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Calendar of Events


Featuring Sioux Falls Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years Featuring Sioux Falls Walk MS Featuring Sioux Falls Big Brothers Big Sisters




Lifestyle Young And Old Alike Lifestyle Social Media Weddings A Celebration of Love The Big Day The Seeds of Love


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Fashion Trends Trends for 2012


Hair Trends What Your ‘Do’ says about You...


Where to Shop


Where to Dine

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Style Grab Your Girlfriends and Go Fashion & Design Seating and Strutting



Recipes Quick & Easy


Wellness Heart Healthy Eating


Hot Off The Grill 86 Tri-Tips & Tenderloins

Home & Garden A Toast To Tradition

Sun & Fun 98 Weekends, Water and Wildlife

A New Home What to Expect


Travelogue See Europe

Auto Style What I Drive


About the House Touch, Assemble, Envision Spring Allergies It’s All In Your Head

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Healthy Lifestyle Healthy Bodies; Healthy Appetites On the Go The “New Sexy Knee” Health Preventing Cancer




How to be a Friend 7 Things You Need To Know Cover Story Balancing Life Beautifully




Profile Mary Olinger


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Just across the South Dakota border in Northwest Iowa, Jill and her husband Dan are raising their spirited daughters Abigail and Lindsey. Jill learned strong Midwestern values while growing up in the small town of Bronson, Iowa. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communications at Buena Vista College. She sought employment which would allow her to make a difference in the lives of others and found herself leading seminars for non-profit organizations in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. Today, Jill stays busy with freelance assignments for area newspapers and magazines and she works part-time in a marketing position. When she is not working or writing, Jill can be found teaching piano lessons, leading her dance team or volunteering for a function at her church.

Lisa Renaldo

Dr. Jo is a passionate advocate for wellness, preventive evidence-based medicine and access to high quality health care. As a licensed Naturopathic Physician (Arizona) for the past ten years, she has helped chronically ill patients navigate health care naturally and has taught medical and nursing students. Equally interested in public health, Dr. Jo has been called upon to present to US Senators, Congressmen, Governors, State elected officials and health care professionals. Dr. Jo is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Health and has recently moved to Sioux Falls from New York with her husband Dr. Victor Waters. In her free time, she enjoys singing/playing music, salsa dancing, cooking and being active outdoors.

Lisa, originally from California, decided this past year to join her son and his young family in Sioux Falls, and she is now enjoying life (and culture shock) on the prairie. A lifelong elementary educator with a masters degree in bilingual education, she keeps busy as one of the Spanish teachers at the Pavilion Preschool, teaches children’s and OLLI art classes there as well, and runs a small home-based business. In her free time she can be found repairing and decorating her vintage 1921 home, spoiling the grandchildren, or running her two herding dogs at the dog park.

Jennifer Dumke loves to create. Whether on paper or in a room, she enjoys design. Jennifer has a background in interior decorating, journalism and real estate. She received her degree in journalism from South Dakota State University and has settled into her job working in healthcare philanthropy. Her hobbies include playing piano, exercising and remodeling their home, in particular the nursery. Jennifer and her husband, Brad, welcomed the longawaited birth of their daughter Kaydence. They are enjoying their new role as parents.

Margaret Pennock has called the Sioux Falls area home for the past 13 years and has enjoyed it thoroughly. After graduating from Iowa State University with a Journalism degree, she has experienced a rewarding career including writing and producing for an advertising agency, marketing for a healthcare system and currently works as a Marketing Coordinator for Southeast Technical Institute. Margaret and her husband Marty have been blessed with two incredible children, Brandon and Amanda. She enjoys spending her free time reading, catching new flicks, attending her children’s activities and traveling with her family.


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ing big moments. The Dakota Horizons Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years, the Upper Midwest Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society will have its “Walk MS” event, and Big Brother Big Sisters honors its many mentors. Check out the full-length articles to find out how you can help with the cause, or participate in the celebration. Speaking of big moments and celebration, you won’t want to miss the Steeles’ wedding

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April 1 USF Concert Chorale 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. First Baptist Church Admission- Free April 4 Ladies Craft Night 5:30 p.m. Museum of Visual Materials Admission- Free April 4 & 5 Daycare Springtime Crafts and Egg Hunt 9 a.m. Museum of Visual Materials Admission- Free Call (605) 271-9500 to register April 5 “Mingle” with RED Steakhouse 4:30 p.m. RED Steakhouse; Vermillion, SD Admision- $50 in advance, $60 at the door

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American Music Award winners and five-time Gospel Music Association Group of the Year, Casting Crowns - April 20, Sioux Falls Arena April 5, 12, 19 & 26 Pit Quarry Tour 10 a.m. Old Courthouse Museum Admission- Free Call (605) 367-4210 to register April 6 & May 4 First Friday 10 a.m. Downtown Admission- Free April 7 & May 5 Petco Dog Adoption Day 1 p.m. Sioux Falls Petco Admission- Free April 9 & May 7 Story Time with the Story Lady 11:30 a.m. Sioux Falls YMCA Admission- Free

April 12 - 14 Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’s Sake 3:30 p.m. April 12, 4:30 & 9:30 p.m. April 13, 9:30 p.m. April 14 Sioux Empire Bowl Admission- $65 per person $325 team of 5 (includes t-shirt, pizza & door prizes) April 12 & May 10 Wining Women 6 p.m. Strawbale Winery Admission- Free April 13 Family Nite Out 6:30 p.m. Morningside Community Center Admission- Free April 13-15 Sioux Empire Kennel Club Agility Trial 8 a.m. Sioux Empire Fairgrounds Admission - Free

Smokin’ Joe Kubek, Featuring Bnois King - Orpheum Theater, April 13 April 13 Smokin’ Joe Kubek Featuring Bnois King 8 p.m. Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater Admission- $28 or $38 Call (605) 335-6101 or visit for tickets April 14 Biker Buffet 9:30 a.m. J&L Harley-Davidson Admission- Free April 14 Downtown Sioux Falls Jazz Crawl 10:15 a.m. Downtown Admission- Free April 14 South Dakota Child Identification Program 10 a.m. Old Courthouse Museum Admission- Free April 14 Doctors in Concert 7 p.m. Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater Admission- $20 Call (605) 782-2325 for tickets April 17 Basic Photography 7 p.m. Museum of Visual Materials Admission- $25 Call (605) 271-9500 to register

April 17 Literacy Breakfast 7 a.m. Ramkota Hotel Admission- $25 April 18-22 “West Side Story” April 18-22 at 7:30 p.m.; April 22 at 2 p.m. USF Jeschke Fine Arts Center Call (605) 331-6787 April 19 & 20 Books & More Sale April 19 at 11 a.m.; April 20 at 8 a.m. Center for Western Studies, Augustana College Admission- Free Call (605) 274-4921 April 20 Get a Fresh Start Free College Credit Evaluation Open House 11 a.m. Southeast Technical Institute, Mickelson Center Admission – Free Call (605) 367-6040 April 20 Casting Crowns 7:30 p.m. Sioux Falls Arena Admission- Tickets available at, Ticketmaster locations, or by calling (800) 745-3000 April 20 Garage Party for Women 7 p.m. J&L Harley-Davidson Admission- Free a pril/ma y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N


April 21 &22 Benson’s Flea Market April 21 at 9 a.m.; April 22 at 11 a.m. Fairgrounds Admission- $2 April 21 Earth Day Party for the Planet 1 p.m. Great Plains Zoo Admission- Free with paid Zoo admission April 21 Fight for Air Walk 7:30 a.m. Empire Mall Admission- Free April 21 & May 19 Sea & Sky Saturday 10 a.m. Sertoma Butterfly House Admission- Butterfly House Admission Prices Grammy Nominated Sara Bareilles, Washington Pavilion, April 22

April 22 An Evening with Sara Bareilles 7 p.m. Washington Pavilion Admission- $30 Visit for tickets April 22 Gourmet Guys 5 p.m. Active Generations Admission- $30 Call (605) 333-3302 for tickets April 22 South Dakota Achieve 20th Annual Pancake Benefit 7:30 a.m. Multi Cultural Center Admission- $5; Children 5 and under- Free


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April 24 & May 5 TEEN803 Supersitters! Babysitting Smarts 9 a.m. Instructional Planning Center Admission- $39 Register online at

April 24 SME Women in Business 12 p.m. Convention Center Admission- $70 Call (605) 336-5626 to register April 25 6th Annual Administrative Professional’s Day 11 a.m. Southeast Technical Institute, Mickelson Center Admission- $69 includes book and lunch by Chef Dominique’s Call (605) 367-7619 or visit April 26-28 & May 3-5 Theatre Production: “Our Town” 7:30 p.m. Edith Mortenson Center Theatre, Augustana College Admission- $12 adults; $8 students; seniors free with ID April 27 & 28 2012 Parkinson Awareness Month Conference April 27 at 4:30 p.m.; April 28 at 8:30 a.m. Convention Center Admission $30-$40 April 28 Table Wear 9:30 a.m. Minnehaha Country Club Admission- $25 Call (605) 782-2325 for tickets April 29 USF Cantaré and Chamber Orchestra Concert 2 p.m. Trail Ridge Retirement Community Admission- Free May 1 Bangles, Baubles & Bags 5 p.m. Avera McKennan Prairie Center Admission- $20 May 3 City Blossom 5 6 p.m. Sanford Health Center Admission- Contact SFACF at (605) 336-7055 May 4-6 J&L Harley-Davidson Spring Open House and Demo Days May 4 & 5 at 9 a.m.; May 6 at 11 a.m. J&L Harley-Davidson Admission- Free May 4 Form + Fashion Meets Function Old Courthouse Museum Admission- ? Call 275-9728 or visit

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May 5 YWCA Girls on the Run/Girls on Track Community 5K 10 a.m. Yankton Trail Park Admission- $10 for 13 and under; $15 for 14 and up Register by April 27 or call (605) 336-3660

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May 6 Ladies Ultimate Sample Tour 1 p.m. Downtown Admission- TBD May 6 Tennis Block Party 1-3 p.m. McKennan Park Visit May 6 USF Masterworks Concert 4 p.m. Jeschke Fine Arts Center Admission- Free May 6 2nd Annual Get Your Thin On 5K Fun Run/Walk 2 p.m. Hartford, SD - City Park Admission- $15 or $10 for students & 55 + Call (605) 360-1621 or visit to register May 11 McCrossan Boys Ranch Banquet Featuring Tom Brokaw & Live Auction 5:30 p.m. Convention Center Admission- $100 Call (605) 339-1203 May 12 Avera Race Against Breast Cancer 8 a.m. Avera McKennan Fitness Center Admission- $30 online; $35-$40 offline May 12 USF Student Conductor Concert 7 p.m. Jeschke Fine Arts Center Admission- Free May 12-14 & 19-21 Spring Parade of Homes May 12-13 & 19-20 at 1 p.m.; May 14 & 21 at 5:30 p.m. Sioux Empire. Admission- Free May 13 USF Honors Recital 2 p.m. Salsbury Science Center, Zbornik Hall Admission- Free


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May 19 & 20 Annual Spring Open House 12 p.m. Wilde Prairie Winery Admission- Free May 19 Walk MS 2012 8 p.m. University of Sioux Falls, Stewart Center Admission- Free May 22 Babysitting Boot Camp 8 a.m. YWCA Downtown Admission- $75 YWCA members; $85 non members Call (605) 336-3660 to register May 26 Humane Society Poker Run 11 a.m. J&L Harley-Davidson Admission- TBD May 27 Sangria Sundays 1 p.m. Strawbale Winery Admission- $5 per car May 31-June3 Argus Leader RibFest May 31 at 5 p.m.; June 1-3 at 11 a.m. Arena Admission- TBA

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Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years

One Woman’s Legacy Has Empowered Millions by Margaret Pennock • Photos by Julie Prairie Photography & Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons


012 marked the 100th anniversary for an American classic: the Girl Scouts of the USA. Perhaps most renowned for their delectable cookies, the Girl Scouts organization delivers much more substance than a Thin Mint by helping mold tomorrow’s leaders through opportunity, positive reinforcement and community focus. Founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912, the organization has grown to a membership base of more than 3.2 million girls and adults nationwide, with more than 50 million alumni members. Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons is the regional Council, serving 13,000 girls encompassing North Dakota, South Dakota, 13 counties in Minnesota and one in Iowa. Headquarters for the Council is located in Sioux Falls and serves 5,000 members in the immediate area. According to Chief Communications Officer Ann Metli, “The organization has always seen themselves as an advocate for girls. We have launched a new program ‘To Get Her There,’ which encourages a supportive environment paving a path to success for our members. Our advocacy is becoming more and more important.” “I was a girl member and grew up in Rapid City,” Dakota Horizons Program Director Kristi Thunker says. “Initially I joined because it was something to do with my girlfriends


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Since 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA has become an increasingly positive influence on American girls and women. The Girl Scout mission: to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

and it was a place that wasn’t school-related or sports-related, but it was a safe and nurturing place. It’s very easy for me to justify the work I do and the difference I make in the lives of the girls and volunteers we serve. The leadership component is our largest goal to help build girls’ courage, or confidence and character to make the world a better place.” With a new generation, Girl Scouts has changed to accommodate their members’ busy lives. In the past, members signed up for a year commitment. Now flexibility is key. “Part of what’s happened in the last few years was the start of pathways, which allows volunteers and members to join at any time and for any length of time,” Membership and Program Officer Cheryl White says. “You can be a Girl Scout for a trip, or even just a six-week series if you want to do that. Our national organization has responded to the need to be more flexible for both our members and the individuals who want to lead them.” “One of the things that we want to get the message out about is the opportunities we offer girls once they get older,” White says. “This includes travel and participation in local and national leadership programs, which are all incredible experiences. In February we have four girls going to the Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. In addition, we have seven busloads going to the Great Girl Gathering at the Mall of America and in June and we have 22 girls and adults traveling to London, Paris and Switzerland.” For more information regarding Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons, whether to join or to volunteer, call 605.336.2978 or visit www. SFW

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Walk MS: Sioux Falls Walkers Get the Green Light to Give MS the Red Light By Jennifer Dumke • Photos courtesy of The MS Society,


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aking up and jumping out of the bed in the morning is something most of us take for granted. But when Tim, an otherwise healthy young man, awoke to find the left side of his body numb, he knew something was wrong. He had multiple sclerosis. A flurry of fear soon took over his mind and questions about his quality of life were in the balance. Thankfully, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter was there for him. Today, he not only leads an active and healthy life, but is taking part in the annual Walk MS on May 19 in Sioux Falls as a way to show support, raise awareness and meet other patients and families dealing with the same devastating disease. Amanda Nielsen, Development Manager, Upper Midwest Chapter, says the Walk MS is a chance to show the Sioux Falls community how much they care about progress and hope for people with MS. In 2011, the chapter was able to contribute a combined $1.7 million to fund research across the country and around the globe, thanks to the dollars raised by events like Walk MS. What does that mean for people like Tim? “Nearly 500 people in Sioux Falls were directly impacted,” Nielsen said. “We live in a great community where both participants and local businesses have really stepped forward to show their support.” Sponsors like CiCi’s Pizza, who will provide lunch the day of the walk, also host independent fundraisers throughout the year to benefit the MS Society, Upper Midwest Chapter. Not only do your dollars make a difference, but it’s also a lot of fun. “This year, D.J. Jammin’ Jay will provide afternoon entertainment, along with a SuFuDu Drumline performance, vendor expo, and VIP tent,” Nielsen said. The local chapter continues its commitment to funding cutting-edge research and serves 17,000 people living with MS in South Dakota and surrounding states. “Walk MS has been an area event for more than 15 years,” Nielsen said. “It’s fun to be part of an event that supports advocacy, education, programming and services. Your support for Walk MS event gives people and families a chance to move their lives forSFW ward.” SAVE THE DATE! Walk MS: Sioux Falls University of Sioux Falls, Stewart Center 1101 W. 22nd St. Register today at or call 800-582-5296.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Encouraging Opportunity for Children through Positive Mentorship by Margaret Pennock • Photos courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters


ince 1994, the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Sioux Falls has offered youth a resource for positive relationships with caring volunteers. The organization is based on a mentoring program for four different groups of at-risk youth who can benefit from a friendship with a positive adult. This groups include children ages 7-14, new mothers who are at least 13-years-old, Native American youths ages 7 to 18, and children ages 7-14 with an incarcerated parent. According to Executive Director Jolene Groen, more than 600 children are mentored through the program every year and another 60 are on a waiting list. “Big Brothers Big Sisters is a preventative program for youth that focuses on providing a positive influence through an excellent volunteer network. Ultimately, if kids are encouraged to follow a positive path, they’ll be more productive members of our community.” A far-reaching program in more ways than one, it has been proven that Big Brothers Big Sisters provides excellent leadership for the children in the program she notes, “Research states that the income levels in kids that were mentored were much higher and they were giving back to their community at a much higher rate than similar kids that weren’t mentored. Sioux Falls is a wonderful giving community and it’s important that we foster that belief in giving back to the community. This is how we will make our community a better place.”


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Contrary to popular belief, Big Brothers Big Sisters isn’t looking for perfect individuals to volunteer. Rather, the organization is looking for positive role models who are willing to share two to four hours a month with children who not only appreciate it, but also thrive on the experience. Jolene shares, “Volunteers don’t have to be perfect. It’s our job to match them with a child and then continue to monitor the match. You don’t have to have all the right answers and you don’t have to have tons of knowledge about a child. You just need to spend the time. It all comes down to spending quality time with a child, and those couple of hours can make all the difference for them and their future.” A national organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters is the largest mentoring organization in the country, offering a wealth of resources and support to both the local organization, as well as the volunteers. For more information or to get involved as a volunteer, visit their website at http:/bbbsse. SFW org or call 605.334.1632. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire provides community services absolutely free. The organization welcomes all monetary and in-kind donations. Please call 605.334.1632 to make a contribution.

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Young And Old Alike Piano Lessons for One and All By Jill Funke


lato is quoted as saying, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Those who enjoy music would certainly agree with the Greek philosopher. It is this yearning for music that is often the catalyst for people to begin piano lessons.


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Jay Tripp, sales manager for Schoppert Piano Gallery in Sioux Falls possesses a passion for pianos and music. “When we make music, our brains produce a feelgood hormone that is definitely a mood changer,” Tripp says. Many youngsters, at the prompting of their parents, find themselves in front of a piano as soon as they can read the notes and reach the ebony

and ivory keys. Tripp supports an early introduction to music, as he says, “If we can incorporate sports into a child’s life at a young age, why can’t we do the same with music?” For a variety of reasons, many adults who never took lessons or quit early on their lives begin to revisit the idea of playing the piano. “Every one of my friends

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wishes they would have had lessons, or would have taken lessons longer,” Tripp says. There are many piano lesson books available to help meet the growing demand for adult beginners, and Tripp assures people that the books are written with the adult learner in mind. “These books contain music adults will recognize, and include much more than songs like Hot Cross Buns.” While some adults actively seek out lesson books and piano teachers who can help them progress in their technique, others hesitate to take any steps toward their dream. To those who have always wanted to take lessons, but feel their time to do so has passed them by, Tripp advises, “It is never too late to take lessons. At one time, my adult students were all over age 50, and some had never played a note in their lives.” Schoppert Piano Gallery specializes in quality acoustic and digital pianos, and offers on-site piano lessons. Tripp works with owner Cindy Schoppert to build relationships with families in the community, fulfilling the musical mission established by Cindy’s late husband Scott. The two continue to operate the piano showroom, providing piano dealer services to the greater Sioux Falls area. “If you are going to invest your time and money in piano lessons, you should also invest in a piano that will provide a good quality sound,” Tripp says. According to him, there is nothing more frustrating than perfecting a piece but never being able to hear it in tune. When it comes to practicing, Tripp encourages students to make piano time a regular habit. “Make the time to practice daily, even if you can only devote ten minutes.” SFW



Social Media

Maintaining control and safety while networking online By Margaret Pennock


ince 2004 with the advent of Facebook, the use of social media has grown exponentially. In fact for many people, it has replaced traditional methods of connecting with friends and family, dating, and even conducting business. Statistics are stunning. Facebook has recently announced that they have reached more than

500 million worldwide users, while Twitter boasts about four million tweets per hour. In addition, LinkedIn has more than 100 million professionals logged in, and more than 24 hours of video are uploaded onto YouTube every minute. And while networking online is entertaining and many times rewarding, it needs to be approached with caution for both children and

adults. It’s an easy way to share information, and sometimes too much is relayed or inappropriate content is posted by children or young adults. “Last fall, the District launched a campaign called ‘Be There,’” DeeAnn Konrad, community relations supervisor with the Sioux Falls School District says. “It’s a simple message, but when you consider all of the messages your child is receiving from social media, traditional media and

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friends, it is so important for parents to be there. Be there physically. Be there emotionally. Help your child understand how to be a positive influence in someone’s life. Help them understand the consequences when they make poor choices. Be your child’s source for learning what is right and wrong because the time invested in a child is never wasted.” “People use social media to network with their friends and family, but it really exposes them to a much larger group,” Camela Theeler, attorney at Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun in Sioux Falls says. “People frequently post private information about their friends and families that they don’t necessarily want everyone to know. They think that only the people they trust are looking, but it’s well beyond that.” A good rule of thumb is to keep whatever you’re posting online appropriate for anyone to read and view. “There’s so much personal information out there, and nobody wipes the Internet clean of the old stuff,” Theeler says. “You need to be sensitive to that. This isn’t private space and people are looking. Believe me.” “Older elementary students, teens and even adults, from time to time, have a difficult time seeing the consequences past the computer monitor,” Konrad says. “They type something hurtful and press enter or send before thinking of what might happen the next day as a result of their post. Twenty and 30 years ago, our school counselors dealt with the fallout from students passing hurtful notes. Today, they deal with the fallout posts on social media sites. The behavior is the same, but the method of commuSFW nication is different.” a pril/ma y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N



Finding Her Niche Pam Fredrickson discovers her true calling as an Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist.


am Fredrickson knew healthcare was her true calling; the problem was finding the right specialty to enter in to. She remembers, “I attended two different colleges in South Dakota and couldn’t seem to find the right program for me. I knew that I wanted to work in the healthcare field and I didn’t want to start over with a four-year program, so I looked into Southeast Tech. After doing some research in the health sciences programs offered, I decided that Invasive Cardiology was the most interesting to me.” With two previous college experiences to draw from, Pam was happy to feel as though she fit right into her new program at Southeast. “I really enjoyed that the class sizes were small and informal and the instructors were very personable and had an interest in each student. I have kept in touch with most of my fellow classmates and have formed good friendships with many of them. My instructor made sure that each of us succeeded.”

Pam Fredrickson, Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist and STI Graduate

After a challenging year and a half of classroom instruction, Pam spent seven months in clinical training to finalize her education. “Since we work invasively on patients it wasn’t possible to perform angiograms in our labs, however, Southeast has a lot of technology in the practice lab that simulated a real angiogram so we did get to practice before our clinical. We had a broad spectrum of classes that opened our education up to more than just invasive cardiovascular technology. We became well rounded in

our education, yet it was all relative to our field.” Today, Pam Fredrickson is a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist at the Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota, and thoroughly enjoys her satisfying and personally rewarding career. A career that has placed her at the right hand of the physician in many cases as she assists in critical and invasive cardiac procedures. “I’ve been in the field for 12 years and we have a really great group of people that work together. The nurses and the doctors and

the techs all rely on one another because without each other we couldn’t get this done.” In addition to working four 10-hour day shifts as a technologist, Pam has also experienced training new up and coming technologists, many from Southeast Tech’s program. “It’s rewarding to help train new students that are preparing to enter this field.” She smiles, “Southeast is a great campus that’s small enough to feel informal, yet provides a university quality education. If I were to change directions in my life I would definitely attend Southeast again!”

Southeast Tech Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Degree Love the adrenaline rush of working in a critical environment? Intrigued by the healthcare career field? As the right hand assistant to a cardiologist, Invasive Cardiovascular Technologists assist with innovative invasive diagnostic, interventional and electrophysiology procedures in a surgical setting such as a heart catheterization lab. Technologists are part of a healthcare team that conducts cardiac catheterizations and coronary angiograms. You can attain this degree in 24 months for under $24,000! Southeast Tech graduates earn an average of $20/hour. Check out all of the specific degree details online at or call Southeast Tech Admissions at 605.367.6040.


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or more than a year, Jessica Belsly’s aunt and uncle were telling her about Justin, a guy around her age that lived in their town of Hendricks, Minn. Not interested in being set up, both Jessica and Justin resisted their offers. Finally, in March 2008, Justin traveled with Jessica’s aunt and uncle to Jessica’s hometown of Peoria, Ill., for Easter. “Technically our first date was bowling with my aunt and uncle,” Jessica says. “It didn’t go that well; we were both a little uncomfortable. For our first solo date we played darts at a local pool hall. That one was really fun. We had been around each other for a few days and were more comfortable.” After that, Justin and Jessica dated long distance for about six months, until Jessica made the decision to move to Hendricks, Minn., to be closer to Justin. “I am a very independent person and a city girl at heart,” Jessica says. “When I realized I would rather spend time with him, even if it meant moving to a town of 700 people, I knew he was the one.” “It meant a lot to me for her to move so far from her friends and family,” Justin says. “I knew then that this was ‘it.’” On Christmas Day in 2010, Justin surprised Jessica with a proposal. Jessica immediately jumped into weddingplanning mode. Initially, the wedding was set for a date in November, but due to venues being booked, the date had to be changed a few times. Though the planning had its ups and downs, everything came together perfectly in the end and Jessica felt like she had ample time to make arrangements. Jessica Belsly became Jessica Steele when she and Justin said, “I do” on Oct. 29, 2011, at a Wesleyan church in Brookings, S.D. The bridal party consisted of five bridesmaids and five


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Vision Therapy at Dakota Vision Center Creating Bright Futures and Clear Paths for Children


ision. It’s much more than just eyesight. At Dakota Vision Center in Sioux Falls, they know that an eye exam is much more than reading off a chart, especially for children who suffer reading difficulties, a lack of concentration, or developmental delays. For those children, vision takes on a new meaning that truly represents the words’ full definition. In other words, vision means hope. When optometrist Jeffrey Oakland first started working in vision therapy, it was clear he had found his passion. After earning his Doctor of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry, he continued his education with a residency in pediatric/binocular vision where he received additional training in vision therapy. Today, he’s brought the program to Dakota Vision Center in Sioux Falls, where he’s already seen a number of young patients growing, which means he’s also seeing brighter futures growing, too. “Vision is actually a learned skill that’s developed through life, which is why having proper vision evaluations early and understanding the warning signs, are both critical to healthy developments in a variety of areas,” Oakland says. As one of the only vision centers in the area to offer vision therapy, Dr. Oakland at Dakota Vision Center stresses how important

“Vision Therapy can help children overcome challenges with visual perception and visual information processing. As a result, they can achieve their full potential.” ~Dr. Jeffrey Oakland Optometrist, Dakota Vision Center vision is in movement, balance and reading, which all help process almost all forms of learning. “Nearly 80 percent of what we learn comes through vision,” Dr. Oakland says. “If a child suffers in visual development, we can tailor a program to help remedy the underperforming areas.” But how does vision therapy work? It all starts with a comprehensive ocular

health examination at Dakota Vision Center. If therapy is recommended, a series of tests are performed to see how the eyes are working and gathering information. “Is vision leading or is it getting in the way? That is the question I’m always asking myself in evaluations,” Oakland says. Then through the use of lenses,

prisms and instruments, Dr. Oakland, along with the vision therapy staff, work with each child individually to help alter their visual processing and perceptual skills through weekly in-office therapy and additional home activities for reinforcement. Common warning signs that indicate a child could benefit from vision therapy include reading difficulties, words that float or appear to “swim” on the page, reversing/confusing letters and words, headaches that involve eyestrain and intermittent double vision. “Delays in visual development do not result in defective children and adults; they simply result in delayed visual skills and development, which can lead to poor visual coordination and visual perceptual problems,” Dr. Oakland says. “In vision therapy, we design a program for remediation of the underperforming areas.” However, Dr. Oakland also stresses that vision therapy is not a treatment for children who may suffer from difficulties unrelated to their visual system. But for those whose difficulties may be “masked” or hidden, vision therapy at Dakota Vision Center offers a chance for children to lead a bright future full of potential. For more information on Vision Therapy or other services, contact Dakota Vision Center today at: 605-361-1680 800-428-1611 Dakota Vision Center 5012 S. Bur Oak Place Sioux Falls, SD 57108

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his spring and summer, look for soft, feminine dresses and blouses, fabulous vivid color, and soft neutrals.

Need a new dress? Make it orange!

Black and white fashions keep their well-earned place as big colors for spring and summer of 2012, but taking the lead this season…orange! The Pantone Color Institute, which creates the color standards for the fashion, beauty, and home industries, decided consumer products needed a shot of energy and encouragement. It officially declared Tangerine Tango, a reddish-orange hue, as the top color for 2012.

Give your feet a rest

Go for kitten heels, characterized by a thin-based, low heel (usually around 1.5 inches or less) set in from the back of the shoe. They are especially nice for women who prefer the style statement of pumps, but not the height.

Stripes, Floral Prints, and Lace

Stripes seem to hold a place in fashion year after year. You can’t go wrong wearing stripes. Floral prints and lace continue from last season with designers extending use of both trends to cover shoes and handbags.

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What Your‘Do’ Says About You… By Brianna Venekamp

like taking personality quizzes. I think it is fun to see how accurately my choice of dessert represents my willingness to take risks. Or how closely my favorite animal mirrors how much my friends can depend on me. Quite often, even if these quizzes are meant to be just for fun, there are elements of truth in the answers. Can your hairstyle or hair color be just as revealing? Determine your answers by considering your natural hair color and/or current hairstyle.

Grey Hair: independent thinker, self-assured, confident, mature.

Blonde: poised, healthy, youthful, confident. Brunette: grounded, stable, intelligent, reliable.

Black: competent, self-sufficient, intimidating,


Redhead: temperamental, sensitive, vulnerable, sweet.

Pixie: confident, assertive, daring; willing to take


Bob: approachable, focused, determined, elegant.

Long Waves: confidence fused with sensuality; sometimes a bohemian spirit. Long Straight: sensual, flirty, low-maintenance, playful.

Bangs: youthful, cute; sassy with a strong


Ponytail: If you wear a pony tail, it can mean you are feeling creative, straightforward, confident and/or no-nonsense. It can also mean you are on your way to the gym.

So how did you measure up? Does your hair color or style reflect your personality? I’ll leave you to judge. Stewart School Model: Sarah • Stylist: Meggie 48

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where to

Terri’s Catering

(605) 271-1545 Full-service catering operation now specializing in cakes and all varieties of cookies. Order your graduation cookies by May 1 to receive a 10 percent discount. Free delivery in Sioux Falls. Price vary

The Diamond Room

3501 W. 57th Street Sioux Falls, SD 57108 605.362.0008 Introducing...the Sylvie Collection. This new designer line features perfect combination of femininity and romance. Prices Vary

ArthUr -Johnson Shoes

2804 W. 41st. St. (605) 334-5751 Warm weather companion that protects your toes. Washable, stylish and best of all, a women’s specific fit for maximum comfort. Prices vary


4101 N. Hainje Ave. (605) 334-9727 This furniture-type vanity would be perfect in a powder room for your guests to admire. See us for all your custom vanities & cabinetry. Prices vary


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NV Studio Salon

106 W. 11th. St. Downtown Sioux Falls (605) 838-9134  Hours: by appointment  John Masters Organics. Always natural, always earth friendly, and always with your beauty and health in mind. Prices start at $14.  

Prairie Berry Winery

1-877-226-9453 Lawrence Elk is our friendly, semi-sweet black currant wine. He’s right at home in many of South Dakota’s wine retailers. Price around $18

Bella Boutique

Mahlander’s Appliance & Lighting

130 N. Minnesota Ave. (605) 336-7798 Spring is here! Add color and style to your room with these textured ceramic Petrella lamps. Price: $169 - $199

The Bridges at 57th, 5009 S. Western Ave. (605) 335-2295 Groomsman 6 Pack Cooler Tote 6-pack cooler carrier, lightweight and water resistant with interior pockets to hold bottles or cans. Includes “groomsman” keychain bottle opener Price: $24 Bridesmaid Tote Canvas tote holds all the essentials for the wedding party to look their best for the wedding day! Brides tote and matching cosmetic bag also available. Be your best at Bella Boutique! Price: $20

University of Sioux Falls

1101 W 22nd St (605) 331-5000 Shop for new and used textbooks, as well as USF-themed gifts and apparel. Prices vary.

Elements Design Studio

36 S Hwy 71, Arnolds Park, IA 712-332-2602 This aluminum wine rack would make a great addition to anyone’s wine collection. Many wine gifts and accessories to choose from. Prices vary

Jacklynn Designs

324 Main Ave. Suite 215, Brookings, SD (605) 695-1322 Elegant ivory satin one shoulder gown featuring beautiful ostrich and peacock feather detailing, and chapel train Price: $1,350.

Stride Rite

2425 S. Shirley Ave. #108 (605) 362-7728 We’ve got our Boat shoes, do you have yours? Sperry Top-sider shoes available in many sizes and wonderful colors.  Price: $37.99

Kids Stuff Superstore

3109 S. Carolyn Ave. (605) 361-8636, Coco Penny Hair Clips - Spring Flowers for your little girl’s hair - Bright colors and a variety of sizes.  Price: $5.99

Tonna’s Cakes

Obsessions Casual Dining & Gourmet Etc.

1829 6th St. Brookings, SD (605) 692-7474 If it’s quiet in the kitchen, the kids have moved out, and old habits are hard to brake, the Empty Nest Cookbook is for you. Check out our gift shop for more items.  Cookbook: $10.95 Spicy chipotle chocolate brownie mix: $9.95.

524 N. Main Ave. 605-321-5418, Cake pops are the newest trend! These delectable bites of ultra moist cake, covered in a chocolate coating are the perfect size for the perfect amount of sweetness! price $21/dozen, display is extra.

Try It Again Consignment Store

2101 W 41st. St. (Western Mall) (605) 362-9000 Brand name denim capris and accessories at affordable prices. Save a lot shopping for the entire family. Inventory changes daily. 

belle touché Salon and Spa

5005 S. Western Ave. Suite 180 (605) 275-6200, Triple-Protect Your Hair Color, Larch tree extract helps seal in hair color, protects against environmental stressors and UV damage. Color Conserve Shampoo, Conditioner, Strengthening Treatment and Daily Color Protect.  Prices vary.

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5015 S Western (at the Bridges on 57th) 605-335-9878, Embellish Your Story, with a Magnet Board. These unique boards take scrapbooking and personalization to a whole new level. Color, sizes and prices vary.

Sunflower Salon & Spa

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Forget Me Not Gift Boutique

1210 Main Ave. S, Brookings SD (605) 692-2315  , Aveda invati solutions for thinning hair System increases visible hair density to improve the appearance of thinning.  Shampoo: $24, Conditioner: $24, Scalp Revitalizer: $60.

323 Sixth St, Brookings (605) 692-8118 Scapbook paper for any graduate. Large selection of scapbooking paper and supplies for all occasions. A store you will have fun shopping in.   Prices vary.

The Willow Tree

824 W. 10 St. (605) 335-5978 , Cribbage Anyone? Unique wooden cribbage board.  Stop in to check out our gift shop. Price: $29.95

Nearly New, Barely Used

801 N. Cliff Ave. (605) 274-3464 New and gently-used medical uniforms, lab coats, shoes, surgical caps, stethoscopes, pen lights, bandage scissors, and name badge holders. We have scrubs for men and women in all sizes and colors to fit your personality and unique style. Prices start at $8

All City Pet Care  

43rd & Minnesota, 41st & Holbrook, 26th & Sycamore (605) 335-4004 Heartworm prevention and flea protection available for all of your pet’s needs. Prices vary

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Venture Footwear

Bridges at 57th (corner of Western & 57th) 5019 S Western Suite 140 (605) 274-3335 Keep your feet healthy and comfortable with sophisticated and stylish shoes and saddles. Clarks bendables: $79.99 Mephisto air relax: $134.99

Schopperts Piano Gallery

1020 E. 41st St. (605) 339-6023 - Direct, (763) 486-8911 - Cell Kawai digital pianos feature the distinctive touch of an acoustic piano. Great for your beginning student. Call now for appointment! Prices vary

Jonathan Blake Home Decor

1220 Hwy 71N, Okoboji, IA (712) 332-7800 “Art for the Floor” 8’ x 10’ Arabesque Rug – 100% wool, hand dyed Price: $1,758

Crazy Daisy Consignment Boutique

1513 E 10th St. (605) 275-2322 Stylish Maternity at affordable prices! Specializing in upscale gently-used infant to teen clothing, baby equipment, toys and maternity. A consignment store with a boutique flair. Inventory changes daily. Prices vary


301 W. 14th St. (605) 338-6251, 1-800-657-8060, The Oticon Ino is designed to let you enjoy the essentials of life. Call today for a hearing test to see if this is right for you!!


Bridges at 57th 2109 W. 57th St. (605) 338-9060 Seeking the perfect finishing touch for your chic, Tuscan-inspired kitchen decor? It’s simply not complete until you pick up Nambés Heritage Wine Sling at Gundersons! Price; $150

Bridges Chiropractic

5015 S Western #160 (Western & 57th) (605) 271-8160, Standard Process Supplements Whole food supplements which contain vital nutrients from whole food ingredients. These are not man-made compounds found in typical retail supplements. Specialized supplements available. Prices Vary.

Handy Man

910 E. 10th St. (605) 336-0316, Brand New for 2012! 4-Part Remodeler Shower. Pieces lock together without caulk. Specifically designed to replace your bathtub. Priced round $500

My Current Obsession

212 S Phillips Ave. (605) 336-3224 Everyday affordable luxury. Clean. Pure. Natural. Priced between $12-$15

Stewart School

604 N. West Ave. (605) 336-2775  , No. 1 stylist-recommended thinning-hair brand, NIOXIN’s customized hair and scalp productsproven to deliver noticeably thicker, denser-looking hair.  Prices start at $12

LI Bridal & Formal Wear

3101 W. 41st St. (605) 332-2443  Match your Beauty Within with one of our dresses and tux rentals. Find everything you need for your special day or prom. Special orders available. Prices vary.

Pomegranate Market

(605) 275.0200, John Masters products are luxurious and treat the earth with respect. These products are made without chemicals or other synthetic ingredients. Priced under $25


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Party Depot


2425 S. Shirley Ave. Ste. 112 (605) 274-2883 Step into Spring with the newest wedges from Splendid and Toms Kayla Denim Wedge by Splendid $119 Canvas Wedge in Ash by Toms $69 Lima Wedge by Toms $69

410 Main Ave. Brookings, SD (605) 697-9333 Large inventory of wedding and special occasion rentals. Consultants to assist you with your planning to make that special day worry free.

Montgomery’s Furniture

1725 W 41st St. 605-332-4400 Choose Comfort, Style & Safety Montgomery’s carries Young America, the safest children’s furniture you can buy today. With this furniture, you also get to choose from lots of fun kid-friendly colors and styles. The Mix collection is also designed to change to fit your child’s needs as they grow. Stop in today and take a look!   Prices vary by style

Kreisers Inc.

2200 W. 46th. St. (605) 336-1155 Pride Elegance Collection Lift Chairs are designed for the ultimate in lift chair comfort, style and performance. Available in several beautiful fabrics and styles to fit any decor. Prices vary

First Impressions

775 10th St. Hwy 18, Rock Valley IA 712-476-2945, Indoor or outdoor metal flowers. Embellish your space with these unique accessories. 30” -$87.00 and 13”- $58.00.

Betz Blinds

3100 S. Minnesota Ave. (605) 357-0057, Sunglasses for Your Windows? An exterior solar screen absorbs and reflects up to 95 percent of the heat, glare and UV rays.

Rainn Salon & Spa

The Bridges at 57th 57th and Western (605) 521-5099 Special edition Moroccanoil travel size For healthy looking, smooth and strikingly shiny hair to go! Price: $43

You’ve Been Framed

5015 S. Western Ave. Suite 140 (605) 361-9229 Style your office or home with our great new magnetic boards and frames! We also have many great magnets to choose from to help create unique gifting styles! Prices starting at $4.99

Granite Accents, Inc.

2821 W. 6th St. (605) 338-4088, Granite Lazy Susan with pastry cloth; beautiful, elegant and useful. Many color options are available. Price: $98.05

Kloset Karisma

6101 Charger Circle (across from Sioux Falls Christian HS) (605) 261-7170 Spring Bling! Fun Treska jewelry and gorgeous LA Idol Capris. Come check out the latest trends for Spring fashion in our newly-expanded store Find us on Facebook at Kloset Karisma for weekly store hours Prices $20 to $50 and $48-$52

Professional Image Beauty

1500 S. Sycamore Ave. (605) 334-0619, Our affordable full line of skin care and makeup works for all women and all skin types – it’s not just for models. Once our specialist determines your color palette, our makeup is tailored to enhance your beauty.

Sparkle Uniforms

2133 S. Minnesota Ave. (605) 332-4749 Everybody’s talking about us... WonderWink. Expect compliments. Sixes XS through 5XL available. Check out our inventory or special order. Prices vary.

Taco John’s

Nine Sioux Falls locations Add some bold flavor to your next gathering with Taco John’s 8-Layer Dip and Chips! Available in regular and party sizes, you will be sure to please any number of guests at your next fiesta! Prices vary by size


Where To Lam Vietnamese Foods 1600 E. Rice St. Sioux Falls 274-9898 Cuisine: Vietnamese Features pork, chicken and beef Vietnamese dishes. Shahi Palace 2527 Shirley Ave. Sioux Falls 361-5050 Cuisine: Indian Explore the flavors of north India. Vegetarian and meat dishes including butter chicken, chicken tandoori and delicious naan bread.

Wild Sage Grill 300 N. Cherapa Place, Suite 102 Sioux Falls 274-1667 Cuisine: American Fine dining experience with dishes ranging from organic salads to locally-raised elk, buffalo, beef and wild seafood. The Phillips Avenue Diner 121 S. Phillips Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 605.335.4977 Cuisine: American Don’t miss the American diner favorites and comfort foods. Located in historic downtown, this diner serves breakfast, the classics and metro dinners. Have an old-fashioned malt or enjoy Seattle’s Best Coffee.

Tokyo Sushi and Hibachi 3202 E. 10th St. Sioux Falls 275-3888 Cuisine: Japanese Prepare to be entertained. The hibachi chefs cook with style in front of diners. Also order sushi and rolls.

A partial listing of some of the finest restaurants and dining establishments throughout the Sioux Empire.

Cookie Jar 125 W. 10th St. Sioux Falls 978-0991 Cuisine: American Sandwiches, soups and salads featuring made-from-scratch cookies, bars and breads. Cakes and pies available by special order. T.C. Referee Sports Bar and Grill 5322 West 26th St. Sioux Falls 361-2208 Cuisine: Ameircan Steaks, prime ribs, pastas and burgers, full bar, NFL Satellite System, 10 TVs and big screen

Skelly’s Pub & Grill 132 S Phillips Ave. Sioux Falls 221-0244 Cuisine: American A full-line menu featuring traditional meals and sandwiches, steaks, seafood and prime rib. Now serving breakfast. Chedd’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese 323 S. Phillips Ave. Sioux Falls 274-7676 Cuisine: Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches Select from a menu of great grilled cheese sandwiches including The Heartburn, The Hambricker and more.

Great Harvest Bread Company 4813 S. Louise Ave. Sioux Falls 366-2766 Cuisine: whole grain breads, cookies, deli sandwiches and soups Whole grains deliver superior taste and nutrition, especially when it is fresh-ground daily in the bakery – Great Harvest style. Foleys Fish, Chop and Steakhouse 2507 S. Shirley Ave. Sioux Falls 362-8125 Cuisine: American/Steak House Rich dark-wood interior of the bar, dining and cigar room will bring you a taste of Manhattan, and you will be wowed by our tremendous selection of wines in our temperature-controlled wine wall. Carnaval Brazilian Grill Churrascaria 2401 S. Carolyn Ave. Sioux Falls 361-6328 Cuisine: Brazillian Brazillian meats served churrascaria style, home-made sausages, seafood, chicken, lamb, and 55-item salad bar.


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he fact is that most women adore shopping. Cloth“We provide both a hard copy and an electronic invitation for ing, purses, jewelry, accessories and shoes lure us in our guests to use to invite their friends,” Jorgenson says. “They like bees to honey. The only thing that can make the can bring in appetizers and drinks if they want. Some bring in experience better is when we have the opportunity wine and cheeses and some bring cookies; it just depends on to share it with our best friends. the atmosphere they want to achieve.” For retail therapy lovers, a new shopping concept is taking the Sioux Falls area by storm. Private boutique parties allow you and your best girlfriends to get treated like celebrities. Both Bella Boutique and Hip Chic Boutique in Sioux Falls offer private, by-invitation-only parties that won’t cause you a headache to put together. The best part is that you can indulge with your friends and acquaintances for an Festive Studios exclusive shopping experience without spending a dime to organize it. Aimee Grevlos owns Hip Chic Boutique in downtown Sioux “It’s a great way to spend time with your girlfriends, or even Falls and also hosts private parties. “When you arrange a private your daughter and her friends,” Bella Boutique owner Victoria shopping experience, we can put a personal touch on everyJorgenson says. “It’s like a home shopping party, but you don’t thing you choose,” Grevlos says. “By finding and gearing your have to clean your house. You can try everything on and take it personal style with what we offer, you can leave confident and with you! comfortable with your purchases.” 60

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Hip Chic Boutique also carries Bare Escentuals makeup, which has become a very popular after-hours party focus. “With girl friends, you’re more willing to ask questions and try products,” Grevlos says. “It’s great for wedding parties because the bride can pick out a look and try different colors for her special day. Plus, if they book the party with us we can do their makeup in store for their wedding, free of charge.”

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An added bonus is that the hostess gets an extra gift for throwing the party. Bella Boutique offers 10 percent of sales toward the purchase of merchandise, and Hip Chic Boutique gives discounts. For charitable causes, Bella Boutique will donate 10 percent of all sales to the cause.

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ver think about the clothes you wear as being part of your interior décor? Think of a favorite blouse used as flowing draperies, or a wooly coat as an upholstered armchair. Even as what you wear on your body may be very different then what you curl up on, the concept of working with fashion and décor is thought to be quite similar. For aspiring designers enrolled in the Institute of Design and Technology – SD, an eye for fashion and flair for interior décor are taught to go hand-in-hand. Creative director, Anita Kealey, has turned this hybrid of form and fashion into an eye-catching challenge that’s attracting local design buffs looking for a spectacle. It’s called the Form + Fashion Meets Function: Event and Runway Show, and it’s a way to showcase local talent. Like a glamorous reality show, this spring event features the collaborative skills of tomorrow’s trendsetters aspiring to cap off their portfolios, while at the same time going head-tohead with their counterparts. Kealey takes us backstage for an inside spin on the spectacle. “We give each student a choice to create a garment or a functional seating piece,” she says. To demonstrate the true relationship of interior design and fashion, students pick their fabric of choice from over fifty options, which ultimately must be adapted for both purposes. With a concentration level that rivals threading a needle, the students from both programs are paired up and challenged to create companion pieces. Kealey says that the event acts not only as a showcase for design and fashion, but also a learning exercise that gives future designers the opportunity to work with a style or color from someone else’s viewpoint. 62

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“Let’s face it, in the real world of design, we don’t always have the choice to work with what we find appealing when it comes to design style, trend or colors,” Kealey says. “All future designers, both fashion and interior, must learn to adapt to the desire of their client. It’s what we call the ‘make it work’ moment!” Designers, like artists, are often influenced by their surroundings. It’s quite common to think about interior decor and fashion as forms of art, often drawn from inspirations and trends. Through techniques that encourage the interaction between the two, the students gain valuable knowledge of adaptability and functionality through working with a variety of textiles and fabrics. “The outcome is quite exciting to see,” Kealey says in describing the challenges each student faces when being prompted to create fashion-forward pieces from fabrics not necessarily intended for their purpose. “That’s why we call this project ‘Form + Fashion Meets Function,’ she says, “The bottom line is to be functional and adaptable.” Challenging, exciting and ultimately a learning experience that offers local students an opportunity to grow, Kealey says their event has a unique outcome because they create a runway show that features fashion and an accompanying interior design piece. “It not only pushes the boundaries for our students, but it’s an amazing showcase of local talent.” SFW

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Summer Tempeh Wrap 8 ounces tempeh (It comes in frozen packages.) 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds For the tempeh marinade: 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil 2 Tablespoons Honey 3 Tablespoons lemon juice 4 Tablespoons Low-sodium soy sauce For the wrap: 4 large flour tortillas Spinach leaves 1 cup Hummus (garbanzo spread) Slices of veggies such as carrots, cucumbers, avocado, and red sweet pepper Slice tempeh* into 16 thin strips and spread them in a foillined pan with sides. Marinate at least a half hour in a mixture

of the marinade, and sprinkle sesame seeds over them. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Store them in the refrigerator until time to make the wrap. Assemble the wrap. Spread hummus on the tortillas and top with spinach leaves. Top this with 4 tempeh strips and at least one slice of each of the veggies. Roll it up tight. *About 30 seconds in the microwave makes frozen tempeh easy to slice. Yield: 4 Servings

Bacon Ranch Fillo Baskets 4 oz tofu-silken firm 1/2 cup edamame-chopped 2 tsp ranch salad dressing dry seasoning mix 1 Tbsp chopped red pepper 1/2 tsp lime juice 2 Tbsp real bacon bits 2 Tbsp sharp cheddar cheese 12 “Athen’s Mini Fillo Shells” Using a fork, mix tofu, edamame, ranch mix, red pepper, lime juice, bacon bits, and cheese. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Fill shells and serve immediately. Yield: 4 Servings (3 shells per person) 64

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Soy-Fruity Parfait 4 containers (6 oz) soy yogurt (strawberry) 12 oz silken tofu 1 cup strawberries (diced) 16 oz strawberries (sliced) 3 cups fresh pineapple (cubed and sliced) 6 oz blueberries (whole) 6 oz blackberries (whole) 1 cup honey roasted soynuts Soy whip topping (in the can) Wash all fruit before preparing. In a mixing bowl, place yogurt and silken tofu. Blend for 3-4 minutes. Fold in 1 cup diced strawberries. Refrigerate. In another bowl mix together sliced strawberries, pineapple, blueberries and blackberries. Be careful when mixing in the blueberries and blackberries as not to smash them. When ready to serve place 1 – 1 1/2 cups of fruit on a plate. Put 1/2 cup of yogurt mixture on top of fruit. Garnish with soy whip topping and honey roasted soy nuts. Yield: 12 servings


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Heart Healthy Eating It’s All About the Plan By Jill Funke


ost of the tips given to help people eat heart healthy are not new. Mike Haggar, co-owner of Cleaver’s Market, says, “We all know what we should be eating and what we shouldn’t.” He says that knowledge and great intentions are often overridden when busy lifestyles full of multiple responsibilities are factored in. Haggar says that those who take the time to plan their meals ahead and use their plan on a daily basis will be in a better position to resist higher fat and calorie convenience options and keep their heart healthy. At the same time, Haggar says it is good to be aware of healthier food choices available. “Many customers aren’t aware of the healthier options they can purchase.”

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Breakfast Spinach & Tomato Omelet Grapefruit Lite Yogurt Lunch Tarragon Chicken Salad Whole-wheat pita bread Skim Milk Apple Dinner Spicy Beef & Shrimp with Veggies Brown Rice Pear Strudel Snack Lowfat Cheese

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Breakfast 2 Whole-Wheat Pancakes Blueberries Skim milk Lunch Spicy Vegetable Soup


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Haggar often recommends buffalo meat, or even special low-fat deli meat that has no chemicals or preservatives. In addition to planning a healthy menu, it is important to consider how meals are prepared, and what portion sizes are acceptable. Look for ways to reduce sodium intake and experiment with other spices that can be used as an alternative while cooking. Replace unhealthy fats or saturated and trans fats like butter, margarine and shortening with better, unsaturated fats, such as olive or canola oil. Follow food pyramid guidelines and take advantage of online resources for healthy eating and recipes at sites like, and

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Breakfast Whole Grain Cereal Fruit Smoothie Skim Milk Lunch Tuna Melt on Whole Wheat Bread Low-Fat Cottage Cheese Carrots Dinner Grilled Tilapia Romaine & Orange Salad Low Fat Chocolate Pudding

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Recipes From The South Dakota Beef Industry Council

Grilled Beef Tri-Tip with Tropical Fruit Salsa 1 beef tri-tip roast (1-1/2 to 2 pounds) Lime-Honey Glaze: 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1 teaspoon salt Tropical Fruit Salsa: 1-1/2 cups diced papaya or mango 1/2 cup diced plum tomatoes 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded, finely chopped 2 tablespoons sliced green onion 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or parsley 1 tablespoon honey 1. 2.

Combine glaze ingredients in small bowl. Place roast on grid over medium, ash-covered coals or over medium heat on preheated gas grill. Grill; covered 25 to 35 minutes for medium rare to medium doneness, turning occasionally. Brush with glaze twice during last 10 minutes.

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Meanwhile, combine salsa ingredients in medium bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Remove roast when instant-read thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare; 150°F for medium. Tent loosely with aluminum foil; let stand 10 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10°F to 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.) Carve across the grain into thin slices. Serve with salsa.

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Grilled Steak and Watermelon Salad

4 beef tenderloin steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 4 to 5 ounces each) 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin 2 slices seedless baby watermelon, 1 inch thick (about 1 pound each) Salt and pepper 8 cups baby arugula or spinach leaves 1/4 cup reduced-fat balsamic or Italian dressing 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion 1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese 68

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Combine coriander and cumin; press evenly onto beef steaks. Place steaks in center of grid over medium, ashcovered coals; arrange watermelon slices around steak. Grill steaks, covered, 11 to 15 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 13 to 16 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill watermelon 2 to 4 minutes or until grill marks form, turning once. Carve steaks into slices. Cut each watermelon slice into 6 wedges. Season beef and watermelon with salt and pepper, as desired. Combine arugula and dressing in large bowl; toss to coat. Divide arugula among four serving plates. Arrange beef and watermelon on salad; top evenly with tomatoes, onion and cheese.

Makes 4 servings Cook’s Tip: One pound beef top sirloin steak, cut 1 inch thick, may be substituted for tenderloin steaks. For charcoal, grill, covered, 10 to 14 minutes (for gas, grill, covered, 13 to 16 minutes) for medium rare to medium doneness, turning occasionally.

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Okoboji, Iowa: A Stone’s Throw to Fun Fest By Jennifer Dumke • Photos courtesy of David Thoreson, Blue Water Studios and Okoboji Tourism Committee


ocated in a state known for its corn and surrounded by six glacier-carved, crystal clear lakes, the quaint resort town known as Okoboji, Iowa, has been drawing crowds for more than a century. Is it the water? Is it the amusement parks? Maybe it’s the laid-back culture of the waterborn beauty that makes this attraction well worth the jaunt across the state line. But what most say is best about this rare gem are the clusters of activities that offer something for everyone. Okoboji is actually part of the Iowa Great Lakes, which includes a total of five interconnecting lakes that make for ideal water sports such as boating, fishing, waterskiing and swimming. A modest 16,000 residents make Okoboji their year-round home, but those numbers grow ten-fold during the summer months, creating a haven for activities of all kinds. From high action water sports to antiquing, strolling through the quaint shops to discovering that the University of Okoboji is actually a local term coined for those who’ve “graduated with a degree in relaxation and fun,” a trip to Okoboji is an experience all in itself. 70

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Yet despite being anchored alongside one of the world’s few crystal clear lakes, tourists find fun on both land and in water. When smelling the sweet, steamy, fried aromas of funnel cakes wafting from little shacks along the boardwalk, you know you’re at Arnold’s Park. One of the most popular attractions, this lake-side park has been completely renovated and prides itself in featuring one of the world’s only wooden rol ler coa ster s. Children can enjoy the rides while adults take leisurely strolls along the beach or hit a variety of local shops, such as the Emporium. Just across the street, you can get a caffeine boost at Arnold’s Perk or choose to enjoy a fine glass of vino at The Wine Bar and Art Gallery-both perfect ways to begin and end a day at Okoboji.

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While afternoons may be spent listening to screams and laughter bellowing from the amusement park, visitors can kick back during the evening with a stay at an exquisite Victorian estate. For the past two years, Mark and Shelene McDermott have owned and operated The Wild Rose Inn of Okoboji, a bed and breakfast featuring 13 luxury suites located in the heart of the Iowa Great Lakes.

Nestled on a quiet, wooded lot, this newer Victorian inn, built in 1998, features gourmet cuisine, fine wine and exquisite amenities. “We have an amazing chef and try to cater to our guests’ needs,”

you’re in the mood for Mexican, take a trip south of the border to Mrs. Lady’s for a heaping plate of cheesy nachos. Or grab a slice at the famous O’Farrel Sisters Restaurant for the best pie on land and Shelene says. “I just fell in love with the family-friendly community water. For year round dining stop in at Tweeter’s and order an aged, and its emphasis on the arts.” hand cut USDA choice steak or the famous Tweeter’s burger with Hungry? Okoboji serves up a full helping of local eateries. If peanut butter.

On holidays like the Fourth of July, the Okoboji area is known for its stunning firework display that is multiplied by the reflective nature of the crystal waters. This patriotic holiday also showcases the world famous Vick’s Corner Antique Show and Flea Markets, perfect for a day of finding unique treasures.

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As a whole, the Iowa Great Lakes community prides itself on its lakeside attractions and resort-style living, but a number of educational museums, parks and nature centers also make for family fun. For Jill Harms, working in the marketing and advertising business keeps her “in the know” when it comes to the pulse of Okoboji activities and attractions. Owner of Blink Marketing, Inc., she acknowledges the obvious popularity of water sports and amusement parks, but adds how the city’s cultural and educational opportunities are also a big draw for tourists looking to diversify. On her list of to do’s: the Pearson Lakes Art Center and Gull Point State Park. “Okoboji is such a culturally diverse community,” Harms says. It offers a rich history in the arts, a love of the outdoors and nature, all with the heart and soul of a

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small Iowa town.” But the Okoboji of today isn’t the same as the Okoboji of yesterday. Major renovations and upkeep have been required to ensure these little-known attractions will be around for years to come. “I’m proud to say that our community really emphasizes the preservation of our natural resources,” Harms says. And with a continued effort to grow the local economy through new businesses, more tourists are discovering just how much the lakes area has to offer, ensuring the attractions keep the same sparkle as the waters. Experience Okoboji today; it’s a short drive that offers lifeSFW long memories and fun for all ages.


See Europe

Major Cities and Tiny Towns By Thea Miller Ryan


astles, history, art, casinos and shopping – Europe has everything. Choosing Europe as a destination can be like picking the prettiest apple in the bin – there are an incredible number of nearly perfect choices. Europe’s major cities are a great place to start – seeing the highlights of Paris is just the beginning.


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Vacationers can head out from the City of Lights to the shores of Monaco’s French Riviera for elegant casino gambling at the grand Monte Carol Casino. History lovers starting in Paris can walk the ChampsÉlysée, to the Arc de Triomphe, visit Notre Dame, the Louvre and many other historical sites spanning thousands of years. From there, history aficionados might leave the city for Normandy, where the

D-Day landings took place in World War II. Therressa Hurley of Travel Partners in Sioux Falls said combining Paris and London trips is also popular for European vacationers. “The Eurostar train only takes two hours, 17 minutes to go from Paris to London,” she said. A traveler can combine the glamour of Paris with the majesty of London’s Big Ben, Tower Bridge and royal locations. Shoppers in Europe can find that special item in every country they visit. “From leather in Milan, lace in Belgium, high fashion in Paris, nutcrackers at the Christmas markets in Germany – there is no one place to suggest,” she said. Laurie Bertrand, Sioux Falls, loves the designer, Orla Kiely. She was able to go to her flagship store in London and bought one of Kiely’s signature green-stem design bags.

“Oh, it was almost impossible to choose. I made at least a dozen passes around the shop trying this bag and that on my shoulder,” she said.”It was such a pathetic display of indecisiveness that the people I was shopping with kindly offered to let me come back again the next day so that I could think about it overnight. Although, I highly suspected that my circling was making them dizzy and they were in desperate need of fresh air,” she laughed.

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The major cities are must-sees, but sometimes the quiet, off-the-main-road towns have some great surprises like tiny bookstores, local art and unique food. “Everyone wants to do the major cities in Europe,” Therressa said, “however, you will discover more of the charm of Europe in the smaller cities and towns. I suggest going into a small pub for lunch or dinner.”

Some places often skipped by big-city-only travelers should be considered in a European tour, too. “My favorite city in Europe is Bruges, Belgium. I think it is one of the hidden treasures of Europe,” she said. “It is such a quaint, quiet place.” Small shops filled with real lace makers at work and chocolatiers creating confections are photographers’ dream subjects. SFW Spend spring in Europe this year.

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Being on the taller side, Laurie Merritt says that she prefers the room she now has in her Ford Escape compared to the small car she previously drove. “I like sitting up higher in a vehicle, which I can do in my Escape.” The size of the Escape and its versatility allows for transportation of a variety of items. “I like that the seats fold down in the back,” Merritt says. In addition to the extra room she now has, Merritt says that she also enjoys the Escape’s keyless entry and Sirius radio. Yet one of the best aspects of her vehicle purchase is the service she receives. “My salesman is available anytime for my questions, and that is great.”

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When the lease was ending on her small SUV, Paula Gordon intended on replacing it with a similar vehicle. She visited Sioux Falls Ford and took a Ford Escape for a test drive, and ended up parking it next to a Ford Focus. On a whim, she took a Focus for a test drive, and says, “It was very fun to drive!” Gordon also commented that it was just her style. “If I were shoe shopping, I’d be looking for running shoes and not dress shoes. The Focus is like my favorite pair of running shoes.” Conscious of safety, Gordon says that she is diligent about her hands-free policy in vehicles, and Ford’s Sync system is exactly what she needs.


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Amy Herrick wasn’t in the market for a vehicle when her husband surprised her with the gift of a BMW Z4. “I drove a minivan for years, and this is really what I wanted!” Her convertible BMW Z4 has only two seats, which is not exactly practical considering Herrick is a busy mom. Yet the impracticality makes her only love the car more. Herrick also embraces the heated seats, low fuel costs and the agility of the vehicle. While she is still learning about her auto, Herrick is already sold on it. She exclaims, “This is just the car for me!”

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Some of the same great features that make an automobile attractive to a lady can also be found on a motorcycle. Connie Korthals bought her first motorcycle in 2000, and recently upgraded to a 2006 Harley Davidson Fat Boy from Power Brokers, Inc. for a variety of reasons. Electronic fuel injection topped her list as she explains, “Flooding the motorcycle in front of a group of riders was embarrassing, especially because I am a woman and don’t want people to think I don’t know what I am doing.” Other features that Korthals embraced in her new motorcycle were a different wheel design that allows the bike to handle wind much more deftly, and louder pipes. According to Korthals, “Louder pipes save lives when a driver can’t see you.” SFW

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or Becky Stassi, life had become humdrum. The single mother of two children, she had lost her zest for meeting new people and enjoying a fulfilling life outside of her home. However, the discovery of a revolutionary treatment called the French Biogenie Body Contouring system has given her a new lease on life. “I first heard about Biogenie on the radio and I pondered looking into it for a long time. I finally decided, ‘What the heck? I’m going to give it a try.’ I had love handles and other places I wanted to smooth out and I wanted to trim up a little bit. I had never heard about anything like it before.” She laughs, “I was a chicken and didn’t want to do it by myself so I enlisted my sister to do it with me.” Following her first treatment, Becky not only thoroughly

enjoyed the hour of pampering, but was astounded with the immediate results of the treatment. “It’s amazing what it does. It’s like, ‘Wow that happened while I was relaxing?’ After just a few sessions I could see my hourglass figure coming back because my midsection had shrunk.” Body Sculpting Day Spa, the only spa in the region to offer Biogenie treatments, results from this innovative therapy have been phenomenal for many women just like Becky in the Sioux Falls’ area. Helping to flush out fat and toxins that have become trapped beneath the skin’s surface, it also tightens the skin and improves the appearance of cellulite. The treatment works to reshape and sculpt the body as well as offering an incredible non-

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surgical facelift with the BioVisage facial treatment. According to Becky, “I could see and feel things shrinking. I have two kids and even my stretch marks were disappearing! My clothes fit better and my skin feels so much tighter and smoother because there’s no cottage cheese effect. My skin feels so nice. It’s a wonderful feeling to know you are looking good.”

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“I’ve tried all the diets, the pills, all the different things. Nothing worked for me and as you get older, it gets harder. It was shocking and amazing and life changing! Many people think it won’t work, but it really does. I’m proof of that. You won’t be disappointed.” ~ Becky Stassi, Biogenie client

The results that Becky received were amazing. After five months of treatment, she lost 34 inches and 25 pounds. “I didn’t work out or change anything I ate, although I did notice that I had a lot more energy. Angie, who helped me with my treatments, was awesome. She does such a great job of explaining everything and how it works.” In addition to Biogenie treatments, BodySculpting Day Spa also offers a full menu of spa services, select European skincare products and exclusive mineral makeup. BodySculpting Day Spa is located conveniently at 57th and Marion Road in Sioux Falls. To schedule an appointment or for more information about the spa services, call 605.977.BODY or visit their website at

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fresh flowers, it also means it’s time for spring cleaning. Make room for something new by cleaning out household items that haven’t been touched in months. If you’re looking to buy a new home or complete a home remodeling project, spring offers the perfect weather for moving and outdoor work. Check out our home articles so you’re prepared about what to expect during these endeavors.

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Luxury Living

with a Spin on Entertaining By Jennifer Dumke Photos by Cipher Imaging Architectural Photography


ike being at a table surrounded by your best friends, that feeling of warmth, comfort and joy is also what surrounds you when walking through this modern day twist on traditional luxury. The blend of endless wood grains almost melts into the hints of leather. It’s a “collected over time” look that was actually achieved in a relatively short period. In fact, homeowner Jerry Barr only recently made this ranch-style beauty his home.

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arr knew he wanted to build after endlessly looking at homes. He also knew he wanted to achieve his dream home within a time-frame. Luckily, he also knew what floor plan and builder he needed to make it all come together. He enlisted the services of Scott Hjellming, owner of Hjellming Construction, whom Barr had worked with before. Together, they got right to work. Greeted by wrought iron spindles and large tile flooring, the eye immediately is drawn to the warm colors, rich woods and vast spaciousness that make for a timeless feel. Despite the somewhat contradictive camaraderie of choices, the main living area makes for the perfect centerpiece. Olive walls contrast with the reddish hues of the alder trim and custom bookcases by Don’s Custom Cabinetry, while the soft upholstery stays neutral and relies on a vivid oriental rug to make the main statement. Despite the attention to detail Barr is known for when it comes to running his personal businesses, Jerry’s Auto Sales of Lennox and two additional dealerships in both Sioux Falls and Beresford, he knew he needed to enlist

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in the services of a professional interior designer to make his dream home come to life. And so Christen Cunningham, an interior design consultant for Gabberts Design Studio & Fine Furniture, enters the picture – literally. She brought in a host of accessories, down to the hand towels, while Barr helped select the larger items. “She really did a fantastic job putting everything together,” says Barr. But with a total of twelve flat screen television sets, Barr has all he needs to relax and enjoy watching sports. “I’ve really built this home for entertaining, especially the lower level,” he says. Even his home office, which is accessed from the family room through a “secret bookcase door,” is armed with plasma for 90

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the occasional work break. Functional yet stylish, this office boasts large windows, rich wood blinds and cozy accessories. A large desk, wood floors and two-sided fireplace make this room truly an extension of beauty. Luckily for Barr, he not only knew what he wanted, but he also knew what he was getting. With borrowed plans from Chuck Wiseman, owner of Complete Contracting, Inc., both Hjellming and Barr had the plans drawn out, having to make only a few modifications to the lower level layout and finishing touches. “I just fell in love with this home when I first toured a house similar to it,” Barr says. “At that point, I was ready to build, and I am very happy with that decision.”


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The heart of the home stays classic; traditional Cambria quartz countertops from The Stone Center by Creative Surfaces, rich alder custom cabinets and large, earth-toned tile all come together. However, the intricate glass mosaics on both the countertop and stove backsplash add a touch of flair. The elongated island features pendant lights, comfy barstools and a black onyx sink from Frisbee Plumbing & Heating. Just off the casual eating area is a quaint covered patio that leads to a lower level entertainment space. And in keeping things casual, this eating area allows for elegance and capacity with a large wood dining room table and high-back chairs.

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First Impressions And even though Barr hasn’t necessarily discovered his “favorite spaces” yet, one place known for relaxing is the master suite and accompanying master bath. Plush carpets from Thornton Flooring are soft underfoot while the large, wood sleigh bed is covered with a blend of rich textures and hints of crisp aqua blue. A large window with wood blinds allows for ample natural light to showcase the custom tray ceiling accented with wood trim and completed with a ceiling fan.

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Light and airy are two words that describe the master bath. But even though the hues may be light, the products are sturdy. Creamy travertine floors are smoothed and shined while they cover the floor and accent the custom, walk-in shower. For added elegance, the subtle travertine is dotted with the occasional glass mosaic. The double sinks are encased in alder cabinets and given a twist of tradition with lighting and accessories. Finishing off the main level is a spare bedroom, mudroom and main floor bathroom. “I’ve been through the building process quite a bit,” says Barr, who takes two hands to count the number of times he’s

purchased new construction. But this home proves his years of experience have really paid off. “I really have to credit the people I had working with me,” he says, giving notice once again to both his home builder and interior designer. “They both made everything work out and were very accommodating.” And even though the main house plans were in place, Barr took extra steps to customize the lower level family area with a game space and family room. “Yeah, I’ve already had people over for cards,” Barr says with a laugh. The pubheight card table is the perfect fit for the expanded bar, which comfortably seats four and can easily view a number of

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television sets. To keep with the traditional feel of the upper level but add the flair of an old English pub, Barr chose to add wood wainscoting and a small shelf on the cocoa walls. With the added bar space, Barr selected traditional finishing touches such as custom wood cabinets, tile flooring and coordinating backsplash. Even though the bar area grabs attention for its design, not much can compete with the large, custom entertainment wall when it comes to viewing. The entire lower level is also wired for surround sound by Home Definition of Sioux Falls. The fireplace and television combo are finished off with built-in bookcases and space for storage. The entire room comes together through the depth of the leather furniture and the rugged woods found in the coffee and matching end tables. Just outside, a paver patio is ready and waiting for warm weather entertaining. “It really turned out nicely,� says Barr, who looks forward to hosting future gatherings and get-togethers. And with a wine cellar, ample seating space and multiple television SFW sets, his home is ready and waiting.





What to Expect Should I Stay or Should I Go By Jennifer Dumke


ou’ve all heard the term “keep your eye on the prize.” This is especially true when it comes to building your dream home. Most don’t realize there are many more decisions to make when building aside from selecting countertops and paint colors. Homebuilding experts Rachael and Larry Weissenburger, owners of Rosewood Homes Inc., not only guide customers with construction, but also help them through the process of selling their existing home--an important factor when starting the building process. What it basically comes down to is timing and affordability. Unlike purchasing an existing home, new construction customers must be aware of what is involved in coordinating the sale of their existing home and the time it takes to build their new home. “The first thing I always tell our customers is that they need to know if they can afford to live in their home through the duration of the building process,” Rachael said. This is an easy answer that involves working with a bank to get pre-qualified. Custom homes, on average, take about six months to complete. During this time, their customers not only face crucial construction decisions, but they also must have a plan for selling their existing home and must know if they need to look into temporary housing during the building process. “This may seem like the most stressful part, but with a good plan in place, it won’t be stressful at all,” Rachael said. “Our job is to keep the customer excited and focused on the benefits of building their new home.” They suggest new construction customers first meet with the bank to discuss their financial positioning. Once that’s determined, forming a relationship with a trusted realtor is crucial to a seamless transition to their new home. “Selling a home doesn’t have to be stressful,” Rachel said. “It’s best to select a credible builder that will not only construct your home, but one 98

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that is willing to go the extra mile to ensure you take the right steps to sell your home.” Larry suggests requesting a competitive market analysis (CMA) from the realtor to adequately establish worth. “This is very important and can alleviate the burden of having unnecessary price reductions and will ultimately add to the chance their home will sell before their new home is complete,” Larry said. When it comes to pricing, he suggests it’s best to review the current prices of comparable homes rather than the past when establishing worth. “Nobody coming to see a home for sale will know what houses have sold for in that neighborhood previously,” Larry said. “It’s best to price your home to be competitive against what’s currently for sale.” Follow advice to properly stage, market and negotiate offers not only

based on price but closing dates. “Selling your home doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you have a good plan,” Rachael said. “Our job is to keep the process fun and remind our customers how great it will be to live in their brand new home.” Rachael said that most people have a misconstrued judgment of their home’s value and struggle with taking the necessary selling steps such as de-cluttering, deep cleaning and potentially redecorating. It’s during this time that customers can get overwhelmed and begin to doubt the decision to build. “Because most customers have to move twice, it does get difficult for homeowners. But we always tell them to keep their eye on the prize,” Larry said. “In the end, it’s all worth it when you have a custom home that’s built around your lifestyle.” And don’t think that waiting is the answer. Larry says that current low interest rates and depleted housing market makes selling a home and building a new one a prime opportunity. In the end, they both agree that once a customer has lived in their dream home, they often are happy with the process and glad they made the necessary sacrifices to get to that point. But they both stress that making educated decisions with the help of reliable builders and realtors is key to a seamless sale. Are you looking to build, remodel or expand your existing home? Tell us what you want to learn more about. Simply send your questions or story ideas to Be on the lookout for more factfilled topics in upcoming issues SFW on “What to Expect.” a pril/ma y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N


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Touch. Assemble. Envision.

New Homebuilding Design Gallery Gives Guidance from the Ground Up By Jennifer Dumke • Photos by Hauschildt’s Photography


ne of the key benefits to building a home is the ability to make it truly yours. Everything from cabinets to colors, carpet to countertops, is all hand-picked by the buyers. You can build it around your lifestyle, your taste and most importantly, your budget. However, many people deciding to build a home don’t realize how many decisions go into the process. But there is a solution to the overwhelming dilemmas of design decisions; it’s called the Selections Gallery, and its name says it all. “Our goal is to give customers one convenient place where they can touch, assemble and envision the products available when building their new home,” said Dean Muell, Builder/New Home Sales for Ronning Homes a nd Neighborhoods. The Selections Gallery houses nearly one-hundred “design stations” that feature hundreds of samples from local vendors and subcontractors in addition to more than 1,300 house plans. Everything from gutters to grout can be viewed and easily assembled with coordinating products to help envision the finished product. Some stations provide a puzzlelike process; you pick the cabinet door, stain color, hardware and then finish off with wall color, tile and even grout. Although on a much smaller scale, the hands-on ability to replicate a room takes the guesswork out of design decisions and saves customers time by having one convenient location to peruse. “Society has gotten much busier,” Muell said. “Most fami-


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lies are so busy with their lives that when it comes to building a home, they can’t afford to spend three months running around looking at samples and picking out products.” And it’s not just about what’s on the outside that counts. Proving there’s much more to a home than interior design and façade, a variety of furnaces, plumbing options, trusses and insulation have stations that provide visual samples and additional information to address concerns such as efficiency, safety and sustainability.

“Our goal is to give customers one convenient place where they can touch, assemble and envision the products available when building their new home. Dean Muell, Builder/New Home Sales Ronning Homes and Neighborhoods. Often, the biggest concern for buyers looking to build is budget. “Our stations are not only set up to educate homebuyers and help them envision their selection,” Assistant CFO of Ronning Homes Kristofer Ronning said. “We also provide base pricing and upgrades, which helps them prioritize their selections.” In the end, buyers can make informed decisions to achieve their dream home that’s within the realms of their budget. “We feel that our gallery takes the guesswork out of selecting products, which in the end saves time, money and alleviates stress,” Muell said. In addition to working their way through the stations, customers are also given proper paperwork to record their choices and keep their decisions organized. “Our gallery features about 80 percent of the most popular trends and designs. If a customer falls in the remaining 20 percent, we also assist in helping put together more custom options such as intricate tile and faux finishing techniques,” Muell said. Sample rooms featuring popular yet trendy looks have even been constructed to demonstrate how the products all come together, giving customers the confidence to make choices they otherwise would have been hesitant to make. Customers will also have the ability to view home plans on a large television screen. The Selections Gallery features a 50-inch plasma screen with PenTouch touchscreen technology where customers can alter their favorite plans. “It gives them a visualization that’s totally customizable and interactive,” Muell said. “They can zoom in and out and even draw on the screen.” Don’t let the stress and uncertainty of building be drawbacks for new home construction. With the help of technology and interactive design stations, building your dream home can be a walk in SFW

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outdoors. Enjoy the sunshine while biking on the trails or walking through a park. Don’t forget about taking preventative measures to ensure a long and healthy life. Check out our article on an important



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It’s All In Your Head Steer Clear of Sinus Sniffles this Spring By Jennifer Dumke


hen you hear the words “bless you” more than “hello,” you know it’s allergy season. Even though allergy sufferers experience symptoms year-round, spring weather is typically the main catalyst.


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For most of us, we view this season for its delightful buds that bring about a bevy of beauty. For allergy sufferers, spring is usually seen through itchy, watery eyes. If you’re one of the millions whose head needs a “head start” this allergy season, Daniel Todd, MD FACS of Midwest Ear, Nose and Throat in Sioux Falls knows just how to offer relief. “Last year was one of the worst allergy seasons ever, primarily due to warm temperatures, and this year is looking at least as bad,” Dr. Todd says. And while most of us love the warmer temperatures, with it comes a host of principal offenders such as trees, grasses and some weed pollens.

Symptoms and allergic reactions typically occur when an allergen comes in contact with a mucous membrane, causing inflammation and the release of chemicals such as histamines. But before you fear an open window or casual stroll outside, Dr. Todd says there are precautions one can take through testing, medications and procedures. “First of all, it’s best to know what the commons allergens are and then proceed to get tested,” he says. At Midwest ENT, they offer both skin and blood testing, yet adds that most opt for skin testing. “With skin testing, we often need it to be scheduled so the patient can be off of certain medications,” he says. “Blood testing  can sometimes be more convenient in certain circumstances.”

Once the results identify the triggers, the patient can be advised to either avoid the substance or at least be pre-treated with proper medication for exposures. “The best medication is probably a nasal steroid spray,” Dr. Todd says. “They really help with nasal and even ocular symptoms.” However, the spray must be administered on a daily basis with results not appearing for up to two to three days after  the first use. “Nasal steroid sprays give you very little benefit right away,” he says. “What you spray today will help you down the road, so it’s a medication of compliance that needs to be taken every day during the season.” Antihistamines, on the other hand, can be taken as-needed with more immediate results. They typically treat histaminic or “hay fever” type symptoms, such as itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and drippy noses. But if you’re looking for permanent relief, the only potentially curative treatment is desensitization, otherwise known as allergy shots or drops. “It seems odd to regularly inject allergy patients with what they are allergic to, however, over time it can lessen their sensitivities to these allergens,” Dr. Todd says. Allergy shots, or immunotherapy, are a less popular treatment primarily because of cost and convenience. Dr. Todd says that administering the immunotherapy as a drop under the tongue can be a friendlier and more convenient route of desensitization -- especially for children because it’s safer and can be done at home. Get a head start on your sinus health  this spring season  by taking a few steps that could lead you down  the right path -- without sneezing. SFW a pril/ma y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N


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Healthy Bodies, Healthy Appetites: Preventing and Treating Eating Disorders By: Stacy Jones, Sanford Health


few years ago, Sarah Skattum’s life was squeezing smaller and smaller. The 23-year-old woman remembers counting every calorie. She knew exactly how long she needed to exercise every day to burn off the meals she ate. And yet, she never liked what she saw in the mirror. “I was a perfectionist, and in my mind I wanted that perfect body,” Sarah says. “No matter what I did, my body was never good enough.” “Dieting has become a national pastime, especially for women,” says Mary


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Dressing, a Sanford Health licensed counselor and registered dietician. It is estimated that 40 to 50 percent of American women are trying to lose weight. “Nearly 10 million women like Sarah in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, a serious, but treatable illness with both medical and psychiatric aspects,” says Dressing. “Someone with an eating disorder may try to severely limit what she eats or purge food from her body.” If you suspect a friend or family member is struggling with an eating disorder, you should privately talk to the person

and tell them you care. The condition is something that often requires medical and psychological treatment. Often, people may need to be told they have a problem several times before they accept the message that they need to get help. Be concerned if someone you care about is: • Showing an obsession with calories • Forbidding certain foods or types of eating • Making excessive exercise a ritual • Shifting priorities to make weight loss the primary concern • Isolating self from others

Sarah’s story For several years Sarah’s family had been concerned about her dieting and obsessive exercising. Finally, Sarah went away for a semester in Spain and came home with less than 90 pounds on her 5-foot, one-inch frame. Her family gave her two choices: get outpatient treatment for an eating disorder or be sent to an in-patient program. “I was finally ready to get help,” says Sarah, who now works as a registered nurse. “I was so exhausted by the way I was living that it was a relief.” Sarah started counseling with Dressing, working on the underlying issues that led to her eating disorder. She learned how to keep exercise and eating in perspective. “She did a lot of work to get things figured out,” Dressing says. “She’s freed up from her eating disorder and really gotten her life in balance.” Sarah said she approaches life in an entirely different way today. She and her fiancé are planning a spring wedding and she has the energy to focus on her life and career in a way she couldn’t when obsessively concentrating on the shape of her body. “Life is so much more relaxed. I can enjoy people and have meaningful conversations,” she says. “I have a job to care about people and I have the energy to be able to do that.” “We all need to take care of our bodies and make sure we are fueling them with a nutritional balance of foods,” Dressing says. “We don’t need to let the way our body curves or doesn’t curve determine how we feel about ourselves or how we live our lives.” SFW

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Ah-Hem... Excuse Me?

How Chronic Throat Clearing Can Lead to Serious Medical Conditions by Margaret Pennock


ou’ve heard it at work, browsing at the bookstore, maybe even at home. But as annoying as it is to you, individuals who continually clear their throat aren’t just driving you crazy with an irritating habit… they’re literally flirting with disaster. Denton Combs, Nurse Practitioner and founder of Denton Combs Center for Excellence in Care has specialized in treating thousands of patients in the Sioux Falls’ area for allergy issues over the past 12 years, including multiple patients with chronic throat clearing. He shares, “Many people who feel the need to clear their throat frequently don’t realize this isn’t a normal or healthy condition. The fact is, it does need to be evaluated because it’s typically caused by other underlying issues.” Issues that are many times caused by either laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Strangely enough, if an individual is experiencing acid reflux from either LPR or GERD, it is causing a chain reaction that leads to chronic throat clearing. Gross fact but true, everyone produces and swallows about a quart and a half of nasal secretions

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“This is a fairly simple condition to diagnose and treat. Unfortunately if the patient doesn’t understand the treatment plan, they won’t follow the recommendations to fix the issue. I take the time to educate and motivate them about the disease process and treatment options. We have incredible success because we work with our patients to understand their problem and come to terms with their treatment.” –Denton Combs, NP; Denton Combs Center for Excellence in Care

every day. This is a normal bodily function that allows your sinuses to drain from your nose, down your throat flushing bacteria from your system and coating your upper digestive tract with a thin layer of protective mucous. However, if a person experiences acid reflux, the nasal passages swell and thicken the mucous so that it protects your

throat from the acid being thrust upon it. This causes an uncomfortable amount of thick, almost rubber cement-like consistency, mucous in the throat. “It’s referred to as silent reflux because it isn’t painful since it hasn’t damaged the throat tissues significantly, but it causes frequent hoarseness, chronic ear problems, chronic

sinus troubles and oral thrush,” says Denton. “Unfortunately, people frequently treat the wrong condition because they’re treating the symptoms and not the underlying cause which in many cases is acid reflux.” The danger in not treating this condition is that it can lead to significant vocal cord damage or even laryngeal cancer. “If we can determine what the cause of acid reflux is; whether that’s stress, allergy or foods that cause irritation, we can potentially eliminate the issue or manage it. After several months patients typically start to feel better.” Treatment doesn’t offer a quick fix however. He cautions. “It usually takes six months to two years to heal and it’s something that needs to be monitored.” The Denton Combs Center for Excellence in Care is a division of Kannan Clinic PC and is housed in the Independent Medical Arts Building located on 6709 South Minnesota Avenue, Suite 202. For further information or to schedule an appointment, call 605.274.3898. Typically referrals aren’t necessary, but it’s always best to check with your insurance provider before making an appointment.

SFWon the go

The “New Sexy Knee” The Knee Replacement That Gets You Up and Moving Sooner By Lisa Renaldo • Photos by Julie Prairie Photography


eople can’t even tell I had a knee replacement. I’m really happy about it,” says Tyke Knudson, 53, of Brookings, whose knee replacement surgery was just this past October. Tyke describes herself as a very active person. So when her knees became bone-on-bone four years ago, the tough decision to have knee replacement had to be faced. First she had her left knee done, but it took two years of healing before it felt strong, sometimes gave out on her, and felt like it wasn’t quite bending correctly. “It has always given me some trouble,” she says. When she heard about Dr. Michael Adler of Orthopedic Institute in Sioux Falls, she decided to have him do the second knee, using a specialized approach in which the subvastus muscle is not cut, as in the more common approach used by about 90 percent of orthopedic doctors in the U.S. Instead, this large muscle, which extends the knee, is moved out of the way, taking the doctor more time and effort, but providing a quicker recovery. This less invasive approach, in implementation since the late 1990s, is preferred by Dr. Adler. “It seems that the patients are a little happier with the results, and they get up and moving a little bit quicker--even as soon as their 2-3 week post-op checkup,” he says. Tyke claims that after her surgery with Dr. Adler, she noticed the new knee felt different even in the recovery room, and she went home one day earlier than with her previous surgery. Tyke and her husband nicknamed the right knee her “new sexy knee” because of its less bulky mechanical design and smooth functioning. That design, combined with keeping the subvastus muscle intact, has made a world of difference in Tyke’s life. Tyke isn’t the only happy camper on Dr. Adler’s list. Roberta Rasmussen, 72, of Viborg also confirms Dr. Adler’s estimate of a relatively brief four- to six-week period before returning comfortably to one’s daily activities. One year after


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performing her left knee replacement, Roberta’s orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Rodman, retired. Determined to have the right one done as well, so she could get back to a more active life, Roberta asked Dr. Rodman to recommend another doctor---enter Dr. Adler. “I can definitely tell the difference between the two knees,” says Roberta. “The left one still has a little ‘play’ in it, but the right one is firm and strong.”

Not only is Roberta busy with farming concerns, but she is also in charge of the Viborg Community Food Pantry. So after the required month of physical therapy, she was delighted to find she didn’t need a walker or a cane to get around, and she could even venture down the basement stairs. “The community was really surprised when they saw how I was getting along,” she says, with a bit of amazement still in her voice. Although she faithfully followed instructions about ice packs, Tylenol and exercises at home after surgery, she believes that the orthopedic surgeons should “get all the glory” for their hard work, which results in radically improved, more active lives. For more information about Dr. Adler and the Orthopedic Institute, call (605) 331-5890 or SFW 1 (888) 331-5890

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Preventing Cancer

If You’re 50 or Older, This Test Can Save Your Life By Donna Farris, for Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center


olorectal cancer is one of the most preventable of all types of cancer, yet only about half of people who fall within recommended screening guidelines take advantage of a lifesaving test that’s only needed once every 10 years. This year, there will be approximately 147,000 new cases of colorectal cancer, and 50,000 deaths. For both men and women, colorectal cancer is the third leading cancer, and the third leading cause of cancer deaths. “Colon cancer is unique, because among cancers it is one that is largely preventable,” said Dr. Christopher Hurley, gastroenterologist with Avera Medical Group Gastroenterology. Most colon cancers grow from adenomatous polyps, which develop into cancer over a period of 10 to 15 years. Various screening tests exist for colorectal cancer, but doctors most often recommend a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy gives physicians the best view of the inside of the entire colon so they can see any suspicious spots. What’s more, they can remove any colon 112

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polyps they see at the same time. For most people age 50 and over, a colonoscopy only needs to take place once every decade, and in most cases it can prevent colorectal cancer before it ever begins. About 25 percent of men and 20 percent of women who are screened do have non-cancerous polyps growing in the colon. If polyps are detected, screening is recommended every three to five years. “If we remove polyps during that window of time when it’s a precancerous condition, the potential for cancer can be virtually eliminated,” Dr. Hurley said. Colonoscopy is also effective at catching colorectal cancer at its earliest stages. Colon screening is recommended to begin at age 50, which is 10 years before the risk of colon cancer peaks at age 60,” said Dr. Cristina Hill Jensen, gastroenterologist with Avera Medical Group Gastroenterology. If you have a first-degree relative who was diagnosed with colorectal cancer – a mother, father, brother or sister – then screening should begin 10 years earlier than the age of that rela-

tive when the cancer was diagnosed. “For some people, screening might be advisable as early as their 20s or 30s,” Dr. Hurley said. Colonoscopy is safe and effective when performed by a medical professional who has specific training and experience, yet many people avoid it due to fear of embarrassment, pain or discomfort. Dr. Hill Jensen said patients are sedated for the actual test. Although they are conscious, they usually don’t feel anything or remember anything. “Many people wake up after the procedure is over, and wonder when we’re going to get started,” she said. It’s important to schedule the test on a day off, or after your work is done for the day, because you cannot drive or go back to work the same day due to the sedation medication. Patients usually stay about two hours from arrival to departure, although the actual procedure takes about 15 minutes. Most people say the worst part of the test is the colon prep the day before, which involves drinking one-half to one gallon of fluid in order to purge the colon. Often, no physician’s referral for colonoscopy is necessary for people who meet screening guidelines. “We’re trying to make screening as open and accessible as we possibly can, so more people will take advantage of it,” Dr. Hill Jensen said. “Our goal is to stamp out colon cancer, and regular screenings are the best way to do this.” For more information about colorectal cancer, colonoscopy and other health topics, go to www. and click on SFW Health Information.

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People with Cancer Want You to Know By Charlotte Hofer, Public Relations Manager, American Cancer Society


ancer changes things. And no matter how long you’ve known a person or how close you may be, it can be hard to know how to respond when cancer becomes a part of their life. So from the organization that has worked closely with cancer patients for over 9 decades, here are some American Cancer Society tips that can help you to be a friend to someone with cancer. 1. Be Encouraging. One of the best things you can do for a friend with cancer is to let them know you’re on their side and you’ll help in whatever ways you can. A shoulder to cry on, a sympathetic ear, even a smile can get past the barriers of the illness. Remember they are still the same person you know and love – cancer is a part of their journey, but it doesn’t define them. 2. Listen. Let them talk. Rather than sharing stories about people you know with cancer, it’s more helpful to let your friend talk about what they are going through. Every experience is different. Do let them know, however, that you’re familiar with cancer because you’ve been through it with someone else.  Just let them pick up the conversation from there. 3. Respect Their Privacy. If someone confides in you that they have cancer, don’t share the news with anyone else unless you have their permission to do so. It takes some people time to adjust to the diagnosis and share it with even their closest friends and family. 114

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Similarly, if your friend waited to tell you, don’t take it personally. Focus instead on how you can support that person now that you do know. 4. Offer Assistance. Does your friend need someone to drive them to treatments? Watch the kids? Prepare meals? Run to the grocery store? Little things can help tremendously. 5. Don’t Let Cancer Become The Focus of Every Conver- sation. People with cancer do not always want to think or talk about their disease. Doing so can make them feel like their only identity is as a “cancer patient.” Laughing and talking about other things are often welcome distractions. Let them take the lead. 6. Keep Relationships Normal One of the most important things you can do is to treat the person with cancer as nor mally as possible. Try to do as many things together as possi ble. If you used to play cards, play cards now. If you used to go to lunch, offer to do that now, if they’re up to it. 7. Be Yourself. Most of all, be yourself and try not to worry about whether you are doing things the right way. Let your words and actions come from your heart. Your compassion and genuine caring are the best things you can express to your loved one right now. For more information on how to be a friend to someone with cancer, visit the American Cancer Society website at SFW

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What Everyone Should Know About Hearing Aids


magine you have a hearing loss. After a few years of “just getting by” you decide it is time to do something about it. You take the plunge and purchase hearing aids. The big day arrives, you are astounded by how clearly everything sounds. You feel like you’ve never heard better in your life. Then you step out of the office and are assaulted by a plethora of noise. You hear the crunch of the gravel under your shoes. As you pull your jacket on, it crinkles and cracks.   You climb into your vehicle and are immediately overwhelmed. This was not how you imagined hearing with hearing aids.  Immediately, you pull your hearing aids out of your ears. Maybe this wasn’t the solution for you after all. At Stanford Hearing Aids we work with patients on a daily basis to help them avoid going through this type of situation. Before our patients walk out the door, it is important that they develop realistic expectations about amplification. At Stanford Hearing Aids, we stress the following points. 1. Hearing Aids Do Not Give You Normal Hearing Hearing aids are not a cure for hearing loss. Hearing aids will reduce your hearing loss to about half of what it was before. This means that for individuals  with severe hearing loss, at best their hearing will improve to a mild or moderate loss. If you expect normal hearing from hearing aids they will never meet your expectations.   However, if you expect to hear better, you will certainly see benefits.

2. Adjustment Time to Wearing Hearing Aids is 301 West 14th Street, Sioux Falls Crucial (605) 338-6251 • 800-657-8060 Wearing hearing aids requires an adjustment od. This is especially true if hearing loss developed slowly over time. brain will adjust making these sounds Your brain needs 90 days (or longer) to tolerable. This is another reason why an adjust to amplification. If you give up adequate adjustment period is needed. before giving hearing aids a fair shot, you will think they don’t work for you and you 4. Hearing Aids Cannot Fix Distorted could be very wrong. Hearing Hearing loss can also make things 3. Everything Will Be Too Loud Initially sound fuzzy or distorted. This does not Initially you may be bothered by rustling papers, running water and other everyday sounds. With time your

mean that hearing aids will not help you understand speech. It does, however, mean that hearing will not be perfect but certainly will be better than no treatment at all. 5. Hearing Aids Do Not Give You Perfect Hearing in Noise Hearing in noise is probably the most challenging listening environment for people with and without hearing loss. Hearing aids work best in quiet situations when you are only 3 to 8 feet away from the speaker. In noise, hearing aids work best when paired with assistive listening technology. This allows the hearing aid user to have a direct signal of the person they wish to communicate with. 6. You May Not be Ready The number one factor in hearing aid success is the personal motivation of the hearing aid user. If you have not come to terms with their hearing loss you may not be ready. It is only once you have acceptance has been reached that you can give hearing aids a fair trial. It is also important to have access to knowledgeable experts who can help you navigate adjusting to hearing aids. Stanford Hearing Aids provides its patients with access to highly-trained audiologists and hearing instrument specialists who have the expertise to meet your hearing needs. If you are ready to learn if hearing aids are right for you, please contact Stanford Hearing Aids at (605) 338-6251 to schedule a complementary screening and consultation. Stanford Hearing Aids is located at 301 West 14th Street in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Life Beautifully 2012 Mrs. South Dakota Magen Richeal’s Passionate Focus on Family and Community by Margaret Pennock Photos by Cheryl Elbers • Epic Multimedia


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encouraged her to pursue the title of Mrs. South Dakota two years ago, she wasn’t interested. In fact, the thought of entering a pageant had been the furthest thing from the mind of this vivacious wife and mother of two. “My friends coaxed me into doing it,” Magen says. “I had this whole idea of what I thought Mrs. South Dakota was about and I didn’t think it suited me. Finally this year I thought, Okay, I’ll try something new since both my kids are in school. It gave me the opportunity to meet people and open new doors.”


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iving the American Dream, Magen is married to her high school sweetheart Bryan and is the proud mother of two sons; 9-year old Lincoln and 6-year old Konrad. Having bounced around from Minnesota to South Dakota during her youth and teen years, she finally wound up in Dell Rapids and has called it home since. Today, she is a dynamic member of the community, deeply and happily embedded as a dance instructor and cheer coach for Dell Rapids High School. “I can’t imagine life without being involved in my community,” she says. “It’s who I am and I don’t believe I’d be the same person without that connection.” In addition to her accolades of wife, mother and working woman, Magen also has a rich tapestry of life experiences that add to her charm. A United States Air Force veteran, she served nearly four years as an active duty Russian linguist, training in California and Texas. “I met some great people during my years of service, but this was an incredibly challenging time in my life and I was just 20 at the time. However, it was a wonderful experience and it has helped me become who I am.”

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Following her service time in the United States Air Force, Magen returned to Dell Rapids to raise her family and pursue her education. Intrigued with government, she whole-heartedly pursued a political science degree, taking most classes online or through correspondence to fit it into her family life. In August 2010, after years of persistence and commitment, she earned her degree from the University of South Dakota. “It was one of the goals I set out to accomplish and I felt like I needed to follow it through because I always wanted to do it growing up,” Magen says. “Although I’m not using my degree currently, I’ve earned it and I’m very happy that I achieved it.”

After making her decision to compete in the Mrs. South Dakota Pageant with her family’s full support, Magen didn’t hold back. “My personality is that once I’ve put my mind to it, I give it 100 percent, and that’s what I did,” she says. “I really did feel like I went into it blindly since I’ve never done anything like this before, and I learned my way as I went.” On Jan. 21, 2012, Magen was crowned Mrs. South Dakota at Professional Image Modeling School & Agency in Sioux Falls. “The pageant consists of three components, including an interview with a panel of three judges who question you about family, moral dilemmas and political and current event questions.” She smiles, “I

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know I nailed that part.” The other two components included the fitness and evening gown competition. “They want to get a sense of who you are and how you stand. It really gives you the opportunity to share how well you can present yourself, your thoughts and your opinions.” “Initially, my perception of Mrs. South Dakota was based on Toddlers and Tiaras, you know, being made up pretty and talking about world peace… like Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality,” she says. “It is a little bit of that, but at the Mrs. level, I believe the interview, your

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poise and your ability to be a strong woman, which I feel are good characteristics for any woman to have, are the most important factors to the judges. A component of this is obviously beauty, but it really focuses on women who are able to take care of themselves, possessing confidence and poise while being able to take care of their family. That is what they’re looking for.” As reigning Mrs. South Dakota, Magen cherishes the opportunity to dive into community events. “The fun part is volunteering your time. So far I’ve attended and assisted with the Jr. Diabetes walk at the mall, attended the Bridal Showcase at Grand Falls Casino and visited the Veteran’s Administration Hospital to celebrate the ‘Salute to the Veteran’s Week’. Being able to share my presence and bring a positive influence is incredibly meaningful to me.” And the competition isn’t over for Magen yet. She’s currently preparing for the National Mrs. America Pageant where she will be competing against 50 other contestants who also hold their state title. The pageant is scheduled for May 7, and it is two weeks long. The elements for the national pageant are essentially the same as the state, with an additional category that involves a state costume. “I have a huge packet of information to fill out yet, which is a little nerve-wracking because a lot of the competition is based on the answers for this. It’s imperative that I have an accomplished voice.” Magen is looking forward to the pageant for more reasons than just competing. “I’m really excited to meet amazing women from all over the country, do volunteer work and engage in new experiences.” As for the future, Magen says she is interested in looking into politics. “Now that my kids are both in school, I can think about myself and what I would find fulfilling professionally,” she says. “I feel like I have more freedom to consider my options and tailor that to what my talents are.” And her family is happy to be along for the ride. “My family is excited and my boys think it’s great. My husband is proud and the most encouraging person you could ever imagine. This has been an incredible experience because I love getting out there and meeting people,” Magen says. “Making these connections and getting more involved in the community allows me to give of myself in whatever capacity I can.” SFW

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Mary Olinger

The Wisdom Of Perspective Byl JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH (c) Photo By Hauschildt’s Photography


s president and CEO of South Dakota’s Make-A-Wish Foundation for 18 years, Mary Olinger faithfully served to promote the organization’s mission statewide. Her goal was to increase South Dakotans’ awareness of the magnitude of making dreams come true for sick children and their families. During her tenure, the organization increased wish granting by nearly 80 percent and grew state awareness of services. Mary acknowledged that her success was due to the dedication and commitment of so many generous donors, sponsors, volunteers and staff.


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Every day for Mary was a different day. She could start by meeting a wish child at the airport at 4 a.m., then taking a phone call saying a wish child had a short time to live, to then making a quick hospital visit, and then following up by having a donor writing a check for $10,000. Her days were also spent preparing for golf tournaments with celebrities, attending fundraising events and managing volunteer work. She also faced challenges. Mary had to ensure there was enough money to grant wishes, all wishes. The national policy out of headquarters in Phoenix was that the organization must grant a qualifying wish if they had the money or not. She drew upon her knowledge in management and finance to plan ahead and prepare for unknown demands of the future. Then, there were more difficult days, ones where she had to attend funerals or visit sick kids lying in pain. When looking at a child with a head like a road map from scars, her heart would break. “Sometimes I would cry when I came home, but I never let them see because I knew my support gave them strength to fight,” she says. In 2004, Mary met her own health challenge. She was involved in a head-on collision, and left within one centimeter from paralysis or death. With broken bones and severe injuries throughout most of her body, Mary was humbled by the outpouring of community love and support. She was stunned as wish kids came to her bedside to now encourage her to fight to recover. Undoubtedly, the most rewarding part of her job was seeing the smiles on kids’ faces. From the joy of a child with a brain tumor returning from Disney World, to children seeing angels at their bedside. Mary was even helpful in facilitating a wish-child to meet her idol, Garth Brooks. Little did she know that one meeting would lead to a lifelong friendship between Mr. Brooks, the child and her family. “Yes, I was running a business and making dreams come true, but I couldn’t wait to get out of bed and go to work,” she says. “They were the best 18 years of my life. The more I gave, the more I got back. It might not be money, but you can’t put a price on the good feelings.” When she thought about younger people coming up and taking positions, her advice was that all the education in the world doesn’t help you with common sense to handle people. She credits her success to listening, communication and paying attention to details. She believes a good attitude can go a long way, and she follows the mantra: “Don’t let yesterday interfere with tomorrow, and realize that today prepares you for your future.” Mary is still involved with Make-A-Wish as a volunteer and still loves the 4 a.m. airport visit. SFW a pril/ma y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N


A profile of area artists and their recent work that have caught our eye. Chris Francis Art in the Cultural Dialogue

“I question what makes a landscape.” Chris Francis considers himself a landscape painter. But, his work questions the traditional form of landscape painting. “It’s become a personal challenge to make the landscape relevant and exciting again, especially the landscape of the northern plains, and try to push it forward into the cultural dialogue just a bit,” he said. He likes to redefine the possibilities of the forms and features of South Dakota, creating a story with each piece of work. Or simply, “I question what makes a landscape,” he said. His work swirls softly at times and crashes into dramatic angles in other works to show Chris’ passion for the landscape of his adopted home in Madison, S.D. He transplanted himself from Iowa City in 2007 and uses the new landscapes around him to “recharge my direction and focus my energies upon my work, and find a renewed sense of purpose within my work.”

One of his other personal challenges is trying new mediums – not just oil paint. “Currently I’ve been working with watercolor and pencil sketches. Hopefully the idea will work itself out on the paper, 130

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By Thea Miller Ryan Photos by MJ Knobe Photography

and if not, well, I’ve got a closet full of mistakes, but not one for regrets.” Chris is an arts advocate, serving as president of the Madison Area Arts Council and works with other arts organizations to promote regional art. His work is available at HGS Gallery in Luverne, Minn., and The South Dakota Art Museum Store in Brookings. He also has a show this summer at the Museum of Visual Materials in Sioux Falls with local artist Kevin Bierbaum.




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Bridges Chiropractic: Keeping You on the Trail of Life By Lisa Rinaldo •Photos by Hauschildt’s Photography


n the marathon of life, when our bodies need TLC, how comforting it is to know that our doctors truly understand our specific injuries—and perhaps even have firsthand knowledge, having experienced some of those injuries themselves. At Bridges Chiropractic, Drs. Josh Schroeder and Theo Davidson focus on the “running community” of Sioux Falls: runners of all types, including marathoners. Dr. Josh is a runner himself, and Dr. Theo specialized in athletic training in his undergraduate studies. After hearing of the need for this type of sports chiropractic office in Sioux Falls-and extensive research--the two doctors opened their doors mid-February of this year in the Bridges Center on 57th and Western. What kinds of injuries send runners dashing in to Bridges Chiropractic? IT band syndrome, stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis, runner’s knee, shin splints, and inflammation or tracking problems of the knee, among other problems. Not only is their focus unique, but so is the facility and their approach. Gone is the concept of a “clinic” where people think of themselves as “patients” with “injuries” and “pain”, because as Dr. Theo says “The first thing affected by illness is your mind.” This office has an open, energetic layout---not the usual individual exam rooms---where clients are surrounded by bright colors and upbeat music, and come to get a whole-body tune-up for what ails them. The doctors do perform regular chiropractic adjustments, but clients move from those into various types of healing therapies as needed, all in one visit: electro-stim to muscles and nerves, massage, hot or cold packs, and traction. 132

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“We want to provide ‘one-stop shopping’, where people get the most therapy all at once, and don’t have to come in many times a week, as in traditional chiropractic clinics,” says Dr. Theo. With an open athletic-training room atmosphere, clients glean input not only from the doctors, but also from overhearing other clients asking questions, and by dialoguing with other runners who have similar injuries--sometimes even forming friendships there--“kind of a ‘barber shop’ sense of camaraderie” note the doctors, something that enhances the learning curve about healing faster. Family and friends sometimes accompany runners for their therapy sessions, providing extra time to visit in this sprinter’s-paced world we live in. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schroeder or Dr. Davidson, call 605-271-8160, or run by their office at 5015 S. Western Ave., Ste. 160 and see this SFW unique new facility.

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Any Lab Test Now Convenient lab tests on your time by Thea Miller Ryan• Photos by Julie Prairie Photography


ore throat, achy body – it’s probably strep throat. You know it – you’ve had it before. Trying to get into the doctor during a busy week is tough. A new Sioux Falls business, Any Lab Test Now, offers direct access to thousands of lab tests, including strep, and you don’t have to make an appointment. “If you suspect you may have strep throat, Any Lab Test Now offers a rapid response test at $10 so a patient can find out immediately if they are positive or not,” Elizabeth Hyser, office manager, said. “The benefit of this is that the person doesn’t have to pay for an office visit just to get an order for a quick strep test and if


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it is positive, then the results are available to the doctor for treatment, or they can alternatively utilize our online AmeriDoc telemedicine service.” Any Lab Test Now offers comprehensive lab testing, Elizabeth said, including

clinical lab tests, rapid result screening, STD testing, drug screening, DNA testing and forensic testing. Pregnancy tests, thyroid checks, hormone screening and drug screening are among their most requested tests.

“Any Lab Test Now is ideal for anyone with no health insurance or a health plan with very high deductibles,” she said. “As people are becoming more involved with their own health care, we make it easy for them to take control of when and who does their testing. An individual is able to choose a test independent of a doctor’s order thereby saving themselves an office visit charge while still having the option of sharing the result with their provider if they so choose for interpretation and treatment options.” Their services are also completely confidential Elizabeth said. “If the person does not want the information on their medical record, it won’t be.” The female wellness panel is good to use preventatively. It is comprised of a CBC , kidney function, liver function, lipid panel, estradiol, FSH, LH, DHEA-S, progesterone, TSH and a urinalysis. “This panel gives a woman a great overall picture of her health and hormone levels,” she said. They also offer food sensitivity tests, Elizabeth said. “Having a food intolerance causes an immune response in the body which can manifest in a myriad of symptoms including bloating, headache, fatigue and flatulence.” Any Lab Test now often offers internet specials and coupons online. In addition, no appointments are necessary. All tests are done on a drop-in basis. Any Lab Test Now 6701 S. Louise Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57108 605-271-5757 siouxfalls,sd


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Cherry Pie Pin-Ups A Fun Side of Photography By Jill Funke • Photos by Final Vision Photography


arie Asbury has always had an interest in eras long gone by. As owner of the luxury portrait business, Finished Vision P h o t o g r a p h y, she has a special fondness for the glamorous feel of the pin-ups from the 1940s and 1950s. In November, this fondness led Asbury to post a ‘casting call’ on the Finished Vision Photography website for a fun, pin-up style photography project. According to her, nine ladies contacted her within a two week period. “That response told me there was definitely a market for pin-up photography in the Sioux Falls area,” Asbury says. While Asbury contends that there are lots of tasteful nude photography options, she realized that those types of photos don’t suit everyone. Thinking about photography from the post-depression era, she says, “Pin-ups provide a similar opportunity for the more reserved ladies.”


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To meet the pin-up demand that suddenly materialized, Asbury created a second business, which she named Cherry Pie PinUps. She says that packages include a glamour session of longer than an hour of hair and make-up styling by the top artist in town. A custom wardrobe complete with pieces purchased particularly for the client in her pinup theme help complete the pampering just in time for clients to star in their fun, sexy photoshoot. Asbury works hard to help her clients pose in their most flattering angles. “Many ladies are nervous initially, but after we start they have lots of fun,” Asbury says. Her customers are what Asbury describes as ‘normal’ women in average sizes of 10 or 12, not ultrathin models. Most of them have so much fun that they cannot wait to book another session. Asbury is happy to help them with the experience. “So many women work hard, and this is a perfect way for them to treat themselves to something that truly pampers them.” For more information, visit Cherry Pie Pin-Ups website at or call 605-838-3634. SFW

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