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January 2013 Volume 12 • Issue 2

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Travel The U.S. Virgin Islands 45

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health & well-being The Gift of Knowledge: Understanding the Genetic Risks for Cancer 50

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For Kids Winter Crafts for Kids 53 Tot Spots

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At Home on the Farm: Lincoln Semchenko’s Room 56

Awesome Apps 58

Parenting & Pregnancy Protect the Gift of Sight 60

Celebrating the City’s History At Home The Steve Hildebrand and Mike Pierce Home 22


Delicious Roasted Vegetable Lasagna 30

Cute Kids Submit Your Child’s Photo 64

neighbor Elizabeth Hagen— Organizing with Confidence 68


Man in the Kitchen It’s Complicated Our Relationship with Food 32

New Year’s Resolutions If We Were Pets 72

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Start the New Year Shopping at Country ‘N More by MAry Michaels | Photos by Chang Photography


or more than 30 years, Country ‘N More has been part of the Sioux Falls community. Recently, the store had the opportunity to move from the Empire Mall to a new location in South Old Village Place on the corner of 69th Street and Western Avenue. Owner, Vickie Domeyer, says they are enjoying their new location, and customers have been pleased with the easy access and look of the new store. Specializing in gifts and collectibles, Country ‘N More truly has something for everyone. And, the wide selection of gift items changes with the seasons, so there is always something new to see. At this time of year, Domeyer says, shoppers can take advantage of sales on Christmas and winter season décor. Coming in the next few months will be items with a coastal, beach and lake themes. Country ‘N More is perhaps best known for its extensive Department 56 collection.

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“We are the largest retailer in the state and one of the largest in the nation,” says Domeyer. “We offer every Department 56 piece in current production and a great selection of retired Department 56 items that you might not be able to find anywhere else.” Because of the popularity of the various village pieces and accessories, they remain on display year-round for collectors or for those who are gift-shopping for a collector. Now that the Christmas tree and garlands are put away for another year, you can change up your home décor with new picture frames, wall art or a Jada Venia Lightbox. These unique accent lamps come in a variety of box finishes, and then you can change the look with different inserts. Some have holiday designs and others feature inspirational sayings, so you can change them to suit your mood or the season. Country ‘N More can take care of you from head to toe during these winter months with Fuzzy Footies slippers, fur scarves and headbands, touchscreen compatible gloves, and Camille

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Beckman glycerin hand therapy in a variety of scents to fight the effects of cold, dry winter air. You can also take home delicious cider spices or one of the many varieties of Fireside instant coffees to warm up on a winter night. The coffee comes in cans or in single-serve packets, with such flavors as vanilla nut fudge, berry cherry, snickerdoodle and key lime pie. Several flavors also are fat-free. To add a warm glow to your home, try a Ribbonwick. These unique candles are infused with essential oils and feature a longer, ribbon-shaped wick that will delight the eye as well as the nose. Or, choose one of the Woodwick candles which, as the name implies, has a wood wick that actually crackles as it burns. Choose a single scent or one of the Trilogy candles that combine three scents such as Bakery Cupcake, Orange Gingersnap and Coffee Cake. If you like to entertain, try one of the cocktail drink mixes like midnight sun martini, berry blast, raspberry buzz mojito or

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chocolate seduction martini. Set the scene for your next party with the Bottelabra, which turns any wine bottle into a distinctive candle holder. Display your favorite wines in one of their many unique bottle racks, and stylize your stopper with “Quirky Corks” that feature witty sayings like, “Life is a Cabernet.” Scarves are a hot accessory for all ages this season, and Country ‘N More carries a variety of colors, lengths and textures. Be sure to check out the slides, rings and pendants that can help you create multiple looks with your scarf. Other personal accessories at Country ‘N More include necklaces and earrings in silver, beads and art glass, or Bendi

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Bands, which are wire headbands covered in colorful printed fabrics. You can even find something for little ones at the store, with a fun collection of Webkinz, Perfect Petz and other animals by Ty like the friendly, fuzzy Monstaz or plush Beanie Ballz. With the Christmas season over, Domeyer is looking forward to heading off to market in search of new and unique products. “We always say that running a successful business is a lot like tennis - the better you serve, the more successful you are,” says Domeyer. “So the new location gives us something fresh to offer our customers.”

janua january 2013 January Jamboree Wednesday, January 2 • 9am - 1pm Oyate Community Center • 2421 W. 15th Street School’s out- time for some fun! While parents head back to work, kids can enjoy a jam-packed morning with winter-themed arts, crafts, and games. We will provide a morning snack. Please bring a cold lunch. After the jamboree, attendees are welcome to stay at the community center for open gym, which runs 1 - 5 pm. Ages 7 to 9 years old; $15 register by December 28. INFO (605) 367-8222.

Super Sitter Babysitting Classes Wednesday, Jan. 2 • 9 a.m.– 3 p.m. Education Center Classroom 2 • Cost: $35 The basics of babysitting are taught in this one day class for boys and girls ages 10-13. Child development, basic safety and first aid, nutrition, homemade toys and games and diapering are some of the topics covered. Register online at www.AveraMcKennan.org and select Events Calendar or call 1-877-AT-AVERA (1-877-282-8372) or in Sioux Falls (605) 322-6877.

Play Day Camp Wednesday, January 2 • 6:30am - 6pm Star Performance Complex • 2512 S. Carolyn Ave Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57106 Out of school? What to do!? Come have a blast at the Star Performance Complex! When schools are out, Star Performance offers a fun filled day for school age children. Play time on inflatable, tramps, pit, crafts, movies & more. $25/child. (605) 362-7827. Children’s Theatre Festival Featuring Storyland Children’s Theatre of Sioux Falls and Storybook Land Theatre of Aberdeen Friday, January 4 • 9am & 7pm Harrisburg Performing Arts Center Large groups are encouraged to reserve their seats in advance. Tickets $2. Box Office and INFO (605) 743-2567 x5018. Trefoil at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, January 4 • noon - 1pm

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Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Trefoil will perform a Celtic mix in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch or purchase one from Kaladi’s. (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com

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ary 20 First Friday • Downtown Sioux Falls Friday, January 4 A special day of shopping, art and entertainment downtown! Enjoy a day and evening of culture and activity. Visit a variety of retailers, artist venues and fabulous restaurants, plus music and drinks at all your favorite hot spots! INFO (605) 338-4009.

Movie Night at the Museum: Newsies Friday, January 4 • 6:45 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street The Old Courthouse Museum and Downtown Sioux Falls are once again teaming up to bring you Movie Night at the Museum. Bring a blanket or pillow and settle in the historic courtroom. Doors open at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. (605) 367-4210 or www. siouxlandmuseums.com The Gospel of John Saturday, January 5 • 7pm First Lutheran Church • 327 S. Dakota Ave. Come and see the gospel transformed into a captivating drama, presenting the entire story of the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Actor Brad Sherrill memorized all 20,000 words of the

Starlab Inflatable Planetarium at the Old Courthouse Museum Sunday, January 6 • 1pm, 2pm, 3pm 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 $2, 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

Kids Night Out Fridays in January • 7pm - 10pm Star Performance Complex 2512 S. Carolyn Ave Need a night out without the kids!? Bring the kids out to Star Performance Complex! Kids come have a blast jumping on inflatable, tramps and in the pit! We will have games, crafts, activities, movies, & more. We will serve pizza & drinks between 7-7:30pm. All participants must be potty trained. Drop them off at 7pm and pick them up any time before 10pm. Rates: $15/child. MUST preregister on the website by noon the day of the event! INFO (605) 362-7827. Stampede Hockey vs. Sioux City Musketeers Friday, January 4 • 7:05pm Sioux Falls Arena The Stampede are one of the premier organizations having won multiple

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Benson’s Flea Market January 5 & 6 W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Benson’s Flea Market features everything you can imagine, big and little, old and new, heavy and light! This is the longest running flea market in South Dakota. INFO (605) 367-7178.

Christmas with the Animals Saturday, January 5 • 1pm - 4pm Great Plains Zoo Just like humans, animals like presents and treats to add some excitement to their daily lives. During Christmas with the Animals, Zookeepers and volunteers decorate donated Christmas trees with edible treats for the animals to enjoy. Zoo-goers watch the animals unwrap presents filled with fruits and vegetables, munch on garlands made of Cheerios, and nibble on the Christmas trees. INFO (605) 3677003. Stampede Hockey vs. Sioux City Musketeers Saturday, January 5 • 7:05pm Sioux Falls Arena The Stampede are one of the premier organizations having won multiple Organization of the Year awards. The team is filled with players from all over the world and competes in 64 regular season home games. INFO (605) 336-6060. Sioux Falls Skyforce Basketball Wednesday, January 9 • 2:45pm Sioux Falls Arena Join the fun and watch action-packed NBA D League basketball at its best. INFO (605) 332-0605. Stampede Hockey vs. Waterloo Blackhawks Wednesday, January 9 • 7:05pm Sioux Falls Arena The Stampede are one of the premier organizations having won multiple Organization of the Year awards. The team is filled with players from all over the world and competes in 64 regular season home games. INFO (605) 336-6060.

Sioux Falls Quilters Guild Thursday, January 10 • 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. Sioux Falls Skyforce Basketball

January 11 • 7pm Sioux Falls Arena Join the fun and watch action-packed NBA D League basketball at its best. INFO (605) 332-0605.

3 janu Two Tap Trio at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, January 11 • noon - 1pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street The Two Tap Trio will perform Traditional and Contemporary Irish music in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch or purchase one from The Pickle Barrel (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com The Ballroom Dance Club January 11 • 8pm - 11:30pm El Riad Shrine • 14th and Phillips Ballroom dancing to one of the big bands that we usually have for good music. Guests welcome with tickets just $10 each at the door. Dressy/ business casual attire requested. INFO (605) 528-5653.

It’s A Snow Day with Phil Baker Saturday, January 12 • 10:30am - 11:30 am O’Gorman Lorang Theatre The performance is a super-fun musical for children as a benefit for Children’s Care Hospital & School in Sioux Falls. It is an hour-long event featuring music, magic and interactive fun. For tickets call 605-4449600, go to cchs.org, or purchase at the door.

Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 Saturday, January 12 • 7:30pm Washington Pavilion • 301 S. Main Ave. The SD Symphony Orchestra brings to life Rachmaninoff’s expressive third symphony and celebrates the Lakota Music Project with Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate’s new song cycle. Inspired by Rachmaninoff, Tate began his work as a pianist and has become one of the most prominent American Indian classical composers alive today. INFO (605) 335-7933. Sioux Falls Skyforce Basketball January 12 • 7pm Sioux Falls Arena Join the fun and watch action-packed NBA D League basketball at its best. INFO (605) 332-0605. Swing Dance Program at the Old Courthouse Museum Sunday, January 13 • 1pm - 4pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Learn to swing dance at the Old Courthouse Museum! Beginning swing dance lessons from 1-1:30 p.m. with open dancing from 1:30-4 p.m. Beginners are especially welcome, all ages, no partner required. Free admission. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com Sioux Falls Skyforce Basketball January 15 • 7pm Sioux Falls Arena

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anua Kid’s Activity Day Winter Counts at the Old Courthouse Museum Thursday, January 17 • 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

Sanford Gynecologic Oncology Clinic Support Group January 17 • 4pm - 5pm TM/© 2012 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved. courtesy of VEE Corporation. Every day, women are affected by Photographs gynecologic cancers. Whether you have ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer or cervical cancer, we are here for you. Sanford Gynecologic Oncology Clinic invites you to attend the Gynecologic Cancers Support Group. INFO (605) 328-8888 or email info@sanfordwomenshealth.org

Downtown Crazy Days January 18 & 19 • 10am - 5pm Downtown Sioux Falls Find great deals by shopping Downtown Crazy Days January 18th & 19th. Please note that stores normally open on Sundays may extend Crazy Days through Sunday. INFO (605) 338-4009. Sioux Falls Skyforce Basketball January 18 • 7pm

Dakota Wind Quintet at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, January 18 • Noon to 1pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street The Dakota Wind Quintet 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 from Kaladi’s. (605) 367-4210 or www. siouxlandmuseums.com

Greater Sioux Falls Outdoor Show January 18 - 20 W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Annual Outdoor Show with displays and booths related to outdoor sports including hunting, fishing, boating and water sports and camping. Boats, RVs, campers, ATVs, watercraft, lawn & acreage equipment, motorcycles and many related booths and seminars. All sports & hunting related service clubs are invited to share current hunting and fishing regulations, tips and programs. INFO (605) 366-6186. Sioux Empire Young Marines Spaghetti Feed Friday, January 18 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm Sioux Falls American Legion • 1701 W. Legion Dr. $5 per person for all you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad. Coffee and lemonade is also included. Adults and children of all ages

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Swing Dance Program at the Old Courthouse Museum Sunday, January 20 • 1pm - 4pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Learn to swing dance at the Old Courthouse Museum! Beginning swing dance lessons from 1-1:30 p.m. with open dancing from 1:30-4 p.m. Beginners are especially welcome, all ages, no partner required. Free admission. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com

ary 20 Hadden Sayers Saturday, January 19 • 8pm Orpheum Theater • 315 N. Phillips Ave. Texas blues troubadour Hadden Sayers has performed with many others including: Kenny Neal, The Neville Brothers, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Susan Tedeschi, Double Trouble, Ruthie Foster, Marcia Ball, The Doobie Bros., Los Lobos, Bryan Adams and many more. INFO (605) 335-6101. Sioux Falls Skyforce Basketball January 19 • 7pm Sioux Falls Arena Join the fun and watch action-packed NBA D League basketball at its best. INFO (605) 332-0605.

Winter Women’s Try-it Day Saturday, January 19 • noon 4500 S. Oxbow Ave. • Sertoma Park Ladies, come join us for some outdoor winter fun! Depending on the weather and amount of snowfall, we will have a day filled with ice fishing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. No pre-registration is required. INFO (605) 362-2777.

Sioux Empire Farm Show January 22 - 26 A major winter livestock and farm equipment exposition featuring all classes of livestock, (purebred cattle shows and sales, sheep and swine shows, open steer and heifer shows and rabbit shows) commercial exhibits, horse pull and youth activities. Admission is free. INFO (605) 336-1620.

Ceili Dance Program Thursday, January 24 • 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. Get ready to dance at the Old Courthouse Museum! Free Admission. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www. siouxlandmuseums.com Burlap Wolf King at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, January 25 • noon - 1pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street


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Local singer/songwriter Burlap Wolf King will perform in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch or purchase one from The Pickle Barrel. (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com

2013 An Injection of Murder: Murder Mystery at the Pettigrew Home & Museum January 25 & 26 • 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, and 8pm Pettigrew Home & Museum • 131 N. Duluth Avenue Please join us at the Pettigrew Home & Museum for an entertaining, interactive murder mystery where you solve the crime. There will be four nights of public performances, with five show times each. Tickets will be $10 per person can be purchased at the Old Courthouse Museum. INFO (605) 367-4210.

2013 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Saturday, January 26 Sanford Research Center • 2301 E 60th St North Join us at the 2013 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in a healthy activity for a worthy goal, raising money to improve the lives of every person affected by type 1 diabetes. Your personal contribution and fundraising efforts support JDRF funded research to find a cure! Take your first step and register today at walktocurediabetessd.org! Check in 7:30 am. WALK begins 9am. Celebration Ceremony 10am. Fundraising is encouraged. Rewards start at the $100 level-earning the official JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes t-shirt. INFO kmorris@jdrf.org or (605) 312-6438. Live Cage Free – Women’s Workshop Saturday, January 26 • 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Lumber Exchange Building • across from 8th and RR Center Are you a guilty mom, overly committed woman, or driven professional juggling the fallacy of a work/life balance? It’s time to break free of your self-imposed cage and discover a new kind of freedom! Motivational teacher and coach, Lisa Brouwer, will equip you with the keys so you can unlock what is holding you back and help you create a positive destination in every area of your life. $99 registration includes lunch. Sign up at www.FullThrottleLiving.com or call Lisa at 366-3072. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto January 26 & 27 Washington Pavilion • 301 S. Main Ave. Be moved by the passionate works of these legendary Russian composers. Be swept away with the return of Alessio Bax, who has been described by the Dallas Morning News as “…one of the most compelling pianists around…” South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. INFO (605) 335-7933. Professional Image Wedding Showcase Sunday, January 27 • noon - 4pm Grand Falls Casino Event Center There will be over 75 local and national bridal vendors to help you plan the wedding of your dreams. 3 Lucky brides will win cash from their trip to the money booth. Prizes given throughout the day, and there will also be a bridal fashion show. INFO (605) 334-0619.

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long Phillips Avenue, many old houses stand proudly – surrounded by tall, mature trees, and providing a glimpse of Sioux Falls’ history. One of those houses is the place that Steve Hildebrand and Mike Pierce have called home for nearly 20 years. From the outside, the Dutch Colonial is a glimpse of true Americana with its gambrel roof with curved eaves, shaker shingles and the American flag waving in the breeze. Stepping first into the enclosed entryway, which serves as a nice sitting area to enjoy the morning paper and a cup of coffee, you start to see a little of the character that lies behind the next door. The windows at the front of the house are original, others have been updated to take advantage of energy savings programs, but Hildebrand and Pierce were careful to select windows that

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matched the originals. All of the windows and doorways are framed in oak, and you start to imagine the attention and care with which the house was built. From the front door, you can enter the formal dining room to the left, or go straight into a comfortable family room. The fireplace with the ornate mantel appears to be original, but Hildebrand says, it was a feature they added about 15 years ago. They built out the wall to give the appearance of a chimney, and the mantelpiece came from a Sioux Falls antique store. The house used to end at the family room. A few years ago, Hildebrand and Pierce decided it was time to make some changes. “We love living here, and love the house,” Hildebrand says, “but it only had one bathroom. For a while it wasn’t so bad, but when all my sisters came to visit….well, that was a problem.” So, after a 900-square foot addition, they had a new kitchen

on the main level, a master suite on the upper level, and they grew from one bath to 2 1/2 baths. They also added new hardwood floors throughout the house.

Always considering the historical character of the house, they kept the original window from the back of the house and inserted it over the sink in the kitchen, keeping it in the new back of the

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house. Other things that were added or changed, from doors and hardware to lighting, were also selected because they were in keeping with the home’s character. Looking outside from the kitchen to the back, you see

a small house, which Hildebrand and Pierce own as a rental property. There’s a historical story behind that little house, too, Hildebrand explains. “The original owners of this house built that one out back for

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glasses and their collection of jadeite glass pieces. Those are housed in a large display case that takes up the entire length of the wall. Hildebrand and Pierce found it in the basement of the house when they moved in. Across from that is a piece given to them by friends – an antique that came from a from a pharmacy in Lennox that they refinished and then added a granite top to make a beautiful sideboard. Around the corner, in the new kitchen, hangs a wall sconce that had once hung over the fireplace in George McGovern’s

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home in Mitchell. Hildebrand, a well-known political strategist and campaign director, was able to get the piece before the house was torn down. It seems every piece of furniture has a story, but that isn’t entirely surprising since Hildebrand and Pierce enjoy auctions, antique stores and anywhere else they might discover a “find.” The table in the kitchen came from Hildebrand’s sister, who had purchased it at an auction when Westmar College closed in LeMars, Iowa. It was a long, rectangular table that came

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from a biology classroom. Originally, it had a Formica top, but Hildebrand and Pierce refinished it down to its original wood and then painted the base red. Just past the table, is a side entrance to the house, with steps down to a yard-level patio with a built-in stone bench, water feature and a fireplace – all landscaped and lit. “If I say one thing to homeowners, it’s ‘don’t do a deck’,” says Hildebrand. “No one ever sits on the deck. I recommend something like this – a patio in the yard where you can create an intimate, inviting space with landscaping close all around it. We have blooming flowers here from May to October.” Passing back through the family room and dining room, you reach the original wood bannister that leads to the second story. In the two guest rooms, the woodwork was painted a dark brown when Hildebrand and Pierce moved in. They decided to paint the woodwork white, which is a nice companion to the gentle green walls and the hardwood floors. In the hall sits a little hutch that houses more than 120 collectible salt and pepper shakers – all Christmas designs. During the holiday season, the shakers find new seasonal spots throughout the house. With the addition to the house, the third small bedroom

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upstairs transformed into a master suite with a den/office, bedroom and bathroom. Hildebrand and Pierce were able to find matching floorboards and crown molding from other houses that had been torn down and have them restored to match the original woodwork in the room. A pocket door leads into the large spa-like bathroom with its walk-in shower and separate toilet room. Back-lit, recessed

shelves add unique storage space. When asked if he has anything else on his “to do” list for the house, Hildebrand laughs and shakes his head. “No, this is it… this was enough.” The hard work was worth it though, he adds. “We love this house and our neighborhood, and we really like being this close to downtown.”

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Delicious Roasted Vegetable Lasagna Thank You to Guest Columnist Dr. Molly Karmazin

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna for the bechamel: 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) 1/2 cup flour 4 cups milk some grated nutmeg 1/2 tsp ground white pepper 1 chicken bouillon cube (amount that you would dissolve in 1 cup water) note: if you are using Knorr bouillon cubes, remember they are for 2 cups of water - just cut them in half) Vegetables to roast (you can use anything you like) I used a combination of zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, 3 garlic cloves and some chopped up fresh spinach Lasagna noodles for one 13x9 inch baking pan I don’t recommend “no boil” noodles for this lasagna. 1 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese For the bechamel: In a medium sized saucepan, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for just a minute or so. Slowly add the milk and keep whisking. Add the nutmeg, white pepper and bouillon cube and whisk. Cook for a few minutes, whisking, until the bechamel has thickened slightly. Set aside to cool. Stir it once in a while so a skin doesn’t form. For the vegetables: Chop vegetables uniformly. Mince garlic. Combine half the mixed vegetables on a baking sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for several minutes at 400˚. Stir. Roast for several

minutes more until vegetables are soft. You can roast a little longer, if you like them to be slightly carmelized. Repeat with remaining vegetables. Set aside to cool slightly. Cook lasagna noodles for 5 minutes, until soft. Shock in a bowl of ice water, lay on towels to dry. Spray a 13x9 baking pan with a little cooking spray. Spoon some bechamel thinly on the bottom of the pan. Start with a layer of noodles, a layer of bechamel, some vegetables, and then a layer of a little parmesan and mozzarella. Repeat layers until you have 6 layers of noodles. On top of the last layer, don’t use any vegetables, just some bechamel and the remaining cheeses. Cover tightly with foil. At this point, you can refrigerate this for a day if you want. When you are ready to bake, bring to room temperature for an hour and then bake for 50 minutes in a 350˚ oven. Remove foil. Bake for a little longer until top is slightly golden. Let sit for 15 minutes before slicing.

Family Favorite “Scooter” Bread 1 large loaf French or Italian bread 1 stick softened salted butter 1/2 t garlic salt 1-2 t Italian seasoning Slice loaf into halves, top and bottom. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl, whip well with spatula. Then spread garlic butter onto both halves. Place butter side up onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350˚ for 10-15 minutes. This tastes great and is a nice addition to the lasagna.

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By Jim Mathis

“In our culture, meals are often at the center of everything. When we have something to celebrate, we gather around a table and share in a feast. And when someone is mourning, we bring food to comfort. Heartbreak will often send us to the Häagen-Dazs aisle. Run into an old friend on the street and I usually say ‘we should have lunch’ or dinner, or breakfast.”


onfession time: I am overweight. And I am not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about twothirds of American adults are overweight or obese, and every time I visit my doctor or try to squeeze into an old pair of jeans, I am reminded that I am among that crowd. It is not something I am proud of, but like many of you, I have trouble losing weight and keeping that weight off. A friend of mine found herself in a similar situation, and after many failed attempts at shedding the extra pounds, she joined one of the medically supervised weight loss plans. These are extreme programs; regular meals are replaced by protein shakes and specially managed dietary supplements. It also involves frequent counseling sessions, led by trained medical staff. My friend is taking this very seriously, even hiring a photographer to help document her journey. As I write this, she is nearing the one year mark on the road to a healthy weight. Her hard work and determination really shows. She looks and feels great. I applaud her because I do not think I would have the willpower to stay on the program for even a few weeks, let alone the twelve months

that she has stuck to it. As we were discussing her mission, she began to talk about the biggest challenge being changing her relationship with food. In our culture, meals are often at the center of everything. When we have something to celebrate, we gather around a table and share in a feast. And when someone is mourning, we bring food to comfort. Heartbreak will often send us to the Häagen-Dazs aisle. Run into an old friend on the street and I usually say “we should have lunch” or dinner, or breakfast. She had to break that cycle for herself. The fact that I write (and you read) this column is evidence of just how much time we spend thinking about food. In this publication alone, we have a page a recipes, a column about wine (and how well it complements food) as well as my humble ramblings on the subject. Add in the full page ads with glossy pictures of food (some of which my company is responsible for) and it’s a pretty big chunk of this periodical. Go to the magazine section of the mega-mart and you’ll find racks full of publications dedicated to the subject. Turn on the TV and you can spend

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your day flipping between two 24-hour food channels that have transformed cooking into entertainment and competition. Even prime-time networks have their share of screaming chefs and cooking contests. With all of this savory content floating around, it’s no wonder we are overweight. The answer is simple; eat less, move more. Fewer calories go in the pie hole, burn more off in the gym. Easy. Until you try it. That takes willpower, something many of us, including me, are woefully short of. And then there are factors I just don’t understand. A couple of weeks ago, my beloved and I went out to dinner with an old friend we hadn’t seen in a while. Though he’s not skinny, he’s not nearly as heavy as I am. He and I ordered the same meal. I left about half on the plate, he didn’t leave a crumb. How come I’m the one with the ever-expanding waistline? Eating like that, he should weigh a ton! Not that I’m wishing that on him, but really, how do I get that kind of metabolism? This time of year, many of us will make New Year’s Resolutions, and many of those resolutions will be to shed a few extra pounds; eat less, eat better, exercise more often. I will try again this year. More salads, fewer cheeseburgers. More time on the elliptical, less time on the couch. Last year I started strong, and I was doing really well right through the end of March. Then the wheels fell off. I missed a couple of days of exercise and just never got started again. Let’s see if I can keep it up at least until June. My friend, now a year later and many pounds lighter, has learned to look at food differently. She is still surrounded by a food culture, but she has learned to think of food not as a social event, but a source of nutrition. She still looks forward to her Starbucks non-fat, extra-hot, half-the syrup toffee nut, no foam lattes, but instead of an everyday habit, they are an occasional reward. It has taken time, but she has conquered her addiction to food. For me, it’s complicated. I love to cook, and use my time in the kitchen as a stress reliever. Some people run 5k road races...I make risotto. So my challenge as I once again resolve to eat better and move more will be to refocus my time in the kitchen on healthier meals and managing portion sizes. When we go out, I’ll skip the braised pork belly and ask for the fish, order a glass of wine instead of a bottle, and have a salad before dinner instead of dessert after. We can do this. We can build a healthy relationship with food. Maybe I won’t throw out those old jeans quite yet. I just might fit into them again after all. Do yourself a favor, eat something good today. Just make it something healthy. When Jim’s not in the kitchen, he runs ADwërks, ad agency in uptown Sioux Falls.

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Start 2013 with Chile, Not Chilly by Riccardo Tarabelsi


hen the chill is in the air and the wind takes your breath away, you know it’s January in South Dakota. The best device that we can use to evade the cold, besides a nice fireplace and a heavy blanket, is our minds. The mind is a terrible thing to waste (and the waist is a terrible thing to mind, but I digress.) Your mind can take you anywhere you want it to, and the perfect glass of wine can help you get there. During this chilly season, try wines from a not-so-chilly place: Chile. It’s summer there, so take your mind off the frost, and sip on a wine from one of the world’s most exciting places to grow vines. Drive beyond the dusty provincial towns and the Chilean landscape is carpeted with 1/4 million acres of grapes that ripen perfectly in bright sunlight, warm days, and cool evenings. Labor,

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land, and grape prices are low so these wineries can make high quality wines at a fraction of the cost of those located in California, Australia, or Europe. Consequently you can buy excellent Chilean wines at a low cost. What a way to start the new year! Wine grapes (Vitis vinifera) are not native to the Americas; they arrived with the Spanish in the 1500s. Early attempts to form vineyards in more northerly climates, such as the Caribbean, Mexico, and Peru proved unsuccessful; in Chile, however, the vine found its first true New World home. Improvements in maritime transportation made crossAtlantic travel much more viable by the early 19th century. Chile, freshly emancipated from Spain, yearned for knowledge of its European roots, and members of the country’s wealthiest

“During this chilly season, try wines from a not-so-chilly place: Chile. It’s summer there, so take your mind off the frost, and sip on a wine from one of the world’s most exciting places to grow vines.” families embarked upon an intercontinental pilgrimage that would change Chilean life and culture in many ways. France was a favorite destination, and soon French customs, from food to clothing to architecture, flourished among Chile’s upper classes. It did not take long for the first French-style wineries to make an appearance as well. Winemakers who once considered their work to begin when the grapes arrived at the winery were encouraged to step out into the fields, and work closely with the winegrowers to improve the quality of the fruit that would ultimately lead to much better wines. Varietal selection had stagnated to concentrate on primarily Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. New varieties were added and new vineyard management techniques such as drip irrigation and vertical trellising were incorporated to increase quality and

reduce crop loads. Chile’s signature grape, Carmenere, appeared during this process of vineyard renovation. The world was aware that Chile’s Merlot was unique, and local growers were certain that not all of the vines were the same, but it wasn’t until 1994 that French ampelographer Jean Michel Boursiquot finally attached a name to the variant variety: Carmenere, a red variety from France that arrived in Chile prior to the phylloxera (vine-eating bug) crisis. Because the late-ripening variety is difficult to manage in cool climates and highly susceptible to phylloxera, it was never replanted in its native Bordeaux and had long been forgotten until its rediscovery in Chile. Since that time, extensive work has been done to separate the two varieties and treat each according to its own specific requirements, resulting in major style changes in both.

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Despite its nearly 500 years of existence, Chile’s wine industry is fresh, young, and evolving to meet the needs of today’s ever more demanding world markets. Chilean wines are now available in more than 90 countries on 5 continents. Exports to Europe, the United States, and particularly to Asia have grown steadily each year. Chile currently ranks as the 8th largest producer of wine by country (the U.S. ranks 4th behind France, Italy, and Spain.) I highly recommend trying a Chilean wine in the near future. If you’re looking for a good, hearty red for a lot less money than a comparable wine from California, then I suggest you run to your nearest wine store and ask about their wines from Chile. You’ll be surprised at the quality you will find under $10, impressed with the ones that are under $20, and astonished, if you can find one, at the high end Chilean selections that retail for over $50. Chile is the place where the wines are twice as good at half the price. Enjoy your New Year responsibly. Carpe Vino! When Riccardo isn’t writing articles about the southern hemisphere, he is the general manager of Spezia in Sioux Falls. He loves recommending wine and food pairings and organizing wine dinners for friends and guests. Riccardo coaches his three sons’ soccer teams (Dante, Berent, and Jaxon,) and is married to his best friend, Marybeth.

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Saving on a Craving

Our gourmet homemade pot pies are $1 off the month of January when you mention this ad. Lick the Spoon Gourmet Coffee and Bistro also offers a range of coffees and desserts. Park Place Plaza on 41st Street. Just down from Fuddruckers. (605) 271-770. lickthespoonsf.com.

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With a succulent candle ring from Meredith & Bridget’s Flower Shop. Call or stop by our shop and check out our fresh flower arrangements too. 3422 S. Minnesota Ave. (605) 271-5500. www.mbpflowers.com

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Keep those kiddos cozy this winter with Minga animal hats. They will look and feel adorable with their favorite animal hat. Sizes S, M, L $20 at Sprout. 2425 S. Shirley Ave. (605) 271-2999.

Fashionable Headwear!

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

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Put some cheer into those cold winter classes. Cozy, cable knit legwarmers snuggle your ankles and calves and saucy little pompons make it fun. $24 at The Dance Line. 2115 S. Minnesota Ave. (605) 335-8242.

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Your little super hero will love the Batman, Spidey or Superman wall art from Kids Stuff Super Store. 24” tall. $39.99 each. 3109 S. Carolyn Ave. (605) 361-8636.

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Save 50% on almost everything in the store! Open for Crazy Days January 18 & 19. Lillian’s. 311 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 275-5720.

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A splash of color to welcome the new year! Warm up the cold days of January and serve in the colors of the tropics with these birch stacking bowls. $39 - $75 each at Twetten’s Interiors. 26th & Minnesota. (605) 275-3456.

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Keep on track with the sugarfree skinny versions of your favorite latte. Available at both Kaladi’s locations. 26th & Minnesota, 339-3322 or 10th & Phillips, 977-0888.

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Remember those special occasions and moments with a shadow box created by You’ve Been Framed. Makes a wonderful keepsake or gift. 57th & Western. 361-9229.

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Dress up your little one’s outfit with these darling handmade floral headbands. Several colors and patterns to choose from. Shown $10 - $12 at Eddy Joy Baby Boutique. 57th & Western. (605) 275-0014.

The Micropro 48-piece Microscope set enables kids to investigate everything from cells to crystals. Start the love of science early. Just $39.99 at Kidtopia. 57th & Western. (605) 334-4825.

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Glacier Rocks are a great way to cool your favorite drinks. Unlike ice cubes, they gently cool your drink without diluting them. Made from “soft” stone, these rocks won’t scratch glassware. Available at Good Spirits Fine Wine & Liquor. 41st & Minnesota. (605) 339-1500.

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When gloves meet mittens, you get glittens! Genuine leather and available in several colors. Uniquely constructed - a glove inside a mitten. Genius! $38 each at Hip Chic Boutique. 328 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 271-8480.

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Three prancing ponies are “Running Free” on strands of braided black leatherette, featuring an attractive magnetic closure. 7” bracelet. Nickel and lead free. $69.99 at Fifth Avenue Collection. Shop their national showroom at 708 E. Benson Rd. (605) 335-0602.

Get your new winter vacation shoes at Go Casual. Several new styles and fun colors to choose from. Shop early for best selection. 124 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 334-5795.

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Each Mary Frances handbag is unique. Made by skilled artisans, slight variations make your piece one-of-a-kind. Please love gently, but wear with passion! Several to choose from. Shown $240 at Josephine’s Floral Design. 401 E. 8th St. 338-9290.

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aden + anais® wraps are the ultimate in breathability and softness. The lightweight muslin permits air to circulate around the baby’s body, while still providing comfort and warmth. It is gentle on baby’s skin and durable for everyday use. Available at Child’s Play Toys. 233 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 274-8697.

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Our selection of wall mount fireplaces adds a great look to your room with steady, comfortable heat. Plus we have everything else you need for your redesign at Ronning Selections Gallery. 401 E. 12th Street. 336-6000 or www.ronningproperties.com

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Host a dinner party in style with recycled placemats by Kitchen Papers. Available at Spark Stationery Love, 524 N. Main Ave, Sioux Falls. 605-221-5997. www.letterpresslove.com.

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Electric fireplaces provide a warm and relaxing atmosphere that is sure to add character to your home. Consistently rated as one of the most desired amenities, they provide efficient heating and serve as a great focal point in the room. Gather around your new affordable hearth from the Furniture Mart and create beautiful memories. Starting at just $299 each. 2101 W. 41st St. (605) 336-1600.

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by Jessica Weischedel


he U.S. Virgin Islands includes three main islands. Saint Thomas, Saint John, and Saint Croix are all a part of this beautiful vacation destination, and they all possess their own unique characteristics. With sixty percent being protected by the United States National Park Service, St. John is the smallest island of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The most popular pasttimes here are hiking on the higher landscape and snorkeling in the crystal blue waters. Tourists can get a bird’s eye view of the island on an aerial tour via helicopter and on Cessna aircrafts. Ranging from 20 minutes to one hour, the pilot will show passengers the most popular areas and sights. Adventure seekers can also go parasailing and see the islands from the air and the sea. Souring to heights

of 500 feet, they can experience the thrill of flying high above the Caribbean. Walking tours on the islands of both St. Croix and St. Thomas allow tourists to learn the rich history of the area. Restored art galleries and museums illustrate the past and display cultural demonstrations. St. Thomas is the most populated and the most visited of the three islands. While being home to the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as the most developed island, it is said to have the most beautiful beaches of the three. In the month of April, St. Thomas will be celebrating their highly anticipated annual carnival, which was first celebrated in 1912. The Big Kahuna Rum Shack, located downtown on the waterfront of St. Thomas, offers amazing food along with their World

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Understanding the Genetic Risks for Cancer By: Stacy Jones, Sanford Health


hen it comes to leaving a legacy or inheritance, our thoughts go to the positive. Treasures. Heirlooms. Unfortunately for some they leave behind an unwanted health risk. Sue Jalas, a survivor of ovarian cancer, learned that she carries a genetic mutation that puts her at high risk for both ovarian and breast cancer. Two of her daughters and one of her granddaughters share the family legacy. For this family, the knowledge is difficult, but it gives them power, says Sue. Cancer may run in their family, but they know

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what to do, she says. “It’s hard when you hear the ‘c-word’ as a patient. You hear that word and you go numb,” says Sue. “We have a genetic disease so we know there is something we can do about it.” The 64-year-old Paullina, Iowa, woman always kind of assumed that cancer could be part of her future. Her father and his nine siblings all died of cancer and there was plenty of the disease on her mother’s side of the family too. She even lost young cousins to cancer when she was a child.

“For this family, the knowledge is difficult, but it gives them power, says Sue. Cancer may run in their family, but they know what to do, she says.”

Sue’s father died of prostate cancer and her mother had breast cancer that metastasized, moving into her lungs and brain. Because of the family history, she has always been vigilant about screening tests.

The “C-word” Sue discovered she had ovarian cancer in August 2010. Her doctors, who had been treating her for what she thought was a urinary tract infection, learned that she had a fast-growing type of cancer. “I see cancer as something that is insidious, evil and sneaky,” Sue says. “It doesn’t show itself until it’s ready to. I knew if I took my eye off it for a minute it would kill me fast.” Knowing that she was overwhelmed by her diagnosis, Sue brought her daughter and son-in-law, who is a physician’s assistant, to come with her as she talked to Sanford Women’s gynecologic oncologist Dr. Maria Bell about the future. Dr. Bell recommended surgery and a clinical trial to attack her aggressive ovarian cancer. Surgery would be followed by chemotherapy, including participation in a clinical trial which included Avastin, a drug that has shown signs of slowing cancer growth both during and after chemotherapy. Sue also had genetic testing done and learned that she tested positive for the BRCA 2 genetic mutation. This gene, which can come from either the mother or father’s side, puts a woman at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, says Dr. Bell. Two of Sue’s three adult daughters and one 21-year-old granddaughter also tested positive for the genetic mutation. Dr. Bell says that the knowledge of the genetic testing results

empowers women and gives them a chance to take action, such as extra monitoring, screenings or surgery.

Taking Action When Sue’s treatment for her ovarian cancer was complete and successful, she had a bilateral mastectomy to prevent the chance of breast cancer. Her daughters both have opted for preventative surgery. One has done both a hysterectomy and mastectomy while the other is still in the process of getting the surgeries done. “I call it a gift to know that we have this genetic mutation,” says Sue. “We pray that they may find a cure or find some new therapies in the coming years.” Since getting her clean bill of health, Sue has taken part in Sanford’s Embrace Cancer Survivorship program; even joining a group of local survivors. The group of women who have all been through ovarian cancer support each other and have developed deep friendships. She also began doing research into the health histories of her extended family. She has passed that information on to Sanford researchers in hopes that it might help unlock the secrets of why some families face this mutation. As a member of a clinical study whose case will be followed by scientists in the coming years, she tries to stay as healthy as possible in hopes that her treatment and her life may benefit other cancer patients. Everything scientists can learn will help other families like hers, she says. To learn more, go to www.AveraVeradia.org

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friends & family for kids 53 Winter Crafts for Kids

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Winter CraftsFor Kids by Jessica Weischedel


inter is a beautiful season, but after the initial snowfall and the beauty of the white covered trees outside, you are dealing with runny noses, mud and slush, and school cancellations. You will need to find some new ways to occupy the kids and encourage them to stay indoors and away from the cold. These winter activities will help you to stay warm and stay sane, preventing your kids from becoming lazy and causing those necessary creative juices to flow.

Snowy Winter Trees Materials needed: White felt, 1 block of floral foam, 2 large twigs with several branches, snow texture paint, white craft glue, and scissors.

Instructions: Make holes into the floral foam by pushing the end of each twig into it, then removing them. Cover the top of the foam with felt, then find the holes using a pen and mark the felt where the holes are located. Cut or poke small holes in the felt where the marks were made. Glue the felt in place onto the foam and trim any excess material. On the end of one of the twigs, dab some glue and insert it into the hole through the felt, then repeat this with the other twig. Using a paintbrush, apply a snow texture paint using your fingers as a guide in case it falls in spots. Once you have your desired snow effect, allow to dry for at least three hours. You can add more decorations such as tiny birds, ornaments, tinsel, etc. to create an even more unique winter tree.

Cotton Ball Snowman Materials needed: Cotton balls, construction paper, pipe cleaners, small beads, and glue.

Instructions: Take individual large cotton balls and fluff them up to as big as you can get them. Roll them together until you have the size that you want for the snowman’s body. Glue this collection of cotton balls onto construction paper, and repeat the fluffing process until you have two more balls to form the entire body of the snowman. Using beads and pieces of construction paper, decorate your snowman by creating eyes, buttons, a mouth, and anything else you might want to add. Yarn or a pipe cleaner makes a great scarf, and an orange pipe cleaner creates a perfect carrot nose.

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Cereal Box Snowman Materials Needed: Empty cereal box, acrylic gesso, 2 foam cups, white and yellow acrylic paint, tape, zipper sandwich bag, rice, pennies, dry beans, etc. (for weight), yellow, orange, and light blue construction paper, white craft glue, glue stick, scissors, black marker, and pink crayon or colored pencil.

Instructions: Using pennies, rice, dry beans, or anything you can find that will give the box some weight, fill a zipper sandwich bag. Seal the bag and place it inside the empty cereal box, then tape the top of the box closed. Paint the whole box with gesso and wait for it to dry. This is a craft medium that provides a surface that paint adheres to well. Next, paint the entire box with white paint and let it dry again. While you are waiting for the paint to dry, cut some slits in the side of each of the foam cups, about an inch and a half from the bottom. Use scissors to trim the rest of the cup in an even pattern. Using yellow paint, paint the bottom and sides of the foam cups to create ear muffs and let them dry. Cut about an inch wide strip of yellow construction paper the full length of the sheet (about 11�). Center this strip across the top of the box and glue in place with a glue stick to create the headband of the ear muffs. Taking the orange construction paper, cut a triangle to create the carrot nose and clue it to the front of the box. Next, cut three light blue construction paper strips about an inch wide and clue them together, end to end, creating one long strip. Use the scissors to fringe both ends of this strip, creating a light blue scarf. Glue this scarf around the bottom of the box, leaving both fringed ends to the right side. Use a black marker to create two large circles for the eyes, a dotted mouth, and some eyebrows. Draw on some rosy cheeks with a pink crayon or colored pencil. Attach your yellow foam cups to the sides of the box with some craft glue, lining up the ends with the yellow strip that is already on the top of the box.

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Construction Paper Mittens Materials needed: Construction paper, cotton balls, white shoe lace or string, hole puncher, scissors, glue, and scotch tape.

Instructions: Draw a pair of mittens on construction paper in the color of your choice, and cut them out. Using a hole puncher, create six holes in the middle of the mittens in a star shape, with one hole at the top, two on each side, and one at the bottom. Turning the mittens over, string the shoelace or white string through one of the holes on the side and secure it in place with a piece of scotch tape. Cross the string through the holes of each side, creating an x-shape. Insert the string through the hole at the top and underneath, then through the hole on the bottom and secure it with another piece of scotch tape. When finished, the string should resemble a snowflake in the middle of the mittens. To complete the look, glue bottom balls onto the cuff of the mittens. Attach a string to connect the two and hang for decoration, or glue the mittens to another piece of construction paper in a different color and have your child sign their name with pride.

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At Home on the Farm: Lincoln Semchenko’s Room By Mary Michaels Photos by Chang Photography


n the middle of a city, Lincoln Semchenko can get away from it all by going to the farm – in his room. Both Lincoln, and younger brother Andersen, have oneof-a-kind murals in their bedrooms, thanks to their artistic grandmother Roberta.

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The boys’ mom, Dayna, has great memories of the farm her father and grandfather operated when she was young, and her husband John grew up on a farm, so the theme for Lincoln’s room was certainly one with which everyone in the family is familiar.

Each scene on the walls looks like a slice right out of the South Dakota landscape. On one wall stands the big barn, painted in a rich red with a green roof. Playing in the farmyard are ducks, a pair of pigs happily wallowing in the mud, a cow with her calf, sheep and mama chickens with their chicks. A rooster perches on a window ledge to keep an eye on things. Off in the distance are horses running through the grass. “We always had horses on our farm,” says Dayna. “Every time mom does one of these murals, she incorporates things that have meaning to our family.” The scene comes to life with all of the colors of a farmstead… the bold red and green barn, the browns and golds of the fields with their tall cornstalks and rolled haybales (which makes a good place for one chicken to rest), the light and dark greens of thick grass and pine trees off in the distance, and leaves on the farm’s trees painted in green, orange and yellow. A rugged fence surrounds the farm with pretty little wildflowers thriving along the fenceline. A little blue lake and stream are nearby, and you can imagine the horses stopping there by the tall cattails to take a drink. A stone walkway leads to the water as

well, presumably for the farmer (seen on the wall with his tractor) and his family to enjoy a picnic on a summer’s day. As you look around the room, you can almost smell the hay, feel the warm summer breeze and hear the chickens cackling or the pigs snorting as they happily play in the mud. What is most striking, however, is the sky. Roberta created colorful, wispy, rolling clouds…and it almost appears as if they are actually blowing across a South Dakota sky. Roberta occasionally uses some chalk outlines to create some images, but almost all of the work is done freehand. “My mom earned an art degree, studied with well-known artists and spent many years as a gallery director,” says Dayna. “But we think what she did in our boys’ rooms is her best work ever. She really gave them a gift from her heart.”

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Animal Puzzle for Toddlers Games Free (lite version) $1.99 (full version) G re a t a p p f o r younger children as an introduction to puzzles and problem solving. The free, lite, version comes with five puzzles, each of which has beautiful, bright and colorful animal pictures. Some of the pictures feature just one animal, such as a cow or a bird, where children are asked to assemble an animal that has been broken into several pieces. Other puzzles feature more of an animal scene, where each piece is an animal that belongs in a scene. The app is great for children who are beginning to learn about their animals. When playing with your child you could say, “could you please drag the fish into his bowl?” For $1.99 you can upgrade and receive an additional 30 puzzles. The variety of the app is appealing as is the increasing level of difficulty with each puzzle.

Games Free This app is easy to learn and has a simple and quick concept to grasp for children and adults. I introduced this app to my third graders and they loved it. Later that day, I showed my husband the game that my third graders loved. It didn’t take long for us to be competing and playing against each other. During “buddy” time this week at school, my third graders taught their sixth grade friends Dice Match and, as anticipated, it was a hit with them as well. The goal of the game is for users to match as many adjacent dice with the same number, with bonuses for the more dice matched in a single play. It sounds easy, however, using good strategy and planning out moves in advance make this game a challenge. Players only have 30 turns in one game to score the most points. As I watched my students play this game, it was fun to see them carefully plan out their moves and think about each play. With almost zero distractions and no popups, this app does a great job of keeping the user’s attention. This app reminds me of the math version of Tetris.

Chicktionary Games Free This works game has been ranked as one of the top 25 iPad apps for kids by Time, MSNBC and others and is a popular one that I use in my classroom. The goal of this game is to unscramble a variety of letters to create as many words as possible. The well-designed format gives users a bank of letters, the chickens to use and then a crate full of eggs where they create as many words as possible. What I like about this game is that the crate of eggs gives clues to users as to how many letters are in each word. For example, there might be nine, three letter words, five four letter words, etc., which helps users be more successful. There are a number of built-in tools to assist users when they get stuck. Chicktionary is a great game for users of all ages and an app that would be fun for parents and children to play together. When I think of this game, it reminds me of Scrabble for kids.

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Protect the Gift of Sight

Don’t overlook possible eye disorders in your baby or preschooler. by Donna Farris, for Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center


ecause the gift of sight is precious, irreplaceable, and worth protecting, parents should be aware of vision problems and eye disorders which can affect young children, and their future vision. An estimated one in 20 preschoolers has a serious eye disorder, that if not corrected can lead to a lifetime of impaired vision. Most babies have their first eye screening as a newborn in the hospital, when the basic structures and anatomy of the eye are checked for obvious defects. “During a baby’s first couple months of life, their eyes do a lot of strange things. Their eyes may drift, cross and not appear to focus,” said Joseph Martin, orthoptist with Avera Medical Group Ophthalmology Sioux Falls. An orthoptist is a medical professional who specializes in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of neuromuscular eye disorders and conditions that affect the binocular vision system. Beginning from about 3 months of age to 6 months, the child’s vision system begins to take over. He should begin to look straight at people or objects, track toys, and focus on mom or

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dad’s face and smile in response. Parents should visit with their pediatrician or family practitioner if the child doesn’t seem to be responding as she should to visual stimuli, if one eye is directed inward or outward, or if the eyes chronically tear or matter. A basic vision check is included in most well-baby check-ups. Strabismus is the medical term for the condition when the eyes are not aligned – when they do not look in the same direction. Because the two eyes are focusing on different things, the brain is confused and may learn to ignore the image from one eye in order to alleviate double vision. Amblyopia, often called “lazy eye,” is the condition in which one or both eyes lose the ability to see details. It occurs when the nerve pathway from the eye to the brain does not develop during childhood, because the abnormal eye is sending a blurred image or the wrong image to the brain. Again, the brain is confused and may learn to ignore the image of the weaker eye. Strabismus is the most common cause of amblyopia, and amblyopia accounts for more vision loss in children than all other causes combined.

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“A child’s visual system develops from birth to approximately age 9. During this time, the brain and eye are making connections and the brain learns to interpret images,” Martin said. “Any condition that affects the clarity of images can halt the development of vision in the affected eye.” If your child is suspected to have one of these eye disorders, he or she may be referred for ophthalmologic care. While they can’t read letters on an eye chart or tell what they see or don’t see, even infants can be assessed by eye specialists. “In infants, we assess vision, check eye movement and alignment, and also do a thorough dilated eye exam. When the pupils are dilated, the muscles that focus the eye are temporarily suspended, and we can evaluate the patient for vision correction without them telling us anything,” Martin said. Children can be fitted for glasses before age 1 if correction is necessary at that age. Flexible frames that are virtually indestructible are often recommended for children under age 5. Children are not often fitted for contact lenses until after age 9, Martin added. If glasses alone cannot correct vision, other strategies include eye drops or eye patches which occlude vision in the strong eye to strengthen eyesight in the poor eye. Prisms and eye muscle exercises can help eye alignment. “The last thing in the arsenal is surgical intervention,” Martin added. If your young child sits too close to the TV, that doesn’t necessarily signal a vision problem. “Kids in general love to sit close to the TV. That’s not always indicative of a problem, and it’s not something that will cause a vision problem,” Martin said. Rather, if your child is squinting, if he cannot see something that others in the family can see such as a clock on the wall, or if she is complaining of a headache or double vision, this may indicate a problem. “If you have a family history of pediatric eye disorders, it’s a good idea to make sure your child is screened early for eye conditions,” Martin added. Your child may be offered vision screening through school or preschool. Avera screens through Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, Brandon Valley, Hartford and Humboldt and the YWCA preschool. A photoscreener, which is like a hand-held camera, can indicate vision difficulties such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or misalignment in just a few seconds.

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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.

Baby Be Kind by Jane Cowen-Fletcher What are some easy ways to be kind? Say hi to your friend. Be nice to your puppy. If you see someone fall down, maybe you can help them up! How about sharing your cookies or crackers? Or giving a tired someone a ride in your little wagon? From taking turns to saying you’re sorry, trying not to be angry to giving a big hug, these simplest of gestures, rendered in Jane CowenFletcher’s adorable style, show that being kind feels so good that even a baby will want to try it. Ages 1 yr - 3 yrs Candlewick Press

African Acrostics: A Word in Edgeways by Avis Harley Illustrated with gorgeous full-color photographs, this collection sends poetry buffs and animal lovers on an armchair safari they’ll never forget. Spot the elusive double acrostic (in which the first and last letters of each line spell a message), the cross acrostic (in which the message is read diagonally), and the multiple acrostic (you have to see it to believe it)- not to mention lions, zebras, crocodiles, hippos, and elephants. Oh, my! Ages 8 yrs - 10 yrs Candlewick Press

Sadie and Ratz by Sonya Hartnett Sadie and Ratz are the names of Hannah’s hands. They aren’t animals, but they behave like wild beasts, says Dad. For one thing, they’re always after four-year-old Baby Boy (whom Sadie wishes were a dog). They jump onto his head and try to rub his ears off. Baby Boy knows how to turn the tables, though, and when he spills milk on the carpet, he tells Grandma that Sadie and Ratz pushed him. But when Baby Boy goes too far, Hannah may have to send Sadie and Ratz on vacation to prove their innocence. Ages 5 yrs - 8 yrs Candlewick Press

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A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker Bear is quite sure he doesn’t like visitors. He even has a sign. So when a mouse taps on his door one day, Bear tells him to leave. But the mouse -- who keeps popping up in the most unexpected places -- just won’t go away! Cheery persistence wears down the curmudgeonly Bear in a wry comedy of manners that ends in a most unlikely friendship. Ages 3 yrs - 7 yrs Candlewick Press

Cookie Monster’s Busy Day Brand New Readers by Sesame Workshop What is Cookie Monster’s favorite color to eat? How many ways can Cookie, Elmo, Abby, Big Bird, and pals move along in a parade? From washing up to making his bed, Cookie’s day is as full as his belly! Each set offers four simple, funny stories starring favorite Sesame Street characters. Ages 4 yrs - 7 yrs Candlewick Press

Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown by Megan McDonald Now in Paperback! Stink Moody, family brain, brings home a report card that isn’t perfect? Yikes! Time for him to get into fighting shape and beat back that U for Unsatisfactory in gym! A scan of the sports channel leads to a knock-out find: world-class thumb wrestling, with tricky moves like Snake in the Grass and Santa’s Little Helper (no equipment needed, save for a tiny terrifying mask to sit on your thumb). But when Mom and Dad are not wowed, Stink gets another idea: he’ll kick and punch his way to a yellow belt with the help of a Dragon Master, a seeing eye Moose, and a mind as still as a pond. Can you say Crouching Tiger, Hidden Thumb? Hee-ya! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ages 5 yrs - 8 yrs Candlewick Press

Mega Mash-Up: Robots vs. Gorillas in the Desert by Nikalas Catlow and Tim Wesson Draw your own adventure! (Now in paperback) These books take great subjects for boys and combine them into short, bonkers, and funny stories that are incredibly easy to read. The illustrations are bold and crazy, and there’s plenty of space left on each page -- together with suggestions for how to fill it -- so kids can add their own drawings. The books read as hilarious, zippy stories that look a lot like novels but are terrific doodle books as well. Ages 7 yrs and up Candlewick Press

The Metropolitan Museum of Art 3-D Expanding Pocket Guide by Sarah McMenemy Welcome to the Met! Boasting more than two million works, it’s one of the world’s largest art museums. Learn about twelve top attractions, including the lovely Charles Engelhard Court, the formidable Arms and Armor Court, and the Modern Art Gallery showcasing works from Monet to the artists of today. Ages 5 yrs and up Candlewick Press

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s we ring in the new year, it’s time to make the list. You know the one. It’s the list we create on January 1st that says we are going to eat less, exercise more, and make 2013 the best year ever. Now if we could just find that list—and stick to what it says—for the next 364 days! Getting organized is a New Year’s resolution that makes it onto “the list” for many people. But just like losing weight and quitting smoking, the very thought of figuring out where to start is daunting enough to keep people from even trying. Elizabeth Hagen says she hasn’t always been organized, but when she was raising four kids under the age of five back in 1985, she had no choice but to get organized. In her pursuit of doing so, Elizabeth not only discovered simple strategies to keep things in her

household in order, but she also discovered that simply being organized made her more confident in all aspects of her life. We sat down with Elizabeth, now a certified professional organizer, speaker, author, and business coach, to learn more about tackling the mess and the stress and to get some tips on how we can enjoy a clutter-free new year.

Have you always been an organized person? No! Back in 1985, we had four kids age five and under. Life was chaotic. I would be the mom who would forget it was my carpool day for preschool. I would be the mom who would forget it was cupcake day. No moms really liked me, and I didn’t like that and I didn’t like how I felt in my house. I felt not in control— all the clutter, the laundry, not knowing what was for dinner— and I didn’t like the way that would make me feel. I thought, “What can I do about this?” I realized that when I ran my own small business before I had kids, I had systems in place and I followed those, so I figured out how I could implement what I had learned about systems in business in my home. Then, instead of always freaking out at 4:00 each day about what to make for dinner, I started planning my meals for a week in advance. Next, I realized that I could group my grocery list according to the floor plan of the store. That sounds like common sense, but common sense doesn’t always make common doing. What a difference that made! It

was beautiful! After that, I started planning for the next day the night before—setting out the breakfast dishes, getting the kids’ backpacks ready, checking the cupcake schedule. And then when I woke up, I felt like I was at least in control as much as I could be. It made an amazing difference. As I did it and got better at it, I started liking myself better—as a person, as a mom, as a home manager, and as a wife. And when you like yourself, you treat others better.

So how did you make the leap from organizing your home to becoming a certified professional organizer? Fast forward 15 years. I started realizing that my kids wouldn’t always be here, and I knew I wanted to get back into the workforce and have my own home-based business. So I bought a book on running a home-based business, and the main question it asked was, “What do you love to do?” By that time, I really loved to organize and had gotten really good at it, and I loved sharing it with others. I started doing some research and discovered NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers. They were having a conference in Austin, and my husband told me I should go. He was so supportive. I walked into the conference and immediately felt like I was at home. After I got back, one of my good friends helped me build my business by inviting me to practice my speaking skills in front of her and a few of her associates. I did a terrible job—I hated

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public speaking!—but afterwards, one of the women told me I was the answer to her prayers and hired me to organize her entire house. And that’s really how I got started. Now—thanks to my friend believing in me—I am a national speaker, all because somebody believed in me and pushed me outside of my comfort zone.

What an inspiring story! So, what is the biggest obstacle most people face when they decide to get organized and how do they overcome it? Even before they say they want to get organized, they are ashamed. They think that they are stupid because they think they should know how to do this. It takes a lot of courage to ask for help, so that is a big step. Then, I don’t think they realize this, but they give human emotions to their stuff. For example, you might have a stack of magazines and you don’t know what to do with them. Your intention is that someday, you’ll go through them and clip the articles and file them, but in the back of your head, you say, “Those magazines are going to feel bad if I don’t read them.” Think about that—giving human emotions to magazines. The tree is long dead. So, one of the biggest obstacles is realizing that your stuff is just stuff.

Once you’ve mounted the courage to confront the problem and come to terms with it just being “stuff ”, it can still be pretty overwhelming to get organized. Where should people start? Pick just one area in your home, and inventory what needs to be organized. Determine what supplies you’ll need and schedule a date to get organized. Then, there are two ways to start. Either start with the simplest, easiest task to be done so that you have a quick success, or if you’re feeling fairly strong, start with the biggest job first and have a big success story. My point is that it doesn’t matter where you start, just start. Once you start, if you know what you’re doing and have the supplies, you can do it. Do it to completion, and then make sure you get a reward. And make it a worthwhile reward!

What about organizing our technology clutter? I know that my inbox is atrocious. What tips do you have to keep our electronic lives in order? Really, whether it’s paper or electronic, it’s all about decision making. When you open your e-mail inbox and you scan the mail, the mail “pile” gets huge. You have to make a decision— forward, delete, reply, move it to a “waiting for action” folder— but make a decision and get it out of your inbox. Here’s one tip. Sort them by date, make a yearly folder (for example, “2012”) for the older ones, and move them into that folder so at least they’re out of your inbox. Then, once your inbox is under control, maybe take a few minutes each day to go into that file folder

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and clean up the old ones. My rule is I try to be down to ten e-mails or less in my inbox by Friday at 5:00. It can get crazy during the week, but I need to have it under control by the end of the week. It’s all about decision making—whether it’s real clutter or electronic clutter.

Speaking of real clutter, aside from keeping my inbox clean, I also struggle with the mountain of real papers that pile up—junk mail, bills, and especially the papers that my kids bring home from school. Despite my best efforts, that pile on the counter just reappears each week. How can I keep it under control? You have to have a system. For the kids’ stuff, get a small bin for each child. Then when they bring the papers home, look at them and put them in the bin. (Keep the bins somewhere handy.) Then, at Christmas break and at the end of the school year, go through the bins and keep the really creative things—not everything they bring home—but the really creative stuff and put those into storage bins, one for each child. Then when they get older and move into their own homes, they get to go through their memory bins and decide what’s important to them. For the rest of the papers, set up a command center. Basically, it’s a desktop file box with files labeled 1 through 31 and then one for each month of the year. Pretty much every piece of mail on your counter belongs in some date in your folders—either in a future month or some date this month. If you can make a decision on when you need to action something, it makes a huge difference.

Resolutions are great, and many of us enter into them with the best of intentions, but life can get crazy and throw us some curve balls. So, bottom line, how do we get and stay organized in 2013? It takes work, effort, and time, but any work and effort you put into it, you’ll reap huge benefits on the back end. It’s just like you’d never say, “I’ll shower today and then I’m clean for the rest of my life.” That’s not how it works. The same is true with organizing. You organize and then you maintain it each day. Here’s the bottom line. This is my philosophy and it comes from a book by Og Mandino called The Greatest Miracle in the World. Every one of us is the greatest miracle in the world, and we all deserve the absolute best in life. I’m not talking about mansions and lake homes and yachts. I’m talking about the best relationship with your spouse, your children, the best home environment. When you feel that you deserve that, then you’re going to want to learn how to do that and maintain it. It comes from within—knowing that you deserve the best, whatever that is for you. For more tips on getting organized, visit the “Free Resources” tab on Elizabeth’s website, www.elizabethhagen.com.

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New Year’s Resolutions If We Were Pets by Dick Rogen, DVM


ime to change the calendars. It’s a New Year! The optimism, hopes and dreams seem to reload our dreams and aspirations. I have made many personal resolutions and some



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even last until February. I look at my pets and they are just hoping someone will drop a cracker at the party. I often wonder what my pets would make as a New Year resolution.



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Resolutions usually involve the stopping of bad habits and self-improvement. I am not sure my patients or my own pets think that deep. But, there are times that maybe I am the lowerevolved being. If they truly do make resolutions, I suspect they are as bad at keeping them as I am. Cats have a lot of attitude. Felines have enough self-esteem that any improvements may involve their humans instead of themselves. I suspect the main issue may be the food bowl. It should be filled quicker, higher and involve only the best. If their cooks could only understand that fresh caught is always better than what is in the can. Weight loss is never an issue for cats. It appears to me that a drooping belly and puffy jowls are bragging rights rather than something to feel bad about. After all, eating can be a sport and no one should deny their right to consume and survive. Besides, cats don’t wear pants. We as humans want to exercise more. Most cats feel that naps trump exercise any night or day. As long as they can make it from the food bowl to their favorite napping spot, it’s a big day! They might throw in a little “chase the feathers”, but do not expect that every day. Most cats should resolve not to pass a hairball, especially in front of guests. It seems to me that they wait until humans that

do not like cats show up, to present a trophy. A true feline will cough, gag and give it his all just to bring up a hairball for the feline haters. A dog’s view of the world is very different. They are all for eating more and naps. But, recreation is high on their list and most canines are looking for more excitement in 2013. They are also interested in the finer things in life. Dogs would prefer the socks they chew on to be less clean, more aromatic and be able to stand up to the daily chewing. In addition, the toilet water should only be filtered and the rabbits should slow down. It’s tough to catch a rabbit when you are out of shape. Most dogs also would resolve to only get into the garbage if it is 3 days old, in a quiet spot and when their owners are not around. Nothing spoils a fine dining event like being caught in the act. It seems that humans just do not understand the full flavor of rotting garbage. 2013 is here and I hope that it fulfills all of your dreams. May the joy and encouragement of new beginnings make this the best year of your life. Happy New Year!

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Barley, best friend of Paul and Danielle Simons

Bella, best friend of Lacy Larson

Bennie, best friend of the Bhataras

Garth, best friend of Jackie Klein

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Hoosier, Best Friend of Eric and Torey

Gracie and Milo, best friends of Jeff & Traci

Gunner, Komen & Koa, best friends of Reece

Jeddah, best friend of Aidan Rockvam

Kali, best friend of Pam and Russ

Lucy, best friend of Paul and Danielle Simons

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Jerzee, best friend of Bentley

Milli, best friend of Derek and Brittany

Peaches & Toby, best friends of Brian & Gaylene Mielke

Premo & Rudy, best friends of J.R. and Danielle

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Rocky Ridge by Bruce Blake

Rocky Ridge Marker location: Five miles south and five miles west of the town of Hartford. To be placed.


he geological history of Minnehaha County includes at least five distinct glacial episodes: three Pre-Illinoian in age, one of the probable Illinoian age, and the most recent occurring during the Late Wisconsin stage. Some 14,000 years ago, the James Lobe of the Late Wisconsin flowed into the county from the northwest along the west side of Coteau des Prairies. The leading edge of the Late Wisconsin ice advanced east to the area now occupied by Skunk Creek. A massive block of ice broke off the active ice and became stagnant. The active ice continued to act as a conveyor dumping sediment, including many boulders, onto the stagnant ice. As the climate warmed, the volume of stagnant ice decreased and a long crevasse developed with sediment and boulders being washed into it. When the ice eventually melted, the crevasse fill was left behind as a northwest to southeast trending ridge. This unusual boulder-strewn Ice Age remnant is 4 miles long, 30 feet in height, and 65 feet wide. Rocky Ridge is unlike any other landform in Minnehaha County. Dedicated in 2006 by the Minnehaha County Historical Society

Location of Rocky Ridge The northern end of Rocky Ridge is located five miles south and five miles west of the town of Hartford. Rocky Ridge extends about four miles to the southeast. A good perspective of this Ice Age relic may be obtained by driving three or four of the east-west section roads that intersect with and cross over Rocky Ridge. It is a narrow, boulderstrewn glacial moraine unlike any other in Minnehaha County. Image owner: Dennis Tomhave.

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