Sioux Falls Woman Magazine - February/March 2023

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Randi Pederson



Love is Worth Celebrating



Camps and More!


A pop of color and sparkles that never dull.



Publisher Sioux Falls Woman Publishing, LLC

Jared Holsing, Owner/President


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Chellee Unruh 8 years Kjersten Joachim 5 years Danielle Haugan Account Executive Jill Funke 21 years Ashley Sornsin 7 years Lisa Marie Blair 5 years Amanda Pennock 1 year Jayci Holsing 1 year Natalie Slieter 8 years Lindsay Rohlfsen Creative Director Thea Miller Ryan 21 years Jared Holsing Owner/President Margaret Pennock 21 years Emily Olson 8 years Virginia Olson 6 years Max Haggar Account Executive
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Randi Pederson
Maggie Sweets on the cover Life 8 Calendar of Events 12 Community Planning for Summer Activities & Family Memories 18 Weddings You are the Wedding Planner 20 Couples Connection Love is Worth Celebrating Style 24 Beauty Trends Mal-Illumination 27 Fashion Trends Wrap Yourself Up in Luxurious Faux Fur 28 Where to Shop 56
Home 34 Healthy Eating 3 Ways to Instill Healthy Eating Habits 36 In the Kitchen Going Natural 38 Home Feature Luxury Loft Living Health 48 Family Health Kids and Allergy Triggers 50 Wellness Want to Feel Better Throughout Menopause? Profiles 56 Cover Story Randi Pederson - The Grit Factor 62 Profiles JY6 Foundation - Nurses of the Year 64 In Our Community Profile Live Like Cat Foundation 66 Last Impression 34 27 Ahead!what's in this issue 38

February/March 2023 Please


of Events

Summer Camp Registrations Now Open

YMCA Camp Leif Ericson

605.336.2267 |

Destiny Youth Ranch

First Tee South Dakota

605.351.8808 |

Plum's Cooking

605.335.1999 |

Sanford Health PROMISE

Soccer Sprouts

605.929.4683 |

February 3rd

Free First Friday

5-8 pm | Washington Pavilion

605.376.6000 |

February 3-4

Tootsie The Musical

Feb. 3 - 7:30 pm | Feb. 4 - 2 pm & 7:30 pm

Washington Pavilion


605.376.6000 |

February 4 & March 4

Homebuyer Education Class (Parts 1&2)

10 am-4:30 pm | LSS of SD Free Event

605.330.2700 |

February 5

Sioux Falls American Legion Post 15

Pancake Breakfast

8:30 am-12 pm

South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance

Ages 11 & over: $7 | Ages 10 & under: $2

605.336.3470 |

February 8-11

Watertown Winter Farm Show

9 am-4 pm

Codington County Extension Complex, Watertown, SD Free Event

605.886.5814 |

February 11

Songs of Romance - Live Jazz Music by Luke Carlsen and the SDSO

7:30-9:30 pm | Washington Pavilion


605.367.6000 |

February 13-14

R.E.S.P.E.C.T - Celebrating the Music of Aretha Franklin

7:30 pm

Washington Pavilion


605.376.6000 |

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Blake Shelton Concert | February 17

February 17

Blake Shelton Concert

7-11 pm

Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

Starting at $66

605.367.7288 |

February 18

Sioux Empire on Tap

VIP 12-4 pm | GA 1-4 pm | 5-8 pm

Denny Sanford PREMIER Center


605.367.728 |

February 18

Little River Band Concert

8-9:30 pm | Grand Falls Casino


712.777.7777 |

February 19

John Denver Tribute Concert

7-8:30 pm | Grand Falls Casino


712.777.7777 |

February 23

Ceili Irish Social Dance

6:30-8:30 pm | Old Courthouse Museum

Free Event

605.367.4210 |

February 24-26

Sioux Empire Home Show

February 24-25: 10 am-8 pm

February 26: 11 am-5 pm

Sioux Falls Convention Center

Adults: $7 | Senior: $6 | Ages 12 & under: Free

3-day wristband: $10

605.361.8322 |

February 25

SDSO Performs Shostakovich Symphony No. 7

7:30-9:30 pm | Washington Pavilion


605.367.6000 |

February 28 - March 1

Shen Yun Performing Arts

7:30 pm | Washington Pavilion

Starting at $80 605.376.6000 |

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Let Pork be Your Passport

Houndstooth House has been designing both residential and commercial projects in Sioux Falls and surrounding areas since 2005. We are excited for you to come visit our newly renovated furniture, home decor and gift store. Whether you need a new sofa, a lamp, or a gift, we have a wide variety of selections on the floor ready for you to take home! Come see us on the corner of Phillips and 37th!

March 3

Free First Friday

5-8 pm | Washington Pavilion

605.376.6000 |

March 4

Ag Day

9 am-1 pm | Washington Pavilion

Free Event

605.376.6000 |

March 5

Sioux Falls American Legion Post 15 Pancake Breakfast

8:30 am-12 pm

South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance

Ages 11 & over - $7 | Ages 10 & under - $2 605.336.3470 |

March 9

Ceili Irish Social Dance

6:30-8:30 pm | Old Courthouse Museum

Free Event

605.367.4210 |

March 10-11

My Fair Lady

March 10: 7:30 pm | March 11: 2 pm & 7:30 pm

Washington Pavilion


605.376.6000 |

March 18

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

2-3 pm | Phillips Ave | Downtown Sioux Falls

Free Event

605.336.1620 |

March 18

SDSO Performs Sci-Fi Spectacular

7:30-9:30 pm | Washington Pavilion


605.376.6000 |

March 23-25

Schemckfest | State Fair Musical (23rd), Buffet (24th & 25th)

Freeman Acadamy Campus | Freeman, SD

State Fair Musical: $16 - $41

Children's Buffet: $11 | Adults: $26

605.925.4237 |

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March 23-25

Spring Open House

Simply Perfect

Complimentary spring workshops & free gifts at checkout!

605.338.3599 |

March 24

Chase Rice Concert

8-10 pm

South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance


605.271.1582 |

March 25

“Dial in on Dialysis” at BASH 2023

Charity Fundraising Event

5:30 pm-12:00 am

Watertown Event Center | Watertown, SD


605.882.7631 |

March 25

Croce Plays Croce Concert

8-9:30 pm | Grand Falls Casino


712.777.7777 |

March 25-26

Greater Sioux Falls Model Train Show

March 25: 10 am-5 pm

March 26: 10 am-4 pm

Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls

Adults: $5

Ages 12 and under with paid adult: Free 605.367.7401 |

March 30

The Wildest Banquet Auction in the Midwest

5:30 pm

South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance

Free Event

605.339.1203 |


Don’t Miss Freeman’s Famous Schmeckfest Celebration March 24-25

If you’re looking for something unique to do, take a short hour’s journey to Freeman, SD for their famous Schmeckfest. You’ll be pleasantly transported back in time to experience old-world craft demonstrations, historical presentations, and food preparation from the town’s friendly and welcoming residents; many of who are descendants of the town’s founders who immigrated from Russia but were originally from German heritage.

The town of 1,300 has hosted ‘Schmeckfest’, or “festival of tasting,” since 1959 when it started as a fundraiser to support the Freeman Academy. Today, it’s a two-day celebration of culture and food showcasing local talent in the musical production ‘State Fair’ hosted on the Freeman Academy’s campus.

Organizer Vernetta Waltner shares, “Schmeckfest is really unique to Freeman. It gives you a chance to sample ethnic Germans-from-Russia foods that you don’t get to taste every day. Homemade sausage is made to serve at the buffet meal and is available for purchase to take home.” She continues, “Our museum, Heritage Hall is open to share the history unique to our community. We are fortunate to have incredible theatrical and musical talent to create shows with sets and costuming on par with what you’d expect in much larger communities.”

All events, except for the meal, musical production, and activities at the museum, are free and open to the public. Purchase tickets and learn more at or on Facebook.


‘State Fair’ Musical: $16-$41 • Children’s Buffet: $11 • Adult Buffet: $26 Available at

All proceeds benefit Freeman Academy.

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.

– Jeremiah 29:11-14

Fun Schmeckfest Facts!

Amount of food needed for each day:

• 48 gallons of each Soup

• 300 pounds of Stewed Beef

• 260 pounds of Sausage

• 260 pounds of Fried Potatoes

• 34 gallons of Sauerkraut

• 80 dozen Zwiebach

• 55 poppyseed rolls

• 150 Kuchen pies

• 48 pounds of Coffee

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Summer Activities Planning for & Family Memories

Take a minute and think back to summers when you were a kid. What are your favorite memories? Did you take an epic family vacation or attend a specialized summer camp? Or maybe an unforgettable memory is something as simple and innocent as a lemonade stand. Now, as adults and parents, we want to help our children create those fun summer memories that will last a lifetime.

With summer right around the corner, now is the time to start planning! Here are five tips for planning a fantastic summer with your family:

1. CREATE A BUCKET LIST. Make this the fun part! Sit down with your kids and create a summer bucket list of their favorite activities - big and small (and you might be surprised at all the small things on the list). Think of anything and everything that will make you smile when you reflect on the memories.

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SUMMER CAMP KIDS IN THE KITCHEN 4-15Ages Located in Alvord, Iowa (30 minutes from Sioux Falls) • Destiny Youth Ranch AFFORDABLE HORSE CAMPS! Registration is now open!



First Tee – South Dakota is not just a junior golf organization. First Tee – South Dakota is a youth development organization who is building game changers one swing at a time!

We create experiences that build character to empower kids through a lifetime of new challenges and continuous personal growth – all on the golf course and through the game of golf!

Come join us at our Sioux Falls and area locations: Elmwood Golf Course and Dells Rocky Run

Registration opens February 28, 2023

Additional programs offered in Madison, Brookings, and Aberdeen.

Summer STEM Programs

We’re working to inspire the next generation of scientists, problem solvers and thinkers.

June 27 or July 11 - for middle school students

Inside Out: An Anatomy & Health Experience

July 24–July 28 - for middle school students


Finding Your Roots: A Genetic & Genealogy Experience

Visit or scan the QR code to register online and learn more about science education resources and programs for students of all ages.


2. LOOK INTO LOCAL CAMPS, LESSONS, AND PROGRAMS. There are many timesensitive options to be considered for enrichment programs, summer camps, swimming lessons, etc., so do this sooner rather than later. What interests do your children have? Summer is a great time to invest in learning a new hobby that could stick with your child for years to come. Do some research and make a note of those fast-approaching deadlines.

3. CONSIDER THE LOGISTICS. If you are a working parent, can you flex your schedule to spend more time at home? Will your kids be at daycare or with a summer nanny? Could they spend some quality time with grandparents or other family members? Be intentional about planning quality time with your family. The years go by way too quickly!

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4. DRAFT A SKELETON OUTLINE OF YOUR SUMMER CALENDAR. Block off dates for events you know are happening that you’ll need to work around and try to plan week-to-week to pull it all together. Don’t be tempted to overschedule! Refer to your bucket list for scheduling the big things and leave flexibility for the small activities. A loosely outlined schedule will give you a plan and allow you the freedom to be spontaneous.

5. RELAX. Even with all this planning, remember that not everything on the bucket list needs to be (or should be) ‘planned.’ Summer is also a time to let them play. Build time in for relaxation and flexibility. And don’t forget to appreciate the unscripted moments; those are often the most memorable ones.

With a kickstart to your summer planning underway, you can relax and dream about those warm days ahead! n

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You Deserve

Choosing who to trust with your finances is a big decision and can be intimidating. How do you know your money and future is in good hands? Here are 7 questions to ask when interviewing potential financial advisors:

What services can I expect?

While some advisors provide only investment management, Cornerstone Financial Solutions covers all 5 areas of wealth management, so nothing falls through the cracks. Those 5 areas include Tax Planning Strategies, Investment Management, Risk Management, Retirement Planning, and Estate Planning. What type of education, accreditations and licenses do you have?

You may think all financial planners are certified, but in fact anyone can use the title financial planner. We require our Wealth Advisors to hold the Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) designation or be working to complete the rigorous certification process. It’s considered the standard of excellence in financial planning, requiring a college degree. Unlike many financial advisors, CFP® professionals have developed theoretical and practical knowledge by completing demanding education, examination, experience, and ethical requirements, and agree to continued monitoring and continuing education. How long have you been in business?

Most people only retire once in their life. We’ve essentially retired thousands of times throughout our 30 years in business and the team’s combined 140 years of experience. It is easier to avoid a mistake than correct one, so let us help you with the knowledge and lessons we have learned.

How many people are on your team?

You benefit from a broader scope of knowledge, expertise, and service offerings from team-based wealth advice. And working with a solo advisor you risk losing years of valuable planning if something happens to them.

Are you a fiduciary?

As fiduciary advisors our comprehensive financial planning advice is conflictfree and never related to the possibility of earning a potential commission.

What are your fees?

We believe in full transparency and full disclosure, especially when it comes to fees. We offer mostly fee-based planning. By sitting on the same side of the table as you we participate in the gains and the losses. When you do well, we do well.

What is your succession plan?

A succession plan ensures that a business can continue to run smoothly after an important role becomes vacant. At Cornerstone, we have an internal, built-in succession plan so that any transition will be smooth.

When choosing a wealth advisor, you are likely starting what will be a lifelong relationship. You will be sharing personal details about your financial situation, dreams, and goals, so it’s important to work with someone you trust and feel comfortable with. Feel free to reach out to our team to discuss your situation or if you have any questions.

Jill Mollner, MBA, CFP®, Wealth Advisor

Download a free guide to help you interview advisors. We wrote How to Choose a Wealth Advisor to empower people like you who want to dream big, build wealth, and lead a life of impact. Scan the QR code, visit www., or call us at 605357-8553 to request your copy.

To schedule a complimentary, noobligation financial consultation with a Wealth Advisor at Cornerstone Financial Solutions, or if you’d like to know more about the one-on-one guidance you can expect from our team, call us at 605-3578553 or email


Helping you build a financial plan to achieve what’s truly possible is what we do.

Empowering you to pursue greater dreams is who we are.


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Cornerstone Financial Solutions, Inc. is not a registered broker/ dealer and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services. Raymond James advisors do not provide tax services.

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You You

are the Wedding Planner:

A basic guide from a bride-to-be’s POV

Awedding planner is a magnificent idea if you do not have the time to put together a wedding and have the budget to afford one. However, if you are like me and you’ve decided to ditch the idea and expense of hiring a wedding planner, I’ll give you my tips to stay on track while maintaining your sanity! The good news is that there are excellent FREE planning tools online that I highly recommend using such as The Knot or Minted.

#1: START BY PICKING A DATE. The date is one of the most important aspects because many venues and religious centers are booked out one to two years in advance. Also, this gives you a realistic timeline for the checkpoints and goals in your planning, specifically as to when to send out your Save the Date info and Wedding Invitations.

#2: ESTABLISH YOUR BUDGET. This is vital. Your budget will help you move through planning and drives what you can and can’t afford to do.

#3: NOW FOR THE FUN PART: FINDING INSPIRATION. This step is where you choose your overall theme. The absolute hands-

down BEST place to start is by making a wedding inspiration board! You will be able to visualize your table décor, flowers, and color palate as they come to life. Having these visuals will guide you along the way and is a fantastic way to share your ideas with your cake decorator, photographer, and family so they understand what you’re envisioning.

#4: THE DREAM VENUE AND GUEST LIST. There are many things to consider when booking your venue. For instance, some venues will supply decorations, tables, chairs, alcoholic services, and even catering. Others will require you to purchase or rent these items and self-coordinate the setup to match your inspiration. It all comes down to how you want to spend your money and time! I recommend you start with a firm budget and set the maximum amount you would like to spend for the venue along with dining equipment if your venue does not supply that. A rough guest count is important information you will need to have when booking your venue to ensure it can accommodate all of your guests. It may seem more expensive at first glance to work with an all-inclusive venue; however, it may be a better deal when you consider the coordination of all the details.

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#5: THE DRESS. It’s incredible how long it can potentially take for your dream dress to arrive if it has to be specially ordered. Most dress shops carry one to two sizes in-store that fit the majority of brides to try with the intention to order-in the correct size once you’ve been measured. If you are on a budget consider asking about in-store models that they are closing out or look for shops that specialize in gently used gowns or discontinued styles for serious savings. Don’t forget to allow time for alterations!

#6: “EVERYBODY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE FOOD.” When picking out a caterer it is important to try several different types of cuisine and have options available for your guests with food intolerances or restrictions. If your budget doesn’t allow for plated meals, a buffet style is always a great option and is typically less expensive. Make sure you taste test!

#7: ENTERTAINMENT AND PHOTOGRAPHY. Now it’s time to book your DJ or band and photographer. Meeting your DJ or band and photographer in person is a fantastic way to get to know their style and if that style suits your needs and personality. Yes, make sure you include your partner in this!

#8: HAVE FUN AND DON’T STRESS OUT. The big day will be here before you know it, so enjoy every moment on the way to making it a perfect wedding! n

*POV = Point of View

Love is Worth

Why you should celebrate Valentine’s Day

Celebrating! Celebrating!

More than any other holiday Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that people either really like or really hate. Despite popular opinion, a person’s sentiment about Valentine’s Day rarely has anything to do with their relationship status. There is no denying that with the commercialization of the holiday with all of the overly romantic movies, overcrowded restaurants, and the inflated cost of stereotypical Valentine’s Day gifts like flowers, chocolate, and cards, reasons to celebrate Valentines’ Day might be diminished. If you happen to be with someone that doesn’t believe in celebrating Valentine’s day you are probably going to feel disappointed that day. For those that find themselves single on Valentine’s Day, the materialistic nature of the holiday can evoke feelings of self-doubt.

While all of this can be true, there are many positive reasons to celebrate Valentine’s Day starting with the story of the holiday’s origin. Roman Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those that had wives and families, so he outlawed marriage for young men. St. Valentine, a Catholic Priest, recognizing the injustice of this law, performed marriages for young couples in secret. When Claudius discovered this, he ordered the execution of St. Valentine. He died in the name of love. St. Valentine’s sacrifice for love is one endearing reason to celebrate this holiday.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that you must be in a relationship. It can be the celebration of the friendships that enrich your life. It can be the one holiday that you spend quality time with your best friends. Turn it into an event by getting dressed up, eating and drinking your favorite foods and cocktails, and reminiscing about memories and stories you have collected through the years.

It can also be a holiday dedicated just to you. Think of it as another day besides your birthday when you choose to love yourself by doing all the things that make you feel good. Self-care and selflove are extremely important for your mental health, so embrace Valentine’s day as a day devoted exclusively to you.

If you are in a relationship then it goes without saying that you should be showing your love and appreciation for that person every day, not just on Valentine’s Day. Life can get complicated and busy making it easy to take your partner for granted. Despite the challenges life throws in your way, if you are in a loving relationship with someone that makes you happy, you have the perfect reason to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Don’t let the commercialization of Valentine’s Day overshadow the love you have to celebrate. Whether it is the love of friends, the love of your partner, or the love you have for yourself, love is always worth celebrating. n

BritZa Studios rebrands and expands into “BritZa Performing Arts Studio”

BritZa Studios has been a Sioux Falls staple in the dance community for the past 36 years offering a variety of dance classes to students of all ages. With the opening of its new location near 77th Street and Cliff Avenue, the studio has rebranded to “BritZa Performing Arts Studio” and expanded its offerings.

Now, BritZa Performing Arts Studio is a space for kids and adults of all ages to explore dancing, singing, and acting. Director and Owner, Amanda Hahn, describes the studio as a safe place for people to accomplish their performance goals. “We teach, but our greatest joys come from seeing a light in a student’s eyes when they accomplish something they never thought possible.”

For their dance program, BritZa offers classes for little ones as soon as they start walking all the way to adults. “Everyone has a body and everybody can dance,” says Amanda.

The BritZa Performing Arts Studio theatre and the vocal programs are all about telling stories. Through storytelling, students naturally learn technique, theory and character development all through play and having fun along the way.

Each student is loved and looked at individually. Teachers at BritZa meet students wherever they are in their performing journey to help them gain confidence, practice self-care and become the best version of themselves. The modest class attire, costumes, song choices, and choreography differentiate BritZa so that all students can share their gifts and talents through performances that will always be family-friendly.

Along with the four state-of-the-art dance studios, a retail store “Elements of the Arts” gives students access to everything they need for class right on-site including attire, gifts, and snacks. Join BritZa Performing Arts Studios and experience what it is like to sing loudly, dance freely, and act honestly.

BRITZA PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO OFFERS STUDENTS OF ALL AGES A SAFE PLACE TO LEARN, CREATE AND PERFORM. Our new state-of-the-art facility is the rst of its kind in Sioux Falls to welcome students to explore dancing, singing and acting. | 605.371.8888 1500 E 77th St | Sioux Falls, SD 57108


Timeless bride and groom gift ideas brought to you from The Diamond Room by Spektor

When a bride is planning her wedding, she will receive a lot of advice on what she ‘has to’ include, but the truth is, it is your day. You do not have to keep with the tradition of wearing white, having bridesmaids and groomsmen, or cutting a large cake during the reception. However, some long-standing traditions are worth considering.

The gift exchange between the bride and the groom is one of the sweetest wedding day traditions. It allows the couple to exchange a private and intimate re ection on what led them to this day. The gift serves as a token forever tied to the memory of the moment. Although you should put in more emotional thought than monetary value, you will want to choose something that can be treasured forever, so the gift should be high quality and timeless. Therefore, many couples choose a piece of jewelry as the perfect gift for this occasion.

For the bride, this could be a necklace or a pair of earrings. The gift can also serve as part of another wedding tradition where the bride wears something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Justin Shatto, co-owner of the Diamond Room by Spektor shares, “We see a lot of bride gifts that incorporate blue sapphire in either a necklace, earrings or even a bracelet, which serves as the bride’s something new and the something blue. With our ability to create custom jewelry, we can help the groom create a piece that is unique to the bride adding to the sentimental value of the gift.” Another great idea is to incorporate a piece of jewelry that has meaning to the bride, like a pendant from her grandmother or her mom’s rst pair of diamond earrings. The Diamond Room can take that family heirloom and incorporate a new piece of jewelry that signi es something old and something new. The Diamond Room can work with your budget to create custom jewelry


creations, or you can shop their vast selection of beautiful and unique jewelry.

When it comes to the groom, like the bride the gift should be something classic and timeless. A pair of cu links or a watch with a message inscribed on the back are the most common gifts given by the bride. “We have the ability to personalize a gift in a lot of di erent ways, so we encourage brides to come in with ideas and we help them explore our collections to nd the perfect gift”, shared Justin.

With the perfect gift in hand, you need to decide when to do the gift exchange. Many wedding couples exchange gifts at the rehearsal dinner or enlist the help of their wedding party to deliver the present to their soon-to-be spouse on the day of the wedding.

On the day of the wedding, it is all about your love, your story, and the gift exchange tradition creating a perfect way to celebrate your love.

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The light deficiency health epidemic may be the source of our physical and emotional ailments

Scientific experts believe there is a new health epidemic emerging caused by the deficiency of sun exposure due to a modern indoor lifestyle. Dr. John Ott, a founder of the Environmental Health and Light Research Institute, coined the phrase “mal-illumination” as a definition of this emerging health epidemic. Mal-illumination is brought about by the unintentional limiting of our intake of full-spectrum daylight by shielding ourselves with such things as tinted windows, windshields, and a predominately indoor lifestyle. John Ott’s theory of mal-illumination as the next indoor epidemic is detailed in the book by best-selling author Ari Whitten: The Ultimate Guide To Red Light Therapy: How to Use Red and Near-Infrared Light Therapy for Anti-Aging. “Human cells require nutrients from food to function properly. Similarly, light also provides nutrients that help human cells function. Varying intensities of light can help fuel our cells and can influence hormones, balance our mood, enhance physical performance, speed up recovery from stress,

improve sleep and alertness when awake. Most importantly, you need to grasp that the human body needs light to be healthy,” best-selling author Ari Whitten writes.

Most people suffer from chronic mal-illumination and do not even realize it. It is not just about the lack of UV exposure, there are four other types of light from the sun that impact human health. Not widely known is the fact that many distinct types of light are “bioactive” in humans (which means they affect the functioning of human cells), and that our health is influenced by the dosage of these different types of light that we get each day. These are the five types of bioactive light in humans:

1. BLUE LIGHT – sets the circadian rhythm in our brain, which in turn regulates numerous different neurotransmitters and hormones

2. UV LIGHT – allows us to synthesize vitamin D from the sun

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3. FAR-INFRARED – acts to heat up our cells (this is the part of the sun’s spectrum that you feel as heat) which stimulates changes in cell function, as well as circulation changes

4. RED LIGHT – acts on the mitochondria in our cells to stimulate increased cellular energy (ATP) production (among other mechanisms discussed in this book)

5. NEAR-INFRARED (NIR) – acts on the same pathways as red light—particularly in the mitochondria in our cells to stimulate increased cellular energy (ATP) production

Research has proven that light is an essential nutrient for human cells and our overall health is dependent on getting the right dose of these five types of light. Our conversion over time to more of an indoor lifestyle has resulted in a reduction of our ability to consistently get the natural light sources we need to obtain optimal health. Modern advances in technology have led to the creation of manufactured artificial lighting systems that provide precise, higher-intensity exposure. Scientifically, UV light from tanning equipment is very much the same as UV from natural sunlight, and equipment that includes other spectrums is no different. Our bodies have evolved to be capable of utilizing red and near-infrared light that originates from the sun to fuel our cells enhancing the function of our mitochondria and cell energy generations.

With these advances in technology, people can now regulate their daily exposure to light to enhance their cell function which will lead to increased immunity and a reduction in health risks. n

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FauxFur Wrap Yourself Up in Luxurious

Fur has always conveyed a timeless and extravagant look and has been a staple piece of high fashion on runways for decades. Today, the more economically friendly faux fur has become one of the most versatile and practical garments you can possess. Whether you are dressing up for an elegant dinner or simply for inclement weather, faux fur is the classy way to go.

In addition, this lovely fashion essential is becoming a spearhead of moral fashion. Fashion gurus rave that these garments are upbeat and cool while also being remarkably affordable, warm, and animal-friendly.

The best part? Faux furs can be styled in a variety of attractive and different ways! When you’re running errands in an uninspiring neutral jumpsuit or outfit, try pairing it with an oversized plush long faux fur coat to glam up your ensemble and feel extravagant without breaking the bank!

Do you have a new date and have nothing suitable to wear? Pair a silk or satin slip-dress with a flowing faux fur jacket or shawl for the perfect way to stay warm and look fabulous. This combination of textures is luxurious and will feel amazing on your skin.

However, any way you look at it, faux fur is definitely on-trend and a classy way to step up every girl’s wardrobe! n

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Where toShop!

The Diamond Room

3501 W 57th St 605.362.0008 |

Celebrate your love with this gorgeous 18K White Gold Diamond fashion ring from The Diamond Room

Heartland Spaces Market

121 E 5th St | Canton, SD

Spoil yourself with the latest fashion trends from Ancell’s Attic Apparel at Heartland Spaces Market!

Montgomery’s 1725 W 41st St 605.332.4400 |

Swivel seating to suit your style! Cuddle up in the Lancaster Swivel Chair. The fleece-like fabric and pillows provide extra comfort, and the 360 swivel lets you stay part of any conversation. The Mod Swivel Accent Chair sports a mid-century modern profile with slightly sloped armrests and a swivel base on tapered legs, adding a touch sophistication to any room. Visit store or for prices.

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Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort

1415 Grand Falls Blvd | Larchwood, IA 712.777.7777 |

Treat yourself or someone you love to the Amethyst Collection in the Grand Falls Gift Shop! We have capes, gloves and fur headbands. Prices range from $27-90.

Handy Man Home Remodeling Center

910 E 10th St 605.336.0316 |

Delta Trinsic Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with On/Off Touch Activation, Magnetic Docking Spray Head. Special order prices vary

Pharmacy Specialties & Clinic 2333 W 57th St, Ste 109 605.334.1672 |

Detox Phase I & II – 90 count capsules: $30.25 - 20% = $24.20

Detox Powder – chocolate or vanilla: $84.95 - 20% = $67.96

Visit to place your order today!

Betz Blinds

1111 W 41st St

605.357.0057 |

The sculpted look of a Roman shade. The energy-efficiency of a cellular. Artfully combined into one. Light Control and Privacy in One. Custom pricing.

BritZa Performing Arts Studio

1500 E 77th Street

605.371.8888 |

"Elements of the Arts" located within BritZa Performing Arts Studio is Sioux Falls' newest retail space for dancewear, shoes, accessories and gifts.

First Impressions

775 10th St, Hwy 18 | Rock Valley, IA

712.476.2945 |

This original handpainted canvas print is 39”x 39”. Perfect for a farmhouse or transitional style. $252.95

Year Round Brown

10 South Dakota locations

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No Apologies is a shaving lotion formulated for sensitive skin and can be used on wet or dry skin! Shave minimizers help decrease the need to shave as often and are packed with caffeine to energize and firm your skin. Superfruits, Passion Fruit, Sea Buckthorn Berries, and Sugar Cane condition and soothe while shaving to keep skin smooth, hydrated, and help your tan legs stay tan longer.

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Junkin’ Market Days Spring Market

Sioux Falls Fairgrounds Expo Building

Junkin’ Market Days is an indoor market that is filled with Repurposed, Rustic, Shabby Chic, Farmhouse, Vintage & One-Of-A-Kind finds. The event features local vendors as well as vendors from several different states. At the market, you can purchase boutique clothes, jewelry, home decor, furniture, candles, gourmet foods, and lots more!! This is a place for shoppers who are serious about shopping & fun! Don’t miss this opportunity to support small businesses.

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2109 W 57th Street

605.338.9060 |

Diamond ‘V’ Hoop Earrings – 14K Yellow Gold, 0.35CTW in diamonds - $1,180.00

Houdstooth House

101 W 37th Street

605.271.2278 |

Easily refresh any space with new accent pillows for every season! Find all of your home decor and furniture needs at Houndstooth House! Our new furniture store on the corner of Phillips and 37th has a wide array of styles and home trends to fit any home! Come shop with us today!


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Home-baked treats of all kinds! Kuchen, poppyseed rolls, pumpkin rolls, breads, pies, and more to choose from. Shop the Country Kitchen at Schmeckfest in Freeman, SD on March 24 & 25 –TWO DAYS ONLY! Fresh Homemade Sausage available too!


Genuine Authenticity Builds Lasting and Rewarding Relationships

Katie Johnson Hits Her Stride at First International Bank & Trust

With more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry, Katie Johnson has found her calling as Vice President of Commercial Lending at First International Bank & Trust in Sioux Falls. Drawing on her extensive financial experience, Katie’s primary objective is simple; to assist businesses in succeeding to their fullest potential.

In her position, Katie works to build relationships for commercial, industrial, and family businesses. She shares, “My goal is to meet businesses that I can help using the unique talents and skills that I have developed during my career in the financial industry. Whether they choose to work with me or not, I strive to take an abundance mindset in everything I do. ‘Help First’ is a core value that is the main driver of my motivation.”

Always striving to sharpen her expertise and knowledge to benefit her clients, Katie has served as a Professional Implementer for the Entrepreneurial Operating System™ or EOS™ for the past two years. She shares, “EOS™ is a system of six simple practical tools you can implement into your business. The tools help clarify your vision so that everyone in the organization is aligned with where the business is going, gain traction by executing on that vision and becoming a healthier cohesive team that enjoys working together. This helps me build relationships and help businesses thrive in my community.”

Choosing to align herself with First International Bank & Trust was a perfect fit for both Katie’s personal mantra of always helping others as well as finding a company that is both employee and community-centric. “Our tag line is ‘Live First’ and we don’t just say it. We live it. Not only with our employees inside the bank but we encourage our community to do the same.”

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Working to set FIBT apart from the financial pack, Katie and her team are currently building leadership training sessions for business leaders. “This really sets us apart from the rest. The culture is so inclusive, and everyone wants to help. It’s almost as if there aren’t words to describe it…you have to experience it!”

Located at 601 S Minnesota Ave in downtown Sioux Falls at the intersection of 14th & Minnesota, FIBT provides services for both individuals and businesses including banking, loans, mortgage services, wealth management* and insurance* with person-to-person, online and mobile banking options. This is also where you can make an appointment with Katie. “I look forward to meeting new faces at our new downtown location!”

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Enjoying lean beef in a heart-healthy lifestyle is easier than you think with these recipes featuring lean beef, fresh fruit and vegetables, and whole grains.1

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Consider variety and portion size when balancing lean protein on a heart-healthy plate.

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Three Easy Ways to Instill Healthy Eating Habits in 2023

It’s a New Year and goals are great to set, however, let’s make this year all about creating healthy eating habits. Implementing daily habits, over time, add up to big changes. This mindset, shifting away from a big end goal to focusing on daily habits, will help you tackle anything in front of you, including healthy eating. Here are three easy ways to instill healthy eating habits in 2023!

Instead of focusing on eliminating food groups or limiting calories, focus on what you can add! Fill your plate with colorful, nutrient-dense whole foods, like fruits and vegetables. Food variety is key, so think about ‘eating the rainbow’ when it comes to choosing what to eat. Nutrition experts have suggested that we try to eat 30 different plants a week for gut health, immunity, and even to boost our mood. All colors offer different nutrients and antioxidants, so it’s no wonder experts are saying, ‘the more the merrier’ when it comes to color and variety.

Snacks are having a moment, as there are endless options of packaged snacks. Many are appearing as ‘health foods’, however, one must carefully read labels, as these food manufacturers know what fillers to add to keep us coming back for more. Instead of turning to packaged snacks (of course, not all are created equal),

look for healthy whole-food alternatives. Fruits, vegetables, hardboiled eggs, yogurt, nuts, seeds, think anything that doesn’t have a label or has very few ingredients. Also, now is the time to give your cupboards a good cleanout so unhealthy snacks are no longer available as an option.

Prepping isn’t new, but it’s something you must take seriously if you want to create healthy eating habits. As the saying goes, ‘failing to prepare is preparing to fail’ so meal prep is an essential step for those who want to succeed. Start with the meal that you often overlook, maybe it’s breakfast or lunch. There are so many easy ways to prep both of these meals, whether it’s overnight oat jars for breakfast, or portioning out last night’s leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. Having a meal prepared ahead of time means you won’t be reaching for the lunchroom donuts, running to the vending machine or ordering takeout. Preparing something ahead of time also means you’re more likely to make healthier choices.

Here’s to setting goals and implementing healthy daily habits. It’s the small changes that lead to the greatest difference. May 2023 be the year you commit to making healthy eating habits a priority, where you prioritize colors over calories, overhaul your snack situation, and take the time to meal prep. n

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TODAY IS THE DAY to start on your kitchen project! Visit the expanded showroom at Today’s StarMark Custom Cabinetry in north Sioux Falls and start your dream kitchen project today. Our friendly design experts will help you discover exactly what you want for your home.





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In the Kitchen: In the Kitchen:

Going Natural

If you live in the Midwest, there is a good chance that you have a fond appreciation for the great outdoors and all of the beauty that mother nature provides. Incorporating organic materials into your home is the ideal way to bring the outdoors, inside. Since we spend so much time in our home kitchens, it is the perfect place to start.

Whether you’re building a new home or renovating your current home, you can create a grounded and timeless look in your new space. Natural wood grain cabinets add subtle dimension and texture to a room. Esthetic materials like white oak and walnut can encapsulate your kitchen with its natural beauty which helps keep decorating to a minimum. You can also elevate your space to another level by borrowing a color from nature and painting some cabinetry a serene shade of green. Two-toned kitchens that embrace natural hues will bring the outdoors in.

New cabinetry, usually comes with new countertops and backsplash. However, it is possible to have one new without the other. Getting everything brand new is not always the answer and not always in the budget. Perhaps your cabinets just need new door and drawer fronts, or a new paint color to liven up your

current countertops? Sometimes changing up the backsplash is all that’s needed to refresh the space. If you’re updating the countertops, consider using sustainable materials such as stone or butcher block. Zellige tiled backsplashes are currently trending, and it is easy to see why as they are naturally stunning. Zellige is a handcrafted clay tile that originates from Morocco and is known for its unique variations.

If a new home or full kitchen remodel is not in your near future, you can still incorporate natural materials into your current design. Updating your lighting for something that has organic elements can go a long way. Consider trading out your current lighting for hand-woven basket lighting. There is a wide range of materials available such as cane, rattan, wicker, and bamboo. The different styles and materials available when it comes to natural lighting are plentiful. It is breathtaking how just changing the lighting can make a difference in how a room looks and feels.

An easy way to change the look and feel of your kitchen and dining spaces is to update your seating. Chairs and bar/counter stools with wood frames and rattan seats add so much warmth to the heart of the home. Another great material to incorporate

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into this space is leather. Cognac leather stools and woven leather dining chairs have grown in popularity as they’re both great options when it comes to adding warmth and texture to your kitchen and dining rooms.

If you love natural elements but the above options are not doable, consider leaning a wood cutting board against your kitchen backsplash, displaying wooden spoons in a stoneware crock, or placing a natural jute rug in front of the sink. The options are unlimited when it comes to incorporating nature and natural materials into your home, whether that be by building an entirely new kitchen or just adding some finishing décor pieces. Keep in mind that sustainable materials are better for the environment, and they will also last a lifetime. n

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If the heart of the home is the kitchen, then the heart of the city is downtown. Phillips Avenue has always been synonymous with being the hub of downtown Sioux Falls, SD with its plethora of restaurants, boutiques, and businesses. The Cascade at Falls Park on Phillips Avenue offers luxury loft living in the heart of it all.

Scott and Sue Scofield both grew up in Sioux Falls and have been coming downtown their entire lives. So, it makes sense that this is where they have landed after years of moving around the country. The Scofield family lived on Lake Madison and after the last of their five children moved out, making them empty nesters, they decided it was time to downsize. At around that same time, Scofield’s good family friends, Craig and Pat Lloyd and their daughter Christie, were finishing the 601 building on Phillips Avenue. The Lloyd’s introduced the Scofield’s’ to the idea of living downtown. They lived in the 601 building for three years, then moved to Arizona for two years but realized they missed downtown Sioux Falls. They reached out to Craig and discovered that he was building The Cascade at Falls Park and they could rent a brand-new 1,550 square foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom loft.

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Scott and Sue have happily called The Cascade home for three years now. It is easy to see why they love this corner unit, with the wrap-around balcony, amazing views, 10-foot ceilings throughout, and a spacious primary suite. Mr. and Mrs. Scofield enjoy spending most of their time in the great room listening to music and watching movies. The modern see-through fireplace is surrounded by windows and natural light floods the home. This loft is made for entertaining with its bar located near the foyer as it is the perfect place to greet guests with a glass of wine. The large kitchen is not only gorgeous with its spectacular lighting, but also has ample storage, granite countertops, and a generous 9-foot island.

The home layout works perfectly for everyday living and for overnight guests. Your company can have their very own private retreat with a spacious bedroom and bathroom. Sue describes her design style as contemporary, clean, and comfortable, where you can put your feet on anything. She explains, “Most of our wood furniture was custom-made by a local craftsman. A lot of our furnishings are from downtown merchants and our artwork was made by local artists. Even the patchwork rugs in the entryway and great room were handmade and purchased locally.” Scott says, “I love the gorgeous views from our balcony as it is one of the best views of downtown Sioux Falls. We can see the Winter Wonderland Christmas lights, hear the rumble of the falls, and even listen to bands performing at the Levitt from our balcony.”

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THE CASCADE AT FALLS PARK offers luxury living at its best with several highly soughtafter amenities. Sue says, “Having a workout facility here is very convenient and when the grandkids are here, we utilize the pools and community rooms. We have incredibly friendly neighbors and it’s fun getting to know other residents.” Scott explains, “This is a quiet building, and you do not hear any neighbors. The building is very well cared for and professionally managed and would not be what it is without the Lloyd’s.”

Mr. and Mrs. Scofield both love the accessibility of everything that downtown has to offer and the proximity of the bike path which they utilize often during the warmer months. Sue walks to the Farmer’s Market every weekend, often purchasing fresh tomatoes as well as cucumbers to make her own pickles. Sue has enjoyed getting to know several of the vendors there. Scott says, “We love walking to restaurants and bars and living in an urban environment and feeling safe walking anywhere. We can walk down Phillips Avenue without looking over our shoulder.” The Scofield’s’ enjoy all of the amenities The Cascade has to offer including the heated underground parking. This lock-it and leave-it lifestyle is perfect for these avid travelers for all their adventures and for when they travel to visit their children and grandchildren. n

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OURHEALTHCARE WORKERS ARE THE STATE’S FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE against infectious diseases like COVID-19 and influenza. That’s why the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care partnered with the South Dakota Department of Health to launch South Dakota Project Firstline (SD PFL). Project Firstline is a CDC-led infection control training collaborative aimed at empowering South Dakota’s workforce with the knowledge and skills to protect themselves, their patients, and the community from disease threats. Project Firstline resources are designed to help every healthcare worker build a foundational understanding of infection prevention, and give them the confidence to use it every day.

While the project provides resources for all healthcare professionals, the PFL team is making a special effort to reach the next generation of healthcare workers, such as high school or college students, which requires innovative ideas and approaches.

AS PART OF REACHING THE NEXT GENERATION OF HEALTHCARE, SD Project Firstline has engaged with HOSAFuture Health Professionals, a student-led health organization. “I am excited to be a part of the Project Firstline team, which provides infection prevention education in South Dakota,” shares Stephanie Popowski-Dahl, new program manager for Project Firstline. “Talking and presenting with potential healthcare workers of our future was so exciting at our recent HOSA presentation! These young professionals could have a long-lasting impact on the quality of care given to patients around South Dakota.”

Recognizing the need for online resources, SD Project Firstline launched a new website: It offers interactive infection control resources and eight online CDC training modules.

Infection prevention doesn’t stop with our healthcare workers. There are SIMPLE THINGS WE CAN ALL DO -wash hands often, cover your cough, stay home if sick, and clean frequently touched surfaces at home/office. Doing these things helps to prevent ANY infectious disease.

It is amazing to think of how far the reach of SD Project Firstline will go!

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Guided Biofilm Therapy

Guided Biofilm Therapy , or GBT , using the AIRFLOW Prophylaxis Master system, has changed the game for our practice. This technique uses a specifi c sequence of steps that results in effective and effi cient biofi lm removal while offering the patient an exceptional experience.

The evidence is well established that there is a connection between oral health and our general health. As dental professionals, we have the opportunity to reduce our patients’ risk for systemic diseases by reducing the inflammatory burden in the body through the process of disrupting oral biofilm.

What is oral biofilm? It is a sticky, colorless film made up of bacteria that builds up between the teeth and gums. When allowed to grow in excessive numbers, especially in the presence of sugar or due to improperly balanced pH, it can result in bad breath, receding gums, gum disease, and tooth decay.

During your GBT treatment at Karmazin Dental, the hygienist will first check your mouth for any signs of gum disease. Next, your teeth are disclosed with a dye that makes biofilm visible. You are then shown any problem areas which will help to personalize your oral hygiene routine and improve your oral health outside of the dental office. The dye will also guide the biofilm removal. Next, depending on your needs, a combination of up to three cleaning systems (AIRFLOW, PERIOFLOW, and PIEZON) are used to gently remove biofilm, staining and light deposits. The water is temperature controlled to accommodate sensitive teeth and a low-abrasive powder replaces polishing with gritty prophy pastes, resulting in less bleeding and sensitivity.

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• Removes 50% more biofilm than a traditional dental cleaning!

• Increased patient comfort

• Minimally invasive

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• Healthier patients!

These procedures are so gentle they can be used on natural teeth, all types of dental restorations, orthodontic braces and appliances, implants, the tongue, and gums. A final check with small scalers ensures all biofilm and deposits have been removed. Guided Biofilm Therapy using the AIRFLOW Prophylaxis Master system has allowed our office to practice at the highest standard of dental hygiene care, while offering the patient a truly exceptional experience.

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At the beginning of a new year, many people begin a detoxification and weight loss journey as part of their annual resolutions or to recover from over-indulging during the holidays. But in an environment where most are exposed to a variety of foreign contaminants daily, practices that help minimize or remove chemicals unknowingly stored in the body has become an important habit throughout the year.

Everything from clothing and furniture to the air and soil has some level of chemical contaminants that can be harmful to health. Many of these are deemed “safe” individually and in very small volumes, but they build up over time. Multiple exposures to combinations of many different chemical toxins can lead to health problems such as metabolic syndrome Toxins are often stored in the adipose tissues and released back into circulation during weight loss, increasing autoimmune responses and leading to feelings of fatigue, increased allergies, and illness. Therefore, a quality detoxification protocol is also an important part of any weight loss program.

Our featured products this month are for optimal detox. Detox Phase I & II capsules and Detox Powder in chocolate or vanilla flavors. These can be used together or separately. Come in for a 20% discount on these items.

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Getting Control of Kids’ Allergy Triggers

Identifying allergy triggers won’t make them go away, but learning to control, or at least avoid them by starting an allergy medicine before exposure, can make a difference.

For 12-year-old Jemma Stricherz having an allergic reaction was a scary thing. Over the course of a year, the Harrisburg North Middle school student had four serious allergy attacks. From shortness of breath and lots of sneezing to swollen eyes and eyelids.

Her allergy story began in November of 2021 when Jemma was at a Sioux Falls Skyforce game with friends. Her face started to swell and turn red, and she experienced some shortness of breath and lots of sneezing. Benadryl helped calm the reaction at that point.

The worst of her allergy attacks took place in August of 2022. “We were at Palisades State Park in Garretson for family photos,” recalls Shanda Stricherz, Jemma’s mom. “We were walking in tall grass for the session and even sat down in the field for a few photos. When we got home, Jemma took a short nap. When she awoke, her eyes began to swell, and the fluid built up in her eyelids. She was sneezing and getting congested. We gave her some Benadryl, but within 10 minutes both eyelids were filled with fluid and the swelling was spreading into her cheeks.”

Within 20 minutes, Shanda knew Jemma needed to go to the ER. In a four-hour stay, Jemma was treated with steroids, more Benadryl, and given an IV. She was also prescribed with an EpiPen. The ER doctor also recommended allergy testing.

Following the visit to the ER, they contacted Midwest

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ENT & Allergy and scheduled a consultation for Jemma with Dr. Peter Kasznica, or Dr. K as most of his patients call him. “We chose Midwest ENT & Allergy because my husband had done allergy testing there, and now does allergy shots, and he has been happy with the results,” said Shanda.

Jemma was diagnosed with allergies to several kinds of molds including those common in soil and air, as well as those common in bathrooms and humid, moist climates.

“I talked to them about the correlation between Jemma’s reactions and her various mold allergies,” said Dr. K. “I walked them through the different types of molds that Jemma is allergic to, sharing common places where these molds can be found and things they can do or be on the watch for in order to help lessen a reaction. Mold allergies are harder to avoid than other allergies like foods, so it’s important to be aware of this.”

Shanda said Dr. K explained their treatment options and talked about the EpiPen Jemma had been prescribed in the ER. “It was good to hear that mold allergies don’t commonly cause anaphylactic shock and also assuring to know what to do if she were to have a severe reaction, and it was needed.”

“Dr. K was thorough and informative. Most importantly, he included Jemma in the consultation, discussing the treatment options with her,” said Shanda. “Dr. Kasznica and Midwest ENT & Allergy helped us piece together a series of reactions over the course of a year and shared with us the ways we can prevent, or lessen, severe reactions in the future.”

For Jemma learning about her allergy was a relief to discover what was actually causing her problems. “I am glad that I did the allergy testing,” Jemma said. “It didn’t hurt, and now I know what has been causing the reactions.”

Jemma is now happy and healthy and headed into her second semester of 7th grade a little more prepared and aware of how to control and take care of her allergies.

Call Midwest ENT & Allergy to schedule your, or your family member’s, comprehensive allergy consultation today. n

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Want to Feel Better Throughout Menopause?

Try diet changes

During menopause, estrogen levels decrease and affect your body in ways you might not expect.

In fact, menopause affects the body’s ability to metabolize carbs. Dropping estrogen levels cause the body to work harder to metabolize carbs. Theories suggest estrogen helps transport glucose to the brain, too.

“As levels drop, a lack of glucose can trigger hot flashes and cause brain fog,” said Becky Hanzen, a health coach focused on comprehensive weight management with Avera Medical Group Integrative Medicine.


Menopause includes many not-so-pleasant symptoms, like hot flashes, mood swings, and low energy. A decrease in estrogen can affect your bones, muscle mass, and metabolism.

• A well-balanced diet helps at any stage of life.

• Add a variety of vegetables, proteins, and calcium to your diet.

• The Mediterranean diet is recommended as a good all-in-one meal plan that focuses on lean proteins, whole grains, and plenty of plant-based foods.

Don’t push your body too hard with any extreme diets.


When we eat carbs by themselves, blood sugars can spike. In an hour or two, those levels crash, leading to fatigue, irritability, brain fog, and sugar cravings.

Hormone imbalance and thyroid dysfunction can also accompany crashes. We’ve probably all experienced it: come mid-morning or mid-afternoon, you just want a nap or you can’t resist the donut in the breakroom.

“You might feel like you’ll only be able to function if you have a sugary coffee drink,” Hanzen said. “But high-carb breakfasts or big lunches can lead to crashes.”

To stop this cycle, nutrition experts recommend we eat meals and snacks that are primarily protein and healthy fats. Keep carbs to a minimum – less than 100 grams a day.

“When you do, you’ll have stable blood sugars, long-lasting energy, mental clarity, and feel ‘full’ longer,” Hanzen said. “You’re less likely to experience carb and sugar cravings, too.”

Avoiding carb spikes and crashes enables your hormones and thyroid to function better, which will help minimize menopausal symptoms and allow you to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Diet also affects cancer risks.

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Skim milk, along with yogurt or other lower-fat dairy products, can help add the calcium you need. Shoot to include 1,200-1,500 milligrams daily from your food. If you’re not a dairy fan, you can get calcium from:

• Oatmeal, with chia seeds and low-sugar yogurt, and almonds at breakfast

• Leafy greens at lunch, or

• Cooked and seasoned tofu for supper


Hanzen said these groups of food can be divided into two camps. Try to focus on the healthy and if you can skip the others.


Unhealthy: Bread, pasta, cereal, bagels, muffins, crackers, chips, cookies, baked goods, sweets

Healthy: Starchy vegetables, fruit, and whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, and oats


Unhealthy: Greasy fried foods like fries, and cheeseballs, as well as fats from processed meats like bacon or those that come from dairy cheese

Healthy: Avocado; butter made from nuts or seeds; olives; healthy oils such as olive, avocado, and coconut; grass-fed butter; ghee. Fatty fish such as salmon and tuna offer both healthy fat and protein.


Unhealthy: Breaded and fried meats or fish and bacon

Healthy: Baked or grilled meat or fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes, and collagen powder


Estrogen is important for maintaining bone density. During menopause, estrogen levels drop, and that can lead to significant bone loss. Calcium can help you fight back.

“It’s an essential mineral for bone health and helps prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis,” Hanzen said. You should aim for 1,200-1,500 milligrams daily from your food.

“If you tolerate dairy, organic milk, plain yogurt, cheese, and grassfed butter are good sources of calcium,” she added. “If you don’t tolerate dairy, canned salmon and sardines with the bones can help.”

Calcium-fortified milk alternatives, sesame seeds, tahini, chia seeds, almonds, broccoli, and leafy greens also are good sources of calcium, Hanzen said. Make sure you get plenty of vitamin D, vitamin K2, and magnesium for better bone health.

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Buying a new car can seem like a daunting process but it doesn’t have to be. Finding the right car at the right dealership can make you fall in love with the car-buying process.

The first step in the car-buying process is choosing the right brand. Make sure to do your homework on the different models, features, and colors so you can pinpoint what you want. A brand that stands out in the industry is Subaru. Known for being a safe reliable vehicle with great handling, Subarus hold their resale value. According to the Kelley Blue Book list of 2022 vehicles with the best resale value, the Subaru Crosstrek, Forester, and Outback topped the list as the best SUVs that retain their value.

Now that you are convinced owning Subaru is in your future, there is only one dealership to go to, Schulte Subaru of Sioux Falls. What sets them apart is their commitment to serving you. They honor this commitment by taking sales pressure out of the car-buying equation. Rather than working off commission sales, Schulte Subaru rewards their sales staff with a consistent income and incentives that are based on team performance rather than individual performance. In fact, rather than hiring staff from within the industry, Schulte Subaru usually hires staff without previous car sales experience and provides training to ensure that undesired sales tactics are not used during the process.

Unlike other dealerships that transfer you to the finance department once you have decided to buy the car, at Schulte Subaru you will

stay with the same sales representative from start to finish. The need to renegotiate terms, the fear of being sold unnecessary additional services, and having to spend half your day at the dealership just to buy a car doesn’t exist at Schulte Subaru. By breaking down lines between departments that exist in other dealerships, cross-training staff in all service lines, and investing in their employee’s growth and personal development Schulte Subaru has created a team culture that is personable and fun. For this dealership, selling cars is what they do and not who they are. This is why anyone no matter their age or gender can be confident that they will be treated honestly and fairly whether they are buying a new or used car or trading in their current vehicle. By listening and learning from customer feedback Schulte Subaru’s unmatched customer service makes them confident in their ability to satisfy every customer.

What makes Schulte Subaru even more of an attractive choice is its state-of-the-art facility that was built with the customer in mind. They are open daily Monday-Thursday 7:30 am-7:00 pm, Friday until 6:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am-6:00 pm, and Sunday from 1:00-4:00 pm, ensuring they are open at times that are convenient for you to shop. Schulte Subaru has a large selection of new and used vehicles to choose from. The showroom is large enough for at least one of each Subaru, so if the South Dakota climate isn’t cooperating, you can comfortably shop. If you’re bringing your vehicle in for service or bodywork, you get the benefits of their complimentary shuttle service, a loaner Subaru, or Schulte Concierge Service. Plus, you


can relax in Schulte Subaru’s comfortable customer lounge with free Wi-fi, an internet bar with a charging station, large-screen TVs, massage chairs, video games, snacks, and self-service beverages. Speaking of creature comforts, they recently added an 11,000-square-foot community dog park that is open to the public.

One more equally important reason to choose Schulte Subaru over its amenities is its values. Owners Mike and Sarah Schulte are devoted to the idea that every interaction is a chance to make the world a better place, which is why you can find them in the dealership working alongside their employees most days. Their commitment to their employees and the community is why Schulte Subaru was named The Subaru Love Promise Retailer of the Year for 2020 and South Dakota Auto Dealers 2021 Dealer of the Year. For them, kindness is not just a word, it is a way of doing business. They share the love through their commitment to community, whether it’s supporting 10,000 animals yearly at the Sioux Falls Humane Society or donating custom vehicles to help the B-Squad Dog Rescue team transport thousands of at-risk dogs. Schulte Subaru has been a true friend to animals in need. Their generosity also extends to other organizations as well including Great Bear Ski Valley, connecting families through fun activities; the Mayor’s Veterans Community Project, providing tiny homes for homeless veterans; the Children’s Home Society, providing shelter to children to escape abusive environments, and donating 3 cars to Meals on Wheels ensuring those in need have access to food.

Schulte Subaru truly embodies the phrase, Love. It’s what makes Subaru, Subaru.

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Kids’ Dental Treatment


Some parents believe that primary (baby) teeth are less important than permanent teeth because they are going to “fall out anyway.” However, primary teeth are one of the key promoters to children’s facial growth and development.

When a baby is born, they are born with the full complement of their 20 baby teeth in their jaws waiting to erupt. Traditionally, eruption of the first tooth happens within the first six months of life, with most children seeing their bottom front teeth come through first. It is at this point that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child’s first dental visit. Most children can expect their full complement of 20 baby teeth by age three (see chart on the right for typical eruption order).

For babies with teeth to children age three, it is pertinent to begin simple brushing with a finger brush or children’s toothbrush, whatever is most tolerable to your child. Toothpaste, in the early stages of brushing, is less important than physically removing food and plaque from teeth. Brushing in the morning and with extra emphasis at night will help reduce the incidence

Of future tooth decay. In addition to brushing, to help avoid cavity inducing foods and drink, such as candies, fruit juices or pop will limit your child’s likelihood of cavities.

Outside of brushing and avoiding sugary foods, your dental provider can help reduce the likelihood that your child will develop dental decay through various methods. A pedestrian or dentist can paint on a fluoride varnish on their teeth, which conservatively shows a 37% reduction in tooth decay. Sealing the grooves of the back teeth when they erupt into the mouth has been shown to reduce tooth decay by 81%.

But even with the best of brushing and dental care, tooth decay can happen. Your dental provider can provide options for treatment based on the size and area of the decay. White fillings or silver crowns are the most popular treatment methods, which your dental provider can offer specifics for their recommendations based on your child’s cavities.

To ensure children have the best experience possible for their dental treatment, the following are our recommendations to make your child’s visit the best it can be.

• First, spend time familiarizing your child with laying back into your lap and opening their mouth to see their teeth. Secondly, avoid words like “shot,” “hurt” and “pain.” Avoid telling them any personal stories of dentistry gone wrong or personal bad experiences. Instead, tell them the dentist is there to clean their “sugar bugs” and count their teeth.


• Next, consider playing dentist at home.

• Have your child practice looking at your teeth and counting and then trading positions.

• Finally, when at the appointment, discuss with your provider whether they think your child would do best with you watching or with you sitting in the waiting room.

In addition to pediatric dental care, Great Plains Dental offers snoring and sleep dentistry, orthodontic and Invisalign treatment, preventive dentistry, general restorative dentistry, complex restorative treatment, Botox and cosmetic dentistry including crowns, veneers and implant services. Great Plains Dental started in Sioux Falls as McKinney Family Dentistry in 1997. From a small four-chair practice and one dentist, it has grown to 19 chairs and five dentists. While the practice has grown, its commitment of treating every patient like family has remained the same. It offers services that are designed to provide patients with the best possible dental experience and the highest-rated dental care.

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Courage, resilience, and leadership in a male-dominated industry - aviation

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People who learn to fly agree that it is an amazing experience that never gets old. So why aren’t more women choosing this thrilling career? In 2022 men comprised nearly 94 percent of pilots but women, just 6% according to Women in Aviation International data.

However, for Randi Pederson being in aviation for 22 years has been nothing short of exciting. She is proud of her years of service while getting to do what she loves. Today she is captain of the flight department at Billion Air, a private Sioux Falls company. But flying is not only her career, it is also her passion.

“I was a farm girl from Iowa, but I knew I didn’t want to stay on the farm,” she recalls. “My interest in flying was further reinforced when I was in high school. I had taken a personality test as a junior revealing my skill set matched that of a pilot. Besides that, I was good at math and geography and enjoyed traveling. I absolutely loved everything about the idea of becoming a pilot including that it was a challenging field.”

Randi never let go of her dream. Wanting to learn how to fly, she searched the Yellow Pages to find a flight instructor. She also chose a college that offered an accredited degree in aviation. Her parents supported her all the way. “They never said ‘no’ or that I couldn’t do it. Their continued support has meant the world to me.”

In December of 2004, Randi graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS degree in Aviation and a minor in Computer Networking and Applications from St. Cloud State University.

“I didn’t want to stop with my college degree and continued taking classes and flight training throughout the summer. To build on my pilot’s license, I kept going - completing my next rating, and the next, and the next.”

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There was something about flying,” she said. “I love having a birds-eye view from above. I get to see the sun when no one else does. And it changes every day. Different places. Different views.”

Still, there were lots of naysayers. “There weren’t many women in aviation, let alone woman pilots. Some of my classmates said I only got my rating because the examiner liked me. Others claimed I got the job because I was a minority.”

Though disconcerting, Randi chose to ignore the remarks.

“I worked 150%; still, I felt I needed to prove I was worthy, capable, and qualified.”

Randi also surrounded herself with great women.

“Two women I met in college – my aviation professor and mentor Dr. Tara Harl, and Beth Vrablic, my colleague, roommate, and fellow aviation major, now my best friend for 20 years – provided me lots of support.”

Randi’s first job was flight instructing at the airport in St. Cloud. “I really wasn’t enthused about it, but that was the best way to build flight hours. And I learned so much from teaching others. In fact, I found I was good at teaching. To this day, I still flight instruct in the Cirrus Aircraft.”

But the negative comments and assumptions about being a female pilot and instructor didn’t stop. “I would hear things like ‘girls can fly?’ and people always assuming anyone male in the plane was the pilot when it was actually me.”

Randi referred to her circle of friends as an “aviation crowd.” It was where she met her husband, Nate.

“I met Nate who was an Air Traffic Controller in the tower in St. Cloud. We got engaged two years later and moved to San Francisco for his job. I couldn’t wait to get out of the Midwest! I wanted to live somewhere new and exciting. It seemed exhilarating.”

Especially nice for Randi was that she and her husband had a shared career and that she learned a lot from him. “We had common careers, and we could talk about them.”

Because she needed flight hours, Randi flew for Skywest Airlines for nearly a year. This was in 2007.

“I realized the airlines weren’t for me. But I knew that before I started. I wanted to work in corporate aviation and be more involved with flight planning and with the customers. Though others pressured me to stay with the airlines, my heart wasn’t in it,” says Randi. “It was an important realization – that I couldn’t do what everyone else is doing. I needed to follow my heart. And all of a sudden, I landed my next job.”

It was with Cirrus Aircraft – the plane with the parachute, that is manufactured in Duluth, MN.

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I needed to follow my heart. And all of a sudden, I landed my next job.

“I had my own plane, my own Blackberry, and made my own schedule. I gave demo rides and traveled the western US to assist with events. It was a terrific job. I was working with a lot of social and outgoing people who shared the same passions. And the company reflected my same values.”

In 2011, Randi and her husband moved from California to Sioux Falls, bought a house, and welcomed their first child – Mackenzie.

“I stayed at home for eight months trying to find a job in Sioux Falls. But I didn’t know what kind of job I wanted – fulltime, part-time, or being a stay-at-home mom. I passed up job promotions and turned down opportunities to fly bigger planes. Because I wanted to put my family first, I wanted flexibility. Corporate aviation was the answer to my situation. I was fighting for that balance.”

Randi felt it was important to stay involved in aviation. She assisted in forming the Women in Aviation Great Planes Chapter in which she is currently president.

Randi also felt young women were often misled into thinking they were not capable of being as good or better than boys in aviation and STEM careers. She saw first-hand the critical need to encourage females to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Randi speaks for Southeast Tech at the Women in Science event for 8th-grade girls. Her message to this

young audience is about the grit factor – about being strong and doing a good job with every undertaking.

“I tell the girls it is the ‘stuff’ inside of you that allows you to overcome obstacles and criticism and to surround yourself with good, supportive people.”

Not only does Randi enjoy mentoring she loves networking.

“It is how I became connected with many of my corporate aviation people, and it has opened many doors along the way. My current job is captain for Billion Air in Sioux Falls. I fly a Challenger 300 as well as the KingAir 350. I manage the hanger and the plane.”

Randi just turned 40. At this point in her life, she says she is content with where she is at career-wise and on the home front. Her daughter Mackenzie is in the 6th grade at Brandon Valley Intermediate School and her son Max is in the 3rd grade at Fred Assam Elementary.

“Nate and I love to travel across the country. The two of us ride motorcycles and enjoy trying new restaurants. The whole family loves camping, fishing off the dock in the summer, and going to Vikings games.”

Randi says it is all about finding a real work-life balance.

“It was a gut instinct. I listened to it. I used it. I followed it.” n

JY6 Foundation Nurses of the Year

Ashlee Blumhoff and Kris Gaster recognized as Nurses of the Year

The Jorgen Yde (JY6) Foundation’s Nurses Dinner returns for the 12th time Saturday, March 25th at the Downtown Hilton Garden Inn. The event celebrates oncology nurses and their efforts around the Sioux Falls area while raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research and leukemia research. Sanford nurse Ashlee Blumhoff and Avera nurse Kris Gaster will be recognized as Nurses of the Year.

Both Ashlee and Kris believe it takes passion to be a nurse especially in oncology.

“I got into nursing to help people,” Ashlee says. “During nursing school is where I found my love for pediatric nursing. My first bedside nursing job is where I developed a passion for pediatric oncology nursing which has led me to oncology education and case management to now being a nurse practitioner and starting Sanford’s first Pediatric Survivorship Clinic.”

Ashlee says that in her current role she is there not only at the beginning of a patient’s cancer journey, but also there to care for them once they have completed treatment.

“The experiences I have had with patients and their families going through a cancer diagnosis has changed my view of life,” she says. “So many of these patients, their siblings, parents, and extended family have left imprints on my heart.”

Though healthcare has been challenging the last few years, Ashlee believes being a nurse has always been her true calling.

“Even during the hard times, I never questioned that I wasn’t exactly where I was supposed to be, doing exactly what I was meant to do.”

Like Ashlee, Kris believes nursing has also been her true calling.

“Oncology is not only my passion but also my vocation,” Kris says. “A calling to care for those affected by cancer and their loved ones.”

When Kris was 11, she lost her mother to cervical cancer.

“This was a time when doctors and families didn’t talk about cancer, so it was a complete shock to myself and my family, who were unprepared for her death. I believe God called me into nursing and oncology to heal my wounds and use me to help others heal,” she says. “That’s what cancer care is for me –it is personal.”

“I started in 1981 as a staff RN on a 12-bed oncology unit and never dreamt that caring for those with cancer would fill the next 41 years of my career.”

The Jorgen Yde (Y6) Foundation is a nonprofit public charity. The Yde family formed the foundation in 2011 after their 16-year-old son Jorgen died from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The family created the foundation as Jorgen’s final wish to pay forward the kindness and expert care he received from the nurses who battled cancer by his side.

This year’s Nurses Dinner is open to the public to celebrate nurses. Reserve tickets at n

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In Our Community: Live Like Cat Foundation

Sharing Caitlyn Carman’s legacy of love and passion for life

Caitlyn Carman was a bubbly, beautiful, vivacious, genuine, and absolutely perfect daughter, sister, and friend. She was the kind of young woman that drew people to her because she was so caring, loving, compassionate, funny, nonjudgmental, objective, supportive, and smart. Tragically on March 8, 2018, Caitlyn’s life was cut short when she was killed in a car accident caused by a distracted driver. She was just 19 years old.

Caitlyn never got to finish her degree at the University of South Dakota and start her elementary education teaching career. She never got to coach cheerleading after dedicating 13 years of her life to Dakota Spirit. And, she never had the chance to say ‘I Do’ and become a mother, or complete any of the other life goals she had so carefully planned out.

For her mother Barb and sister Alex, it was a devastatingly dark time that still continues to leave a hole in their hearts that can’t be filled. Barb shares, “I miss her every single second. And nothing replaces her not being here

with me. It breaks my heart that she is not here for her sister, her friends, and everyone who knew her. Caitlyn was special from the day she was born and the world is missing out on her absence. Every student and child are missing out because she isn’t their teacher or coach.”

Just one year after Caitlyn was taken from them, her family found a way to keep her spirit and her life’s purpose alive through the Live Like Cat foundation. “We established the foundation in March of 2019, on what would have been Caitlyn’s 21st birthday. I had been constantly contacted by people, so many I didn’t know, to tell me stories about Caitlyn or simply to let me know how much she had impacted their life. It had become obvious to me that her life’s work was far from over.”

Today, the Live Like Cat Foundation has made a meaningful impact on aspiring and new teachers, children, and communities across South Dakota. The foundation’s goal is simple; to continue Caitlyn’s legacy through the support of organizations committed to children, education, literacy, and teaching.

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Live Like Cat Accomplishments

• $1,000 Annual USD Caitlyn Carman Education Scholarships: started in 2020

• Classroom Outreach, Book, and Library Giveaways: over 6,000 books donated!

• $12,300 Awarded in New Teacher Classroom Supply Grants

• Provided Breakfast to over 400 Teachers in 2021

• Annual Dakota Spirit $500 Scholarship

• Cheer and Dance Awards: Two Tiffany & Co.® Necklaces Awarded Annually (replicas of Caitlyn’s favorite necklace)

This March, in honor of Caitlyn’s 25th birthday, the Foundation is expanding its teacher classroom grants for 25 veteran teachers. Follow Live Like Cat on their website, Facebook, and Instagram for more details.

To learn more about the Live Like Cat Foundation or to join in helping the cause, visit or email n

When children go home and tell their families about what they learned in the classroom after Live Like Cat visited and that they also want to Live Like Cat, I guess that is Caitlyn still working her loving magic in a different way. That is what keeps me going. When I see people wearing Live Like Cat apparel or car decals on their cars and I don’t even know them. That is what keeps me going. Through all of our scholarships, classroom work, cheer, dance awards, and book donations it is Caitlyn living through every bit of that work. That is what keeps me going.

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In Our Community: Live Like Cat Foundation article cover image

In Our Community: Live Like Cat Foundation

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JY6 Foundation Nurses of the Year article cover image

JY6 Foundation Nurses of the Year

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Kids’ Dental Treatment BRUSHING UP ON EARLY CARE article cover image

Kids’ Dental Treatment BRUSHING UP ON EARLY CARE

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LOVE THE PROCESS OF BUYING A CAR article cover image


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Want to Feel Better Throughout Menopause? article cover image

Want to Feel Better Throughout Menopause?

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Getting Control of Kids’ Allergy Triggers article cover image

Getting Control of Kids’ Allergy Triggers

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ThisistrulyaGAMECHANGER inthefieldofdental hygiene.Iwouldnotwant myteethcleanedanyother way. article cover image

ThisistrulyaGAMECHANGER inthefieldofdental hygiene.Iwouldnotwant myteethcleanedanyother way.

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LUXURY LOFT LIVING article cover image


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In the Kitchen: In the Kitchen: Going Natural article cover image

In the Kitchen: In the Kitchen: Going Natural

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Three Easy Ways to Instill Healthy Eating Habits in 2023 article cover image

Three Easy Ways to Instill Healthy Eating Habits in 2023

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Genuine Authenticity Builds Lasting and Rewarding Relationships article cover image

Genuine Authenticity Builds Lasting and Rewarding Relationships

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Celebrating! Celebrating!

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