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November 2023 Volume 22 • Issue 11

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ET CETERA Festival of Trees Returns to Sioux Falls 33

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MAN IN THE KITCHEN Pleased to Meat You! 36 VINO

CONCIERGE Fashion and Fun at Leela & Lavender 10

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CALENDAR November 2023 12

Styling with Second-Hand Seasonal Décor 40


KNICK KNACKS OF LIFE Celebrating Life 42

The Dakota Land Company 18


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ith another turn of a calendar page, we are over halfway through fall and looking ahead to winter. Does your wardrobe need an update to get ready for chilly temperatures? The team at Leela & Lavender in Sioux Falls is ready to help you look at this time of year as a fun, fashion adventure. The store, located at 69th & Western, recently celebrated its fourth birthday. And with two or three shipments coming in each week, you’re sure to find good foundation pieces for your closet, as well as

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funky accessories for your wardrobe. The team loves getting to know their customers and helping them find that “just right” item. But, they also know that shopping can be overwhelming. That is why they offer customers a complimentary personal style session. This gives customers dedicated time with one of the stylists who can talk with you about your style, likes and dislikes and how to build a fashionable and functional wardrobe that fits your budget. Leela & Lavender was founded in Fargo,

North Dakota, by Jill Shea and Laura Polanski. They were coworkers for a retail chain that ultimately closed, and they decided to embark on a new adventure together. They proudly display their mission right on the website, which includes helping customers become their best selves, creating happiness and love of family and using their business as a force for good by contributing to meaningful charities. In just two years, the duo expanded Leela & Lavender to four additional locations - West Fargo and Bismarck in North Dakota, Detroit

Lakes and Maple Grove in Minnesota and the store in Sioux Falls. They also offer a lifestyle podcast and a blog that features seasonal trends and in-depth looks at some of their featured brands. The store itself is bright and modern, and while it features a wealth of fashion options, you can easily move around from collection to collection without feeling crowded. Many of the displays are organized by color groupings, which makes it easy for shoppers looking for something in classic black or white or a fun pop of color in green, pink or everyone’s fall favorite color - pumpkin. Leela & Lavender carries a wide array of layering pieces like blouses, t-shirts and mocks, along with cozy sweaters to pair with skirts, slacks or denim. For those casual days, you can even hang out in brushed cashmere joggers.

The owners take time curating brands for their stores, with some widely known brands like Good American Denim (Kardashian brand) and Spanx, as well as other labels that give shoppers options they may not otherwise find in town. While Leela & Lavender has robust offerings for shopping online, the team says they are happiest when they can have that personal, one-on-one interaction with their customers. To complete your look from head to toe, the store also offers accessories like jewelry, sunglasses, socks and even footwear. Heading to a concert or sporting event where a bag policy is in place? Leela & Lavender has you covered with cute, clear satchel or crossbody bags with a stylish gold chain. While you’re there, you can also find fun gift ideas like candles, lotions, humorous dish

towels and books to help make your next party a smash — from mixing cocktails to making a gourmet grilled cheese. Customers can follow the store on social media or download the app to ensure they are getting all the latest about new arrivals or special sales. One of the most popular offerings from the store is private parties for groups. There is no cost to reserve a private party, which typically takes place for two hours before the store opens or after the store closes. The person serving as the “host” receives a 40% discount, and all the guests receive a 20% discount. Plus, sips and snacks are provided. With the holidays just around the corner, get your party reserved early. Head to Leela & Lavender for a fun, fashion adventure!

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November Judy Collins Wednesday, November 1 7:30 p.m. Orpheum Theater 315 N. Phillips Ave. In her 50-plus years in music, Judy Collins has always exhibited impeccable taste in songcraft. On her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, she curated a stunning collection featuring originals alongside songs by not-yet household names such as Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, and

adventurous selections by Jacques Brel and Francesco Landini. INFO (605) 367-6000.

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Katie Deal: Crazy For Patsy Cline Friday, November 3 7- 10 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Canton Performing Arts Center: 800 N Main St., Canton, SD 57013 Join Katie Deal as she pays tribute to country music legend Patsy Cline in her show Crazy for Patsy Cline: Katie Deal & Her Nashville Band. Katie Deal is a versatile performer with a passion

for classic country music, in particular the women who dominated the early days of country music. With a powerhouse voice, a love of storytelling and a vivacious stage presence, Katie gives audiences a dynamic performance. INFO cantonpac.com/ upcoming events 42nd Annual Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale November 3: 5-9 p.m.

November 4: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. November 5: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn 201 E. 8th St. As a signature program of the Center for Western Studies, this event is designed to educate the public about the cultural importance and variety of regional art and artists. The largest and longest running show of its kind in the region, Artists of the Plains is an annual highlight of the Center’s Art Program and Educational Exhibits emphasis, one of several programming areas supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. INFO augie.edu

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new musical party! INFO (605) 367-6000. The Good Night Theatre Collective Presents: Spring Awakening November 9-11 7:30 p.m. Washington Pavilion 301 S. Main Ave. This November, join Good Night for our rendition of the critically acclaimed Broadway sensation about the trials and tribulations of growing up, set to an electrifying soundtrack of rock tunes. Experience the poignant and unforgettable journey from adolescence to adulthood in this fall’s… Spring Awakening! INFO (605) 367-6000. Sioux Empire Arts & Crafts Show November 10: 12-8 p.m. November 11: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. WH Lyon Fairgrounds Something for everyone on your holiday shopping list, photos with Santa, Festival of Trees, food trucks, 100% hand crafted items and much more! INFO Blackincevents.com Knickers: A Brief Comedy November 10-12 & !6 – 19 Historic Palace Theatre Luverne, MN. Green Earth Players presents Knickers: A Brief Comedy. Get your tickets at (507) 2834339 or palacetheatre.us Fiber Fun at the Old Courthouse Museum Sunday, November 12 1-4 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Do you like to knit, crochet, needlework, or dabble in any other fiber arts? Come join members from the Crossthreads Fiber Guild for an afternoon of Fiber

Fun! Attendees can work on projects, ask for suggestions, and just enjoy the company of fellow fiber friends. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www. siouxlandmuseums.com A Motown Christmas Sunday, November 12 7:30 p.m. Washington Pavilion 301 S. Main Ave. A Motown Christmas features a world-class vocal group, assembled from past and present members of Motown’s most legendary groups: Ali Woodson’s Temptations, The Miracles and The Contours. The vocalists are backed up by a 6-piece band. A powerful, family-oriented show combining Motown’s greatest hits with everyone’s favorite holiday classics. INFO (605) 367-6000. Cooking Up History: Evolution of Kitchens and Cookbooks Exhibit Opening Reception Thursday, November 16 5-7 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Join us for the first look at the newest exhibit about how the American kitchen has changed over time and how the cookbook provides a snapshot of the time it was written. Refreshments will be served, sponsored by the Siouxland Heritage Museums Alliance. Free admission. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www. siouxlandmuseums.com. Kid’s Activity Day: Turkey Time at the Old Courthouse Museum Thursday, November 16 9-11:30 a.m. Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street

Kids can learn about history and make their own crafts to take home. Sessions run every 15 minutes throughout morning times. Call to reserve times. Free admission. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www. siouxlandmuseums.com

Cirque Musica: Holiday Wonderland Thursday, November 16 7:30 p.m. Washington Pavilion 301 S. Main Ave. The all-new Cirque Musica: Holiday Wonderland is a must-see holiday event to usher in the magic of the season. Igniting joy and wonder, “Wonderland” is a musical journey that will transport audiences to a magical land far away for a fun-filled, unforgettable holiday-themed show experience. INFO (605) 367-6000. The Suits Friday, November 17 7 p.m. Washington Pavilion 301 S. Main Ave. The Suits are comprised of four dynamic gentlemen performing four genres of hit music across four decades. The group fuses smooth choreography

and tight harmonies with exciting showmanship and fun audience interaction and takes audiences on a journey from the ‘50s through the ‘80s. INFO (605) 367-6000. South Dakota Symphony Orchestra: Celebrate America! Saturday, November 18 7:30 p.m. Washington Pavilion 301 S. Main Ave. Join the SDSO for a starspangled salute, featuring music of John Williams, Aaron Copland, and a commemoration of South Dakota’s military men and women including songs from the branches of the Armed Forces. Matched with the vocal power of soprano Andrea Ross, non-stop chills await. INFO (605) 367-6000. Rosemaling Demonstration at the Old Courthouse Museum Tuesday, November 21 1-4 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Eileen Halverson will be demonstrating the Norwegian folk art of Rosemaling (decorative painting) in the secondfloor hallway of the Old Courthouse Museum. Stop in any time for a demonstration or to ask questions! INFO (605) 367-4210 or www. siouxlandmuseums.com Kidtopia Black Friday Sale November 24 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 901 S. Highline Pl. in Dawley Farms Village 20% off storewide! Some exclusions aply. Thank you for shopping local!

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Join us for our holiday open house! Take a keepsake photo with Santa! INFO (605) 368-8181. Santa Train & Light the Night November 26 Luverne, MN Santa Train: Omaha Depot: 4:30-6 p.m.: Eastern & Ellis lighted train will arrive with 31st Annual Parade of Lights Friday, November 24 7:30 p.m. Downtown Sioux Falls Join us for the 31st Annual Parade of Lights, as we light up the city and welcome in the 2023 Holiday Season. The Hegg Brothers at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, November 24 Noon to 1 p.m.

Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street The Hegg Brothers will perform in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch and enjoy the show! (605)367-4210 or www. siouxlandmuseums.com. Fire & Stone Gallery Holiday Open House November 25 • 1pm – 4pm 1312 W. 41st St.

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Santa & Mrs. Claus and children can enjoy cookies and hot chocolate with the jolly ole couple. Fireworks in Luverne City Park: 7 p.m. and Lighting of Luverne city Park following the fireworks. INFO luvernechamber.com Disney’s Aladdin November 28-December 1

7:30 p.m. December 2 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. December 3 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Discover a whole new world at Disney’s ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of “The Lion King” comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. INFO (605) 367-6000. Victorian Tea Party at the Pettigrew Home & Museum Wednesday, November 29 2 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Enjoy winter in true

Victorian fashion at the Pettigrew Home & Museum. Learn about the history of tea while enjoying tea and snacks. Space is limited for this adult program. Call (605) 367-7097 to register. Free admission, donations welcome. INFO www. siouxlandmuseums.com

INFO (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com. Luverne Winterfest Saturday, December 2 Winterfest Expo, Festival of

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Ceili Dance Thursday, November 30 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 to live music at the Old Courthouse Museum! Beginners welcome. Free admission.

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Stcck Purchase Receipt, Dakota Land Company (Collection of the Minnesota Historical Society)

1859 Survey Map

The Dakota Land Company BY WAYNE FANEBUST


hat portion of the American West presently occupied by the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wyoming and Montana was in times past, commonly referred to as the “Great West,” the “Northwest,” or sometimes “the Great American Desert” but never the Midwest. That label crept into the national conversation long after the frontier was thought of as a thing of the past. But while the frontier was a part of the American experience, this vast tract of raw land was the object of considerable interest by assorted west-watchers including immigrants, explorers and entrepreneurs. By the mid-19th century, enterprising town site speculators had made their move on the frontier with a fury and a purpose. It was a time that many historians recognized as having been dominated by a town site founding “mania.” It was as if the hopeful speculators were fully tuned in to Mark Twain when he famously said: “buy land; they are not making any more of it.” In point of fact, there was so much of it. The American West has been described as an endlessly monotonous landscape that seemed to grind on forever. But to the speculators, it was a vast plain of unending possibilities for eager money-makers. They pointed to the many fascinating landmarks

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on the plains such as the falls of the Big Sioux River. This scenic dot on the empty maps had long been the secret site of Native American villages, but was inevitably made known to the rest of the world by those people who stopped at the falls during their travels. The great unknown has always attracted the attention of free-spirited adventurers such as Philander Prescott, who in 1832 “discovered” the falls while leading a party in search of beaver to trap. Prescott has been credited with being the first white man to view the falls, and his visit was seen as an invitation for others. In 1844, a detail of soldiers under the command of Captain James Allen stopped at the falls to stand in awe of its power and beauty. Allen was conducting a reconnaissance of the area at a time when tension between white men and Indians was mild compared to what was to come. The soldiers camped overnight and feasted on the meat from a large herd of buffalo that was grazing on the lush prairie grasses. The reports of Prescott and Captain Allen were most likely included in a book entitled States and Territories of the Great Northwest by Jacob Ferris. His book was part guidebook and a manual for success in a frontier environment. The Ferris book fell into the hands of a group of

politicians and businessmen from St. Paul, Minnesota, all of whom were looking to prosper from an investment in land. Their plans were made in accordance with a generous law passed by Congress in 1844, that allowed a town site company to claim 320 acres upon which to build a city. The inspired men used their political leverage and soon the Dakota Land Company was created by Franklin J. DeWitt (Collections of the an act of the Minnesota South Dakota State Archives) Territorial legislature on May 21, 1857. Soon thereafter a well-equipped party of men were on their way to the falls of the Big Sioux River, with the lofty goal of building a city at the site. Among the leaders of the newly minted corporation were Byron M. Smith, Artemus Gale, Alpheus D. Fuller, Charles E. Flandreau and Franklin J. DeWitt. These men were not only associated with the town site craze that attracted national notice; they sought to claim the political offices that would be available once a new territory was created by Congress. And so it was with appropriate fanfare and flag-waving that the Dakota Land Company launched its expedition into the untested territory just a few days after the corporation was created by the legislature. A St. Paul newspaper bade the “Big Sioux Falls Colony,” under the leadership of Alephues G. Fuller, a hopeful goodbye, along with prayers for their safety and success. Before they reached the “Big Sioux Falls,” the intrepid adventurers claimed a town site called “Mountain Pass, Dacotah,” at a place near Lake Benton where a natural trail worked its way through a pair of hills. Later they claimed another site called Medary on the Big Sioux River near present-day Brookings, South Dakota. The town was named after Samuel A. Medary, a fire-breathing newspaperman from Ohio, who was just then the governor of Minnesota Territory. From the outset, the town of Medary was intended to be the capital city of Dakota Territory, as soon as the speculators were able to convince Congress to act and make it official. A few men were left at Medary while the rest of the expedition continued south to another scenic spot on the banks of the Big Sioux River where they laid out another town named Flandreau, after Charles E. Flandreau, the young lawyer and Dakota Land Company stockholder who was also the agent to the Santee Sioux Indians in Minnesota. Like Samuel A. Medary, Flandreau was a Democrat, a staunch member of the old political party that was in control of the White House. When the party finally reached the coveted falls, they were met with both surprise and disappointment, for the falls had already been claimed. In October of 1856, a group of ambitious men in Dubuque, Iowa, having

consulted the Ferris book entitled States and Territories of the Great Northwest, formed a corporation called the Western Town Company, an enterprise whose goals were very similar to that of their rivals, the Dakota Land Company. A party of Dubuque men were in camp at the falls when the St. Paul men arrived. The Iowans had staked out 320 acres of land and named their site “Sioux Falls.” Undaunted, the proud Minnesotans claimed 320 acres Charles E. Flandreau (Collections of the adjacent to the claim of the Minnesota Historical Society) Western Town Company, and adopted the name “Sioux Falls City.” Men from both companies joined together and began the formidable task of building a city from the ground up. Among those in the Dubuque party, Wilmot W. Brookings, Dr. Josiah L. Phillips and John McClellan were leaders who maintained strong connections to Sioux Falls throughout the rest of their lives. They all have streets named after them. The small cluster of men had grit and determination, but within a relatively short period of time, they found that the odds were clearly stacked against them for two reasons. First of all the great financial Panic of 1857, destroyed the American economy. Land and railroad speculation were said to be key factors in the disaster that leveled banks, railroads and other businesses. But the depression wasn’t the only hurdle, for the land that the speculators claimed was not yet under federal control. The Treaty of Yankton of 1858 had yet to be ratified by Congress, and the Indian owners were not anxious to welcome white neighbors. A band of warriors descended on the town site of Medary, ordered the settlers to pack up and leave, and then put the torch to the corporate assets. Some of the terrified speculators traveled to Sioux Falls causing great consternation at that small village. No attack was made on the town site on this occasion, but in 1862, after the town had put down some roots, the War of the Outbreak in Minnesota spilled over into Dakota Territory, and after two men were killed, the once promising town was abandoned. It would stay abandoned throughout the Civil War years after which a military installation called Fort Dakota was established near the falls of the Big Sioux River. It was abandoned in 1869, and in the following year a core group of believers began the process of creating a city, determined to succeed where others had failed. Given a second chance at life, the City of Sioux Falls has rebounded with great vigor and success. From that frozen winter of 1857-58, when only 16 men occupied the isolated town site, Sioux Falls has grown steadily thanks to wise choices and the persistence of its citizens. It now stands before the state and nation as a beautiful and dynamic city with a future to match its proud and colorful history.

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nest recipes 21 Easy Candy & Holiday Treat Recipes

at home 24 At Home on Prairie Green

a-list 30 et cetera 33 Festival of Trees Returns to Sioux Falls

man in the kitchen 36 Pleased to Meat You!

vino 38 Happy Thanksgivino

thrifting home 40 Styling with Second-Hand Seasonal Décor

knick knacks of life 42 Celebrating Life

Easy Candy and Holiday Treat Recipes BY JO MCCLURE

Maryclaire’s Peanut Butter Fudge 1 1/2 pounds white candy coating 1 1/4 cups peanut butter 1 cup chopped nuts or peanuts if desired Melt candy coating and peanut butter in a double boiler. Add nuts and stir until smooth and pour into an 8x8 inch buttered pan. Allow to cool before cutting.

Chocolate Drop Candy 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup butterscotch chips 1 cup shoestring potato sticks 1 cup dry roasted peanuts Melt chips in a double boiler until smooth. Stir in the potato sticks and peanuts and drop onto waxed paper lined cookie sheets. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until set. Store in an airtight container.

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husband is British, and white is very popular in Europe, and that’s what we wanted.” Having completed remodeling projects at their previous homes, she took on the role of general contractor to oversee a top-to-bottom renovation. “The contractors thought I was crazy when I said we wanted to paint everything white because it was such a stark contrast to how it looked when we bought it.” In addition to updating the walls and woodwork in white, the couple stripped the floors, uncovered the windows and added mirrors in rooms throughout the home to reflect the natural light and make it feel even

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more spacious. The kitchen cabinets were also painted white, and they changed the hood over the range from wood to stainless steel, matching the appliances. Three crystal chandeliers hang over the island – smaller counterparts to the larger fixtures in the dining room and living room. The couple enjoys entertaining, so they took out a cabinet along one wall and had a custom piece created by Dakota Kitchen and Bath. With glass on all sides, it is the perfect place to display dishes, glassware and other serving pieces. A separate pantry closet and laundry room are located just off the kitchen, creating a space that is both functional and

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beautiful. The room just off the dining room had previously been used as a den, says the homeowner. But, her husband is a pianist, so with the new bright décor and windows on two sides, it became the perfect place for the baby grand he had shipped over from Europe. “We share an office space in the library on the main floor, but more often than not, we are out here in this area because of all the natural light and being able to watch the golfers or the geese at Prairie Green.” The benefits of having a bright white foundation for the home is that it provides the perfect canvas for highlighting artwork in

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a variety of styles that the couple has been able to collect when they travel. The master bedroom was one space where the couple made a structural change during the remodeling process. “It was somewhat of an odd-shaped room,” the homeowner explains. “One part went back farther, so we just put a wall there to actually make a closet for me. The roomy lower level has a family room, bar area, two bedrooms, a bathroom and another room that became a small home gym. They also updated the fireplace in the family room and still had enough room for a pool table. “That’s a funny story,” she says. “We didn’t

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play pool before, but we bought that from a former client of mine who was moving and couldn’t take it. So, we taught ourselves pool. Well, we learned at the Crow Bar.” In addition to the work inside, they also updated the landscaping in the front and in the back, which also features a deck off the dining room with steps down to a stone patio and outdoor cooking space. “After we bought the house, my husband asked me what was one thing I really wanted, and I told him New Orleans style gas lanterns

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on the front of the house.” They worked with a company that can use a picture of your home to create lanterns the fit both the style and scale of the house. While the homeowner says it took a bit of work to run the gas lines, the return on investment is great, as running them is quite economical. All totaled, it was about a 5-month remodeling project. But, she says, it was worth it. “If someone told me I had to build a new house, I would build this same floor plan,” she

explains. “And, we get to enjoy all the seasons – watching everything come to life in the spring, the geese having their babies right out on the pond, the golfers out any time they can. We have seen people playing glow ball in the winter. Even hot air balloons will do a touch and go out in the field.” She says people have knocked on the door to ask if they would consider selling or to ask to be put on a call list if they ever do want to sell. “We’re not planning on going anywhere,” she says with a smile.


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Warm Tootsies Warm your tootsies in these adorable dance booties! They will keep your dancer’s feet warm and ready to dance. Exceptional comfort and warmth with a cushioned insole. Available in three colors at The Dance Line. 2115 S. Minnesota Avenue. (605) 335-8242.

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Unique Gifts The Christmas Haus in the Rock County History Center has a large selection of unique gifts for every unique person on your holiday shopping list. 312 E. Main St., Luverne, MN. (507) 283-2122.

Give Thanks Junk in the Trunk has delightful home decor for every season. This fall, create a warm and inviting ambiance with charming Thanksgiving decorations. Junk in the Trunk. 1918 W. 41st St. (605) 338-5510.

Luverne Winterfest Celebration Saturday, December 2 Winterfest Shopping Expo, Festival of Nativities, Nutcracker Open House, Victorian Holiday Open House, Flannel Fest and more! Please visit luvernechamber. com for full schedule of these fantastic events.

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Get Your Vehicle Ready! Papik Motors is kicking off some amazing offers on tires and more. Rebates for the fall service event are on tires, brake pads, brake rotors, shocks and struts, providing several options for customers… plus rebates can be stacked or combined. Up to $280 in total rebates from General Motors! Get your vehicle ready for the change in seasons with these limited time offers. Call or stop by today! Papik Motors. Luverne, MN, Rock Rapids, IA and Sibley IA.

A Kickin’ Country Christmas December 9 • 7pm Palace Theater, Luverne, MN. Featuring Christmas Classics and more! Tickets are $25 (no adult/student prices). Get your tickets at (507) 283-4339or palacetheatre.us

Artists of the Plains Show & Sale November 3, 4 & 5 Event Collaborations of Brad Kringen Art and Anita Kealey Interior Bespoke’ are to be seen at the 42nd annual Artists of the Plains event sponsored by the Center for Western Studies at the Hilton Garden Inn, downtown Sioux Falls. Friday, November 3rd through Sunday, November 5th. For more information: info@designsolutions-us.com or “Like us” on DesignSolutionsGroup/ BradKringenArt FACEBOOK.

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he Festival of Trees event was started years ago by Southeastern Behavioral Health as an annual fundraiser for their non-profit organization. Although this event has not graced the Sioux Falls market for over 10 years, area residents who loved this event have not forgotten it. Kari Black saw an opportunity to bring back the Festival of Trees event this year, by combining it with the Sioux Empire Arts & Crafts Show, which will be held on November 10-11th at the Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls. “I loved going to this event every year and met with past organizers in 2015, after I noticed its absence. At that time, I was told that if I ever wanted to produce the event that I may.” Kari states. Recently she found the motivation to reinstate this event and decided that since the SEAC Show already has a large customer base, it would be the perfect venue to showcase the trees. Kari has a very personal reason for producing The Festival of Trees event. She visited Casa Angelina Orphanage in Guatemala in 2015, on a mission trip with her church. She spent a week working on a new home being built for the kids. While

she was there, she was touched by sweetness of the kids and thankful they had such a beautiful place to call home. Kari has now committed to raising $100,000 for a new building project, that will start at the orphanage in 2024. Her passion to make this happen inspired her to get the Festival of Trees going again to bring in the funds. Between 30-40 area businesses will be donating fully-decorated Christmas trees and wreaths that will be placed on display at the Sioux Empire Arts & Crafts Show. Customers will be able to stroll through this wintery wonderland of trees and vote on their favorites. Voting is new this year and is a fun way to get the customers connected with this fundraiser and donors. Customers can also vote by putting cash into the Buckets in front of their favorite trees. Every dollar counts as a single vote. All votes will be totaled at the end of the event, and the one with the most will receive the coveted People’s Choice Award. The trees and wreaths will also be available to buy through an online auction. People who are not able to attend the event in person can still bid on and purchase

the trees online. “We are hoping that area business owners who decorate their business lobbies will consider purchasing their tree from us this year,” Black said. “Not only will they have a beautiful tree, but they will be supporting an amazing cause!” In addition to the tree display, customers will be able to take photos with Santa. “Photos at other venues go for upwards of $40.00, so the cost of just $5.00 per child at the Festival of Trees is a real bargain,” said Kari. The photos will be amazing due to the fun set that is being built for the backdrop. It is a win-win because families get great photos and all the money raised will go towards the building effort. Finally, shoppers can do all their holiday shopping from the 275+ exhibitor booths. All the items for sale at this event are 100% handcrafted and come from across the country. “These are small family businesses and would love your support,” said Kari. “We just cannot wait to see the trees and greet the people as they come out to support Casa Angelina. Love really has no limits and this year we are sending it all the way to Guatemala from Sioux Falls, South Dakota!”

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ast weekend was the first chilly weekend of the fall, and for my beloved and I, that meant the first chili weekend of the fall. There are few things in life that will warm you up and feed your soul like a bowl of hot, and spicy (but not too spicy) chili. Add some cornbread sticks and you’re ready take on any chill in the air. I have a couple of ways I make chili. The first, I call Three Little Pigs Chili. While most people start their chili with ground beef, this version starts with pork; three kinds to be precise. The first little piggy is smoky. I like to grill or smoke some well-seasoned pork chops. The next little piggy is spicy! I usually go for a nice Cajun andouille or cured Spanish chorizo sausage. The third little piggy brings a sweet note. A sweet Italian or apple sausage works great. I split the sausages and grill them


lightly to render out some of the fat. But that’s another article, one I wrote back in February 2010. So, assuming you carefully archive your copies of etc. for her, you can find it there. But this is not that chili. This is the chili that pays homage to my mom’s chili. I call it “Pleased to meet you, meat to please you!” This chili starts months before I make the pot, by stashing any leftover meat in a big zip-top bag in the freezer. A little left-over steak? In the bag. Leftover hamburger patty or pork chop? In the bag. An extra piece of chicken, half-rack of ribs or bratwurst, it all goes in the bag. By early autumn, the zip-top bag is overflowing, and I may have started a second bag. When it’s time to start the chili, I grab a variety of pieces of frozen meat and move them to the fridge to thaw. Later that day, I’ll make a big pot of chili.

As I’ve gotten older, my desire for spicy food has increased. I think there are two reasons. One, I’m older and a little less sensitive, and two, I’ve discovered spicy doesn’t need to mean “melt you face off !” Chili peppers like New Mexico, ancho and poblano bring a very pleasant heat without the pain of habanero or ghost peppers. If you like to sweat, feel free to add those as you like. The good news is there’s really no wrong way to make chili. OK, there probably are some things that shouldn’t go into chili, but I don’t want to think about that. I don’t need negativity in my life, I need another bowl of chili! Do yourself a favor. Eat something good today! When he’s not making, eating, or thinking about chili, Jim runs ADwërks, a spicy little advertising agency, right here in Sioux Falls.

Here’s my recipe for the Pleased to Meet You, Meat to Please You Chili, but feel free to add or subtract as you like.

Pleased to Meet You, Meat to Please You Chili 1 to 2 pounds leftover meat, thawed 2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes 2 14-ounce cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes 1 medium yellow onion finely diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 poblano pepper, seeded, diced 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded, diced 1 tbsp Ground New Mexico Chili 1 tbsp Ground Ancho Chili 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika 1 tbsp Ground Cumin 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon 1 tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper 1 tsp Ground Aleppo Pepper or crushed red pepper flakes 2 tbsp Olive Oil (or other vegetable oil) 1 quarter cup honey Grated cheddar cheese to taste

Here’s how it comes together. In a big pot or Dutch oven, start by sweating the onion in oil over medium heat for three to five minutes, until soft and translucent, then add garlic, poblano and half of the jalapeño, sweat for another three minutes or so. Then stir in all of the dried spices and let them toast for a minute or two. They should become very fragrant! Add the canned tomatoes and one can of water and stir well to combine. Cut your leftover meats into bite sized pieces and be sure to remove any bones, then add the meat to the pot. Let this come to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and let it hang out of the stove for a couple of hours, stirring occasionally, and tasting for seasoning. If it’s too spicy for your liking, add honey. The sweetness of the honey will round out the heat and help to balance the flavors. Not spicy enough? Add more cayenne or a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce. When ready to serve, top with some grated cheddar, if you like. Pro Tip: Jalapeño Cornbread When you’re getting ready to eat, add the remaining diced jalapeño to a package of cornbread muffin mix, and cook according to the package instructions. Serve with chili. Enjoy!

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o, that’s not a typo. It occurred to me while busting my brain for a Thanksgiving-themed wine article that by changing one letter I was able to embed the word “vino” in the title of this column. I love it when things work out. This year for Thanksgiving, think diversity. Thanksgiving dinner is tricky. It’s a hodge-podge of competing flavors: salty, sweet, sour, savory, rich, earthy, and everything in between. Diversify your wine selections, and you will be sure to hit the perfect pairings. Below are 8 suggested pairings to make your Turkey Day a little easier.

to have a bit of sweetness to bring down the salt component. Even if you’re resistant to trying wines with a bit of residual sugar, you will be pleasantly surprised by this pairing.

#3 Brussels Sprouts – Pinot Gris Pairing wine with brussels sprouts is not an easy task, and you really have to think outside the box. The bitter and salty components of this dish have to be slightly matched, while being contrasted. Try it with a Pinot Gris, which is an Alsatian grape with an almond-like bitterness laced with white flowers and peaches.

#1 Butternut Squash Soup – Sparkling Rosé Like in a perfect marriage, they bring the best out of each other. The sour rose petals and raspberry notes in the wine brighten the dense quality of the soup, while the soft texture of the soup enhances the fruitiness and elegance of the wine.

#4 Green Bean Casserole – Sauvignon Blanc You’re going to have choose a contrasting wine, otherwise you will not be able to have more than just a few bites. You will need a bright, herbaceous, and high acidity wine like Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or a Chenin Blanc from France.

#2 Mashed Potatoes with Gravy - Riesling Mashed potatoes are creamy and buttery, and gravy is fatty and salty, so take both of these characteristics into consideration. Your wine needs to have enough acidity to cut through the butter, but it also needs

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#5 Cornbread Dressing – Chardonnay One of my favorite wine pairings for anything with corn in it is Chardonnay. I enjoyed a fantastic unoaked Chardonnay from

California, and I still remember how well the flavors of the luscious Chardonnay match the sweet creaminess of corn. This is a no-brainer pairing.

#6 Sausage and Sour Dough Stuffing (with Cranberry Sauce) – Zinfandel This is a perfect example of when condiments dictate the pairing. The richer and heavier the stuffing, the bigger and bolder the wine needs to be. Zinfandel is a natural fit for this portion of the feast.

#7 Herb Roasted Turkey – Valpolicella Unsure of whether you should pair your turkey with white or red? Very few dishes in the world cry out for Valpolicella like the classic Thanksgiving Day turkey. If you are not in the mood for an Italian wine (seriously, who’s NOT in the mood for an Italian?) look for a lighter bodied Pinot Noir from California.

#8 Pumpkin Pie – Moscato d’Asti Similar to the butternut squash soup, texture is the important element in this dessert. This has a sweet, creamy, and fruity quality to it, which is better paired with like-flavored wines. This year, don’t drink one-dimensionally, pick a variety of wines to pair with all of the different flavors on your menu. This way, you will not

only augment the food you serve, but you will also satisfy the different palates sitting at your table. Happy Thanksgivino! Carpe Vino! Riccardo is a Level I Sommelier certified by the Guild of Master Sommeliers. When he’s not scribbling thoughts about wine pairings, Riccardo and his wife, Marybeth, own R Wine Bar & Kitchen, Brix Wine Bar, Maribella Ristorante, and Vespa Catering, and will be enjoying Thanksgiving with their three sons, Dante, Berent ( fiancée Molli,) and Jaxon. Contact Riccardo with your wine questions at riccardo@rwinebar.com.

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elcome to November! It’s the time of year when most of us switch gears and start thinking of warm drinks, cozy blankets and family or friend gatherings for the next couple of months. I don’t know about you, but it’s really one of my favorite times of the year. And over the years, I’ve also found that this is one of my favorite times to thrift for seasonal décor. All the treasures await at your local secondhand store! I know, I know. Most thrifting ‘pros’ tell you it’s best to shop for seasonal items OFF season…but really, I’m not often in the mood for Fall in July. So, unless something really jumps out at me in the off season, I’ll generally shop for the season I’m in. This is also actually the time that most thrift stores haul out stock from their back room to match the month they are selling in. For November, you’re going to see a lot of fake pumpkins and faux leaf garlands when you’re thrifting. But there are also more timeless things to discover. Let’s look at how easy it is to ramp up your fall décor for the ‘right before Christmas’ weeks.

season!’ The neat thing about thrifted candles is that you never know what you’ll find. And because prices are generally very good, you can buy ‘gently used’ candles and burn them for special dinners or even just a regular night at home. The number of candles in thrift stores that have been burned only for a few minutes shows that most people ‘save’ their cool candles instead of burning them. One of my goals for these cold months is to burn a LOT of candles on the regular instead of hoarding them – because what am I waiting for?

Let Nature Do the Work. Let your Light Shine. As soon as it starts getting darker more quickly at night, I call ‘candle

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Confession: I am a crafty person at heart. And every good thrifter craves a repurpose project every once in awhile, right? This fall it was

fun to gather up some dried grasses and various flowers from my garden, as well as purchasing some g org e ous farmer’s market dried flowers for crafting. My only problem was ‘how am I going to display these lovelies?’ Naturally the answer involved turning to thrifty things. First, I made a dried wreath for my front door, which I’ll display until it’s time to change it out for Christmas. Thankfully, I was able to find a dusty used wreath for $3 and pull off all the dated decorations, keeping the base for my newly dried florals. I was so happy with the outcome that I even made a bouquet with the leftover florals using a thrifted studio pottery vase. Big seasonal impact for a much lower budget? Sign me up!

Snuggle Up in Style. Raise your hand if changing your bedding out is part of your fall routine. It’s so comforting to get out those soft and warm blankets and throws that have been in storage since the spring. Because I’m rather addicted to soft and warm things, I am always on the hunt for thrifted bedding. Especially if you start with a neutral duvet as a base, you can layer thrifted bedding pieces that add character and keep you comfy as the weather cools. My bedroom design this fall features a rare find for

me – an older Icelandic plaid wool throw that pairs nicely with a thrifted crochet piece on the bed. By adding in a menagerie of thrifted pillows, a fall oil painting and other assorted knick knacks, I feel like I’m all set for the months ahead. And yes – before you ask – it’s easy to wash and clean most vintage linens. Just be mindful of the best way to care for the materials in your blankets and pillows. For me, most everything gets thrown in the washing machine on low or gentle cycle and turns out fresh and new smelling. Whatever your decorating desires are for the upcoming holidays, thrifting is a fun way to collect items that will add character to your home. And just wait until next month when we’ll be talking Christmas décor – oh my! Bobbi Gaukel spends her workdays as a freelance graphic designer and her free time as a thrifter at Bobilu Vintage: instagram.com/ bobiluvintage/

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hat do the words, “children’s concert,” bring to mind? I’m sure most readers have their own memories of lining up in front of a church or in a school gym to sing seasonal favorites. My earliest memory of a children’s program includes saying a few lines into a church microphone and upon hearing the echo of my voice I began to giggle. I was not able to finish my line. Another memory that comes to mind is


one of our daughter, Parker’s first Christmas program. She was a 4-year-old lamb. About halfway through the first song, she dropped to her belly and started to belly crawl/slide down the steps at the front of the church toward me. My husband, Shon, and I were sitting in a pew near the front with the other parents, all of us eager to capture this moment through video and photos. I do remember stifling giggles – and holding a little lamb for the remainder of the program.

Memories of children’s concerts came to mind this weekend because we attended our first Harmony South Dakota concert. Harmony is a free after school program that provides a variety of musical opportunities for students including choir and string orchestra. The program is run by musicians Dan and Heidi Goeller and it is operated out of the old Cathedral Elementary School in our neighborhood. Because some of our neighbors’ children participate, I had heard

about it, but until we attended this concert, I had no idea how incredible it was. As we listened to the voices of children ages 7 to 17 it became clear this was not your typical children’s concert. We were listening to singers and musicians who happen to be children. And then they played contemporary and classical pieces including Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. Wow! We attended this concert because it was dedicated to a friend and neighbor who

recently passed, David Xenakis. Among his many talents, David was a musician, he was a former board member and interim executive director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. For his memorial, his family invited his friends to the concert and then to their home. From recent experiences, I discovered it is easy to celebrate a friend or family member’s life when I am in their home because I am surrounded by what they loved and what they treasured. Classical music was playing when we stepped into David’s home. And later on, a musician friend of his played several pieces on his grand piano. What a beautiful way to honor his life. Just a few weeks prior we celebrated the life of Shon’s Aunt Sherry. Again, the celebration was in her home. She was a vibrant, joy-filled woman who loved life and flower gardening. Her gardens and flowerpots were always filled

with colorful blooms arranged in unique and beautiful ways. It was a gift that on the day, when family and friends gathered to celebrate Sherry’s life, and share memories, the late September weather was warm enough for us all to be outside in her garden. The memory I shared about Sherry was inspired by her garden. When we got married, Sherry gave me several perennials from her garden. So, each spring when the plants reemerge, I am reminded of her. During the Harmony concert, Dan Goeller shared a bit of history about the composer of each musical piece, or the inspiration behind some of the pieces he and his wife, Heidi, composed together for the youth to play. A piece they composed was inspired by the hard work and challenges the children had to overcome to produce the amazing music we got to enjoy. It was titled, “Epic Journey.” Watching those closest to Sherry and David say goodbye reminded me that while death is part of life’s journey, for those left behind, grief is not an easy path to traverse. And celebrating memories of their life does help.

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ring the spirit of the season into your home with some delightful fall crafts that are easy to make and use simple materials, making them fun and enjoyable for all ages.

Turkey Door Décor Materials: Two paper plates, construction paper, scissors, a small bowl to use as a template, glue or staples, and tape or preferred method of hanging onto the front door. Using a small bowl, trace a circle onto black construction paper to create pupils for the eyes that will fit onto the back of the white paper plates. Cut an orange or yellow triangle from construction paper for the beak, and some red paper for the gizzard. Make a festive hat for the turkey to wear, if you’d like, adding a pilgrim-style buckle and some feathers to stick into the brim. Connect the face together using a stapler, glue, or tape. Using painter’s tape or another safe way to adhere your turkey face to the door, hang it up for all to see during the Thanksgiving and fall seasons! Get even more creative and change up the face to match various holidays throughout the year. The turkey could possibly be turned into a monster, perhaps? The possibilities are endless.

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Materials: Brown paper bag, black marker, colored paper, glue, and scissors. Turn the paper bag upside down so the flap will become the face, and you can put your hand into it through the bottom. Cut a black hat out of construction paper that will fit on top of the puppet’s head. Cut out six strips of yellow paper to create the hair, then glue three strips onto each side of the bottom of your hat, leaving enough room to see the face on your puppet between where the hair will be. Glue the hat and hair creation onto the upside brown paper bag, making sure the flap side is facing up, and you are leaving room for some eyes and a nose to be visible under the hat and between the hair strips. Cut some white circles for the eyes, and smaller black circles for the pupils, gluing them onto the flap of the bag between the hair. Tip: You can trace circles onto paper to create a template using any object with an ideal size, for example, a glue stick for your black pupils.! Cut a small yellow triangle for the nose, and two red circles for the rosy cheeks. Glue the nose and cheeks below the eyes. Draw a black smile below the face on the flap, adding lines along the smile to give the impression of stitches. Add a shirt to the bottom portion of the puppet, then glue on a yellow patch on top of the shirt, with more stitch lines added with black marker. Use the puppet as a charming fall decoration, or have your children use it for playful imaginative fun.


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MISS MITTENS: Domestic Shorthair/Mix, 5 Years 1 Month

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