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contents Life 10 16

Calendar of Events In Our Community EmBe’s 45th Annual Tribute To Women

18 Event


Couples Connection Love Like No Other & Celebrate In Our Community REACH Literacy

24 Seniors

Style 30


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Beauty Trends The Art of the Messy Bun Fashion Trends Summer Forecast


Feature Urban Arts and Crafts About the House AirBNB

Auto Style Using Synthetic Oil

44 Healthy Eating 46 Recipes

Grilling to Heat Up Your Outdoor Dining


Health 68 Wellness

Heart of SensorySuite Mammography

70 Wellness

Spring Forward, Allergies Back

72 Health


Standing Tall for Children

Family Health How to Choose a Primary Care Physician

76 Wellness

The Wisdom Study

Where To Shop




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Wine 101 Understanding is the Key to Appreciation | April/May 2018

Profiles 82

Cover Story Sarah Waltner: Finding Balance

88 Profile

Mary Kay Bates: Bringing Out the Best





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Siouxland Republican Women 6 pm | Royal Fork Restaurant Admission: $5 non-members, Free for members

April 5

The Give From The Heart To Heartland House Gala 5:30 pm | Hilton Garden Inn South (5300 S. Grand Circle) 605.480.1676

April 5

PROMISE Community Lecture Series Benjamine Noonan, MD/Sanford health – Stem Cell Augmentation in ACL Surgery 5:30 pm | Sanford Center (2301 E. 60th. St. North) RSVP at

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7th Annual Spring Fling Craft Show 9 AM - 3 PM | Grand Valley Lutheran Church (3 ¼ miles S. of Canton) 605.261.9264

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April 7

CRASH – Car Repair and Safety Help Teen Clinic 10 am – 2 pm | W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in the Armory Building Admission: $20 605.334.7233 |

April 7

The Blue Ball: A Benefit for Better Blood Sugars 6 pm – 10 pm | Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Admission: $125 605.366.7022 | Tickets:

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South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Family Concert 2:30 pm | Washington Pavilion 605.335.7933 |

April 10

Adoption and Foster Care Open House 5 pm-8 pm | Children’s Home Society (801 N. Sycamore Ave.) The event will be held on the first floor of the Sanford Administrative Building.

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Party with the Planet 1 pm – 4 pm | Great Plains Zoo Admission – Free with Zoo admission 605.367.7003 |

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EMBE’S 45TH ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO WOMEN An Inspiring Celebration of Local Leadership By Brianna Venekamp, 2014 Tribute to Women Nominee in the category of Education Photos courtesy of Embe


hen Sylvia Henkin served on the YWCA’s national board, she witnessed communities celebrating the contributions of women. In 1974, with a desire for Sioux Falls to do the same, Sylvia Henkin and a small group of women, created the YWCA Leader Luncheon. Now, 45 years later, this annual event has grown to become Sioux Falls’ premiere celebration of the incredible contributions women bring to our community.

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“The courage to start something like this, when women weren’t contributing at the level of how they are today, says a lot about Sylvia’s vision and insight,” says Laurie Knutson, CEO of EmBe. “Now we get anywhere between 60 to 100 applicants for these awards each year.” The EmBe Tribute of Women honors women who have been nominated by their peers in the areas of Business Achievement, Banking & Finance, Healthcare & STEM, Community Service, Education & Humanities, Government & Law, Young Woman of Achievement, EmBeliever, and the Sylvia Henkin Mentoring Award, which was added in 2005 in honor of Henkin’s efforts.

“One thing we hear from people who nominate others for the Tribute to Women, is how rewarding it is to celebrate someone who might not take the time to celebrate themselves,” Knutson explains. “This gives an opportunity to those individuals, who so often fly under the radar, to be acknowledged for the incredible work they do.” Polly Dean, co-founder of The New Colossus and 2016 honoree in Nonprofit and Community Service says, “You work so hard day in and day out, so it is easy to get stuck in the grind and to forget why you do what you do, and who you do it for. But, when someone highlights those strengths, those ambitions, and

The newest award, the EmBeliever award, was created when the YWCA transitioned to EmBe. It was created to expand the recognition to include a woman, man or business whose work in the community aligns with the EmBe’s mission of empowerment.

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A KENTUCKY DERBY CELEBRATION IN SIOUX FALLS Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire Kentucky Derby Gala By Virginia Olson | Event photos courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters


he 144th annual Kentucky Derby is right around the bend. Billed as the greatest two minutes in sports, the 1¼ -mile horse race takes place May 5 at Churchill Downs, Kentucky. It’s a dress-up affair. Ladies wear spectacular hats or fascinators and delightful spring dresses; men sport bow ties. The mint julep is the drink of choice – 100,000 are consumed on race day. It all begs the question, is this a horse race or a party? For Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Sioux Empire, it’s not just a party, it’s an opportunity to join a cause and directly support youth and young moms in the community. This will be the 5th year for the organization’s Kentucky Derby BBBS Gala which will be held at the Sioux Falls

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Convention Center Saturday, May 5 from 3:30 to 7:30pm. All important is the guest attire that captures the joyous spirit of the Derby. “It’s a social event where everyone shows up in Derby fashion,” says Sandy Alick, Development Manager. “There are artfully-prepared food stations so people aren’t tied to a chair and can mingle. And everyone watches the Derby live.” The events include: a men’s and ladies’ best hat/best dressed contest; dessert bar auction; wine toss; live and silent auction; photo booth; and mint juleps. It all adds up to a good time. The event’s goal is to raise $140,000

for the BBBS community-based mentoring programs – Core, Amachi and Mentor Moms. This will afford more children and young moms the opportunity to be matched with a positive role model and help them reach their full potential. Since its inception in 1994, the nonprofit is well-known in the Sioux Falls community. Jami Gates, Executive Director of BBBS of the Sioux Empire, says currently the organization’s biggest need is more male mentors. “We currently serve over 400 Big Brothers Big Sisters matches; unfortunately we still have 70 children on the waiting list.” For Gates, there is a two-fold benefit of the Derby gala. “The event is not only a fresh, fun way to enjoy the Kentucky Derby, it is also an opportunity to support communitybased mentoring and positively impact children’s lives and empower them to achieve in the future.” Reserve your spot on line. Corporate tables of eight - $750; tables of eight - $600; individual tickets - $75 For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Sandy Alick, Development Manager at (605)334-1632 or go to n

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hether you have been together 6 months, 6 years or 60 years, your anniversary is a special day. Look at it like your very own holiday. Some holidays can be celebrated with tradition, but when it comes to your own personal holiday such as your anniversary, you should break out of the mold and celebrate in ways that will remind you why you’re together. Here are 10 suggestions that do not include a cheesy overpriced card written by someone else or the standard dinner and a movie. These ideas are fun, funky and can be customized to you! 1. MAKE IT A GAME NIGHT! Challenge your spouse to some old school fun. Find an arcade that has Skee-Ball and compete for the best score! Alternatives could be bowling, or if it is summer time, challenge each other to mini golf at Thunder Road. If you want to keep it on a budget, play a game at home like a classic game of UNO but with a twist where the winner gets a reward. With this idea, it doesn’t matter what game you play as long as you are playing with your significant other.

2. GO ON A STAYCATION. Make a list of places in town you have never been and go there. Stay in a hotel you have never been in, eat at a restaurant that is new to both of you. Try a new cuisine from a different culture. Create a tourist list and go on the tour. Lucky for you Sioux Falls has many great tourist options to choose from. You can go to one of the many museums, visit local landmarks or go on the sculpture walk in downtown Sioux Falls. Rediscover the city that you fell in love in or the city where your love grows. 3. TRY WINE TASTING. The Sioux Empire is rich with wine options so explore a vineyard and try a wine tasting. Together you can decide on your favorite wine as a couple and then buy a bottle and save it for your anniversary next year. If wine is not your thing then we are also fortunate to be the home of local breweries. Do the same thing, except for decide on your favorite beer.

4. THANK THE PEOPLE THAT INTRODUCED YOU TO YOUR SPOUSE. If you met through a mutual friend, do something nice for that friend. If you met at a bar or restaurant, do something nice for the staff. Buy a few lottery tickets with a note that says, something like, “I got lucky when I met my spouse at this restaurant, I hope you share in the same fortune!” 5. GET A COUPLES MASSAGE. This one may be a little bit on the traditional side but with all of the great options in Sioux Falls we couldn’t help but to put it on the list, get a couples massage. It is a relaxing and intimate way to spend time with your significant other. 6. TRY A NEW SPORT TOGETHER. If you are the kind of couple that likes to be active, this is a perfect option. Depending on the season in which your anniversary falls, you could go snow skiing at Great Bear, golfing at one of the many courses, play a round of tennis or go ice skating. Who knows, you might like the new activity so much that it becomes something you do more often than just your anniversary. 7. CREATE TOGETHER. If you would rather create something than sweat, Sioux Falls has those options as well. You can take a painting class or crafting class together. From stained glass to woodworking, cooking or crafting, your options are endless to do something fun with the added bonus of having a keepsake to commemorate your anniversary. 8. CELEBRITY CRUSH DRESS UP. Face it, we all had a high school celebrity crush didn’t we? Maybe you have a current celebrity crush. Dress up like each other’s celebrity crush and then see if the other person can guess your celebrity crush. This is fun if you don’t know each other’s celebrity crush, but if you do then what could be better than mixing your dream crush with the reality of your true love! To amp up the fun make it into an anniversary party and ask the couples that attend to dress up as each other’s celebrity crush. Each of you can guess who the celebrity is that you are imitating. To add a personal touch write a list of ways your spouse is better than your celebrity crush. 9. DO A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS FOR EVERY YEAR THAT YOU HAVE BEEN TOGETHER. Each of you has to come up with half of the list and carry it out with each other. Love each other by sharing your love with random strangers. 10. VINTAGE GIFT GIVING. Go to an antique store with a set budget to spend. Each of you must find a present for the other one that represents them. The weirder the better but you could also go for sentimental. Find his favorite band on a vinyl record, or find the first musical album he bought for himself. If your gal has a thing for jewelry find her a vintage classic necklace. It can be a fun test of how well you know each other. No matter what you end up doing on your anniversary the important thing is to unplug from the digital world and tune in to your significant other. Your anniversary is your special holiday so rather than post about your events, make lasting memories instead. n


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eading is likely something most of us take for granted. But for the approximately 15,000 in the Sioux Empire who are unable to read, it could bring them new opportunities and a better life. REACH Literacy is changing lives by teaching adults to read and getting books into homes.

books for a variety of purposes, such as for classroom use or to even provide as giveaways. Paige stresses, “Literacy starts at home, so we really want to get books into the home.” Last year alone the organization gave away 7,500 children’s books through grants.

REACH’s reading program is comprised of volunteer tutors and has evolved since it began as a prison ministry in 1986. Paige Carda, the nonprofit’s Executive Director, is continually seeking ways to increase their services and the population served. In her six-year tenure, REACH Literacy has gone from tutoring 20 people per year to 180 this past year.

As REACH Literacy has grown, there also became a need for a larger space. In January they relocated to the south side of the Western Mall. The bright, open space has brought all of REACH’s services to one location and provides space for workshops and training. Paige says the new location has helped donors and volunteers to better see how it all fits together, “When people enter the store, we now have the opportunity to help tie our store and mission together, how the store supports the programming we provide. That message is much clearer now that we are in one space.”

The tutoring model had always been one-to-one, which Paige says had its obstacles, “It’s hard to manage 100 volunteers. It’s not sustainable and it can’t grow, so we moved to group programming.” Group sizes are small allowing for tutoring to still be individualized.


In 2015 REACH grew to provide another service: a bookstore. “One of the reasons we started the bookstore is we really wanted to have an avenue for community involvement,” Paige explains, “People always wanted to give us books, and I said, ‘Why don’t we start a bookstore?’” The bookstore sells donated books at low prices and children’s books are free.

Currently there are 70 volunteer tutors and upwards of 300 volunteers that worked last year in the bookstore and behind the scenes organizing donated books. Additional volunteers are always welcome. Paige encourages people who are considering tutoring to give it a try. Tutors are frequently telling her they had no idea how powerful an experience it would be and that it is so rewarding having helped someone develop skills that can change their life.

The donated books have also given REACH the opportunity to provide book grants. Schools and organizations can request

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ano Nagle taught Irish children in the 1700s, despite it being against the law. The bishop of the diocese she worked in insisted she stop, but she knew she couldn’t. He eventually relented, knowing the work was important, but warned her to be careful. Nano also traveled alone night after night to care for the sick and hurting. Traveling was difficult due to wet cobblestones, other treacherous terrain, and crime. She became involved in the needs of the families she met and walked beside them through their daily struggles. Nano could have taken the easy route, the comfortable route, but she chose to display courage by leaving her comfort zone. “In her time, she swam against the current. It takes courage, tenacity, and a faith that puts your life in the hands of God,” shared Sisters Elizabeth Remily, of the Aberdeen Presentation Sisters, and Joanna Bruno, of the San Francisco Presentation Sisters. Sister Elizabeth and Sister Joanna’s

servant hearts led them to complete almost 40 years of medical mission work together. They traveled to various countries in Central America with the purpose of starting hospitals and clinics to help the locals in the area. When finished, the hospitals and clinics offered a clinical laboratory, surgery, OB services, a pharmacy, outpatient services, hospital beds for long-term stays, X-rays and fluoroscopy services, a dental clinic, and trained indigenous staff. The sisters served at each mission, from its simple beginnings to a fully functioning transition to the local people at the end. They did this four times. “When you go out of your comfort zone and you have the opportunity to see the needs, you realize you have the skills to do something,” Sister Joanna said. But there were barriers caused by different cultures and languages, and initially not being welcomed by the locals. But the sisters followed Nano’s example of a servant heart, and ultimately, like Christ, to care for

those on the edge of society. Their commitment and love came through in their work. When it came time to leave, the people were sad to see them go. Sister Elizabeth and Sister Joanna encourage readers to stay up to date on current events and news to see where you can help. There are plenty of opportunities if you decide to stretch yourself and go against the stream. Practice makes the new possible and over time, it becomes more comfortable. They suggest starting at the Bishop Dudley House or The Banquet in Sioux Falls. They also say it takes courage to set aside prejudices to accept immigrants and others that may be outsiders in society.

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SUMMER FORECAST By Brianna Venekamp Model photos by Reistroffer Design Location courtesy of Sertoma Butterfly House

From pastels to sequins, the following spring/summer trends are sure to delight! FRINGE This trend is making a surprising comeback this season with a sophisticated, empowered feel. PRETTY PASTELS “Ultra Violet” may have be the official color of 2018, as declared by Pantone, but count on the pretty pastel shade of lavender to takeover instead. Shades of lilac, periwinkle, and baby yellow should all be on your radar. Invest in a focal piece like a blouse or slip dress to add to your daily rotation.

Gray checked blazers took over the style scene last year, but the trend is just getting started. Watch this trend flourish into full-on plaid, from colorful coats and menswear inspired blazers, to unexpected accessories. However, a simple shirtdress or gingham top also allows you to try out this trend in a simpler way.



The small 90s sunglasses shape is back in the form of razor edges, Oakley-esque touches and fearless experimentation with color. However, between classic round frames to cat-eyes, to geometric lenses and everything in between, you’re sure to find a style that suits you perfectly. n

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1. Young and Richard’s Floral and Gift 222 S. Phillips Ave., Downtown 605.336.2815 | Come in and check out all of our new gifts for the dog lover in your life! $19.99 each.


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3. The Diamond Room 3501 W 57th St, #108 605.362.0008 | Unique. Full of detail. Unexpected. Your engagement ring should capture your love story. Price will vary. 4. Mahlander’s Appliance & Lighting 130 N Minnesota Avenue, Sioux Falls 605.336.7798 | Spring is here! Add light and style to your outdoor living area with landscape lighting, wall lanterns, post lights, and outdoor chandeliers.


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2. Beauty Lounge Salon & Boutique 43rd & MN Ave 605.334.3761 | Courtney’s Custom Cosmetics! If you or someone you know is having trouble with over the counter cosmetics, give Courtney a call! Now offering custom blend foundation, primer, blush, setting powders & more! Custom Liquid Foundation Blend - $50; Custom Powder Foundation Blend - $40; Custom Face Primer - $30

5. Holz Haus Furniture 3400 S. Sheldon Ln. 605.271.7272 | Comfo-Back single glider. Made of the highest grade Poly lumber. Premium Poly offers a smooth feel, dense material that’s more durable. No cracking or splitting. Virtually no maintenance, resist fading and may be left out all year long. $567 for standard colors.

6. Scheels 2101 W 41st Street 605.334.7767 | Spring into any occasion with this relaxed and colorful outfit! Lucky Brand Hooded Jacket - $99; Billabong Good Times Tee - $24.95; Toms Ella Bootie - $119; Kut Connie Ankle Jeans - $89


7. Divine Hair Designs 2109 W. 49th St., Suite 200 605.335.8776 Care about your skin. Get results with cleaner ingredients in every step of your routine and reveal a fresh complexion with gentle, effective cleansers. Prices vary. 8. Forget Me Not 5015 S. Western Ave., Suite 110 The Bridges at 57th & Western 605.335.9878 | Make a statement with these stemless wine glasses. They’re double-walled, won’t sweat and are comfortable to hold.


9. Raymonds Jewellers 1111 W. 41st. Street 605.338.7550 | Perfect gift for the powered eco-friendly globes. They channel energy from ambient light and the earths magnetic field to rotate continuously on their own. Crafted with high quality materials, no batteries or cords required. They operate on a hidden motion mechanism. Variety of sizes and styles available, prices vary. 10. The Stone Center 2105 S. Minnesota Ave. moving summer 2018 to W. 57th Street (west of the tunnel) 605.362.5853 | Laminate has come a long ways over the years. Visit our showroom to see all the new and exciting laminate options from Wilsonart, Formica, Pionite and more.




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2. Arthur Johnson Shoes 2804 W. 41st St. near 41st & Kiwanis Ave 605.334.5751 Contemporary and classic, the Birkenstock Arizona in metallic anthracite, $134.95


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5. Artisan 57 Located in Vance Thompson Vision Center 3101 W 57th St 605.371.7057 | NEW Intellishade TruPhysical - A 5-in-1 anti-aging moisturizer with 100% all-mineral broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 45 that corrects, protects, conceals, brightens and hydrates skin through a proprietary blend of over 20 age-defying, skin enhancing ingredients that have been master-formulated into one of the most robust daily anti-aging moisturizers available. $65 6. Gunderson’s Jewelers The Bridges at 57th & Western 2109 W 57th Street 605.338.9060 | The Lace Collection, available exclusively at Gunderson’s. Prices vary.


7. Jeans Bridal & Formal Wear 611 Main St. | Wilmot, SD 605.938.4685 | As a full-service bridal shop, Jean’s Bridal offers a complete line of formal wear accessories: jewelry, headpieces, veils, and more! Prices vary.





8. Harold’s Photo Experts 912 W. 41st Street 605.336.0879 | Social Frame (24”x 36”) can be used as fun party props and are perfect for any type of celebration where guests are taking photos! Upload your photo and add text to create your own custom Social Frame. Need something custom for your event? Ask us about our design services. SALE Price $50.99 (Reg. Price $59.99)


9. Eddy Joy Baby Boutique 5005 S. Western Ave, Suite 170 605.275.0014 Indestructible books for babies are printed on an amazing paperlike material that can’t be ripped or punctured, and are 100% washable. $5.95

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1. JuLiana’s Boutique La Femme 196 E 6th St, Ste 100 605.271.1824 | In an ultra luxe silk, this wrap blouse from Nicole Miller accentuates your waistline while providing a subtly sexy fit. The collared blouse is finished with wrap-tie cuffs. Complete your look with distressed McGuire denim and booties. Prices vary.


2. J.H. Bechtold Jewelers 324 S. PHillips Ave 605.332.7151 facebook @bechtoldjewelry Just in time for Spring. The Groovy collection by Belle ‘Etoile. Prices start at $250 3. Rainn Salon and Spa The Bridges at 57th & Western 5019 S. Western Ave., Suite 160 605.521.5099 Who’s ready for spring break and wants to escape to someplace warm? Don’t forget to pack your favorite Bumble and Bumble travel size products! 4. Evolve Interior Design 2312 W 69th St, Ste 120 Sioux Falls, SD 57108 605.275.9455 | Stop in to check out this new upholstered chair! A stylish and comfortable frame that would look great in any space! Let us help you pick the perfect fabric and finish combination for your home! Prices vary.



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ou may not have given much thought to the oil utilized by your vehicle, but a better understanding of conventional and synthetic oil may be a good idea for anyone who is responsible for an automobile. Standard oil comes directly from crude oil and generally serves the needs of many vehicles. According to Gaven Banik, fixed operations manager at Luxury Auto Mall of Sioux Falls, “Synthetic oil is highly refined, and the oil molecules are very uniform in size and shape. Standard oil molecules are not.” For this reason, purified synthetic oil can provide more engine protection and enhance performance. Because synthetic oil is considerably more expensive, experts mainly recommend it for those who regularly drive short distances, live in a region with extreme high or low temperatures, or utilize your vehicle for towing or hauling heavy loads. Banik says, “I have come to appreciate synthetic oil. Given the climate in the Midwest, synthetic oil is all that I use.” n

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pring has finally sprung! The days are filled with more sunshine and warmer weather, which means an abundance of fresh, in-season produce arriving daily. After a long and cold winter filled with heavier produce that supported our bodies during the past few months, spring is filled with fresh, light and crisp varieties to aid in naturally “spring cleaning” our bodies. Eating fresh vegetables and fruits that are in-season helps us to build a lifestyle that encourages the body’s healthiest state. Eating fresh, seasonal produce has so many health benefits. Produce that is in-season translates to the highest quality. As different varieties of produce grow naturally each season, they are filled with the highest nutritional and antioxidant content, as well as the best flavor. Not only do these vegetables and fruits thrive in their natural season, but our bodies actually crave this natural balance that seasonal produce offers. The spring season is filled with leafy greens and other vegetables and fruits that will aid in a natural cleaning/detoxing process. Choose in-season fresh produce that’s available with an understanding that these are the vegetables and fruits that will best support your body. Seasonal timing is the nourishment nature intended. It’s the perfect prescription to experience the most energy and your healthiest self! n

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GRILLING RECIPES TO HEAT UP YOUR OUTDOOR DINING Recipes & photos courtesy of South Dakota Soybean Council Temps are warming up, and it’s time to head outdoors. Spring into this grilling season with tasty meal ideas from Hungry for Truth and South Dakota soybean farmers. From kabobs to marinades and spicy to sweet, we have recipes to heat up your outdoor dining. Find more at

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INGREDIENTS (Marinade) • 3 lemons • 1⁄3 cup olive oil • 4 tablespoons fresh dill • 2 tablespoons dried oregano • Fresh ground pepper to taste

INGREDIENTS • 1/4 cup soy sauce • 2 tablespoons sugar • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped • 1 clove garlic, minced • 2 tablespoons olive oil

(Serves 4 )

INGREDIENTS (Kabobs) • 4 large chicken breasts • 1 red onion chopped into large pieces • 10 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes • Kabob skewers INSTRUCTIONS 1. Cut lemons in half and squeeze juice into medium-sized container. 2. Mix in olive oil, fresh dill, oregano and pepper. Set aside. 3. Cube chicken breasts into large chunks for kabobs. 4. Marinate chicken in lemon and olive oil mixture overnight or 6-8 hours prior to serving. 5. If using wooden kabob sticks, soak in water for about 1 hour prior to assembling kabobs. 6. Assemble kabobs alternating between chicken, onion and tomatoes. 7. Grill on medium heat until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165 degrees F. 8. Flip kabobs halfway through grilling. Roughly 4-6 minutes per side.

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(Makes 4 Steaks)

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Whisk together all ingredients. 2. Salt and pepper steak to taste. 3. Pour marinade over steaks. 4. Refrigerate for 2-6 hours. 5. Grill to your preferred doneness.

Grilled Sweet Corn With Zesty Aioli (Serves 6)

INGREDIENTS (Aioli) • 1 large egg yolk • 1 small garlic clove, finely grated • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more • 1/2 cup good-quality extra virgin olive oil • Pinch cayenne pepper • Fresh lemon juice • 2 tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce • Freshly ground pepper INGREDIENTS (Corn) • 6-8 large ears of corn • Extra virgin olive oil • Smoked paprika • 1 lime INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a food processor, combine egg yolk, garlic and salt. Blend until smooth. 2. With motor running, add oil until consistency begins to look like thick mayonnaise. 3. Transfer to a bowl. Season with cayenne, lemon juice, Sriracha and pepper. 4. Cover bowl and refrigerate until ready to use. 5. Pre-heat grill. 6. Place corn in a bowl of cold water for 10 minutes to help prevent burning on the grill. 7. Place unhusked corn directly on grill for about 7-8 minutes. Close lid. Rotate halfway through for even cooking. Take corn off grill and remove husks. 8. Drizzle corn with oil and place back on grill. Continue to rotate corn until golden brown on all sides. Remove corn from grill when golden brown. 9. Take aioli out of fridge and brush onto all sides of corn. Sprinkle with smoked paprika and squeeze lime on corn.

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WINE 101: Understanding Wine is the Key to Appreciation By Margaret Pennock


ine, like many complex subjects, can require study along with an acquired taste if you are truly interested in understanding and appreciating it. For many people, a bit of knowledge can help them navigate social gatherings successfully and give them something to enjoy and share with others. There are many varieties of wine that come from around the world and can taste quite different depending on the origin. The most common types of wine, and good varieties to start exploring, include the following: WHITE WINES Riesling (Rees-ling): An aromatic, fresh wine, German varieties are slightly sweet; Eastern USA is typically drier and less sweet and Californian are typically sweeter. GewĂźrztraminer (Gah-vurtz-tra-meener): Very aromatic and typically known for fruity flavors. Chardonnay (Shar-doe-nay): A dry wine with origins in France, known for rich citrus flavors. Sauvignon Blanc (So-vee-nyon Blah): Generally lighter than Chardonnay, it is known for its distinctive, vivid aromas and zesty acidity.

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RED WINES Syrah or Shiraz (Sah-ra or Shi-raz): This is the same type of wine but the name depicts where it was grown. Shiraz is typically an Australian variety and Syrah is French. Taste is characterized by pepper and spice although Australian varieties have a more intensely fruity profile. Merlot (Mer-lo): A soft, easy to drink wine that is a good introduction for red wines. Typically has black-cherry and herbal flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon (Ka-ber-nay So-veenyon): Full-bodied, this wine’s flavor is also dependent upon its origin. French varieties are commonly full-bodied wines with black fruit flavors, high acidity and considerable tannins whereas Californian feature black cherry, blueberry and menthol flavors with medium acidity.



Pinot noir (Pee-no Nwar): Delicate and fresh very unlike Cabernet sauvignon with very fruity aromatics. In addition to understanding different wine varieties, it’s also important to understand the steps in learning how to properly taste wine. Interestingly enough, the aroma of wine is critical to the taste so ensure you are tasting in an area that isn’t overwhelmed with other aromas. Evaluate by view: a clear and brilliant wine is what you’re looking for. Swirl your glass: good “legs” that run down the side of the glass show more alcohol and glycerine content which is preferred. Sniff: don’t bury your nose but hover over the glass and give a few short sniffs to attempt to identify the different aromas infused in the wine.


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COVER CROPS BOOST SUSTAINABILITY ON A SOUTH DAKOTA FAMILY FARM Jamie Johnson doesn’t like to use the word sustainable to describe her family farm because taking care of the environment is part of doing business. Like many South Dakota farm families, Jamie and her family are committed to taking care of the land and water. They know the choices they make today have a big impact on the future. “It’s important to me to use the best practices for our kids and the families who depend on us for food,” said Jamie. “Healthy food comes from healthy soil.” Jamie grew up on a ranch in Nebraska. She met her husband, Brian, in college, and they were a perfect fit. Soon, she found herself moving to Frankfort, South Dakota, to join his parents – Alan and Mickey – on their family farm. Twelve years of marriage and four kids later, they are the fourth generation to run the family farm. This includes growing soybeans, corn and wheat, expanding their herd of Angus cattle and keeping four pet chickens happy and healthy. Thanks to Brian’s parents who stopped tilling their fields in the 1980s, the Johnsons had a sustainable foundation when they

began planting cover crops. Cover crops are grown to protect and enrich the soil. “We’re the experimental farmers you hear about who aren’t afraid to try new things,” explained Jamie. “I believe in lifelong learning, embracing new practices and being supportive of change.” For the past eight years, cover crops have helped them reduce soil erosion, grow healthier corn and soybean plants, feed their cattle and use fewer pesticides to protect crops. “We still spray to control weeds and insects, but we noticed that the more we keep our ground covered, the fewer issues we have. We only spray when necessary and are careful to use just the right amount,” she stated.



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URBAN ARTS AND CRAFTS A Collaboration of Creativity Achieves Rustic Elegance

By Jennifer Dumke Photos by Margaret Pennock


rom the abundance of rustic natural woods to the smooth curves of finely crafted pottery, the home of Marlene and Wayne Slothouber is a true reflection of their lives. But aside from personal touches, this sprawling custom-built home by Preston Mettler of Mettler Construction Inc. exudes elegance with rustic flair. Integrating personal hobbies and talents of the homeowners, this nearly 4,000 square foot home greets with grandeur. The expansive great room is a myriad of natural products, muted tones and contrasting textures. And if these walls could talk, nearly every room could start a conversation making this abode even more personalized and unique. The great room is bright and open with neutral gray walls, solid ash floors created by Hilltop Custom Cabinetry & Furniture and reclaimed wood ceiling. Wayne, an optometrist with a knack for woodworking, scouted local farms and even dumpsters to find the perfect old world style. Once used as a fence, the thick slabs of distressed wood were incorporated into the ceiling design and finished off with thick beams. Working with both Mettler and Carly McCuen Ellsworth, an interior decorator from Montgomery’s Furniture, Flooring and Window Fashions, the couple found spaces where their

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talents could be highlighted. “They had a clear vision for a look and feel,” says Ellsworth. “My job was to literally create a neutral palette.” Meanwhile, the homeowner’s enlisted in the talents of Amber Hostetler, co-owner and operator of Dream Design & Drafting, for tweaking wall placement, windows and alterations to the floor plan. “In the end, we could “walk” through the home in 3-D which was so helpful and fun,” says Marlene. An accent wall with elongated ceramic tile accents and a fireplace draws attention to detail with custom wood insets and puck lighting. Marlene, a local artist best known for her pottery, has a natural eye for color. With the assistance of Ellsworth, they took the home up a notch using her customcrafted accessories and creations. Sleek leather furniture and large area rug soften while an Arts and Crafts style coffee table built by Wayne adds an anchor of Arts and Crafts chic. A pass-through formal dining area leads to the kitchen. Black high back chairs surround a table made from a large slab of locally milled walnut with live edges and deep wood grain—one of many custom creations from Wayne. Above, a hanging wire and wrought iron pendant provide the perfect finishing touch. With a flair for repurposing, the couple even salvaged a wrought iron baker’s rack from a dump and fixed it up to showcase its newfound glory. “We have a lot of fun doing these projects together,” adds Marlene. “We love going out and discovering new things we can use for the home.” Although Wayne has a deep appreciation for natural wood, the couple opted for painted kitchen cabinets from Hilltop Custom Cabinetry & Furniture to create a clean, contemporary feel. “Wayne loves the look of natural wood,” says Marlene. “We compromised by adding a stove hood made with quarter sawn oak.” A large center island is topped off with contrasting solid cherry and granite countertops, from Granite Accents,


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and given a glow with dangling glass ball pendant light fixtures. Other unique elements include leathered black granite countertops, tempered glass cabinet accents and elongated white subway tile backsplash. “I just love how this area turned out,” adds Marlene. Meanwhile, a favorite space for Wayne is a bright and welcoming sunroom with expansive windows overlooking their backyard and small pond, perfect for watching wildlife and relaxing in front of a wood burning stove. And during warmer months, doors lead to a screened in porch complete with hand-made rustic Sassafras furniture the couple discovered while on a trip to Arkansas. “The porch is also one of our favorite places when it’s nice out,” says Marlene, who often draws inspiration from the outdoors to create her custom pottery pieces. The main floor powder bath is elegant yet modern with a dark wood cabinet, granite countertops and custom-made pottery sink created by Marlene. “I actually made all of the sinks in the home,” she adds. Elongated neutral tile and subtle accent pieces keep the focus on her masterpiece.


Rounding out the main level is the master bedroom and bath. Grey walls, neutral plush carpet and crisp white tray ceiling provide a backdrop for beauty. Large wood slabs with swirling grains and live edges create a one-of-a-kind headboard and footboard that is finished off with deep toned bedding and textiles. The master bath takes a turn with contrasting wood cabinets. The deep tones of the wood are complemented by a creamy countertop and pottery sinks. Even the pathway to the lower level is a work of art for this home. A favorite for Ellsworth is the coordinating reclaimed wood panels on the wall leading downstairs. A wrought iron railing adds custom detailing with built-in accent lighting. A hand-made wood framed mirror and coordinating Demilune table add personal flair that is enhanced by the quality workmanship of Mettler Construction and the design talents of Ellsworth. “One of my favorite features is the barn wood accent above the stairs in the entryway. It’s the perfect element to highlight artwork, lighting and accessories,” says Ellsworth. “It adds interest to an otherwise uninteresting, and often overlooked, space.”

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The fully furnished lower level is warm and inviting with earthy hues, natural products and soft textiles. Built with family living in mind, there’s ample space for overnight guests, entertaining and even a small bouncy house for the grandchildren. “We wanted a place where we could really live yet still make a statement,” adds Marlene. Leathered tufted furniture surround the luxe craftsmanship of the fireplace and surrounding mantle. The full bar features dual countertops in wood and laminate to blend with the custom cabinets and floors. Nostalgic board games and ice cream parlor style bar chairs add whimsy. While both Wayne and Marlene have stated their favorite spaces, it’s the dual workrooms in the lower level where most of the creativity originates. Behind tempered glass French doors is a large studio filled with working tables and cabinets to house Marlene’s many talents. Most recently, this founder of Plum Creek Pottery has also started FyreFly Glass, which features hand-blown glass beads, and even sewing. Additional space, currently used for Wayne’s woodworking, is filled with tools, wood slabs, current projects and houses Marlene’s kiln. “We both love our workshops,” says the Urban Timber founder. “But we also wanted to make sure they could be converted into finished off spaces such as a theater room or storage.” Two additional bedrooms and two full baths complete the lower level. A true reflection of hobbies and heritage, this ranchstyle home is a unique beauty. “We all love the way the home feels. It’s warm, welcoming, clean and visually interesting. Their home is a definite extension of both Wayne and Marlene’s personalities,” says Ellsworth. “It’s proof that your home can be stylish and personal at the same time.” n


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hile Airbnb rentals have been around since 2008, until recently they haven’t been considered a mainstream way of travel or opportunity to make a few extra bucks for homeowners. As a company that started in San Francisco by three broke roommates with three air mattresses, the concept has revolutionized the travel business for homeowners and travelers. Airbnb’s operation is pretty simple; you can either book a property to rent or you can become a host and rent your property. Everything is done online through an easy to use website that walks you through the process. Currently, there are 137 rentals available through Airbnb in Sioux Falls, which range from single rooms to entire houses. For Sioux Falls Airbnb host Ceca Cooper, the experience has enriched her life with interesting new friends from around the world as well as putting a bit away for retirement. “We started our Sioux Falls rental a year ago in July. I punched the button to list the property at 12:06 and within one minute I had a booking.”

No stranger to Airbnb’s, empty nester Ceca and her husband had used the online hospitality service for the past five years for travel abroad as well as a way to rent a second home in Barcelona, Spain. “We are approaching retirement age but financially we aren’t ready for it and this is a great way to put away for that. It’s been wonderful additional income and fun if you like people and hosting and I love being a hostess anyway. Honestly it seemed a shame not to use the space after our kids left home. It can be a marvelous way to bring in extra money and we’ve made super friends along the way.” According to, the steps to become a host are pretty simple: you create a listing, welcome guests and get paid. Airbnb will help suggest pricing for your property but the rate is entirely up to the owner. Because the renter pays for their room online, hosts are never put in a position to collect. Airbnb takes 3% for a service fee. Ceca who rents out the lower level of her charming McKennan Park Garden Cottage shares, “Our first guests were lovely and wonderful and since then it’s been a really great adventure for us. Our home was booked about 80% all summer and fall. The beauty of this is that you can offer it when you want to and take it off when you don’t. You’re in charge of your own calendar.” Booking a property is fairly similar to booking a hotel online. Once you’ve found the perfect place by filtering your request by number of guests, price, trip type and more you’ll send the host a message to inquire about the property. Previous guests can leave reviews and the location is rated with a five-star system just like traditional hotels on travel sites. n

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ar Ridley’s mammography exam experiences were not always enjoyable, and while she knew in her mind that mammography is a life-saving exam, a less-than-pleasant experience made her dread having another one. “The exam that made me wince was not good. Everything seemed rushed, and I left feeling terrible,” said the 59-year-old Sioux Falls resident. “That exam made me think I would never want to get another one.” While that experience lingered, her husband, Larry, told her about a new mammography experience he’d heard about while seeing his physician at Avera Medical Group Family Health Center. “My husband’s on the Internet often, and he reviewed it and told me to give it a try,” she said. “I thought about it – and

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remembered my last exam – and I said heck, let’s go for it.” What she experienced when she went for her exam was positive from the moment she arrived until her departure a short time later. Dar experienced the sights, sounds and scent of the Avera SensorySuite mammography exam, a new service that can help patients who avoid mammograms. The GE product is the first technology of this kind in South Dakota. “You never know how it’ll be until you try it and it was really good,” she said. “I was lost when I got there, and someone walked me to the right place. The woman immediately greeted me and we got things started.” Dar said the calming conversation with the technologist was as important as the environment. SensorySuite is an allencompassing, sensory-rich calming experience that she

said was relieving and, surprisingly enough considering her perspective on mammograms, almost fun. “The images and sound – they all were beautiful, and my experience really flew by,” she said. “You never would imagine a mammogram could be like this – but it was really what I needed and it really restored my trust in these exams.”

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Jill Schultz, director of breast health with Avera Breast Center, said the goal of all mammography is the same: to detect breast cancer and save lives. “The SensorySuite gives us another tool to help patients have the best possible experience, and the exam can give some patients apprehensive feelings for a number of reasons,” said Schultz. “This approach can help alleviate the fear or illat-ease feelings people may have when they consider a mammogram.”

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Since she had such a pleasant experience with this new way of doing mammography, Dar said she’s shared the news. “Not everyone has a good experience, and I have told my friends about how beautiful this was for me,” Dar said. “And now I won’t put off my next exam, thanks to this experience and this atmosphere.” Women who wish to schedule screening mammograms can call 605-322-PINK. Those who wish to take the opportunity to try the SensorySuite can seek appointments at Avera Breast Center West, housed in the Avera Medical Group Family Health Center on Marion Road in Sioux Falls. n



The SensorySuite offers large video monitors that can depict calm landscapes or tranquil beaches, and speakers bring the images to life in the patient’s mind as the breeze wafts through mountainside trees or birdsongs fill a placid prairie scene. Aromatherapy adds to the sensation, and for patients like Dar, it makes those fears depart.


SPRING FORWARD, ALLERGIES BACK Nip Painful Symptoms in the Bud By Jennifer Dumke


he sounds of chirping birds, wind blowing through budding trees and drops of fresh rain hitting sprouting blooms are all wonders of the spring season. But what about the sounds of sneezing and sniffling? Spring allergies affect more than 50 million Americans each year. The catalyst of warmer temperatures causes intense sinus pain that may last weeks or even months. Avoid missing out on the joys of spring by knowing what triggers symptoms and how to identify allergens. TAKE ACTION EARLY It’s recommended to get ahead of painful allergies by taking proper allergy medication before they arise. Note when you typically feel the onset of symptoms and kick-start your spring allergy relief plan weeks in advance by using a variety of treatments such as over-the-counter medications and even allergy shots – which have been known to modify and prevent disease progression.

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WEATHER OR NOT April showers bring more flowers…and triggers. While enjoyed by many for its refreshing aromas, hearing the pitterpatter of spring rainfall may cause allergy sufferers to seek shelter. Rain is known for its power to provide plants with the necessary moisture and nutrients to grow. But it’s these same colorful plants and trees that also produce allergens. Daniel Todd, MD, with Midwest Ear, Nose and Throat has been treating allergies for over 20 years and shares his expertise on seasonal allergies. “Spring brings with it the emergence of airborne pollens which can be an aggravation. Typically tree pollens begin, followed by grasses and weeds,” he adds. Paired with wind that can stir up mold in the air and what you have is the perfect forecast for painful symptoms. Get a head start on the season by undergoing a simple allergy test to identify which pollens trigger a reaction. ”You don’t stand a chance in being proactive with your allergy control if you don’t know what you are allergic to so testing

is paramount,” he adds. “Pollen counts can vary with temperature and wind so patients should plan accordingly,” says Dr. Todd. He suggests visiting websites such as for a listing of levels. For those who choose to not undergo testing, it’s advised to avoid exposure during the evening when levels are typically at their highest.

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t’s not uncommon for active young boys to suffer a small scrape or even a minor injury before the age of five. But for Hunter Sowers, who suffers from a condition commonly referred to as “brittle bone disease,” life is anything but common. In fact, since birth, his parents Rachel and Todd estimate he’s suffered nearly 20 broken bones – starting as early as in the womb. The Sowers family knew their son needed specialized treatment but didn’t know where to turn. Thanks to the convenience of the annual Shriners Hospital Free Screening Clinic in Sioux Falls, the Sowers family made the short trip from their home in Tea, South Dakota to seek answers. “When we got to the clinic, everyone was so helpful and made our family feel at ease,” adds Todd. “We initially met with Dr. Mielke and determined the Shriners Hospitals for Children - Twin Cities would be a great place for Hunter to seek treatment for his condition.” Cary H. Mielke, MD, has been a physician at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities for 14 years and appreciates the opportunity to serve families in the Sioux Falls community. This year’s outreach clinic, which will be held at the Orthopedic Institute,

expects to see approximately of 65 to 75 patients. “We are grateful to places like the Orthopedic Institute for their partnership,” adds Dr. Mielke. Over the last 15 years clinics have also been held at Avera Children’s Hospital & Clinics and Sanford Children’s Hospital. Dr. Mielke, a fellow Shriner, takes pride in their mission to provide care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. “These outreach clinics are important because thy allow the hospital staff to interact and get to know the local Shriners,” he adds. Meanwhile, local Shriners also get to directly interact with the patients and families they support. This is especially true for members like Roger Risty, who has served as the El Riad Hospital Representative for over 30 years and has been a Shriner since 1978. He can attest first-hand the value of these clinics on many levels. “It’s a two-fold purpose,” says Risty. “We look for new individuals who could benefit by holding the local clinic and for those who need follow-up care. The second component is to make the public aware that extensive travel is not needed to see qualified doctors and nurses right here in Sioux Falls.” In fact, Risty recites the motto that resonates with the entire community – especially families like the Sowers. “Never has one stood so tall as they stoop to lift a child in need.” n

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inding the right physician isn’t easy - and it shouldn’t be. When you entrust someone with your life you want to feel confident that this person has the expertise, qualification, and skills to give you the care you deserve. One of the main things you should look for in a primary care physician is a comfort level; whether or not that doctor is the right fit for you. THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN EVALUATING A DOCTOR We asked Physician Assistant, Karissa Zimmer, PA-C with Storm Clinic in Sioux Falls, what patients should consider when determining what kind of care they need. “A primary care physician’s goal is to keep you healthy, be the central source for all your medical needs, help you navigate through the confusing health care system, and is your go-to when you are sick,” said Karissa. “A specialist has a more in-depth skill set and is used for short-term and long-term purposes such as diagnosing a problem or designing a treatment regimen, acutely, long-term or prophylactic.”

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Storm Clinic in Sioux Falls offers a hybrid option for patients seeking to establish with a primary care doctor by combining primary care with a specialization in infectious diseases (bacterial, viral and antibiotic/anti-viral therapy). Their practice covers patients of any age for primary care. Karissa shared, “My passion is providing medical care utilizing a comprehensive and team-based approach.” When people come to the clinic they are often coming because they are sick with the common cold, or some other infectious disease. The advantage to establishing with the Storm Clinic for primary care is the comprehensive team approach and utilizing their expertise in specialized infectious disease. Storm Clinic is independent like you. They accept all major insurances and work closely with both the Sanford and Avera Hospital and health systems. Once you have determined a category of physician, the next step is to decide what blend of experience and personality traits are important so that you will be a good fit. This really depends on the relationship you plan to have with your doctor. If it’s long-term like a primary care doctor or a specialist who you will see for a continuing condition, then personality and demeanor will likely be more important than if it is a one or two-time encounter. Karissa added, “One thing we know that is important in a relationship with our patients is being there when they need us.” This is why most patients can get in the same day or same week when they call in. “In addition to our team-centered approach to care, we also add in other benefits to improve the quality of health for our patients.” Storm Clinic offers the region’s only ivclub, llc where patients can get IV fluids/vitamins/anti-nausea medication without having to go through the red tape of insurance by offering it as a cash service. This is a great option for patients or the general public that are recovering from the flu, need to replenish nutrients after a sporting event or to relieve a migraine headache. Regardless of where you choose to establish your care, make sure they are focused on you and take the time to listen and answer your questions. With a staff that has over 30 years of experience providing general medicine, infectious disease, primary care and acute care services, Storm Clinic might be the right option for you. Karissa is a South Dakota native that has been practicing medicine since 2013. She earned her degree from the Des Moines University College of Medicine. She is family focused with an enthusiasm for running and yoga. She is ready to become the primary care provider that focuses on your family and is currently accepting new patients. To learn more about Karissa and Storm Clinic call for an appointment or visit their website at n


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THE WISDOM STUDY: The Next Advancement in Breast Cancer Care By Tiffany Facile, Director of Oncology Clinical Research, Sanford Health


hances are you or a woman you love has had a mammogram, the current standard in breast cancer screening. And while mammograms have been beneficial in detecting breast cancer for thousands of women, some confusion remains about who exactly should be screened and when. FINDING CLARITY Women have different risk factors, genetic makeups and family histories, so it’s easy to see that having one universal breast cancer screening recommendation might not be the best solution. But what is? The Athena Breast Health Network’s Wisdom Study was created with the goal to answer that question. In November, Sanford Health joined with the Athena Breast Health Network and the University of California, becoming the only site outside of California to offer the Wisdom Study.

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“With so many recommendations for breast cancer screening out there, it can be hard for patients and providers to know what is the right approach for them,” said Andrea Kaster, M.D., investigator of the Wisdom Study at Sanford Health. “Clinical studies like Wisdom help us use the latest imaging techniques and genetics, along with a patient’s personal history, to determine how best to screen women for breast cancer through a more personalized approach.” ABOUT THE STUDY The five-year study is designed to end the confusion about breast cancer screening. Researchers hope to discover the best screening guidelines by comparing two safe and accepted screening recommendations: annual and personalized screening. “The Wisdom Study can be a valuable source of information for our patients,” said Melinda Talley, M.D., investigator of the Wisdom Study at Sanford Health. “As physicians

we assist our patients in making optimal health care decisions. This task is best accomplished with the most accurate information available, and trials like this make it possible.” HOW IT WORKS Women will be randomly assigned or selected to participate in one of two arms, or groups: annual or personalized screening, while continuing to receive the highest quality of care. Those in the personalized screening arm will receive an at-home test kit where they provide a small amount of saliva to identify any changes in their genes. This helps determine the screening recommendation. High-risk women will screen every six months, average-risk women every year and low-risk women will be advised to start screening at age 50 and repeat every other year. Women placed in the annual screening group will be advised to receive a mammogram starting at age at 40, with a repeat mammogram once a year. Women at a higher risk will receive a mammogram every six months. WHO CAN ENROLL Women ages 40 to 74 with no personal history of breast cancer or ductal carcinoma in situ are eligible to enroll. Other criteria include being able to speak English and provide consent. THE BENEFITS Many previous advancements made in breast cancer screening and care were due to women participating in studies such as this one. “You can help us determine the best screening approach for every woman, and that’s quite impactful,” Dr. Talley said. Dr. Kaster agreed, adding that this study gives women access to unique opportunities. “If you join, you could also have access to advanced testing not routinely available as well as the latest information on breast health provided by a trusted source,” she said. “This is your chance to help yourself as well as other women and the next generation.” n

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SARAH WALTNER Finding Balance By Lisa Peterson | Photos by Dan Eisenhauer


t can be a tricky walk on the high wire for working moms, trying to find the right balance in life – of work and personal life, of family and friends, of diet and exercise, and more.

“When you’re a working mom you have to figure out creative ways to make it work,” said Sarah Waltner, Director of Operations for Raven Industries and a mother of five. “Balance is very imperfect and messy and ebb and flowing, but over time can you manage what’s really important to you.” There’s no denying working moms can be masters at multitasking between cooking dinners, setting up playdates and juggling conference calls. Through the years, Waltner has managed the delicate “see-saw” of children and career, finding joy along the way and growing personally. “I’ve come a long way,” the 38-year-old Waltner said. “I’m a good martyr. I love serving others and making people happy but I spent more years than I like to admit making everybody else happy and meeting everyone else’s needs, which is really easy to do as a working mother of five children.” Waltner grew up on a hog farm with her parents and five siblings, and has been working since she was eight, helping daily on the farm and in the hog barns. She was homeschooled until she was in seventh grade. “What I wanted to be when I grew up was a stay at home mom and homeschool my children,” she said. After high school, Waltner got her degree in electrical engineering and started working at Raven. “I love math so it made sense I would pursue that, and I really wanted to work until I had kids,” she explained. “Over time as my career progressed and through a lot of prayer, I felt like this is where God wants me.”

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Having to negotiate different identities as a mother and full-time worker wasn’t easy at first, Waltner pointed out. “It was complicated and hard but there were blessings too,” she said. “Having little ones who needed me helped keep me balanced because I had to be on my game the minute I picked them up.” Most days, Waltner gets up between 5:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. and usually runs three days a week and does cross training two to three days a week. Then she has a quiet time, gets dressed for work and helps get the kids up and out the door. She and her family live 6 miles west of Tea on an acreage so she uses the drive to work to prepare herself mentally for the day. “I usually use the drive for prayer and mental preparation and processing, and likewise decompressing on the way home,” she said. At her job,Waltner oversees scheduling, supply chain, production, production engineering and repair. Her typical work hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with “some evening work when needed.” She rarely works on weekends. “I try to be home by 6,” she said. “We almost always eat supper together, even if it’s ‘Everyone eat quick together because we need to get to something.’” A high priority is placed on spending time with her children and

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husband in the evenings. “From the time I get home until when the kids go to bed around 8:30 it’s pretty much no work. It’s family time.” At least a few nights a week, Waltner and her husband have quality time together. “Some nights it might be reading or housework or it’s work-work. I’m usually in bed by 10.” Coming to terms with juggling family responsibilities and a demanding career takes work, but Waltner is quick to point out it’s far from a solo struggle and the rewards are many. “My husband Ryan is a huge reason why I can call myself balanced,” she said. “He doesn’t have to start work until 8:30 so he can drop off our kids at school, which is wonderful and maybe he needs more downtime in the evening, so I handle that part.” Waltner finds balance with her career, family and time for herself in ways that keep her feeling fulfilled and in balance. “For me, working out, especially running, is one of my mindfreeing, get-it-all-out-of-my-system things,” she said. “I also like to vegetable and flower garden. It’s very therapeutic for me. “I also have a daily quiet time. My faith and time in the Word is very important for me and I also journal, which helps me get my thoughts out.”

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“I adore the man I’m married to and I have to make him a priority.” As for how an overwhelmed mom might create balance in her life, Waltner advises “Not trying to be all things to all people and not comparing themselves to others.” “As moms, we feel like we’re not enough anywhere and we play the martyr well,” she said. “It’s good to know there there are stages and seasons in life, and to not compare yourself to someone in a different stage.” It’s important to ask for help, advised Waltner.


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“Don’t try to do it by yourself. I don’t care if you’re single or married, or if you have a great support network. Reach out for help as I have. Whether that’s having someone pick up my kids for me or whether that’s my kids taking on more. We’re meant to love in community and to get help from each other.” Other secrets for staying balanced include having her children help with household chores and weathering the rough times.

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“There are weeks I would say, ‘This isn’t so balanced,’ but the next week I don’t have any evening commitments and we don’t have much happening on the weekend so I know that week will be better,” she said. “We don’t run a perfect household by any stretch.” Letting go of perfection is also key, stressed Waltner. “I think a lot of people think, ‘Every day has to go exactly perfectly and I have to have the exact time I want with my husband, the exact amount of time for working out.’ Don’t get so overwhelmed with that. See how you can, over time, maintain your high priorities.” What will Waltner tell her daughters about about having life balance?

“I’ll tell them they have more choices than ever before, but they’ll have to find a balance that’s right for them. Ultimately, I hope I can model balance for my children, though it’s a daily work in progress. I want my girls to know ‘You’re not a mother so that you can lay down every last bit of who you are for your children.’ I don’t want them to think that when they grow up that to be a good wife and a mother it means you give one hundred percent of yourself away and don’t retain anything of who you were before having kids.” While teaching her children to protect and take care of themselves is important, it isn’t the end goal. “The end goal is to live a life and to serve God and others, whether it’s at work or at home, we do it well because we’ve taken care of ourselves and our priorities along the way.” n

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BRINGING OUT THE BEST Mary Kay Bates Credits Bank Midwest’s Culture of Business Acumen, Emotional Intelligence and Great Mentors for Her Rise to the Top.

By Margaret Pennock | Photo by Reistroffer Design


rowing up in the Iowa Great Lakes area Mary Kay Bates learned the value of hard work and excellent customer service working in her family’s restaurant. “At an early age, I learned the importance of taking care of your customers… and in that regard, there was no better teacher and mentor than my grandmother! Growing up in a family business instilled in me a strong work ethic and core values that I’ve carried with me throughout my career.” Today, Mary Kay still lives in the same community but she isn’t bussing tables anymore. She leads Bank Midwest as their President and CEO, a diversified financial services company with 11 locations throughout Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota with assets of $830 million. As unique as it is to be a woman in this esteemed role, Mary Kay doesn’t take it lightly and feels that a continual push to meet new opportunities throughout her career was critical to her success. “During the span of my 20+ years with Bank Midwest, I’ve had the opportunity to grow my leadership during times of tremendous change and innovation. My leadership progressively grew over the past two decades and when asked to take on something new, I always said yes and that often meant pushing myself out of my comfort zone.”

Buying or Selling - You need She continues, “I’m proud to work for a 5th generation family-owned bank that was founded on a tradition of ‘integrity, fairness, and the sure reward of worthy service.’ Those words came from our Founders Creed, written back in the 1880s and over 130 years later, and still hold true today. I am a strong believer in hiring good people and providing for them a healthy workplace that brings out the best in what they do. Our people truly are our greatest competitive advantage and as employee-owners we are empowered to make decisions. We take a higher level of interest in understanding the company and providing outstanding service to our customers.”


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Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated.

Honored to be leading a company that is as firmly embedded in the communities they serve as her family’s restaurant was, Mary Kay notes, “I’ve worked my way through many areas of banking and spent at least half of my career working directly with our customers. Our mission states that we are ‘devoted to the security and prosperity of our customers and communities’ and in that regard, there’s nothing more rewarding than knowing that you’ve given the best or yourself and that it made a difference in a customer’s life or the wellbeing of your community.” n

“I’m a strong believer in hiring good people and providing for them a healthy workplace that brings out the best in what they do. Continuous learning and development is embedded within our culture and is essential to growing a successful career at Bank Midwest.” –Mary Kay Bates, President/CEO Bank Midwest

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