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friends & family KNICK KNACKS OF LIFE What’s to Love About Winter? 45


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FOR KIDS Easy Heart Crafts for All Ages 46

BEST FRIENDS Submit Your Pet’s Photo 48

The Best Raspberry Brownies Ever 31



What’s Your Style Resolution for 2024? 17

The Josh and Alana Reinfeld Home 32

CALENDAR February 2024 18

Someone’s in the Kitchen with… 38


Go Vertical in 2024! 40




Henry Masters: the Squatter Governor of Dakota 26

What’s Not to Love About Valentines? 42

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Sioux Falls Women Business Owners

Celebrating Local Women Business Owners!

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Women Supporting Women in Business We are twin sisters who started our online fashion boutique four years ago. We have seven daughters and one daughterin-law between the two of us and carry their entrepreneurial minds and ideas with us wherever we go. We do all of our own buying and have been told our on-point fashion advice and unique pieces are what keep our customers coming back. We are living our life-long dream of owning a business and want others to know it’s never too late to start pursuing theirs.

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maryandmarieboutique.com Mary & Marie Boutique shop.maryandmarie maryandmarieboutique Email: shop@maryandmarieboutique.com

I moved to Sioux Falls on July 17th, 1978 to start beauty school and haven’t stopped working in the hair industry since then. I have covered every aspect of the industry from opening several salons, teaching classes about our industry - to building a custom salon and spa building. When I decided to sell the big building I decided to downsize and am at my favorite place now. I’m doing hair by myself, devoting every minute of my day to helping my salon clients look and feel good. — Eileen SERVICES: • Color, Cuts & Perms for Men, Women and Children (Yes, I said perms! It has become a lost art in our industry but I know a lot about them and enjoy seeing the results.) • Facial waxing including ear and nose waxing • Products: bareMinerals, Surface Awaken (hair loss/speed up growth), Aluram, Aquage, Tan Towel, styling tools, Halo (extension pieces)


Call or text: 605-332-5115 to set up your appointment. 3312 S Lincoln. Come in through the north side of the building.

With the realization of how quickly my daughters were growing up, I pivoted my career and opened our cookie shop. My goal was simply to spend more time together while being able to support our family. Since then, I have come to realize what the other impacts of being a woman in business would be for them. Watching them grow in their confidence, customer service skills and relationships has been the cherry on top! When we say our cookies are baked with love, you can be assured they really are! – Becky McElroy, Owner / Mary’s Mountain Cookies

701 N Phillips Ave, Ste 120, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 www.siouxfallscookies.com • 605-275-0060

Sioux Falls Women Business Owners


’ve owned Color Me Mine for eight years. I purchased the studio on my 30th wedding anniversary. Best gift ever! I wake up every morning knowing that my studio will be part of making art and creating lasting memories for those that come in to paint. I hope I am an inspiration to other women that you truly can love what you do!” – The Art of Having Fun! – – You Pick it – – You Paint it – – We Fire it – – You Take it – – Walk ins welcome – – Paint Ceramics – – Parties – – Family get together – – Date Night – – Girls Day out – – Scouts – – Team Building –


started my own business around 2000. I started a floor covering design business. After five years I had health issues due to the allergies to carpet/pad. I needed to do a career change. I wanted to continue with my own business so I went to get a career in permanent makeup. I have been in this since 2005. I love my job making women more beautiful. A woman’s world is a lot these days. If I can make their life easier that is great. Woman tell me all the time I should have done this years ago. It is the best investment they gave themselves. My most important goal is to look natural and make you look younger. I have over 20 years of service. I have clinics in Sioux Falls, Mitchell and Rapid City. I pride myself on a very natural look. My makeup lasts well also. Everyone is different. I will give a consultation if you are not sure what you need or you would like to meet me. As a person gets older we lose the color in our face so it is a great way to look younger. My clients are amazed at the outcome of a beautiful look. Brows can be microbladed or tattooed. One is done with a hand tool and the other is done with a machine. One lasts longer than the other. I also do eyeliner and lips. You can have a soft look or a more bold look. It is up to you to have your makeup done the way you want it so you don’t have to do it everyday. It can be done at any age. My oldest so far is 99 years old. Make a beautiful investment in yourself!


3709 W 41st Street Sioux Falls SD 57106 605-362-6055 siouxfalls.colormemine.com


PERMANENT MAKEUP (605) 359-3424 marcyspermanentmakeup.com 6301 S Minnesota Ave Suite 300

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was born and raised in the Sioux Falls area. Sign language is my first language - my father is deaf and my mother is an interpreter and actually works with me.

LeAnn Grate NIC/NAD IV

I started my business in 2014 and have a number of certified interpreters I work with - mostly women. We are a small business that provides American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting in a variety of settings, such as medical, legal, employment and education, to name a few. I became passionate about interpreting the older I became and I didn’t want other children to have to interpret for their parent/s like I did while growing up. Not only that but the need for more certified interpreters was in high demand. I strongly believe that family and children should be family first, and not relied upon for communication access.

Owner/Interpreter Grate Interpreting, LLC

The most rewarding part of owning the business is being able to bridge the communication gap between people that can hear and people that can’t. It’s important for people to understand that oftentimes it is not only the Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals that require an interpreter, but rather the community that can hear. There is an increasing need for qualified and certified interpreting services and my team and I will happily continue to provide that service for years to come.


manda is the owner, and one of the mental health therapists, at The Wellness Collective. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from USD, Master’s from the University of Denver, and earned an advanced certificate in Interprofessional Leadership in Healthcare from the University of Boston. Amanda is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, she is Amanda Briggs Davis certified in EMDR, and is a Registered Counseling Supervisor. Amanda worked in positions at Child Protection, residential treatment, and outpatient counseling, before opening The Wellness Collective in 2020. Amanda shares that her experiences supporting people with mental health are aligned with what research is revealing - our thoughts, feelings, and experiences are connected and impact our physical health, often resulting in chronic health issues and pain. Medical treatment is important, mental health treatment is important, and the two are connected.

(605) 906-7900 grateinterpreting@gmail.com grateinterpreting



he Wellness Collective has brought together practitioners from multiple disciplines to integrate a whole-person approach for healing. As a team they collaborate care with you, and other providers at The Wellness Collective, to heal, create balance, and restore wholeness. At The Wellness Collective there is a blend of traditional, functional, and therapeutic medicine, and clients can customize the care that is best for them. SERVICES OFFERED • Integrated Nutrition • Counseling • Functional Medicine • IV Therapy • Massage • Gynecology

• Psychiatry • Yoga

2333 W 57th St Ste 103 | Sioux Falls, SD 57108 605-271-5640 | info@wellnesscollectivesd.com www.wellnesscollectivesd.com

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Richelle Hofer is

the founder of Impact Wealth Management. With an impressive array of professional designations including CRPC, ChFC, AAMS, and AWMA, Richelle’s expertise and dedication to building relationships has positioned her as a trusted partner to many clients over the years. Richelle was inspired to start her own firm by the women of the Boomer Generation. Although they were limited in their career options and often left out of financial conversations, they were relentless in their efforts to break through glass ceilings and eliminate roadblocks for future generations. As an advocate for women’s empowerment and financial freedom, Richelle continues to make a significant impact in the wealth management industry. She is dedicated to including women in financial conversations. Her passion, expertise, and commitment to her clients make her a trusted partner in their journey towards financial well-being. Impact is a FLAT FEE firm specializing in • Retirement Planning • Estate Planning • Income Tax Planning • Protection Planning • Investment Planning


he Dance Line is celebrating 20 years of business being owned and run by the Foy Family. We work hard to provide the best access to all of your dance needs plus offer cheer, gymnastic and skate basics. We love to support all levels of dance, from just starting out to professional dance.

THE DANCE LINE, INC Activewear • Shoes • Accessories 2115 S. Minnesota Ave. (605) 335-8242 • thedancelineinc.com

Ph: 605-333-0123 4301 W 57th St, Ste 110 Sioux Falls, SD 57108 www.letsimpactwealth.com Impact Wealth Management LLC is a fee only Registered Investment Advisor. We are based in Sioux Falls, SD and regulated by the State of South Dakota.

Women Supporting Women in Business


essica is a native of Canton, SD. She attended South Dakota State University, earning a bachelors in Nursing degree. She then was commissioned into the US Air Force and served for 7 years as an Air Force nurse. She then attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center earning a Masters in Nursing as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner in 2008. Her research was on hormone therapy during the menopausal transition. She has spent the majority of her professional career working with women during hormone transitions. She earned certification from the Institute of Functional Medicine in 2014, and has attended training from the Academy of Anti Aging Medicine and the Hormonal Health Institute. She is also certified in Hormone Pellet treatment through EvexiPEL. After the closing of her previous practice, Jessica opened Radiant Health and Hormone Therapy in order to continue providing functional medicine and hormone therapy to women. This has opened the door to start providing additional services focused on improving the lives of women through a functional lens. This includes non-invasive pelvic floor procedure for urinary incontinence, weakness, decreased sexual function and functional aesthetics with non-invasive and non-toxic procedures. Amy Thompson, CNP, FNP, IFMCP and Emily Frideman, DNP joined the practice in 2023 and we continue to provide a place where women are heard.

Jessica Morell, CNP, WHNP, IFMCP 4928 E Rosa Parks Pl • Sioux Falls, SD 57110 605-604-0200 www.radiantht.com

Nicki Ellerbroek McNally’s Irish Pub Owner

PROFESSIONAL MISSION: “To enrich the lives of our guests, our community, our employees, and owners. We do this through superior quality food and beverage, legendary customer service, sales growth, community involvement, philanthropy, and treating our employees and guests like family.” VISION STATEMENT: “I have a commitment to excellence and offer a memorable authentic Irish experience within our community. My business will be the region’s undisputed leader in Irish hospitality by inspiring our staff to establish guest loyalty and provide the greatest guest experience.” Since my original mission statement written when I started Mcnally’s in 2006, I have since added to that mission. I am also now reaching out into the community to acquaint myself with other women in business to create a community of women for open dialog — sharing insight and ideas.

In 2020, I brought my 13-year-old daughter on board to develop her skills in business. Young women need role models and support in helping to pave the way and support collaboration over competition. Often times female leaders are so busy that they forget to spend time nurturing relationships and making time to give back. My daughter is now 16 and has learned two new positions at McNally’s and it has been a joy watching her grow.

69TH ST. & WESTERN AVE. mcnallysip.com

Sioux Falls Women Business Owners

HISTORY: Alicia was born and raised in South Dakota and graduated from SDSU. She has been an RN since 1998 and an IBCLC since 2011. Alicia has always loved working with women and babies. She had two babies of her own and experienced some breastfeeding difficulties which made her even more interested in helping other women during this crucial time. She is passionate about helping mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals and she loves to provide a customized approach to helping each mother figure out the best plan for her and her baby to thrive. ABOUT MY BUSINESS: I own and operate Health Haven Consulting. I truly love what I do and I cherish the opportunity to work with new families to help them meet their breastfeeding goals. I am an experienced RN, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) who helps my clients reach their individual breastfeeding goals whether breastfeeding is going well or they need a little more support for complex issues. I have experience with suck dysfunction, oral exercises, suck training, tongue and lip ties, low milk supply, induced lactation, nursing twins, and more. I also offer health coaching and am a Primal Certified Health Coach who specializes in helping women in the postpartum period. I would love to help you achieve your health and wellness goals!

www.healthhavenconsulting.com alicia@healthhavenconsulting.com Alicia Fonder | 605-553-8364

Hey Kristy From Farmhouse Market. I have always loved taking “junk” and turning it into something beautiful. I grew up with not having much. So I think just seeing what people were throwing out I thought wow, I can do something with that. I started to redo things for my home after work. It was a great outlet to be creative. I spent my days working full time side by side with my dad as a small engine mechanic. Yes! I can tear down a small engine and put it all back together! It was something i didn’t want to do forever though, so became Farmhouse Market. I started Farmhouse Market in 2015 doing shows/ flea markets in Mn, Iowa, Sd, and Nebraska. In 2016 I started doing monthly shows at my house in my shed, I also had a booth at I-29 Antiques. In 2017 I was able to hire my husband, Phil, full time. We had started to redo a lot more furniture for shows and for customs so I needed someone to help keep up. We then added a few more booths, did monthly shows at our home and traveled doing shows around. In 2018 we opened a brick and mortar in Edgerton, Mn. We cut down to one booth and only did a couple of shows a year. In August of 2023 we moved our store to Sioux Falls, Sd. You can now find us every Wednesday-Sunday at 121 S. Franklin Ave. We have loved every minute of our new Sioux Falls store and are actually expanding another 2500sq ft. The new part should be open the beginning of March.

121 South Franklin Ave | Sioux Falls, SD | 605-366-9789 Facebook@Leotafarmhousemarket Instagram@farmhousemarketmn

Women Supporting Women in Business


s an avid traveler, I’ve had the privilege of experiencing different cultures and their unique methods of healing the body, mind, and soul. After witnessing firsthand the power of these healing modalities, I was inspired to create a space where people can easily access them and where massage therapists, estheticians, and healers can provide their services in a comfortable, inviting, and holistic environment. My mission is to inspire people to prioritize self-care and feel safe to heal their minds, bodies, and souls. — Susan DeWitte



irst Comes Love started with a dream to create a space where women could come with their family to find a beautiful wedding dress, with service that would make the dress finding experience as magical as the dress itself. I dreamed of a boutique where brides could bring their full imagination and hopes and dreams and know that it could all come true. First Comes Love has been fulfilling that for brides for these past two years since opening. We offer a fabulous selection of beautiful bridal gowns, each selected for its merits of beauty, form, construction, and overall quality. Most of all, we make sure our brides have the full attention of a stylist to help them find their perfect dress. Mothers, grandmothers, bridesmaids, and prom girls are also attended to by stylists to help them choose their gown for their special day. At First Comes Love, we offer full customization and alterations in house. This means that while you may find your perfect dress exactly as it is in store (and we love that!), we also can customize your dress to fit your vision. Maybe you love the dress but you want sleeves, or straps, or more lace, or different lace, or a custom train, or- any number of things. If you can imagine it, we can do it! We love nothing more than to see the dreams inside a bride’s heart come to life. These same customizations are available for every woman who finds her gown at First Comes Love. Alterations perfect the fit, and make sure you feel confident in your dress. Most of all, at First Comes Love, we want each woman to feel the truth we all need to be reminded of- you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Schedule your appointment at First Comes Love today! Book online at firstcomesloveyourdress.com or call 507-449-6189.

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What’s Your Style Resolution for 2024? Boho Bougie is Here to Help BY MARY MICHAELS | PHOTOS BY JULIE PRAIRIE PHOTOGRAPHY


re you looking to spruce up your closet for the new year? If so, you’re speaking Heather Lowry’s language. The owner of Boho Bougie Style Company located at The Village on Louise in Sioux Falls, Lowry spent 15 years in the furniture business before turning her love of style and design to fashion. The name of her business, which started as an online boutique, comes from her own design style that combines a love of “Western” with some eclectic Boho mixed in. Lowry says her goal is to help women of all ages and sizes feel beautiful, comfortable, and stylish. She carefully hand-picks every item in the store, from clothing to accessories, to ensure there are flexible options that can take women from work to play. For example, you can pick up a vintage jean jacket or fringed blazer to pair with jeans and a Western-inspired graphic t-shirt by day and then throw the jacket on with a skirt or dress for the evening. Boho Bougie offers a variety of pieces that are easy to mix and match - and to layer up on cold winter days. Whether you’re a fan of oversized sweatshirts or bright plush sweaters,

you will find something to warm you up when temperatures are dropping. You can also make sure that your outfit is complete from top to bottom, with everything from beanies and ball caps to sneakers and boots — as well as jewelry and cute crossbody bags and purses. And, Lowry says, they’re ready to help if you’re not sure what your style is. Guests can schedule style sessions to get one-onone advice on colors and styles that work best for you. If you would rather shop with a group, you can bring your next girls’ night out, birthday party or work party to Boho Bougie for a private shopping party. In fact, if you schedule a party this month, you get an exclusive party package for free! Because Lowry is always on the lookout for fun pieces to bring to the store, she offers a rewards program so that her guests have a reason to keep coming back. Customers can earn one point for each dollar spent, and 100 points gets you a five-dollar credit. Stop in to Boho Bougie to discover your 2024 style, and be sure to follow the store on social media for new product drops and the latest on sales and special events.

The Village on Louise at 57th & Louise 5017 S Louise Ave. 605-774-1945 Bohobougiestyleco.com Monday-Friday 11am-5pm Saturday 11am-4pm Sunday Closed

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February The Good Night Theatre Collective Presents: Legendary Adventure February 1-3 • 7:30 p.m. Washington Pavilion 301 S. Main Ave. Good Night brings you another world-premiere original musical from the writer of Reality Wives and Salem! Following the travails of a humble blacksmith as she navigates the headache of being the subject of a prophecy, this hero’s journey features all manner of magical creatures, villainy, sorcery and a healthy dose of laughs in the vein of your favorite fantasy epics — it’s


Legendary Adventure! INFO washingtonpavilion.org Dakota Wind Quintet at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, February 2 Noon to 1 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Dakota Wind Quintet will perform in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum. Bring your lunch and enjoy the show! Free admission (605) 367-4210 or siouxlandmuseums.com.

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The Black Market February 3 • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. February 4 • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. W. H. Lyon Fairgrounds 4000 W. 12th St. The Black Market is formerly Benson’s Flea Market and features everything you can imagine, big and little, old and new, heavy and light! INFO blackincevents.com 4th Annual Houndstooth House Art Show February 8 Houndstooth House 101 W. 37th St. We have seven amazing South

Dakota artists showcasing a variety of original pieces and we would love to show you how you can incorporate them into your home or business. All pieces on display are available to purchase the night of the event and for the month of February. Come support the South Dakota art community. The artists will bet here to show their work. INFO 605-271-2278. 2024 Big Sioux Film Festival February 8 • 5:30-8:30 p.m. State Theatre 316 S. Phillips Ave. The Big Sioux Film Festival is

a space for those who want to see a change in the water quality of the river. The event begins with a cocktail hour, complete with hors d’oeuvres from Morrie’s Steakhouse, local brews, and a silent auction. Following the cocktail hour, attendees take their seats and watch four river-related short films. Throughout the evening, attendees hear from members of the Friends of the Big Sioux River board about the work FBSR is doing to improve the cleanliness of the Big Sioux. INFO friendsofthebigsiouxriver.org Marty DeWitt at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, February 9 Noon to 1 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Marty DeWitt will perform in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum. Bring your lunch and enjoy the show! Free admission (605)367-4210

orsiouxlandmuseums.com. Bloody Mary Fest February 10 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Washington Pavilion 301 S. Main Ave. Experience an unforgettable morning celebrating the most beloved brunch cocktail of all time at Bloody Mary Fest! Indulge in unlimited samples of bloody marys, craft beer and more. INFO washingtonpavilion.org Revolution: The Music of the Beatles - A Symphonic Experience February 10 • 7:30 p.m. Washington Pavilion 301 S. Main Ave. SDSO joins forces with Rock n’ Roll musicians to celebrate the Beatles coming to America 60 years ago with their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. 25 of the Beatles’ greatest hits including “Ticket to Ride,” “Penny Lane,” “Get Back,” and “Hey Jude” as you’ve never experienced them before! Featuring stunning

visuals from the Beatles’ official fan magazine. INFO washingtonpavilion.org Fiber Fun at the Old Courthouse Museum Sunday, February 11 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 siouxlandmuseums.com The Premiere Playhouse Presents the Premier Premiers February 15 - 17 • 7 p.m. Orpheum Theater 315 N. Phillips Ave. Featuring two one-act plays written by local playwrights

and selected by a panel of adjudicators during a one day stage reading festival. The Premiere Premieres is a professionally produced one of a kind production with local talent, both on stage, off stage and behind the scenes. INFO siouxfallsorpheum.com Kid’s Activity Day: Winter Wonderland! at the Old Courthouse Museum Thursday, February 15 9-11:30 a.m. Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Kids can learn about history and make your own crafts to take home. 15 minute sessions run throughout morning times. Call to reserve times. Free admission. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com Live & Local Presents: Sioux Falls Chamber Music Collective February 15 • 7:30 p.m. Washington Pavilion

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301 S. Main Ave. Feel a sense of belonging when you attend the immersive performance of “Uplifting Voices of Unity” by Sioux Falls Chamber Music Collective. The combination of music, poetry and dance will take you on a journey of storytelling and self-searching for a truly inspiring experience! INFO washingtonpavilion.org Brady Wrede at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, February 16 Noon to 1 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Brady Wrede will perform in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum. Bring your lunch and enjoy the show! Free admission (605) 367-4210 or siouxlandmuseums.com. Pretty Woman: The Musical February 16 • 7:30 p.m. February 17 • 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Pretty Woman: The Musical — based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde). INFO washingtonpavilion.org Live on Stage Sioux Falls: The Starlets February 19 • 7 p.m. Washington Pavilion 301 S. Main Avenue The Starlets take you on a musical journey through the ‘50s and 60s. This powerhouse female voice trio performs the sounds of pop, doo-wop, R&B and Motown. They dazzle audiences with their fabulous costumes, sizzling choreography and audience engagement. Their repertoire includes familiar hits like “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “These Boots Are Made for Walking” and “Stop! in the Name of Love.” INFO

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washingtonpavilion.org Starlab Inflatable Planetarium at the Old Courthouse Museum Tuesday, February 20 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Discover the night sky, explore the constellations! Starlab is a program for adults and children over the age of 5. Not recommended for those not comfortable in the dark. Tickets only $2, program begins promptly on the hour with no late entry. Groups of 8 or more, please call ahead. INFO (605) 367-4210 or siouxlandmuseums.com. Rosemaling Demonstration at the Old Courthouse Museum Tuesday, February 20 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 second-floor 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 Ceili Dance at the Old Courthouse Museum Thursday, February 22 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. INFO (605) 3674210 or siouxlandmuseums.com. Menopause the Musical 2: Cruising Through “The Change” February 23 • 7:30 p.m. February 24 • 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

February 25 • 2 p.m. Orpheum Theater 315 N. Phillips Avenue All aboard, sisters! The hysterical sequel to the smashhit Menopause The Musical® is finally here! Five years after their chance encounter in a department store, we set sail with our beloved ladies for more high jinks on the high seas. INFO siouxfallsorpheum.com Bob Bovee at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, February 23 Noon to 1 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Bob Bovee will perform in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch and enjoy the show! Free admission (605) 367-4210 or siouxlandmuseums.com. South Dakota Symphony Orchestra: Joyce Yang Plays Rachmaninoff February 24 • 7:30 p.m. Washington Pavilion 301 S. Main Avenue Schubert’s profound Symphony No. 9 “The Great C Major” waited for a decade after the composer’s death for its professional premiere. Known for her virtuosity, lyricism, and power, Joyce Yang plays Rachmaninoff’s formidable Piano Concerto No. 2. INFO washingtonpavilion.org Russ Swason Presents: Three Days in Dakota, the James Brothers Escape from Northfield Sunday, February 25 • 2 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum 200 West 6th Street Three Days in Dakota, the James Brothers Escape from Northfield is a presentation of what was once the largest manhunt in U. S. history. After the Northfield bank robbery, Frank & Jesse James fled across southern Minnesota and into Dakota Territory before making

their way back into Missouri. Detailed maps will show their documented stops along the way. Admission is free! (605) 367-4210 or siouxlandmuseums.com. Celtic Angels Ireland February 27 • 7 p.m. Washington Pavilion 301 S. Main Avenue Get swept away in the enchanting harmonies of the Celtic Angels as they present an impassioned homage to their beloved Emerald Isle. This gloriously evocative journey will captivate audiences and have them clapping their hands, wiping their tears and stamping their feet. INFO washingtonpavilion.org Researching Your Family History: Start with what you Know Wednesday, February 28 • 1 p.m. Irene Hall Museum Resource Center 4300 N. Westport Avenue Historian with the Pipestone County Museum, Trava Olivier, will show you how to use various family group sheets and timelines to record information already known about family members. This will help identify other information you would like to know. Space is limited, call (605) 367-4210 to register, $5. www.siouxlandmuseums.com Trampled by Turtles “Concert for Conservation” February 29 • 7:30 p.m. Washington Pavilion 301 S. Main Avenue Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, in partnership with Pepper Entertainment, are proud to announce the firstever Concert for Conservation, featuring Trampled by Turtles w/Chester Floyd & Carl Hansen. Kicking off weekend festivities ahead of National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic, all concert proceeds will benefit Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s upland conservation mission. INFO washingtonpavilion.org

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69T H ST R E E T & W E ST E R N AV E N U E Thank you to all of you who shopped local this past holiday season. Your support for us, and other local retailers, is appreciated beyond measure.

Valentine’s Day, Easter & Spring Are Coming Up! Great jewelry and personal care items for Valentine’s day, flowers, birds, and bunnies for spring, plus great home decor.

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Love is Sweet and We Have the Treats Mary’s Mountain Cookies offers many delicious options for your Valentine’s Day gifts! Our gift boxes include, our ‘Simply Sweet’ box of 2 gourmet cookies, ‘Love Notes’ box of 6 gourmet cookies or our ‘Ooh La Love’ box which includes 6 gourmet cookies, 6 dipped strawberries and 4 brownie bon bons. All of our cookies are made with quality ingredients and baked with love. Visit our site at siouxfallscookies.com or call us at (605) 275-0060 to place your order!

Paint Project? Our Silk All-in-One Mineral Paint with built-in stain blocker and top coat all wrapped up in one will make your painting project so much easier. Several beautiful colors to choose from. Junk in the Trunk. 1918 W. 41st St. (605) 338-5510.

Live Love Dance Does your little one seem to live, love, dance? Then this is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for her. Choose from a large selection of dance and gymnastics apparel and gifts your child will love. The Dance Line. 2115 S. Minnesota Ave. (605) 335-8242.

Sweet for Your Sweet This Tiramisu Martini tastes just like the classic dessert, only in drinkable form! So creamy and delicious. Take your Valentine to dinner at McNally’s Irish Pub and treat them to this delicious dessert. McNally’s Irish Pub. 69th & Western Avenue. (605) 271-7170.

South Dakota Artist Showcase

Transform Your Home Transform your home into a winter wonderland with these cozy and elegant neutral décor ideas. Create a serene and inviting atmosphere for the colder months. Choose from our large selection at Farmhouse Market. Vase $28, beads $8, greenery $12, salt&pepper set $8, glass vase $14. Farmhouse Market. 121 S. Franklin Avenue, Sioux Falls. (605) 366-9789.

Join us February 8th as we host 7 amazing South Dakota artists showcasing a variety of original pieces. We would love to show you how you can incorporate them into your home or business. All pieces on display are available to purchase the night of the event and for the month of February. Come support the South Dakota art community. February 8: 5pm - 8pm. The artists will be here to show their work. The art shown here was created by Mary Peyton. Houndstooth House. (605) 271-2278. 101 W 37th St. Sioux Falls.

Start Saving Fun & Color Add fun and color to your child’s living space. They will look forward to night time when this snowglobe night light comes to life in all its shimmer and sparkle. A small motor keeps everything in motion and a smart timer saves on battery life. Available at Kidtopia. Dawley Farm Village. 901 S. Highline Pl. (605) 275-4825.

Create a hand-painted customizable piggy bank for girls & boys. They are the perfect keepsake gift for babies, children, and adults, too. So many adorable styles to choose from. Color Me Mine. 3709 W. 41st St. (605) 362-6055.

Looking for Something a Little Different? Try adding a few lift-up doors. Access to the same space while creating a unique design in your cabinetry layout. They can be used in frameless cabinet for a sleek modern look or Face-frame cabinets for a clever way to store small appliances out of sight. Dakota Kitchen and Bath. 4101 N. Hainje Ave. (605) 334-9727. dakotakitchen.com

Works of Art Earrings are about much more than accessorizing. They’re about feeling beautiful, uplifted and confident. They’re about expressing your signature style. Silver Forest jewelry is enchanting, playful, filled with color, texture and movement. The difference is in the details. Made using quality materials and lovingly handcrafted in Southern Vermont. Get yours at Country ‘n More. 69th Street & Western Avenue. (605) 361-9797.

Innovative Colors & Finishes We have the most innovative colors and finishes! Popular members of our finish palette are Villa Mushroom and Villa Pearl. The subtle texture added to the finish make a Villa the perfect addition to your entire project or as an accent piece. Visit our showroom today and ask one of our friendly designers about these choices from StarMark Cabinetry. Today’s StarMark Custom Cabinetry. 600 E. 48th Street North. (605) 977-3660.

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Capturing Special Moments Thank you for voting us a Local Best Photographer. We are so grateful that we’ve been able to capture so many special moments for so many. We would love to work with you on your next High School Senior, Family or Commercial Photography project. Visit julieprairie.com for more information.

Chocolate Diamonds Featuring our “Antwerp Star” diamond collection! These chocolate diamonds are hand-selected in Antewerp, Belgium. They are hand set in a pendant basket solitaire setting. Available in multiple sizes! Stop in to get your loved one a hand-selected “Star” from Antwerp, today! Faini Designs Jewelry Studio. 69th Street & Western Avenue. (605) 339-6956.

Map of Sioux Falls City, august 29, 1862. The arrow in the upper left points out the grave of Henry Masters along with Joseph and William Amidon

Henry Masters:



riginally part of Minnesota Territory, Sioux Falls — also called Sioux Falls City — was founded during a time of wide-spread town site speculation on the American west. Two competing town site companies were lured to the site due in large part to the stunning and picturesque falls of the Big Sioux River. Both companies were determined to claim the falls and make it the centerpiece of their town, but it was the Western Town Company from Dubuque, Iowa, that got there first, arriving in October of 1856. And then, acting in conjunction with men from the Dakota Land Company from St. Paul, Minnesota, who arrived in 1857, the speculators immediately began building what everyone believed would be a city to be admired and praised. Despite the customary frontier hardships, all went fairly well until May 11, 1858, when Minnesota was admitted to the Union of states, leaving Sioux Falls and other Dakota town sites beyond its boundaries and outside of the pale of law and order. Although there was a general sense that a new territory would be created forthwith, the handful of settlers at the falls were unwilling to wait. The ambitious speculators wanted to prosper from the sale of real estate and gather unto themselves, the various political offices that were sure to result from the creation of a new territory. They wanted the territorial capital located at Sioux Falls. Toward that end, one of their own, Alpheus G. Fuller was chosen to go to Washington D. C. in the spring of 1858 and act as a delegate, or agent, in Congress. Next the Sioux Falls settlers issued a call for

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a “mass convention” for the purpose of electing a legislature and full state of other officials. The election notice was published in the Dakota Democrat, a press brought to the town site from St. Paul by the Dakota Land Company. At the head of this bold thrust was Samuel G. Albright, a veteran newspaperman who seemed to possess an unstoppable head of steam. Albright and his fellow speculators insisted that law and order was necessary to prevent Dakota from becoming the domain of outlaws. An election, of sorts, was held on October 12, 1858, and soon thereafter, a “squatter” or provisional government convened, complete with a thirteen-gun salute from the “Dakota Rifles” and cheers from happy speculators. Five members of the Council, or upper chamber, and nine members of the House of Representatives began their lawmaking duties in a crude building designated as their “Capitol.” The man selected to be Dakota’s first governor was Henry Masters, a member of the Western Town Company from Bath, Maine, a state that supplied Sioux Falls with a number of key men, all of whom were committed to town building. Masters was a polished and sophisticated man who brought both muscle and muse to the prairie wilderness. He also introduced Spiritualism — just then a noisy and popular religion in the East — to the remote Dakota frontier. Masters was living in Brooklyn, New York, when he decided to leave the relative comforts of a city in favor of the frontier. Masters was impressed with the region and in Sioux Falls in particular, but



Originally part of Minnesota Territory, Sioux Falls City was founded during a time of widespread town site speculation on the frontier. In 1856 members of the Western Town Company of Dubuque, Iowa, arrived at the falls of the Big Sioux River and staked their claim under federal law. The following year, members of the Dakota Land Company from St. Paul, Minnesota, claimed adjacent land. Much of what is now downtown Sioux Falls was claimed by the two companies. In 1857, the Minnesota Territorial legislature created Big Sioux County designating Sioux Falls City the county seat, and the business of government proceeded alongside the affairs of the promoters. All went fairly well until May 11, 1858, when Minnesota was admitted to the Union, leaving Sioux Falls City outside its boundaries and beyond the pale of law and order. The settlers believed a new territory, popularly known as Dakota, or Dakotah, would be created by Congress forthwith. They wanted the capital located in Sioux Falls City and the key government jobs for themselves. Toward that end, a member of the Dakota Land Company was sent to Washington, D. C., to act as a delegate to Congress. A printing press was hauled in from St. Paul and a newspaper, the Dakota Democrat, was established. Next, they issued a call for a “mass convention” to be followed by a general election. Some settlers argued that law and order was urgently needed to prevent Dakota from

becoming the domain of outlaws. An election was held and on October 12, 1858, a squatter legislature convened. A code of laws was adopted, and a number of other bills were considered by the squatter legislators, acting with the utmost dignity in a frontier setting. Legislation was subsequently introduced in Congress to create “Dakotah Territory.” A House bill established Sioux Falls City as the temporary capital and legalized the work of the squatter legislature. Unfortunately, however, it failed to pass, leaving the handful of Dakotans in legal limbo. Undaunted, the sturdy pioneers held another convention at the “Dakota House:’ near the site of this marker, followed by an election on September 12, 1859. Voters again elected a delegate to Congress, a governor and a legislature. Like their predecessors, the new squatter legislature worked with dedication and spirit. Once again, however, their efforts were premature. Congress was grappling with the thorny problems of slavery and state rights, and largely ignored the ambitions of the Dakotans. At long last, on March 2, 1861, Dakota Territory was created by Congress and the settlers were squatters no more.

advised outsiders that the new town needed a good tavern keeper. More importantly, he envisioned what Sioux Falls might become over time. Just like other pioneer visionaries, Masters could sit beside a campfire and see a city in the making. In doing so, he experienced the village in its wild and primitive setting, in a way that we can only dream of. His love of the falls is reflected in a poem he wrote entitled “Sioux Falls” that was published in the Dakota Democrat. In a carefully crafted speech, the erudite Masters addressed the assembled lawmakers urging them to devote their attention to roads, bridges, educational facilities and agriculture in order that a small part of the frontier might one day join the civilized world. A code of laws was adopted based on statutes previously passed by the Minnesota territorial legislature on 1857. A number of other bills and memorials were considered by the “squatter” legislators acting with utmost dignity in a primitive setting. After a session of six days, the extra-legal legislature adjourned. The actions of the Dakota men were not entirely ignored. In Congress, a bill was introduced to create “Dakota Territory.” The House bill named Sioux Falls City as the temporary capital and thereby legalized the work of the “squatter” legislature. Unfortunately, however, the bill failed to pass and the handful of Dakota settlers remained in legal limbo. But Masters would be heard from again, for just like a real governor, he declared that November 18, 1858, was a day of public thanksgiving in Dakota. His “proclamation” was as smooth and elegant as was his speech to the legislature. He gave thanks to God for the blessings bestowed on the small,


fragile colony, noting it was an honor “to witness the happiness expressed in such a circle brought together on the return of this day.” Masters concluded by hinting at his Spiritualist religious beliefs when he pointed to a “thanksgiving day of souls.” He proclaimed all those present could look forward to a reunion with friends and family in another “sphere.” He signed his message of hope and promise: Henry Masters, Governor at Sioux Falls, Dacotah Territory. On September 12, 1859, the hardy settlers held another convention at the “Dakota House in Sioux Falls City,” followed by another election. Once again voters selected a delegate to Congress, a governor, members of the Council and House of Representatives, along with lesser officials. But due to the unexpected death of Henry Masters, Wilmot W. Brookings, another Maine man, was named governor. Masters was seemingly in good health when on September 5, 1859, he suffered a stroke (then called apoplexy) and died, in the presence of his son Henry Jr., on his farm located on what became the southwest corner of 8th Street and Duluth Avenue. It was the soul of a poet that winged its way into the cosmos, while robbing the settlement of a unique and gifted man. He was buried on his farmland on a bluff overlooking the falls. It was the first recorded death of a white man at the town site and marked the beginning of the first cemetery in Sioux Falls. Had Masters lived a little longer, he would have seen that his efforts and those of his companions would bear fruit. For on March 2, 1862, President James Buchanan, as his last act as outgoing president, signed legislation creating Dakota Territory. Masters would have been proud.

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Something Big Is Happening in Luverne, Minnesota


he story is out. In 2024, Luverne will be home to the WORLD’S LARGEST NUTCRACKER! Standing 65 feet tall perched on an 8 foot base, the patriotic Uncle Sam-style nutcracker with a movable jaw will take up residence about a block north of the 1-90 exit ramp to Luverne. WHY A NUTCRACKER?

The story of Luverne’s affiliation with nutcrackers began more than 8 years ago. In 2016, Betty Mann, then president of the Rock County Historical Society, gifted her private collection of 2,500-plus nutcrackers to the Society when it moved into its newly renovated home on Main Street. As an avid traveler, Mann had visited hundreds of county museums over her lifetime. She heard so many of her fellow travelers say “when you’ve seen one county museum, you’ve seen them all.” She believed her unique, colorful collection of nutcrackers could be the hook to draw visitors. Mann’s donation did the job. Today, the collection has grown to more than 6,100 unique nutcrackers, which has helped the county museum, called the History Center, increase its annual visitor count nearly 17-fold, from roughly 300 in 2016 to 5,000+ in 2023. CAN NUTCRACKERS HELP LUVERNE TOO? In 2017, Luverne leaders hired destination branding consultant, Roger Brooks, whose track record of success has included work with downtown Rapid City and the

Wisconsin Dells. Brooks was tasked with analyzing community assets and making recommendations as to what Luverne could do to build community pride and increase visitor traffic. In his final report, presented to 225-plus community leaders, Brooks recommended that Luverne should use the History Center’s nutcrackers as the “hook” to draw visitors and provided a list of things the community could do to make that happen. On the top of that list: 1) continuing to build the History Center’s collection into the world’s largest and 2) site the world’s largest nutcracker on property in Luverne. Today, the Just for Nuts nonprofit has completed the infrastructure, base and design and the fiberglass manufacturer from Ogden, UT is underway in the fabrication. The yet to be named “nutcracker” will be in place in late summer or early fall 2024. HOW DO “BIG THINGS” BENEFIT TOWNS? “Big attractions,” such as the Mitchell Corn Palace, World’s Largest Pheasant in Huron and Jolly Green Giant in Blue Earth, Minnesota, are free photo ops for travelers. 40,000+ visitors annually snap their photos at the Jolly Green Giant. Unique attractions create buzz and conversations that increase tourism in in turn, boost the town’s economy.

OTHER BIG ATTRACTIONS There are plenty of other reasons to plan a trip to Luverne. History, art and shopping buffs will find: • History Center, which in addition to the nutcracker collection includes displays of pioneer and turn of the century life • Herreid Military Museum, whose two floors feature stories and artifacts of veterans like Capt. Quentin Aanenson who was featured in Ken Burns’ 2007 documentary, THE WAR, and Father Francis Sampson, whose real-life story was fictionally recreated in the movie, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN • Hinkly House, designed and built in 1892 from community founder R. B. Hinkly features an underground cave where he stored dynamite he used in mining Sioux quartzite • Brandenburg Gallery, features over 100 photographs of award-winning nature photographer Jim Brandenburg • Historic Palace Theatre, a vaudeville theater built in 1914 and restored to host the world premiere of THE WAR, which today offers newly released movies and scheduled live performances • Verne Drive-In, enjoy a movie under the stars at 1 of the approximately 300 remaining outdoor movie theaters left in the United States with daily double features from Memorial Day through Labor Day • Wayside Chapel, this tiny chapel offers a unique opportunity for contemplation and prayer just 2 miles north of Luverne on Highway 75 • Unique shops ranging from Those Blasted Things and First Comes Love to the Sewing Basket, Dragonfly, Redeemed Remnants, ReBorn Home Furnishings, Sassy Seconds and the Christmas Haus For outdoor fans who like to hike, bike, climb and explore, you’ll enjoy: • Blue Mounds State Park with miles of trails, 100+ feet rock climbing walls, bison buggy tours into a herd of 70+ bison • Touch the Sky Prairie, over 1,000 acres of Northern Tallgrass Prairie Refuge teaming with birds, wildlife and hundreds of native prairie plants • Luverne LOOP, Blue Mounds Trail and Ashby Memorial Trail offering 15+ miles of paved trails in and around Luverne with E-bike rentals and bikes to borrow

• Luverne City Park, offering acres of a beautiful maintained park complete with shelters and multiple playground centers • Quentin Aanenson Airport, home to Skydive Adventures, where the brave enjoy weekend opportunities to skydive • The Lake, just blocks from Main Street, offers swimming, fishing, kayaking and canoeing with all the amenities close by If you’re a fan of festivals, consider checking out annual events such as: • Get Hooked Ice Fishing Derby • Tour de Loop Family Bike Ride • Buffalo Days Celebration • 4th of July at The Lake • Hot Dog Nite • Rock County Fair • Tri-State Band Festival • Santa Train & Light the Night • Winterfest After a day of exploring, visitors can relax and recharge with delicious food and refreshments at local restaurants such as Sterling’s Café & Grille, Howling Dog Saloon, Wildflower’s Coffee Boutique, Los Bravos, The Bullpen and the awardwinning Take 16 Brewing Company. For more information about Luverne, visit luvernechamber.com. Or follow us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/luvchamber

nest recipes 31 The Best Raspberry Brownies Ever

at home 32 The Josh and Alana Reinfeld Home

man in the kitchen 38 Someone’s in the Kitchen with…

vino 40 Go Vertical in 2024!

thrifting home 42 What’s Not to Love About Valentines?

The Best Raspberry Brownies Ever BY JO MCCLURE

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate 1 stick butter 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/4 cup flour 1 cup chopped walnuts 1/3 cup seedless raspberry preserves Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with foil (shinny side up) and brush with melted butter and set aside. Melt chocolate and butter in a heavy saucepan and stir in salt, vanilla, sugar and eggs, stir until blended. Add the flour and nuts and stir well until smooth. Pour half of the batter (about 1 1/4 cups) into the buttered pan. Be sure and level the batter in the pan. Place the pan in the freezer for 40 minutes or longer until the mixture is just firm enough to spread a thin layer of preserves on the top. Now spread the preserves over the top in a thin layer. Spoon or pour small amounts of remaining brownie batter over the preserves and smooth it out. Let the brownies stand at room temperature for 30-40minutes until the frozen layer of brownies has thawed. Bake at 325˚ for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out barley clean. Oven rack should be 1/3 from the bottom of the oven. Let the brownies rest until they reach room temperature and then place the pan in the freezer until they are firm. Cover the pan with a cutting board and turn the pan and the board upside down. Remove the pan and peel off the foil and turn the brownies right side up. Use a long thin knife and cut into 16 squares. Wrap individually (if desired) and serve at room temperature or store in the refrigerator and serve cool. PLEASE NOTE: These are a very fussy treat to make and take extra time but are well worth the effort.

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Josh Alana Reinfeld AND




uite a lot has changed in Alana Reinfeld’s life over the past decade. She was starting a career in design and construction as one of the Amdahls of Amdahl Construction, and she also expanded her professional life by becoming a realtor four years prior. Then, she became a homeowner herself. But, the house she ended up with wasn’t the one at the top of her list. “I was actually looking at the house across the street from where I am now,” Alana explains. “However, it was a case where the pictures you see in advance are a little deceiving and not quite what the house really looked like. So, I said, ‘let’s go look at the other one.’” She went across the street to check out the 1950s-era home, a little skeptical because it had already been on the market for 100 days. But then something strange happened.

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“As a realtor, and growing up with my family’s construction business, you walk through a lot of houses,” says Alana. “This was the first time I had walked into a house and thought, ‘Hmm. This could be mine.’” Some of the boxes were easy to check off as she considered the purchase, because the house had already been updated with newer windows, siding and quality custom cabinets. So, Alana knew those bigger ticket items would last for a while. That gave her the freedom to focus on what she really enjoys, which is adding color. “I tell clients all the time not to be afraid of color, not to be afraid of resale. Let the next homeowner worry about the paint color.” Alana adds that she doesn’t have a defined style, but rather, that she likes what she likes. With this home, she had an opportunity to revisit the style and the fun of the 1950s

without being “pigeon-holed” into one particular design category. “When I look at furniture or accessories for example,” she explains, “I’m not just going after midcentury or MCM as a category, just because the house was built in the ‘50s. Because, if you’re all MCM, you wouldn’t put a recliner in your living room just for comfort. So instead, I look for pieces that are unique, that are comfortable or maybe that are just a little weird.” Back in 2014, when she bought the house, it was at the peak of “white and gray” as a design trend. So, she painted the walls gray and her kitchen cupboards white. “The exterior of the house was tan, and inside there was a lot of tan and brown,” she says, “which is the opposite of everything I like.” Over time, though, she wasn’t satisfied with such a “plain” color palette. So, about

five years ago, she started to transform the main floor with blue as her foundation. While some may raise their eyebrows about going all in with blue, Alana’s Instagram bio says it all: “Blue is my neutral.” “I love blue, but until I started on the main floor with a light blue on the walls, I didn’t realize just how versatile it really is,” she explains. “It goes with brown, it goes with orange and yellow. It highlights the original limestone on the fireplace in the front room and the brick fireplace back in the living room. It makes all of my colorful collections just pop.” These collections are truly what give the home its character. The largest set of these “treasures,” as Alana calls them, are a variety of vintage paint by number prints featuring animals, flowers and landscapes. She admits that she has always loved thrifting, and one

day she just stumbled upon a set of paint by number prints and was taken by the softness of the colors and the stories that must go along with them. Other collections include fruit-themed ceramic canisters, old cameras and vintage globes, as well as old glassware and pottery. “I’m not a minimalist,” Alana laughs. Several paint by numbers hang throughout the home, but the real art gallery hangs in the den. This room also got a color makeover in recent years, but the dilemma was finding the right shade of blue. Alana took inspiration from another change that happened during the past decade – her 2019 marriage to husband, Josh. “We honeymooned in New Orleans,” Alana says. “So, when I was looking at paint colors, there was one called Midnight Bayou. I thought that was a nice nod to Josh and our

honeymoon. The color was a lot darker than the blue I used on the walls in other rooms, but I wanted to create a dark den-like mood in this room. We have an old swag light with a dimmer, and some of the decorations from our wedding are also hanging in here.” More recent updates in the kitchen were inspired by the colors in an oversized, weathered sign for Sunbeam Bread – an image of a young girl, called Little Miss Sunbeam, which was first used on billboards in the 1950s. Alana found the sign while thrifting during her junior year of college and had to have her friend’s boyfriend bring his truck to pick it up and get it to her apartment. “When I sent a picture of it to my mom, she called and told me that my grandpa, Les, had actually been a Sunbeam Bread salesman,” Alana says. “Now, I have a magnet on that sign holding a picture of my grandpa next to

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his bread truck. The colors in that sign really became the colors of my life.” After living in the house for a few years, Alana decided to convert an area of the kitchen previously used as a dinette area, adding more storage and countertop space. While she added new white upper and lower cabinets to expand the kitchen’s storage, she kept the big wall blank for the Sunbeam sign. And, just in the last year, the kitchen was the latest room to convert from gray walls to blue, tagging off the almost turquoise color of a set of vintage dry goods metal canisters on the counter. The rest of the kitchen theme is vintage fruit. “My goal in my kitchen is to make it feel like a cooking sequence in a rom-com, warm and cozy and textural. I’m tempted to paint the ceiling with an accent color or have it wallpapered. It’s just a fun space”. “I know many people like an open concept kitchen, but that’s not really for me,” says Alana. “So, I appreciate how homes in the fifties had a kitchen that was separated. I love to cook, but then I want to be able to leave that room to go enjoy the meal with my family and friends and not see my cooking mess.”

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The open dining room and front sitting area is a bright space filled with eclectic furniture pieces and big windows looking out toward the front yard. The two chairs by the window are unique, not only because they are a neutral color, but also because they were bought specifically for Eddie, their soft-coated wheaten terrier. “We did have two blue chairs there before, but they didn’t have arms on them, so it was hard for Eddie to really perch there and look out the window and nap,” Alana says. “His other perch is on the blue couch in the living room where he can watch everything that is going on. It’s his world, we just live in it!” Previous owners put an addition on the house to create the living room and the primary bedroom suite, Alana explains. She describes the living room as having a “mappy vibe” with the large, vintage pulldown map of the United States on one wall and her collection of globes tucked into the built-in shelves next to the brick fireplace. Her great-grandmother’s wood cuckoo clock hangs on the brick wall over the stairs leading

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to the basement, which is a space that Alana calls “her next project.” “The theme downstairs is really everything comic books, superheros, and Josh’s favorite Ghostbusters movie memorabila. My stepdaughter, Ciara has, her own room and bathroom down there as well, which she loves. She calls it her apartment.” The other two bedrooms in the home are used as a guest room and a craft room/office. The guest room is called the “presidential suite” and, appropriately, is filled with presidential memorabilia, like a pop-art print of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a large flag hung on the wall, a sepia print of Abraham Lincoln and a vintage Washington D.C. felt pennant. “My husband recently said we should change the theme to a haunted hotel because when we travel, we seek out old haunted hotels. That could be fun, I think.” “Big blue” is the focal point of the colorful craft room/office, one of the last hold-out rooms in the house that still has gray walls. “I call the desk big blue,” Alana laughs. “It was a five-dollar find at an auction. I was a big scrapbooker once upon a time, but I still like


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to paint every once in a while and whip up decorations for parties.” In addition to the rainbow rolls of twine on a dark wood shelf, the room is also decorated with an old front from a Dixieland-themed pinball machine, a bright yellow A and a green “Alana Circle” street sign. “With my dad in construction, he was able to name a street Alana Circle in the Old Orchard neighborhood. To reduce the temptation of stealing an actual street sign in my youth, my

mom had this one made,” she laughs. Alana says she is still deciding what to do with the wall color in this room. And, she adds, when she’s feeling ambitious enough, she’ll likely remove the carpet to expose the original oak floors like she did in the guest bedroom years ago. While it’s covered in snow now, the Reinfelds are already dreaming of warmer days to get out in the backyard, which enjoyed a new composite deck, scalloped fence,

landscaping refresh and a new exterior paint color in 2020. “Going from a tan house to a blue house was a shock, but so fun,” Alana says. “Even the landscaping looks good against the blue. Surprise, Surprise!” Her outdoor collection is centered around varying sizes of whimsical red and white mushrooms that are tucked into plants and flowers. “I think my vision out here is just to keep

creating an Alice in Wonderland yard that is whimsical and cozy, with our twinkling lights and comfortable places to relax and look up at the stars.” Because she is in the real estate and design industry, Alana said she often gets asked what her house looks like. “My usual response starts with, ‘well, I’m a 90-year-old woman a heart,’” she laughs. But, she goes on to explain that antiquing and thrifting bring her great joy, because she will look

at a piece of glassware or a paint by number and wonder who made it, who used it, what’s the story…and then she can take that “treasure” and weave it into her own family’s story. “There’s nothing like a great day thrifting or going to a really good sale. With all these things I’ve collected, I just hope that someday, when my time here is done, people will come to this house and wonder about the stories behind these treasures and say, ‘Wow, that was a great estate sale.”

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Someone’s in the Kitchen with… BY JIM MATHIS


aybe it’s because I’m obsessed with food, but I think sharing a meal with your partner is probably the second most intimate thing you can do. (Please don’t make me elaborate on the first, this is a family publication!) And if ever there was a time for a romantic dinner, it’s Valentine’s Day. Ladies, if you make this for your man, I’m pretty sure we’ll have a lot of happy guys in Sioux Falls on February 15. But for best results, get in the kitchen and cook together. Trust me, if eating together is good, cooking together is even better. Now, if you want to go out for dinner, more power to you. Local restaurants will be rolling out the red carpets for Valentine diners. But here’s the rub, the best reservations will fill up fast. Many small independent restaurants


will fill up with regulars making reservations weeks in advance. And the bigger places will be booked solid a week in advance. While I understand the appeal of dining out and encourage it on many nights, I think this Valentine’s Day if you want to really find the way to the heart of that special someone, it’s time to head to the kitchen. So what do I recommend to set the mood and pave the way to each other’s hearts? Follow along my friends; I think this meal just might do the trick! My idea of the perfect Valentine’s meal is simple and sensual. Most importantly, you’ll be making it together. If one of you typically does the cooking, your partner may feel like the best thing they can do to help is stay out of the kitchen. I know that I am often guilty of

answering Kara’s offers to help with “you can set the table.” If that’s you, or even worse, if you’re cooking and your husband is glued to ESPN, now is the chance to remind him of the times you followed him to stadiums and racetracks. It’s his turn to join you in the kitchen. For Valentine’s Day, you may want to send the kids to Gramm’s or a friend’s house, but you should make those plans early too. Or maybe work with another couple and have them take the kids on Thursday and you take them Friday, so your friends can celebrate then. First, open a nice bottle of wine, a semidry white like Sauvignon Blanc or Chenin Blanc will work. You need a little for the soup, but pour a couple of glasses to set the mood. I always seem to cook better with a little wine.

Sage Brush Shrimp Appetizer 4 large shrimp (10 to 15 per pound size) Fresh sage leaves 4 slices prosciutto (very thin) Olive oil Salt and pepper

Peel and de-vein the shrimp then season lightly with salt and pepper. If your man isn’t comfortable in the kitchen, peeling shrimp could be a good way for him to start to get in the groove. Place a single sage leaf along the space where the shrimp’s vein was. Now wrap prosciutto around each shrimp. Heat the olive oil in a skillet on medium heat and sear them on each side. When the prosciutto gets crispy and the shrimp turn opaque, they are done. Don’t over cook or they will get tough. You’re cooking together, it’s just that easy.

Filet Mignon Topped with Blue Cheese 2 8-ounce beef filet mignon 2 tablespoons olive oil Small wedge of good blue cheese (Maytag or Point Reyes are solid choices) Salt and pepper

Turn the oven up to 450 degrees, and at the same time heat an oven safe skillet (not a nonstick) on the stove over medium high heat. Rub the steaks with the oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Cook steaks in skillet without moving steaks, until browned and a nice crust has formed. This will take about 3 minutes per side. Move the skillet and steaks to the oven. Roast 6 to 8 minutes for medium-rare (centers will appear pink and feel firm, but juicy). The internal temp should be about 125 degrees. If you prefer medium, roast for 8 to 10 minutes. Put the steaks on a plate and top with about a tablespoon of the blue cheese. Tent loosely with foil to let rest about 10 minutes before serving.

Roasted Carrot Soup 1 pound carrots, peeled, sliced 1 small yellow onion, quartered 3 garlic cloves, peeled 2 cups chicken stock (the kind that comes in the box) 1/2 cup white wine 1 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon dry sherry Salt and pepper Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Even a kitchen novice can peel carrots, and if your guy is like most, he’ll enjoy the chance to play with sharp objects. Toss the carrots, garlic and onion in olive oil and spread out on a sheet pan, then season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until the carrots just start to brown on the edges. Bring chicken stock and wine to a boil in a sauce pan, then reduce to simmer. If the carrots aren’t cooked all the way through, add the veggies to broth and cook until the carrots are soft. Remove 5 or 6 small pieces of carrot and set aside. Puree the broth, wine and veggies in a blender until smooth. Return to the sauce pan to keep warm, stir in the sherry, salt and pepper to taste. When you’re ready to serve, garnish the bowls with the remaining carrot chunks.

You may want to add some potatoes, veggies or couscous, but this will cover the big parts of the meal. And by the time the steaks are done, you should be ready for the second bottle of wine, maybe a nice Cabernet or Pinot Noir. Now if juicy shrimp, a sexy carrot soup, tender steaks and two bottles of wine doesn’t set the mood, then I don’t know what will. Do yourself a favor, eat something good today. Jim is a hopeless romantic who works side-by-side with his bride everyday at ADwërks, an ad agency in Sioux Falls.

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Go Vertical in 2024! BY RICCARDO TARABELSI


id you have a safe place growing up? My safe place when I was a kid was my grandmother’s house. She was Syrian, which meant she cooked all the time. Literally, all day and all night. And it was fantastic. It wasn’t the food, though, that made her

home warm and inviting. It was her loving demeanor and her sound advice. Whether I wasn’t getting along with my parents or having trouble with friends or girl problems (which seemed to happen quite often, so I got to see my grandmother A LOT,) she was always

there for me. She was also one of those people who got better and better with age, much like some wines improve with age. There are two ways to actually taste how a specific wine is aging. One way is to buy a case of wine that you know will age for at least ten

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to fifteen years, and then every year for the next twelve years. As you open the same bottle from the same vintage every year, the subsequent bottle will have undergone an extra year of aging, and so on and so forth. The other way is to organize a vertical tasting which, if you know me at all, takes some work and patience… Vertical wine tastings are best if you want to learn about a particular wine producer and the style of their wines. It involves tasting several wines from the same winemaker. You can take a variety of wines, but most vertical wine tastings limit themselves to one wine from several different vintages. This is a great way to learn a lot about wine quickly, because it allows you to compare wines that are identical except for the vintage. Since the only differences between the wines will be their year, what you’ll learn in a vertical wine tasting is how greatly the growing conditions affect the final product. The subtle differences between vintages really become apparent in a vertical wine tasting, and you’ll probably learn that the variation from vintage to vintage is actually much larger than

you thought. Vertical wine tastings help develop your palate by teaching you to pick out subtle differences between wines. To host your own vertical wine tasting, all you need is a few different vintages from the winery of your choice. An ideal vertical tasting would have one bottle of every vintage ever made by a certain producer, but this isn’t usually practical or even possible. Realistically, there are no limitations on the number of bottles you should taste, but since the more you sample, the more you learn, you might want to call over some friends to help you. Serve the wines in chronological order from youngest to oldest, so that your palate moves from the simpler young wines to the more complex and subtle flavors of the old ones. Truly, the most difficult part of organizing a tasting like this is finding the vintages. It’s not like you can just go down to your favorite wine store and buy a 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Chimney Rock Stag’s Leap Cabernet. Now, some wine store operators MAY have some gems collecting in the back room or even just lying around, so be

sure to ask, “Got anything in the back?” The other way to do this is what I do… be patient. As long as you have proper wine storage at your house, just buy a couple of bottles of the wine you’re targeting every year the new vintage comes out and start collecting. Before you know it, you’ll have five years worth of wine (I have four consecutive vintages Caymus Cabernet patiently waiting for their brother,) and then you’re ready to start making those phone calls to your closest friends. After all, like I always say, wine is meant to be shared with laughter and good friends. Actually, I think it was my grandmother who said that. Carpe Vino! Riccardo and Marybeth own R Wine Bar and Kitchen, Brix Wine Bar, Vespa Catering, and Maribella Ristorante, all in Downtown Sioux Falls. Riccardo has been a Level I Sommelier for 15 years and is kicking off his 25th year of living in Sioux Falls with his wife and their three boys Dante, Berent ( fiancée Molli,) and Jaxon. Contact Riccardo at riccardo@rwinebar.com.

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ne of my favorite memories from grade school was centered around Valentine’s Day. Our classes always decorated homemade paper bags, and it was with great anticipation that we deposited our valentines into each other’s bags, and then discovered what our stash would look like. Sometimes there were candies or special greetings involved, but most of us just signed somewhat generic messages to each other. The greatest thing about it? Everyone participated in this act of ‘love and crafts’ as I like to remember it. In fact, this little school activity was probably partly responsible for my love of crafting even to this day. Now that I’m in my ‘adulting’ years, I still enjoy Valentine’s Day, although I am not an over-the-top decorator for the season. What makes me happiest is simple nods to the holiday. For this year I am focusing on decorating my fireplace mantel with thrifted décor. I tend to keep these décor items for the entire month of February, because the pop of color really helps to keep the winter blahs away while we wait for spring.

My mantle is rustic and sits over the top of a gas fireplace insert. Year round, I use a collection of old mirrors to add to the vintage touch that you’ll see so often in my home. This year, I was so excited to find this rustic wooden ‘LOVE’ sign at a local thrift store for $2. I just know I’ll keep this piece for years to come, because it exactly fits the vibe and style of my 1950s ranch home. For a bit of a twist, my surprise mantle décor involves vintage Japanese vases that I filled with grasses and a touch of pink florals. Something


about the male and female matching vases seems to nod to the heart of loving relationships, without being too overtly valentine focused. I actually think that’s a good tip when you’re decorating for holidays. You don’t necessarily have to think about only obvious design elements - in this case, hearts or LOVE quotes or pink things. It’s a lot more interesting to stretch out a bit and find things that pair well and quietly echo the holiday without directly saying ‘look at my valentine’s décor.’ I love these two, and they might become a home for succulent hats come summertime.

ABOUT VALENTINES? The last piece that I found for this month’s mantle design was again on the rustic side of things. An old Mexican-style cross with a heart in the center fits in perfectly with the simple, rustic look I was going for. This probably isn’t a piece of décor I’d use on its own, but the combined look of the décor together makes it a perfect finishing touch, and a complement to the hand-painted heart canvas it sits in front of. A couple of notes for those of you who have fears about styling ‘vignettes’ in your home or choosing décor pieces for temporary displays: 1) Notice that the combination of shapes and textures at play in this display are varied. The staggered heights of the art and mirrors add interest and a place for the eye to explore. The green wreath and touch of floral in the vases work together to soften the hard edges of the display. And finally, the hand-painted ceramic vases add the vintage appeal I was looking for. The combination of elements together works to add interest and keep the mantle from seeming flat or one-dimensional. 2) Along with the various design elements, one thing draws the pieces together by being similar is the color palette. A mix of soft tones of pink and turquoise, along with complementary neutral wood tones, pulls EACH of the individual elements into a unified story. I think this mantle décor would be less successful if the elements were all in different color palettes. Because 2024 is slated to be a year that color makes a dramatic return to interior design, go ahead, and play around with colors you haven’t tried before! Especially when inexpensive thrifted items are the base of your design, it’s fun to experiment in a new way. What are your design plans for the Valentine’s holiday? Is decorating for holidays on your radar list for this new year? If so, I’d recommend starting at a thrift store first. There’s never a better way to experiment with your design style to see what ‘fits’ your home best!

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I HATE WINTER. Yes, I am aware I live in a state where winter tends to be the majority season. It doesn’t stay neatly tucked into its allocated three-months – instead, most years it seems to steal time away from fall and spring. And I am aware of the fact that when I was a young professional, I had opportunities to live other places where the weather is more mild. But because I moved a lot as a child, once I graduated from South Dakota State University, my South Dakota roots dug in deep – below the frost line – and I didn’t pursue out-of-state career opportunities. I will say when I was younger, winters seemed to be less depressing. Maybe it was because I was too focused on building my career? Or I was too sleep deprived as a new mom to notice? I honestly don’t know the reason, but my discontentment with winter has grown exponentially in recent years. As someone who does not enjoy being unhappy, I determined Winter 2024 would be different. How was I going to embrace this never-ending season? Take up a winter sport. It seems to me that the folks who enjoy winter are the folks who ski or ice fish. So, a few days after Christmas I optimistically purchased a pair of snowshoes. And within two weeks, I was enjoying a snowshoeing adventure after work with our daughter, Parker, and neighbor friend, Jennifer. We traversed the snow piled boulevards and then enjoyed a few laps around our neighborhood greenspace. It was fun! The workout kept us warm, and the cold air put the color back in our sun-seeking cheeks. The next day after work, Jennifer and I went snowshoeing with our family’s Golden Retriever, Tulip. Unlike me, Tulip LOVES winter. She loves nothing better than cold weather. She happily carries her chew toy outdoors and plops down in our snow-covered backyard for a good 30-minute gnaw session. She has always been this way. Even as a tiny puppy. I have a photo of Tulip, laying in the snow and teething on an icicle. Tulip did give out before Jennifer and I did. She didn’t have the luxury of snowshoes keeping her atop the deep snow covering the beautiful white landscape. Snow is beautiful, I will give it credit for covering the tired dingy landscape that is late fall. Snow is also a lot of work. Don’t worry, I’m not going to dig into this topic. If you are reading this column, more than likely it means you also live in South Dakota and you don’t need any help understanding the extra work created by winter snow and ice. And like me, you know that soon enough the snow will melt and give way to spring.

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Crafts for All Ages BY JESS WEISCHEDEL

Paper Plate Yarn Heart Materials: paper plate, scissors, hole punch, tape, and some yarn. Start by folding your paper plate in half and cutting a heart shape from the middle. Open up the paper plate and, using a hole punch, punch holes around the outside of the entire cut-out heart shape you just created on the paper plate. Thread a long piece of yarn through one of the holes and tape the end in place on the back of your paper plate. Continue threading the yarn and connecting each hole until the entire heart is threaded. There is no orderly pattern needed, so feel free to make it as wild or structured as you would like. When all of the holes of your heart are threaded through, cut the end of the yarn and tape it onto the back of your paper plate. Play with various colors of plates and yarn and have fun making as many of these as your heart desires.

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Materials: exacto knife, white cardstock, brown paper, colored paper, pencil, glue or tape, and scissors. On white cardstock paper, draw a small heart. Cut the heart out, then trace the white heart onto brown paper, repeating all over to create a pattern of small hearts. Using an exacto knife, cut the outline of half of each heart from the brown paper so that you can fold it out and over. From colored paper, cut small rectangles and glue or tape them on the back side of the opening of the brown paper where the hearts were cut. This will result in a unique and lovely gift wrapping for Valentine’s Day or any other day.


Materials: metal heart cookie cutter, potato in a larger size than your cookie cutter, sharp knife, paint, paintbrush, and canvas of your choice. Scrub, wash, and towel dry your potatoes to avoid any dirt or grain while working with them. Cut the potato in half near the widest portion, then press the cookie cutter into the center of the cut potato until it is flush with the flat surface. Using a sharp knife, cut into the potato about ¼ of an inch down until you feel it touch the cookie cutter. Continue cutting around the potato until the portion that was cut is easily removed from around the cookie cutter. Next, remove the cookie cutter. You should now have a heart shape left in the potato. Using a paintbrush, paint the heart with a color of your choice, and carefully press it down onto some paper. Turn this craft into a card, or decorate a wrapped gift with a pattern of stamped hearts.

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