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December 2013 Volume 13 • Issue 1

Holiday Sweets Christmas Crafts for Kids New! Celebrations Section

Building the Walt Disney once believed that you can “design, create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” At Ronning, we agree. With the highest level of craftsmanship, the highest grade of materials, and a relentless attention to detail, your Discovery Park house will be designed, created, and built by us, but personalized by you—it is your inspiration that makes your dream a reality, turning our house into your home. With more than 52 lots, 5 model homes, and 1,000 floor plans from which to choose, we’re building the dream for families who want to discover their home at Ronning’s Discovery Park. Now is the time to build your dreams. Discovery Park. Live, play, and stay. Your family will thank you. Lots ranging from $44,000 - $64,000. Monticello Avenue and Monticello Court are built exclusively by Ronning.


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McNally’s Irish Pub Owner Wins International Marketing Award from Irish Pubs Global 20

Fun on the Farm— The Layton Fischer Room 64

I’ve Got My Camera. Now What? 68


mind–body–spirit Travel

Visit Vermont 52

health & well-being

Could Low T Be Affecting Your Relationship? 58

Parenting & Pregnancy The Art of Storytelling 70 celebrations

’Tis the Season to Celebrate with Cocoa & Cookies 74

For Kids

Holiday Crafts for Kids 78

Best books 80

Cute Kids Submit Your Child’s Photo 82



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recipes Simple Holiday Sweets 32

Don’t Eat The Mistletoe 34

Rudolph the Red Blend Loving Reindeer 38


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Angela Efting Ellerbroek Jen (Sandvig) Pfeiffer Account Manager

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A Safe and Happy Holiday for Our Best Friends 88 Submit Your Pet’s Photo 90


Cover Artist, Graphic Designer

Sara Carothers— Connecting Volunteers with Opportunities 84

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In South Dakota, farmers work hard to take care of the land. Jed Olbertson uses terracing, reduced tillage, filter strips, drain tiling and precision ag to minimize erosion, inputs and water run-off. As he says, “We don’t really own the land — we borrow it from our children.” Jed Olbertson • Farmer • Beresford, SD See more of Jed’s story at

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In South Dakota, farming is a family affair. Sarah VanDerVliet and her husband both come from farming families. “We’re the fifth generation of VanDerVliets to farm with family in the area,” she says. “Our four children are lucky to grow up understanding the importance of agriculture — and we want to instill that passion for farming in others.” Sarah VanDerVliet • Farmer & Educator • Humboldt, SD Learn more at

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am-6pm Wednesday, Saturday: 10am-5pm Sunday closed Relic Revivals 5015 S. Western Avenue, #260 Bridges at 57th (upper level near Oh My Cupcakes) 605-274-3354 Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

FashionRevival at The Bridges at 57th

By Mary Michaels | Photos by Chang Photography


elic Revivals is a new resale boutique located at The Bridges at 57th. According to owner Jolene Stangeland, Relic Revivals offers a unique resale experience, providing a well-displayed showroom and maximum exposure for women wanting to sell their high quality, pre-owned and gently used clothing, accessories and jewelry. “Our goal is to provide high quality specialty clothing and accessories for women of all ages and sizes,” says Stangeland.

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“Our concept is to take a little bit, and the best, from the closets of many!” After nearly a dozen years as a stay-at-home mom, Stangeland is getting back to her retail roots with the opening of Relic Revivals. She had managed a clothing store prior to starting a family with her husband Jerry, and as the children grew, she started thinking about getting back into the business world. When talking with friends and former clients, she discovered they had interest in finding a boutique-style setting for selling

In South Dakota, communities and farmers depend on one another. Jim Kasten estimates that 85 percent of his customers are farmers. The state’s economy also relies on farming; in fact, ag’s $21 billion impact accounts for 20 percent of South Dakota’s economy and 40 percent of South Dakota’s jobs. Together, we’re keeping local communities healthy and strong. Jim Kasten • Owner, Jim’s Sporting Supply • Parker, SD See more of Jim’s story at

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items from their closets. And, when space became available at The Bridges at 57th, she decided it was time to get back into retail. Stangeland and her husband went to work revamping the interior of their upper level space at The Bridges, going from ocean blue ceilings and carpeting to a black ceiling, hard wood floors and warm earth tones that provide a rustic and comfortable feel to the store. They incorporated old barn wood from Jolene’s mom’s farm as a backdrop for clothing racks and for a unique piece of wall art featuring a quote from fashion icon Coco Chanel. Relic Revivals prices items to be fair to both buyer and seller. They use market value and current consumer demand to set prices, and also look at other factors like brand, style, age, condition and past selling history. While there are top-name brands at the store, such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Coach or Manolo Blahnik, Stangeland says she will take a wide variety of items for the resale boutique. “We do have items from designer labels that are a little more expensive,” she says, “but they will be less than what you might pay for that item new. But, we also have things like tops that you can find for 8 or 10 dollars.” Stangeland has a list of tips for prospective sellers as they look through their closets for items they want to sell. This “10 Point Check List” is available at the store or on the Relic Revivals Facebook page.

Social media has been a great asset during the launch of her business. Stangeland has been using Facebook to connect with prospective sellers as she prepared for her opening, and the store will use Instagram and Twitter to announce new arrivals in the store. Finding a Point of Sale (POS) system that benefited both the business and customers was important. The system they chose offers a “wish list” feature allowing customers to post items they might be looking for, such as a Louis Vuitton purse. Then, if that item comes in, Stangeland can notify the customer before the item hits the sales floor. The system also allows seller to track items they have brought to the store. They receive a website login where they can a see a list of their items, how they were priced and what the eventual selling price was. “It’s a great way for our customers and sellers to be connected to us, and it allows us to provide them with exceptional service,” says Stangeland. Stangeland says she is excited about her new venture and the resale boutique format. A “relic” from one closet may give someone else’s wardrobe the “revival” she’s looking for. “The store will always be changing as new items come in, so there will always be plenty of one-of-a-kind dresses, tops, shoes, purses and accessories,” she says. “It’s kind of like being on a treasure hunt – you never know what you might find!”

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december 2013 On Going Events 2013 Winter Wonderland

Twilight Flights

Runs through January 5, 2014 Falls Park Winter Wonderland at Falls Park is a dazzling display of holiday lights for all ages. Free trolley rides on Saturdays from 10am-8pm. Park downtown and ride the trolley to Falls Park. INFO (605) 275-6060.

Thursday, December 12 • 5pm - 9pm Strawbale Winery • 47215 257th St. Renner, SD Enjoy a helicopter flight to see the lights of Sioux Falls and Winter Wonderland at Falls Park. Cost is $220.00 for 2, and $255.00 for 3. Includes, wines and heavy appetizers, flight, and dessert and wines. Must call for reservations with a credit card to hold it. INFO (605) 5435071.

Visit Santa at Kidtopia

Santa will be visiting Kidtopia throughout the month of December. Bring your wish list and your camera! Thursdays in December, 6pm – 8pm Saturdays in December, 1pm - 4pm The Bridges at 57th. 57th & Western Avenue. INFO 334-4825.

Art Moms (and friends) Holiday Boutique

December 11-22 • 10am-5pm daily Park Place Center • 3101 W 41st Street 40+ local artists. Support local. INFO Facebook - Artmoms or www.


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Regular Events Nutcracker Ballet - by Dance Gallery

Sunday, December 1 • 2pm The Orpheum Theater Welcome to a land of Nutcrackers, Sugar Plums, and Snow Princesses! Dance Gallery will be presenting the complete Nutcracker ballet (2 hours of entertainment plus intermission), much of it following the traditions of the most famous ballet companies in the world. INFO (605) 338-3740. University of Sioux Falls Madrigal Dinners

December 5 - 7 • 6:30pm 1101 W. 22nd St. McDonald Center Ward Lobby and Salsbury Dining Hall. The University of Sioux Falls Madrigal Dinners are an annual series of Renaissance-themed Christmas dinner theater performances. Tickets are $35 per person or $245 for a table of 8. INFO (605) 331-6631. Augustana Christmas Vespers

December 6 • 6pm and 9pm December 7 • 3pm and 7:30pm December 8 • 7pm Our Saviors Lutheran Church • 909 W. 33rd St. The Augustana Department of Performing and Visual Arts will present Christmas Vespers, a prayer concert, featuring The Augustana Choir and The Augustana Orchestra. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for students K-12 and those with an Augustana ID. INFO (605) 2745320.

Rehfeld’s Presents Featured artists Paul Schiller, Don Hooper and Julie Kittelsrud

December 6 • 6-8 pm Rehfeld’s Art & Framing Gallery • 210 S. Phillips Ave. All Sioux Falls artists. Paul Schiller is a photographer who captures the vast beauties of nature and the prairie landscape. Don Hooper is an oil painter who is moved by nature and paints beautiful landscape and still life paintings. Julie Kittelsrud works with her mother, Kay Warren, to create a variety of unique jewelry featuring handmade glass beads, polymer clay and silver metal clay. INFO 605-336-9737. First Friday

Friday, December 6 Downtown Sioux Falls 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! Many stores stay open late until 8pm. INFO (605) 3384009. Nutcracker Ballet by Dance Gallery

December 6 • 7pm December 7 • 2pm and 7pm December 8 • 2pm The Orpheum Theater Welcome to a land of Nutcrackers, Sugar Plums, and Snow Princesses! Dance Gallery’s Nutcracker 2013 is the region’s most popular, (and affordable), holiday tradition for people of all ages. Dance Gallery will be

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presenting the complete Nutcracker ballet (2 hours of entertainment plus intermission), much of it following the traditions of the most famous ballet companies in the world! INFO (605) 338-3740. Kyle Knutson at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series

Friday, December 6 • Noon to 1pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth St. Kyle Knutson will perform front-porch blues in the historic courtroom. Bring your lunch or purchase one from The Cookie Jar. (605) 367-4210 or Live Music with Kyle Knutson

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December 6 & 7 Carnaval Brazilian Grill • 2401 S. Carolyn Ave. Enjoy delicious food at South Dakota’s only Brazilian-style Steakhouse and the wonderful sounds of live music. INFO (605) 361-6328. Poetry for a Purpose

Friday, December 6 • 7pm Dunn Brothers Coffee • 5320 E. Arrowhead Parkway Come and share a piece from a favorite poet. Come and share something you’ve written. Come just to listen. The December Poetry for a Purpose event will be to help raise money for Sara Duncan and her work next summer with the Africa Yoga Project and Flying Kites Global which is an orphanage outside of Nairobi, Kenya. Suggested donation is $10. INFO Sioux Falls Skyforce Basketball

December 7 • 7pm • Sanford Pentagon Enjoy world class basketball with a local touch. INFO (605) 3320605. Benson’s Flea Market

December 7 & 8 Expo Building • Sioux Empire Fairgrounds Benson’s Flea Market features everything you can imagine, big and little, old and new, heavy and light! Benson’s Flea Market is a nostalgic experience. INFO (605) 332-6000. Cookies with Santa

Saturday, December 7 • 10am - 4pm Great Plains Zoo • 805 S. Kiwanis Ave. You get to decorate cookies and take the treats home! In addition, the Zoo transforms the Delbridge Museum of Natural History into a winter wonderland with more than 20 decorated and themed trees. Highlights also include photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus; 6 ft. tall skating penguins, and up-close encounters with the Zoo’s amazing animals. INFO (605) 367-7003. Sioux Falls STAMPEDE Game vs. Sioux City Musketeers

Saturday, December 7 • 7pm Sioux Falls Arena Come and celebrate our 15th Anniversary season with the Sioux Falls Stampede. Last year was a great year, this one will be better! Go HERD! INFO (605) 336-6060.

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Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers

Presented by Harrisburg Performing Arts Center presents Sunday, December 8 • 4pm 1300 W. Willow St., Harrisburg $20 tickets (reserved seating) Box Office: 605-743-9038 or

Victorian Tea Party at the Pettigrew Home & Museum

Sunday, December 8 • 1:30 p.m. Pettigrew Home & Museum • 131 N. Duluth Avenue Enjoy a winter tea 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. Swing Dance at the Old Courthouse Museum

Sunday, December 8 • 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. Warm Up Sioux Falls

Sunday, December 8 • 1pm - 4pm Athena Fibers • 3915 S. Hawthorne Ave. Warm Up Sioux Falls is a part of a national effort to create warm afghans for families in need. Volunteers use leftover yarn to knit or crochet 7” by 9” sections that are joined together into afghans to donate to Sioux Falls organizations that help families. For more information, find Warm Up Sioux Falls on Facebook, or see www. or 605-332-1358. Cookies and Crafts for Kids

Thursday, December 12 • 6pm Kuehn Community Center • 2801 S. Valley View Rd. Come make delicious, messy treats with us to get ready for the holidays. Also, make a craft to give as a gift or to decorate your home. Fee is $5 and ages 6-9 are welcome. Registration deadline is December 5. INFO (605) 367-8222.

Santa calls us directly for all his flower orders (and even stops in to shop sometimes too!)

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A Holiday Evening at the Pettigrew Home & Museum

Thursday, December 12 • 5pm - 8pm Pettigrew Home & Museum • 131 N. Duluth Avenue Experience a holiday evening at the Pettigrew Home. Enjoy a special evening tour of the historic Pettigrew Home, take a neighborhood horse drawn wagon ride, and enjoy holiday music and refreshments in the Pettigrew Museum. Admission is free. Exploring the Universe from Deep Underground in the Black Hills

December 12 Presented by Ben Sayler, PhD. Director, Education & Outreach at Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake and Professor, Physical Science & Mathematics at Black Hills State University. Sanford PROMISE Community Lecture Series. INFO (605) 312-6590. Ceili Dance Program

Thursday, December 12 • 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)3674210 or The Ballroom Dance

December 13 • 8pm - 11:30pm • El Riad Shrine (14th and Phillips) Join us for the Shrine Big Band. Open to the community, $24 a couple, $12 a single, yearly memberships available at a cheaper rate.

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The Bridges on 57th 5015 S. Western Avenue, #209 • Sioux Falls, SD 57108 605-274-3354

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Book/CD Signing By Tom Roberts

Enjoy world class basketball with a local touch. INFO (605) 332-0605.

Friday, December 13 • 7pm - 9pm Barnes & Noble Bookstore • 3700 W. 41st St. SD Author/Storyteller, Tom Roberts, will present stories from his new audio CD entitled, The Home Collection on the Children’s Stage and do a signing afterwards. Copies of his other books will also be available. Proceeds will benefit Children’s Home Society of SD. INFO (605) 9653138.

Home Town Christmas

City of Garretson • December 14 • begins at 11am Take the short drive to Garretson to experience a Home Town Christmas. Free customer appreciation lunch, live music and performances, Santa and crafts for kids, holiday art show, shopping and more. INFO (605) 594-6721.

Live Music with Sound Poet

Christmas For Kids

December 13 & 14 Carnaval Brazilian Grill • 2401 S. Carolyn Ave. Enjoy delicious food at South Dakota’s only Brazilian-style Steakhouse and the wonderful sounds of live music. INFO (605) 361-6328.

Saturday, December 14 • 9am - noon Good Shepherd Lutheran • 4800 S. Southeastern Ave. Join us for a one day “Christmas for Kids” vacation Bible school. The Christmas story will be taught in devotion, song and crafts. Children ages 2-7 years old are invited to attend. Snack will be provided. Please RSVP to or call 371-0047 to register your child.

The Teels at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series

Friday, December 13 • Noon to 1pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth St. Singer-songwriter John Mills will perform in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum. Bring your lunch or purchase one from The Pickle Barrel. (605) 367-4210 or Sioux Falls STAMPEDE Game vs. Lincoln Stars

Friday, December 13 • 7pm Sioux Falls Arena • 1201 N. West Ave. Come and celebrate our 15th Anniversary season with the Sioux Falls Stampede. Last year was a great year, this one will be better! Go HERD! INFO (605) 336-6060.

Christmas is Here Benefit Concert

Saturday, December 14 • 7pm • Orpheum Theater • 315 N. Phillips Ave. Join us for the 2013 “Christmas is Here!” benefit concert with Nashville recording artist Jill Miller and Sioux Falls’ own Mark Twain Children’s Chorus. Jill’s dynamic performance will feature both traditional and original music in an unforgettable Christmas experience you won’t want to miss! Proceeds benefit the Family Visitation Center. Visit http://www. to learn more and purchase your tickets. $15/adults, $10/children 12 and under, and $10/groups of 20+. INFO (605) 275-2071. Sea & Sky Saturday

Sioux Falls Skyforce Basketball

December 13 & 14 • 7pm • Sanford Pentagon

Saturday, December 14 • 10am - 2pm Sertoma Butterfly House • 4320 S. Oxbow Ave.

D' Fabiola Highlight everything beautiful about Restaurant by request for celebrations, meetings or any milestone. Home-cooked and served in our historic train depot. Call 605.595.2417 or visit

The beautiful and historic Bulow House offers six guest rooms to host friends, family and visitors to the Beresford area. Call 605.595.2417 or visit


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We will be celebrating winter butterflies and Santa’s visit. Be sure to bring your wish list for Santa. INFO (605) 334-9466. The Crystal Theatre Annual Christmas Show

Saturday, Dec. 14 • 7:30pm • Crystal Theater, Flandreau, SD The show will consist of Christmas music presented by the Crystal Christmas chorus, directed by Dan Sutton and the Crystal Christmas band, directed by Pat Weight.

Minnehaha County Historical Society Third Thursday Program

The History of KELO TV: Celebrating 60 Years of Broadcasting December 19 • 7pm - 8pm • Old Courthouse Museum Through hundreds of thousands of stories, advancements in technology and even changes in mediums, one thing has remained constant and that is KELOLAND TV. Join long-time former news anchors Steve Hemmingsen and Doug Lund for a retrospective look at 60 years of broadcasting. Anjelic at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series

Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers

Saturday, December 15 • 7pm Washington Pavilion Join us for Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers. Jeremy and Jon Hegg lead a ten-piece band playing Christmas classics and contemporary new arrangements in lush, funky, and soulful sounds. INFO (877) WASH-PAV

Friday, December 20 • Noon to 1pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 W. Sixth St. Anjelic will perform holiday favorites in the historic courtroom. Bring your lunch or purchase one from The Pickle Barrel. (605) 367-4210 or www. Live Music with Chris Champion

Rosemaling Demonstration at the Old Courthouse Museum

Tuesday, December 17 • 1-4pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth St. Eileen Halverson will be demonstrating the Norwegian folk art of Rosemaling (decorative painting) in the second floor hallway. Stop in any time for a demonstration or to ask questions! INFO (605) 367-4210 or Kid’s Activity Day at the Old Courthouse Museum

Thursday, December 19 • 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth St. Learn about history and make your own crafts to take home. Fifteen minute sessions run throughout morning and afternoon times. Call to reserve times. Free admission. INFO (605) 367-4210 or

December 20 & 21 • Carnaval Brazilian Grill • 2401 S. Carolyn Ave. Enjoy delicious food at South Dakota’s only Brazilian-style Steakhouse and the wonderful sounds of live music. INFO (605) 361-6328. Swing Dance at the Old Courthouse Museum

Sunday, December 22 • 1pm - 4pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth St. 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 Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers

Sunday, December 22 • 4pm Orpheum Theater • 315 N. Phillips Ave.

We’ll See Her Today. Call your Avera clinic. New patients, call 32-AVERA (322-8372). Available at Sioux Falls and participating area Avera clinics.


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Join us for Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers to benefit Children’s Care Hospital & School. $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Premium seats are $32 while they last-includes a $10 donation and a ticket on the main floor or first two rows of balcony. Jeremy and Jon Hegg lead a ten-piece band playing Christmas classics and contemporary new arrangements in lush, funky, and soulful sounds. INFO (605) 444-9600. Sioux Falls Skyforce Basketball

December 25 • 7pm Sanford Pentagon Enjoy world class basketball with a local touch. INFO (605) 3320605. Carolina Story at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series

Friday, December 27 • noon - 1pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth St. Singer/songwriter duo Carolina Story will perform in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum. Bring your lunch or purchase one from Bagel Boy. (605) 367-4210 or www. Sioux Falls Skyforce Basketball

December 27 & 28 • 7pm Sanford Pentagon Enjoy world class basketball with a local touch. INFO (605) 3320605. Live Music with The Apostles

December 27 & 28 • Carnaval Brazilian Grill • 2401 S. Carolyn Ave. Enjoy delicious food at South Dakota’s only Brazilian-style Steakhouse and the wonderful sounds of live music. INFO (605) 361-6328. Sioux Falls STAMPEDE Game vs. Fargo Force

Sunday, December 29 • 6pm • Sioux Falls Arena • 1201 N. West Ave. Come and celebrate our 15th Anniversary season with the Sioux Falls Stampede. Last year was a great year, this one will be better! Go HERD! INFO (605) 336-6060. Starlab Inflatable Planetarium at the Old Courthouse Museum

Sunday, December 30 • 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 Skate Party with the Stampede

Monday, December 30 • 5pm Don’t forget your ice skates! It’s a Skate Party with the Stampede players. After the game, you will get the opportunity to skate and get autographs from your favorite Stampede players. For group outings call the Stampede front office. INFO (605) 336-6060. Craftapalooza at the Old Courthouse Museum

Tuesday, December 31• 10am - 3pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Bring your kids for a free craft day at the Old Courthouse Museum. A variety of crafts and materials will be available throughout the day to help creatively celebrate the end of another year. INFO (605) 3674210 or

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McNally’s Irish Pub Owner, Nicki Ellerbroek, Wins International Marketing Award From Irish Pubs Global


elivering an authentic Irish Pub experience to the residents of Sioux Falls is what Nicki Ellerbroek, owner of McNally’s Irish Pub, does best. At Gathering 2013 in Dublin, Ireland, she received the Marketing Campaign of the Year Award from Irish Pubs Global, a global network linking the owners and managers of Irish pubs around the world. Ellerbroek is passionate about her business and about giving back to the community. Many of her marketing efforts are centered around building relationships – between local businesses and the community, donors and non-profits, and between the McNally’s staff and her patrons. Successfully marketing McNally’s requires a mix of promotions and events, said Ellerbroek. “I started a VIP program which has been really successful and increased our membership by 15 percent to more than 600.” The VIP program is a great vehicle for McNally’s to spread the word about specials and events – and there are a lot of them. “One of our really successful events was ‘Christmas, Cupcakes and Cocktails’, a holiday event for the ladies.” To help promote not only McNally’s, but other women-owned businesses in the area, the event showcased goods and services from food, floral and fashion providers. “It

was standing room only,” said Ellerbroek. McNally’s and Ellerbroek are also active with numerous charities including Ronald McDonald House, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the Mike Miller Foundation, hosting fundraisers to serve the local community. During Gathering 2013, hosted by the Irish Pubs Global, Ellerbroek had the opportunity to enjoy real Irish hospitality and experience “the craic” the welcoming, camaraderie, joking, storytelling, and comfort you feel when you have a true Irish pub experience, said Ellerbroek. To experience “the craic” for yourself, stop in McNally’s and share your congratulations, and a pint, with Nicki and her staff. Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, McNally’s Irish Pub is a warm and welcoming gathering place where people enjoy traditional Irish food and drink, share lively music and laughter, and tell stories among friends. Recognized internationally, McNally’s was honored as the winner of the Marketing Campaign of the Year 2013 by Irish Pubs Global and is committed to bringing the Irish pub experience to Sioux Falls.

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Pete and Ruth Ann Scott Home

by Mary Michaels | Photos by Chang Photography


here’s an old saying about life that the only thing constant is change. That is a fitting motto for the Pete and Ruth Ann Scott home in Sioux Falls. As a decorator, Ruth Ann is always looking for new things for her clients, but she admits that also keeps things changing in her own home. “I may be looking at fabrics or pillows or accessories for clients,” she says, “but then I find that I sometimes want to keep them for myself!” The Scotts built their home six years ago, and it was a very hands-on project for them, as they gave direction on all aspects of design.

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One of Ruth Ann’s favorite parts of the design is the open entertaining space in the kitchen, dining area and living room. “We love to entertain,” she says, “and this space allows you to interact and have conversations whether you are in the kitchen or living room.” There isn’t too much “traditional” in the Scott home, as they opted for an angled island rather than a square or rectangle. The darker brown cabinets in the kitchen are accented with black molding that matches the base of the island. Where many people would but pulls on drawers and knobs on cabinets, Ruth Ann did just the opposite. And, because of the high ceilings, there is a larger-than-usual

space above the cabinets that is filled with big accessories like lamps and vases. She even made sure there were outlets above the cabinets so she could actually use the lamps. “With the size of the space, you have to make a statement,” says Ruth Ann. “I change the accessories up there a few times a year.” Making a statement comes easily to her decorator’s eye, choosing large pieces of artwork, fabric in bold patterns for curtains or pillows and animal prints.....lots of animal prints. Ruth Ann has a keen eye for details, and for good deals. She has a list of “go-to” spots to shop, both in stores and online. “You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to decorate,” she

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says. “There’s nothing better than finding a deal!” One of her deals is a tall, multicolor vase she calls “the big pot” that is usually in the corner of the living room, although she says she also moves it around. It can certainly make a statement on its own, but really owns its space when filled with tall reeds.


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The big pot was moved for Christmas, as the Scott’s “masterpiece tree” now occupies that corner and features pheasant feathers, blues, teals and, of course, animal print decorations. The home’s unique design continues down the hallway, which branches off to the upstairs bedrooms. The hall has its own

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decorative touches like unique wall sconces and family photos. In keeping with her desire to be different, Ruth Ann didn’t place the bed in between the windows in the master bedroom. Instead, the bed is along a big wall that has a long, narrow window up above it and wall sconces on either side of the window.

“It lets in natural light, but still allows privacy,” she says. It’s one of the few windows left uncovered, as curtains are one of Scott’s favorite things when it comes to decorating. Scott says she also loves rugs under beds, and they added charm to their room with a long teal bench at the foot of the bed and a tall mirror that leans against, rather than hangs on,

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the wall. The older of Scott’s two daughters has begun to show some interest in design, helping to design her own zebra-print inspired room. “She likes to go shopping with me and even will go with me to visit clients,” says Scott. “It’s fun to see her getting a little

more artsy.” The family’s comfortable and eclectic style continues down a curved staircase to the family room. During the holidays, a second tree takes its place along one wall that is decorated with a series of 3-dimensional, geometric pieces of art. “It’s another big wall, so it also needed a great statement

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piece,” says Ruth Ann. While there is recessed lighting in the downstairs family room, just as there is upstairs in the living room, Ruth Ann says she doesn’t use overhead lighting unless she “has to.” Lamps in all shapes, sizes and patterns - including animal print - add soft lighting and decorative touches throughout the house. You won’t find matching lamps, just as you won’t find matching furniture pieces, in this house. “Our style isn’t really the ‘buy a furniture set’ kind of style,” she says. “We’ve mixed it up with end tables in different sizes, styles and textures. The focal point of the downstairs family room is the fireplace wall, with a curved mantelpiece and creative storage on either

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one has a lattice door to let the sound escape from the stereo components hidden inside. A large sectional and oversized ottoman face the fireplace and the large flat screen television above it - creating the perfect spot to curl up and watch a movie. Or, in Ruth Ann’s case, a Vikings game. She’s a self-proclaimed fanatic and, she adds,

her family knows not to interrupt her when it’s game time. Scott’s rules for decorating are “there are no rules.” She says it’s important to just go with the things you love. “You can draw inspiration from things you see in magazines, online or even in other homes, but it’s important to make your style your style.”

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Mix oil, chocolate and granulated sugar. Blend in the eggs one at a time until mixed well. Add vanilla. Mix dry ingredients and add to the chocolate mixture. Chill for 2-4 hours. Shape dough into balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350Ëš. Be sure not to over-bake. Makes 4-5 dozen cookies.

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“I don’t need an excuse to kiss my beloved. And anyone who hangs up mistletoe at the office is just asking for a reprimand from the director of human resources.”


he holidays are upon us. Bah humbug. There, I said it. For me, like many of you, the holidays can be stressful. For me it’s a very busy time at work. Then add in holiday get-togethers, travel and the unpredictable weather we have here on the plains and it can be overwhelming. But regardless of my schedule, Christmas is going to happen on December 25 — whether I’m ready or not. So I’ll just come out and list a few of the things I won’t be doing for the holidays.

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1. Roasting Chestnuts on an Open Fire. Not that I have anything against chestnuts or The Christmas Song, but if I’m going to start a fire I’m going to cook a steak or a pork butt or something way better than nuts. 2. Hanging Mistletoe. Yes, I was born in Oklahoma where mistletoe is the state floral emblem. But it’s a poisonous and parasitic plant, which seems odd to hold in high esteem.

Plus, at home I don’t need an excuse to kiss my beloved. And anyone who hangs up mistletoe at the office is just asking for a reprimand from the director of human resources.

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3. Cut Down A Perfectly Good Tree. I know that sounds harsh, but since we don’t have kids, it seems like a waste of time and money for us to get a Christmas tree and put it up in the house. Also, don’t look for a festive display on our lawn. Sorry, just not my thing. 4. Baking Christmas Cookies. I don’t bake much at Christmas. I make excuses that I’m too busy, but the truth of the matter is that there are so many sweet goodies that others are cooking, I just stick to the savory foods. But I will admit, to me it is not Christmas until I have one (or a dozen) of my mom’s chocolate chip meringue cookies. So light and delicate, they just melt in your mouth. My dad will hold out for her peanut butter pie,

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5. Ask for Gifts. I admit that I’m really hard to buy for and I already have more than enough, so I won’t be making a list for Santa this year. So what will I do this Christmas season? 1. I will enjoy a glass or two (or several) of good cheer with friends and family. A Mathis family Christmas is not measured by the number of gifts we exchange, but by the number of bottles we open. I’ll have wine with dinner, cocktails with friends and share a hot buttered rum with my beloved in front of the fire. 2. I will cook. While I may not buy a lot of gifts, I will show my loved ones I care by preparing several meals. Some simple; some extravagant, but all will be cooked with love, and a little wine. I’ll cook seafood for the Mathis clan on Christmas Eve and roast a turkey for my in-laws. Cooking is how I give thanks and show that I care. While you’re at the mall, I’ll be in the kitchen.


3. Give to those in need. I’ve been pretty lucky over the last 49 years. I have good friends, a loving family and far more toys than a man my age needs. So this year, as we have in the past, my beloved and I will write checks to a few charities that are near to our hearts to help those less fortunate. I hope you’ll do the same.


4. I will cry during It’s A Wonderful Life. I’ve watched that movie so many times I can recite the lines. But every year when George Bailey’s friends gather to save him, I bawl like a little girl. I can’t wait to do it again this year. Now that I think about it, maybe I’m not that bah humbug after all. Christmas isn’t about giving gifts or hanging lights or fighting crowds at that mall. It’s about spending time with friends and family. Memories are worth far more than anything from the Nieman Marcus catalog. Have a merry Christmas or a happy Chanukah! Do yourself a favor, eat something good today. When he’s not eating and drinking his way through the holidays, Jim runs ADwërks, an ad agency in downtown Sioux Falls.

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ot your attention? Good. Let’s talk about red blends. And by the way, the alternate title for this piece was Frosty the Ice Wine Loving Snowman, but I thought it would be best to recommend some red blends for the holidays, and maybe we’ll visit Ice Wines in January…brrr, I can feel the chill already. Red blends come in many forms. I’m sure you’ve either seen an entire section devoted to red blends in your favorite wine store, or you’ve noticed some of the more interesting combinations like Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre or Shiraz-Cabernet-Monastrell. What I’d like to focus on is how to host a red blend party by tasting red blends in a progression from lightest to fullest. Here’s how you do it: First, make sure you have plenty of stemware. Very important. You never want to run out of glasses for your guests that you

wind up pouring wine into a Spongebob Squarepants cup (true story.) Contact your friendly wine store for more information on quality stemware such as Riedel or Spiegelau. The wines you will need are the following: a basic table red wine, a couple of Meritage or Red Blend wines, and, if you really want to impress, a bottle of an expensive Bordeaux-style red blend. First, a basic table red is any wine that usually states on the label “Table Red.” This wine will basically be made from such a variety of red grapes that they don’t even list them. If they did, there probably wouldn’t be enough room on the back label, but I digress… Table Reds usually retail for under $10 and are typically juicy in terms of its fruit flavor profile. These wines are easy to drink and that’s why they’re great wines to start off an evening as everyone starts relaxing. Next, you will want to explore the Meritage or Red Blend section of your wine store. There is no meaning for the word Meritage because it is a wine term that was invented to classify these red blends. I’ve always pronounced this word with a French accent (not because I like to imitate Chef Dominique) and rhyme it with the word entourage. But upon further research, I’ve come to find out that the word Meritage is a compound word that is made up of the words merit and heritage. Thus, you pronounce Meritage like the word heritage. This made-up word

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A Meritage should taste like Bordeaux, since it’s made with the same grapes, but there will be something missing: that French terroir component that is esoteric to that region of the world. But don’t get me wrong, there are some that can compete, and they do. Depending on the particular blend, Meritages can display blackberry, black cherry, spices, chocolate, and vanilla aromas. Most Meritages have the Bordeaux signature flavors cigar box, rich fruits, with a hefty feel. It’s great with a steak, or with game meats - venison, pheasant, and so on… great wine for this neck of the woods. Unfortunately, Meritage wines are hard to come by because that terminology has kind of faded out of the limelight and replaced with the simple words Red Blend. I would pick up a couple of Red Blends that are in different price points. You can get one in the mid-teens and another up in the mid-twenties so you can taste the difference in how different winemakers influence a similar blend of grapes. You will definitely see, smell, and taste the difference between the Table Red and your first Red Blend, and then it’s even more fun (and challenging) to decipher the nuances of differences between your first and second tier Red Blend. Typically, the finish on a higher-end Red Blend will be longer and more complex. And lastly, if you really want to impress your guests, you can go for the gusto and splurge (anywhere between $100 and $200) for a bottle of a high-end blend of Bordeaux-style grapes from California. There are lots of great choices in this arena, but also know that the higher you go, the more allocated the wine becomes and may be available in very limited quantities. Check your local wine store for details. There’s a reason why Rudolph had a red nose…no, it’s not because he drank too much red wine, it’s because one foggy night, he had to guide Santa’s sleigh… which was full of bottles of red blends for you and me! I hope Santa brings you everything you deserve this holiday season. Carpe Vino! Contact Riccardo at

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creative culture junkies. For the history enthusiast, Vermont’s rural back roads will lead you to picturesque towns with quaint country stores and historical museums. A drive north on Route 7A, for example, begins in Bennington, where Robert Frost is buried and the largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings exists.

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The Vermont Covered Bridge Museum is located downtown along with over 140 antique dealers in the Shops at Camelot Village. Next stop on the map is South Shaftsbury, home to the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, where the writer spent 40 years farming and composing his timeless poems.

Continuing northeast, Arlington is home to the Norman Rockwell Exhibition, displaying the famous Saturday Evening Post artist’s original illustrations and prints; right down the road from Rockwell’s former home. As you follow the road north to Manchester, you’ll pass the historic Hildene site, where the Lincoln Family Georgian Revival mansion sits, built in 1905 by

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President Abraham Lincoln’s eldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln. Vermont is one of the most popular places to celebrate the winter season. Known as a downhill skiing and snowboarding paradise, the Green Mountains serve as a mecca for thrill seekers, offering more than 5,700 acres of terrain, an average of 250 inches of snowfall per year, and nearly two-dozen alpine resorts. Sugarbush Resort, dubbed Mascara Mountain in the late 1950s, provides a posh atmosphere where jet-setters go to be seen. If you’re looking for a more low-key experience, visit

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Mad River Glen, home to the only single-seat chairlift remaining in America. If skiing or snowboarding isn’t for you, the activities don’t stop there. The beautiful terrain offers lakes, fields, woodlands, foothills and mountains for adventure enthusiasts to try cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice climbing, ice fishing and more. Along with the mountain terrain, Vermont is home to Lake Champlain, the sixth largest freshwater body in the U.S. For those that crave culture, the creative side of Vermont

has much to offer. With over 1,500 professional quilters, potters, weavers, printmakers, metal workers, glassblowers and furniture makers, the state has more artists per capita than any other state. Notably, the stunning craftsmanship of Vermont marble and granite can be seen around the world. As a major part of the state’s cultural history, this quality stone has been used in hundreds of monuments, memorials, and other well-known venues including the Jefferson Memorial, the Smithsonian, the Supreme Court Building and Union Station to

name a few. The Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor holds the stories of these projects and the marble industry. Other cultural art galleries and museums are scattered around the state featuring unique local art, to more famous works from Andy Warhol. The Bundy Center for the Arts in Waitsfield is an astonishing display of 1960s modernism, the Shelburne Museum offers impressionist paintings, folk art and antique textiles, and the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester houses a large permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century

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works. There are several options for some unique and local shopping in Vermont. With an abundance of antique shops, furniture makers, breweries, dairy farms, and the famous Vermont maple syrup, seek out local businesses and sample their goods. Vermont has the strictest maple laws in the county and produces the most maple syrup of any state in the country. Many maple

farms offer guided tours and syrup tasting. Last but not least, no visit to Vermont would be complete without a Ben & Jerry’s factory tour where you can see a moovie, view production and sample the flavor of the day. Whether you come for the local shops, the historic landmarks, the winter action or the creative culture, Vermont is a peaceful destination for those needing a relaxing getaway.

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ven if you don’t suffer from low T physically, you might be suffering from its impact upon your relationship with your spouse or significant other. Low T refers to abnormally low levels of testosterone, the major male sex hormone which is responsible for maintaining fertility and sexual function, as well as development of bone and muscle mass in men. Levels peak in the 20s and 30s, and gradually decline with age. About 10 percent of men age 40 have low T, and the percentage climbs to 30 percent of men in their 70s and 50 percent of men over age 80. Dr. Richard Crawford, endocrinologist with Avera Medical Group Endocrinology & Diabetes Sioux Falls, says low T is gaining national attention. “Much of this has to do with the fact that the public is more open to discussing topics such as erectile dysfunction. And, the desire among the Baby Boomer generation to maintain health and vigor has been a driving factor.” TV ads for low T medications also have piqued interest, he added.

“One study estimates there has been a 500 percent increase in prescription sales for T replacement since 1993,” Dr. Crawford said. Even with this increased awareness, only about 5 percent of men are currently being treated for low T. Key symptoms of low T include weakness, diminished vitality, feeling depressed, low libido and erectile dysfunction. Low T also can reduce fertility, and cause low bone and muscle mass that leads to anemia. Sometimes, these symptoms are attributed to the aging process, and go on ignored and untreated. “While sexual desire does lessen gradually with age, a loss of interest in sex could also be due to a medical problem such as low testosterone,” Dr. Crawford said. Women also have testosterone – in smaller amounts. In women, low T can cause decreased sex drive. Too much testosterone can cause a woman to develop male features, such as excessive facial and body hair or a deep voice, as well as irregular menstrual periods. High testosterone is also linked to female infertility and polycystic ovary syndrome.

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“Key symptoms of low T include weakness, diminished vitality, feeling depressed, low libido and erectile dysfunction. Low T also can reduce fertility, and cause low bone and muscle mass that leads to anemia.” These symptoms may or may not stem from abnormal T levels. The only way to know for sure is to request a testosterone blood test at your next clinic visit. Normal testosterone levels may vary from lab to lab, but usually fall within a range of 300 to 1,200 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). If low T is confirmed, it can be treated with injections, patches or gels. In men, testosterone pills are not recommended as this form can lead to liver damage. “For men who take T replacement medications, we hope to see benefits such as more energy and strength, greater libido, improved sexual function and better muscle mass,” Dr. Crawford said. There are risks of T replacement to be aware of, such as worsening sleep apnea, increased acne, the development of male breast tissue, known as gynecomastia, and thickening of the blood in a condition known as erythrocytosis. An increased prostate size might worsen urinary symptoms. The future development of prostate cancer is also a concern, although no link between T replacement and prostate cancer has been established. “Careful monitoring with PSA tests and a prostate exam are recommended,” Dr. Crawford said. For men who are prescribed T replacement, there are cautions for women and children living in the same household. Accidental exposure can cause signs of puberty to appear in a child, or a change in body hair or increased acne in women. “Before taking T replacements, patients should know what they might expect in terms of benefits, what medical monitoring they will need, the different forms of therapy, and the advantages and drawbacks of each treatment option,” Dr. Crawford added. To learn about this and hundreds of other health topics, go to and click on Health Information.

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hen you travel through rural South Dakota, there is no shortage of sights to see ­— from fields and barns to trees and animals. Lucky Layton Fischer, born on St. Patrick’s Day last year, only has to look around his room to see all of those wonderful things. One wall of Layton’s room features a farm life mural, with a big red barn on which hangs a “Fischer Farms” sign. Standing in the doorway of the barn is a friendly farmer proudly wearing a hat that says “Daddy.” Layton’s parents, Seth and Shannon, have their own farmland, and Seth also farms with his Pop (his grandfather). When they knew they were expecting, says Shannon, the farm theme was already picked. The other decision, what to name their baby, was another discussion. “My husband and I are always late for everything,” says Shannon, “no matter how hard we try or how early we start to get ready. So, I jokingly told my husband we should name the baby ‘Layton.’ When he was born, he actually looked like a ‘Layton’ to us.” The ironic thing is that little Layton arrived about a week early. “I hope that fact, and that he was born on St. Patrick’s Day, are good signs for him,” laughs Shannon. Seth’s mom provided great decorating assistance as they

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found accessories from bedding to outlet covers with farm themes on Etsy. Red tractors were a must, as Seth and his Pop have always had Case IH farm equipment.. You can see the big red tractor out in the field on the farm mural, and the Fischers had a red tractor added to the painted wooden letters that spell Layton’s name on the wall opposite the mural. The Fischers found a local Wagner artist to do the mural and were pleased when he incorporated special touches like the names of horses that Seth’s grandfather used to own, a pheasant to represent Seth’s love of hunting, and two playful dogs - Willy the Chihuahua that is part of the family now and Smokey, who was Seth’s dog that they still remember fondly. Rather than a long, single-piece crib bumper, Layton’s crib has individual pads around each of the vertical slats. They alternate in solid colors and the tractor-print fabric.

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“That’s another thing we saw on Etsy,” says Shannon, “and we really liked that look.” Layton has many toy tractors and stuffed farm animals around the room, including a big horse that peeks out from under the crib and a large rug in the shape of a smiling cow. The other furniture in the room, including a tall bookcase filled with Layton’s favorite stories, is appropriately painted a dark “barn red.” With his love of tractors already, Layton’s farm room should suit him for quite a few years. And, he has older cousins who also had a farm-themed room with a barn bed complete with a door that opens - and that bed will be Layton’s when he’s bigger. In the meantime, says Shannon, Layton can continue to learn more about farming and one important rule from the little Case IH guy, which is, “What happens on my tractor stays on my tractor.”

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ast month I was telling you the importance of having the right equipment when photographing life’s special moments. Equally important is challenging yourself creatively while taking photographs. Capture more than special occasions and milestones – freeze everyday life by taking pictures of the little things. Photograph precious images like bedtime rituals, dirty little feet, coloring or reading books, and cooking or building projects together. These seemingly insignificant moments make up our lives and are what I will cherish when my boys go off to school. My son was the subject in this great example. He loved ordering these mini corn dogs at a particular restaurant. He would peel off the corn part and only eat the dog part. This was super disgusting, gross and impolite. But my dad took an iPhone picture of the plate full of hollowed out corn dog peelings. That spontaneous picture perfectly captures the memory of that night with my parents. Kids are so comfortable at home, allowing you to capture their true personalities so much more easily than a professional photographer they may have just met. Take some pictures of them with the little clothing in their closet (or on the floor), their favorite books, completed Lego projects and that

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missing ball hidden in the plants. These everyday images hold our memories and keep them alive. I love to give photo gifts to my friends and family. While my sister-in-law and I were watching my son’s soccer game, I snapped some fun shots of her dog’s profile at half time. For her birthday, I made her a shaped metal hanging print with a picture of her dog and his name on it. In addition to capturing the image, I was also able to choose a plethora of metal options, shapes, sizes, designs, fonts and colors to create a very unique gift especially for her. I was even able to match the green in her dog’s collar! I’m not sure, but I think she will appreciate that I took the time to create something just for her on her birthday. Maybe it’s me, but this is definitely better than another sweater. There are hundreds of unusual photo gifts you can make and share. One of the most fun gifts I ever gave was a small wrapped canvas with a colored edge and message. It all started when my girlfriend invited my family to her lake home for a Fourth of July weekend. My son Charlie and his friend Colette were having tons of fun shooting off fireworks. They would light the fuse, then run and shriek with excitement. I was able to get a shot of the two of them dying with laughter. This gift was the perfect way for me to say thank you and illustrated the very reason we raise our children together and encourage them to just be kids. Childhood is so fleeting and I don’t want to miss a moment. You shouldn’t either.

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AND THE HOLIDAY STRESS BEGINS Help yourself to the gift of perspective and peace of mind. School activities, recitals, workload, holiday traditions and in-laws can all take their toll this time of year. It sometimes feels like there is no one there to help. But you can help yourself with a plan to get back on track to professional productivity and personal happiness.

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“Most important, through storytelling, you nurture a love of language and stories that kids will have for life.”


t may already have happened: When books, toys, songs, snacks, video games, and DVDs have lost their charm, your child pipes up with “I’m bored!” Your mind blanks and your child looks at you with anticipation. What should you do? How about asking, “Would you like me to tell you a story?” You may not realize it, but you have a wealth of stories to share. You don’t have to invent them on the spot. Personal stories, particularly from your childhood or from books you’ve read, are good starters. Children also love to hear stories that describe them and experiences they’ve had. For example, you

can tell a story about the trip you and your child had to the zoo or to Grandma’s house. Preschoolers and toddlers enjoy stories about characters from their favorite books. Whether you take Little Chick on a walk through the barnyard or Firefighter Bob on an exciting drive through the city, don’t worry too much about plot. Young kids enjoy the chance to share the chick’s peeping or the siren’s squeal. Older kids can appreciate a funny twist, so take a favorite story and turn it upside down by changing the setting, characters, or plot. Make that zany cat with the big striped hat fly to the

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moon on a spaceship or come to your neighborhood and cause all kinds of problems. Make your child the main character in a wacky adventure that fits his or her interests (for example, traveling back to see “Young kids enjoy hearing stories about you growing up. Tell a story about your favorite vacation, your first pet or your favorite things to do when you were your child’s age. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination. Kids enjoy adventures, so take an imaginary journey together through your story; go to the mountains, the moon or wherever else your imagination can lead you,” said Mindy Greenfield, CFLE at Mutch Women’s Center for Health Enrichment. “And remember, you can build the story together by asking your child questions as you tell the story such as ‘what do you think happened next?’ or ‘what would you do now?’, then take the story the direction of the child’s answers. Some of the best stories will be the ones you make up and tell together.” Consider expanding the storytelling experience. Work with

your child to make your own book about the tale. Find family photos or magazine pictures of people or places that could be part of the story. Write the words or have your child retell the story in his/her own words. Draw images to illustrate the story if no pictures are available. Use puppets or costumes and act out the familiar story, have the whole family join in the fun. The possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination and creativity! When you tell stories, you show how to put words together to make meaning. You share something new about yourself that your kids may find interesting or exciting and that might be a springboard for questions and discussions. “Most important, through storytelling, you nurture a love of language and stories that kids will have for life,” continued Greenfield. So take a deep breath and begin: “Once upon a time ....” For more parenting tips, contact Mutch Women’s Center for Health Enrichment at (605) 328-7155. Please visit ... LIKE our page and watch for event updates, prize give-aways and so much more!


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‘Tis the Season to Celebrate with Cocoa & Cookies by Amity Shay Neff


he gentle whistle of the cold beckons to us all as we seek refuge under cozy blankets by crackling fires. Could it possibly be that time of the year again? What a better way to celebrate than with a favorite pastime of baking goodies and cookies. Better yet, invite over the ones you adore the most and offer cocoa and conversation as twinkling lights dance about as if they were in the Nutcracker ballet. It’s time for a cocoa and cookies gathering. Perfect for young ones who celebrate holiday time birthdays. Welcoming for family friends and their children or for a grown up gathering when little ones are fast asleep.

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Starting with an edible invitation, everyone will ooh and mumm at the sight of these tasty requests for attendance. Seriously, how could anyone not RSVP? Simply start with an easy sugar cookie or shortbread recipe and use fun cutters for shapes. Everyone in the house will have a splendid time baking in preparation. A very simple icing will do, royal icing that is. It drys fast and has a beautiful sheen that whispers elegance. Food coloring markers will add to your final touches, as you simply write on your dried cookie as you would a piece of paper. White icing is the best for these and you can easily find supplies in town.

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“Warming up and winding down with a cup of cocoa, never tasted so good.”

another while sweet airy pillows are tossed across the room in hopes that they can capture it in flight with a wide open smile. Arms back, no cheating — just eating! Warming up and winding down with a cup of cocoa, never tasted so good. Festive bells jingle in the background remind us all of when we were small. The whimsy and delight of your decor is intertwined with golden twinkling lights that are strung about entrances and windows. Festive pillows enhance your wintery celebration while the aroma of cinnamon fills the air. Perfect ginger bread sandwiches filled with jellies, butters and cheeses will also be fun to make. This is the perfect time

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to show off all of your festive favorites. Placing your foods on colorful plates and filling cheerful glasses will only add to the ambience. And a fruit and veggie Christmas tree tray is sure impress the guests. Gather strips of peppers, celery and cucumbers and lay flat in a triangle shaped bed of good-for-you kale. Round slices of carrots, sweet, purple grapes and plump little red tomatoes adorn the vegetable tree. Sliced strawberries line the bottom of the tree, almost like a skirt, while florets of broccoli and cauliflower dance about. Of course plates of great grandma’s secret recipe cookies will encircle your gathering space.

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With delightful foods, enchanting tunes, cheery crafts and belly tickling games, this should soon become your guests’ favorite time of the year. As coats are gathered, each guest is given a darling little jar filled with a homemade dry batch of cocoa and instructions. Create cocoa magic by adding 3 1/2 cups sugar, 2 1/4 cups cocoa and 1 tablespoon of salt together. Once the wintery treat is mixed, separate into small jars and place a few marshmallows on top. Or like my son calls them “smarsh-mellows”. Tie with ribbon and a hand written note for a final sweet touch. Cheers!

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Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Calendar Materials Needed: 24 empty toilet paper rolls, cardboard, glue, scissors, a glue stick, twine, brown paper that matches the cardboard color, twine, and a computer with a printer.

Instructions: On your computer, open a word processing program and type in the numbers 1 through 24 using a font of your choice. Print these numbers out onto the brown paper, making sure there is enough space between each one to cut them into circles the size of the toilet paper roll ends. Using a glue stick, attach these numbers to one end of each toilet paper roll. Cut out a rectangle shape from cardboard, big enough to fit all 24 of the rolls, standing upright, with the numbers facing up and in the correct order from 1 to 24, with 4 across and 6 down. Place small, light-weight gifts of your choice into each of the rolls, then glue them onto the cardboard, which will seal the gifts into the calendar. Let the rolls dry, using something heavy to keep pressure on them as they adhere to the cardboard. Make your calendar look like a house by creating a roof with a piece of cardboard, and a chimney with half of a toilet paper roll. Use the twine to hang your calendar in a place where everyone can enjoy it.

Christmas Finger Puppets Materials Needed: Pipe cleaners, pom poms, googly eyes, wire cutters, and glue.

Instructions: Take a pipe cleaner in a color of your choice and wrap it around your finger, making sure it is tightly wrapped, so it can easily be stretched if needed. Coil the top of the pipe cleaner down to a smaller circle, so it is easier to glue the

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pom pom head on top later on. Put a small amount of glue onto the wire end of the pipe cleaner and stick it into the pom pom. Hold in place until the glue adheres the head to the body. Use googly eyes to create a face, and get creative with different types of craft pieces, such as glitter pipe cleaners, mini pom poms, and forming various shapes with them to create a family of Christmas characters.

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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.

When Charley Met Grampa by Amy Hest It’s a snowy day, and Grampa is coming by train for a visit. Henry can’t wait! He sets out with Charley, his beloved pup, pulling a sled for Grampa’s suitcase. To pass time at the station, Henry tells Charley about Grampa — how he has the longest feet and snores wild, and how he doesn’t know how to be friends with a dog. At last Grampa arrives, but when a sudden gust of wind blows his hat away, Charley disappears into the whirling snow — and returns, to their relief, carrying Grampa’s green cap! With lyrical simplicity, Amy Hest narrates a small, turning moment in the life of a child and a grandparent, while Helen Oxenbury renders every gesture and detail with signature warmth and charm. Ages 3 yrs - 7 yrs Candlewick Press

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Dinosaur Rescue! by Penny Dale All of your favorite dinosaurs from Dinosaur Dig! and Dinosaur Zoom! are back, but this time they are busy saving the day! Children will be enthralled by the wonderful illustrations as the dinosaurs rescue one another. But don’t worry, there’s a happy ending for everyone! Ages 2 yrs - 5 yrs Candlewick Press

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Where’s Waldo? The Magnificent Mini box Set with magnifier by Martin Handford Finding Waldo is never easy. And now this diminutive collection of Waldo classics — the first mini-editions in paperback — would make the hunt downright maddening, were it not for the accompanying Waldo magnifier, official striped handle and all. Featured in this mesmerizing pursuit are five Waldo adventures. Ages 5 yrs and up Candlewick Press

Ant and Honey Bee A Pair of Friends in Winter by Megan McDonald Brrrr! The leaves are off the trees, and frost is on the ground. It’s time for bugs to hunker down and hide out for the winter. But Ant isn’t ready to hunker down. Ant isn’t ready to be all by herself for months on end. The thought of a long chilly season without her best friend, Honey Bee, is enough to make Ant shiver with dread. Ages 5 yrs - 9 yrs Candlewick Press

Cheese Belongs to You! by Alexis Deacon Rat Law says that if you’re a rat, cheese belongs to you. But there are exceptions. For example, if a big rat wants it, cheese belongs to him. Unless a bigger rat wants it, or a quicker one, or a stronger one. And if a big, quick, strong, scary, hairy, dirty rat wants it, well...where does it end? A tumble of cumulative adjectives and a frenzy of hungry critters build up to a final note of politeness in a book sure to satisfy kids’ appetites for zany humor. Ages 4 yrs - 6 yrs Candlewick Press

The Smallest Gift of Christmas by Peter H. Reynolds Roland can’t wait for Christmas Day, and when the morning finally arrives he races downstairs to see what is waiting for him. What he sees stops him in his tracks. Could that tiny present really be what he had waited all year for? It has to be the smallest gift he had ever seen! So Roland wishes for something bigger...and bigger...and bigger. But he’s still convinced there must be a bigger gift somewhere in the universe. Will he know it when he sees it? Peter H. Reynolds’s spare, free-spirited illustrations and heartwarming text make this be-carefulwhat-you-wish-for story the perfect holiday gift. Ages 3 yrs - 7 yrs Candlewick Press

Captain Cat by Inga Moore Captain Cat loves cats. In fact, he has more cats on his ship than he has sailors. On one voyage, he discovers a remote and lonely island where the little-girl Queen has never even seen a cat. When Captain Cat’s furry companions trounce the rats infesting the island, the Queen begs Captain Cat to trade her the cats for untold treasure. Does he? Could he? What happens next? Never fear, fellow travelers! The purr-fect solution is on the horizon — and is sure to satisfy both pet-lovers and adventurers. Ages 3 yrs - 5 yrs Candlewick Press

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas First published in Harper’s Bazaar nearly sixty years ago, A Child’s Christmas in Wales showcases Dylan Thomas’s genius for language and remains the poet’s most popular prose work in the United States. Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka’s evocative illustrations honor the poet’s words, highlighting their musical cadences and bringing us a fresh appreciation for this most lyric work. Ages 0 mos and up Candlewick Press

The Silver Button by Bob Graham At 9:59 on a Thursday morning, Jodie draws a duck. As her pen hovers in the air, ready to add a silver button to the duck’s boot, her little brother Jonathan pushes to his feet, sways, and takes his first step. At the exact same moment, their mom plays a pennywhistle in the kitchen, a man buys fresh bread at the bakery, a baby is born, a soldier says good-bye to his mom, a granddad and granddaughter play with leaves in the park, a blackbird finds a worm...From an ordinary scene of an apartment strewn with child’s artwork and toys to a bird’s-eye view of a city morning pulsing with life, Bob Graham celebrates a whole world-vision in a single moment, encouraging readers to stop, observe, and savor the world around them. Ages 4 yrs - 6 yrs Candlewick Press

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Sara Carothers Connecting Volunteers with Opportunities By Adrienne McKeown


here are some things about Christmas that are just plain classic, including the annual telecasts of the Christmas specials. One of the favorites in our house is A Charlie Brown Christmas. I’m sure most everyone has seen it, but as my kids were watching it the other day, a particular lament from Charlie Brown hit home. Dismayed by the over-commercialization of Christmas, Charlie Brown seeks to discover what Christmas is all about and then becomes particularly disgusted when his own dog, the beloved beagle Snoopy, goes commercial and enters the lights and display contest shortly before Charlie Brown’s little sister Sally asks Santa for cash. Although the special debuted in 1965, its message is perhaps even more relevant today. According to the National Retail Federation, the average holiday shopper is expected to spend $738 on gifts and seasonal items this year, and sales are expected to increase 3.9% over last year to a whopping $602.1 billion. It seems as though Christmas has indeed gone commercial. But if we follow the advice the wise old sage Lucy gave to Charlie Brown, we might be able to find an escape from the holiday spend-fest. To help the leading man overcome his holiday blues, Lucy advises

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Charlie Brown to get involved, and she ultimately signs him up to direct the Christmas play. Maybe Lucy was on to something. Perhaps getting involved and helping others is precisely what we need to overcome the commercialization of Christmas. Here in the Sioux Falls area, there is an easy way to find opportunities for involvement, particularly during the holiday season. Sara Carothers serves as the Volunteer Services Director at the Helpline Center. For the past nine years, she has been helping volunteers in the community connect with agencies—and more importantly, people—who could use a little help. I sat down with Sara to learn more about how giving the gift of one’s time may be the most classic gift of all this holiday season. Can you please tell us a little bit about your role at the Helpline Center? The biggest part of my job is connecting people — children, teens, adults, groups, businesses — with opportunities to serve. I help them find a way to give their time in a way that they really care about and that’s fun for them. We make connections based on what they are passionate about and what fits with the amount of time they have to give. We also promote service volunteerism through special events that we do such as Make a Difference Day. Additionally, we provide training for non-profit organizations that need to learn how to manage volunteers or set up a volunteer program, and we work with companies who are interested in developing employee volunteer programs. We sponsor annual and monthly volunteer recognition events, and we put together special events for National Volunteer Week each April. This

time of year, we put out a holiday volunteering and giving list that is specific to giving your time and resources during the holiday season. You also coordinate Volunteer Sioux Falls, right? How is that different from Make a Difference Day? Make a Difference Day is a national event. Volunteer Sioux Falls events are specific to the local community and allow people to come together to give their time with others in the community who are also interested in service. We do three Volunteer Sioux Falls projects a year. Most recently, we built bird houses that went to citizens who received new trees to replace those lost in the April ice storms as part of the “Tree the Town” event. Our next Volunteer Sioux Falls event will be in February. That’s really neat. What a great way to impact the community. So how many volunteers and agencies do you connect during the year? Last year, we made about 30,000 contacts. That includes our online traffic through our database, our SALSA (Serving and Learning Student Association) youth activities, people we talk to about volunteer service, and the non-profit staff who attend trainings or get information. So that number is really comprehensive of all of the connections we make, the people we serve, and the outreach that we do to advocate for volunteerism and to connect volunteers. What is the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing the good that people can do in the community is very rewarding for me. When I tell someone about something and they go

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out and they make a difference, I know that there are two people who have won there. It’s the person being served and got something good done for them, but it’s also the volunteers themselves and how they feel. Time and again after a project, they say they got more out of it than they gave. They had a wonderful time and enjoyed it. And it’s not so much about what they were doing as long as it was something that they personally have a passion about. There are rewards to that for them, and it is fun to see. What advice do you have for people interested in volunteering? I really encourage people to think about what is personally interesting for them and what they are passionate about. If there’s just one message, it would be, “Don’t just do something. Do something you care about. Don’t just fill your hours. Make them meaningful.” If you love the arts, go serve at the community theater or the Washington Pavilion. If you love history, go over to the Siouxland Heritage Museum. If you love kids, be a mentor. If you are passionate about a certain health issue, there are organizations that need your time. It’s best if you can find something that you really care about. And how can people connect with you to find volunteer opportunities? They can visit our website at or call 2-1-1. I imagine there are a ton of volunteer opportunities during the holiday season. The holidays are fun because there is so much that people can do! And it’s so varied, and there’s something for everyone during the holidays. There are all kinds of wonderful special events that you can help at to benefit a non-profit, whether it is one of the benefit concerts going on or the Festival of Trees or the Parade of Lights. You can also volunteer to spend time with a child at Children’s Care Hospital and School or with people with disabilities or the elderly. Spending time with them is so special. It is all about not being forgotten. Everyone wants to feel remembered during the holiday season. To help people sort through the different opportunities, we have a list on our website with three parts to it. There are the special events you can help with, there is a volunteer part where you can give your time to different organizations, or there is a part where you can choose to give of your money if you don’t have time. There are all kinds of ways to give—more than 80 options this holiday season. People can also call 2-1-1 to find opportunities from the list. Speaking of lists, what would be on your wish list this holiday season? A puppy! (Laughs.) No, my wish would be that every person in Sioux Falls understands that they are needed — that their time is needed. If you’re still pondering the numbers associated with the commercialization of Christmas, factor this in. According to the Federal Agency for Service and Volunteering, in 2011, South Dakotans gave 22.8 million hours of service for an estimated value of $497 million of service contributed. The current value of a volunteer hour in South Dakota is $15.60. How much will you give this holiday season?

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am starting to show my age. The Christmas shopping and decorating season used to start after Thanksgiving. As a child, it was a fast and furious 4-5 weeks of begging for the newest toys, pinching packages and playing Christmas music. Today, the fake Santas are standing watch well before the

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witches and goblins have haunted the neighborhoods looking for candy. It places a mental image of running out of time to find the perfect gift. It also increases the length of time we need to keep our pets safe. After 27 years of practicing Veterinary Medicine, I still see many of the same injuries and poisonings to our pets. The long season just seems to increase the odds of bad things happening. Decorations are a common source of injury to both cats and dogs. Electrical cords should be hidden or out of reach of our pets. Biting on or chewing an electrical cord will result in burns to the mouth, electrocution or chance of a fire starting in your home. They will chew on cords out of curiosity, boredom or thinking that it is a new toy. Tinsel is a bad idea if you have cats. The shiny, dangling temptress is too much for many cats to ignore. They can swat at it, stalk it and then eat it. The long thin strands do not pass through the intestines and need to be surgically removed. If you see your feline eating it call your veterinarian immediately. Ornamental plants like poinsettias, holly and wreaths can be poisonous. The newer varieties are much safer, but they will still cause a sore stomach if eaten. Always avoid real mistletoe and holly berries as they are toxic if consumed. Toys purchased should be designed for pets. We have removed teddy bear eyes, Legos and many balls ingested by pets this

year already. The toys for people are not tough enough to stand up to the jaws of a terrier. There are so many options, it can be confusing on what to buy. Food and treats can also cause our best friends a problem. New treats can cause an upset stomach or allergic reactions. Too many treats from the table or eating the chocolate can hurt them and bones are always a bad idea. They are swallowed or can break their teeth. Christmas trees are like bringing the outdoors into our living room. I like a big tree to the point that safety is an issue for the pets and people in our house. It provides a haven for Momo to hide and the dogs a tree to explore. If you have a natural tree, do not put preservatives in the water. Your pets will drink from the reservoir. The chemicals are not poisonous, but will cause vomiting or diarrhea. Also anchor or put weights on the stand to prevent the tree from falling over. Edible decorations should be out of reach. Several macaroni decorations are missing, never to be replaced! If you have valuable or fragile ornaments, place them high and make sure they are secure. I have taken care of several dogs that consumed entire glass balls. Keep your pets safer this holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Lindy with Santa, best friend of Janet and Lyle Grate

Abbey, best friend of Derrick, Shannon, Ava & Ruby

Kahlua, best friend of the Hansens

Max, best friend of Shana Letsche

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Rocky, best friend of Levi Berghorst

Seabass, best friend of Em & Ty

Rocky, best friend of Brian & Michelle

Shadow, best friend of Brian & Michelle

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LINEAR MOUND By bruce blake


LINEAR MOUND Sioux Falls, Sherman Park

hen T. H. Lewis surveyed burial mounds in this area in 1884, he sketched an unusual and puzzling linear or “cigar” shaped mound at this spot. Lying from the southeast to the northwest, it measured 60 by 20 feet and was 1 foot high. Built between AD 300 and 1000 by ancients of the Late Woodland period who left no clues as to its purpose, the mound was plowed over and leveled by early settlers long before it could be examined by archeologists. Probable uses of the linear mound include the following: for religious, social, ceremonial, or funerary functions; for astronomical purposes possibly pointing to a constellation meaningful to the people of the nearby Woodland village; for marking a clan or village boundary; or for a base for scaffolds built to hold human remains before interment in burial mounds close by. Without evidence, the exact uses of the linear mound may never be known. By using Lewis’ 1884 field survey map, archeologists from the Augustana College Archeology Lab mapped the original site of the linear mound in 2002. DEDICATED IN 2002 BV THE MINNEHAHA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND THE CITY OF SIOUX FALLS.

1884 Map When T. H. Lewis sketched this map of present-day upper Sherman Park, he included a Linear Mound, which he numbered “7.” It was located to the east of six round burial mounds.

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historical marker

Scaffold Burial This drawing depicts human remains placed on a scaffold built on a linear mound. Months later the remains would then be interred in a nearby burial mound. Illustration by Carl Grupp.

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