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Parenting & Pregnancy Parents: Be Aware of Serious Threats to Your Teen 76

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Cindy Sonnenschein wanted her dad to get his heart checked. As a Father’s Day gift, she gave her dad, Clayton, a Planet Heart Gift Certificate. He made an appointment, and to the family’s surprise, the staff at Avera Heart Hospital discovered a life threatening heart condition. His entire life, Clayton was active, never overweight and exercised everyday. “Heart disease is a silent killer, you don’t have to have symptoms,” Cindy says. Clayton, now a heart disease survivor, encourages others to get their heart checked. “This is a wonderful program that Avera has going, and I think everyone should participate in it.”

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he Spezia and Bracco family of Sioux Falls has welcomed a new addition with Starz, a great retro bar atmosphere serving stadium-style food. While they offer a wide variety of beers (16 taps) and wine, they have quickly become known for tapping their “old school brewz” like Hamm’s, Schlitz, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Old Style. With that lineup, Starz features many great happy hour specials that you won’t want to miss.

The other feature that sets this place apart is its extensive collection of authentic sports memorabilia. Owners Dave Thompson and Rick Thompson first had the idea for a retro-themed sports bar and restaurant years ago and actually started collecting various legendary sports items at that time. Then, it was just a matter of waiting for the right time and opportunity. Their favorite pieces, which certainly add to the retro

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atmosphere, are the vintage, collectible beer signs and neon signs that hang around the bar and seating area. “We hear ‘Wow!’ a lot when customers come in,” says Jason Olson, general manager. “They are either finding items from their favorite sports legends or checking out the old articles and beer ads from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s.” Some of those legends you can find inside Starz include certified autographs of Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron and the famed United States Hockey Team. “We have hundreds of certified autographs from sports legends,” Olson says. “The Hank Aaron tribute piece actually includes his autographed hat, original 1954 Fleer rookie card, and autographed baseball. It’s really kind of like a museum of collectibles in here.” Whatever your sport – baseball, football, golf, soccer, basketball – you will likely find your favorites somewhere inside Starz. Whether it is their autographs, or their images on a cover of one of the more than 300 framed vintage Sports Illustrated magazines that provide a running border throughout the restaurant. There is so much great memorabilia to see on the walls that you may forget to watch the live sporting events, although it would be a bit of a challenge to not see the games when you are surrounded by fifteen 55-inch TVs and the giant 80” inch screen. They even have two more TVs outside to enjoy during patio season. Starz carries all the major sports packages for television, so you’ll never miss your team play.

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Certainly, the theme is built around sports, but that doesn’t mean that food plays second string. You get all the stadium experience without needing your coats and blankets with a menu line-up that includes burgers, brats, hotdogs and the classic Philly steak sandwich and a twist on nachos that features tater tots. Gather with friends for a game and snack on fried pickle spears, wings, mini corn dogs, gizzards (or gizzardz to be true to the Starz spelling!), fried mac ‘n’ cheese or jalapeno poppers. Oh, and don’t forget their famous Kaufhold’s Kurds – original,

hand-breaded Wisconsin cheese curds. With colder weather ahead, warm up with a cup of chili or beer cheese soup. Go beyond the burger with fish & chips or the smoked Boston Butt Bar-B-Que sandwich. Need comfort food? Try the Starz lunch or dinner plates with hot pot roast or housemade meatloaf. For breakfast lovers, Starz has something for you, too. All day, every day starting at 10am, they’re serving classic eggs and bacon to the unique chili and cheese omelet…as well as Spam and eggs! If you stay for an entire game, that means you’ll have room for dessert, like fried cheesecake bites or some retro favorites like the Nestle ice cream bar, orange push-up or the original drumstick cone. And, if you pick up a gift card, you can use them at any of the family of restaurants – Starz, Spezia or Bracco. While the décor takes center stage at Starz, the owners know very well that it takes more than that to build a business. “We are very excited that we were finally able to make this dream a reality,” say Dave Thompson and Rick Thompson. “After collecting these sports and retro pieces for years, it’s great to share them with everyone. But, having been in the restaurant business for a long time now, we know that everything depends on the quality and consistency of food and excellent service. And we are pleased we can do that throughout our family of restaurants.”

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Halloween Candy Buyback Thursday, November 1 • 4pm - 7pm • 3508 S. Minnesota Ave Ste. 108 Come meet Dr. Kari Bolen at Family Dentistry at our annual Halloween Candy Buyback. Dr. Kari Bolen will be paying children $1.00 per pound of candy they donate. All candy collected will be send to Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit, nationally recognized organization that send care packages to our deployed military. INFO (605) 339-0219. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof November 2 & 3 • Orpheum Theater The Sioux Empire Community Theater opens its 10th season next week with a Pulitzer Prize-winning, acclaimed playwright by Tennessee Williams. Local talent will be showcased like never before in this dramatic depiction of a 1950s plantation family during turbulent times. Times, tickets and INFO www.siouxfallstheatre.com

Nearly Wild Band at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, November 2 • noon - 1pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street The Nearly Wild Band will perform in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch or purchase one. (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com Dan Mahar Live November 2 & 3 • Carvaval Brazilian Grill 2401 South Carolyn Avenue Join us for live music by Dan Mahar. INFO (605) 361-6328.

Stampede Hockey Home Games: Nov. 2, 3, 10, 16, 17, 21, 23 & 30 Sioux Falls Arena The Sioux Falls Stampede are members of the Tier 1 Junior United States Hockey League. The team is filled with players from all over the world and competes in 64 regular season home games. (605) 336-6060. First Friday Friday, November 2 • 10am Downtown Sioux Falls A special day of shopping, art and entertainment downtown! Many stores stay open late until 8pm. Monthly theme: Downtown Gives Kick Off. INFO (605) 338-4009.

Benson’s Flea Market November 3 & 4 • W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Benson’s Flea Market features everything you can imagine, big and little, old and new, heavy and light! INFO (605) 367-7178. First Lutheran Church Bazaar Saturday, November 3 • 9am - 3pm • 327 S. Dakota Ave. The bazaar features: Food Butikk: pies, lefse, rosettes, krumkake Scandinavian buffet: meatballs, sweet soup, ris creme, open-faced sandwiches; Specialty shops: attic treasures, antiques, variety boutique, quilts, linens, garden and wood shops, used books; Christmas gifts and more. All proceeds from the bazaar are donated to mission work in Sioux Falls, across the country and abroad. INFO (605) 336-3734.

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Horsey Halloween Saturday, November 3 • 5pm - 8pm • 46622 267th Street, Sioux Falls We will be offering horseback riding from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, food, costume contests, and games. So come dressed in your Halloween finest and enjoy the festivities in our heated facility! There will be a $5 admission, $20 for family 6 or less and children under 5 FREE. INFO 361-3334 or visit www.pparabians.com.

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All Saints Celebration - For Kids Sun, Nov. 4 • 9:30am - 10:30am • Calvary Cathedral • 500 S. Main Ave. Join us as we celebrate the Feast of All Saints. Come dressed as your favorite saint and join the fun as we bob for apples, paint pumpkins and more! Call the church office to reserve your space. 336-3486.

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Sioux Falls Quilters Guild Thursday, November 8 • 6:45pm Southern Hills Methodist Church • 3400 E. 49th Street The Sioux Falls Quilters Guild Meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Each month includes a program and show and tell. The purpose of our guild is to encourage a wider appreciation of quilting; to raise and maintain standards of design, individual ideas and expression; and to keep interest alive by promoting local quilt projects and programs and doing charitable works. INFO (605) 371-1714. Sanford PROMISE Community Lecture Series Thursday, November 8 • 5:30 pm Sanford Center – Dakota Room • 2301 East 60th Street-North David A. Pearce, PhD, Vice President of Research, Sanford Health. Director, Children’s Health Research Center, Sanford Research/USD will present The Present and Future of Sanford Research: Advancing Biomedical Science in Sioux Falls. INFO 605-312-6590

Open House November 9 & 10 Our new shop is formed by our love for God & our love for beautiful things. We look forward to sharing it with you. • Beautiful Home Decor • Decor, Lighting and Color Consultation • Espresso, Smoothies and Decadent Desserts • Party Room Available for Get Togethers 518 Cliff Avenue, Harrisburg, SD • (605) 213-3200 Owner: Cyndee Wagner & Deb Teunissen

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Wining Women Thursday, November 8 • 6pm Strawbale Winery • 47215 257th St. Renner, SD Join us for our Wining Women for exciting speakers, demonstrations, shopping for the unusual, hands on activities, or dancing. INFO www. strawbalewinery.com/events or (605) 543-5071. The Ballroom Dance Club Friday, November 9 • 8pm - 11:30pm • El Riad Shrine • 14th and Phillips Dance music by C.J.Rusken. Guests welcome with tickets $10 each at the door, membership available. Dressy/business casual attire requested. (605) 528-5653. Chris Champion Trio Live November 9 & 10 • Carvaval Brazilian Grill • 2401 South Carolyn Avenue Join us for live music by the Chris Champion Trio. INFO (605) 361-6328. Divas, Dish & Design Night November 9 • 7pm - 10pm • Color Me Mine Grab your friends and join us for an evening of creativity and fun! Paint the pieces shown in the brand new easy-to-apply embossing technique or choose any piece you like. Shown $36 and $60. Please call to make your reservation. Color Me Mine. 3709 W. 41st St. (605) 362-6055.

Gordy Pratt at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, November 9 • noon - 1pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Gordy Pratt will perform Classical Guitar and Comedy in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum. Bring your lunch or purchase one. (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com

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Sioux Empire Arts and Crafts Show November 9 & 10 • W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Our event features only handcrafted and handmade items by the most talented local artists and crafters in the Midwest. INFO (605) 332-6000. Abbey Road - Live Tribute to the Beatles Saturday, November 10 • 6:30pm • El Riad Shrine • 510 S. Phillips Ave. Tickets are available at El Riad Shrine, all Lewis Drug stores, or any Sprint Car Unit member. Must be 21 to attend. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. Reserved Tables (includes 10 tickets) are available for $125 ea. Call 336-1117 for tickets. Proceeds from this event to benefit the El Riad Sprint Car Unit. INFO (605) 336-1117.

National Eating Healthy Day November 10 • 2pm • Strawbale Winery • Renner, S.D. Avera McKennan Hospital executive chef Amanda Viau will be hosting a live cooking demonstration at Strawbale Winery to show consumers how simple it can be to cook healthy, inexpensive meals for their family and friends. The National Eating Healthy Day program is sponsored by the S.D. Beef Industry Council and will show attendees ways to put heart-healthy beef on their table this Holiday season. The event offers consumers basic cooking skills and techniques to get started and inspired – and have fun! INFO 605-360-2542.

Kid’s Activity Day Gobble, Gobble! at the Old Courthouse Museum Thursday, November 15 • 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Learn about history and make your own crafts to take home. 15 minute sessions run throughout morning and afternoon times. Call to reserve times. Free Admission. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www. siouxlandmuseums.com Carvaval Brazilian Grill Wine Hunt Dinner November 15 • 2401 South Carolyn Avenue $85 per person. Please call for reservations. INFO (605) 361-6328.

2012 Winter Wonderland Kick Off Friday, November 16 • 6pm • Falls Park • 900 N. Phillips Ave. Please join us for the flipping of the switch! Children can visit Santa & Mrs. Claus, reindeer and other animals. This event is free for the entire family. Park downtown and ride the free Trolley to Falls Park. INFO (605) 336-1620.

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Trains at Christmas Saturday, November 17 • 10am • W. H. Lyon Fairgrounds Sioux Valley Model Engineers Society is sponsoring its annual Trains at Christmas 2012 swap meet and model train exposition. Several operating layouts will be on hand, as well as model trains, toy trains, books and memorabilia for sale or trade. INFO (605) 373-0222.

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Festival of Trees November 16 & 17 • Avera Prairie Center The Festival of Trees is Southeastern Behavioral HealthCare’s annual fundraiser. The Festival features a Gala on Friday, November 16th, which includes a live and silent auction where beautiful trees and wreaths are sold. The Festival is known as the kick-off to the holiday season. Make plans to join us! INFO www.southeasternbh.org or (605) 336-0510.

BB King in Concert November 17 • 9pm • Grand Falls Casino • Larchwood, IA Tickets $60, $65 & $70 at Grand Falls Casino. Tickets can be purchased online at grandfallscasinoresort.com, by calling (712) 777-7777, or in person at our Gift Shop. Sea & Sky Saturday Saturday, November 17 • 10am 4320 S. Oxbow Ave • Sertoma Butterfly House Migration Celebration. Discover where the monarch butterflies go and why. Learn how you can help them with their migration. Craft for children will be designing a 3-D butterfly with foam and glue. INFO (605) 334-9466.

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Old Courthouse Museum Saturday, November 17 • 10am Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Take a look behind the closed doors of the Old Courthouse Museum and see the artifact storage and work areas. Free Admission. Call (605) 367-4210 to register. www.siouxlandmuseums.com

Starlab Inflatable Planetarium at the Old Courthouse Museum Sunday, November 18 • 1,2,3 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Discover the night sky, explore the constellations! Starlab is a program for adults and children over the age of 5. Not recommended for those not comfortable in the dark. Tickets only $1, program begins promptly on the hour with no late entry. Groups of 8 or more, please call ahead. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com Build Your Service Business-Before the Business Plan WORKshop November 20 • 3500 S. Kiwanis Ave, Ste. 104 Rebecca Wiener, Business Strategy Mentor will help you create a profitable and balanced way to grow your service business--from discovering your ideal client to setting personal boundaries and finding balance between your business and personal life. This is a WORKshop, you won’t leave with another binder to fill your shelf. You’ll have systems in place so your business fits your life. Please call 605-940-8389 or visit www.YourSavvyStartup.com/Workshops Sparkle & Shine November 20 • 6pm Under the Christmas lights at Landscape Garden Center $60 includes wine tasting, appetizers and Riedel wine glass. All proceeds go to Susan G. Komen. INFO www.feistyfighter.org South Dakota Acoustic Christmas Group Friday, November 23 • noon - 1pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street

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Victorian Tea Party at the Pettigrew Home & Museum Sunday, November 25 • 2pm Pettigrew Home & Museum • 131 N. Duluth Avenue Enjoy Fall in true Victorian fashion at the historic Pettigrew Home & Museum. Learn about the history of tea while enjoying a delicious tea blend. Space is limited for this adult program. Call (605) 367-7097 to register. Free Admission. INFO www.siouxlandmuseums.com

2012 Kyle Knutson Live November 23 & 24 • Carvaval Brazilian Grill • 2401 South Carolyn Avenue Join us for live music by Kyle Knutson. INFO (605) 361-6328.

Christmas at the Western Mall Friday, November 23 - Kickoff • 5:30 - 9:30pm • Runs through January 1, 2013. The Western Mall • 2101 W. 41st St. Enjoy Joe Noe’s beautiful digital light display set to music in the warmth of the Western Mall. Free-will donations support Make-A-Wish ® South Dakota. INFO visit www.westernmallchristmas.com. Downtown Parade of Lights November 23 • 7:30pm Bring the family to enjoy the dazzling lighted holiday floats and music on historic Phillips Avenue from 14th Street to 5th Street. The 21st Annual Parade of Lights is the official start to the downtown holiday season! INFO 338-4009.

Main Stage Ballet & Dance Academy presents “The Nutcracker” Saturday, November 24 • 2pm & 7pm and Sunday, November 25 • 2pm Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Sioux Falls A delightful classic for the entire family filled with dance, beautiful costuming and scenery. Tickets $25 for adults/$12 for ages 11 & under. Reserved seating only. Tickets available by calling (605) 838-5272 or visit mainstageballet.com. Photos with Santa Saturday, November 24 • 10am J&L Harley-Davidson • 2601 W. 60th St. North Stop on out for photos with Santa on his Harley! Cost is $10 and you receive a photo CD with several poses as well as reproduction rights! INFO (605) 334-2721.

Ceili Dance Program Thursday, November 29 • 6:30 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Ceili (pronounced KAY-lee) is an Irish social dance. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced dancer, Ceili dancing is a fun and energetic way to spend an evening. Free Admission. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www. siouxlandmuseums.com Mini Sports Camp Thursday, November 29 • 10:30am - 11:30am 400 N. Valley View Road • MariCar Community Center We will have you running and jumping into a variety of sports! Please wear tennis shoes. For ages 4-5. Register by November 26. $5 admission. Hosted by Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation. INFO (605) 367-8222.

Dakota String Quartet Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, November 30 • noon - 1pm • Old Courthouse Museum • 200 W. Sixth St The Dakota String Quartet will perform classical music in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch or purchase one. (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com The Apostles Live November 30 & December 1 Carvaval Brazilian Grill • 2401 South Carolyn Avenue Join us for live music by the Apostles. INFO (605) 361-6328.


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cause it to become less taboo and those that need help will be less afraid to ask for it; that people will learn the warning signs and be able to reach out to their peers. Although, it is still unknown just how far this organization will spread, it is very clear that the members are very enthusiastic about the mission and dedicated to continuing its extension. Already, there is interest across the nation and even some outside of the United States. Support is appreciated in every way, whether it be directly with the organization or taking the time to help a neighbor. The mission of Lost and Found is accomplished if it is on the large scale or on an individual level. Of course the group would like to help as many as possible, but even if just one life is saved by the actions of this organization, then the goals will be fulfilled. Suicide is preventable, many times all it takes is to be a friend to a neighbor.

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major home remodel is a daunting enough task to try once, but Jon and Suzanne Veenis were up to the challenge twice, as they created a comfortable, inviting environment at their home in a quiet cul-de-sac in the southern part of Sioux Falls. The first project started when they moved into the house in 2001, replacing the kitchen cupboards, adding wood floors throughout the house and taking out a basement wall to

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transform a bedroom into a warm family room. This allowed the basement area to become a great entertaining space. The family room has a built-in along the length of one wall to serve as storage, a desk and a spot for the TV. On the other side of the staircase is the pool table, a unique, Brunswick-labeled “pool chair� with a foot rest and a cutout in the arm rest for your pool cue. The room is ready for fun, with an extra oven,

microwave and refrigerator for easy entertaining. The lower level has several special touches, such as the crocheting basket Jon’s mom had used, with her yarn still just as it was, and old books from Suzanne’s grandparents – Swiss Family Robinson and Kids Say the Darndest Things by Art Linkletter. Hanging above the table with the books is a framed picture of the World War II ship on which Jon’s father served.

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Her “prized possessions” also hang on the basement walls – four framed prints of Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms.” “I’ve always been politically active,” says Suzanne, “and these really speak to what our country was founded on. These freedoms are not to be taken lightly.” These 1940s prints, which Suzanne found for just $10 on eBay and had framed locally, feature the Freedom from Fear,

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Freedom of Worship, Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Want. Rockwell’s art, which was always featured in the Saturday Evening Post, was paired with text from authors of that era. Even after all the work they did during that first go-around of updates, Suzanne says, “I knew we had one more remodel in us,” and they went to work on the upper level, with the help of Kruetzfeldt Construction, opening up the back of the house with big windows to bring the outdoors in. They also took out a wall in the dining room. “It was a fairly traditional dining room,” says Suzanne, “but it was so closed in. It was almost like a prison sentence…you go into the dining room but you never get out!” Once the wall came out, they added beautiful wood columns between the kitchen and dining room. It adds definition to the two spaces, but they still flow together for nice entertaining space. “Everyone was always in the kitchen anyway,” she said. The decorating scheme for the living room was built around a

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single piece of art. On one wall hangs a majestic black and white print of a group of buffalo. From a distance, you might think it was a painted print. But, as you get closer, you realize that it is a photograph of adult buffalo with two calves that were caught in a snowstorm. This impressive picture was captured in the Black Hills by Sioux Falls resident Tom Dempster. The dark grey walls, white woodwork and silver accents create the perfect backdrop to make the print stand out. And, the color scheme gives a clean, contemporary – yet inviting – look to the room. “To me, this buffalo print just exudes strength,” Suzanne explains. “I’m South Dakota born and raised, and I have such a respect for our state. This picture, along with some of the other touches around the house, gives us the opportunity to celebrate where we live.” Those other “touches” of South Dakota include tall prairie grasses in containers inside the house and planted outside, an

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animal hide rug in the upstairs office and a striking Paul Schiller color photograph of the Missouri River in the entryway. Suzanne and Jon approached the remodeling project under the guidance of advice from the Kruetzfeldts: pick the things you really want to keep and either store the rest or give it away to someone who needs it. Glass-front cabinets and open shelves thePage kitchen that 10.15.12 ETC syverson_Layout 1 10/15/12 7:52inAM 1

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Suzanne says were once “crammed” with glassware and knickknacks now feature the glassware they use most or unique pieces they really want to display like their “Northern Lights” series of glass bowls with swirling colors that you can almost see moving under the cabinet’s lights. The kitchen is spacious, with a center, granite-topped island with a gas cooktop and plenty of storage. They had also

added a matching high table at one end of the island, which Suzanne says was a favorite place for their daughter Katie to do homework when she was younger. Katie just went off to college, but they keep her close with photos around the house, including a recent family picture taken near 8th & Railroad Center downtown. The photo shows a smiling young woman excited about the next phase of her life

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“I keep saying that when I retire, I will learn to play,” says Suzanne. The large south-facing window allows the warm sun to come into the room. Jon and Suzanne placed an open-back sofa directly in front of the window to create a spot that Suzanne says is “the best for naps.” The white railing with dark metal spindles carries their clean, contemporary look upstairs. Katie’s room remains as it was, providing an oasis for her when she comes home from school. They had redecorated the room a few years ago in beautiful browns, teals and purples as a 16th birthday present, and they picked classic pieces that Suzanne says Katie could take with her one day when she has a home of her own. The office provides a little nostalgia with an old wooden desk that belonged to Jon’s grandparents and a wood office chair that was his father’s. Three square photos spaced on one wall tell more of the story from the recent family photo session downtown. Jon and Suzanne have their own retreat in a master bedroom with a high tray ceiling and a wood bed frame with a tall headboard that fills the space nicely. Suzanne says this was another room that she really focused on “minimizing.” “I really wanted to keep it simple – almost like a clean, elegant hotel look.” The focus on simplifying and bringing the outdoors and a bit of South Dakota inside resulted in a home that the Veenis family truly enjoys. “Honestly, we had a lot of stuff,” Suzanne says. “We got rid of a lot of stuff and brought in some new. Now, we have what we really want.”

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Mix the marshmallow cream and the peanut butter together and shape into balls. Chill for an hour. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler and dip the balls into the chocolate and set on waxed paper. Drizzle white almond bark on the top if desired.

Easy Oreo Truffles 1 pound Oreo cookies....3 sleeves 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened 1 pound chocolate almond bark Grind the cookies into a fine powder and add the cream cheese and mix until no traces of the white cheese show. Roll into small balls and chill for an hour. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and dip the chilled balls into the chocolate.

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Mix cake mix, margarine and egg in a large bowl. This will be a thick mixture to work with, so you may find it easier to use your hands. Press into a greased 9x13 inch cake pan. Top the cake mixture with the broken cookies then the condensed milk and lastly the chocolate chips. Bake at 350˚ for 2325 minutes. After cooling for 5 minutes, run a knife around the edges to loosen, as this makes it easier to cut when cooled. Cut into small pieces as they are very rich.

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he other day I was perusing the catalog from one of the big kitchen store chains, looking for new gadgets or toys that I couldn’t live without; page after page of shiny new knives and gleaming pans in stainless steel and copper. In the end, I tossed

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they are selling today really aren’t new at all. The copper pots that look so cool and cook so well are just newer versions of the same pots and pans that have been used by cooks for hundreds of years. The cast-iron pans on the glossy pages of the catalog could easily be used as props in an Old West movie or Civil War documentary. My favorite kitchen knives are just modern translations of Japanese and German cutlery that haven’t changed dramatically in 300 years. One Sunday morning, I whipped up a batch of biscuits and gravy, and as I stood whisking at the stove, I was making gravy the same way my grandmother did 50 years ago, and the way her grandmother had 50 years before that. The stove that heated the pan looks a little different than it did 100 years ago, but the principle is the same. The whisk that stirred my gravy is virtually unchanged in a hundred years. In this day when technology is transforming just about everything we do, it’s comforting that many things in the kitchen have stayed the same. Text messaging is replacing conversations, but people still gather around a plate of food. I can’t imagine a meal shared over Skype would be as rewarding as sitting across the table. Some things will never change, I hope. While I cling to some traditional tools, a few have transformed with technology. I no longer rely on recipe cards in an old plastic box. Now I store recipes on my iPad. And when I’m looking for

ideas, I’m more likely to browse through websites than old cookbooks. If I want to see how Julia Child or Emeril Lagasse would cook something, I can watch a video as easily as I could read their books. But we still have not created the George Jetson style meal in a pill that I was promised by the Saturday morning cartoons of my youth. And the “kitchen of the future” that was imagined in the 1960s still looks like science fiction. While I would like to have Mr. Jetson’s flying car and robot maid, I don’t want his dinner. I’ll stick to real food. There are some truly modern advances in high-tech restaurant

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kitchens specializing in molecular gastronomy that are more chemistry class than home ec. But how many of us have immersion circulators, class 3 lasers or antigriddles “cooking” food at minus 22 degrees? None of those items were available at Karl’s when we bought our appliances. One of my favorite cooking devices is my Big Green Egg; it’s a ceramic kamodo-style grill and smoker that is made to replicate those that have been used in the Far East for hundreds, even thousands, of years. Ancient clay cookers found in China date back more than 3000 years, and they look remarkably similar to the one in my backyard. The modern versions were brought to the U.S. by servicemen returning from World War II. And the idea of cooking food over a fire is one of the things that helped our species survive. That goes back eons. Most of the ways we cook have not changed greatly, even if the food has. After all, we still roast and sear and fry and grill our meals; time-honored techniques. Admittedly, we buy some food pre-prepared and all we do is open a box and throw it in the oven. But aside from the microwave, not a lot has changed about how we heat our meals in the last fifty years. And aside from the improvements in the appliances, we’re not that far from Little House on the Prairie. Pasta was invented thousands of years ago, and we cook it in boiling water the same way now that they did back then. I

drain it in a stainless steel colander not a wooden bowl with holes in the bottom, but the technique is the same. And as we home cooks strive to elevate our humble dishes, we grab the mortar and pestle to grind our spices by hand, and in doing so, we’re shaking hands with our cave-dwelling ancestors. Bread, butter, cheese, cured meats, and even beer are still made much the same way they have been for centuries. Today, the best of these are being made by artisans who are striving to make their products using strictly low-tech methods, creating products far superior to those from modern factories. If you read Riccardo’s articles about wine in these pages, again you’ll find modern man embracing ancient technology. The wine we enjoy today is not greatly different than the wine Thomas Jefferson might have shared with Benjamin Franklin, and both were known to enjoy more than just an occasional glass of wine. And the corkscrew we use to get to those wonderful elixirs? It was frustrating Mr. Jefferson the same way it does us. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go out to my modern kitchen to stir my modern cast iron pot with my high-tech wooden spoon. Do yourself a favor, eat something good today. In his day job, Jim embraces technology at ADwërks, his advertising agency in the historic uptown district of downtown Sioux Falls.

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Growing up in an Italian household, pairing wine with Thanksgiving dinner at my house was pretty easy for my parents: Chianti Classico. We always had loads of fresh mozzarella in our salads, bowls and bowls of pasta, and turkey and ham. Chianti is just one of the wines that goes with everything. It’s light- to medium-bodied, versatile, and dry. It’s just a great food wine with balanced acidity. I could go on and on, but since most families around here aren’t planning an Italian feast on Thanksgiving, I’d like to suggest eight exceptional wine pairings to go with your Thanksgiving dinner. #1 Sparkling Rose with Butternut Squash Soup Like in a perfect marriage, they bring the best out of each other. The sour rose petals and raspberry notes in the wine

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brighten the dense quality of the soup, while the soft texture of the soup enhances the fruitiness and elegance of the wine. #2 Mashed Potatoes and Gravy with Riesling Mashed potatoes are creamy and buttery, and gravy is fatty and salty, so take both of these characteristics into consideration. Your wine needs to have enough acidity to cut through the butter, but it also needs to have a bit of sweetness to bring down the salt component. Even if you’re resistant to trying wines with a bit of residual sugar, you will be pleasantly surprised by this pairing. #3 Brussels Sprouts with Pinot Gris Pairing wine with Brussels sprouts is not an easy task, and

you really have to think outside the box. The bitter and salty components of this dish have to be slightly matched, while being contrasted. Try it with a Pinot Gris, which is an Alsatian grape with an almond-like bitterness laced with white flowers and peaches. #4 Green Bean Casserole and Sauvignon Blanc For green bean casserole, choose a contrasting wine; otherwise, you will not be able to have more than just a few bites. You will need a bright, herbaceous, and highacidity wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Chenin Blanc from New Zealand or South Africa. #5 Cornbread Dressing and Chardonnay One of my favorite wine pairings for anything with corn in it is Chardonnay. A few days ago I enjoyed a fantastic unoaked Chardonnay from California, and I still remember how well the flavors of their luscious Chardonnay matched the sweet creaminess of corn. This is a no-brainer pairing.

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Bring in the bells, frills and trills. Holiday apparel is arriving at Sprout. Isobella and Chloe gives that unique look to a special occasion dress. Sizes start at 3 months, prices start at $45. Sprout Boutique. 2425 S. Shirley Ave. (605) 271-2999.

Homemade Without the Hassle Treat your guests to delicious homemade pies - without the hassle! Call to order your holiday pies today. $15 - $17. The Cookie Jar. Follow us to our new location Nov. 7. 230 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 978-0991.

Open House with Aveda Need a Stocking Stuffer?

Not sure what gift to buy for the upcoming holidays? Stop by Crawford’s for gift cards to treat a friend or family member to fine dining in downtown Sioux Falls. Crawford’s. 214 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 332-5333 or crawfordssf.com.

Join us at the Spa at Grand Falls, Sunday November 18, 12pm - 6pm. Draw for (2) $500 Spa/Hotel packages; $100 in Aveda retail; and enjoy refreshments while visiting our Aveda Make-up artist. Grand Falls Casino Resort. Minutes east of Sioux Falls. (712) 777-7777. www.grandfallscasinoresort.com.

Historic Holidays

These 3-dimensional 24-karat gold finished ornaments represent everything you know and love about the city. A NEW ornament with the Falls is now available! Collect these and a variety of other holiday ornaments. Old Courthouse Museum Store. $16.75 per ornament. 200 W. 6th Street. (605) 367-4210.

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Call to schedule a mani, pedi or party for your little princess. Gift cards also available. Pedicakes. 305 W. 39th St. 332-2528.

Brighten Up and Sharpen Up Decorative lamps and tables brighten up your home for the holidays. Kitchen gifts galore with FREE gift wrap included. And we professionally sharpen knives every day. Plum’s Cooking Co. 401 E. 8th Street, Ste. 107. (605) 335.1999. www.plumscooking.com

Wedding Gown Preservation

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. (605) 332-8841.

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Soothing sand designs of gravity, time and motion all merge to make beautiful Ocean Blue, Sunset Orange or Arctic Glacier picturescapes. Designed by Exotic Sands of Park City, Utah. Available at Sticks and Steel. 401 E. 8th Street. (605) 335-7349.

Enjoy an espresso, smoothie or decadent dessert at the newly opened Fibber McGees in Harrisburg. And while you do, check out our beautiful home decor options and party room. Fibber McGees. 518 N. Cliff Avenue. Harrisburg, SD. (605) 213-3200.

Beer Soap of The Month Club

Receive a different bar of beer soap every month for six months. FatHouse Beer Soap is made by hand in small batches and contains the finest olive, palm and coconut oil, lye and beer. 605-670-1134 or www.fathousesoapcompany.com

Warm & Fashionable

Stay warm and fashionable with scarves from around the world! Pashmina scarves are on sale for only $8 at South Dakota Art Museum store. 936 Medary Ave., Brookings. (605) 688-5423.

Wall Calendar

Give a calendar that will make their year! Share your photos all year with this calendar or choose from one of many designs and layouts. SAVE $5 on 11 x 8 1/2 wall calendar with coupon code: 5ETC during November only! Price: $19.99. Harold’s Photo Experts. www.haroldsphoto.com

Divas, Dish & Design Night

Grab your friends and join us for an evening of creativity and fun! Paint the pieces shown in the brand new easy-to-apply embossing technique or choose any piece you like. Shown $36 and $60. November 9, 7pm - 10pm. Please call to make your reservation. Color Me Mine. 3709 W. 41st St. (605) 362-6055.

Fun & Functional

Make a fashion statement in these soft knitted headbands (that will also keep you warm!). Over a dozen colors and patterns to choose from. $10 - $15 at My Current Obsession. 212 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 336-3224.

Ring in the Season

Add these temple bells to your holiday décor for a touch of nostalgia or display year round. Shown 14” - 18” tall. $49 - $60 each. Twetten’s Interiors. 1714 S. Minnesota Ave. (605) 275-3456.

Kaladi’s Apple Cider

Ordered from Hebda Family Farms, warm yourself up with a tasty autumn treat! Kaladi’s. 26th & Minnesota. 339-3322 or 10th & Phillips, 977-0888.

Brighten Up!

Brighten up your dance wardrobe with these vibrant shorts. Available in child - adult sizes. $20 - $25 each at The Dance Line. 2115 S. Minnesota Ave. 335-8242.

Wine Totes

Sometimes the simplest objects are the most beautiful. In colors straight from the Tuscan landscape, these totes feature comfortable, built-in handles and ensure that you and your wine will always arrive in style. Many colors and sizes to choose from. Available at Good Spirits Fine Wine & Liquor. 41st & Minnesota. 339-1500.

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Autumn is upon us, warm up with your favorite soup and our French peasant. Boules, petites, rolls and now offering soup bowls. Find them at Breadsmith. 609 W. 33rd St., (605) 338-1338 or 1813 S. Marion Rd., (605) 275-2338.

A Great Gift

This antler wine bottle holder would make a wonderful gift for any hunter on your holiday shopping list. $17.50 at Maxwell Restaurant Supply. 1212 S. Cliff Ave. (605) 336-2675.

Cool Tones

StarMark introduces “Oyster Stain” to its offering. The cool tone of oyster is a sure bet on any kitchen island or specialty bath design. Stop to see the new colors and cabinet styles and start on the design of your custom piece today. StarMark Cabinetry. 600 E. 48th St. North. (605) 977-3660.

An Exciting New Accessory Line!

The Debbie Brooks Collection of handbags and accessories is the new must-have among celebrities and can now be yours. Gwyneth, Jewel, Elton and Britney have theirs. Which will be yours? Bechtold’s Jewelry. 325 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 332-7151 or www.bechtoldjewelry.com

Let’s Ride!

What cowgirl wouldn’t love this Swarovski crystal necklace and earring set? Also available in silver. $39.99 each at Fifth Avenue Collection. Shop their national retail showroom at 708 E. Benson Rd. 335-0602.

Luck & Joy

Introducing the new Luck and Joy starter bracelets featuring six vibrant colors. Each color describes a different virtue: Hope, Passion, Mystery, Imagination, Tranquility, and Renewal. A $159 value for only $99. Trollbeads, The Original Since 1976. Available at Holsen Hus. 225 S. Phillips Ave. 331-4700.

Ayurvedic Spa Services

For the month of November, enjoy 10% off Ayurveda Spa Services, including Shirodhara and Dosha Balancing Massage! Ayurveda is the world’s most ancient system of preventive health. It is a natural approach for creating balance, and allows complete relaxation of the body and mind, strengthening the body’s natural healing abilities. The most Tranquil service you will ever have! Radiance Day Spa. 6209 S. Pinnacle Pl. (605) 275-9535.

A Delicious Gift

Treat your loved ones to a gift card from Wild Sage Grille. A delicious gift that’s just the right size for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Wild Sage Grille. 300 North Cherapa Place. (605) 274-1667 or wildsagegrille.com

A Flair for Design

The Ti Sento collection offers the utmost eye for detail and a flair for design — making it easy to find the perfect accessory. The Diamond Room. 3501 W. 57th St. (605) 362-0008 or www. thediamondroom.com

Baby Surprise!

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.

Sweater Mittens

Experience the softness of these recycled sweater hand-made mittens (and some are even cashmere!) Super soft and so affordable. Just $20 each at Josephine’s Floral Design. 401 E. 8th St. 338-9290.

Industrial and Stylish

Industrial Pendant. New at Simply Perfect. Check out the most current products and fashions. 8th & Railroad Center in Historic Downtown. (605) 338-3599. www.simplyperfectstore.com.

Parade in Color

November’s Citrine birthstone is stunning as a cushion-cut gem set in two-tone gold with diamond accents. Part of the Parade in Color designer collection at Riddle’s Jewelry, corner of 41st & Louise. 605-361-0911.

Get Cozy with Comfort

In Sioux Falls’ newest coffeehouse and cafe on the historic Eastbank. Josiah’s features made-from-scratch bakery and café items, soups, holiday breads, scones and many other treats. Josiah’s. (605) 759-8255. www.josiahscoffee.com

Prairie Berry’s Pumpkin Bog

Pumpkin Bog brings Thanksgiving dinner to FEAST status! This semi-sweet blend of mellow South Dakota pumpkins and tart cranberries goes well with a variety of foods. No spices, just light, slightly sweet, soft fruit flavor. Available at many area retailers. www.prairieberry.com or call 877-226-9453.

Visit Our New Selections Gallery!

We’ve streamlined the home-building process. Interactive displays and large samples allow you to view and touch the elements needed when designing your new Ronning home. Make all of your decisions — under one roof. Call to schedule your appointment today. 401 E. 12th Street. (605) 336-6000 or www.ronningcompanies.com

Exotic Allure!

Looking to take your cabinetry creation above the ordinary? How about a sustainable, renewable exotic wood like zebrawood, wenge, bamboo or American red gum? Learn more at ShowplaceWood.com or visit 804 S. Minnesota Ave. in Sioux Falls (605) 335-9600 or the Harrisburg showroom three miles south of 69th and Cliff, (605) 362-7220.

Winter Wonderland

Add this darling electric snowman lamp to your winter wonderland. Just $45 at Oak Ridge Nursery. 2217 S. Splitrock Boulevard, Brandon. (605) 582-6565.

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Fresh, Foiled and Fun

Freshly foiled blank notes available at Spark Stationery Love, 524 N. Main Ave. (605) 221-5997. letterpresslove.com

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Insect House features various insects and the impacts they have on the environment. And, when hunger strikes, there are several options to choose from for a great meal. Albert’s Restaurant offers full-service dining with outdoor seating overlooking a private waterfall, while the Treehouse Cafe offers amazing views from multiple levels while enjoying Italian cuisine. The San Diego Zoo is 100 acres and is home to over 3,700 rare and endangered animals, and has been awarded with many honorary labels throughout the years. San Diego’s North Country is full of breathtaking vineyards both large and small, located off winding dirt roads and amongst the hills where some of the best wine is created. Most of the nearby wineries are located roughly 45 minutes north of downtown San Diego, past the mountain canyons and within the valleys. Bernardo Winery features its own olive oil and homemade pasta, and offers popular red and white wines for sale and tasting. Orfilia Winery is a boutique winery with a picnic area and gift shop available to visitors. Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards produces a wide range of wines from grapes grown on location and is known for their Almond Champagne. Also available at Wilson Creek is the Creekside Grille restaurant, allowing guests to dine among the vineyards. If you don’t want

to worry about driving while tasting wine, then try Destination Temecula. This business assists visitors who are planning wine tasting trips to San Diego’s North Country, and offers transportation and detailed guides to and from the winery region from an in-city starting point. For a fun and unique experience outside of the South Dakota lifestyle, whale watching might be the ultimate choice in San Diego. The season of whale watching here begins in December, when gray whales begin their migration southward from the cold seas of Alaska, to the warmer waters of Baja California. Each winter, several thousand of these beautiful whales come within a few miles of the San Diego coast during their journey, which is approximately 5,000 miles long. It is the longest known distance of any mammal migration on an annual basis. The peak whale-watching season is in mid-January, when up to 200 whales have been counted per day off of San Diego’s coastline. Unique whale watching experiences are offered through various companies, most lasting several hours and some with the option to bring aboard lunch and beverages for a picnic at sea. The entertainment options are endless in the city of San Diego. Thoughts are sure to be provoked, minds are sure to be engaged, and eyes are sure to be widened with the plethora of live

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performances, vibrant exhibitions, and historical sites throughout the area. Balboa Park is also host to most of the culture and arts available, offering 15 museums and performing arts venues. There are two Tony Award-winning theaters located in San Diego, along with many other beautiful ways to engage every sense and spark much inspiration. Music-lovers will be thrilled to find that San Diego provides venues that have something for everyone, including jazz, classic rock, blues, Latin, hiphop, reggae, and more. Music is live all night...every night. At Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, there is a live jazz performance

every night in three adjoining bars. At Downtown’s House of Blues San Diego, some of the most popular national acts are featured, along with musical performances nightly in the upstairs restaurant. Anthology in Little Italy features local and international musicians, and Humphrey’s on the Bay provides an overlook of San Diego Bay as an outdoor venue that attracts jazz, soul and rock legends. A world of possibilities awaits you in San Diego. Take a vacation here and discover for yourself what draws so many visitors back year after year.

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No More Hiding the Problem A Surgical Solution to Urinary Incontinence By Stacy Jones, Sanford Health


ana Peterson walks out her back door, easily carrying a moving box to its temporary location in a storage unit outside. It used to be that something as simple as lifting a box, or a laugh or a sneeze, led to embarrassment. Not any more. “I can actually be around people again,” Peterson says as she places the box on the floor. “I’ve got my life back.”

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tightens the muscles that close off the urethra, leading urine to leak because of the extra pressure on the bladder. Peterson’s job, unloading packages that could weigh anything from a pound to 150 pounds constantly made her bladder leak. She would wear long, loose-fitting, dark colored clothing, hoping that her mostly male co-workers didn’t see the wet spots. Playing with her children, a sneeze or a funny movie made her lose control of her bladder. Trips to Sturgis, where she rode on the back of her husband’s motorcycle were tricky at best. She



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never knew when something would lead to urine leaking down her leg. “I’m not 80,” Peterson says with a deep laugh. “Wearing pads or just putting up with it wasn’t an option for me.”

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Eventually, Peterson got past her embarrassment and talked to her doctor, who suggested a surgical procedure. Unfortunately, the procedure helped the incontinence for less than a year. Then Jana made an appointment with Sanford Health urogynecologist Kevin Benson, MD. Dr. Benson, an expert in reconstructive pelvic surgery, sat down next to her and really listened to her, taking notes and saying he would find a way to help her. During her examination, he discovered in just minutes a problem none of her earlier doctors had diagnosed, a rectocele, a weakness in the tissues and muscles that hold the end of the large intestine. This had allowed the rectum to bulge out into the back wall of her vagina, putting more pressure on the bladder. Dr. Benson scheduled Peterson for surgery to repair the rectocele and install a urethral sling. This procedure places a sling attached to the abdominal wall around the urethra that holds the bladder and urethra in their proper position. Without extra pressure on the bladder, the incontinence is improved or goes away entirely for most women. Peterson said the surgery lasted under an hour and she returned home from the hospital the next day with no bruising and little pain. Within weeks she was noticing a difference. Her leakage problems lessened gradually, leaving her dry and happy.

A New Life Months after the surgery, Peterson feels better than ever. She wears shorts and light colored clothes again. She can laugh and lift without worrying about leaving a puddle behind. “Life is too good not to enjoy yourself,” she says. Peterson encourages other women to talk to their doctor about urinary incontinence. It’s important to get past the embarrassment and find the right doctor who can help, she says. “Don’t hide behind the curtain and don’t be afraid to ask why,” she says, a box on her hip. “Fix the problem. Don’t just live with it.” For more information on ways to treat urinary incontinence, contact Sanford Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Clinic at (605) 328-8750 or womens.sanfordhealth.org.

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he Best Toys for Kids 2012 list as rated by ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association) is out. The mission of ASTRA is to “lead the way through play” by providing quality products that help children have fun, achieve success and lead happy, healthy lives. I am sure you will find many toys on this list that will help fulfill the wishes on another special list, that will surely be written and sent to someone “up North” very soon. We are lucky enough to have to have two local toy stores where you can find these fabulous toys. Be sure to visit Child’s Play Toys and Kidtopia for a traditional toy store experience on Neighborhood Toy Store Day, November 10, 2012.

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Kidoozie Deluxe BuildA-Road with Elevator by International Playthings LLC

For children ages 6 months and older, this unique toy has a grippable texture and is inviting for young minds to stack, spin, balance, tilt, wobble, and more! Six colorful spheres come with a stacking base. This is ideal for busy and curious children and is great for sensory exploration, fine motor skills, coordination, and visual spatial acuity.

Roll & Play by ThinkFun For children ages 18 months and older, Roll & Play is the first game ever specifically designed only for toddlers. A large cube made out of plush material can be tossed and the color that faces up is identified by the player. The corresponding color card is chosen, and the player performs an easy activity that is illustrated on the card. For example, the player will choose a color card that says to “moo like a cow”. This game will help toddlers celebrate success and introduce play patterns and rules to their lives through an enjoyable experience.

For children ages three years and older, this new set from Kidoozie features 240 Build-A-Road pieces that stretch over 15 feet! With an elevator, a road divider, ramps, an overpass, a turnaround, and plenty of track, this toy can be built in so many ways. There are two battery-operated cars to make the set complete as they power through the track that each child uniquely creates. No tools are required to build this racetrack, which allows for quick and easy creativity and fun. Your child will build creativity, visual-spatial abilities, and fine motor skills while using this toy.

Puppet-on-a-Stick™ by Educational Insights® For children ages four years and older, this toy comes in a set of three adorable puppets on sticks that both children and adults can not help but play with. They are the perfect way to interact with children who might be a little bit shy, or to help spark a child’s active imagination. They are very durable and are sure to outlast many playful experiences. The puppets can inspire dramatic play with movable mouths to make silly faces and more.

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E-Rangers Headquarters by PLAYMOBIL For children ages seven years and older, this futuristic world by Playmobil includes plenty of futuristic fun in the sky. An LED spotlight illuminates the terrain, a cannon disables enemy vehicles, and a personal transporter converts to a helicopter and a jet. It comes with four Playmobil E-Ranger figures too! For more than 30 years, Playmobil sets have helped children exercise their imagination and engage in hours of pretend play.

Constructive Play Nanoblock Musical Instruments by Ohio Art Company For children ages eight years and older, this “miniature collection” includes a variety of musical

instruments. From a drum set to a violin, any type of miniature band could be formed with these sculptural blocks that connect securely to create amazingly detailed objects of different sizes and sculptural results. It is a three-dimensional puzzle with very rewarding results that fit in the palm of your hand!

The ZOOB Challenge by INFINITOY, Inc. For children ages eight years and older, ZOOB pieces allow for problem solving and team-work in kids that are just hitting that age of stubbornness or insecurity. It is up to the kids playing to use the pieces included with the toy to build contraptions that solve challenges presented to them of various types. Featuring 175 ZOOB pieces, including string, rubber bands, wheels, a ball, a foam play pad, and 25 challenges based on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math), this toy will sharpen any child’s skill levels as they play.

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Sunflower Master Kitz by Kidzaw For children ages five years and older, this toy includes all of the tools your child needs to create their own Sunflowers masterpiece. With the inspiration of the painter Van Gogh, this set contains a roller specially designed to replicate his active stroke, fun and easy to understand learning materials, child friendly custom acrylic paints, a sturdy and re-usable art tool box with magnetic closures, art paper, reusable Sunflower stencils, and step-by-step instructions.

Loopdedoo by Ann Williams For children ages eight years and older, this kit from Ann Williams allows for fast, easy and fun friendship bracelets, necklaces, anklets, and belts. Just wrap the thread around the Loopdedoo device, turn the knob and guide the


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Game Play Feed the Woozle by Peaceable Kingdom For children ages three years and older, this cooperative game has no ‘sides’ and everyone plays together on the same team in order to try and win against a common obstacle. The goal is to feed the hungry Woozle. There are three levels of challenge, making the game fun and interesting for children of a variety of ages. This game is a great way to encourage children to build their self esteem, share decision-making, and work as a team.

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Look Look by MindWare For children ages six years and older, this speedy seek and spot game includes crazy creatures and mixed-up matching challenges. Racing against opponents, players spot it or solve it during challenges including finding the identical creatures within two differently colored frames or doing some quick and easy math to spot the numbers.

TENZI by CARMA GAMES For children ages seven years and older, this game is often called the world’s fastest dice game. Everyone gets ten colorful dice and someone is in charge of saying “Go!”. Then everyone rolls their dice as fast as they can until someone gets the same number to show up on all of their dice. With only 30 seconds of game time, it is a quick and easy way to entertain.

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Perplexus Twist by PlaSmart For children ages seven years and older, this toy will amaze players while trying to solve its 3D puzzle while twisting and turning the complicated tracks. Players must move the stainless steel marble through thirty different transition points. This toy will improve impulse control, hand-eye coordination, memory skill, and thinking ahead.

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Rubik’s The Void Puzzle by Winning Moves For children ages eight years and older, the Rubik’s Void is the latest in the Rubik’s Cube line. Still a cube, this version has the center taken out, which is the reason for the term, “Void”. Scramble the rings, then try to put the cube back to its original state of six sides with only one color on each side.

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Scientific Play My First Super Science Kit by Be Amazing! Toys For children ages four years and older, this science kit helps to encourage them to explore, discover, and experiment in the world that surrounds them. The giant magnifier will give them a close up look at bugs, flowers, and anything else they find. The Energy Stick will help to create a human circuit board and teach kids how electricity works. With over 75 exciting experiments, there is plenty of amazing information from all aspects of science included in this kit.

Snap Circuits LIGHT by ELENCO For children ages eight years and older, this high-tech scientific toy will entertain kids until their teenage years. Connect your music device to the Snap Circuits LIGHT and the lights will flash to the beat of your favorite music. Snap the pieces into endless arrangements and experience the joy of engineering. With a strobe light, an infrared detector, glow-in-the-dark fans, a color changing LED, and fiber optic communication, this product helps develop logic and interest in technology engineering.

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competition kickin’ golf balls for players to create their own games. Create your own backyard tournaments with more than one set. This game is perfect for any time of the year as it can be used indoors or out.

OgoSport RAQ by OgoSport, LLC For children ages six years and older, this game is amazingly ve r s a t i l e . I n c l u d i n g u l t ra lightweight disks and high-strength nylon-spandex membranes, players can send the enclosed ball up to 150 feet, and at a variety of unpredictable speeds and heights. It can also be used in water, as it floats too. Comes with two Sport Raqs and one Flux ball. Perfect for the development of hand-eye coordination and motor skills.

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Rush Hour by ThinkFun For children ages eight and older, this single-player game was voted one of Parents’ Choice best 25 toys of 25 years. Players find a path for your red car to exit through a challenging traffic gridlock that is set up ahead of time. There are four levels of difficulty, and players are able to progress at their own pace.

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A giraffe stands along the bedroom door, with deep green fern branches reaching up just as tall as he is. A majestic elephant seems to be emerging from the side of the closet. You can see all the twists and knots of the painted trees in the room, which are home to colorful parrots and a mischievous-looking monkey hanging from a limb. You have to look in all corners, both high and low, to find all of the hidden surprises in the room, like the tiger peeking through the grass, the turtle along the ground, the friendly green frog perched on a long blade of watergrass, and even little Belle – a black dog that the family used to have. “That’s what makes this room so special,” Dayna says. “Mom incorporates things into the art that have meaning to our family.” Other family members are also represented in the room, with a piece of furniture that Dayna’s dad made as a changing table when the boys were younger, but now serves as a great storage unit with baskets on shelves to organize all of Andersen’s things. A little red padded bench sits next to the closet that was made by Andersen’s great-grandpa (his dad John’s grandfather) in 1948. Dayna says it is always amazing to watch the room design emerge as her mom works. “I am so blessed to have a mom who can do this…who can share this with her grandchildren.” Grandma Roberta says she feels blessed, too. “I’m just honored that they want me to do it.”





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Jungle Speak Free Educational This is one of my daughter’s favorite new apps. She is 19 months old and loves to say and learn new animal sounds. This app has a number of animals: cow, crow, elephant, bear, frog, killer whale, lion, etc. When a child clicks on one of the animals, a realistic picture of that animal appears, as do four interactive activities. Children hit a button to play the sound the particular animal sounds like, color a picture of the animal, open up a fun facts page, and for some animals there are video links attached. This past week, my class and I started our unit in science on mammals and we have all enjoyed using this app as part of the lesson. The fun facts page and short videos are incredible. The basic app is free and for only $0.99 you can upgrade to mammals and more or birds. The mammals addition contains 25 additional animals and features six educational videos.

ABC Music Educational $2.99 This spectacular app exposes your child to a world of music, through a number of interactive and realistic experiences. There are many different instruments that are arranged by each letter. You will find everything from bells, piano, and a gong to unusual instruments, such as the jar harp! For each instrument, there are a number of activities from which to choose. Each activity provides a vivid and unique experience, including virtual coloring, realistic pictures and sounds of the instrument, mock playing, and amazing video links. I found all of the pictures and videos to be incredible. The app has a simple interface, so is easy for children of all ages to navigate. This is not only a great app for parents and children, but also for the elementary educator.

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ost parents are tuned into the dangers of street drugs and alcohol. Yet there are other threats that may be readily available to teens on store shelves or even around the house. “Often, kids hear about something from their friends or at school, and they don’t understand the dangers, risks or longterm consequences of a certain behavior,” said Dr. Samuel Schimelpfenig, pediatrician with Avera Medical Group McGreevy 7th Avenue. One of those risks is energy drinks. Kids are allowed by law to buy them, or parents may buy them not realizing that they can be detrimental. “Energy drinks can have caffeine content that is

equivalent to five to six cans of cola,” Dr. Schimelpfenig said. “The actual caffeine content can be hidden, as other ingredients are also basically caffeine. Too much caffeine can lead to difficulty sleeping, addiction, or even heart rhythm problems and palpitations. “These products are also loaded with sugar, which contribute to obesity and dental problems.” Energy drinks can be easily confused with sports drinks. While sports drinks do not have caffeine, they do have a lot of sugar. They’re designed for athletes to replace the carbs and electrolytes lost in strenuous activity. Kids who aren’t involved in sports are better off drinking plain water, Dr. Schimelpfenig said. A more sinister threat is inhaling or huffing of even common household substances. “It does produce a feeling of being high,” Dr. Schimelpfenig said. More common in younger adolescents, huffing can involve anything with fumes, such as model glue, aerosols or gasoline products. “If kids continue to do it, they can progress from being high to passing out or lapsing into a coma,” Dr. Schimelpfenig said. Because the high is short lived, huffing can be difficult for parents to detect. “Parents might notice slurred speech, or a mental status that seems a little off,” Dr. Schimelpfenig said. Other signs are similar to generalized drug and alcohol abuse: a change in friends, poor performance in school, or withdrawing. Teens can abuse drugs they’ve legally purchased at the store. “There used to be more of a problem with over-the-counter

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“Energy drinks can have caffeine content that is equivalent to five to six cans of cola,” Dr. Schimelpfenig said. cough and cold medications which had ephedrine, which is used to make meth,” Dr. Schimelpfenig said. Now that ephedrine is no longer used, products containing alcohol are the greater problem. If kids drink these medications to get the alcohol effect, they can get too much of other ingredients, such as cough suppressants or acetaminophen, which can cause liver damage. Prescription drugs used to treat ADHD may be abused, which kids sometimes tout to their friends as something that can help them focus at school and get better grades. “But it’s not safe – or legal – to take a prescription that’s not prescribed you. A kid who takes someone else’s prescription could have a bad reaction, or take too much,” Dr. Schimelpfenig said. “I always tell kids when I prescribe these medications that they are a controlled substance, and selling them to their friends is the same as dealing drugs.” Because teens often have their own money and their own cars, it can be impossible to keep these types of threats under lock and key. “I encourage parents to keep an open line of communication. Know who they’re hanging out with, where they are, and what they’re doing,” Dr. Schimelpfenig said. Some parents think that if they don’t talk about subjects like drugs or sex with their kids, they won’t get “ideas.” “But the truth is, they’ve already got ideas. If they don’t hear it from their parents, they’ll hear it from their peers.” Parents can also help ensure their child’s good health by taking them to see their pediatrician or family doctor at least every year or two years. “Some teens don’t get in to see a doctor for years, and they may be missing out on a recommended vaccination for serious illnesses such as whooping cough or meningitis. Recommendations keep changing, so it’s a good idea to check in with your doctor to make sure your child is up to date,” Dr. Schimelpfenig said. To learn more about children’s health for all ages, go to www. AveraChildrens.org

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

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened... Ages 4 yrs - 8 yrs Candlewick Press

Otter and Odder A Love Story by James Howe The day Otter found love, he wasn’t looking for it. He was looking for dinner. But then he gazed into the round, sweet, glistening eyes of Myrtle the fish, and he knew. “Impossible,” he said. “I am in love with my food source.” As for Myrtle, her first desire was: Please don’t eat me. But soon her heart awakened to a future she could never have imagined. The inseparable duo played hide-and-seek and told each other stories, but everyone said that was not the way of the otter. Could their love (and Myrtle) possibly survive? Ages 6 yrs - 10 yrs Candlewick Press

Oliver by Birgitta Sif Oliver is different. He enjoys his solitude. He likes playing with his friends, who are puppets, stuffed animals, and other toys. With his rich imagination, Oliver’s day is never dull. There are bridges to cross, sharks to fight, and treasures to find! But maybe toys don’t always give a boy everything he needs. Maybe he needs another kind of companion. Will Oliver discover a way to be, well, different? When his tennis ball rolls across the lawn into the yard of the girl next door, he just might be surprised. Ages 0 mos - 20 yrs Candlewick Press

Squeak! Rumble! Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! by Wynton Marsalis What’s that sound? The back door squeeeaks open, sounding like a noisy mouse nearby -eeek, eeeek, eeeek! Big trucks on the highway rrrrrrrumble, just as hunger makes a tummy grrrrumble. Ringing with exuberance and auditory delights, this second collaboration by world-renowned jazz musician and composer Wynton Marsalis and acclaimed illustrator Paul Rogers takes readers (and listeners) on a rollicking, clanging, clapping tour through the many sounds that fill a neighborhood. Ages 0 mos and up Candlewick Press

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Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein Because Amelia smiles as she skips down the street, her neighbor Mrs. Higgins smiles too, and decides to send a care package of cookies to her grandson Lionel in Mexico. The cookies give Lionel an idea, and his idea inspires a student, who in turn inspires a ballet troupe in England! And so the good feelings that started with Amelia’s smile make their way around the world, from a goodwill recital in Israel, to an impromptu rumba concert in Paris, to a long-awaited marriage proposal in Italy, to a knitted scarf for a beloved niece back in New York. Putting a unique spin on “what goes around comes around,” David Ezra Stein’s charmingly illustrated story reminds us that adding even a small dose of kindness into the world is sure to spur more and more kindness, which could eventually make its way back to you! Ages 3 yrs - 7 yrs Candlewick Press

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse by Helen Ward Rediscover the tale of the simple country mouse, magically retold by Helen Ward. Beguiled by his cousin’s amazing tales, the country mouse visits the electric city. Unfortunately the town mouse forgot to mention that the city has a lot of noise, tall buildings . . . and dangerous dogs! Ages 4 yrs - 7 yrs Candlewick Press

A Birthday for Bear by Bonny Becker Bear does not like birthdays. He doesn’t like parties or balloons, cards or candles. In fact, Bear does not like anything to do with birthdays at all. He would much rather spend his birthday alone cleaning his house, but Mouse, small and gray and bright-eyed, has other ideas. Ages 3 yrs - 7 yrs Candlewick Press

Black Dog by Levi Pinfold When a huge black dog appears outside the Hope family home, each member of the household sees it and hides. Only Small, the youngest Hope, has the courage to face the black dog, who might not be as frightening as everyone else thinks. An enormous black dog and a very tiny little girl star in this offbeat tale about confronting one’s fears. Ages 4 yrs - 7 yrs Candlewick Press

How To Be a Detective by Dan Waddell Fingerprinting suspects. Dusting for prints they left behind. Combing over the scene of a crime to spot near-invisible clues. Guaranteed to keep sleuths busy and on the case, these lively instructions and hands-on activities cover everything from securing a crime scene and gathering evidence to following footprints, tracking suspects, and interviewing witnesses (and knowing when they are lying!). Ages 7 yrs - 9 yrs Candlewick Press

Happy Harry’s Cafe by Michael Rosen Harry makes great soup. So Harry’s friends are always running to his café just for that famous soup. One day, Ryan the Lion, Jo the Crow, and Matt the Cat all bustle into Harry’s shop. “Take it easy!” says Harry. But maybe Harry is taking it too easy? You see, Matt the Cat is not too happy with his soup today. Oy vey! He doesn’t want to kvetch, but won’t Harry please try it to find out what could possibly be wrong? Ages 3 yrs - 5 yrs Candlewick Press

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Julie BurkeBowen— Serving Others and Leading Change in Harrisburg By Adrienne McKeown


t’s November, and like it or not, it’s election season. After campaigns filled with mud slinging and finger pointing, it’s hard to believe that whoever gets elected this month is really going to make things better for the average citizen. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Some politicians actually do believe that they are put into office to serve the people who elected them. Julie Burke-Bowen is just that kind of politician. Burke-Bowen serves as the mayor of Harrisburg, and as the first female mayor of the rapidly-growing community, she defines



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her role as that of a civil servant and—just as importantly— as a role model for young women. We sat down with Mayor Burke-Bowen to learn more about her drive to move Harrisburg forward, as well as her advice for other women wanting to make a difference through public service.

How did you become interested in politics? I’ve always been a person that has been focused on solutions and not one to just complain about things. So what I realized is that when I found obstacles or I found what I thought were problems with “the system,” I decided that I wanted to get involved and make changes. I’m a change agent by nature, and so I thought about that old adage that says something like, “If you can do it better yourself, you have to put yourself in that position.” And that’s really what made me realize that I wanted to make a difference. I know that sounds cliché, but I really wanted to make a difference, and I wanted to be a change agent and make things better, especially in Harrisburg.

Did you ever dream you’d be the mayor of Harrisburg? Not really, no. You know, there’s never been anything that I thought was too much to handle. This, however, was one of those things that I thought was too much to handle. But then when I really thought about it, I thought, “I can do this.”

Being the mayor isn’t your only job. How do you balance being a business owner, mom, and leading a community? It’s an art, and it’s a science. I’ve joked and said that my life is not my own anymore, but it’s kind of true. There are times when I have to be a mom at seven in the morning, and there are times I have to be mayor or a business owner at seven in the morning. Sometimes it’s 7 p.m. I’m very fortunate that my daughter, Hailee, is very proud that her mom is the mayor, and that she really understands that it’s about public service and I enjoy it. So whether I’m serving my family, my city, or my employees, it’s really my job to serve. It could be at seven in the morning, seven at night, or somewhere in between. It’s a little wild, but I love it. It’s amazing.

You’re about six months into your first term as mayor. What have you learned? I’ve learned that not everybody works at the same speed as I do, so I’ve had to learn to be a lot more patient and to be a lot more cautiously optimistic about things, because not every deal is going to work out. I just have to remember that not everything works on my time. Truthfully, I’ve also learned a lot more about city infrastructure. I’ve taken tours of the lift stations, of water towers, and of the sewer lines, and just by sitting through meetings with our engineering partners, I’ve learned so much.

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“Some politicians actually do believe that they are put into office to serve the people who elected them. Julie Burke-Bowen is just that kind of politician.” The other thing I’ve learned over the past six months is that I have to realize that I don’t know it all, but that I will learn. It’s just going to take time.

Down the road, as you look back on your tenure as mayor, what do you want to be your legacy? I want to be known for redistributing the tax base. I don’t want property taxes to be the only thing paying for this town; I really want to bring in sales tax. I want to be the mayor known for bringing in businesses—attracting and retaining businesses. I would also like to be known as a role model for young women. I want to get more involved in the schools, and I want young women to know that not only can they [get involved in public service], but that they’ve got the ability to do it. And I also want to be known for creating a sense of identity for Harrisburg and helping people feel that they are part of the Harrisburg community.

Being a woman in politics comes with definite challenges. On the flip side, what advantages do you as a woman have

when it comes to being a community leader? I think the uniqueness of being a woman is nice. It’s interesting because a lot of the boards that I’m on and at a lot of the conferences I go to, I am one of the few women. So in being unique, I offer a different voice than what they’re used to hearing, and it’s refreshing. It’s a way to bring a fresh, new perspective to things that men who think alike haven’t thought of. And it’s not that it’s good or that it’s bad. It’s just different and sometimes that spurs different discussion or different solutions.

What advice do you have for other women who are thinking about a career in politics? The short answer is, “Do it.” The satisfaction of facilitating change, of accomplishing goals—both personal and public—is worth it. And while it sounds like a lot of work, you’ll love it and it’s worth every single minute. It goes back to serving. We are elected to serve, and if you don’t like to serve, then it isn’t for you. But if you like to serve and you want to see change, and if you want to accomplish things, and that’s what drives you, then the sky is the limit.

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Cancer Treatments for Pets Are Improving by Dick Rogen, DVM


he “C” word isn’t just for people. Cancer also occurs in our pets. There are a wide variety of cancers that are becoming more common, but the treatments are also improving. Lymphoma is one of the most common cancers today. It is a cancer of the lymph nodes. It is a very quiet disease that usually shows up as enlarged lymph nodes under the chin, shoulders or the rear legs. This is when the cancer shows itself to the outside world. There are a large number of different things that we think can cause lymphoma. In cats and cows, it is a viral cancer. We know as veterinarians that it is transferable in these species by blood and saliva. We know that 2,4-D weed spray can cause lymphoma in dogs. Large doses in the right individuals can initiate this cancer. There are a lot of other theories and hopefully in the future, we can prevent lymphoma rather than treat it. Chemotherapy is done for lymphoma with good success in many pets. There are several different ways to attack this cancer. Protocols are recipes for treating the cancers with drugs. Some involve many different medications at one time, while others use just a single drug to treat the tumors. It is very important to visit with your veterinarian about the medications, side effects and their outcomes. Not all veterinarians are comfortable using these medications. If needed, ask for a referral. Mammary or breast cancer is one of the most preventable cancers we see in pets. You can prevent these terrible cancers by just spaying your pet before 1 year of age. It is nearly 100% effective. However, female dogs and cats that are not spayed have a 65-75 percent chance of breast cancer. Surgery and chemotherapy can be used for dogs with mammary cancer. If caught early, it is very effective treatment. Cats are not as fortunate. Breast cancer in cats is unresponsive to

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chemotherapy at this time and is very aggressive. Spay your pets for more than birth control. Skin cancers are also very common, especially in canines. We should always keep an eye on the lumps and bumps. If you see a suspicious area, monitor it very closely. If it grows quickly, becomes red and inflamed or if it is painful have it checked. A simple needle aspirate can give a quick answer. If it is suspicious get a biopsy and send it to a pathologist. Mast cell tumors are the most common cancer of the skin. Seventy percent of the tumors do not spread and surgical removal is the best care. The malignant versions are very aggressive and require chemotherapy for survival. Palladia is a new chemotherapy agent just for dogs. It is showing promise for a very bad cancer. Benign bumps and lumps need removal sometimes as well. Fat tumors or lipomas can grow to a very large size. At times, they become so large that they can affect movement or comfort of the pet. Lipomas are very common and often individuals will have many of them of all different sizes. New research shows that they do cause inflammation within the body. Many of my patients feel better after these fatty masses have been removed. The good news about a bad problem is that research for human cures also applies to our pets. Better tools to diagnose cancer are coming. Better quality of life will come when we combine early diagnosis with better medications, radiation and surgical procedures. Let’s hope we never have to have these conversations about your best friend. Horizon Pet Care 1224 East Holly Boulevard Brandon, SD 57005, (605) 582-8445

Amelia & Justine, best friends of Susan & Delores Elgersma

Bella B., best friend of Zane Bruns

Jazmine & Sasha, best friends of Jesse Herra & Tessa Gourneau

Maisy, best friend of the Disburg Family

Pudge, best friend of Anne

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Kyan, best friend of the Stensrud family

Silver, best friend of Ryan & Cindy Olson

Rondo and Rupert Studer, best friends of Jake & Katie Studer

Sophia & Hannah, best friends of Sarah Geiken

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.

Roxy, best friend of Karen and Angela

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First Christian Church


by Griff G. Anderson & Pastor Dennis C. Lake


First Christian Church Marker location: 524 West 13th Street Sioux Falls,

he First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Sioux Falls had its beginning in November of 1887 when two local attorneys, U. S. G. Cherry, and Sutton E. Young learned that they both had belonged elsewhere to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). They decided to work together to form a new Christian Church in Sioux Falls. On the evening of November 16, of that same year, nine people attended the first meeting where an agreement was made to form a churchand to immediately begin holding worship services in member’s homes. At a meeting on January 10, 1888, held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Frick, the first formal election of elders and deacons took place. These new church officers not only comprised the first General Board but also served communion each Sunday morning. Land was obtained at this site and plans for a new sanctuary were prepared by W. L. Dow, the legendary Sioux Falls pioneer architect. A contract was let to builder Milton R. Leakey and construction began in the spring of 1889. In April the Reverend J. Carrol Stark became its first pastor, and the church was completed in September of that year at a total cost of $3,500. Benches were used for the first pews, and because the church did not have a baptistery, baptisms were held outdoors at a Big Sioux River location. On the evening of November 2, 1889, an election of officers was held and a permanent organization was formed. The meeting was interrupted by the noise of church bells ringing and repeated, ear-piercing blasts from locomotive and factory steam whistles. It was soon learned that earlier that day, President Grover Cleveland had signed a proclamation admitting South Dakota into the United States. During its first service held the next day, Sunday, November 3, the new sanctuary was dedicated. Church leaders immediately laid claim that First Christian Church was the first church to be organized and incorporated following statehood. In August of 1925, the remodeling of the old sanctuary began, which included adding a brick veneer and the construction of a new Education building. Forty years later on Sunday, July 26, 1964, ground breaking ceremonies for a new sanctuary enthusiastically began. Moving day was held on Palm Sunday, April 3, 1966. The first part of the service was conducted in the old sanctuary, and members then carried their hymnals to the new sanctuary where the service was concluded. We continue to build Christ’s church with God’s help. DEDICATED IN 2012 BY THE MINNEHAHA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)

The Original Church In the fall of 1888 property was purchased on the corner of 13th Street and Duluth Avenue for $2900. A contract to build the original First Christian Church was let to contractor and charter member, Milton R. Leakey. Work began in the spring of 1889. The sanctuary was completed in September at a total cost of $3500, and the church was dedicated on Sunday, November 3, of the same year.

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