compounds in red wine, but other explanations cannot be ruled out.” Polyphenols are chemical substances found in plants such as tannins and flavonoids. Deep red wines like Cabernet and Zinfandel have a lot of tannins, which is a natural preservative found in the skins of red grapes. The research, dubbed the Zutphen Study after the Dutch town from which the participants were recruited, followed men born between 1900 and 1920 and examined them several times between 1960 and 2000. So what does all of this mean? Well, according to this study (and please keep in mind that I’m not a doctor or a researcher,


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and this is just a study which only proves a theory based on a small select group of observed individuals) you might be able to add years to your longevity by drinking red wine! I like this study! Red wine is beneficial for you on lots of different levels: 1. Reduced risk of death from nearly all causes: According to studies from France, UK, Finland, and Denmark, moderate consumption of wine is more beneficial than that of beer or spirits. 2. Heart disease: One of the well-known and most studied benefits of red wine is its heart protective effect. Moderate consumption of red wine on a regular basis may be a preventative against coronary heart disease. Scientists believe the red wine reduces the risk of coronary heart disease by reducing production of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and boosting high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. 3. Blood clots: Red wine produces anticlotting, or antithrombotic, action. Light to moderate consumers of wine have lower levels of protein fibrinogen which promotes blood clot formation. 4. Atherosclerosis: Red wine may prevent the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis (hardening or “furring” of the arteries). Atherosclerosis starts when blood vessels begin to lose their ability to relax. Both the alcohol and polyphenols in the red wine appear to favorably maintain healthy blood vessels by promoting the formation of nitric oxide (NO), the key chemical relaxing factor that plays an important role in the regulation of vascular tone. 5. Hypertension: Excessive alcohol consumption is generally considered a risk factor for hypertension. However, there is some evidence of favorable effects of red wine on blood pressure. Two glasses of red wine (250 ml), taken together with a meal, lower post-meal blood pressure in hypertensive persons. 6. Kidney stones: Red wine intake reduces the risk of kidney stone formation. 7. Alzheimer’s disease: Moderate wine drinking correlates with a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found that resveratrol, a red wine polyphenol, produces neuroprotective effects. Happy Father’s Day to all of you wine drinkers out there. As my dad would always say, “Life is like a sled dog team: If you’re not the lead dog, the scenery never changes.” Carpe Vino! Contact Riccardo at

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The YBIKE will help your child develop an early sense of balance and control, along with independence, selfconfidence and happiness! For children 2+. $79.99 at Child’s Play Toys. 233 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 274-8697.

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Add a laugh to your summer with these 100% cotton boxers — for both men & women. Several to choose from. Just $18 each at My Current Obsession. 212 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 336-3224.

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Hop into summer with this fun and colorful Swarovski crystal matching frog necklace & earring set. Necklace $69.99, earrings $39.99 at Fifth Avenue Collection. Show their retail showroom at 708 E. Benson Rd. (605) 335-0602.

Light the Night

Light your nights with these beautiful mosaic wine bottle tea light holders. The perfect ambience for enjoying an evening glass of wine. $7.95 & $12.95 shown. Oak Ridge Nursery. 2217 S. Splitrock Blvd., Brandon. (605) 5826565.

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Brighten the to-do list for that gal on the go! Floral notepads from Josephine’s Floral Design. Just $15 each. 8th & RR Center. 338-9290.

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Your wedding gown can last as long as the memory if it is cleaned and heirloomed. MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE $10 OFF your preservation at The French Door. 4819 S. Louise Avenue. 332-8841.

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We specialize in baking delicious decorated cakes and cookies from scratch — for all occasions. Order today! The Cookie Jar. 125 W. 10th St. (605) 978-0991.

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Buy him membership to the Beer Soap of the Month Club! Receive a different bar of beer soap every month. Some of our favorite beers created what we hope will be some of your favorite soaps! 6 month supply just $54 at FatHouse Soap Company. www.

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Brighton® rings add some color to your summer. Gorgeous set of three stacking rings just $55 at Susanne’s on Phillips. 216 S. Phillips Ave. 330-4002.

Sweet Samples

Stop by Edible Arrangements at the Bridges for a sweet sample and take home your arrangement for that family picnic or summer party. Edible Arrangements, 5019 South Western Ave. (605) 275-2580.

Unwind in Sunshine

Crawford’s beautiful downtown patio is the perfect place for a signature cocktail or a refreshing summer lunch. Historic Sioux Falls setting. Crawford’s. 214 S. Phillips Ave. 3325333.

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Road Trip Anyone?

Experience all the fun, trendy, artsy hometown shops and spots in Beresford on the Beresford Day Trip. Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9. Just a short drive south of Sioux Falls for a great day with the girls.

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Sail in to Stride Rite for these darling boat shoes for your little skipper. Several colors for girls and boys available. Shown from $37.99 at Stride Rite. 2425 S. Shirley Ave. (605) 362-7728.

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Cool off during the heat wave with one of Kaladi’s new tea wave smoothies. Several delicious flavors to choose from. 26th & Minnesota, (605) 339-3322 or 10th & Phillips, 977-0888.

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Just grab this Bumble and bumble travel set - and off you go! Keep your tones true with this Color Minded set. Includes shampoo, conditioner & styling balm. $28 at Rainn Salon and Spa. 57th & Western. (605) 521-5099.

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Fun for all ages! And perfect for the beach. $24.99 at Kidtopia. 57th & Western. 334-4825.

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Treat dad to a delicious loaf of beer bread for Father’s Day. Available Saturday, June 16 at both Breadsmith locations. 609 W. 33rd St., (605) 338-1338 or 1813 S. Marion Rd. (605) 275-2338.

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Shop Forget Me Not Boutique’s large selection of unique garden accessories. Frog family shown $44. Forget Me Not Boutique. 57th & Western. 335-9878.

O Ball - Oh Boy!

Your little ones will love the O ball. It is easy to clutch, roll and Throw! Available in several colors. $7.99 $12.99 at Kids Stuff Super Store. 3109 S. Carolyn Ave. (605) 361-8636.

Delightfully Different

Use these delightfully different pear vases for your favorite stems, at each guest’s place setting or any spot that needs a little pick-me-up. $19 each at Twettens Interiors. 26th & Minnesota. (605) 275-3456.

Vintage Notes

Four ways to say “Hello” with these hand-illustrated, vintage note cards. Spark Stationery Love, 524 N Main Ave, Ste 100, (605) 413-6490.

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Ronning Companies selection gallery lets you browse everything from handles, to flooring to countertops and more. Call (605) 336-6000 to schedule your visit. 401 E. 12th Street. RonningHomes. com

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Live music every Friday and Saturday night at Carnival Brazilian Grill. Enjoy an eclectic and vibrant menu while listening to the sizzling sounds of the area’s best. Carnaval Brazilian Grill. 2401 S. Carolyn Avenue. 605-361-6328.

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campfire is watched very closely. However, camping with your children can be a very enriching experience. Kids love to spend time outdoors. Camping is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time as a family in a new environment filled with plenty of easy and fun activities to enjoy together. You can sit back, relax, and let your kids be as dirty and energetic as they want to be. From toddlers to teenagers, a camping trip is somewhat of a liberation for kids. They love being able to do everything outside, and having no indoor boundaries. Planned ahead of time, families can come up with some great activities to experience while camping. Here are some ideas to help kickstart your brainstorming session and inspire you to start digging out the sleeping bags and tents.

Nature Scavenger Hunt It only takes a quick look around the camping site to come up with ideas for things to find in a scavenger hunt. Specific types of flowers, trees, leaves, and animal tracks are all good things to add to the list. Activities can even be incorporated, such as catching a fish, skipping a rock, or hiking to the top of a hill. Get even more creative by creating a themed hunt, such as items beginning with each letter of the alphabet, using all of your senses, or a creature theme. Depending on the age of the kids involved, you can make it as easy or as difficult as you want to. Parents can even have their kids create a scavenger hunt for them to take part in.

Geocaching A real-world outdoor GPS treasure hunt, geocaching involves players trying to locate hidden containers, called

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geocaches, using a GPS unit. Before your camping trip, go to and enter the postal code of where you will be staying. Choose a geocache from the list and enter the coordinates of it into your GPS unit. There are several guidelines and tips on how to make your geocaching experience worthwhile, so be sure to check out all of the guidelines and instructions on the website.

Storytelling A classic camping activity, telling stories can be the perfect bonding experience for a family. Start a chain story, where one person begins by making up a plot and a few paragraphs, then passes it on to the next person. The story continues on until someone decides they are going to finish it. You may be surprised with what your family comes up with, and recording devices are highly encouraged, even if it is just with a notebook and pen!

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just mom and dad, and it could even be a surprise for them. If possible, have somebody be the narrator and read the lines while the actors perform. This will stir your children’s imaginations and encourage them to get as creative as possible.

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Although camping is a time to be carefree and adventurous, you should always be aware of the hidden dangers such as poison ivy and oak, and dangerous animals and insects. Come prepared with sunscreen and safety gear, depending on what your activities will be. With caution and supervision, your camping trip will be one to look forward to each year, and your children will have many memories to hold on to and pass on to their own families in the future. This month, Father’s Day is there perfect time to spark these family traditions.


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ather’s Day is near, and Dad is probably hoping to get a gift that is clever, creative, and full of love from his children. Here are a few ideas to try with your kids that will surely put a smile on his face.

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What you need: Dad’s old tie or one from the thrift store, craft stuffing or plastic grocery bags, a long thin object, a hot glue gun or sewing machine, 2 googly eyes or white buttons, and some red felt.

What you need: Empty round container with a lid, tape, scissors, glue, pen, crayons, construction paper, your choice of decorations.

Directions: Open the wide end of the tie by carefully removing the stitches with some scissors. Use a long thin object such as a pencil or a metal clothes hanger to guide the stuffing into the tie as far as possible. Stuff from each end of the tie until the entire tie is filled with stuffing. Carefully use a hot glue gun or a sewing machine to secure each end closed. (Adult’s job!) Cut out a snake tongue from the red felt and glue or sew the bottom to the inside of the wide end of the tie, creating the snake’s mouth. Glue or sew your eyes to the top of the wide end of the tie, and you now have a crafty snake.

Directions: Cut out a strip of construction paper and tape or glue it around the container. This will be the base of the design. Cut out various shapes from different colors of more construction paper and glue to the base, creating a theme or a random pattern. You may also use crayons, markers, or stickers to decorate the container to your liking. Use a crayon or marker to write your Father’s Day message on the outside. Cut out shapes from constriction paper and write something special on each one. These will be the “coupons”. Ideas for your children to write are “Bring Dad a treat” or “Give Dad a hug”. Your child will have fun closing their eyes and choosing a coupon to use on Dad this Father’s Day!

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What you need: 2 styrofoam or paper coffee cups, masking tape, scissors, paintbrush, white paint pen, black paper, gold craft paint, gold pipe cleaners, and a small square box. Directions: Tape the bottoms of the two cups together with masking tape. Completely cover the cups with gold paint and let dry. Poke two holes on either side of the top cup and insert gold pipe cleaners in order to make the handles. Tape the ends in place inside the cup. Paint the small square box gold for the base and glue the cups on top. Now all your trophy needs is a message, so cut out a piece of black paper and glue it to the box. Write your message on the black portion, such as “Best Dad Ever” or “# 1 Dad”.

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What you need: Cellophane bags of various sizes, Dad’s favorite treats, a computer, adhesive label paper, and printer. Directions: Transfer Dad’s favorite treats, such as peanuts, chips, or candy, into baggies of various sizes. Using your computer software program of choice, type out superhero phrases and get creative with the names of each treat. Some ideas are “Hero Juice”, “X-Ray Vision Pellets”, and “Flying Chips”. Be sure to make the font small enough to fit on the package or baggie the treat is in. Print these out and cut the labels into the appropriate size and shape for each treat. Adhere the labels onto each treat’s baggie. If the treat is a drink or a bar of some sort, don’t hesitate to stick the superhero label right over the original label. Put all of the treats into a box or a gift bag, and address it to “Our Very Own Superhero” or something of that nature.

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rom the hallway on the main level of Emily and Matt Erfman’s home, there is no indication that the nursery, belonging to 4 month-old son, Henry, is all that different from the adjacent rooms. But step inside, and perceptions quickly shift. The room is flooded with natural sunlight that illuminates the eccentric and offbeat details, and despite its quaint size and boxy shape, the room’s interior is bright, open, and lends plenty of storage space. To decide on the décor for the room, the couple looked to Emily’s mother, Ann Hanson, a designer at Twetten’s Interior Designs. They also opted to reuse multiple family heirlooms, many of which were used by Emily when she was a baby. There is evidence of the family’s sentimental nature everywhere. “The drapes in this room were mine when I was a little kid,” said Emily. “The crib was my dad’s and my sister, myself and my two Horner Ortho mag ad:Layout 1


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urena Hunter had no reason to expect that her third pregnancy would be any different from the birth of her first two children. When the 24-year-old Sioux Falls mom went into the clinic for an ultrasound to pinpoint her daughter’s due date, she looked forward to seeing those first grainy images of her growing child. But high volumes

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“This was going to be a very different kind of pregnancy, right from the start...” of fluid around the baby’s neck raised an alarm. “They could tell right away that something was wrong,” Jurena said. “We’d had no problems in the past. That’s what made this so very difficult for me.”

A Different Experience Jurena would learn her daughter had gastroschisis, a rare congenital disorder where an infant’s intestines stick out of the body through a defect on one side of the umbilical cord. She would have to be closely monitored throughout her pregnancy and plan for surgery to repair her daughter’s abdomen almost immediately after birth. “This was going to be a very different kind of pregnancy, right from the start,” Jurena said. “We needed to be prepared for what was coming and watch everything very, very closely.” “Normal pregnancies can suddenly become high risk when

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the pregnancy. Plans were made to induce labor when her daughter reached about 35 weeks to prevent in utero problems that sometimes happen in the later weeks of gestation with babies with gastroschisis.

A Happy Ending When Jurena delivered Elise on August 17, she had a troublefree birth. Immediately after Elise was born, she had surgery to repair her condition, followed by several weeks of recovery and learning how to feed and grow. By the time Elise was 28 days old, she got to go home. “She was a rock star during the process,” Jurena says. “Everyone said it was remarkable how fast she came back.” Today, Elise shows few signs of her early problems. She eats and functions normally and even her surgical scars are almost impossible to see. Her family’s experience is an example of the kind of care Sanford Fetal Care Center tries to provide for high-risk pregnancies, said Boyle. “She’s just incredible,” Jurena said. “We don’t have the words to express how happy we are and how grateful we are for the way that everybody took care of her and us.”

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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.

Zachary’s Ball by Matt Tavares When Zachary’s father catches a foul ball at Fenway Park and gives it to him, something really amazing happens. Zachary finds himself on the pitcher’s mound, wearing a Red Sox uniform and playing against New York! As long as Zachary has the ball, all his baseball fantasies seem to come true. But can he hold on to its magic? Zachary’s Ball, Matt Tavares’s debut picture book, is a perfect story for celebrating the 100th birthday of the setting that inspired it: Boston’s Fenway Park, the oldest park still in use by a major-league club - and one of the country’s most beloved ballparks. Ages 6 yrs - 10 yrs Candlewick Press

Amazing Pop-up Trucks by Robert Crowther How are car transporters loaded? Why do cement trucks have to hurry to the building site? What happens to your trash after the truck collects it from your house? Which is the biggest-ever monster truck? Do you know what a truck train is? Buckle up for a 3D, hands-on celebration of five of the most awesome trucks around from master paper engineer Robert Crowther. Ages 3 yrs and up Candlewick Press Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton George is a dog with all the best intentions. And his owner, Harry, has all the best hopes that George will be a well-behaved dog when he leaves him alone for the day. But when George spies a delicious cake sitting on the kitchen table, his resolve starts to waver. You see, George loves cake...Uh-oh. What to do now? It’s so hard to be a good dog when there are cats to chase and flowers to dig up! What ever will Harry say when he gets back? Chris Haughton’s fetchingly funny story and vibrant, retro illustrations are sure to lure dog lovers of all ages - and anyone who has ever met a temptation too good to resist. Ages 2 yrs and up Candlewick Press

Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen Randy Riley loves two things: science and baseball. When it comes to the solar system, the constellations, and all things robot, Randy is a genius. But on the baseball diamond? Not so much. He tries . . . but whiffs every time. Then, one night, Randy sees something shocking through his Space Boy telescope: it’s a fireball, and it’s headed right for his town! Randy does the math, summons all of his science smarts, and devises a plan that will save the day in a spectacular way. Once again, Chris Van Dusen winds up his visual humor, dizzying perspectives, perfect pacing, and rollicking rhyme and delivers a hit to make readers stand up and cheer. Ages 4 yrs - 7 yrs Candlewick Press

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Under the Hood by Christophe Merlin Welcome to Mr. Bear’s garage! His car has broken down, so it’s a lucky thing he’s a mechanic. But where did all his helpers go? In the trunk? Behind the door? And where is that strange noise coming from? Nostalgically illustrated and lovingly crafted, each spread of this delightful book features nested flaps and foldouts revealing missing characters, special tools, and a few unexpected mechanical secrets. So roll up your sleeves, check under the hood, and get ready for a humorous, hands-on adventure from the mechanic’s shop to the road and back again. Ages 3 yrs and up Candlewick Press

There Goes Ted Williams The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived by Matt Tavares Ted Williams lived a life of dedication and passion. He was an ordinary kid who wanted one thing: to hit a baseball better than anyone else. So he practiced his swing every chance he got. He did fingertip push-ups. He ate a lot of food. He practiced his swing again. And then practiced it some more. From his days playing ball in North Park as a kid to his unmatched .406 season in 1941 to his heroic tours of duty as a fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, the story of Teddy Ballgame is the story of an American hero. In this engrossing biography, a companion to Henry Aaron’s Dream, Matt Tavares makes Ted Williams’s life story accessible to a whole new generation of fans who are sure to admire the hard work, sacrifice, and triumph of the greatest hitter who ever lived. Ages 6 yrs - 10 yrs Candlewick Press

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure by National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance It all starts with a train rushing through the night....Well, actually, it starts when Jon Scieszka, former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, writes a cliff-hanger episode and passes it on to the next member of a cast of celebrated writers and illustrators, who continues the story and passes it on. And what happens between episodes one and twentyseven? Think werewolves and mad scientists, a talking pig, plenty of explosions, a blue Star Wars lunchbox, two meatballs, a whole army of villains and varmints, and one just plain bad egg. Not to mention our heroes, eleven-year-old twins Nancy and Joe, raised in a circus, who must find the pieces of a Top-Secret Robot in order to rescue their parents before . . . tick, tick, tick! Ages 9 yrs - 12 yrs Candlewick Press

Demolition by Sally Sutton From the huge crane with a swinging ball (crack!) to the toothy jaws that ram the walls (thwock!), this rambunctious demolition, reverberating with sound words, is guaranteed to have small kids rapt. Bright spreads showcase the gargantuan machines in all their glory, and a pictorial glossary explains what each one can do. What’s even more exciting to preschoolers than seeing big machines that build things? Watching the massive ones that tear them down! Ages 3 yrs - 7 yrs Candlewick Press

Pop-Up London by Jennie Maizels Welcome to the great city of London! Are you ready for your tour? Open this inviting, largeformat book and follow the river Thames as it winds through the heart of the celebrated capital. Peer inside Buckingham Palace, spin the London Eye, whisper in Saint Paul’s Cathedral gallery, and raise the historic Tower Bridge. Lift the flaps, and you’ll find famous faces, spooky stories, and surprising secrets. Turn the book around to look inside buildings and find out even more. Be inspired by the magic of London in three dimensions. Ages 5 yrs - 9 yrs Candlewick Press

The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle Meet the Jolley-Rogers - a pirate family who is moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town, while they fix up their ship. This unusual family soon has the whole neighborhood gossiping. Defying the grown-ups, Matilda becomes friends with young pirate Jim Lad. When the Jolley Rogers return to sea, the town realizes that they were wrong to assume the worst when it is discovered that the pirates have buried treasure in everyone’s yard. The neighbors are thrilled, but Matilda is sad to have lost her new friend, until she discovers her own treasure - a pen pal! Ages 3 yrs and up Candlewick Press

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hand. We sat down with Executive Director Lori Kiesow to learn more about how preserving the past and planting for the future combine to provide an educational new experience in the area.

So what exactly is an arboretum?

I came on board to help raise money during the Chamber of Commerce-approved capital campaign in May of 2008. I was trying to get back into this type of field—working with trees and plants— because I had worked for a nursery for 12 years before that.

An arboretum is basically an educational tree garden. In arboretums, you label the trees you plant so when somebody comes in who doesn’t know anything about trees, they can learn about them. The plants are labeled, the trees are labeled, and the bushes are labeled. We’ve labeled the ones we’ve planted, but we haven’t gotten all of the existing ones done yet.

My thumb isn’t very green, so I’m not very well versed in all of the different species of plants and such. Aside from the work you’re doing to label the trees, how do you know how many different types of living things actually exist here at the arboretum? Have you ever heard of a Bio Blitz? You take a specific amount of time (we chose four hours), and you invite scientists in to see how many species—plants, animals, trees, insects, everything— that they can find in the given period of time. We had about 13 or 14 scientists at our blitz, and we came up with 484 species that they found. It was awesome. It was so much fun!

Are arboretums common across the country? There aren’t that many around here. There is a self-guided one down near Freeman, and, actually, McCrory Gardens just recently added “arboretum” to their name when they built their new facility in Brookings. The closest one that is fully staffed is in Chanhassen, MN, and it’s part of the University of Minnesota. Many arboretums are part of a university, and they are typically teaching facilities. Hopefully someday we will be connected with one of the local educational facilities.

Speaking of fun, I see a Children’s Garden shown on the plans for the site. What will that entail? Yes, it’s in the plans for 2014. Some of it will be sensory—

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smell and touch, bright colorful things, fragrant things—so that you can teach children about fuzzy leaves, smooth shiny leaves, and all those kind of things.

So it will be interactive? It’s not a “don’t touch” kind of thing? No, that’s the thing about arboretums. They typically aren’t a “don’t touch” kind of place. They are a place that we encourage you to touch things and feel things and smell things. It’s very visual. We had an Arbor Day celebration here recently and had three classes of 2nd graders visit. We planted a tree, took a hike, looked over the bridge, and then we came down to the field and said, “Now you get to run and play!” And they looked at their teachers like, “We don’t ever get to do this!” They ran, they played, they rolled in the grass.

The name of the organization also includes “East Sioux Falls Historic Site.” Tell us more about that. Where we are located used to be a town called East Sioux Falls, and it was a quarry town. This is where they quarried all the pink quartzite used to build the Old Courthouse Museum and the Federal Courthouse downtown. They also made cobblestones that were sent as far as Chicago to build streets. They even sent pink quartzite all the way to New York City where there is still a cathedral—St. John’s Cathedral—built out of the pink quartzite from East Sioux Falls. It used to be a town of about 800 people, but when the quarry went out of business, the town pretty much dried up. If you go down into the trees, you’ll see the remains of some of the dwellings. We actually had Dr. Adrien Hannus [Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Archeology Laboratory at Augustana College] come out here and locate all of the artifacts before we started digging. He located each home site and has them all mapped out so we don’t disturb anything. There is also an old railroad bed that we will turn into a walking trail.

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I see there are currently signs near the entrance that provide a brief history of the site. Will there be more to explore in the Educational Center? The [Educational Center] building will go up this summer and will be completed right before Christmas. We will have computers and microscopes—things that teachers would want to use to explore the nature side—but the Educational Center will also show what was grown back in those days. The schoolhouse we’re building is a replica of the schoolhouse that was out here at that time. We’ve collected old desks, chalkboards, and other furnishings for this museum-type room so people can see what a classroom looked like back then.

It sounds like—in addition to being a nature lover—you’re also a museum curator of sorts. (Laughs) Well kind of, yeah. I didn’t know this stuff before I came onboard this project, but the history is pretty amazing. We have an education and a historical committee; I’m very fortunate to have both. Our education committee has been working on this project for several years now.

Part of your vision for this venture is “to nurture connections between plants and people, past and present.” How do plants help bring history to life? Looking at the history helps us answer questions like what types of plants did people grow back in the 1800s? And how did they change? And why did they grow them? For the most part, back in those days, things were planted for a purpose. They planted trees to be a shelter belt or they planted shrubs to be the underlying of that shelter belt. They planted crops to feed themselves. Things were not like today where we can have a whole yard full of flowers and it’s for nothing other than enjoyment. For the most part, if they planted things, it was for a purpose. Looking back at the past in this way helps us to understand that we live in a pretty privileged world.

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


y first dog was a small brown and white terrier mix called Snoopy. She was smart, active and tried to be as cool as her namesake. She came to our house when I was nine years old. She was so tiny, that she fit into a baseball hat for naps. My dad found her at the Humane Society in Sioux Falls. She was very young and fragile, but she soon grew into beautiful, rabbit chasing machine. She was the first house dog in our family. It certainly raised a stir with grandma and some neighbors. Oh how the world has changed. My grandmother was sure I was going to catch some serious germs and the neighbors saw it as pure foolishness. They were not afraid to tell us either. In 1969, many thought dogs were dirty creatures that needed to stay outside. We certainly should not allow them into the house, let alone sleep in the bed. OOF DA! Society has changed a lot since Snoopy came to our house. Even some of the neighbors broke down and got house pets. Our world is noisy, fast and sometimes not easy to live in. The constant of a pet’s companionship helps give us balance. Maybe that’s why pets have becomes so important.

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Now, Snoopy had a tough job. She had to help do chores, fetch balls and take naps with me even if she wasn’t tired. She even had to come along for car rides! More importantly, she was my confidant to life’s problems and secrets. Dogs are usually good at keeping secrets, unless it involves food. Pets are great for kids, as long as the pet “fits” the family. Some are even so good at being our best friend that the house rotates around them. They provide us with companionship, happiness and affection without a price. I know pets that have trust funds, guardianships and their own cars. Now I hope that they are just riding and not driving those cars, but it shows how valued these relationships are. Snoopy and the dogs that followed her in our family were important in my decision to become a Veterinarian. It makes it easy for me to understand their place in our hearts. Snoopy has long passed away, but her memories are as fresh as yesterday. She was a great experience and an important part of my life. I hope all of you have the same great memories of your first pet. And by the way, Thanks Dad for the puppy!


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Ali & Lucy, best friend of Kelsey Dahl & Brandon Koolstra

Charlie, best friend of Adam & Sarah Brink

Izzy, best friend of Leah K. & Tyler S.

Clifford, best friend of Paige & Brady

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Jack, best friend of Allice

Duke, best friend of Jeff Rath

Gigi & Buddy, best friends of the Weisbeckers

Jack, best friend of Zinta

Kaya, best friend of Travis and Ashley Ahlers

Ginger, best friend of Doug, Keri, Jared & Natalie

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Darby, best friend of Belinda and Pat Schumacher

Oreo, best friend of Pam & John Dahl

Rudy, best friend of Susan Erschens

Sandy, best friend of Kim & Dan Schutz

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 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.

Suzy, best friend of Marlyn & Beverly Jacobson

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Festival of Progress by Tom Godbey and Bruce Blake


Festival of Progress Split Rock Park, Garretson

he Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) granted a $440,000 relief loan to South Dakota in 1932, the third year of the Great Depression. Garretson became one of five towns in the county allotted funds. Its City Council then proposed to give work to 47 unemployed men by building a dam “across Split Rock River.” RFC funds were to be used for wages with the SD Fish & Game to provide materials. Men were not paid in cash, only in orders for food and clothing from local merchants. In 1935 Works Progress Administration (WPA) replaced the RFC. It approved the City Council’s plans to build a stone bath house, add four feet in height to the dam, prepare a beach, and build a “bridge across Gulch stream.” Garretson celebrated the completion of its new civic projects during a three day “Festival of Progress” that began July 16, 1936. On opening day almost 7000 persons attended while five high school bands gave concerts. New improvements formally dedicated were Split Rock Park, including the dam and bath house, the stone fishing bridge, and a municipal airport. The woman who submitted the name chosen for the new park was awarded $5. DEDICATED IN 2011 BY CITY OF GARRETSON & GARRETSON & MINNEHAHA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETIES.

Precarious Diving Board is OK Note the unusual diving board contraption on top of the dam! Also the single wire fence that offered limited protection to divers walking across the dam to the stepladder. Divers then climbed these steps up to the diving board and dived off into deep water on the upstream side of the dam. Also note the drive pipe which begins on the upstream side, passes through the dam, and continues on the downstream side. It then bends sharply down below the surface of the water to the hydraulic ram pump. Image owner: City of Garretson.

A Hydraulic Ram Pump Makes Water Run Uphill! For many summers a hydraulic ram pump supplied a small, steady stream of water uphill day and night to a storage tank, thereby making fresh water available in the bath house for showers and toilets. The source of the water was Split Rock River (1). Water from the upstream side of the dam flowed through a pipe built through the dam to the downstream side of the dam where it rushed down through a drive pipe (2) to the hydraulic ram pump (3). Water then escaped out of the hydraulic ram pump’s waste valve (4) until enough pressure was built up inside the pump to close the outlet. This forced the water through a check valve (5) into the bath house storage tank (8). When the check valve closed, the water in the drive pipe (2) (just as the air did in the compartment) rebounded for a moment. This action created a partial vacuum which allowed the waste valve (4) to drop open again, and the entire cycle then repeated. Image owner: City of Garretson.

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