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Calendar of Events


In Our Community The Magic Flute







Featuring Sioux Falls Heart Walk 2012 Featuring Sioux Falls Xtreme Event Challenge Rodeo In Our Community Common Ground SD Serves Up Farming & Food Conversations Weddings A Celebration of Love

Big Day Josh and Jordan Schmidt


Sugar & Spice


Hair Trends

August/Septem ber

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Fashion Trends


Where to Shop


Where to Dine


Recipes Slow Cookin’ for Tail-Gaiting Fun


Travelogue The Sweet Highway 16


Auto Style


Home & Garden A Global Glory That Goes Beyond Boundaries




About The House Window Shade Repair 101 Health Do Try This at Home Health From A to Zzzzz’s



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Health Awareness Making A Difference Prevention The Choose You Movement Health From Patient to Navigator Health Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Jolene Loetscher Fearless

110 Profile

Evelyn McKillop Honorary Doctorate Recipient

112 Author Revealed

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Scott Meyer

contributors Jill Funke

Loretta Sorensen

Margaret Pennock

Thea Miller Ryan

Jennifer Dumke

Jill Funke lives just across the South Dakota border in Northwest Iowa, where she and her husband Dan are raising their spir-

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

Loretta Sorensen 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 & secured additional writing assignments from a variety of local & 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 & 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 & grandchildren, speaking opportunities, playing violin & 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.

Thea Miller Ryan studied medieval and renaissance history, art and architecture in Oxford, England. She lists Lake Como,

Italy, as her favorite travel destination and she assisted in a study of nuisance black bears in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Thea’s travels and education have taken her to great distances but she still believes there’s no place like the grand prairies of South Dakota. Thea is the director of The Outdoor Campus, a nature center in Sertoma Park, where kids can get dirty outdoors and learn to fish, camp, hunt, kayak and canoe. In her spare time she enjoys writing and reading anything available and she volunteers for the South Dakota Festival of Books and The Big Read. Thea, her husband Tim, and daughter Maddy, spend family time traveling, gardening, geocaching and catching butterflies.

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 long-awaited birth of their daughter Kaydence. They are enjoying their new role as parents.


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ioux Falls is bustling with events and activities in

August and September while people make the most of the last few weeks of summer. Make sure to check out the calendar so you don’t miss out on any of the happenings. You’ll want to make sure you’re at the “Magic Flute” performance and the Xtreme Event Rodeo Challenge. Learn about a new group in town that has a vested interest in our agricultural roots. Finally, meet




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Calendar of events

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Bike Night at J&L HarleyDavidson Aug. 24 & Sept. 21 Thursdays - Saturdays in August and September Live Music 8:30pm Bracco World Cafe & Island Bar Admission - Free Friday - Sunday in August and September Live Music 7pm Bracco World Cafe & Island Bar - Okoboji, IA Admission - Free Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 & Sept. 3 “Bring Your Friends Night” 4 p.m. Wild Water West Admission- $40 up to 10 people


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Aug. 6, 13 & 20 Mondays at McKennan 7 p.m. McKennan Park Bandshell Admission- Free

Aug. 7, 14, 21 & 28 Terrific Tuesday 4 p.m. Wild Water West Admission- $5 + tax

Aug. 6 Orion Classic 8 a.m. Westward Ho Country Club Admission- varies Call (605) 965-3138

Aug. 8 Back to School Essentials and Snacks 3 p.m. Museum of Visual Materials Admission- $15 Call (605) 271-9500 to register

Aug. 7 Farm to Feast 5 p.m. Downtown Admission- $20 in advance, $25 at the door Call (605) 543-5678 for tickets

Aug. 8, 15, 22 & 29 Rhythm on the River 7:30 p.m. Downtown Riverfront Amphitheater Admission- Free

Aug. 2-5 & 9-12 Dream Home Tour 12 p.m. Sioux Empire Home Builders Association Admission- $7 Call (605) 361-8322 or visit Aug. 9, 18 & 23 Jazz at Fawick 7 p.m. Fawick Park Admission- Free Aug. 9, 16, 23, 30 Live Jazz Night 6-9 p.m. Icon Lounge Aug. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 & 31 Downtown Street Musicians 6 p.m. Downtown Admission- Free Aug. 10 & Sept. 14 The Ballroom Dance Club El Riad Shrine, 14th & Phillips Admission $10, memberships available Call (605) 528-5653



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Aug. 12 The Sioux Chef Challenge 5-8 p.m. Sioux Falls Convention Center Admission $40 or 2 for $75 Call (605) 351-2553 Aug. 3 & 14 Pit Quarry Tour Aug. 3 at 9:30 a.m.; Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum Admission- Free August 14-18 American Cancer Society’s cancer prevention study, CPS-3 Enrollment To see list of locations, visit the website Aug. 15, Sept. 19 Co-op Cooking Class by Co-op Natural Foods 6 p.m. Museum of Visual Materials Admission $15 Call (605) 339-9506 Aug. 18 Books & Bikes 10 a.m. Downtown Admission- Free


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Aug. 24 & Sept. 21 Bike Night at J&L Harley-Davidson 6 p.m. J&L Harley-Davidson Admission- Free Aug. 25 Heart Walk 8 a.m. Falls Park Admission- Free Aug. 26 12th Annual JAM Against Hunger 1 – 6 p.m. Terrace Park Bandshell (4th & Euclid) Admission – Free – please bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation Aug. 25 Xtreme Event Challenge Rodeo Gates open at 4; Rodeo Begins at 5:30 McCrossan Boys Ranch Admission- $10 in advance, $12 at the gate Call (605) 339-1203 or visit to purchase tickets August 29 Live Music from Nick Rallis 8:30pm Bracco World Cafe & Island Bar Admission - Free

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The Magic Flute Presented by Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. A Wonderful Operatic Experience for the Entire Family


By Jill A. Funke • Photos courtesy of Sounds of South Dakota

outh Dakota has a rich heritage of agriculture and hard work. Yet Sounds of South Dakota, Inc., President Dr. Lisa Grevlos feels that in addition to the obvious roots of the state, South Dakota is also a place rich in music and arts. For this reason, she cofounded the organization Sounds of South Dakota, Inc., under the belief that music, especially that from opera and musical theatre, enriches the human existence. A group of people enthusiastic about bringing professional opera singers who grew up in South Dakota back to the state to perform was the seed Lisa Grevlos from which the organization has grown. “The goal of Sounds of South Dakota is to bring professional performers back to the state and to support our South Dakota professional musicians,” Dr. Grevlos says. This year, the organization is celebrating its 10th anniversary in a special way. On Sept. 15 and 16, a grand production of “The Magic Flute” by W.A. Mozart will be held in the Mary Sommervold Hall at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. Dr. Grevlos will serve as stage director, and says, “This is a Singspiel opera, which in German means sing and speak.” There will be spoken and sung text in both English and German, and accompaniment will be provided by thirty-five members of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro David Gier. Alyssa Nance 28

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A professional set and props from Asheville Lyric Opera in North Carolina, and costumes from the Pensacola Opera in Florida will enhance this fullystaged production. Grevlos hopes that the magnitude of the production will attract both opera lovers and also those who claim little exposure to the art. “If you love musical theatre, but haven’t experienced opera, this is the perfect opportunity for you,” Dr. Grevlos says. She would like to help dispel the misconception that opera is boring, or scary, and always sung in a foreign language. “The Magic Flute” is full of comedy for those who like to laugh, colorful costumes to please the eye, and wonderful music that many will recognize from various places, including television commercials. This opera is not only for adults, as Dr. Grevlos explains, “’The Magic Flute’ will be quite an experience for people of all ages.” Celebrating in the spirit of fairytales, “The Magic Flute” is a story that takes place when Tamino is suddenly in a strange, fantastical land. Falling in love with the beautiful princess, Pamina, leads to a search for her when the powerful Sarastro takes her. In his search, Tamino makes a feathered friend, Papageno, and the two take quite a journey to find their true loves. With its fantasy theme, “The Magic Flute” will be a great opportunity for the SFW entire family. Tickets to The Magic Flute are available for $42.50, $27.50 and $17.50 at the Washington Pavilion Box Office 605-367-6000.

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Heart Walk 2012 Walking to Save Lives

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he numbers are staggering: 34 percent of all deaths in South Dakota each year are caused by heart disease and stroke. That’s 1 out of every 3 people – even in Minnehaha County, where medical facilities are excellent and medical assistance arrives quickly. In some counties, the ratio is much higher. If you could help save one of these lives, perhaps even your own, would you do it? You can. We can.


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Physical activity is the most important preventive measure— just 30 minutes of walking a day can make a difference between life and death. By participating in the American Heart Associationsponsored “Heart Walk” on Saturday, Aug. 25, you will be helping to raise awareness as well as funding for urgent research, public education, medical training, and medical equipment that will save the lives of thousands of fellow South Dakotans. The Heart Walk is the number one way funds are raised each year by the Sioux Falls AHA to fight cardiovascular disease. Last year our community raised $190,000, and this year’s goal is $235,000.

Anyone can participate, and there is no charge. (Or form a team with friends and family, and help fund-raise before Aug. 25.) Choose either the one-mile or three-mile loop around Falls Park. If you can’t participate, donations to the American Heart Association are welcome, either to one of the many teams being sponsored by local companies, or directly to our local AHA. For more information about the Walk, look online and register for this important event at This is a great opportunity to exercise together as a family and SFW help beat heart disease! august/september 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N


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Xtreme Event Challenge Rodeo McCrossan Boys Ranch Presents 6th Annual Beauty & the Beast Show by Margaret Pennock • Photos courtesy of McCrossan Boys Ranch


ooking for a great time and the opportunity to help with a great cause? Mark your calendar for the McCrossan Boys Ranch Xtreme Event Challenge Rodeo on Saturday, Aug. 25. Enjoy hard-driving, extreme rodeo professionals as they thrill and battle it out for cash prizes with the Barrel Racing, Mutton Busting and the Northern Bull Riding Tour featuring the toughest, rankest bulls in the Midwest.


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“It’s a wonderful, family-friendly event. Although you’re just on the outskirts of Sioux Falls, it feels like you’re out on the farm and you get to be a part of a wonderful show,” says Christy Menning, McCrossan director of development and rodeo event coordinator. “The rodeo is a blast. If you’ve been to a thousand or if you’ve never been to one, you’ll love it,” Menning says. Back by popular demand, local band Vermillion Amped is ready to kick the show off and is joined by Duane Reichert, Rodeo Clown Extraordinaire. “Although this is a great way to raise funds, it’s wonderful for our boys to have this on our campus,” Menning says. “They help out getting ready, work concessions and they’re just as excited as everyone else is about having it here.” All funds raised benefit at-risk youth at McCrossan Boys Ranch, a residential group care facility that is currently serving an all-time high of 75 boys ranging from 9 – 20 years of age.

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CommonGround Serves Up Farming and Food Conversations Volunteers ask food influencers to bring questions to the table By Sara Even • Photos courtesy of the South Dakota Soybean Council


group of South Dakota farm women recently had a dinner with foodies, health and nutrition professionals, and parents to talk about food and farming. The farm women belong to a grassroots program called CommonGround, which is focused on bridging the gap between the people who buy food and the people who grow it. “It is important to meet with people in the state about the CommonGround program,” says Amanda Folkens, CommonGround volunteer and farmer from Rock Rapids, Iowa. “The guests who attended are leaders in South Dakota, and, after attending our dinner, I hope they will continue to ask us questions about farming and food issues.” At the CommonGround table, all food topics were open for discussion. Guests came prepared with questions in hand, and gathered at CJ Callaway’s in Sioux Falls, S.D. Topics discussed among guests included subjects such as antibiotics, hormones, food safety and animal welfare. Throughout the dinner, the six CommonGround South Dakota volunteers shared stories from their farm and used their agricultural knowledge to address guests’ concerns about the nation’s food supply.


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“I think the guests really learned a lot. We discussed a lot of issues at my table, and I noticed some of the guests kind of had the ‘Ah ha’ look when we explained a topic,” Folkens says. “I believe the guests were learning things that they probably have not talked about with a farmer before.” Even though there were plenty of questions to answer, each volunteer kept a positive approach throughout the night. Hormones and antibiotics seemed to be the hot topics at the dinner. One conversation surrounded the hormone bovine somatotropin (BST). Ginger Post, a dairy farmer from Volga, S.D., explained to guests that BST is a naturally occurring hormone in all milk. “A small number of dairy farmers choose to use small amounts of synthetic BST to increase the milk production of their cows,” Post says. “However, the pasteurization process destroys 90 percent of hormones in milk, and the rest of the hormones are broken down during digestion. There are no differences between milk produced by hormone-treated and untreated cows.” The dinner was yet another example of how South Dakota is connecting farm moms with urban ones. “As a farmer, I want people to know I’m here as a resource to help you understand where our food comes from,” Post says. “I love being able to share what we do on our farm and answer questions people may have. We are fortunate to have an abundant food supply in the U.S., and I want everyone to feel safe and secure with their food choices.” The CommonGround website serves as a resource for moms and others who want to find answers to their food questions. ( Through the website, visitors have the opportunity to ask questions and connect instantly with a volunteer. SFW Did you know? • On average, Americans spend roughly 10 percent of their income on food, versus other countries around the world that spend roughly 18 to 25 percent. – Source: The Hand That Feeds Us • Federal regulations allow hormones to be used on cattle and sheep, but not on poultry or hogs, so there are no added hormones in chicken or pork. – Source: United States Department of Agriculture • Livestock antibiotic use requires specific withdrawal times, or a set number of days that must pass between the last antibiotic treatment and the animal entering the food supply. – Source: FDA and U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service august/september 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N



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Josh and Jordan Schmidt By: Megan Brandsrud • Photos courtesy of Suasan DeWitt Photography


osh and Jordan Schmidt have a quintessential love story that you’d find in the movies. They had grown up in the same small town, but never knew each other. Three and half years ago, at the Back Woods bar in Marion, S.D., Jordan recognized a beautiful black German Shepard that she and her daughter would see when they went on walks. This time, she also noticed the man that was with the dog. As a vet tech, Jordan has a thing for animals, and this dog, soon to be known as Maurice, was no exception. “I had always seen this dog when my daughter and I were walking,” Jordan says. “His coat was shiny and black, and his ears always stood tall and proud.” Having admired the dog’s beauty from afar, Jordan decided she had to approach his owner and ask about the dog. Little did she know that one day this man would be her husband. “That night, Josh told me that Maurice wasn’t a very friendly dog, so I think he was surprised when Maurice let me pet him,” Jordan says. “I think I saw the twinkle in Josh’s eyes that night, but maybe that was just because he was surprised Maurice didn’t try to eat me! We started talking that night, and 38

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before we knew it, we were dating.” Josh and Jordan spent the next few years spending time together as often as they could. “We both worked full-time and I was also taking night classes and was busy raising my daughter, so we took things slowly,” Jordan says. T h e special moment came on 11/11/11 at 11:11 p.m. at Falls Park in Sioux F a l l s w h e n Josh and Jordan were walking and Josh dropped to one knee and asked Jordan if she would make his wish come true. The couple decided on a summer wedding, so they quickly jumped into planning mode. On June 9, 2012, Josh and Jordan became Mr. and Mrs. at the Japanese Gardens in Terrace Park in front of 250 guests. There were a total of 10 attendants in the wedding party, and Jordan’s daughter, Hailey, was the flower girl. Sticking with the theme of the proposal, the ceremony started at 2:11 p.m., the reception at 6:11 p.m. and the dance at 8:11 p.m. One unique aspect to their celebration was the guestbook at the reception. The “book” was actually a log that Jordan’s boss had given her. Josh stripped the bark off the log and Josh’s father carved the couple’s names and wedding date into the wood. “I enjoyed the entire day,” Jordan says. “I was only disap-

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is a medical uniform and scrub consignment shop. Carrying new and used medical uniforms, lab coats, stethoscopes and shoes. For men and women of all sizes, colors and brands. All Heart • Barco • Basic • Cherokee • Crest Dansko • Dickies • Fashion Seal • Fundamentals Grey’s Anatomy • Happy Scrubs • Landau Littman • Lydias • Peaches • UA • Urbane Scrubs We welcome your unwanted uniforms and scrubs for consignment - No appointment necessary

801 N. Cliff Avenue

(Conveniently at the Corner of 2nd & Cliff)

Sioux Falls 605-274-3464

Uniquely Yours • New Custom Homes & Remodeling • Small Commercial Build-Outs • Computer Drafting


rlie Hjellming founded the company in 1962 focusing on remodeling projects, additions, and building new homes. Hjellming Construction has expanded their services to include small commercial build outs and computer drafting of all custom floor plans and additions. Scott joined his father in the business in 1988 after graduating from Dunwoody Industrial Institute. Scott is proud to carry on Hjellming Construction tradition of excellence. We are truly one of the premiere builders in the Sioux Falls area. We work hard to ensure each customer is comfortable working with us. Our goal is to create for you an end product that is UNIQUELY YOURS. Cory Hjellming is the third generation to enter into 605-339-0424 the family business and is currently in charge of their state-of-the-art computer drafting service.

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where to

Schopperts Piano Gallery

1020 E. 41st St. (605)339-6023 - Direct (763)486-8911 - Cell Experience the world’s finest pianos. Your locally-owned and authorized dealer for Steinway, Boston, Essex, & Kawai pianos. “8 keys to buying a piano” is a fun and educational seminar offered at the gallery. Prices Vary.

Harold’s Photo Experts

Framed Wall Art Transform your images into a piece of artwork that will look amazing on any wall. Order in-store or online at Prices starting at $39.99

Nearly New, Barely Used Uniform Consignment

801 N. Cliff Ave. (605) 274-3464 • New and gently-used uniforms and scrubs for men and women. In all sizes. In numerous fun prints, colors, and college logos. Do we have yours? Stethoscopes vary in brands and colors. Surgical caps. New arrivals daily. Price average: $8


222 S. Phillips Ave. (605)360-3558 • The world’s only patent-pending handbag that can be worn as a scarf or a wrap. Each one comes with two hidden zippered pockets perfect for tucking in a cellphone, wallet, lipstick- all the necessities. Simple, stylish, superb! Price: $79.99


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3100 S. Minnesota Ave. (605) 357-0057 Motorized window treatments, are not just for the rich. These stylish window treatments are excellent for those hard to reach places. No visible cords make them visually appealing and safe for children and pets. Most can be powered by batteries. Prices vary.


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

Handy Man

910 E. 10th St. (605) 336-0316 These brand-new hand showers have three function settings to enhance any showering experience. They include a 24’’ slide bar with variable angle and height adjustment. Perfect for everyone in the house! Prices range from $100-$200

Stewart School

604 N. West Ave. (605) 336-2775 • Bed Head by TIGI. These products will help with recovery for damaged hair. We also have styling aids for everything from soft & touchable to hard-hold and everything between. Prices vary

Bella Boutique


The Bridges at 57th, 5009 S Western Ave. (605) 335-2295 Fun stuff at Bella Boutique with positive messages inspires us to Live Happy! Burnout T-Shirt: $30.00 Steering wheel cover: $25.00 Car Magnet: $9.50 Car Air Freshener: $8.00 Head & wrist bands: $ 9 - $10

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4101 N. Hainje Ave. (605) 334-9727 • This kitchen island is sure to impress with the chunky legs, curved drawers and custom finish. Topped with Cosmos granite, this island will be the envy of all your friends. See us for all of your home’s custom cabinetry. Prices Vary.



2425 S. Shirley Ave. Suite 112 (605) 274-2882 TOMS Sunglasses With every pair you purchase, TOMS will help give sight to a person in need. One for One. Price: $119

The Diamond Room

3501 W. 57th St. (605) 362-0008 • Experience beach sands and summer neutrals with the Newest Interchangeable straps from the Michele designer collection Prices vary.

First Impressions

775 10th St. Rock Rapids, IA (712) 476-2945 Woven Ratan bench. Use in entry ways, hall ways, ends of beds or just about anywhere. Elegant, functional and will enhance any decor. Price: $335

Dakota Vision Center

5012 S. Bur Oak Pl. (605) 361-1680 • Vera Bradley eyeglasses are perfect for the discerning female corrective-lens wearer, looking for style and fashion. Prices vary.

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123 N. 3rd St. Beresford, SD 57004 (605) 763-8066 Citizen of Humanity, True Religion, Guess and CAbi Denim, Antiqued 6 Panel Window & Home Decor Price Range: $9-$57

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5005 S. Western Ave. Suite 180 (605) 275-6200 Pure Abundance- All-day weightless volume that feels naturally yours. Thickens fine hair with nature’s boosters. Pure Abundance Shampoo, Conditioner, Style-Prep, Hair Potion and Volumizing Hair Spray. Prices vary.

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2117 S. Minnesota Ave. (605) 373-9700 Uttermost Modern Circles 3-way lamp with square shade & tassel. Find this and many more new items that arrive every day. Price: $110

The French Door

4819 S. Louise Ave. Beakon Centre (605) 332-8841 Chic bridesmaids dresses for any occasion. Wear for weddings, rehearsal dinner, your honeymoon, or on a special date. 15% discount on all bridesmaids special orders during month of August. Call for an appointment today! Styles by Watters Bridal. Price Range: $240-$270.

My Current Obsession

212 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 336-3224 • The perfect place to display your little Picasso’s artwork!! Price: $45.00


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Kids Stuff Super Store

3109 S. Carolyn Ave. (605) 361-8636 • Trend Lab...Pink is in! Blankets, Burp Cloth, and Wash Rags. Soft, cute and irresistible. Prices start at $11.99.

Rainn Salon & Spa

The Bridges at 57th 5019 S. Western Ave. Suite 160 (605) 521-5099 • Within every man, there’s a thoughtful husband, a loving father, and an honest friend who deserves to look as good as he feels. Within every man there’s a hero. Prices start at $20

Bracco & Spezia

Bracco World Cafe & Island Bar 5001 S Western Ave 605-388-4386 • Spezia 4801 S Louise Avenue (605) 334-7491 • Purchase a Bracco or Spezia gift card to be conveniently used at either locations. Gift cards can also be used at Spezia in Omaha or Bracco in Okoboji. Purchase by stopping in or online with free shipping Available in any amount.

Try It Again Consignment Store

2101 W. 41st. (Western Mall) (605) 362-9000 Name brands for less!Save a lot shopping back to school for the entire family. Inventory changes daily. Prices vary.

You’ve Been Framed

Forget Me Not Boutique

5015 S Western at The Bridges on Western and 57th (605) 335-9878 • Scrap book with magnets - embellish your story, personalize - Change embellishments for holidays, seasons and occasions. Prices vary.

Bridges at 57th 5015 S. Western Ave. Suite 140 (605) 361-9229 Bigger is better. You asked, we listened. Come check out our newly expanded boutique opening in August! Introducing Hobo Bags. You’ve Been Framed. Never Ordinary. Prices vary.

Stride Rite

2425 S. Shirley Ave. #108 (605) 362-7728 Get your back to school Under Armour, shoes and clothes. Prices vary by style and size.

The Economy Shop

1308 Main Street, Rock Valley, Iowa (712) 476-5531 Quality consignments for everyone in the family. Brand names at prices that cannot be beat. Stop often, shop awhile, save a lot. Never the same store twice. Prices and selection varies.


1725 W 41st Street 605-332-4400 ARTWORK THAT WORKS! At Montgomery’s, we carry a wide variety of unique artwork that will add personality to your home and express your individual style. You’ll find everything from large statement pieces to smaller single or paired styles. Prices vary.

Kreisers Inc.

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

Jenny Craig

3109 W. 41st. St. (605)339-0656 • Burn fat while you stretch, tone & sculpt with this innovative new tool & DVD with three workouts. Price: $29.99

Dakota Spirit

3910 W. 59th. Street (605) 373-0414 Cheer for a Cure! Support Dakota Spirit’s “Bows for Breast Cancer” Campaign! 100% of funds raised will go to a local family whose mom was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Stop by the gym to pick up your bow or call 373-0414. Price $10


Where To Bracco World Cafe & Island Bar 5001 S Western Ave 605-388-4386 Cuisine: American, Asian, Creole A local, family-owned restaurant, is a Sioux Falls hot spot with a unique menu, extensive drink list and a casual upscale atmosphere. Also a location in Okoboji!

Tweeter’s Bar & Grill 1027 Hwy. 71S Okoboji, IA (712) 332-9421 Complete lunch and dinner menu, as well as catering for any event large or small. Order one of the famous Tweeter’s burgers with peanut butter. Phillips Avenue Diner 121 S Phillips Ave. (605) 335-4977 Cuisine: American American diner favorites. Located in historic downtown, this diner serves breakfast, classics and metro dinners. Have an old-fashioned malt, a TAZO tea, or a cup of Seattle’s Best Coffees. Pomegranate Market – Pom Bistro 4815 S. Louise Ave. (605) 275-0200 Cusine: Bistro Healthy, mindful food. Freshly prepared to give a nutritious lift to your day. A wonderful combination of nutrition and flavor.

Valentino’s 2000 W 41st St. (605) 339-9900 Cuisine: Italian Amazing 40 feet of salads, pizzas, pastas and desserts all made from Val’s homemade recipes. Accommodations for busses and large groups. 56

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

Attic Bar and Grill 4601 E 41st St. (605) 275-4600 Cuisine: Pub food Sandwiches, burgers, salads, pasta, kid menu and full bar. Boss’ Pizza & Chicken 2111 S. Minnesota Ave. (605) 271-2677 Cuisine: Pizza and Chicken Specialty pizzas including shrimp alfredo, broasted chicken dinners, pastas. Gluten-free pizza. Choose drive through, carry out or free delivery. Bro’s Brasserie Americano 334 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 275-3181 Type of food: American Fresh fish, steaks, homemade pastas and specialty desserts in a beautiful downtown setting.

Chedd’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese 323 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 274-7676 Website: www. Cuisine: Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches Select from a menu of great grilled cheese sandwiches including The Heartburn, The Hambricker and more. Cherry Creek Grill and Bar 3104 E. 26th St. (605) 336-2333 Cuisine: American Hickory smoked ribs, pastas, steaks, burgers, daily specials, full bar, 12 TVs and two big screens for NFL Ticket. Spezia 4801 S. Louise Ave. (605) 334-7491 Cuisine: Italian Italian-inspired casual dining. Fantastic pasta, wood-burning oven pizzas, rotisserie chicken, Risotto and many more tantalizing, Italian dishes. Extensive wine and beer list. Also a location in Omaha.


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Preheat grill for high heat. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, evaporated milk, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and garlic using your hands. Form the mixture into 8 hamburger patties. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill patties for five minutes per side, or until well done.

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In a large bowl, stir together the sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, cheese, onion, salt and pepper. Gradually mix in the hash browns until evenly coated. Coat the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray or butter. Spoon the hashbrown mixture into the slow cooker. Cover, and cook on High for 1 1/2 hours, then reduce heat to Low, and cook for an additional 2 1/2 hours.

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Salty Peanut Squares 1 package (10 ounces) corn chips, lightly crushed, divided 1 cup unsalted peanuts, divided 1 cup light corn syrup 1 cup sugar 1 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, melted Place half of the corn chips and peanuts in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. pan; set aside. In a large saucepan, bring the corn syrup and sugar to a boil. Stir in peanut butter until blended. Drizzle half over corn chip mixture in pan. Add remaining corn chips and peanuts to remaining syrup; stir until combined. Spoon over mixture in pan; press down lightly. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Cool before cutting. Yield: 2 dozen. SFW

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The Sweet Highway 16 Road Trip Vacations

By Thea Miller Ryan • Photos courtesy of the Buffalo and Cody Wyoming Chamber of Commerce


oad trip: If the words make you think of the infamous road trip to Wally World in National Lampoon’s Vacation, take a deep breath. A road trip is a great, relaxing way to spend a week with the family. Unique road trips run through and from every corner of South Dakota. What some call the “Sweet 16,” is an excellent road trip for those who love the old west. If your youngsters enjoy donning a cowboy hat, twirling a rope or cracking one of the whips they bought at your last visit to Wall Drug, try a Highway 16 cruise. The highway runs from Rapid City to eastern Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The 507-mile stretch is the last remaining strip of a highway developed as a tourist thoroughfare from Chicago to Yellowstone, used until the Interstate road system forced the decommissioning of most of the road. Now, the road from Rapid City to Yellowstone is filled with great attractions that make for a superb road trip. Most visitors to the western part of South Dakota start their trips from Mt. Rushmore and head south through Hill City and Custer. The folks from South Dakota know that journey well, but once they hit the Wyoming border, the new part of the trail begins. Newcastle, often called the gateway to the Black Hills, features the under-traveled Thunder Basin National Grassland, once a large prehistoric ocean. Even the most casual travelers sometimes kick up fossils all the way to Upton, also situated in the national grassland. Gillette, Wyo., might take visitors off the Old West theme for a bit, but it’s worth the time to see the town that supplies coal to create the electricity used by one out of every five homes and businesses in the United States. Mine tours are available from June until August, twice a day. Getting back on the horse is easy in Gillette, though. There are rodeos and equestrian events year-round. Buffalo is the town many travelers mention first when they take the Sweet 16. Filled with his-


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tory, the town at the base of the Big Horns hosted historic figures such as “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Tom Horn, Teddy Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway and Calamity Jane. Many of their historic buildings, dating back to 1804, are home to shops and restaurants. The Virginian author, Owen Wister, was inspired to write the first “walk-down” in western literary history at the Occidental Hotel in Buffalo. “Kids love walking through the front door because they step into the unexpected,” Dawn Dawson Wexo, owner, said. “They’re used to walking in to a Hampton. There is so much history here they’re not used to seeing. We have vintage radios in every room in the hotel, transmitting music from 20s and 30s. We’re not only visual, but audio.” Kriss Ibis, Sioux Falls, said her family loved Cody, Wyo., the next stopping point on the way to Yellowstone. There’s a rodeo every night in Cody during the summer months. “The rodeo was one of those great experiences to share with kids,” she said. “The night was an entire vocabulary lesson: mutton-busting, barrel racing, rodeo clowns. One of those things you have to see to understand, and then you never forget.” Roberta Bennett, Sioux Falls, agrees Cody is a great place to visit. “The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is a beautiful attraction that offers a mix of history of the area, guns that I can’t even describe, a wonderful Native American exhibit and an interactive Yellowstone State Park exhibit,” she said. Yellowstone’s majesty speaks for itself, but sometimes the trip there is what makes the journey even more memorable. SFW


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Automotive Love Stories The Vehicles That Are Capturing Hearts In Sioux Falls By Jill Funke • Photo by Hauschildt’s Photography


he love that Ashlee Lolkus has for the BMW has grown stronger with each model she has driven over the years. When looking for a vehicle, it is dependability that tops her wish list as Lolkus says, “I am single and must have something very reliable.” Another important feature on her wish list is cargo capacity, as she explains, “I am in the military and haul a ton of equipment with me from base to base.” For this reason, Lolkus recently purchased a BMW 328i, as the trunk space met all of her needs.

The 328i was also attractive to Lolkus for its audio input where she plugs in her iPod. Looking for a vehicle that could face tough elements like ice and snow, Lolkus says, “I considered a crossover, but couldn’t find anything that handled as well as the 328i. It is wonderful to drive!” 2013 BMW X5 While the BMW X5 is technically a midsize luxury crossover SUV, superior handling in the face of challenging driving conditions makes it rival larger vehicles for its ability to hold its own, and smaller vehicles for its excellent maneuverability. Belonging to the BMW family requires a vehicle to live up to high standards of luxury, and with standard features like LED running lights, keyless ignition, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a 10-speaker sound system that can incorporate CDs, HD radio and iPod/mp3 technology, the X5 has rightfully earned its seat at the table. With unmatched luxury features and construction that earns the vehicle high safety ratings, the BMW X5 is the crossover SUV that commands the market’s attention. 62

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Ashlee Lolkus loves her BMW 328i

2013 Cadillac XTS The name Cadillac has always been synonymous with luxury, and the 2013 Cadillac XTS lives up to that stereotype. However, the vehicle’s state-ofthe-art features shatter the myth that only older buyers are interested in the five passenger sedan. Cadillac User Experience (CUE) is an electronics interface that resides in the front dash panel to control phone, navigation, climate and other applications through responsive touchscreen technology. Other noteworthy features include a cabin odor filtration system, voice recognition, leather upholstery and OnStar. Yet while the XTS is a large sedan, drivers would swear that under its hood beats the heart of a racy sports car.

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The Economy Shop Delivers Stylish Name Brand Fashions for a Sweet Price


ucked away in Rock Valley, Iowa, just a little over half an hour from Sioux Falls, is a store every fashion diva on a budget should know about. The Economy Shop Upscale Consignments has 10,000 square-feet loaded with gently used designer clothing, shoes, handbags and home decor. “With 22 years of experience owning and managing The Economy Shop, I’ve learned how to provide a great shopping experience for my clientele,” Shelly Munneke says. “The Economy Shop isn’t a typical consignment shop. It’s organized like a retail department store with established women’s, juniors, men’s, infant and children’s, shoe and home decor We have the brands and the quality that you find in the Buckle and departments with other hot stores, but you can get it much more affordably here.” assistant managers for each one of o f ~ Assistant Manager Kassidy Munneke those departments. We freand we love to take in merchandise that quently have women that spend an entire reflects that. We work for our customers. We day here back-to-school shopping for their want to sell their merchandise and because we entire family.” know what we’re doing, we price appropriately, Completely based on consigned merwhich is a key to our success. We’re very detailchandise, The Economy Shop regularly has oriented.” more than 11,000 items on inventory. To The Economy maintain the quality their customers have Shop operates like come to expect, their standards are high. “We’re looking for any other retail clothquality items that are ing store by stocking no older than two to items that are approthree years old so that priate for every seawe can provide trendy son. “We want to items that people are have enough quality searching for,” items that give us a new look every season because the whole store Munneke says. “We reflects that freshness. Our customers feel like they are walking have a stylish shop into a new store several times a year and they absolutely love that.”

Committed to providing not only merchandise that her customers love, Shelly has also upgraded her shop’s technology with an innovative computerized inventory system, which allows her to keep precise records. In addition, she has employed sensor technology to safeguard her clients’ consigned merchandise. “We work really hard to make The Economy Shop something really special, and an experience worth driving for. You just have to stop in to see what we have. We’re never the same store twice.”

The Economy Shop 1308 Main Street, Rock Valley, Iowa (712) 476-5531 Mon. - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Find us on Facebook to view our newest merchandise! Here are some of the brands we carry: • Abercrombie • American Eagle • Affliction • American Fighter • Ann Taylor • Archaic • Big Star • BKE • Buckle Black • Chico’s • Coach Handbags • Coldwater Creek • Columbia • Crash and Burn • Daytrip • Eddie Bauer • Fossil

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ree-flowing, warm, bold, worldly—these are all words that describe this sprawling ranch-style home located in the esteemed Riverview Heights area. One could add that these are the same words that describe the homeowner, who spends a lot of time traveling around the world, filling this unique home with global décor, collected treasures, and most importantly, guests. With a home that covers more than 6,000 square-feet, this homeowner is accustomed to having both long-term and short-term houseguests and has remodeled and decorated the home accordingly. A hint of the homeowner’s welcoming demeanor begins when walking up the winding, paved sidewalk with its semi-formal pine trees and various potted plants dotting the grounds, giving guests a warm welcome upon arriving. The main living area is bright with creamy travertine tile floors, neutral-colored walls, and large windows overlooking lush views. But don’t let the word “neutral” fool you. Things get bold with pops of black, as seen in the various animal-print upholstered items and myriad of plush textiles, all blending together for international flair. With entertaining and hosting a large part of the homeowner’s life, the open-concept formal dining area is perfect. Modern, ivory chairs anchor the oblong burl dining table. Heavy accessories, such as a floor mirror, upholstered window seat and large African-inspired art, are perfect for making a statement. And while portions of the home have been given a full facelift, others have simply been transformed to suit personal tastes. Originally, plans were to enlarge the foyer. But with unique cork wallpaper sprinkled with ripe metallic copper reflections, the homeowner grew accustomed to the original space after seeing it jazzed up.


ooling things off a bit, the contemporary kitchen is filled with glass block, rounded corners and tonal displays of blacks and grey. Original to the home, the cabinets were already painted a steely grey and void of additional adornments, such as hardware, to keep the feel understated. The look is classic, with bleached wood floors and stainless steel appliances. A large span of windows with white shutters allow for ample sunlight to fill the room and add instant life to the bar room area’s metallic silver wallpaper, another original aspect of the home. A black, glass, mosaic backsplash was added by the homeowner. The glass-top dining table with bench-style seating suits modern tastes.


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The homeowner wanted to incorporate the feelings of peace and serenity that come from nature into the home, so extensive efforts were made to create a haven for outdoor living. The elongated outdoor space stays private with a small retaining wall and large trees. Meanwhile, hardscapes, such as terracotta-colored paver blocks, lead guests throughout the multiple “outdoor rooms” designed by the homeowner. The main focal points are the cabanastyle wet bar and in-ground pool. Entering through French doors, all aspects of the den take a turn toward rich and formal. Large windows overlooking the pool are simply accented with thick wood blinds, while soft carpets keep things casual underfoot. The walls are faux-finished for a timeworn look reminiscent of leather. A large desk anchors the corner while rich, russet upholstery adds balance to the fireplace. Like most homes in this area, extensive additions are quite common. For this home, the family room portion was added nearly two decades after the original home was built in the 1950s. Today, this area serves as the hub. When scanning the room, each wall, including the ceiling, has a unique wall covering. Creamy white marble tile encompass the fireplace and media area, while the casual dining and game table portion features grass cloth. And finally, there are cork wall coverings for the back wall. But the best is left for above. This one-of-a-kind ceiling was a true labor of love. The artistic layered application by Mark with Bella Faux Finishes gives a true Italian marble look. With subtle tones and metallic reflections, simple, recessed lights are the perfect complement.

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With the help of DeWitt Designs, Inc., special attention was paid to the main family room, noting its potential for family gatherings, houseguests and parties. Acting as a central island, an elongated, double-side sectional is perfect for sprawling and allowing for conversation to take place throughout all of the adjoining rooms. Hints of powerful hues, such as orange, aqua and red, add a dramatic contrast to the white marble. A retro-style sofa is nestled in the step-down bar/entertainment area. The white marble floors are gleaming against the black lacquer grand piano, a tribute to the homeowner’s musical family. A full bar features yet another Venetian plaster ceiling that blends with the wall coverings. Granite countertops were added, but the original cabinets were refurbished using a special glaze for an antiqued effect. A rare find, a fully-restored carousel horse sits in the corner. In its time, countless children hopped on and held tight as it gently lifted and lowered. Today, this piece of history is just as admired as an accent piece in the home.

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The study features rich, wood paneling, a coffered ceiling, and both woodburning and gas fireplaces, adding density while African-inspired accessories add the blended look that has been established throughout the home. Champagne isn’t just for celebrating anymore, it’s also the perfect hue for a master suite designed with luxury in mind. A sleek satin bedspread contrasts with the leopard print tufted chaise, while a step-up landing leading to the outdoor patio is a quaint retreat for reading. Spanning the entire wall, glossy green marble is a backdrop for a flat screen television, fireplace and builtin shelving. Walking into the master bathroom is like walking into a house of mirrors. More gleaming green marble is accented with wall-to-wall mirrors and is finished off with a built-in Jacuzzi tub. But the homeowners’ true love lies in the walk-in closet. Cabinets that house and organize international garments and treasured accessories surround a large center island. Finishing off the home is an exercise room on the main level and a guest bedroom, bathroom, and family room on the lower level. A full house is a happy house, and this spacious home anxiously looks forward to many more years of welcoming guests in style. SFW


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Window Shade Repair 101 Why Replace When You Can Restring? By Jill Funke


hile it’s true that we live in a world of high disposability, simply replacing something that is broken may not always be the best solution. After you have spent months selecting the right textures, patterns, hues and designs for the window shades you display in your living room, dining room,


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or bedroom, repeating that process may not be appealing. In addition, the thought of reaching deep down into one’s wallet again to purchase all new shades can be equally as unattractive. Denny Betz, president of Betz Blinds, says homeowners often have the alternative of repairing their blinds. “People may not realize that blind

repair is an option,” Betz says. He says that the three most common blind issues are broken strings, vertical blinds that no longer turn, and damaged slats. “Restringing blinds is the most common repair made, and cellular shades are the most common type that are restrung,” he says. “Across the nation, the average life of

blinds is seven years,” Betz says. “In the Midwest, that average is 15-20 years.” The fact that the average life of a window blind is twice as long in the Midwest could be attributed to a few factors, including the more conservative spending habits in the Heartland, as well as the tendency to repair first and replace last. When a homeowner wonders if their blinds can be repaired, Betz encourages everyone to visit Betz Blinds.

“People may not realize that blind repair is an option.” ~Denny Betz “Bring the blinds into the store and we will offer our advice on the best available options,” he says. According to him, repairs can sometimes be completed in two to three days, depending upon what materials will be used and what other repair jobs are being completed within his store. “If a customer is not able to get their blinds down to bring them into the store, for a trip-charge we can meet them at their home and offer our assistance.” While blind repair can often be the option for homeowners that will save them a great deal of time, effort and money, Betz realizes that blind restoration is not always the solution. “Depending on the age of the shade and its material, it might be advisable for a customer to spend their money on new window coverings.” SFW

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Do Try This At Home Don’t Be Doomed by Back Pain By Jennifer Dumke


t’s reported that four out of five Americans will suffer from some form of back pain or back-related episode during their lifetime. For those who already suffer from back or neck aches, most will say it’s nothing to take lightly. After all, the spine is a large and complex part of the body that controls a number of things, making it more prone to cause pain. In the past, physicians urged back pain sufferers to do the obvious: lie on their back. Today’s doctors have a new approach, one so new that it doesn’t even involve leaving your home. It’s called “The Home Remedy Book” and it’s available to all patients at Orthopedic Institute’s Spine Center. This 36-page book is filled with instructions on how to remedy back pain in the comforts of your living room.

Physical therapist, Sean Magee, is certified in mechanical diagnosis and therapy and touts the positive outcomes the book offers. But as highly-skilled therapists and physicians at the Orthopedic Institute, they are quick to advise that not everyone is a good candidate. “If the person is experiencing localized neck or back pain, without any numbness, tingling, or weakness in the extremities, it may be a good option to try a home remedy,” Magee says. He goes on to add that the best candidates are those who experience intermittent back, neck or head pain, which changes with positions and movements. Empowering and economical, the book works by providing general information that may help people suffering from 88

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neck or back pain understand their condition. Once they are identified, the book demonstrates to the user how to treat them with guided instruction based on their symptomatic and mechanical response to exercise and body positioning. “It can be a good alternative because it instructs people in self-treatment techniques, which reduces medical costs,” Magee says. “By instructing people in exercises and postures that reduce their pain, they also may be able to reduce their dependence on pain medication.”

Sounds like a plan… literally. Here are some examples of how it works. For neck and back pain, the book provides the person with a guided, self-treatment plan. “It teaches the person what various symptoms mean and instructs the person in methods to relieve neck and back pain at home,” Magee says. “It will also identify contraindications to starting an exercise program through demonstrations on stretching and strengthening exercises to improve function.”

“The Home Remedy Book at Orthopedic Institute provides general information that may help people suffering from neck or back pain understand their condition and treat themselves.” Sean Magee, PT, Cert. MDT Orthopedic Institute

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Other than relieving pain, home remedies are gaining popularity for other benefits as well. “People are always looking for methods to reduce their costs and to prevent lost wages and lost time from work,” Magee says. “Using home remedies to alleviate back and neck pain empowers people to treat themselves for both today and tomorrow.” However, if a home remedy is not working, it’s advised to schedule an appointment with a physician who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of the spine. “The Home Remedy Book” is free of charge and can be obtained at the Orthopedic Institute in Sioux Falls or call (605) 339-6834 and request a copy. SFW august/september 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N



From A to Zzzzz’s

Trouble Sleeping: Stop Suffering In Darkness By Jennifer Dumke


hether you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, the importance of a good night’s rest is critical. In fact, sleep deprivation can lead to a lack of concentration, decreased productivity and even hinder our ability to make wise decisions. So why do we take sleep for granted? Dr. Kenneth Scott at Midwest Ear, Nose and Throat specializes in sleep disorders and specifically addresses those concerned with the ability to fall or stay asleep. “Difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep is very common,” Dr. Scott says.

For some, it can be more of an occasional annoyance, while for others it is a major concern that affects them negatively during the day. Chances are you know if you’re considered a “good sleeper” or a “bad sleeper.” But that all can change. External factors and age work against those who typically 90

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“hit the hay” without a problem, making them prone to suffering from a sleep disorder. But first, it’s important to understand why we have a need to sleep. “All the reasons we sleep are unknown, but one aspect we do know is that sleep restores a chemical balance in the body. These chemicals slowly build up while we’re awake; sleep restores those chemicals to a lower level,” Dr. Scott says. “It’s the buildup of these chemicals while we’re

awake that causes our desire to sleep, or otherwise referred to as our sleep drive.” Like most other parts of the body, our age, stress levels and general surroundings affect how we function, which means our ability to sleep is also prone to change over time. “Sleep disorders tend to be more common the older we get, especially for women,” Dr. Scott says. “As we get older, the buildup of these chemicals begins to slow down, and so our drive to get into a quality state of sleep when we lie down diminishes. There are other factors to consider, too. “We also tend to have a more difficult

time adjusting our internal clock for changes like shift work, traveling across different time zones and springtime change. Hot flashes at night can also make sleep difficult,” Dr. Scott says. Luckily, there are steps to take to improve our quality of sleep. “We need to allow our body to get a sufficient opportunity for sleep,” Dr. Scott says. “Western culture often undervalues sleep, so many adults don’t give themselves the suggested eight hours of sleep per night as needed. For school-aged children, including teens, adequate sleep should be at least nine hours.” It’s also important to practice good sleep hygiene, which doesn’t mean just brushing your teeth. It’s actually all about routine. “The definition of proper sleep hygiene includes maintaining a regular sleep schedule, using the bed only for sleep or intimacy, and avoid eating or using computer screens before bed,” Dr. Scott says. Prior to bed, experts suggest avoiding stimulating evening exercise and the consumption of alcohol and caffeine. And sometimes, we’re just a little too close to the problem. If that’s the case with your ability to fall or stay asleep, Dr. Scott does suggest seeking help from a professional. “If difficulty persists, a common assessment can be done quite easily. Such treatments include a customized routine that integrates therapies such as cognitive and behavioral.” So next time you suffer from a repeated pattern of sleep issues, take time to recognize changes in your body, schedule and surroundings and invest in taking the proper steps to get your rest.

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Making A Difference Plan, Prepare and Act

by JoAnn Yanez • Photos by Julie Prairie Photography


he American Cancer Society (ACS), in a first-of-its-kind initiative, formed ACS Cancer Connect this year. ACS Cancer Connect is a volunteer group charged with raising community cancer awareness. The group is composed of medical professionals, cancer survivors and community leaders. Their mission is to increase public education and outreach with a goal of creating a world of less cancer and more birthdays. Members are involved in every aspect of media, from broadcast to print and social media. Messages are ‘tweeted’, posted to Facebook and presented to community groups and non-profits. Volunteers are using their voices to spread cancer awareness and they have already reached out to more than 65,000 South Dakotans, spreading a message of cancer prevention and outreach. This year alone, ACS estimates that more than 4,400 people will be diagnosed with cancer in our state. That translates into 12 people every day hearing the words ‘you have cancer’. But, the good news is that two-thirds of all cancers are preventable. One of the ACS Cancer Connect messages making its way to South Dakotans has the help of local chefs and dietitians. A recent blog in Rapid City highlighted healthier eating for cancer prevention. 92

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Top row, Left to Right: Annie Johnson, Kelly Smith, Katie Van Beek, Dr. Delf Schmidt-Grimminger. Seated, Left to Right: Charlotte Hofer, Dr. Gayle Reardon, and Chair Dr. Kathleen Schneekloth.

Three basic steps can make all the difference… Plan, prepare and act. 1) Plan – think ahead. Don’t wait until you are starving and then first try to find something to eat. Chances are an unhealthy snack or meal will make it into your belly. 2) Prepare – keep healthy foods around the house and office. Know what your triggers are. 3) Act – follow through with your commitment to a healthier you. The ACS Cancer Connect points out that there are other simple preventive steps we can take to decrease our cancer risk. Avoid tobacco.

Eat right for life – five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and meals with lean proteins, whole grains, and no processed meats. Get moving – aim for five or more exercise sessions a week. Talk to your doctor about cancer screening. Protect your skin year round. ACS Cancer Connect wants people to know they have the power to prevent cancer. Just a few proactive steps can do so much to bring down your cancer risk.

“I hope to accomplish an increased awareness of cancer in our community. Not only how to treat it, but ways to detect

it early, and possibly prevent it altogether by adapting healthy behaviors and routines,” said Dr. Kathleen Schneekloth, ACS Cancer Connect Chair and Avera Medical Group Radiation Oncology. “Additionally, the benefit of the ACS Cancer Connect group is to increase awareness of treatment services and supportive services for patients diagnosed in the community – the ability to have a better awareness of curative treatment modalities that are excellent and local, as well as supportive services.”

“I volunteer because, as a survivor, I want input into the cancer conversation,” Annie Johnson said. “I want to help spread awareness. Also, it means a lot to be here among people who are fighting so hard for people like me.” There are many people in the Sioux Falls community who are active in ACS Cancer Connect. All of their combined efforts are making a difference in cancer awareness and helping promote more birthdays. “I volunteer because connections with others makes our messages stronger and better heard,” said Dr. Delf Schmidt-Grimminger, Sanford School of Medicine/ Avera Research Institute 

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The Choose You Movement The Right Direction for Cancer Prevention By Jennifer Dumke • Photos by Susan DeWitte Photography


ne in three women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime. Although a sobering statistic, the American Cancer Society hopes to change those odds through a new movement called Choose You. The best part is that it’s easy. Simply log on to and you’re on your way to a healthier you. Charlotte Hofer, Public Relations Manager for the South Dakota American Cancer Society, says the Choose You website is designed to take the cause of cancer prevention to a new level. “We want to empower women to join in making their own health a priority,” Hofer says. “This website supports them with simple tools and practical tips to eat right, be active, get regular health checks, quit smoking and use sun protection.” For the reigning Miss South Dakota, Calista Kirby, sun protection has been taken to a whole new level. Three years ago, her brother Nathan was diagnosed with Calista Kirby, Miss South Dakota malignant melanoma. Now in remission, his cancer scare became her pageant platform and newfound passion. “I enjoy traveling and talking to kids about being sun smart and the Choose You movement,” says Kirby, who is also an American Cancer Society volunteer and active member in numerous local groups that promote cancer awareness in the community. “Choose You is a great 94

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online resource that focuses on putting life first.” To get started, women are encouraged to sign an online pledge called the Choose You Commitment, which helps select a specific, individual health goal. “We’ve seen that when people make a commitment to their health, when they actually go on a website and sign up to choose their own cancer prevention health goals rather than just view a website for information, it keeps them more accountable,” Hofer says. “We see a better level of success by having them make a commitment to their health.” At, women can choose from five different health categories: Eat Right; Get Active; Get Recommended Health Screenings; Protect Your Skin; and Quit Smoking. For Kirby, she’s seen a surge in popularity in mothers looking to stay active by using the helpful tools on how to integrate exercise into their children’s regular playtime. “It’s really amazing to see busy moms being able to exercise, even with a hectic schedule,” Kirby says. For Sunshine Dwojak, MD, MPH, she found the website helpful after giving birth to her first child. A few extra pounds led her

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to back in April. Since then, she’s stuck to her goal to lose weight by gaining valuable knowledge and insight to get her health back on track. “I find the tools that help you set goals very useful, especially the online calculators like the calorie counter,” Dwojak says. “But I also think that the information on cancer screening is informative and clear.”

 Another great way the Choose You movement keeps women on track is through the use of social support. “They can ask friends and family to support them, which enables them to be more successful at accomplishing personal health goals,” Hofer says.

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“Our hope is that women will feel empowered to make their health a priority. As women, we’re often so busy taking care of others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Through the Choose You website, our goal is to help women remember to choose themselves and their health as a priority, so they can be there for their family and friends.” The site also gives access to online support and useful tools such as a calorie calculator, virtual dietitian, nutrition and activity quiz, smoking cost calculator, prevention and early detection videos, and a desktop helper with daily health tips. “Choose You is much more than a cancer prevention site for women,” Hofer says. “It’s fun, informative and keeps you on track with your goals. From health-related news to recipes, to connecting with other positive women, to fabulous tips so you can look and feel your best -what’s not to love?” SFW

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From Patient to Navigator Helping Women Through Breast Cancer By: Stacy Jones, Sanford Health


onna Dwire remembers what it was like to sit in an exam room, waiting for news that she had dreaded for much of her life. After watching her grandmother and mother die from breast cancer, she took every opportunity to prevent and watch for early signs of the disease. By 2008, the long-time nurse had already had two lumpectomies and she was waiting for a diagnostic mammogram to “doublecheck” another suspicious area. “With my history, you can imagine my angst at any breast-related procedure,” says Dwire, walking down the hallways of Sanford’s Breast Health Institute. “I was certain that something must be terribly wrong. Before we even started, I was crying buckets of tears.”

Donna’s journey A year later, Dwire was being checked again, this time with a core needle biopsy. As she felt herself “falling apart at the seams,” she met her patient navigator. “She helped me pick up the pieces and told me that I was going to make it through,” says Dwire, wiping a tear from her eye. “I remember thinking, ‘I’m going to survive this.’” Dwire’s cancer was successfully treated over the next year with a lumpectomy, 96

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chemotherapy and radiation. She was able to get back to the job she had loved for more than 25 years, helping to care for mothers who have delivered new babies. However, when a position for a new nurse navigator came open, Dwire decided to apply. The care she had received there during her breast cancer treatment saved and changed her life. She was inspired by her caregivers and wanted a chance to help other breast cancer patients. “You see life through a different set of

eyes when you’ve lived through a diagnosis of cancer,” Dwire says. “I wanted to be part of this, making a difference.”

A new role Since December, Dwire has become a lifeline and advocate for new breast cancer patients. She generally meets with them when a diagnosis is made, coming to important appointments and helping them identify resources from medical assistance to financial or emotional support.

When patients learn that she is a breast cancer survivor, they tend to ask her questions about her own experiences. She is happy to share, but always lets them know that treatment is different for each individual. “The job has been everything I expected and more,” Dwire says. “As much as I try to reach out and touch patients, they really touch you.” Sanford Radiologist Thomas Cink says he appreciates the way that cancer patients respond to Dwire. “They can sense her empathy immediately, and her experience having been a patient is invaluable. Not only is she a smiling face, but she’s been down this path,” Dr. Cink says. “They get to see someone who has had cancer and she’s living a full, meaningful life.”

Guiding patients Newly-diagnosed patients are often frightened and overwhelmed at first, Dr. Cink says. Anything that helps answer questions and guide patients to the assistance they need makes the treatment and healing more effective. “My patients tell me how much they appreciate having someone like Donna with that warm, reassuring presence,” he says. “Her personality and skills are such a good fit.” Dwire says she feels so fortunate to work side-by-side with her colleagues to provide compassionate care. “We enter our patients’ lives with hopes to make their journey through a life’s stage easier or more navigable,” Dwire says. “And as you reach out to them, it is your heart that is filled and enriched.”

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome What It Is, What It Feels Like, And What To Do If You Have It By Donna Farris, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center


f you have pain, numbness or tingling in your fingers, hand, wrist and forearm, or if your hands feel weak or clumsy, you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. “This is a very common condition that is estimated to affect approximately three perc e n t of people at some point in their lifetime,” said Dr. Erik Peterson, orthopedic specialist and surgeon with CORE Orthopedics Avera Medical Group. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disorder of the median nerve that results from excess pressure in the tunnel through which the nerve travels from the wrist to hand. Sufferers may find it difficult to button clothing, or pick up small objects like pins or paperclips. Often, the small finger on the hand is spared from these unwelcome sensations. Symptoms are made worse by activities that may place the wrist or fingers in an abnormal position for long periods of time, for example, driving, reading a newspaper, sleeping or repetitious activities like typing.


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One frequent cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is repetitive use of the hands or wrists, for example, typing or use of power tools. “Workers in the meat packing industry have the highest risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome (15 percent) because of the repetition involved in their work,” Dr. Peterson said. This repetition results in swelling in the tendons, which then compress the nerve. “The tendons share space with the nerve in the carpal canal and there is no room for swelling in the rigid carpal tunnel,” Dr. Peterson said.

In other cases, the cause is unknown. Likelihood increases with age, as carpal tunnel syndrome typically occurs in the 40s, 50s and beyond. Women are three times more at risk than men. “Women may be at higher risk because they have a smaller passageway for the nerve in the wrist,” Dr. Peterson said.

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In addition, hormonal shifts are known to play a role, so carpal tunnel syndrome may show up during pregnancy. “In this case, symptoms virtually always resolve after birth,” Dr. Peterson said. Being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome doesn’t always mean you need surgery, Dr. Peterson said. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has identified non-surgical treatments such as steroid injection and oral steroids, splinting the wrist at night, and ultrasound therapy are also beneficial. “Generally, surgery is recommended when non-surgical treatments fail. It is generally accepted that surgery should be considered as first-line treatment if nerve compression is so severe that there is muscle wasting in the hand or severe symptoms,” Dr. Peterson said. Surgery is minimally invasive. It usually takes less than 15 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis. Recovery is generally less than six weeks, but symptom relief is usually immediate. Prevention of carpal tunnel syndrome is not always possible, but people who have high-repetition jobs or activities can work on their technique or environment to reduce their risk. Occupational therapists can assist with workstation modifications such as an ergonomic keyboard and mouse, and setting proper desk and chair height. For more information, go to, or go to Dr. Peterson’s website at or contact him directly via email at


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olene Loetscher has a story to tell, and she’s not letting anyone

stop her. Read about this ambitious, strong woman and her journey to give hope and support to children who need it most. Then, meet Evelyn McKillop, a woman who has spent her life giving back to the community that supported her. Finally, learn how to travel to Norway on a budget with Scott Meyer’s new book.


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Jolene Loetscher Faces Her Demons and Shares Her Light with Those Around Her


by Margaret Pennock Photography by Chheryl Elbers Epic Multimedia

ou may remember Jolene Loetscher—

the perky, blonde, girl-next-door reporter on KELOLAND Television. Her sparkling personality and exuberant presence are uplifting, nearly setting a hum with the energy pouring out of her to those fortunate enough to spend time with her. A young, successful professional, she and her husband Nate have found their niche and their happiness in the city of Sioux Falls. And although Jolene has called South Dakota home for some time, her story started in the small town of Wayne, Neb., a ‘Norman Rockwell’ town of less than 6,000. “We’re famous for being the home of the National Chicken Cluck-off contest,” Loetscher says. It was also the place where her innocence was brutally stolen, a fact that would change her life’s course forever. An overachiever that had a 4.0 GPA, graduated as valedictorian, was involved in 4-H, speech and helping local law enforcement educate teens against drug and alcohol use, Jolene was every parent’s dream. During her last two years of high school she added taking college courses to her agenda, allowing her to graduate with honors from Northwestern University near Chicago, Ill., with a broadcast journalism degree in just three years. “When I was in college, I was working in the summers as a reporter in Sioux City,” Loetscher says. “To graduate, I had to do an internship and one of the anchors there thought I should come to KELOLAND to do the internship. When I finished school there was an opening and I got the job.” It wasn’t a difficult choice to come back to a less-urban environment and leave the big city behind. “Sioux Falls was a good mix of small town with city amenities,” she says. “When I went away to school, I realized how much I missed that. There is something intriguing about the city, but I love to see the stars at night. I grew up as a farm kid and I still like knowing that there are cornfields, open space and horizon.” august/september 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N


Always a woman on the go, Jolene thrived in her position as a reporter. “I loved it! I got to get out and meet people and see things that you can’t experience in any other job,” she says. “It’s not very often that you get to cover major murder trials, severe weather, chase tornadoes and not be entirely crazy because it’s part of your job! I met my husband there and several very good friends. When you’re new to a town, it’s a great way to get to know people and the town.”

After five years at KELOLAND, she was offered an anchor position with KTIV, a Sioux City news station. However, Jolene and Nate found they missed Sioux Falls and returned after just a year and a half. “Nate got a job that was an excellent, but unexpected transition. I never thought I’d get out of news, but it gave me an opportunity to look for something else. It wasn’t long after that, that I started at Sanford Health in Media Relations where I worked for four years.”

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Inspired to pursue her MBA, she jumped into school fulltime through the University of Nebraska while still working full-time. “It was truly a test of my sanity, and of Nate’s,” she says. “The 18-month program was structured as an international cohort of 20, and I split my time taking courses in Omaha, Lincoln, online, Washington, D.C., and China.” On top of work and school, she and Nate came up with a unique business to help pay for both school and their wedding. “We started DooGooders. It wasn’t a glamorous idea, but one that nobody else offered,” she says. “We pick up dog poop. When we moved back up here from Sioux City, my dear friend had invited us and our dog to live with them. They also had two dogs at the time, so when Nate went out and was picking up the poop, we thought, gee, we wish we could hire someone to do this.” It was at this point in her life, as a vibrantly-happy wife and successful professional with a freshly-minted MBA, that Jolene did something that shocked even the people closest to her. After pushing herself her entire life and working to achieve excellence in everything she did, she had reached her breaking point.

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fter returning home from a brutally cold February day, flashbacks hit her and she did the unthinkable. “I had locked away in the deepest, darkest part of my mind the fact that I had been sexually molested and raped when I was a child,” she says. “I don’t know why it [the memory] came up right then, but it did. So I opened a bottle of pills and I took every single one. I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t know how to live with this anymore.” Wrapping herself in an old blanket, Jolene laid down, never expecting to wake up again. “I thought, I won’t wake up tomorrow, but I at least I won’t be cold, and at least this darkness won’t follow me anymore.” However, she did wake up. “I truly think that when I opened my eyes and saw the light through the slats of my blinds, it meant something,” she says. “It wasn’t what I expected, but it was like, OK, you were put here for a reason and you were saved to put a purpose to what happened.” What had happened to Jolene was so horrific, she had compensated by pushing herself forward personally and professionally while burying the past. When she was just 15, a trusted family friend brutally molested and raped her repeatedly over several months. “He violated every piece of youth and innocence I had,” she says. “I was scared that if I told anyone, what would my family think, what would people say about my family, what things I could lose, like college and scholarships, and most important to me was the loss of respect. So, I didn’t say anything and I pushed it out of my mind. I chose not to recognize that it happened and that’s how I survived, but I was still a victim.” It wasn’t until two days after her suicide attempt, that Jolene shared the terrible secret she’d been harboring for more than 15 years with her family.


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“I knew closure wouldn’t exist for me, but I would pray for justice. I would find peace and in that peace, I would find a purpose. And for me that purpose was Selfspiration. It was my goal to build a camp for child sexual assault survivors to be with others, and to know they’re not alone. It’s also a place for adult survivors to come and put purpose to what happened to them.” ~ Jolene Loetscher, Founder Selfspiration

“At some point you can’t bury it forever,” she says. “You can try, but it will eventually come to the surface. It is a sense of self and strength and awareness that I never thought I could have. It took a lot of working through to know I didn’t do anything wrong. Nothing my family did wrong. It was one person that I could point a finger at and say they caused this to happen. I couldn’t change that it happened, I can only change what happens from here on out.” Taking control of the situation for the first time, Jolene and Nate confronted her attacker at his home. “I just looked at him and said, ‘I know what you did, and I will not be silent.’ It didn’t really matter what he said or did. We drove away and a block away I collapsed into tears. I knew this nightmare that I’d lived with for so long was over.” To d ay, Jolene is proud to not only to be a survivor, but to be committed to helping other victims of child sexual assault. “As I was working through what happened to me, I found that it helped me with my own healing to help men and women who have gone through this,” she says. As founder of Selfspiration, she helps other survivors of child sexual abuse, as well as being an advocate for better policy and tougher laws. “Selfspiration came about after I spoke publicly about my experience. Senator Mark Johnston heard my story and reached out to me and asked what he could do. That was when we talked about legislation and worked together to pass Senate Bill 68, which went into effect July 1. It removes the statue of limitations on several types of rape in South Dakota,” she explains. Proud, strong and committed to helping others, Jolene still has good and bad days. “I feel strongly that you can make a change from being a victim to a survivor. I wasn’t going to let it control me anymore because I wanted to put all that energy to make it something more purposeful,” she says. “There’s some fearlessness to this. Once you’ve gone through something so horrific, the rest of life seems like a cakewalk.” For more information on Senate Bill 68 and Selfspiration, visit the website SFW

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Evelyn McKillop, Honorary Doctorate Recipient 100 years of service

By Brianna Venekamp • Photos by Hauschildt’s Photography


velyn McKillop was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Sioux Falls on May 20, 2012, for her volunteer work in the community, creation of the Evelyn McKillop Endowed Elementary Education Scholarship, and her contributions to the University of Sioux Falls. This is an extraordinary recognition for anyone, but even more so for McKillop, who has dedicated her life to serving others. On July 3, Evelyn McKillop celebrated her 100th birthday. “Evelyn has always felt the desire to give back, not only to USF, but also her community,” says Amy Uttecht, Director of Annual Giving and Special Events at the University of Sioux Falls. “Since she graduated in 1933, Evelyn has supported USF,” Uttecht says. “She only missed donating her monthly gift when she was in the hospital recovering from a brain aneurism. That type of commitment is amazing.” Evelyn credits her determination and resiliency to a close relationship with her parents. Her father moved the family to Sioux Falls when she was five. He was determined his only child would receive a good education. To make ends meet, he bought a used truck and started his own business making deliveries for people.


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After she graduated from Washington High School, her principal offered to pay for her first year of college, provided she could pay the rest. She worked very hard to do so, and she encourages young people to do the same. “Sometimes life is hard,” Evelyn says. “Just stick with it and you’ll reach your goal.”

After graduating from Sioux Falls College in 1933, she taught in a one-room school house, and earned $45/month. She planned to continue working there, but she received a call from the Sioux Falls School District a week before school started. A position opened in Sioux Falls, teaching 30 second-graders, and her pay would increase to $109/month. “I first thought, that’s a lot of kids!” Ev-

elyn says with a grin. “But I knew I could handle it!” That position turned into a rewarding teaching career spanning 40 years. She never married or had children of her own. “I decided early I wasn’t going to marry, even though I had my eye on a couple handsome men,” Evelyn says. This bothered her father, who at one point tried to arrange for her to be married. “‘No, you don’t, I told him! If I get married, I’m doing the choosing!” Evelyn says. “I could have married and become a farm wife, but I didn’t want to. I wanted to be a teacher.” Her father’s death, at age 60 of heart failure, was a devastating blow. Evelyn helped her mother handle everything. “At that moment,” she says. “I knew I was the ‘man of the house’.” From then on, she supported her mother, and herself, until her mother’s death at the age of 103. “She was my best friend. I miss her very much.”

After she retired from teaching, Evelyn volunteered for 25 years at McKennan Hospital, swam 2 miles every day at the YMCA, and began painting, a hobby she taught herself at age 60. At 85, she moved to Trail Ridge. Between 1998 to 2010, she knit more than 1,200 stocking caps for the Salvation Army for children in need. How does she stay motivated? “Well, I’m stubborn,” she says. “And, I just take life as it presents itself. I don’t have to take medicine, and I can still keep up my apartment—the cleaning lady just comes in to dust the high places. I think I am very blessed to do what I can do at this age!” Those fortunate enough to have met and know Evelyn McKillop all agree! SFW

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A profile of area authors and their recent work.

By Thea Mil ler Ryan Photos by MJ Knobe Photography

Scott Meyer Travel Guide for Norway on a Budget When he lived above the Arctic Circle in Tromsø, Norway, for four years, Scott Meyer knew he was living in the most beautiful country on the planet and wanted to share it with the world.

“ I worked as a tour guide and invited everyone I knew to visit but quickly learned it was expensive and challenging to enjoy on a budget,” he said. As a result, he wrote “The Travel Hacking Guide to Norway” to help people find a way to enjoy the country on a budget.

“While many visitors know about the fjords and natural beauty, there is a vibrant culture with many hidden secrets waiting to be discovered,” he said. “Using technology and local knowledge, it is possible to visit Norway on a budget. That’s what ‘travel hacking’ is: exploring the world using personal connections, social technology and promotions to see more for less.” One of his favorite tips included in the book is to consider alternative accommodations. “The country is known for its beautiful nature and offers cabins and campsites on hiking trails throughout the country. These well-kept lodgings are a fraction of the cost of a hotel room with a much better view.” Scott plans to continue the Travel Hacking series with a guide for working and studying in Norway, and another book entitled “Digital Literacy: How Technology Can Save Rural America.” The Travel Hacking Guide to Norway is available at Zandbroz and Holsen Hus in downtown Sioux Falls, and online in Kindle and paperback formats.



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