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Featuring Sioux Falls 38 Family Fest 2012 22 Calendar of Events 34 In Our Community Soar High and Dive 28 In Our Community 40 Deep Sioux Falls Has a New Plan for the Future 36 Life A Flexible Path to 42 Success 30 Featuring Sioux Falls A Walk to Remember Contributors


A Lesson In Life A Carrot, An Egg, and A Cup of Coffee Weddings A Celebration of Love The Big Day Josh and Rosalynn Verges

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Sugar & Spice


Fashion Trends What does it Mean to Dress Summer Casual


Hair & Style Trends Pedicure Mania


Where to Shop

Where to Dine Obsessions


Recipes Lets Get Grilling & June is Dairy Month


Travelogue Luxurious Vacations in South Dakota


Auto Style Car Cleaning 101 Home & Garden Luxury by the Lake About the House What to Expect: Kitchen Remodeling

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Wellness Living a “fit” Life Health “Looking Good” Your Life Could Depend On It Health Loudly and Clearly Health Awareness Something Bigger Than You

100 Health

Breast Surgery

102 Health Programs

120 Profile

Sioux Falls Psychological Services

104 Healthy Living

Staying Mobile In Your Own Home

Michelle Sanderson

122 A Look Back

Missing The Boat

126 What’s New

110 Cover Story

128 Authors Revealed

Emily Steinhoff Embracing Life

118 Profile

A Family of Chiropractors

Designers 3 - Great Designers Think Alike

Area Authors and Their Books


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Loretta Sorensen

Margaret Pennock

Lisa Renaldo

Jennifer Dumke

JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH (c)

Loretta has been involved in writing activities all her life. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at Mount Marty College (Yankton) and her Master of Science in Journalism at South Dakota State University. Her freelance writing career began in 1986 as she regularly provided feature articles to the Sioux City Journal and secured additional writing assignments from a variety of local and regional publications. She currently writes for a handful of national publications that include Farm Progress (Dakota Farmer, Nebraska Farmer, etc.), Farm Journal, Farm Collector and Working Ranch Magazine. She also assists area authors in self-publishing activities and produces the St. Dysmas of South Dakota (Sioux Falls) quarterly newsletter through her publishing company, Prairie Hearth Publishing, LLC. Loretta divides her leisure time between her daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren, speaking opportunities, playing violin and guitar and assisting her husband Alan with their Belgian draft horses on their acreage east of Yankton.

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.

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.

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.


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Strawbale Winery, and of course, in Downtown Sioux Falls. You definitely won’t want to miss the Fourth of July Celebration at the Fairgrounds! After you’ve read about what’s happening in Sioux Falls, celebrate the wedding of Josh and Rosalynn Verges on page 42, and check out some cute kid photos on

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June july 2012 of events

Rodney Atkins

Josh Thompson

Gary Allen June-July USF SculptureWalk University of Sioux Falls campus Admission – Free June-August 17 Kids Eat Free at YWCA this Summer Downtown YWCA & Drake Springs Picnic Shelter at Nelson Park Breakfast 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. (YWCA Downtown only); lunch 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (both locations). 18 and younger. Admission - Free Call Karla Johnson at (605) 362-9438 June 1 - July 30 Volunteer Driver Sign Up! American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program, Help a patient get to their life saving cancer treatments. Call (605) 323-3544 or visit


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June 2 & 7 Historic Walking Tour of South McKennan Park 6:30 p.m. McKennan Park Admission- $3

June 9 Great Plains Balloon Race 6 a.m. Kenny Anderson Park Admission- Free

June 7 Bunco Bash for Buses: YWCA fundraiser event Sponsored by First Premier Bank 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. YWCA Admission- $35 per player Call (605) 336-3660 for more information or to sign-up

June 9 Zippity Zoo Day 9 a.m. Great Plains Zoo Admission- Free for members; Non-Members regular admission prices

June 8, 22 & July 13, 27 Evening in the Vineyard 6 p.m. Wilde Prairie Winery Admission- Free

June 3, 10, 17, 24 & July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Sangria Sundays 1 p.m. Strawbale Winery Admission- $5 per car

Country Throwdown June 22 W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds

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Florida Georgia Line June 12-15 & 19-22 Reza: Illusions & Magic Children’s Museum of South Dakota in Brookings FREE shows with paid admission/ 3 shows per day June 12, 26 & July 12, 24 Olive Destination Cooking Class   6:30 p.m. Admission- $15 Call (605) 271-2220 June 14, 21, 28 & July 5, 12, 19, 26 Strawbale Summer Porch Series 5 p.m.; 4 p.m. on July 5 Strawbale Winery Admission- $5 per car June 14 Historic Walking Tour of Fort Dakota 6:30 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum Admission- $3 Call (605) 367-4210 to register

June 15 Bethany Golf Benefit 11 a.m. Spring Creek Golf Club Admission- $85 June 16 Poker Run for No Reason 11 a.m. J&L Harley-Davidson Call (605) 334-2721 for admission June 21 Historic Walking Tour of Woodlawn Cemetery 6:30 p.m. Woodlawn Cemetery Admission- $3 (605) 367-4210 June 22 & July 27 Bike Night at J&L Harley-Davidson 6 p.m. J&L Harley-Davidson Admission- Free June 22 Country Throwdown Tour 3 p.m.

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W.H Lyons Fairgrounds Admission- Ticket prices vary, available at,, or at Ernie November 41st location Visit for more info

June 24 Bike & Kite Festival in Brookings 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Fishback Soccer Complex, Brookings Admission- Free View HUGE Kites flying high in the air, bring your own to fly, bike obstacle course, free face painting and much more! June 25 Youth Night at Sioux Falls Baseball Stadium 4 p.m. kids skill camp; 5:30 p.m. open to the public, Sioux Falls Men’s Slow Pitch League. Admission - $5 Free for kids under 14 wearing a team jersey and bringing a non-perishable food item. (605) 261-5132

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July 4 Jaycees 4th of July Celebration 5 p.m. W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds


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June 2 McCrossan Golf Classic for Kids 12 p.m. Central Valley Golf Course Admission- $250 Call (605) 339-1203 to register July 4 Jaycees 4th of July Celebration 5 p.m. W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds Admission- Free July 1 & 6 Downtown Block Party 6 p.m. Downtown Sioux Falls Admission- Free July 13-15 Hot Harley Nights 9 a.m. J&L Harley-Davidson and Falls Park Admission- Free July 18 Hot Summer Nites 6 p.m. Downtown Sioux Falls Admission- Free July 20 McKilters - Men in Kilts for the Ronald McDonald House McNally’s Irish Pub 5-10 p.m. Admission - $50 Band: The Wild Colonial Bhoys For tickets visit, www.rmh or July 20 & 21 Downtown Crazy Days 10 a.m. Downtown Sioux Falls Admission- Free July 21 – Aug 4 6th Annual Dakota Sky International Piano Festival Washington Pavilion – Belbas Theater Admission - $110 season, individual tickest also available Call (605) 367-6000 for individual tickets or

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July 21, 2012 Dakota Irish Fair 2012 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. 5th & Phillips, Downtown Sioux Falls Bring a lawn chair Admission- Free July 21 & 22 Sioux Falls Air Show 8:30 a.m. Sioux Falls Regional Airport Admission- Free July 23 12th Annual Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Dakota Gold Tournament 11:30 a.m. Minnehaha Country Club Admission- $600 per person, $2,400 for a team of four Call (605) 335-8000 to register July 26-28 Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Festival—JazzFest 2012 5 p.m.; 11 a.m. on July 28 Yankton Trail Park Admission- Free July 27 YWCA Chip in for Children Golf Benefit 8 a.m. Elmwood Golf Course Admission- $100 Call (605) 336-3660 to register July 28 Chalk Craze Event in Brookings 10 am-1 pm Children’s Museum of South Dakota & Brookings Arts Council Calling all artists! Register for a 4’ x 4’ sidewalk and unleash your imagination! Brilliant colored pastels included in registration fee. Aug 2-5 & 9-12 Dream Home Tour 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Th – Sat, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Sundays Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire Admission $7 Call (605) 361-8322 or visit “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you.” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 29: 11-14 26

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Sioux Falls Has a New Plan for the Future Sustainability Master Plan By Thea Miller Ryan


ioux Falls has a plan for the future. In the new Sioux Falls Sustainability Plan, city offices got a prioritized list of goals and tactics to sustain the city in the future. Sustainability means to keep something going for as long as possible, including financial resources, human resources and natural resources. With the new plan, city offices will have a guideline to keeping Sioux Falls fit environmentally and financially for its people. “A team composed of internal and external stakeholders helped shape the goals of the plan,” Aimee Ladonski, sustainability coordinator for the City of Sioux Falls, said. That team included the mayor, a council member, representatives from many City of Sioux Falls departments, a consultant and 22 citizens from corporations, small businesses, non-profits, education, energy, waste and recycling and transportation. The plan is extensive and covers six areas of focus, including waste minimization, water, energy, transportation, built and natural environment, and community vitality. There are many goals under each category, but an example of a goal under the water category is to achieve “a reduction of 10 percent by the five-year average electrical kilowatt hours consumed per


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million gallons of drinkable water produced by 2022 in Sioux Falls,” Aimee said. The plan also suggests the city “decrease green house gas emissions from city government activities by 50 percent by 2017, from a 2008 baseline,” she said, and “to reduce fuel consumption by the City’s heavy duty diesel vehicles by 10 percent by 2015 and light duty vehicles by 20 percent by 2015. “Many of our departments are already providing and building impressive and innovative sustainable services, but we have previously lacked a single framework under which to measure and communicate our progress,” she said. Besides affecting city government, the plan could end up affecting citizens in several ways. Some of the goals will be easy to implement, Aimee said, but “others will need to be further vetted in committees and among members of the public,” she said, requiring more public input. Eventually, some of the recommendations in the plan may lead to changes in city ordinances, requiring formal processes such as city council votes. “We have felt a strong push from the citizens of Sioux Falls for increased leadership in sustainability,” Aimee said, “and this plan helps advance key programs in that effort.” The Sioux Falls Sustainability Master Plan allows the city to “identify the biggest challenges and focus on the most cost-effective, attainable goals that maximize benefits for our economy, our community and our environment,” she said. A copy of the draft plan can be found by visiting their website at SFW

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A Walk to Remember USF SculptureWalk is a Natural Complement to City and Campus By Jennifer Dumke • Photos by Julie Prarie Photography


llow your spirit to be rejuvenated and your senses to be awakened while you explore USF SculptureWalk on the campus of the University of Sioux Falls that is located in the heart of the city. According to Ceca Cooper, USF associate professor of art and SculptureWalk coordinator, the sculptures, which are owned by the artists, are on loan to the exhibit for one year. Each spring, a University committee selects 12 new sculptures for display.

“The exhibit has opened students’ eyes to the link between art and society,” Cooper says. “Art is a reflection of who we are and where we are in history. To have a collection of art that you can display and change says a lot about our human condition.” A partner with Sioux Falls SculptureWalk, USF’s exhibit is entering its second season, having been dedicated on April 29, 2011, to First Lady Gail Benedetto as an expression of gratitude from the Board of Trustees for her faithful service to USF. 30

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“Art is a reflection of who we are and where we are in history. To have a collection of art that you can display and change says a lot about our human condition.” “We encourage students to engage in the arts by participating in our programs of art, music and theater,” Cooper says. “And now they have the opportunity to experience SculptureWalk throughout the course of their daily living.” That’s the goal of SculptureWalk. If you

do the math, with 12 new sculptures every year, students will get the chance to see 48 different works of art over the course of their four years on campus. But more than that, SculptureWalk is also designed for the people of and visitors to Sioux Falls.

“Art is really personal,” Cooper says. “Everyone has an interpretation—and that gets people talking and discussing real issues.”

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“Our walk has a lot of potential,” she says. “It’s something that furthers our mission and dedication to Sioux Falls. It’s a first-hand showcase of just how seriously we take the liberal arts.” For a complete listing of sculptures that compose USF SculptureWalk and a walking map of campus, please go online to USF SculptureWalk is part of the Sioux Falls SculptureWalk, which is in its eighth year and has placed more than 400 sculptures in public spaces around Sioux Falls and has SFW helped established Sioux Falls as a city of art. june/jul y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N


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Family Fest 2012

One Location, Lots of Ways to Have Fun and Play, Know and Grow by Thea Miller Ryan • Photos courtesy of Family Fest


amily Fest 2012 is about finding everything your family needs in one location and having fun while doing it. Kari Black, event organizer, said she dreamed up the idea three years ago. “I have a 3 year-old and a 5 year-old,” she said. “I had all these questions for myself: what’s a good daycare, where am I going to enroll them in school?” Most of the time some area trade-type shows have that information, but there’s nothing for the kids to do while their parents get educated. “They grow bored quickly,” she said.


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Out of a need for information and a need to entertain kids at the same time, Family Fest was created. “It’s designed to bring all of the information in the community to one location,” Black said. “It’s everything they need to plan their year.” Family Fest takes place Saturday, July 28, at the Sioux Empire Fair grounds. Admission is free for kids under 14 and adults are $5. Proceeds from the adult gate admissions benefit the Ronald McDonald House and Sioux Falls Cares. While the parents get information, the kids get to play, Kari said. A group of booths featuring afterschool activities could be next to a bouncy house. Or, while someone paints a child’s face, the parents can reach some information on sporting activities in the area, or tae kwon do classes. Shannon Donnell, owner of Tiger-Rock Martial Arts, has participated as a business since the beginning of Family Fest by creating an amazing obstacle course for kids. “Kids were running through the course for a half an hour to an hour,” he said. “And then they’d stand in line to go through again.” Tiger-Rock also does a safety seminar at their booth throughout the day. “It’s so family-oriented,” Shannon said. “It’s my favorite thing to do in the year.” Family Fest has everything families need to play, learn and grow. Current parent or future parent, don’t miss this event. Contact: SFW

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SFWin our community Soar High and Dive Deep

Sertoma Butterfly House & Marine Cove Gets Visitors In Touch with Nature by Margaret Pennock • Photos by Susan DeWitte Photography


he idea of a tropical escape in Sioux Falls may be hard to wrap your head around, but after stepping into the serene loveliness of the Sertoma Butterfly House & Marine Cove, all doubts disappear. Located at Sertoma Park, this oasis of natural beauty that houses 800 exotic butterflies from around the world is a true gem in the city of Sioux Falls. The unique attraction opened in 2002 and has gone through many changes and additions to keep its visitors intrigued. 34

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The most recent addition is the Purdy Marine Cove, which houses 14 freshwater and saltwater aquariums. Recently, a Touch Pool was added, making this not only unique to the city, but for several surrounding states as well. A Touch Pool is a shallow water enclosure that allows visitors to touch marine life that are often as curious about the visitors, as the visitors are about them. “We have the only Touch Pool of this type in the region,” Executive Director Audrey Willard said. “You’d have to go to

Denver or Chicago to experience one like it.” She says visitors don’t need to worry about touching the marine life. “Visitors will get to safely touch stingrays and sharks. These are Horn sharks, which grow no larger than three feet long. The sharks are safe to touch because they’re bottom feeders and their mouths are structured differently than the typical shark.” A wonderful atmosphere to unwind and relax, the Sertoma Butterfly House & Marine Cove is an extremely popular attraction for families, couples and individuals. Currently, the Butterfly House serves approximately 50,000 visitors every year, but with the Marine Cove and Touch Pool addition, Audrey hopes that number will escalate dramatically.

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“With the addition of the Cove, our visitation has grown. This display has been a wonderful complement to the butterflies and in addition, it adds more value for our visitors.” The Sertoma Butterfly House & Marine Cove is open all year and is located at 4320 S. Oxbow Ave. For more information or to view a virtual tour, visit them online at www. SFW june/jul y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N



Online Courses: A Flexible Path to Success By Lisa Rinaldo Photos courtesy of Southeast Technical Institute


etting a degree means four years, tons of textbooks, and large lecture classes where you’re just a number, right? Not anymore! Imagine courses that not only can be taken outside of your working hours, but also can be done online from the comfort of your home! At institutions such as technical colleges, a degree can be completed in two years through intensive, specific, reasonably-priced online coursework. Many fouryear colleges now offer courses online, as well. Online courses are a great fit for students who need flexibility due to work schedules, family responsibilities or distance from campus.


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Jennifer Palmer, who lives in Brookings, chose online courses with Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls. “I work 40 hours a week and have two children, so the online courses in business administration seemed like a really good fit,” she says. “And with this degree, there’s so much you can do in the business world!” Jennifer praises her instructors, who are dedicated to staying in good communication with their students. “You just send an email and they get back to you right away,” she says.

Just because you’re learning online, the personal touch is not lost. Older students, veterans, or homemakers who had to put college aside for a season, may find online classes a convenient way to finish a degree or learn new skill-sets to keep up with technology and stay competitive in today’s job market. It is an encouraging fact that most colleges will give credits for a variety of coursework taken previously at other institutions, providing a jump-start for a fresh start down a new career path.

In Sioux Falls, Southeast Technical Institute president Dr. Jeffrey Holcomb is excited about online programs for many reasons. “President Obama has mandated a goal of ten million more graduates with two or four-year degrees by 2020, which is an impossibility if we just look at the numbers of high school graduates coming up -- so there is a new emphasis on ‘non-traditionallyaged’ students.”


Some degrees are easier to pursue completely online, such as business or finance. For other degrees, such as those in healthcare, “hybrid” programs, a combination of in-class and hands-on instruction plus online classes, are the way to go. For an online education, a student needs a compatible computer (usually a laptop for portability), Internet access, good organizational and time-management skills, and a determination to get a degree. Visit the websites of the schools you are interested in to find out what is offered, and how your goals can become a reality through online coursework. SFW

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SFW a lesson in life


A Carrot, An Egg, And A Cup Of Coffee...


ou will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again. A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.” “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” her daughter replied. Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she took in its rich aroma the daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mom?” Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its insides became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. “Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? 38

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Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I

become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy. The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying. You might want to share this article with those people who mean something to you. Who have touched your life in one way or another, to make you smile when you really need it; and help you see the brighter side of things when you are really down. The friendships you appreciate, and who are so meaningful in your SFW life.

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SFWThe big day

Josh and Rosalynn Verges By: Megan Brandsrud • Photos by Finished Vision Photography


osh and Rosalynn Verges met in February 2008 at work and had their first date that same night. After Josh sang a wooing rendition of “Maps,” at karaoke Rosalynn was won over. “We realized on day one that we were a good match,” Rosalynn says. “We don’t drink. We play sports. And he’s from Wisconsin and I’m from Minnesota, so we have something safe to fight about.” After a couple years of dating, Josh popped the question on August 28, 2010, and the couple jumped into wedding-planning mode. “We had a small wedding, so it was a little stressful feeling like we couldn’t invite “everyone,” but it was fun to look through the magazines and get ideas from friends – I’m a planner by nature,” Rosalynn says. The couple became Mr. and Mrs. on May 21, 2011, during a small, outdoor ceremony that had a color scheme of cloudy blue and gray with yellow accents. The bridal party consisted of four, along with Rosalynn’s cousin serving as flower girl and the couple’s shih tzu, Mitzy, filling in the ring bearer spot. With the wedding being outside, the bride and groom incorporated nature into their theme, including giving wildflower seeds as wedding favors. Instead of a candle lighting during the ceremony, Josh and Rosalynn planted a rosebush together in a pot that contained soil from both of their mothers’ gardens.


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After the ceremony, the couple and their guests enjoyed a reception at the Washington Pavilion’s Kirby Science Discovery Center.

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“All the exhibits were open so the guests played all night,” Rosalynn says. “We were the first people to have their reception actually in KSDC.” After the wedding festivities were over, Josh and Rosalynn took off to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, for their honeymoon. Through all of the wedding planning and the event itself, Rosalynn encourages future brides and grooms to take some moments for themselves during all of the excitement. “Plan in some time for just you and your husband after the wedding ceremony but before the reception,” she says. “Josh and I had a chance to go home just for a little bit in between the ceremony and the reception. It was such a nice break. Josh made us smoothies and it was a great chance to just focus on each other and take a moment to appreciate the fact that we were married, without all the distractions.” Since last May, the couple has been enjoying life as husband and wife, and they are awaiting the SFW arrival of a baby girl.

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little sparkle, a dab of glitz and a whole lot of personality is what you’ll get when shopping at Tote-ally Gorgeous Boutique. Located at The Bridges at 57th and Western in Sioux Falls, this one-of-a-kind shop specializes in amazing fashion and accessories. Tote-ally Gorgeous sales associates take pride in giving excellent customer service and personal attention. A Unique Boutique “We’re more than a boutique,” says Nycole Nibbe, owner of Toteally Gorgeous. “We are all about giving the customer a great experience while they shop.” This attention all starts at the front door. Guests are greeted by energetic and highly experienced image consultants that are dedicated to focusing on their needs. Whether looking for a simple accessory or needing additions to their wardrobe, Nycole takes pride in her seasoned and friendly employees, Kat and Lisa. “We work hard at delivering personalized service, and making sure our

customer is “Tote-ally” satisfied,” Nycole says. “It’s all about taking the shopping experience to a higher level.” “Tote-ally Tailored” Tote-ally Gorgeous focuses on client services and exceeding expectations through the use of a sophisticated computer program that provides clients with valuable tools to aid in their fashion decisions. This program is called “Tote-ally Tailored”. Successful images begin with choosing the right style to reflect your own individual personality. Wear clothes that not only flatter your physical shape and age, but also mirror and reflect your own unique beauty and personality. Those who are born with instinctive style are lucky, while others develop their own from mistakes that they made through the years. The key to mastering your own personal style is to have the confidence to carry yourself with grace and poise. To develop style means to love and accept ourselves, and our body, by dressing to enhance our image, by only

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In the mood for a ladies night out? Tote-ally Gorgeous Boutique has special events throughout the year that cater to everything from skincare products to the latest seasonal fashion trends. “We love working with our clients and enjoy getting to know them personally,” says Nycole. So much so that she’s established a special “VIP Program” for loyal shoppers. These frequent fashionistas are given special discounts and rewards as a token of appreciation. Trendy Travels! Enjoy the beauty of Lake Okoboji in style. Tote-ally Gorgeous Boutique has a second location in the lakes area, perfect for weekend getaway shopping. This seasonal boutique is a great way to take in the sights in style while having an amazing time shopping the large selection of cutting-edge fashions. Tote-ally Gorgeous Boutique is the place to be! We have something for all ages. Join us and experience exceptional customer service and explore fabulous oneof-a-kind trendy selections of clothing, gifts and exquisite accessories…

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Read our fashion tips to learn how to dress appropriately for the office in summer casual wear, and to learn how to dress up your toes for your favorite pair of sandals. Plan a cookout with our grilling recipes on page 62, and get packing for a summer getaway with our South Dakota vacation tips on page 64.

Fashion Trends • Summer Styles


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Summer Causal? By Brianna Venekamp

Has your office ever adopted a “Summer Casual” dress code? If so, here are some tips on how to stay classy and professional. Summer causal is a balance between the traditional business casual and your personal causal wear. It does not signal flip-flops and workout shorts, or skimpy tank tops. It also means you leave your nicest business slacks or suits at home. When the weather heats up, and the dress code relaxes, one easy mistake is skimping on the sleeves and straps. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your straps are at least one inch wide. (A quick check is to simply place two fingers together to measure.) If you follow that rule, it automatically eliminates spaghetti straps, and hopefully, pleaseoh-please, means you don’t wear a tank top with your bra strap showing!

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An easy solution, instead, is to take a dress or tank top that normally would be a little too skimpy to wear to work, and simply add a cardigan or short sleeve cotton blouse or shirt over it. When you are outside on your way to work, leaving work, or at lunch, you can simply remove the cardigan and be a little cooler, but modesty at work is a must. Continuing on with the modesty mantra, women with larger chests are just naturally going to have to deal with the issue of showing too much cleavage, even when they are not intending to. Wearing tank tops to work means paying attention to your bust. Look for tank tops with a high enough neck line and invest in a really good bra that provides you complete coverage so you aren’t paranoid or constantly pulling up your shirt all day long. Another tip is to pay attention to fabrics. If you have a choice between two pretty identical shirts, but one is polyester and the other is cotton, you are going to be way cooler in the cotton. Linen is also another great summer material. And the final tip for summer casual is wearing cropped pants or a capri pant, which provides a summery alternative to dresses or skirts, yet looks very professional, as long you do not pair them with flip flops. Hopefully, these tips allow you to be comfortable, but remain classy and professional at work this summer. Enjoy! 50

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MAniA Keeping Your Pedicure Pretty By Brianna Venekamp

Nothing brings out sandals like summer. Here are five quick tips to help those pretty pedicures last longer.

1. Keep your feet covered until you want to show them off.

The more you expose your feet to the elements, the more wear and tear they experience.

2. Avoid wearing leather sandals all day, every day. Leather quickly dries your skin out. 3. Keep your feet and cuticles hydrated.

Put lotion on every night before bed and after you shower in the morning.

4. Purchase the color your manicurist uses at the salon, or bring your own color.

This will allow for hassle-free touch ups later.

5. Only fill in the area of new growth around the cuticle with fresh color.


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where to

Harold’s Photo Centers Transform your iPhone 4 or 4S into a piece of artwork! Choose from more than 24 iPhone case designs or upload your own design for a one-of-a-kind look. Order in-store or online! Price: $24.99

Elements Design Studio

36 S Hwy 71 Arnolds Park, Ia (712) 332-2602 Archipelego products. Natural fragrance, distinctive bath products and warm candlelight make this product one of our customers’ favorites! Prices vary.

Venture Footwear

The Bridges at 57th 5019 S. Western Ave. (605) 274-3335 Comfort and quality sandals for the summer. Keen and Merrell sandals available in multiple colors. Price of both: $84.99


1407 Hwy. 71 N, Okoboji, Iowa 712-337-3112 Shop the David Tutera for Mon Cheri wedding collection at Elegance Bridal & Prom Boutique in Okoboji, Iowa. This glamorous collection is truly unique and will capture the personality of every bride on her wedding day. Please call for an appointment. Price: $1,348


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Forget Me Not gift Boutique

5015 S. Western at The Bridges on Western and 57th (605) 335-9878 Little Giraffe Box of Socks. Two little feet of socks to spare... match or mix and singles. Colors and prices vary.

Cleaver’s Market

Premium Meats & Specialty Foods Bridges at 57th 5009 S. Western Ave., Suite 200 (605) 271-6328 Calling all seafood lovers! Cleaver’s now has fresh fish flown in two times a week. Need something special? We will do custom orders! With no antibiotics and rich in Omega 3, it doesn’t get any better! Prices vary

The Willow Tree

Unique Gifts and Primitives 824 W. 10th St. (605) 335-5978 One of a kind, hand-carved wooden bird species by Blue Frogs. Various bird species available. Price: $49.95

Johnathan Blake Home Decor

1220 Hwy 1N, Okoboji, Iowa (712) 332-7800 Flower Pouf Ottoman Function and Fashion meet to create this adorable ottoman! Available colors: Venetian Red, Parchment Cobblestone (shown) Price: $242

My Current Obession

212 S. Phillips-Downtown Sioux Falls (605) 336-3224 Cheeky Comedy “Hip” boxers and flip-flop slippers for both men and women. Price: $16-$18

Betz Blinds

3100 S. Minnesota Ave. (605) 357-0057 Child Safe Window Treatments Make your home safer for children and pets with the innovative beauty of a cordless operation Silhouette ® window shading with the Signature S-Vane.™ The Silhouette ® can transform harsh sunlight and provide ultraviolet protection. Prices vary

Gab & Dab

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where to


LI Bridal & Formal Wear

3101 W. 41st. St. (605) 332-2443 Keep the “Lasting Impressions” of your gown forever. Wedding Gown Preservation available. Call for details. Prices vary

University of Sioux Falls

1101 W. 22nd St. (605) 331-5000 Gear up with USF-themed gifts and apparel such as this water bottle and cap. Get prepared for your classes with new and used textbooks. Prices vary

Bella Boutique

Bridges at 57th 5009 S. Western Ave. (605) 335-2295 Make a statement with unique orange floral acrylic necklace/earring set, or accent with a stylish clutch accented with fun summer beads. Find both and much more at Bella Boutique at the Bridges! Price - Necklace & earring set $39 Clutch $25


4101 N. Hainje Ave. (605) 334-9727 Beautiful cherry cabinets topped with Brazilian granite countertops are custom-made just for you! See us for all of your home’s custom cabinetry. Prices vary

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Rainn Salon & Spa

The Bridges at 57th 5019 S Western Ave., Suite 160 (605) 521-5099 Color Minded Travel Bag. Long Live Color! Keep all tones true for 40 shampoos and continue to maintain color with cleanse, condition, and styling products. Price $28


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524 N. Main Ave. (605) 321-5418 Cake pops are the newest trend! These delectable bites of moist cake, covered in chocolate coating are the perfect treat! Prices vary depending on size and style. $1.50-$2.00 per cake pop.

Stride Rite

2425 S. Shirley Ave. #108 (605) 362-7728 Every child loves an umbrella... got yours? Price $17.99

Mahlander’s Appliance & Lighting 130 N. Minnesota Ave. (605-336-7798 Show stoppers for your foyer, dining, or any other room in your home! Prices vary


2425 S. Shirley Ave. Ste. 112 (605) 274-2883 Skull Bracelet from the Alexis Bittar O”Keefe Collection. Prices from: $185-$450

Kids Stuff Superstore

3109 S. Carolyn Ave. (605) 361-8636 12 Timber Letters. Customize any name with 23 colors, plus glitter. Price: $6 & up

Harold’s Photo Centers New! Bamboo Blocks Give your image a clean and refreshing feel with this eco-friendly product. Your photo is mounted on a solid bamboo block which is 3/4” thick and features holes on the back side for easy hanging. Prices starting at $39.99

Nearly New, Barely Used Uniform Consignment

801 N. Cliff Ave. Sioux Falls , 274-3464 New and gently used uniforms and scrubs For men and women. In all sizes. In numerous fun prints and colors, stethoscopes, surgical caps. Name badge holders New arrivals daily. Bring in unwanted uniforms and scrubs for consignment and receive 40% of what they sell for. Prices vary


where to

The Diamond Room

3501 W. 57th Street Sioux Falls, SD 57108 605.362.0008 – Introducing our NEW designer jewelry line to The Diamond Room! Gorgeous sterling silver designs with cubic zirconia and enamel will be sure to make your accessories “POP” this season! Prices Starting at: $40-$50

Young and Richard’s Flowers

Tote-ally Gorgeous

The Bridges at 57th 5005 S. Western Ave. (605) 274-3500 “Tote-ally” tailor your look with unique jewelry and hats that capture the eye. Prices and styles for everyone. Prices: Ear rings $14.00, necklace $72.00 and hat $53.00

222 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 336-2815 Introducing the next generation of heirlooms: Dale Tiffany Favrille Hand Blown Glass. Many sizes, colors and price ranges to choose from. A beautiful addition to your home or office! Prices vary

Belle Touche’ Salon and Spa

The Bridges at 57th 5005 S. Western Ave. (605) 275-6200 Stress-Fix Body Lotion, Concentrate and Soaking Salts are all Ecocert-certified organic. Their aroma-infused with French lavender, lavandin and clary sage from organic farms is clinically proven to relieve feelings of stress. Prices: Body Lotion- $28, Concentrate- $22, and Soaking Salts-$40.

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Available from your Independent Eye Care Professional SoClear® Evolution Digital Progressive Lenses Outstanding vision using digital technology. Available as a Progressive multi-focal or as a single-vision lens. Bring high definition to viewing to you eyewear. See your local eye care professional for details. Prices Vary.

Great Outdoor Store

In The Historic Rock Island Depot, Downtown Sioux Falls 201 East 10th Street Sioux Falls SD 57104 (605) 335-1132 New at Great Outdoor Store, Olukai Footwear for Men and Women! Experience the laid back Luxury of Polynesian inspiried styling, high character leathers and handcrafted stitching fit for any setting. $65 to $120

Handy Man


1725 W. 41st St. (605) 332-4400 The original Stressless recliner is available in this area exclusively at Montgomery’s Furniture. Now through July 8, save $300 off the Sunrise chair in luxurious Paloma leather, or receive a free recliner accessory! Recliners come in your choice of size and color! Stressless - The Innovators of Comfort. Prices vary.

910 E. 10th St. 336-0316 The Kohler Flipside hand shower brings you four distinct showering sensations. The flipstream technology makes selecting a spray both simple and stylish. Prices starting at $48


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!! Prices & colors vary.

You’ve Been Framed

Bridges at 57th 5015 S. Western Ave. Suite 140 (605) 361-9229 You’ve Been Framed, frames, frills, and fab’rik loves creating distinctive pieces that are Never Ordinary! Prices vary

Professional Image Beauty

Bridges Chiropractic

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

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. Prices vary

Hip Chic Boutique

328 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 271-8480 Have a girlfriend party with Bare Minerals. Natural, beautiful, awesome. Get your girls together and we’ll teach you make-up tips and tricks. Get Glowing radiant skin for every occasion. Call to book your party today!

Dine Where To

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

Lalibela Restaurant 1001 W 11th St Sioux Falls 331-4595 Cuisine: Ethiopian There are no utensils at an Ethiopian restaurant. Use your hands and flatbread to try their main dishes and salads.

Grille 26 by Minerva’s 26th Street and Western Avenue 444-1716 Cuisine: American Come to Grille 26 for authentic pastas, specialty pizzas, gourmet salads, sandwiches, kabobs and steaks on constantly evolving menu.

Tweeter’s Bar & Grill 1027 Hwy 71 S. Okoboji, IA 712-332-9421 Cuisine: American Drop on into Tweeter’s Bar & Grill for a great casual meal anytime. We offer a complete lunch and dinner menu as well as catering. Try one of the famous Tweeter’s burgers with peanut butter!

Mixed 2604 South Louise Ave. 271-2161 Cuisine: Salads, paninis, wraps Fast-casual restaurant specializing in fresh, tasty salads and greens. Everything is done “green,” including the restaurant operation.

Utopia at Falls Overlook Cafe 825 N Weber Ave - Falls Park 367-4885 www.tasteutopia Cuisine: Sandwiches Sandwiches and burgers with a twist – they call them sandwishes – and a great view of the falls. Nucci’s Italian Bistro and Gelato The Bridges at 57th 5005 S. Western Ave. 362-1444 Cuisine: Italian Bistro. Nucci’s Italian owner offers gelato, Italian ice, Italian coffee, desserts, paninis, Italian sodas, homemade soups, pasta and salads and gluten free options.


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Wild Sage Grill 300 N. Cherapa Place, Suite 102 274-1667 Cuisine: American Fine dining experience with dishes ranging from organic salads to locally raised elk, buffalo, beef and wild seafood. Bob’s Carryout & Delivery 1312 W 12th St. 336-7620 Cuisine: Broasted chicken A Sioux Falls much-loved classic. Incomparable broasted chicken with sealed in flavor. M.B. Haskett Delicatessen 324 S. Phillips Ave. 367-1100 Cusine: Deli Crepes, cappuccino, quiche, muffaletta, pastries, tapas-style evening menu.


Brookings Baker’s Treats

here’s nothing better than having a friend who loves to bake. Brookings residents have a friend in Rebecca Deinert – she bakes for them every day at Obsessions. “I just love baking,” she said. “I love to make all kinds of sweets.” After seeing the shelves at Obsessions, customers are pretty sure they’re going to walk away with a little obsession for baked goods themselves. Cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, breads – Rebecca makes it all. She bought the existing business in September 2011, and expanded the kitchen to allow her to bake even more gourmet choices. Try the mocha, caramel latte, vanilla bean, chocolate covered strawberry, Laffy Taffy, or cookies-and-cream flavored cupcakes for an unmatched treat. Customers love the specialty coffees, smoothies, blended coffees, gourmet teas and Italian sodas at Obsessions. Some customers stop in for something to go, but most stay for a while – even pulling up a chair at the same time every week to meet friends. Sandwiches are always on the lunch menu at Obsessions and you can get them with Rebecca’s homemade croissants – baked plump and full of flavor.

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As if the food doesn’t give people reason enough to return, the attached gift shop features items foodies can take home. “They can find gourmet mixes, kitchen décor, cheeseball mixes, gluten-free grilling spices, cookbooks and anything to make the everyday busy person’s life easier when wanting to entertain,” she said. But even a baker has her favorite. “My favorite would be our cinnamon twist breads sold by the loaf or slice. We have many different toppers – they are like a fresh cinnamon roll in every slice, complete with cream cheese drizzle.” SFW june/jul y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N



Lets Get Grilling Recipes provided by Cleavers Market

Grilled Mesquite Pork Chop with Peach Salsa

Marinate a fresh pork chop with a generous portion of Cleavers Southwestern Mesquite Rub. Let marinate for 24 hrs. Grill to the temperature of your liking, and top with Peach Salsa Peach Salsa 2 cups of fresh diced peaches ½ cup diced watermelon ½ cup diced cantaloupe ¼ cup diced strawberries ¼ cup diced red bell peppers ¼ cup fresh diced red onion ¼ cup fresh diced poblano peppers

2 T minced cilantro 2 T diced green onions 2 T honey 1 t minced garlic 1 T red wine vinegar 1 T olive oil Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and let rest for one hour before serving. Serve over the Cleavers Mesquite Pork Chop and grilled chayote squash.

Cleavers Garlic Lemon Chicken over Avocado Fennel “Salsa”

This recipe is sure to please both the cooks prep time and the guests who enjoy it. Marinate chicken breasts in cleavers garlic, lemon and herbs seasonings over night. Preheat heat your grill to 500 degrees. While your grill heats, prep the avocado “salsa”. 2 cups diced avocado 1 cup grilled fennel, cut into strips 1 cup diced tomatoes ½ cup roasted corn kernel ¼ cup black beans ¼ cup diced red onion ¼ cup diced artichoke

1 T olive oil 1 T lemon juice 1 T lime juice 1 T srirracha or hot chili paste 1 t minced garlic Salt and pepper to taste

Grill chicken and serve over a large helping of “salsa”! Some mixed greens under the dish would also be a nice addition. Feel free to add some of the salsa juices over as a light dressing.

Waygu Blue over Poached Leeks Let Waygu Beef filet rest at room temperature for one hour. (Cleavers is the only place in town where you can buy Waygu Beef! Perhaps one of the most well marbled steak next to the authentic Kobe) Meanwhile preheat grill to 500 degrees, lightly season the steak with Clevers house made herb rub (or herb rub of your choice), and sear over extreme heats until the desired temperature is attained. Finish the filet with blue cheese of your choice. (preferred would be a Point Reyes blue or Maytag). Serve 62

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this dish over poached leeks, toasted walnuts and a savory choice demi. How to poached leeks

Cut leeks into one inch thick wheels, place in a sauté pan with au jus, 1 tsp of herb rub and one bay leaf, let simmer until leeks become soft. Serve when soft enough to your liking or about four minutes then flip the wheels and sauté for another four minutes.

June is Dairy Month Recipes provided by Midwest Dairy Association

Orange Cream Chiller 3 ounces orange juice concentrate 1 cup low-fat milk ½ cup nonfat Greek style plain yogurt 1 small frozen banana or 3 frozen strawberries 1 teaspoon honey ½ teaspoon vanilla extract Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator

Vanilla Mochaccino 2 coffee cups of strong French roast coffee 2 cups of fat-free milk 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tablespoon of sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Brew 2 cups of French roast or espresso-style coffee and pour into a small saucepan with milk, cocoa powder, sugar and vanilla extract; simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes; pour over ice in 2 large lidded cups and shake well before serving. Note: This beverage can also be prepared warm. After simmering ingredients, blend with a hand-held electric mixer to create a frothy top and pour into coffee mugs.

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Squares 1 can (14 ounces) fat-free sweetened condensed milk, divided Non-stick cooking spray 1 cup Post Grape-Nuts™ or similar cereal 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Pinch ground cloves 1 package (10 ounces) frozen strawberries (about 2 1/2 cups) 3 cups fat-free strawberry yogurt Measure 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk; set aside. Line 8x8-inch baking pan with foil; spray with non-stick cooking spray. In medium bowl, combine cereal, cinnamon, cloves and remainder of sweetened condensed milk. Spread cereal mixture evenly on bottom of pan, place in freezer. Place strawberries and yogurt in a blender; cover and blend. Add 1 cup sweetened condensed milk; blend until smooth. Pour mixture over cereal, smoothing to edges of pan. Cover with foil (or plastic wrap) and freeze 8 hours or until firm. SFW Use edges of foil to loosen and remove from pan; let recipe thaw for 5 to 10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve. june/jul y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N



Luxurious Vacations… In South Dakota’s Black Hills

By Thea Miller Ryan • Photos courtesy of Executive Lodging of the Black Hills


uxurious vacations don’t have to be in faraway places. In a summer of high gas prices, sometimes luxury takes a back seat to affordability. But, in the Black Hills – just a short six-hour drive from Sioux Falls – luxury is affordable. Renting an “executive home” in the Black Hills has all the same comfort as a Rocky Mountain or Lake Tahoe vacation. Amber Ranek of Executive Lodging of the Black Hills, said their high-end vacation rental homes are required to have “hot tubs, granite, tiled bathrooms and luxury beds and linens.” But aside from the amenities found in the homes, they also have “Finishing Touch Detailers” and “Enjoyment Engineers” who work with their guests 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to make their stay nothing less than perfect. The Finishing Touch Detailers make sure each vacation home is “prepared and detailed down to the intricately folded linens for every guest,” she said. They are also avail-


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able daily and midweek as a guest may request. The Enjoyment Engineer handles anything a guest may need, especially “if they don’t have a 12-year-old staying with them to figure out the satellite TV,” she said. The Enjoyment Engineer will shovel a path to the hot tub, turn on the fireplace

or even give tips on the best places to eat or a hot fishing spot.

“We visit with each potential guest and try to fit them with their perfect vacation home,” Kim Rupp, Executive Lodging, said. “Want ski and ski out?” Kim asks skiing guests. They have vacation homes that meet that desire. “Or just peace and solitude? We have several properties that are on several acres, have pond or creek access. One even has a private beach, she said, and another that has fishing right out the back door. “We really strive to provide a stress-free vacation and can line up anything from buying your groceries to lining up a caterer for a special meal,” Kim said.

Finding things to do outside of the vacation home is easy with a service like they provide. They have access to discounts for golfing on some beautiful Black Hills courses, ATV and snowmobile rentals and can even arrange to have flowers in the home to decorate for a special occasion. With the nearby gaming and entertainment venues in Deadwood, motorcycle rally fun in Sturgis or just sightseeing day or night, guests find their vacation plans easier than ever before. High-end vacations in the Black Hills is “not always about spending high dollars, but about being treated like you are from the time you pick up the phone to make the reservation to days far after you have left the vacation,” Amber said. People don’t have to get on a plane to get a high-end vacation. Check out the Black Hills for nearby vacation relaxation and unexpected luxuries. Contact: Executive Lodging of the Black Hills: SFW june/jul y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N



Car Cleaning 101 Pay Attention to Detail(ing) By Jill Funke • Photo by Hauschildt’s Photography

Jennifer Forseth of Sioux Falls likes to keep her BMW looking showroom new with regular cleaning


etailing your vehicle is important throughout the year. Kevin Rost, Sioux Falls Ford General Sales Manager enjoys detailing his own vehicles, and has five tips for vehicle owners:


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Keep up with detailing/cleaning. Rost advises, “Maintain a clean vehicle. Clean it every few weeks instead of doing a really good job only once a year.”

Pay special attention in the spring. The salt, sand, rocks and other debris from winter should be removed on a regular basis, yet the first warm weekend of Spring provides a great time to perform a deep cleaning, as well as inspect the vehicle for issues that went unaddressed during the cold. Experts advise that cleaning take place from the dirtiest areas of the vehicle to the cleanest, which means interior cleaning should start at the driver area.

Don’t underestimate the danger of dirt Even during warmer temperatures, dirt can be your vehicle’s most formidable foe and should be addressed regularly.

Use good products As they have been tested and approved for best results, it is important to utilize only dealer recommended products on both the interior and exterior of the car. Rost enjoys detailing his own vehicles and his experience has helped him develop his own process. “One of my personal favorites is the clay bar for removing contaminating material on the paint.” We all agree that the toxins in pollution are bad for our health, and car enthusiasts say they are also detrimental to a vehicle’s paint. Rost says that when used as directed, clay bars will bring a very noticeable improvement in the smoothness of the surface of the paint. “Followed up with a good paste wax, the clay bar process makes for a very glossy and slippery paint surface.” The waxing process can be likened to applying a layer of lip gloss over a coat of lip color. The gloss, like the wax, provides a wonderful shine to the color of the lip, yet also acts as a sealant that offers a layer of protection. Working in the automotive industry and performing his own vehicle detail work has left Rost with a preference for certain car cleaning products. “Mother’s products are my favorite and are readily available at auto supply stores.Back to Black works great for the rubber trim and exterior pieces that end up looking a little chalky or gray from the elements of winter,” Rost says.

Use the right equipment Rost and other car enthusiasts advise owners to use appropriate, dealer recommended equipment to prevent scratches and other issues. “I can’t say enough about micro-fiber towels and rags for cleaning, waxing, and buffing. They are great for getting the job done without scratching or scuffing your finish. Specialized cleaning agents also help, and there are special wheel and tire cleaners for cleaning up brake dust and road grime,” Rost says. On the interior, Rost cautions, “Be careful which products you use to clean the screens on your navigation and radio displays. In can be easy to scratch and/or permanently discolor them.” SFW

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Luxury by the Lake Warm Colors Meet Cool Waters By Jennifer Dumke Photos by Cipher Imaging Architectural Photography


rowing up, Sarah Javers often spent her summers by the lake, engaging in recreational activities such as waterskiing. She never imagined that one day her love for lakes would lead to a waterfront fortress that features a custommade beachfront bar, double outdoor decks and cozy rooms perfect for a blend of family living and entertaining.

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or the past seven years, Chad Javers has been busy building homes and his business, Javers Construction. Having recently gotten married, it didn’t take long for Chad, his new bride Sarah and her ten-year-old, son Isaac to begin dreaming of the day they would build a custom home of their own. They knew they wanted a ranch-style with a walk-out. What they got was a back door that leads to the sparkling waters of Wall Lake, located on the outskirts of Sioux Falls. “We had just started digging the basement of our first home when it sold,” Sarah said. They immediately turned their attention to purchasing an acreage when the lakefront lot caught their eye. “We hunted down the owners and purchased it right away,” she said. “We knew it was perfect.” Sarah, who works as an advertising manager for Furniture Mart USA, took cues from her husband’s existing homes to get ideas for their new abode. “I just loved all the stone and signature ceilings,” she said. Starting with the front entrance, guests are greeted with dry, stacked, natural stone, hand-scraped Asian wood floors from Thornton Flooring and of course, large windows featuring views beautiful enough to be framed.


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nd although the young family has only lived in the home for a few months, Sarah enjoys adding the finishing touches and filling the home with furniture like the comfy black leather upholstery in the formal living room. The tall ceiling is coffered and accented with molding and rope lighting, which casts a unique shadow above. The walls are a warm khaki that contrasts with the reddish hues of the knotty alder trim by Tim’s Custom Finishing. Above the cozy fireplace is a large television perfect for entertaining. And where there is a lake, there is a deck—two, in fact. Patio doors just off the casual dining area lead to an upper level deck complete with a grill, patio furniture and custom, wrought-iron railing. And when they’re not in the mood to dine “al fresco,” the kitchen and dining area still allow the family to enjoy a hearty helping of lakeside views along with their meal. Whether dining at the large two-toned table by Ashley Furniture or seated quaintly at the wrap-around bar, the kitchen and dining area is filled with warm colors and subtle lighting from Mahlander’s Appliance & Lighting.


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ut when it comes to favorite spaces, the master bedroom is one of Sarah’s top picks. “I just love my master bedroom with the large stone wall and fireplace,” she said. With two styles in one, the ceiling is a blend of traditional tray and coffered styles accented with contrasting paint and trim. The furniture keeps the focus on the unique architecture and the ample windows add a sense of lakeside simplicity. A large walk-in closet keeps things organized with the help of custom floor to ceiling built-in dresser armoires. The walls are painted in rich moss greens that lead into the master bathroom, which boasts warm gold and honey hues. The unique, hand-troweled plaster effect of the walls adds old-world charm, while the smooth granite and tile reflect natural sunlight. Another favorite feature of the home is the custom walk-in shower by T & H Plumbing. Filled with varying sizes of mosaic tiles, the double, rain showerheads are welcoming and relaxing.


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ith future entertaining in mind, the lower level family room is cozy and rich while still lending views of the lake. Khaki walls, plush carpets and dim lighting are perfect for watching movies while a patio door leads to a full wet bar and game table ideal for gatherings. A large, dry, stacked stone media wall includes a fireplace, from Hebron Brick, and a custom niche perfect for a flat screen television. “And we couldn’t forget these,” Sarah said as she flips on neon blue LED lights strung throughout the bar. With varying colors, pulses and intensity, these lights are wired with the stereo surround sound for a true “nightclub” effect. And that’s only touching on the technological capabilities this home has.

“We are really happy with how everything turned out and are looking forward \ to spending the summer in our new home by the lake.” ~ Sarah and Chad Javers Homeowners “We can actually control the temperature and turn on lights in our house while we’re at work,” she adds of their home monitoring system called Control4 Home Automation & Smart Home Control and installed by Home Definition, Inc. This sophisticated system controls many aspects of the home, from light intensity to front door security. The best part is that it can be done remotely.

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But the real jewel of this lakeside home is the outdoor dry bar. Pitted along the side of a double terraced retaining wall, the bar portion stays while an additional seating pad with firepit utilizes the benefits of the open air. “We are really happy with how everything turned out and are looking forward to spending the summer in our new home by the lake,� Sarah said. And with ample space for entertaining both inside and out, the Javers are ready to start living SFW life by the lake.

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What To Expect: Kitchen Remodeling Read the Label before Digging In By Jennifer Dumke


he decision to undergo a major home remodel is almost as important as the decision to purchase a home in the first place. In fact, some buyers have remodeling “on the brain” even before they sign the purchase agreement. Although giving your home a facelift can be feasible, affordable and fun, it can also be stressful. So when it comes to giving tips of tackling remodeling tasks, we turn to none other than homebuilders for advice on what to expect when remodeling. Rachael and Larry Weissenburger of Rosewood Homes Inc., not only specialize in new construction, but they can also create custom looks in existing homes. Often times, kitchens are the first to undergo the transformation since they are the heart of the home. Think beautiful new cabinets, granite countertops, custom backsplashes and new tile floors. What homeowners often don’t think about is living out of boxes, dust and delays. Rachael’s first major consideration is whether the homeowner is going to be living in the home during the construction process. If so, be aware that your home life will be affected. Throughout the brunt of the construction, personal kitchen items and non-perishable food will need to be stored, and access to major appliances will be limited. Chances are the road to your dream kitchen may hit a few drive-thrus along the way. Another consideration is dust. “Although furniture can be removed, it’s best to make sure to cover all duct vents,” Rachael says. “We also tell our customers to follow-up with


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a professional duct cleaner and professional cleaner to wipe down everything and remove all dust.” Dust can turn into more than an annoyance if anyone living in the home during construction suffers from allergies. It’s best to keep air moving and try to keep bedroom areas closed off. And finally, there are the daunting delays that come with remodeling a room. Coordinating the selection, arrival and installation of countless products on top of removing the existing pieces can seem like challenge. However, Rachael and Larry are the first to point out that with proper guidance and instruction, even a hefty remodel can be seamless. “We tell our customers to expect a project to take anywhere between 30 to 90 days, depending on the extent of the remodel,” Larry says. As for delays, Rachael and Larry actually go through the selection process with the customer before they begin the construction process. This not only helps design a space perfect for the homeowner’s lifestyle, it also helps create an accurate timeframe. But aside from a few particles of dust and a delay here and there, most homeowners find remodeling their kitchen extremely rewarding. “We already know our customers love their home, so choosing to remodel an area like a kitchen is an opportunity for us to create a space that fits their life,” Rachael says. Is remodeling your kitchen right for you? Talk more with homebuilding professionals Larry and Rachael at Rosewood Homes to get expert advice. Simply send your questions or story ideas to SFW

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Living a “fit” Life:

A New Approach to Family Health By: Stacy Jones, Sanford Health


hat does it mean to be fit? Some people define fitness with exercise, such as running or weight lifting. Others say that being fit means eating your vegetables. Does it mean being thin like a supermodel or having muscles like an athlete? No, being fit isn’t only about the body and how it looks; being fit is also about the mind and how it drives the choices we make. “While exercise and diet are part of a healthy lifestyle, being fit means much more than that,” Sanford Children’s Pediatrician Dr. Aaron Zylstra said.

A new way of looking at fitness Sanford Health and WebMD recently joined together on “fit,” a new nationwide initiative to promote health and wellness among kids ages 2 to 18. Dr. Zylstra said the program, through its online resources, encourages families to think about fitness in a new way. Instead of just focusing on eating and exercise, kids need to learn the four basic components of healthy living. True fitness involves: Food: Knowing what and how much to eat, but also why we eat Move: Being physically active every day though playing or exercise Recharge: Chilling out and getting the sleep you need for the energy to be active Mood: Your feelings and attitudes and how they affect our food choices

Combining the pieces “When kids and their families make all four fit parts work together, they can be healthy and live well,” Dr. Zylstra said. For example, getting enough sleep helps recharge your body to give you energy to be active, and it puts you in a better mood. People in a good mood make better food choices. Eating food that’s good for you gives you energy to move and helps you maintain a healthy weight.


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Taking into consideration all four fit components lets children and their parents make better choices on a daily basis. It is a way to look at fitness as an issue of well-rounded healthy lifestyle. “We all know it’s important to be healthy, but we just don’t always know how to do that,” Dr. Zylstra said. “To be healthy, you need to make time for these four fit things every day.” Children and adults both live more sedentary lives due to technology and lives that are busier than ever. Moms and dads are often hesitant to talk to their kids about healthy eating and living, because it can become an emotional issue. “There is such a need here,” Dr. Zylstra said. “We want to be a good resource and a good partner for children and parents, impacting their lives and helping them with all of their health concerns.”

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“Looking” Good!

Peer deeply into eye pain and irritation - your life could depend on it by Loretta Sorensen • Photo by Hauschildt’s Photography


hat might that pain in your eye mean? It could take time to answer that question. If it isn’t pain, dryness, itchiness, or other eye discomfort may signal a serious condition that needs immediate attention. Dr. Jeffrey Browen at Advanced EyeCare, PC in Sioux Falls (800eyeworks) says some eye care problems can involve much more than, well, what meets the eye! “Persistence is so important to get to the bottom of vision issues,” Dr. Browen says. “A local corneal specialist, who is a good friend, and I always compare eye care to football in that we are always trying to take it into the end zone, not leave it at the 40-yard line. Too often a patient’s concerns or symptoms are not fully investigated, leaving potentially sight-threatening or even life-threatening conditions undiagnosed. Janie Giedt-Kirby knows exactly what Dr. Browen means. She met him through a change in eye care insurance. Having worn contacts for 40 years, Janie expected a routine eye exam and a new contact lens prescription “During the exam, I told Dr. Browen about the eye pain behind my right eye,” Janie says. “It bothered me during sum-


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mer 2010. Dr. Browen investigated and referred me to an ophthalmologist to explore the possibility that a non-cancerous growth on the white of my eye was causing the pain.” Further examination revealed that Janie had pteryguims (non-cancerous growths) on the whites of both eyes. After laser surgery to remove the growths, Janie still experienced pain behind her right eye. Before the problem was identified, she saw physicians at Mayo Clinic, made

more visits to Dr. Browen, and finally consulted with a neurologist. “The neurologist scheduled an MRI to obtain a comprehensive picture of my head and neck area,” Janie says. “That revealed an aneurism on my carotid artery.” Following that diagnosis, Dr. Browen worked with Janie’s neurologist to develop a care plan that involves monitoring the aneurism, her eye pain and overall eye health.

“I’ve always been pro-active regarding my overall health care,” Janie says. “I have really appreciated the collaborative care I received during this two-year ordeal. It has made me keenly aware of how quickly situations within one’s body can change.”

Janie Giedt-Kirby Comprehensive eye care involves regular vision examinations and simple activities that can help protect your eyes. • Read about eye care and vision issues. • Essential vitamins/minerals for eye health include Vitamin A, E, B, zinc, copper and selenium as well as Omega-3 fatty acids. • Protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays with UVA/UVB-blocking sunglasses. • Wear properly fitting tanning goggles at all times while using a tanning bed. • Fit aerobic exercise into your schedule to improve circulation which improves eye health and vision. • Smoking poses increased risk of vision-threatening disease. • Always practice safe care measures with contact lenses. • Don’t misuse eye cosmetics. Eyes are one of your greatest beauty assets. Keep them healthy and beautiful! • Don’t ignore eye discomfort and/or irritation. It could easily be symptomatic of a serious condition. SFW

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Loudly and Clearly

Your Voice Matters In More Ways than One By Jennifer Dumke


ost people don’t think about their voice. And more than likely, they don’t talk about it either. But for some, a basic “hello” can be harrowing. Every year, millions of people suffer from voice-related complaints. Chances are you have, or will, suffer, too. From a simple “frog in the throat” to complex cases that involve surgery, our voice is something most of us take for granted, even though voice has the power to define personalities and even create careers. From refined opera singing to simple daily conversation, just think about the importance of our delicate vocal cords, intricately placed within a small organ called the larynx, vibrating in synchrony as air passes. What comes out is your voice. Sounds impressive, but like any part of the human body, even your larynx is prone to disease, infections and common strains that can end up affecting a large part of your daily life. Dr. Peter Kasznica, a board certified otolaryngologist for Midwest Ear, Nose and Throat in Sioux Falls, says that he sees a host of voice complaints that are far-ranging in quality and severity. The most common initial complaints are hoarseness, perceived loudness or softness of voice, change in voice pitch, diplophonia (which involves two si mu lt a ne ou s pitches), tremor, breathiness, premature pausing of speech or inability to talk at all, or a strained, painful sensation evoked by speech.


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the SHAPE of DENTISTRY is CHANGING “Overall, hoarseness is the most common chief complaint,” Dr. Kasznica says. Despite being common, he adds that the evaluation can still be quite interesting and even challenging. “Upper respiratory infections, laryngitis, acid reflux, polyps, nodules and even laryngeal cancer can be causes.” And like the voice itself, the evaluation of a voice patient is both medical and functional. “Our first priority is to examine the larynx to rule out any serious underlying conditions,” says Dr. Kasznica. An inflamed larynx can be treated with medications, while masses or growths could indicate a need for surgery. Once underlying medical conditions are addressed, the optimized voice relies heavily on the efforts of the patient, physician and voice specialist, usually a speech language pathologist. “It’s important to remember that the larynx is a very complicated and sensitive organ,” he says. “Many different factors contribute to its function so it’s important to pay attention to potential injury or stressors.” But the good news is that most sources of voice complaints are not serious and can be treated quite easily. And if you really want to practice what the medical professionals preach, Dr. Kasznica says that drinking lots of water, avoiding tobacco products and limiting alcohol consumption and carbonated beverages are all good starting points to a healthy voice. SFW

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SFWhealth awareness

Be Part of Something Bigger Than You New Cancer Research Study Empowers Community By Jennifer Dumke


ike most twenty-something’s, Annie Johnson lived life to the fullest; brimming with opportunities and growth. But that was about to change one day when she discovered something far worse was growing; a softball size tumor was detected in her chest. The young lady faced a diagnosis of Hodgkins lymphoma and was given only months to live. “At first, I was completely numb and had no words,” says Annie. But with determination and vigor, she balanced college, friends and family with her frequent hospital stays and rigorous treatments, only to discover that after a brief remission, her cancer came back with vengeance. The daunting reality is that survivors like Annie are not alone. In 2012, the American Cancer Society predicts more than 4,400 new cases in South Dakota. The good news is that there are millions of people who have survived cancer and even more who have avoided it, turning the focus on prevention. Researchers are continually striving to better understand the factors that cause or prevent cancer, giving survivors new hope for the future.

About the Study

It’s called the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), and it’s the latest national research study conducted by the American Cancer Society. This grassroots effort seeks active participants to make a long-term investment through enrollment. Dr. John Lee, Associate Professor and board certified otolaryngologist at Sanford Health System, is an American Cancer Society-funded researcher. He has worked with cancer research for more than 20 years and believes that looking for causes to predict cancer is monumental. “We’re taking a scientific approach to prevent cancer and this is a unique opportunity to partner with the American Cancer Society to create one of the largest and most important studies of cancer causes worldwide,” he says.


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Diversity Poses Challenges

The Society is committed to enrolling a diverse population, and for good reason: one can’t understand how cancer affects a person if they aren’t reflected in the study. Dr. Delf Schmidt-Grimminger, senior scientist with the Avera Research Institute and an American Cancer Society-funded researcher, specializes in working with Native populations. “Our goal with the CPS-3 study is to enroll as many people with diverse backgrounds as possible, says Dr. Schmidt-Grimminger.

The Power to Prevent Cancer

Often times, people living with loved ones dealing with cancer feel powerless against the disease. “Thanks to the CPS-3 study, they have an opportunity to make a difference,” says Denise Kolba with the American Cancer Society “We are not too late to save thousands from a cancer diagnosis. Many of us may be spared because of this study’s outcomes.” The American Cancer Society’s CPS-3 study is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have no personal history of cancer to enroll. Getting started is easy, safe and most important, secure. First, register for an enrollment site. After a preliminary survey and blood sample, the duration of the study involves follow-up surveys and research updates through annual newsletters. “It’s the continued involvement over the years that is critical to the success of the story,” says Kolba.

Where to Join CPS-3

The following is a list of the 2012 events where CPS-3 enrollment in South Dakota will be taking place. Please tell everyone you know about this one-time historic opportunity to make a difference in the fight against cancer. For more information on the study, visit: or www.cancer/cps3.

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New techniques can leave women looking better than before By Donna Farris, for Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center


he moment a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she often jumps to the conclusion that she’ll need to have her entire breast removed. Yet many women don’t realize that breast conserving surgery with external beam radiation is an option that offers outcomes and survival rates that are just as high for women with certain types of early stage breast cancer, said Dr. Julie Reiland, breast surgeon with Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Care. Plus, new surgical techniques, which enhance the shape of the breast, can leave a woman looking better than before.

“Here in the Midwest, we have a stoic, frontier woman attitude that we should be able to tough it out, and we’re not supposed to care about how we look,” Dr. Reiland said. What’s more, women mistakenly think their chances are better if they have their entire breast removed, when actually, survival rates are the same for both types of procedures. “Breast cancer is life-threatening when the cancer spreads to other parts of the body. It has little to do with the cancer in the breast. It has more to do with how aggressive the cancer cells are. That’s what chemotherapy is for – to kill cancer cells

“Our first goal is to always get rid of the cancer. But then we can consider how we can help that woman look better, restore her self-esteem, and help her feel like she is back the way she was – or even better than before,” Dr. Reiland, breast surgeon with Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Care


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that have spread elsewhere,” Dr. Reiland said. One issue with traditional lumpectomy is that the incision is often placed right over the lump – wherever it is on the breast. After the lump is removed, a scar and indentation where the lump was may be visible, and the breast looks deformed. Dr. Reiland said she discovered about nine years ago that she could use plastic surgery techniques and place the incision where the scar won’t be visible. Plus, she

tightens the skin to make the breast more “perky,” the same way a plastic surgeon would do a breast lift. This surgical approach is known as “oncoplasty.” Because law provides that women who undergo full or partial mastectomy are entitled to surgery that equalizes the look of their breasts, Dr. Reiland says the other breast can also be reshaped to match the same look, often during the same surgical procedure. A novel therapy now being studied at the Avera Cancer Institute uses IOeRT to deliver a boost dose of radiation during surgery, cutting the radiation treatment time from six weeks to three weeks. This therapy may allow more women, especially in rural areas, to opt for breast conserving surgery, because it cuts the treatment time in half. “We’re also looking into a possible future study that would test one dose of radiation at the time of surgery – and then we’re done,” Dr. Reiland said. “Our first goal is to always get rid of the cancer. But then we can consider how we can help that woman look better, restore her self-esteem, and help her feel like she is back the way she was – or even better than before,” Dr. Reiland said. “It’s great to see women who have experienced breast cancer to once again feel confident and sexy.” “There are excellent advancements in breast cancer treatment coming out all the time,” Dr. Reiland said. She hopes that in the future, breast cancer will no longer be viewed as a fearful, devastating diagnosis, but rather a medical problem that is very treatable with lessened effects on one’s personal appearance and lifestyle. “We’re getting closer to that, and it’s very powerful. Women are not so much SFW a victim anymore.”

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Beside You on the Journey Sioux Falls Psychological Services and a Unique Program By Lisa Rinaldo • Photos courtesy of Sioux Falls Psychological Services


bright, quiet light shines from the back of Sioux Falls Seminary, offering hope to all, regardless of background. Though this light has been shining since 1974, many people are unfamiliar with the work of Sioux Falls Psychological Services, which is owned and operated by the seminary. Currently staffed by 14 professional therapists and nine student therapists who are working on their degrees, the office provides psychological counseling to the Sioux Falls area through three “avenues” of service. “We want to provide care to as many people as we can, at every level of the socioeconomic ladder,” says Dr. Doug Anderson, director of the program. One avenue of service provides counseling to clients who have insurance. A second group---uninsured clients--- finds guidance through the Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, which is staffed by student therapists, under the supervision of licensed therapists. These clients pay on a sliding scale according to financial ability.


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A unique third avenue of service is called the Journey Program. This outreach offers counseling to clients from churches in and around Sioux Falls, splitting the cost of therapy between the client, the church, and SFPS, so that people who are uninsured or significantly underinsured can receive the help they need for a fraction of the total cost. After a congregation signs up for the program, clients contact SFPS directly to schedule appointments, which are either held there, or at a regional outreach location. Because SFPS has a large and diverse professional staff, people are matched to a therapist who has the right training and set of skills for their specific concerns.

“Strengthening churches by helping people improve relationships is extremely important to us,” Dr. Anderson says. Between the Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic and the Journey Program, approximately 1500 client hours were provided in 2011. SFPS is committed to bringing a “faith perspective” --the integration of faith and psychology--- to the counseling process. “We at SFPS are united in a philosophy based on the amazing value of all individuals; all the people we serve are human beings who have needs equally worthy of our care,” Dr. Anderson says. Whether clients are Christians or come from other belief backgrounds, they are encouraged to discover how spirituality can be a part of their emotional well-being and healing. SFPS truly lives up to its motto: SFW “Offering hope for every journey.” Sioux Falls Psychological Services Staff- Left to right: Kim Belben, Michael Wheaton and Sara Kuehler

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Staying Mobile In Your Own Home

Understanding Available Technologies By Loretta Sorensen


aintaining independence and mobility doesn’t just happen. Making physical exercise a daily habit is one of the best ways to preserve strength and balance as we age. The National Institute of Health provides key steps to making exercise a regular part of each day: • Make it a priority. • Make it easy. • Make it safe. • Make it social. • Make it interesting and fun. • Make it an active decision. Daily household activities are no substitute for exercise designed to maintain strength and flexibility. Completing even a short morning routine (health guru Dr. Mehmet Oz has a seven-minute morning regimen) is a good habit. Keeping weights or exercise tools close at hand – such as two-lb. weights beside the easy chair – make it more convenient to work through a routine. Incorporating activities you like and know how to do – walking the entire mall or every aisle of the grocery store while shopping – are convenient and simple ways to complete exercise. Avoiding injury is important, so consult a physician before beginning any new routine. Involving a friend or family member in the exercise routine adds enjoyment and support. Activities such as walking can be done in a variety of settings to help maintain interest. 104

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It’s also important to include different types of exercises that hit targets of endurance, strength, balance and flexibility.

If mobility has declined or dramatically decreased, don’t hesitate to explore the many options available, such as lift chairs,

stair gliders, walkers and bath aids. Phil Johnson at Kreisers, Inc., says mobility aids can mean the difference between being able to stay in your own home and losing much of your independence. “The key to mobility is understanding how available technology can help you achieve that mobility,” Johnson says. “There are chairs that make it easier to sit down and stand up, walkers with built-in seating so you can rest whenever and wherever you need to, and stair-glides to give you a ride up and down your stairs. A small investment can make a large difference in your quality of life.” Concerns about cost sometimes deter people from even exploring mobility options. While a stair glider or major piece of equipment may require up-front investment, it saves a greater sum in the long run. “A stair-gliding unit costs much less than a one-month stay in a nursing home,” Johnson says. “We are always happy to explain the range of options available for individuals. Often, family members or friends accompany aging loved ones to the store to learn about their options. In some cases, insurance or Medicare help cover costs. We often see people who are delighted to learn about the features of a mobility appliance, with new features, such as hand brakes, massage and cervical support technology.” The features help individuals to be comfortable and confident to stay in their own homes, safely, maintaining their independence. “Whatever level of independence you can maintain in your home, it’s usually preferable to assisted living, long term care or even hospital stays,” Johnson says. SFW june/jul y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N



Things You Should Know

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nline shopping has become a dominate force in the world. In fact, in the United States alone, Americans spend more than 200 billion dollars online annually. I admit that I am one of those Americans, I love online shopping. I appreciate the convenience, privacy, and cost savings online purchasing can provide. There are some items that are best purchased directly. As an audiologist at Stanford Hearing Aids I am often asked questions about the online purchase of hearing aids. If you are considering buying hearing aids online, here are some things you should know: A hearing aid is not a simple sound amplifier. It is a complex medical device. At Stanford Hearing Aids, we customize hearing aid selection for each individual patient’s needs. No one hearing aid is right for every person. Online purchasing does not allow for this personalized selection process.

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While some online hearing aid businesses allow for sound adjustments, you are required to mail your hearing aid back to the manufacturer. This can be costly and requires you to go without your hearing aid.

Programming hearing aids requires specific computer software. Stanford Hearing Aids utilizes a wide variety of hearing aid manufacturers. If a hearing aid was purchased online there is a chance that the settings cannot be adjusted.

Specialized technology called Real Ear equipment should be used for every hearing aid fitting. Hearing aid fittings completed at Stanford Hearing Aids are done through Real Ear Verification. This allows for precise measurement of the sound the hearings aids send to your ears. This technology makes certain that speech sounds reach your ear

in a safe and comfortable way. Online hearing aid purchasing does not allow for this specialized testing to be completed. Successful adjustment to hearing aids requires office visits, reprogramming, counseling, and support. Hearing aid servicing is crucial for hearing aid success. Stanford Hearing Aids provides comprehensive service packages for all of their patients. There is an art to helping a new hearing aid user adjust and become acclimated to listening to amplified sounds. This is something that no online company can provide. Face-to-face care from highlytrained professionals is the key to improved communication through hearing aids. Success with hearing aids involves much more than the electronic device itself. The hearing aid is a tool that a trained audiologist can use to provide better hearing and communication to someone in need. To learn if hearing aids are right for you, contact Dr. Stephanie Wubben at (605)338-6251. Dr. Wubben is an Audiologist at Stanford Hearing Aids, located one block east of Minnesota Avenue on 14th. Street. Why the patients of Stanford Hearing Aids are their biggest advertisers! “I know if I have a problem, I will get the right help every time I go to the Stanford office. I appreciate and trust each employee for my hearing well-being.�

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Emily Steinhoff Passionately Enriches Her Life and Those Around Her with Benevolence and Happiness

At 32 years old,

Emily C. Steinhoff, JD has experienced more out of life than most people ever get the chance to. An Army veteran with a bachelor’s degree in political science and now a practicing trial lawyer, she is living life on her own terms. Fairly simple rules guide her: the first is to make a difference in the lives of others, and the second is to be happy with her own life.

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deeply compassionate, grounded and intelligent young woman, Emily’s foundation is her family. She credits her mother with imparting self-confidence and a desire for education. “She told me I could be president of the United States if I wanted to be and because of her, I have always believed I could do anything I set my mind to.” She claims her father is her hero. “He is my rock. He loves his family more than anything in the world and he taught me that family is always first. We are extremely close.”


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A Sioux Falls native, Emily is the oldest in her family and shares a close relationship with her younger brother and sister. She graduated from Lincoln High School and enlisted in the Army following graduation. At the tender age of 18, she was on her own and heading overseas to be stationed for two years in Germany. Excited to be starting a new chapter in her life, Emily was thrilled to have the opportunity to experience living abroad.


n atypical young woman, she was more focused on traveling and seeing the world than going out with friends. “Lots of the young people I was with in the military liked to spend their money having a good time, so they didn’t have the money to travel,” Emily says. “There were many times I went places on my own, and once I took my mom to Paris. It was an amazing experience.” That desire to see the world eventually took her to Sweden, Austria, Kenya, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Spain, Mexico, France, Netherlands, Cyprus, Jamaica, England, Italy and South Korea. A self-proclaimed over-achiever, Emily enrolled part-time in college courses while serving in Germany. After being assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, she continued her education and attained her associate’s degree. After five years of service, she was honorably discharged from the Army and continued on with her education. Focusing solely on school for the first time, she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors. “It was a wonderful opportunity to commit to college full time,” she says. “It only took me three semesters to graduate since school was my first priority and I understood the importance of it.” The first in her family to graduate from college, Emily treasures the gift of education. “I wanted to make my parents proud and be a respectable member of the community. Becoming an attorney was a successful career choice that fit me and my strengths the best.” After setting her sights on law school, Emily was accepted at the University of North Carolina, one of the top 30 law schools in the nation. She spent her last year studying abroad at the University of Manchester in England. “It was one of the best times of my life. I joined the International Society, an organization of students from all over the world. We went on trips together, learned about each others cultures and traditions, and got to be great friends. I am still in contact with several of them.” june/jul y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N



eeling the strong tug of home and family, Emily returned to Sioux Falls after attaining her law degree. In 2009, she met her future husband Jeff Schlenker. “My husband is supportive of everything I do; he’s my best friend.” Today, Emily practices law at Steinhoff Law PLLC, which she opened in 2011, focusing on family law, criminal defense, and civil litigation. She enjoys recreational softball and volleyball, and long walks or bike rides to relieve stress, have fun and stay fit. She shares her home with her beloved dachshunds, Benny and Cloe. “I have an intense love for animals. I think people could learn so much from their pets about how human beings should treat each other. My dogs love me unconditionally. They add something to my life that I don’t get from anything else and they are loyal beyond belief.”

“I think that everything I’ve done and accomplished has made me who I am. It’s my goal to be happy and to work to make the world a better place. If people remember me for being a good person, that’s all that matters. I don’t need to be rich and famous, I just want to be happy and be a good person. I don’t live in a box. If I want to change, to reinvent myself, I have no issues in doing that. If it means making me happy or fulfilled, I will do it.”


–Emily Steinhoff

mily spends a great deal of her free time finding ways to enrich the city she loves. As a member of the Diversity Kiwanis Club, she has helped raise funds and rally support for multiple projects that benefit children in the community and the world. Although not an official club member, her husband often joins her efforts. As President Elect, Emily is passionate about the group’s philanthropic endeavors. “It makes me happy to do community service. I could have the worst day at work and then I get to go and do something like put a coat on a kid that doesn’t have a coat or help a kid get to school so they can get an education.”

“It makes me feel good and makes them feel good,” she says with a grin. “I just wish more people knew how it could make them feel. We aren’t just a bunch of people that write checks. We’re really there to make a difference and to make an impact for children in our community, our country and our world. Our website is, that you can check out for more information.” Emily is also involved in Bike MS, Habitat for Humanity Women Build®, and is one of only two women who serve on the American Legion’s Honor Guard in Sioux Falls. “I joined because I thought it was a shame that only older veterans were doing the military gun salutes for funerals. I wonder what will happen when all of them are gone, since young veterans aren’t stepping up? I want a military salute at my funeral someday and I don’t want the tradition to die, so I joined,” she says. “It is a privilege to honor fellow veterans. The American Legion is excited to have a young female veteran join the honor guard and they have made me feel very welcome.” Her passion for helping others and treasuring family is a constant for Emily, and she believes her world travels have helped her see things more clearly. “In Italy, life is so much slower. Stores close down and people count on one another if they need something. You can run to your neighbors for milk or eggs, and that’s what makes you closer. They watch over each others kids like Americans used to in the 1950’s. I think we’ve become so focused on ourselves, that we’ve lost that sense of community in America. I want to help bring that back.” SFW

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Healing Hands A Family of Chiropractors By Lisa Rinaldo • Photo courtesy of Hartford Spinal Care


he Snyder family gives a whole new meaning to the term “family practice.” Dr. Jayson Snyder, his daughter Dr. Ashley Ingalls, and son-in-law Dr. Dustin Ingalls practice together in Hartford. Daughter Dr. Melissa Snyder-Plocek and her husband Dr. Nolan Plocek have just purchased a practice in Colorado. “I don’t think I ever pushed anybody- I never even really suggested it!” said Dr. Snyder, who became a chiropractor in 1993 through Palmer Chiropractic College in Iowa. Dr. Dustin recounts how he felt “carried through” the intense years of study not only by family, but also by the sense of history at Palmer. Dr. Nolan decided on a career in chiropractic while still in high school. “Being


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part of a family of chiropractors is a great feeling, especially at graduation,” he said. Family members who have already graduated from Palmer cross the stage with the new graduate, multiplying the sense of being bound together as a family, as well as by a calling. All of the doctors agree that being dedicated to a calling makes going to work a joy, rather than a job, and it’s an added bonus to have the camaraderie of family working together in the Hartford office. “ I never realized how much fun it would be having family in the office…the activity, the laughter, the voices,” said Dr. Jayson.

Dr. Ashley admits she had other aspirations as a teenager, but while working at the front desk of Dad’s office during high school, she was moved by stories of how lives were being changed through chiropractic healing. “Chiropractic finds YOU, you don’t exactly choose it,” she said. Her husband Dustin seriously considering a career in physical therapy, but soon joined

Ashley in chiropractic training instead. They say going through school together strengthened their relationship, as a result of experiencing the same challenges. Dr. Melissa reminisces, “It was a great experience going through school together – to have that family support around you. I got to be a second mom to my sister’s kids, too. Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to be a chiropractor, because my dad helped people. In fact, in school, when we had to draw our heroes, I would draw my dad! Someday I’d like to have the opportunity to be back in South Dakota, working with him.” Dr. Jayson is a humble hero. He is enthusiastic about seeing his patients pain-free. “There are people who come here from six or seven states around—and it’s getting to the point now where I can’t see everybody. To have two other people in the office who do a mirror image of what I do is so comforting, because I know my patients are in good hands,” he said. (All of the Snyder family doctors practice a unique chiropractic technique known as NUCCA, which focuses on the upper cervical area, a “keystone” that affects the whole spine.) In the midst of all these doctors is the woman who has encouraged them over the years and is a hero in her own right – Lana, otherwise known as Mrs. Snyder, Mom or Grandma. When asked about her mom’s role in the family, Melissa replies, “My mom is very present and active – she’s the glue that holds all of us together.” Indeed, someone needs to make sure this big, busy family stays in balance. SFW

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Busy Mom and Champion of Protectors By Jill Funke • Photo by Hauschildt’s Photography


any mothers of young children find themselves busy with laundry, cooking, and taking care of their families. Adding the operation of a business to that mix can be even more of a challenge. Michelle Sanderson of Larchwood, Iowa, accepts the challenges of motherhood and business operation with the perfect amount of enthusiasm and perspective. When Sanderson and her husband John were raising two sons ages two and four, the parents received the surprise of a lifetime when they learned they were suddenly expecting triplets. Caring for three babies was more than a full-time job, and Sanderson learned a great deal about mothering multiples during the first year. “It’s very difficult trying to balance everything, but it can be done,” she says. “Speak with others who do it to gain advice or insight, and network with similar moms.” As the babies and their older brothers grew, Michelle was able to organize her time and establish a new business that she manages from her home. Having served in the military, she recognized a need for stylish, quality clothing and accessories that support military personnel, as well as firefighters and police officers. In an effort to meet that need, Sanderson created American Hero Clothing & Accessories, which is a brand of patriot apparel that she designs. The clothing line offers a variety of items including baby onesies, women’s fit t-shirts, tank tops, burnouts, women’s fit sweatshirts, pants and yoga capris, as well as amazingly soft and comfortable men’s t-shirts, thermal long-sleeve t-shirts and 120

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“Don’t stress about having a perfectly clean house at all times. Your children will remember the fun you had with them, not the spotless home.” ~ Michelle Sanderson sweatshirts. There are also headwear, purses and totes for sale. Some of the items are adorned with rhinestones, and those designs are produced by Sanderson herself. “The clothing is not typical or standard, but meets high

standards that anyone would be proud to wear and feel wonderful in,” she says. Truly supportive of those who serve their country, Sanderson says, “Each month I donate a percentage of my profits to Wounded Warrior Project.”

With two-year-old triplets and older boys of five and seven, Sanderson is still a full-time mom. “I work from two to five hours a day on the business, fitting in work between nap times and at bedtime,” Sanderson says. “I try to stay away from work while the children are awake so that I can balance being a mom and a business owner. It’s important to me to have quality time with my children, as well as having a successful business.” She also includes her family in her business, keeping them informed and involved with what is happening. At times, her oldest son even helps her dream up new designs.

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Missing The Boat

RMS Titanic Sailed Without One Sioux Falls Man By Thea Miller Ryan


issing the boat isn’t usually a good thing, but one Sioux Falls family is happy their grandfather missed the most talked about sea accident in history – the sinking of the Titanic.

Gil Haugan’s Norwegian grandfather, Albert Haugan, had plans to immigrate to the United States 100 years ago. “He bought a ticket with a friend for the Titanic,” he said. A chain of events like no other caused Albert to never set foot on board the ill-fated ship. It started because the RMS Olympic had a collision with a British 122

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Above: The young Albert Haugan Left: A travel postcard from the H.M.S. Baltic Background: The majestic H.M.S. Titanic prepares for it’s maiden and ill-fated final journey



naval warship in September 1911. It was badly damaged and workers who were assigned to complete the new RMS Titanic were sent to help repair the Olympic. As a result, the Titanic’s maiden voyage was delayed two weeks while repairs were finished.

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The H.M.S. Titanic People who couldn’t wait to make the delayed trip cashed in their Titanic tickets and chose a ride on the SS Baltic, scheduled to leave for the U.S. that week. The famed London Symphony Orchestra took the SS Baltic to avoid changing scheduled concert dates, and so did Albert Haugan.

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A bookplate etching from the H.M.S. Baltic Albert wrote a letter home once he arrived in the U.S., telling family he’d taken a different ship, but the letter didn’t reach Norway for a month, Gil said. Albert settled in the Canton and Sioux Falls area and worked as a farmer and later, a construction worker, even helping build one of Sioux Falls’ main thoroughfares, the 10th Street viaduct. His construction penchant grew with his son, Gil, Sr., who started Gil Haugan Construction in 1960. The company is now run by Gil Haugan, Jr. SFW june/jul y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N


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hat do you get when you put three talented, entrepreneurial interior designers in one room? The answer is the perfect scenario for co-working, or should we say co-designing. For the past three years, independent interior designers Ajay Kittur, Joanie Tassi and Lisa Jervik have thrived in their creative


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careers. All having once worked together at successful, local, custom design and furniture stores in Sioux Falls, the idea of joining forces under one roof came about over casual coffees and table talk. “I think Ajay was the first to start planting the seed,” says Lisa Jervik, owner of LJ Designs.

Today, they are back around the table enjoying coffee, only this time, their business names are on the door. “It’s really a neat concept that benefits our clients,” says Ajay Kittur, owner of Designing Dreams by Ajay. The idea is simple even though their custom creations are elaborate. Each of the three designers has pooled their resources to open “Designers 3,” located on 41st Street. The quaint space is perfect for showcasing samples, making presentations, performing office work and of course, collaborating. “We all have our strengths, so it’s really nice to be able to bounce ideas off of each other,” says Joanie Tassi, who owns JM Tassi Design.

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A profile of area authors and their recent books.


ven though Dee Dee Raap has filled multiple journals and diaries since she was very young, she never really planned to be a writer. But she found it healing after losing her mother, and now she shares that written journey with others in her books. “Writing is one of life’s tools for discovering, healing, learning and connecting,” she said. Her first book, “Dear Mom,” speaks to women who need to heal after losing their mother. Her book and speaking tour opened a flood of emotions for her and her readers, leading to a second book, “Find Your Pink Flamingos.” “Speaking to groups of women about healing from losing their mom led me to discover that Mom’s gifts of values were hidden in three places: her words, actions and unique items, like the pink flamingos that decorated our prairie yard in the 60s,” Raap said. “The book is filled with humor and heartfelt stories that help people find and live the values of their own mom.” Dee Dee’s latest book, “JourneyWords,” is a col128

SIOUX FALLS WOMAN • june/jul y 2012

By Thea Miller Ryan Photos by MJ Knobe Photography

Dee Dee Raap Author helps others make their journey great lection of 52 words that she hopes will serve as a tool for people to feel inspired at their desk. It is a “small book, filled with wonderful photos, tips and inspirational quotes that bring out the best in us,” she said. “Writing is something I have to do for me,” she said. “I simply share what I believe I am supposed to share to help others make their journey great.” Dee Dee’s books are available at Zandbroz in downtown Sioux Falls and at her website,

Sioux Falls Woman Magazine, June/July 2012  

The Premier Woman's Magazine of the Sioux Empire

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