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Margaret Pennock - 14 years

Thea Miller Ryan - 14 years

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Jill Funke - 14 years

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Sarah Javers - 2 years

Natalie Slieter - 1 year

Chantelle Duncan - 1 year

Emily Olson - 1 year

Stacey Kracht - 1 year

Chellee Nemec - 1 year

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Calendar of Events

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In Our Community Little Hats Big Hearts

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In Our Community Carol Wolf & a Special Olympics Family Team

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In Our Community Miss Amazing

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Couples Connection Wonderful Winter Getaways

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Sugar & Spice

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Pet Pals

Style:

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Beauty Trends Highlight & Contouring Just Got Easy!

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Fashion Trends Warm & Fashionable

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Wardrobe Organization Looking Your Best

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Where To Shop

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Auto Style Surviving the Arctic Blast

Foodie: 50

Food Myths Debunking Old Wivestales

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Where To Dine Backyard Grill

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Recipes Pork Tenderloins


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february/march

10 Home & Garden:

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Home & Garden Fairytale on the Trail

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About the House D I Y Closet Doors

Health:

Profile:

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Health Don’t Take Heart Beats for Granted

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Cover Story Alison Hulshof Working Hard, Playing Harder

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Health What is Cholesterol

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Profile Calming the Storm

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Family Health To Tube or Not To Tube

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What’s New Quick Health Urgent Care

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What’s New Prairie Boutique

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What’s New Escape Float Spa

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Calendar

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February 4 23rd Annual Mall Walk 8 AM - walk starts at 9:30 AM Empire Mall register online at www.LifeScapeSD.org/events.

February 4 Twenty One Pilots 7:00 PM Sanford Premier Center Admission – See website for details dennysanfordpremiercenter.com

February 4 HeARTS in Healing 6:00 PM Avera Behavioral Health Center 4400 W 69th St Admission – $60 per person Avera McKennan Foundation 322-8900 Avera.org/heartsinhealing

February 6 Italian Vistas! Collette Travel Informational Coffee & Dessert! 6:00 – 7:00 PM Instructional Planning Center Admission – Free

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February 9 4th Annual In Her Shoes Empowerment Breakfast 7:30 AM Sioux Falls Convention Center Admission – $35 for individuals or $275 for a table of 8 embe.org February 10 3rd Annual Sweet-Art Show 5:30-8:30 PM Icon Event Hall & Lounge Admission – Free jamartandsupplies.org


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On Stage

2017 Sioux Falls Go Red For Women February 16

Mads Tolling & the Mads Men

Thursday, February 9, 7 PM February 10 & 11 Twilight Flights for Valentine’s Day 5:00 PM Strawbale Winery Admission – $235 for 2, $270 for 3 605-543-5071 for reservations February 14 Discover Scuba Diving! 6 – 9:30 PM LandShark Scuba & Dive, then Sanford Wellness Center Pool Admission – $42 per person

Grammy Award-winning violinist Mads Tolling and his jazz combo.

Jim Witter: I Write the Songs

Tuesday, February 28, 7 PM A tribute to Barry Mannilow. Songs to touch your heart.

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Dierks Bentley February 19

February 14 & 15 Into The Woods 7:30 PM Washington Pavilion Admission – See website for details washingtonpavilion.org February 16 2017 Sioux Falls Go Red For Women 4:30 PM Sioux Falls Convention Center Admission - $125 siouxfallsgoredforwomen.org Dec. 2 Tonic Sol-fa Holiday Concert

February 19 Dierks Bentley 7 PM Sanford Premier Center Admission – See website for details dennysanfordpremiercenter.com February 23 Brothers Osborne 9 PM The District Admission – See website for details thedistrictsf.com February 24 Silly Sock Creatures 6 -8 PM Instructional Planning Center Admission – $29 per person February 24 One Nite Dance - Sweetheart Dance! 7:30 – 9 PM DANCE 2 – Tea, SD Admission – $10 per person


February 24 Brothers Osborne 8:00 PM Hard Rock Hotel & Casino | Sioux City Admission – See website for details hardrockcasinosiouxcity.com February 24-26 Sioux Empire Home Show February 24 & 25 10:00 AM, February 26 11:00 PM Sioux Empire Area Admission – See website for details hbasiouxempire.com/events/ sioux-empire-home-show February 25th Come Play With Me! “Fancy Lessons” Ages 3-6 - 10 - 12 PM, Ages 7-12- 1 - 3 PM Instructional Planning Center Admission – $25 Parent/child, $35 Parent/2 children March 1 & 2 Mamma Mia! 7:30 PM Washington Pavilion Admission – See website for details washingtonpavilion.org March 5 Happily Every Afternoon 1 PM Washington Pavilion Admission – Free washingtonpavilion.org

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March 18 14th Annual Ag Day 10 AM Washington Pavilion Admission – Free washingtonpavilion.org March 18 St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2 PM Phillips Ave Admission – Free March 22-26 Matilda March 22-25 7:30 PM, March 25-26 2:00 PM Washington Pavilion Admission – See website for details washingtonpavilion.org

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Little Hats Big Hearts Just In Time For Heart Month By Jill Funke Photos by Margaret Pennock

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nyone yearning for a way to display their mad yarn skills while simultaneously honoring babies, parents and the pursuit of living heart healthy lives, should take note of the Little Hats, Big Hearts program. This year, in connection with The Children’s Heart Foundation, volunteers across the nation are furiously knitting and crocheting in anticipation of American Heart Month. Thanks to the Little Hats, Big Hearts program, thousands of knitted or crocheted red hats will be given to babies in February, in order to empower parents to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same. Little Hats, Big Hearts was born in February, 2014 in Chicago, IL. The efforts resulted in 300 hats the first year. Today, the program has expanded to more than 40 states, and expects to receive well over 700 hats in the Dakotas alone. Chrissy Meyer, American Heart Association communications director for North and South Dakota, and other program officials are thrilled to have

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“These volunteers are giving parents and babies something special to remind them that they are supported during this journey!” ~ Kaitlyn Backstrom


so many volunteers involved. Meyer exclaims, “What’s really exciting for us is that this was a program born in the Midwest by only a handful of states. The fact that it exploded to a nationwide effort is just amazing!” The art of knitting and crocheting has seen increased popularity recently. That surge, along with the fact that the changing seasons bring people indoors more now, makes this a great time for a program like Little Hats, Big Hearts. By joining their efforts together for this program, volunteers across the nation can take pride in knowing that they are raising awareness about the importance of heart healthy choices for a lifetime, while providing resources and inspiring parents to make their family’s heart health a priority. Little Hats, Big Hearts also increases awareness about congenital heart defects (CHD). This is especially important to parents like Kaitlyn Backstrom, whose son Canaan was a recipient of a hat from the program. She explains, “It was neat to see that people are bringing awareness to CHD. Before you have a baby, you may not be aware of congenital heart defects. These volunteers are giving parents and babies something special to remind them that they are supported during this journey!”

Those who would like to participate in Little Hats, Big Hearts should create their hats from medium to heavy weight cotton or acrylic red yarn that is machine washable and dryable. Finished hats can be mailed to Chrissy Meyer, PO Box 90545, Sioux Falls, SD, 57109. Hat patterns can be found by visiting www. heart.org/HEARTORG/General/LittleHat s -B ig - He ar t s_ UC M _ 4 87 73 4 _ SubHomePage.jsp. The South Dakota Heart Association accepts hats through December 31 each year to be distributed the following February. Program officials will also accept donations of yarn. Anyone who works for a hospital, or would like to organize a group to make hats, should contact Chrissy at Chrissy.meyer@heart.org for yarn donations.

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Carole Wolf: A Special Olympics Family Team By Stacey Kracht

Coach Carole, Keaton, Lily and Lance

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arole Wolf coordinates the Special Olympics United Wolf Pack Team, a group of families who have children with special needs, that participates in Special Olympics South Dakota and other state events. She started the team when her teaching career began with a desire to teach the kids how to swim. Several of the kids’ siblings were in sports, and they needed a sport of their own. The team gives them an opportunity to do something just like everybody else. Carole is determined, saying there is always a way to make it happen; sometimes you just have to go about it differently. Not much holds her—or her team—back. The team has 95 athletes ranging in age from 6-34, all within a 2-hour radius of Sioux Falls. The team participates in several different sporting events, including bowling, swimming, track and field, powerlifting, softball, cheerleading, and basketball. They travel throughout

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South Dakota to compete in towns like Spearfish, Aberdeen, Mitchell, Yankton, Brandon, and Sioux Falls. The team practices at the Sanford Wellness Center, where the pool, track, and gyms have become a second home for many of the team members. One of the families shares what it means to be part of the Special Olympics United Wolf Pack Team, saying it has played a pivotal role for their children on so many levels. Keaton, Lance and Lilley came into this world at 24 ½ weeks with a lot of unknowns.  12 years later, they have surpassed the expectations the doctors gave us. However, they do have some challenges. Lance has some minor physical limitations and intellectual difficulties. Keaton is legally blind. Lilley has major physical impairments and is also blind. We joined the Special Olympics United Wolf Pack Team 4 years ago. This team offers an opportunity for kids and young adults, no matter the type of disability—physical, intellectual or mental—to participate, compete, and shine as an athlete. It promotes a healthy lifestyle with an extra special sense of belonging. The team provides unconditional love and inclusion for all athletes and is a place the kids and families have built relationships and friendships that will last a lifetime. The Special Olympics United Wolf Pack Team is not just a place to compete; it is a source of great joy and everyone becomes a second family. For parents, it empowers the human spirit: seeing their child get such great satisfaction from their hard work is priceless. The backs of the team uniforms express what a family unit this team truly is. The shirts spell WOLF and each letter has special meaning: “Willing Outstanding Loyal Family.” Carole’s love for working with the kids is evident. She says, “This is my passion, my life, and my own kids because I don’t have kids of my own, and my family isn’t here—this is my family.”

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Miss Amazing Putting Beauty and Abilities on Display By Jill Funke Photos courtesy of Miss Amazing Pageant

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any little girls and young ladies are enamored by the glitz and opulence of beauty pageants. Drawn to the gowns and crowns, they often picture themselves having roses on one arm while waving with the other during their victory lap in front of a cheering audience. For many young ladies, including those with disabilities, the picture in their mind is the closest they will ever come to such an experience. Yet thanks to the Miss Amazing organization, ladies with disabilities will have an opportunity to claim this experience in Sioux Falls. According to Becca Worden, the South Dakota State Director of the Miss Amazing organization, “The Miss Amazing organization is important because as women, we look to the media and others to see what we should be proud of in ourselves. This pageant shows girls and women with disabilities that they have talents which should be showcased like everyone else.� On April 1-2, 2017, the Miss Amazing Pageant will be held at Augustana University’s Kresge Hall. The pageant will feature girls and women with disabilities, separating them into 8 different age divisions, starting with ages 5 and up. Except for the youngest and oldest age divisions, those who qualify in their age division will represent South Dakota at the Miss Amazing National Pageant. At the South Dakota state event, girls and ladies will participate in an introduction, a 90 second interview with each of the five judges, the evening wear portion, and have the option to participate in a talent portion. During the introduction, participants will address the audience with a previously written statement about themselves that is delivered either verbally or through another person, depending on their communication needs. When it is time for the interview, participants will communicate their answers using their preferred mode of communication, and are provided the choice of designating someone to communicate their answers for them.

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Originally, the Miss Amazing organization began in Nebraska. Over the past ten years, it has expanded to 30 states. Excited about the expansion, Worden comments, “One of my favorite aspects of our organization, other than the wonderful women and girls, is the fact that we draw so many people together. Parents, caregivers, friends, volunteers, and participants all interact on so many levels throughout the day.” Each participant is paired with a buddy, who is a volunteer that will be with the participant throughout the

entire event. Buddies assist participants with anything they may need, provide them with support, and help them write their introductions. “It’s fun to see the friendships that grow out of these participant/buddy relationships,” adds Worden. Events like the Miss Amazing Pageant could not exist without support. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for this great experience by using the online application until March 18. For more information, visit the Miss Amazing website at www.sdmissamazing.org.

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Wonderful Winter Getaways Turn Up The Heat With Your Sweetheart! By S.J. Menning

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outh Dakota winters are harsh. Temps fall well below zero, snow piles up in the driveway, and sweet sunshine goes on hiatus for days without end.

Dreary turns dull. But there is more than one way to heat up these cold winter nights with your sweetheart— and you don’t need to look further than the Sioux Falls area for your own wonderful winter getaway. Slipping out for a weekend away from home is sure to help shake the cobwebs and turn up the temp on your relationship. Regardless of what you love to do as a couple, the Sioux Falls area has something to offer. The Downtown Sioux Falls Experience

Unique shops? Check. Exquisite dining? Check. Unsurpassed entertainment? Check. Check. Check. Downtown Sioux Falls offers all of this and more within walking distance from multiple reputable hotels. Check the events calendar for an extra special treat such as an art house film, concert, or community theatre. A sampling of local micro brews is sure to please your afterdinner palate. Top the evening off with a cozy hotel suite overlooking the riverfront.

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Date-Night Overnight If a classic dinner and a movie date is more your taste, throw in a hotel overnight stay for a little extra time away. Many hotels in Sioux Falls—such as the Clubhouse Hotel and Suites—feature package specials on their websites that include gift cards to nearby restaurants or theaters for a money-saving bonus. Call a cab or use the hotel’s free shuttle service and leave your keys and cares in the room. Action-Packed Getaway Nothing works up a good sweat on a cold winter day like a little downhill skiing or fun on the ice. Great Bear Recreation Park and the Scheels IcePlex host the perfect venues for some active coldweather fun. Then catch a Stampede game or concert at the Premier Center before a fun night away from home. Check into local transportation services or check with the hotel’s shuttle services to assist in a worry-free, actionpacked getaway.

Shopping for yourself or that special someone in your life? Make Lauriebelles your first stop. Everyone on your list will be the best dressed...

Wine Tasting Getaway for Two Cozy up around the fire and a glass of wine with a private wine tasting for two and night out at a Sioux Falls hotel. There is a package deal through the visitsiouxfalls.com website from Quality Inn and Suites on the north side of town with complimentary tastings at Strawbale Winery. The 15-Minute Drive Getaway If you are in need of a peaceful out-of-town getaway, opportunities abound. Between surrounding community Bed and Breakfasts to a luxurious cabin on the Big Sioux River complete with acres of woods and rolling hills to explore, your ideal getaway is only a 15-minute drive from home. Star gaze from the patio under an expanse of sky only rural South Dakota can provide. Search VRBO, TripAdvisor, or the visitsiouxfalls.com website for reputable locations. Photos and reviews are also available to ensure you get the experience you are looking for.

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Highlight & Contouring Just Got Easy! By Chanetlle Duncan • Photos by Margaret Pennock

Here’s What You Will Need In Your Kit

• Matte bronzer

• Angled contour brush

• Highlight brush

• Buffing brush

• Powder brush

• Highlighter

• Translucent setting powder

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t doesn’t matter how many times I stare at Kim Kardashians perfect face, or replay Jaclyn Hill’s tutorial YouTube channel, I don’t think I will ever get down exactly how to get my highlight and contour to look like theirs. I can blend and bake (makeup application terms) but my contouring skills remain average. And I am ok with that. It took my daughter to share her secret. Which is, “Mom you don’t have skilled photographers taking your pictures like Kim K or a Beauty Ring Light like Jaclyn Hill—and she edits her videos!“ So, it didn’t matter what brand of concealer I used, my highlight would never glow like theirs? It was hard for me to believe, but I was relieved that now I can confidently use my easy and simple guide to create a glamorous contoured and highlighted face.

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The Steps: 1. Find your contours

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With your foundation already on and dark circles concealed, use matte bronzer to map out the hollows of your face using an angled contour brush. Here’s a tip: make fish lips for an easy start!

2. Follow the Map Make sure lines are parallel to your cheekbones and draw all the way up to your hairline following underneath your jawbone.

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3. BLEND, BLEND, BLEND! Gently buff out any harsh lines in the hollows of your cheeks, around the forehead, and hard edges in jaw line. Do not stop buffing until you see a perfect blend from dark to light.

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4. Time to get LIT! This step will bring the cheekbones you thought you never had, to life! Your focal points are: highest point of your cheek bones, under your eye, in the middle of the forehead, down the bridge of the nose, cupids bow (top of your lips) and the middle of your chin. Using your highlighting brush apply highlighter to these VIP areas.

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Ready SET and GO Translucent Setting powder is your fairy God Mother! It is the “bibbity boppityboo” in making sure your makeup holds in place all day or night. With your big powder brush, lightly buff onto face for an even application. This will allow your face look smooth, and controls oils on skin.

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Warm & Fashionable

Survive the cold without sacrificing your fashion sense By Brianna Venekamp

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t’s not often you hear the words trendy, glamorous, and winter parka in the same sentence. In South Dakota, it’s especially challenging not to sacrifice warmth in the name of fashion. What if you want both? Is it possible to be both warm and fashionable? Absolutely!

MainStream Boutique Dawley Farms

Layer your clothes This is an easy and simple way to wear even a thin, fancy coat, and still stay warm. Thick tights, undershirts, long tops that can be tucked in, etc., all allow you to create interesting combinations and even use thin garments you might think to only wear in the summer.

Wraps, shawls, ponchos They can be weather isn’t cold et, or as an extra weather to make interesting.

worn when the enough for a jacklayer during harsh your outfits more

Cashmere and Mohair Don’t be afraid to invest in quality sweaters. Synthetic fabrics can make you sweat more. Fabrics like cashmere, angora and mohair are always stylish and will never fail to keep you warm. A few top quality sweaters also allow you to quickly pull together a quality outfit.

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The versatility of these items can create a variety of outfit choices, as well as help you survive the cold without sacrificing your fashion sense.

Fashion Trends

Prairie Boutique


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MainStream Boutique Dawley Farms

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Looking Your Best Planning propels you to the top of your game Story and Photos by Margaret Pennock

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etting out the door every day looking polished and put together isn’t easy, but for Brandi Olson, a personal system of planning has put her in the driver’s seat. Brandi, who works in the admissions office at a large Sioux Falls college, feels that looking the part and feeling good about herself are imperative for her success. She shares, “I like to plan my style to make sure I look pulled together from head to toe. If I feel that I look complete, then I’m confident about taking on the day. Most of my workdays depend

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on how the morning goes, so it’s important for me to start off feeling prepared and not like I was rushing out the door forgetting things.” And when it comes to planning, Brandi does it down to the very last detail. She chooses her wardrobe for the entire week by selecting daily outfits, including accessories and coordinating outerwear. “I think every girl can relate to those moments when you look around your room and it’s a disaster because you’ve pulled every item out and still can’t find something to wear. I like to give myself time to calmly put things together. This helps me to avoid feeling overwhelmed… It also allows me to create new outfits because I’m not just throwing on repeated items as a result of being rushed.” Some keys to Brandi’s success include colorcoding her closet and repurposing items to help her save space. “I use shower curtain rings and attach them to hangers for all my tank tops … color-coded, of course! I color code my entire closet actually, so if I’m looking for a specific item, then I at least know the general vicinity versus having to navigate through the entire rack.”

“Everyone is different and different things are going to work for different people. It shouldn’t be a cookie-cutter area. It should be fun. Like Kate Spade said, ‘ Playing dress-up begins at age 5 and truly never ends.’ For me, that’s true. How do I want to feel today?” – Brandi Olson

In addition, she made organizational tools to help her manage her accessories. “I made a necklace display board about a century ago. This prevents me from having to dig them out of a box and spend hours untangling them. I found some extremely pretty boxes from Target for the random things I don’t need on display.” And a final tool in her arsenal for perfect looks is some online assistance. “A girl’s best friend is Pinterest! The myth about diamonds has been debunked! Sorry, Marilyn!”

Quick Tips:

Plan your outfit at least the night before. Brandi recommends selecting a week’s worth of outfits to avoid repeating the same items.

• Check the forecast and choose appropriately. • Utilize Pinterest for inspiration. • Color-coordinate your closet.

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1725 W 41st St www.montgomerys.com • 605.332.4400 Add organic elegance to your bookshelves, desks, and consoles with these agate bookends. Remarkably unique, each piece is one of a kind, so no two will be exactly alike. Sold in sets of two. Price: $179.

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5005 S Western Ave Suite 170 605.275.0014 These baby soothers play four melodies, project starry nightscapes onto any surface, and transform into huggable bedtime friends! Price: $30.


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The Bridges at 57th & Western 5019 S Western Ave Suite 160 605.521.5099 Bumble and Bumble invisible oil family. A divine line infused with 6 featherlight oils to help soften, silken, tame, de-frizz, detangle and protect. Prices start at $28.

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5019 S Western Ave 605.328.9770 vivazmedicalspa.com SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex® Rejuvenate skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while enhancing skin texture and tone. Price: $179.

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716 Highline Place 605.275.3046 esiouxfalls.mainstreamboutique.com MantraBands...promoting a lifestyle of optimism & positivity making them the perfect gift. Available in 3 colors and over 15 sayings. Price: $35.

Young and Richard’s

Downtown at 222 S Phillips Ave 605-336-2815 • youngandrichards.com Beautiful hand-made quilling cards for those extra-special occasions! Young and Richard’s is your Valentine’s Day headquarters with flowers, chocolate and unique cards that your favorite someone will love! Price: $8 each.

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3501 W. 57th St 605.362.0008 Stunning new rose and white gold Parade in Color designer ring featuring pink sapphires and fiery white diamonds. Price vary

Lauriebelles Boutique

615 E Brain St., Tea, SD 605.498.0101 • lauriebellesboutique.com Spring is (hopefully!) right around the corner, and we are crushing on this new cardigan! This beauty is available in three stunning colors! Features amazing lace up sides and pockets. Price: $49.

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325 S Phillips Ave 605.332.7151 • bechtoldjewelery.com Feel The Moment! Obaku Denmark, a true designer watch with clean design and harmony in all proportions. Prices start at $160.

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4101 W 41st St. 605.362.9000 tryitagainsiouxfalls.com Check out what’s happening at Try It Again… We’ve added “new” boutique items such as clothes, shoes, accessories and much more. All at prices you can afford. Prices vary.

Avera McKennan Fitness Center

3400 S Southeastern Ave 605.322.5346 • averamckennanfitness.org If you have a medical condition or need support to be more active, Next Steps fitness programs are designed for you. Price $99 + tax for 8 weeks.

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Gunderson’s Jewelers

The Bridges at 57th & Western 2109 W 57th Street 605.338.9060 • gundersons.com John Hardy Classic Chain Hammered Link Bracelet, just one of the John Hardy Collection to choose from this holiday season. Price: $1395.

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5015 S. Western Ave Suite 110 605.335.9878 • forgetmenotsf.com This cute little girl gives us a glimpse that spring is just around the corner. Measures 17” Price: $68.

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The Bridges at 57th & Western 5005 S. Western Ave 605.275.6200 belletouchesf.com Tulasara Wedding Masque Overnight, Inspired by an ancient Indian ritual, which uses turmeric extract to create glowing and even skin tone, so you can wake up to firmer, brighter, more luminous skin wedding-day-perfect, every day. Price: $55- $65.

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Surviving the Arctic Blast

Features that Keep You Safe And Toasty By Jill Funke

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rctic temperatures, icy roadways and blizzard conditions, alone or in conjunction with each other, can make traveling in the Midwest frozen tundra a treacherous experience. Vehicle owners can minimize winter related traveling inconveniences by looking for models with a variety of features to keep them warm and secure this season. The absence of heat can be the first winter inconvenience that drivers encounter. Lloyd Nickel, general sales manager at Luxury Auto of Sioux Falls says, “Nothing ruins even a short trip like extreme cold. This makes climate control and a vehicle’s other comfort systems especially important during the cold winter months.” Many models, including the Ford Explorer and Ford Focus, offer a heated steering wheel and heated seats to help drivers and their passengers warm up quickly and stay comfortable throughout their ride. Ventilated seats are also a great feature as they remove moisture from the seat surface to keep the occupant dry. Heated exterior mirrors keep the snow and ice from building up and preventing the clear sightlines that Explorer and Focus drivers will need to safely operate their vehicles. Also keeping vehicle occupants warm throughout their cold winter trips are the residual heat recirculation system on the BMW 320i, and the automatic temperature control featured in the 320i, Cadillac ATS, CT6 and Escalade. With separate climate controls on the Ford Explorer, individual occupants can select the temperature that best suits their comfort needs.

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To help the vehicle keep up with the demands of the winter road, the Ford Explorer puts its braking assist system and terrain management system to good use when necessary. At the same time, the BMW 320i’s electronic stability system, as well as the traction control functions of the Cadillac CT6 & Escalade and the all-wheel drive system of the Cadillac ATS help the driver maneuver the difficult conditions that a Midwest winter often delivers. In situations when safety systems are not enough, most vehicles are now available with emergency communication systems to help travelers reach the assistance they may need.

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Debunking Old Wives Tales On Food Safety & Handling The answers may just surprise you. By Chellee Nemec

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he way we handle food is usually something we learn from our parents. Passed down through the generations there are a few old wives tales that most of us are familiar with in the way we handle food. There are some myths that are mind boggling. For example, putting a cap full of hydrogen peroxide in your milk will stretch it past the expiration date. What!? Can this be true? With the help of registered dietitian, Charlotte Rommereim, we are going to debunk some of the common myths about food safety and handling.

Myth: You can tell when your chicken is cooked properly when the juices from the chicken run clear. True or False: This one is false. The truth is that you can’t tell whether or not food is cooked properly by simply looking at it, touching it or if the juices run clear. Charlotte says, “The best way to ensure that your food is cooked properly to invest in a good thermometer and check the temperature.” For chicken the safe minimum cooking temperature is 165oF according to a chart at www.foodsafety.org . The chart provides guidelines for cooking temperatures for other types of meat. Myth: Eating raw cookie dough or cake batter will give you worms. True or False: This was a great scare tactic from our parents to get us to stay away from licking the spoon after mixing a cake. While you won’t get worms you do run the risk of getting a bac-

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terial infection from the raw ingredients. Whether it is pre-packaged or homemade, the heat from baking is needed to kill the bacteria that could be present. The finished product tastes better anyway. Myth: Products with a mayonnaise base will make your food spoil faster. True or False: This is somewhat true. While mayo does have an egg base, the commercial production of mayo has significantly changed that problem. Charlotte recommends, “The rule of thumb to follow is that any food that has been out at room temperature for more than two hours should be thrown out if they are foods that require refrigeration or heating to prevent foodborne illness even if it doesn’t contain mayo.” She adds, “High protein foods such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products are most likely to cause a foodborne illness, so it best to discard them if they have been sitting out too long.” Try to take care of your leftovers before the two hour time span has elapsed. A good resource for food preparation is www.fightbac.org Myth: Organic food is healthier and contains less chemicals True or False: While the food industry has made a fortune selling us on this adage, the truth is that there is not a significant difference in the nutrition of organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables. The amount of pesticides used is often a small percentage and does not cause foodborne illness. In fact, even


organic farmers use chemicals to rid their crops of pests. Charlotte encourages, “A healthful habit is to properly prepare any vegetable or fruit for consumption by washing it prior to eating. The important thing we can do for our health is to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables that we eat, but you don’t have to break the bank by buying organic.”

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Myth: Adding Hydrogen Peroxide to milk well help keep your milk past the expiration date. True or False: Surprisingly this is true, but not recommended. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, in countries that are advanced in dairy production the bacteria quality of raw milk is safeguarded by cooling during on-farm handling, storage and transportation. In developing countries the lack of proper storage facilities and inadequate transportation can reduce the quality of the milk. In order to preserve the milk a small amount of hydrogen peroxide is added. The FAO reports, “LPS is a protein naturally present in milk. One of its unique biological functions is an antibacterial/enzyme effect working only in the presence of hydrogen peroxide and thiocyanate. Both these substances are naturally present in raw milk in different concentrations, but they need to be adjusted. This amount of hydrogen peroxide is approximately 100 times less than that often used for the unauthorized conservation of milk.” The level of hydrogen peroxide is even 20 times lower than what can be found in human saliva or cabbage. When it comes to keeping foods past the expiration date, Charlotte recommends being informed. “The bacteria that spoils food is not the same as the bacteria that causes foodborne illness. Food that appears to be safe can make you sick, so you cannot rely on the smell or the appearance of food. “Food goes to waste from consumers not understanding the use by dates and best by dates.” Charlotte suggests using the USDA’s new foodkeeper app or www. stilltasty.com to offer tips on proper food storage.

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Backyard Grill By Thea Miller Ryan • Photos by Maaggie Sweets Photography

323 S. Phillips Ave • 605-271-2672 3705 S Western Ave • 605-444-1800 1805 6th St., Brookings • 605-692-7427

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raving ribs? Smoked brisket? It’s easy to find Backyard Grill of Sioux Falls—they’ve got two storefronts and one amazing food truck. No matter where you live in town, there’s a location nearby.

Eric Elenkiwich, general manager, can’t imagine loving his job more— he gets to make smoked ribs, brisket and pulled pork that people crave and simply says, “I love what I do.” He’s in charge of that amazing smell that permeates the air around Western Avenue and 46th Street, where their smoker sits just outside their first Sioux Falls location. The ribs are Memphis style—dry with a signature rub. Diners can choose from several different sauces or just eat them dry like they do in Memphis. The meats are fantastic, but the sides are just as exciting. “The number one side is the molasses baked beans,” Eric said. “They’re also a signature recipe.” Other choices for sides include corn bread, mac and cheese or Texas chili. Eric adds, “It’s got a kick to it. There are no beans in Texas chili and the meat is smoked beef brisket. It’s gluten free, too, as it’s made with Maseca flour.” The Sioux Falls restaurant opened after the huge success of their Brookings location that opened in 2007.

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Now, Backyard Grill opened their latest restaurant in downtown Sioux Falls. “We really love the energy downtown,” Eric said. “The building was exactly what we were looking for —the exposed brick walls —the atmosphere. There’s a lot of good energy there.” Both places will do to-go orders and the Western Avenue store will do larger family packs to go. The menus at both restaurants are similar, but the downtown location has table service and appetizers, and features 20 tap beers at the bar. Their food truck makes the rounds in town as well. It can usually be found during the summer months at First Friday at 8th and Railroad Center, at The Bakery every third Friday of the month and at Golf Addiction every other Tuesday in the warmer months. They also will take the truck to work parties, graduations, rehearsal dinners and any other event where there’s a parking spot. Catering is available. Hours at the two locations vary, but you can find them on Facebook.

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Recipes: Pork Tenderloins Courtesy of South Dakota Pork Producers Council

Fruited Pork Tenderloin Salad Ingredients: • 1 PORK TENDERLOIN, CUT INTO STIR-FRY STRIPS • 1/4 CUP GRAPEFRUIT JUICE • 2 TABLESPOONS RED WINE VINEGAR • 1 TABLESPOON VEGETABLE OIL • 1 TEASPOON POPPY SEED • 2 TEASPOONS HONEY • 1 TEASPOON DIJON-STYLE MUSTARD • 2 TEASPOONS VEGETABLE OIL • 6 CUPS MIXED GREENS • 2 SMALL RED GRAPEFRUIT, PEELED AND SECTIONED • 1 1/2 CUPS SEEDLESS GRAPES, HALVED Directions: In small bowl whisk together grapefruit juice, vinegar, 1 tablespoon oil, poppy seed, honey and mustard until well blended; set aside. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in large nonstick skillet over mediumhigh heat. Add pork strips; cook about 3 minutes or until pork is lightly browned. On each of four dinner plates place 1 1/2 cups greens, top with pork strips and arrange grapefruit sections, grapes and strawberries around pork. Spoon dressing over salads. Serves 4.

Applesauce-Stuffed Tenderloin Ingredients: • 2 PORK TENDERLOINS, 1 POUND EACH • 1/4 CUP APPLE JUICE, OR VERMOUTH • 2/3 CUP CHUNKY APPLESAUCE • 1/4 CUP DRY ROASTED PEANUTS, FINELY CHOPPED • 1/4 TEASPOON FENNEL SEED, FINELY CRUSHED • 1/4 TEASPOON SALT Directions: Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Using a sharp knife, form a “pocket” in each tenderloin by cutting a lengthwise slit

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down center of each almost to, but not through, bottom of each tenderloin. Place tenderloins in shallow roasting pan. In small bowl stir together apple juice, applesauce, peanuts, fennel, salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into pocket in each tenderloin. Secure stuffed pockets with toothpicks. Roast for 20-27 minutes until internal temperature on a thermometer reads  145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time before slicing to serve. Serves 6.


Pork Tenderloin Spring Rolls 15-18 minutes. Remove pork from the oven and cool to room temperature. Wrap tightly and refrigerate overnight.

Ingredients: • 3/4 TO 1 1/4 POUNDS PORK TENDERLOIN, TRIMMED • SALT AND PEPPER • 6 TABLESPOONS LEMON JUICE • 1/4 CUP KIMCHI BASE, OR ANOTHER ASIAN HOT SAUCE* • 2 TABLESPOONS EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL • 2 CUPS ARUGULA • 1 NECTARINE, (UNDER RIPE) PITTED AND THINLY SLICED • 1/3 CUP MAYONNAISE • 6 RICE SPRING ROLLS WRAPPERS • 1 HEAD RADICCHIO, TREVISO, HALVED AND CORED • 1/2 CUP MINT, TORN INTO SMALL PIECES

In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, “The Chee” sauce (or kimchi base), and olive oil. Season with salt. Toss 1/4 cup of lemon-chee dressing with arugula and nectarines. Season with salt. Mix remaining lemon-chee dressing with mayonnaise and set aside. Remove pork from fridge and cut 12 very thin slices on a slight diagonal.

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Evenly season pork tenderloin with salt and pepper. Sear all sides of the tenderloin, about 1-2 minutes per side, until browned. Place pork tenderloin in a roasting pan and bake in the oven until the internal temperature on a thermometer reads between 145 degrees F. (medium rare) and 160 degrees F. (medium), about

Fill a small bowl with room temperature water. Working with one spring roll wrapper at a time, soak wrapper in bowl of water until softened. Lay wrapper flat onto a clean work surface. Lay 2 leaves of radicchio Treviso on top of wrapper, then some mint and two pieces of pork tenderloin. Top with arugula salad and roll up the spring roll wrapper tightly and slice into 6 pieces. Repeat with remaining spring roll wrappers. Place spring roll pieces cut side down on a serving platter, and drizzle with lemonchee mayo. Yield: 6 rolls

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tones and stone that make guests feel like royalty; it’s the grand dual curved open staircase that leads the imagination in glamourous directions. And for homeowners Kandice and Darin Lewin, that direction is where they call home.


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aving custom built the house six years ago, the Lewin’s looked to local homebuilder Dudley Deffenbaugh, owner of Deffenbaugh Homes, to create their dream space. With their three children, the family of five enjoys having a home that incorporates nature into their everyday living. “We love the area because it’s peaceful and quiet,” says Kandice of the family-owned land in which their home was built. But they also enjoy filling the home with family and friends. “My favorite space is the kitchen,” she adds. “We just appreciate country living and wildlife and love having those elements reflected in the design.” For Deffenbaugh, it was the perfect match. His knack for creating rustic elegance built the “lifetime home” for the Lewins. And when navigating throughout the two-story beauty, it comes as no surprise why this family is planting their roots. Sky high vaulted ceilings are covered in rustic knotty pine while the foot treads on a stone mosaic floor. Reminiscent of a medieval masterpiece, the front entrance features distressed wood accented with hammered black wrought iron hardware. Four columns with wood and stone anchor the catwalk between the dual staircase and provide additional architectural detail. Once inside, the open concept great room rivals the beauty of the staircase with a two-story wood paneled curved wall filled with windows overlooking the lush prairie. For added drama, a copper and slate water feature fills the space above the fireplace and adds the true essence of nature. Flanked by dual bookcases and wall sconces, the fireplace remains a focal point while soft taupe carpets and mustard toned upholstery with leather accents are soft and relaxing. Designed by Tanya Manning of The Home Source, the myriad of eclectic accessories, furniture and décor is the perfect finishing touch. The large span of windows is simply adorned with Roman shades for privacy and side panels for understated elegance. Access to an expansive back double tiered deck provides ease when taking in the outdoor air.

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owever, this home isn’t all play. Kandice, who works from home, uses the space in the upper loft for her home office. Overlooking the main level great room and with eye level windows, the loft with its vaulted ceiling gives a feel that fully embraces nature. Connected by a catwalk, the two spaces are accented with a wrought iron railing that complements the curved staircase. Making this home truly family-friendly is a study loft that is simply furnished for everyday living. Adding a touch of flair, the powder bath takes cues from the lower level and boasts an African safari theme. Rich, jacquard wallpaper and wood grained floor tile lend the appropriate backdrop for beauty and are kept dimly lit by a mica glass pendant light and coordinating wall sconce. A professional fisher and avid hunter, Darin often brings his prized catches home and uses them to create a wildlife ambiance in the lower level. Built for both entertaining and display, the area remains spacious and open, with furniture designed to serve multiple uses. The family room features a large leather sectional, see through glass fireplace with cobbled stone mantle and a custom media wall. Additional game tables and a full bar are a must for entertaining and fun family living. Additionally, double glass doors lead to a dedicated theatre room with carpeted tiered stairs lined with soft, tufted leather recliners. A dropped coffered ceiling is given interest with LED light accents while the rich, chocolate brown walls melt into the background creating the perfect atmosphere for watching evening movies or entertaining guests. But for a full-bodied look sure to suit any palette, a traditional wine cellar offers just the right sip of elegance with a handmade, reclaimed wood door accented with hammered metal grates and side windows. Although this beauty is nestled amongst acres of breathtaking prairie, the Lewin family feels they have accomplished the best of both worlds by creating a luxurious home that feels like an outcropping of nature.


DIY Closet Doors Upgrade Ugly Closet Doors Beautifully and Affordably Story and Photos by Emily Olson

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o matter the age of your home, closet doors are frequently overlooked when it comes to functionality and beauty. When my family moved into our 1960s ranch-style house the closets had flat hollow-core doors on a sliding track. They were unattractive and it was frustrating to only have access to one side of the closet at a time. It wasn’t long and we decided we would like to replace them with French doors. This is when we discovered that the closet opening was not standard and we would need to order expensive custom doors or re-frame the opening. I came across some projects online for updating plain interior doors to look like multi-panel doors and thought it could work to create our own custom French doors by trimming out plywood with narrow strips also cut from plywood. Here is how we went from ugly and dated to custom and beautiful, and most importantly, functional! It was just a fraction of the cost of what they would have cost to purchase.

Materials: • Plywood, cabinet grade • Sandpaper • Wood Glue • Brad nails—nail gun • Hinges • Magnet door stops • Handles

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STEP 4: • Make a sketch to determine how much plywood you will need for the doors and strips to create faux paneling. We were able to create our doors from two 4’ x 8’ sheets.

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STEP 3: • Determine the width of the strips (ours were 5 inches wide).

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STEP 8: • Attach the hinges to the doors and remove the pins from the top and bottom hinges to separate the brackets.

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Don’t Take Heart Beats For Granted Procedure Alleviates Daily Worry for Sioux Falls Woman

After her initial diagnosis, Linda was put on medications to help keep her heart in rhythm. However, over the next few years, even with adjustments in the medications, she had more and more frequent episodes of irregular heartbeats resulting in trips to the Sanford Emergency Room for a cardioversion.

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Then, one day in 2007, Rodman felt her heart start racing. Her husband took her to the Sanford Emergency Room. It was there that Rodman met cardiologist Scott Pham, MD, and the Sanford cardiac care team she would come to know very well over the next several years. She recalls Dr. Pham coming in to check on her and diagnosing her with atrial fibrillation. He said that if her heart didn’t slow down by morning they would have to administer an electrical cardioversion to get her heart back in normal rhythm. Thankfully, the next day her heart converted back into a normal rhythm and there was no need for the electrical current.

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Dr. Pham began discussions with her about a surgical option called cardiac ablation that had the potential to fix her heart issue. Cardiac ablation is a procedure that can correct heart arrhythmias through the use of long flexible tubes (catheters) which are threaded to the heart to correct structural problems. “As a cardiology team, it is our job to guide our patients in understanding all of their options,” Dr. Pham explains. In 2013 Rodman came to the realization that medication alone wasn’t going to control her increasingly frequent episodes of atrial fibrillation and decided it was time to have the ablation. “Until that time, I was always the one who said, ‘I’m back in rhythm now, we’ve adjusted my medications, I’ll be fine,’” Rodman explains. “Dr. Pham, and the emergency room doctors, all brought the ablation to my attention and I would always say that I was just going to try this new dosage or new medicine out and see if it gets better.”


She is thankful for the care provided by Dr. Pham and the Sanford team during her journey. She says her questions were answered every step of the way in an open manner, telling her what to expect. “Providing the care we do, making decisions about what is best for our patients, requires a great team,” Dr. Pham adds. Since her 2013 procedures, Linda says she’s amazed at what a difference the ablations made. “I wish I would have agreed to the ablation sooner. I had the procedure done twice to correct the different areas in my heart that were causing my problems. Both times I was in the hospital just one night and went home the next day. It made all the difference in the world,” she said. “I’m just thrilled because now there are many days I don’t even think about my heart. It used to be every single day I was thinking about it and wondering if this was the day it would go out of rhythm and if I’d need to make another trip to the ER.”

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Now, Rodman is back to living life and being able to do those things she missed out on through the years. She encourages women to not hesitate to make an appointment with the Sanford cardiology team if they, too, have irregular or racing heartbeats or if they have any questions about their heart health. “Maybe it’s nothing, but what if it is something?” she asks. “There’s a great team at Sanford Heart to help take care of you. It’s well worth your time and it will give you peace of mind to get it checked out.”

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What Is Cholesterol and What’s Its Deal? By Alyssa Kuecker, Avera Health

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prick of a finger—a simple blood test—can tell you a lot about your health. For example, blood cholesterol. This is a test you never want to score high on. But what if your numbers are high; do you know what this means? Would you take high cholesterol seriously? Cholesterol is a lipoprotein molecule made out of fat and protein. It is both made by the body in the liver and found in foods you eat. Found in your bloodstream, cholesterol flows to different parts of the body delivering fat and protein to help carry out a number of important bodily functions. Cholesterol is essential in manufacturing hormones, building cell walls and creating bile for digestion. However, “bad” cholesterol, or low-density cholesterol, leaves fatty deposits in arteries. “High-density lipoprotein, or ‘good’ cholesterol, comes around like a tumbleweed in your arteries to sweep bad cholesterol away,” said Scott Hiltunen, MD, Avera Medical Group internal medicine specialist. “If you don’t have enough HDL in your bloodstream, LDL may potentially cause blockages in the arteries.” People most at risk are those overweight and genetically prone. It doesn’t just affect middle-aged folks. “Studies in young individuals have revealed that streaks of fatty residue are already present in their arteries,” Hiltunen said.

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Left untreated, deposited cholesterol can have irreversible or deadly consequences. “Stroke and heart attack are the most severe effects of high cholesterol,” said Hiltunen. Other health issues are caused by the lack of blood and oxygen reaching various body parts. These include vision loss, chronic kidney disease (loss of kidney function), peripheral vascular disease (causes blockages in the arms and legs), or foot ulcers in diabetic patients. Post-surgery patients are at higher risk of complications and may have a recovery of less quality. Ideally, your cholesterol would fall below 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL) on the cholesterol spectrum. Between 200 and 239 is borderline, and anything above 240, well, something’s got to change.

“By adopting healthier lifestyle choices, you help narrow the gap between your elevated bad cholesterol and low good cholesterol...” ~ Scott Hiltunen, MD, Avera Medical Group internal medicine specialist.

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“The main way patients lower their cholesterol is through a diet overhaul,” said Hiltunen. “Eliminate foods high in saturated and trans fats.” Meat and dairy products, such as beef, butter and cheeses, are sources of high saturated fats. Trans fats can be found in homemade baked goods that often contain vegetable shortening.

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While limiting fat can reduce your LDL cholesterol levels, exercising has been known to raise HDL good cholesterol. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity as many days of the week as you can. A 30-minute walk over lunch—you’re done! A glass of dark red wine a few times a week can also raise your HDL levels. “By adopting healthier lifestyle choices, you help narrow the gap between your elevated bad cholesterol and low good cholesterol,” Hiltunen said. In other words, more good cholesterol is present to sweep away the fatty deposits in your arteries.

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“Statin medications are ideal as they also help lower the risks associated with high cholesterol, such as stroke and heart attack,” explained Hiltunen. “Non-statin medications are available, but they don’t carry this same benefit.”

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But if diet and exercise alone don’t solve the problem, the next step to controlling cholesterol levels is through medication. Typically, patients are prescribed statins, or medications which inhibit the liver from producing any excess cholesterol.

Typically, statins are used when you have already suffered a cholesterol-related health problem, anything from minor dizziness to heart attack. “We would rather take a preventive approach through diet and exercise to lower cholesterol before health risks have occurred,” he said.

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To Tube or Not to Tube Treating Chronic Ear Infections in Children By Jennifer Dumke

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ar infections are one of the most common infections that require medical treatment in children. It’s likely that either your child or someone you know has had direct experience with the pain and discomfort brought on by chronic ear infections. Knowing you’re not alone doesn’t necessarily make it any better, but it does offer insight on the latest procedures and treatments. Dr. Daniel Todd, MD, FACS, is a specialist at Midwest Ear, Nose and Throat. His extensive experience with children’s ear infections offers parents relief as well as the sufferers. “Modern day techniques and practices have greatly improved the comfort and sleep of millions of children and their parents,” adds Dr. Todd. And since 90% of children are likely to experience at least one ear infection during their first five years of life, it’s important for parents to fully understand what to look for, how to treat and when to seek medical intervention. First, why are there so many cases of children’s ear infections today when compared to 50 years ago? The answer is quite simple. There have always been ear infections but thanks to modern procedures, such as inserting an ear tube to allow the eardrum to equalize the pressure, children are less likely to live with chronic infections or potentially suffer permanent hearing loss.

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Deemed the most popular surgery for children in the United States, the myringotomy, as it’s called, is the gold standard for treating ear infections. When looking for symptoms, Dr. Todd says that increased fussiness, low grade fevers, pulling at the ears and waking up crying are all possible indicators. “Although the diagnosis can be difficult, it really depends on seeing the ear drum and how well it moves,” he adds. “Normally, we have air in the middle ear or  behind the ear drum. But when we are unable to clear our ears, that air gets replaced by fluid.” This causes discomfort and muffles the hearing to the point where its comparable to one wearing an ear plug.

“More than anything, ear tubes have lessened the severe complications of ear infections...”

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And not all children require surgery. Antibiotics can be effective in treating children’s ear infections and are typically prescribed during the onset of the infection. For some, medication alone can lessen complications and symptoms of acute ear infections. For others, Dr. Todd advises working with a general practitioner to decide when it’s time to seek a specialist to undergo surgery to receive tubes.  The procedure itself is relatively simple and involves making a small incision in the front of the ear drum to suction out the fluid, which instantly cures the infection. A tube is then inserted to keep additional fluid from accumulating. This tube can be effective at keeping the ear drum open and dry for months or even years. “More than anything, ear tubes have lessened the severe complications of ear infections,” he adds. Even though the vast majority of children can avoid surgical intervention, there are many times when this simple procedure can make a positive difference in a child’s quality of life.

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Alison Hulshof

Working Hard Playing Harder By Natalie Slieter • Photos by Maggie Sweets Photography

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lison Hulshof cradles her sleeping newborn Beatrice, or Baby Bea. Three large dogs barrel through the kitchen, jumping in excitement and sliding on the hardwood floor. Her two-year old Sophie performs cartwheels and tells stories. Her three older children, Oliver, Violet, and Lilli go about their evenings, but before going to sleep they make sure to say good night to mom. Along with the dogs, the family has two cats and a horse. Alison’s husband Michael herds the children together to complete their nighttime routines before heading to bed. There is lots of noise, lots of bodies, and lots of yelling across the home. But despite the chaos and noise, Alison wears a huge grin on her face.

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Alison credits her grandfather, a farmer, for instilling her work ethic. She watched him start work at 5:00 a.m. and not quit until the sun went down. She has always wanted to exceed people’s expectations, which keeps her continuing to do more and to push herself.

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here is no one word to describe Alison Hulshof. She is, in a sense, all over the place, but in a good way. Alison is a busy working mother, and she is truly the epitome of the word busy. She has five children, three biological and two adopted. When asked if she has hobbies, she laughs and says, “Funny.” She is currently on maternity leave with Baby Bea, but despite that, she has worked every day, maintaining the business she started 10 years ago. She owns Behavior Care Specialists (BCS) in Sioux Falls and manages the nine schools that focus on applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy in South Dakota, Iowa, and Wyoming. The schools are very successful in assisting children with Autism and special needs. She is in the process of opening a school in Minnesota, which has taken up most of her time while on maternity leave. Alison has been on the go her whole life, despite advice from her older brother telling her to slow down. “He gives me a hard time on how fast I talk, how quick I move, and how busy I am.” Alison was raised in Peever, SD by her father. She lived in a three-bedroom trailer with her father and brother so she says her upbringing “was really modest.” When Alison was 12 years old, she started babysitting full-time. At 14, she worked full-time at a gas station, all while attending school and participating in many extracurricular activities. Alison credits her grandfather, a farmer, for instilling her work ethic. She watched him start work at 5:00 a.m. and not quit until the sun went down. She has always wanted to exceed people’s expectations, which keeps her continuing to do more and to push herself. She smiles as she says she was even featured in the Sisseton’s local newspaper with the headline, “Small Town Girl with Big City Dreams.” She took college classes in high school and attended undergraduate at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education with an Emphasis in Elementary Education and was introduced to applied behavior analysis therapy when working with a child with Autism. Alison loved it. “It was data driven, it made sense, and there was progress,” Alison says. She completed mentorships with families and found it hard to leave the kids she had worked with at the end of the three years. The Monday after she graduated from NSU, she started graduate school at the University of South Dakota, working towards earning her Master’s degree for Multi-Categorical Special Education with Emphasis in Learning Disabilities/Applied Behavior Analysis. While attending graduate school full-time, she got her first teaching job in special education. But she felt there was a better way to serve these kids that the public school system was unable to provide, which led her to promote ABA therapy to her students’ parents.

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Alison attributes her success to God. Her pastor and his wife were her role models growing up. She thinks God tends to surprise her, but he has a plan.

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pecial education is something that interested her at a young age. “I’ve always had a passion for this,” Alison says. Back in elementary school, she opted to eat lunch with classmates in the special education room instead of in the lunch room with her friends. The affection for others has always been there and only grown over the years. The Behavior Care Specialist schools have also grown over the years. Alison kept promoting applied behavior analysis, telling parents about this therapy that was proven to help children with Autism. But there was no one in the area offering ABA. Alison decided to start the first school after a family encouraged her to use her skills and talents to bring ABA to South Dakota. To this day, no one else in the state does what BCS does. Alison was hesitant because she still had her job as an Autism Specialist with the state and was expecting twins. Initially, she told the family no, but after thinking about it for a few days, she quit her state job and began offering in home early intervention focusing on ABA. She was 25 years old. It’s obvious Alison has a caring heart, because she has done this more than once. When she was doing a home visit in Wyoming, that family also asked her to open a school in their area that focused on ABA therapy. Alison saw how much the child and family needed the chance to see life improve and she couldn’t keep that from them. After learning there was a need in the area from other families, a school was opened. Alison recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary of opening BCS. “We were so invested and still are in the clients we serve and their families and the successes the kids have.” Alison attributes her success to God. Her pastor and his wife were her role models growing up. She thinks God tends to surprise her, but he has a plan. She found out she was pregnant with Oliver right before graduating from USD. Alison wasn’t planning on having children that soon, especially at a time when she was about to begin her career. When she was in the process of adopting Baby Bea, Alison credits her faith encouraging her to help Bea’s biological mother who was dealing with personal issues, leaving her unable to raise a child. “I go to a church where they always preach on serving free of self,” Alison says. She is now part of the group Loving Mothers, which connects birth mothers with adoption mothers. The mission of the group is to honor and support birth moms who choose adoption out of love.


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hile work is a big part of Alison’s life, so is her family. Her three biological children are from her first marriage: Oliver, who is 12 years old and twins, Violet and Lilli, who are nine. Spending time with her children is so important to her and she makes sure to give them fun experiences, like traveling. After getting divorced, she reconnected with her current husband, Michael, who she married in July 2013. They met at 18 years old when working at an adult group home in Aberdeen. When Alison returned to Aberdeen years later to work on opening the school, Michael was there to assist. Most of their time together was spent working, but Alison says she “of course, fell in love with him.” Together, they have adopted Sophie, who was born in Florida, and Beatrice, in Sioux Falls. Both adoptions are open so they contact both mothers on at least a monthly basis. Alison says if it weren’t for her family, she wouldn’t be able to manage BCS. “I am super fortunate my husband carries a huge amount of the workload here at home,” Alison says. “I have a small army that keeps me running.” Everything seems to happen quickly and all at once in Alison’s life. She has not only managed it, but also thrived. She is hardworking, smart, and caring. She is goal-orientated and created a list of goals several years ago, many she has accomplished. The list includes opening a school and having six children. After 10 years with Behavior Care Specialist, she is looking at how it can evolve. She hopes to venture into the adult services world to offer continuing services to clients who have grown up. If Alison wants something, it is very apparent she can achieve it.


Calming the Storm The Story Of An Oncology Nurse By Chellee Nemec • Photos by Maggie Sweets Photography

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hen a person is battling cancer it is like being in a storm with an uncertain forecast for when it will end and being unsure if you will even survive. To endure the storm, most patients and their families cling to hope like little rays of sunshine peering out from the stormy clouds. Hope comes in many forms, often through the nursing staff that cares for these patients. Ardis Hovdenes, Medical Oncology Nurse at Sanford Health, sees patients through triumphs and setbacks, going far beyond her role as a nurse to calm the storm in the lives of the patients and their families by building lasting relationships and providing unwavering support.

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It is because of her dedication to her patients and her commitment to continued education that she received the 2016 Nurse of the Year Award at the annual Jorgen Yde (JY6) Foundation Nurses Dinner. The dinner is the foundation’s gala event, honoring nurses and raising funds for pediatric cancer research. Each year they honor and recognize an outstanding nurse that exemplifies the quality and tender care that so many cancer patients depend on. Ardis, was presented this special award by Yde family in memory of Jorgen Yde, a young man that passed away from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). In her nominating letter, Ardis’s boss Robin Randall touched on the many reasons that Ardis


deserved the Nurse of the Year award. Ardis has been a dedicated nurse for over 41 years. A little over half of those years have been spent in the inpatient Oncology Unit at Sanford. Through her many years of service she has developed a lot of knowledge and experience in her field. Ardis was one of the first to become board certified in oncology and has maintained her OCN for over 16 years. As Clinic Care Coordinator she serves as a leader, role model and mentor to her colleagues, students and new nurses.

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More than her career accolades, Ardis is known for the relationships she builds with her patients. She takes time to get to know them and works hard to make sure they receive the best care possible. Ardis goes above and beyond to provide the little rays of hope for her patients. At one time Ardis cared for a younger patient that had been with her unit for quite some time. The patient shared a love for the Stampede Hockey Team with Ardis. Ardis arranged to have several of the hockey players come and hang out to provide some extra encouragement to continue his fight. Ardis has made a home in Sioux Falls with her husband of 24 years and their 19-year-old son. She enjoys the specialty aspect of her career as an oncology nurse, with responsibilities that require advanced training and knowledge, such as administering chemotherapy. She says that her patients are the reason that she comes to work every day and enjoys her job. In fact Ardis says, “I probably wouldn’t be in nursing still if it weren’t for the patients she sees every day. They give me a reason to come to work and inspire me to continue my work as an oncology nurse.”

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A New Era of Walk In Medical Care Opens in Sioux Falls Story and Photos by Margaret Pennock

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or Sioux Falls’ residents, a new Urgent Care medical facility fills a gap between their primary doctor’s office and the ER, by providing walkin care for non-life threatening injury or illness.

According to Clinical Director Patrick Heitkamp, “Quick Health Urgent Care provides comprehensive medical treatment for everything from the common illnesses such as strep throat, ear infections, allergies, colds & influenza, to minor injuries such as fractures, sprains, back/ neck pain & minor cuts and lacerations including wound stitching as well as prescribing medications. We offer the same services as your primary care physician, including prescribing medicine and are also equipped for onsite x-rays and several diagnostic lab testing.”

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“The average emergency room visit is $1,100 with the wait time being two hours or more. Urgent care can save you close to $1000 and get you seen in less than hour while treating many of the injuries and illnesses an ER can.” ~ Patrick Heitkamp, Clinical Director Urgent Care

The brand new state-of-the-art Urgent Care facility is located at the corner of 85th and Louise Avenue and accepts most healthcare plans including; Avera Health Plans, Sanford Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tricare, Medicare and more. In addition, they accept cash or credit card payments. Patrick notes, “Urgent Care features low to no wait times, ensuring that you or a sick loved one are seen by a doctor without delay. This can dramatically impact a patient who needs medical attention for an acute health issue or injury. If your doctor’s office is fully booked, you used to only have one option–the emergency room. With Urgent Care facilities, you can receive the quick attention you need, when you need it, without an appointment.”

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Quick Health Urgent Care Location: 7600 S. Louise Ave., Ste 150, HOURS: Monday-Sunday: 7am - 9pm PHONE: 605-271-7821 Website: QuickHealthUrgentCare.com Social Media: Facebook.com/QuickHealthUC

4300 S. Louise Avenue • Suite 201, Sioux Falls

605-334-7713 • www.strongholdcounseling.com Offices in Sioux Falls, Yankton, and Spearfish

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Fashion for Women of All Ages Prairie Boutique offers fresh, affordable fashions you will easily fall in love with By Chellee Nemec • Photos by Margaret Pennock

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omen looking for a fun evening out with friends or who want to shop in a comfortable setting for stylish apparel with a reasonable price tag, now have a new option with Prairie Boutique. Prairie Boutique offers many clothing and accessory options ranging from classic style to a more fashion forward look. While Prairie Boutique is exclusively an online clothing store, you can touch and feel the quality of the product line and try on different looks by attending one of their open houses in Hartford, SD.

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This intimate shopping experience is what sets Prairie Boutique apart from all the rest. Women can come alone or with a group of friends and try on clothing in a relaxed environment. Shopping at a Prairie Boutique open house is especially perfect for a mother and daughter outing because both will be able to find something that is age appropriate and on trend with the latest styles. When women come to an open house there is no pressure to buy. Owner Melanie expresses, “I want to help our customers find outfits that are comfortable to wear, stylish and most of all, affordable.” She adds, “My hope is the items our customers buy from Prairie Boutique will become favorite pieces in their wardrobe.” With the many options they offer online, Prairie Boutique makes it easy for customers to find that “can’t live without” item like one of their adorable cardigans, a perfect piece for transitioning between seasons.

325 S. Phillips Avenue Downtown Sioux Falls 332-7151 www.bechtoldjewelry.com

The best part of shopping with Prairie Boutique is their commitment to customer service. Prairie Boutique offers the highest standard of customer service which means orders ship out same day or next. You can also make an appointment to pick up your items and browse their selection of clothing. Customers even have the ability to make suggestions on clothing they would like to see Prairie Boutique carry. Contact Prairie Boutique through their website shopprairie.com, their Instagram instagram.com/ prairie_boutique or through their Facebook page at facebook. com/prairieboutiquellc to make suggestions and find out about exclusive offers.

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Online: shopprairie.com Facebook: facebook.com/prairieboutiquellc

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Escape Float Spa Effortlessly Float Your Stress and Pains Away Story and Photos by Margaret Pennock

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n entirely new concept for Sioux Falls, Escape Float Spa is an oasis of serenity situated in the heart of the city. The spa is unique in the fact that it offers a “zero-gravity” environment in pods filled with 10-12 inches of water infused with more than 900 pounds of Epsom salt. According to Co-owner and Sioux Falls’ native Korey Kyle, “We specialize in stress and pain management through Flotation Therapy. Flotation Therapy, also known as “floating”, entails lying in large, individual pods. The salt concentration creates a “zero gravity” environment about 10 times more dense than the Dead Sea, allowing our guests to float completely effortlessly for a 60-minute session.” He continues, “During the session guests can find their comfort zone by turning lights and music on or off. Each room is private with a shower included. Guests are provided with all the essentials they need for their session such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, a towel, face towel, neck pillow, earplugs, eardrops and Q-tips.

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“Floating has been clinically proven to reduce anxiety, depression, and most importantly cortisol levels directly associated with stress. The benefits are residual, and can be felt even years after floating.” ~Korey Kyle, Co-owner Escape Float Spa

After the guest’s session has ended they can use our separate vanity room to freshen up if they would like.” In addition, a complimentary trip to an oxygen bar is included in each float session and an infrared sauna room can be added or done separately.

Korey shares, “The practice of floating can be used by everyone, and it is not just for people looking for stress or pain relief. It is a tool that can also be used for enhancing one’s creativity and visualization side, as well as being used to think from a different perspective to solve problems. We have had guests range from kids nine years old, to our most seasoned floater who recently turned 85.” Escape Float Spa is located at 3400 W 49th Street #112 just north of Sertoma Park. To schedule a session or for more information contact Escape Float Spa at 271.7676 or visit their website at EscapeFloatSpa.com. You can also discover them on Instagram or Facebook!

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Sioux Falls Woman Magazine - February/March 2017  

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Sioux Falls Woman Magazine - February/March 2017  

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