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table of contents


8 Calendar of Events 11 Celebrating


50 years of Art

Couples Connection Best Local Outdoor Date Ideas


Frugal Family Fun Budget-Friendly, Local Summer Escapes



In Our Community Bikes, Beer, and Battling Cancer

In Our Community Simon Says Give



48 DIY



Beauty Trends Lovely, Lengthy Extensions

Fashion Trends Summer Essentials for your Wardrobe


Where to Shop


Fence Post Firecrackers

50 Design


Bringing Summer into the Kitchen


56 Health

Preventive Healthy Screenings You Should Not Postpone

58 Wellness

When Your Child Doesn’t Have a Food Allergy, but Still Has Symptoms


60 Wellness

36 Recipes 37 Food Trucks!

62 Health

In the Kitchen  Summer Healthy Eating Strategies


Home Feature Minimalist Design: Less is More

Can Anxiety and Stress Cause Stomach Pain? South Dakota Frontline Workers are Making a Difference

Profiles 66

Cover Story Sami Jo Menning: Unleashed Passion for Life!


What's New Prairie Cocoa & Confections “Dessert Bar”

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calendar of events: june/july 2021

Please verify all event dates and times as schedules are subject to change.

May 27-September 9

June 5 & 6

June 5, 12, 19, 26

June 5

Summer Porch Series at Strawbale Winery Thursdays 5pm | Strawbale Winery Admission: $5/person, $10/car load 605.543.5071

Falls Park Farmers Market 8am-1pm | Prairie Cocoa & Confections

June 3, 10, 17, & 24

Thursday Night Live! 6pm | Downtown Watertown Admission - Free

June 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, & 24-26 Godspell by John-Michael Tebelak & Stephen Schwartz Olde Town Theatre | Worthing SD 605.372.4653 | oldetownetheater.org

June 4 & 5

PorkPalooza 5pm | USD Discovery District (4800 N Career Ave) Admission: Free | VIP: $25 605.444.9500


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SD Artisan Fair by Midwest Handmade 10am | Best Western PLUS Ramkota Exhibit Hall Admission: Free 763.439.4473

Ag Day 10am | Washington Pavilion Admission: Free 605.367.6000 | washingtonpavilion.org

June 8

Summer Snowball Tour – Cosmic Casino The District Admission: Free 605.368.1647

June 10 & 11

The Good Night Theatre Collective Presents: An Iconic Cabaret 7:30pm | Washington Pavilion Admission: varies 605.367.6000 | washingtonpavilion.org

June 11

Main Stage Ballet & Dance Academy Presents: The Dancing Princesses 7pm | Washington Pavilion Admission: varies 605.367.6000 | washingtonpavilion.org

June 12

Allison’s Dance Academy Presents: Good Vibes Only! 6pm | Washington Pavilion Admission: varies 605.367.6000 | washingtonpavilion.org

June 12 & 13

Wheelchair Tennis Showcase with Keynote Speaker Miss Wheelchair America Sat 12pm | Sun 9am Admission: varies 605.338.4036 | lisamarie@playthepointe.com playthepointe.com/wheelchair-tennis-showcase

June 15 & 20

Siouxland Republican Women Sponsor State/Local Speakers 6:30pm | 41st Street Pizza Ranch Admission: $5 for non-members siouxlandrw@gmail.com

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June 25

June 17

June 26

Sioux Empire Community Theatre Presents: Footloose June 17-19 & 24-26 at 7pm; June 19-20 & 26-27 at 2pm Orpheum Theater Admission: varies 605.367.6000 siouxfallsorpheum.com

June 18

Sippin’ Safari – Bramble Park Zoo (21 & over Fundraiser)

6pm | Watertown, SD Admission: Free

June 19

Little Big Town 8pm | Denny Sanford Premier Center Admission: $39.50-$99.50 dennysanfordpremiercenter.com

June 22

Summer Snowball Tour – Roaring 20s Country Club of Sioux Falls Admission: Free 605.368.1647

June 24

South Dakota Ballet Presents: Only Human 7pm | Washington Pavilion Admission: varies 605.367.6000 washingtonpavilion.org

June 26

Trilogy – Experience the sights and sounds of The Doors, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd Reliabank Theater at the Goss Opera House Admission: varies thegossoperahouse.com

June 28-July 1

Summer Languages and Genealogy Camp - Introductory to Spanish 9am-12pm | Augustana University Nordland Heritage Foundation 605.681.6650 nordlandheritagefoundation@gmail.com

June 29

Summer Snowball Tour – Cirque et Comedie 5pm | Sioux Falls Convention Center Admission: Free 605.368.1647

July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Thursday Night Live! 6pm | Downtown Watertown Admission: Free

July 4

4th of July Parade 2pm | Downtown Watertown Admission: Free




June 17- 27

Falls Art Market 8:30am | BronzeAge Art Casting Lawn, east of Falls Park Admission: Free 605.977.7644


60th Annual Arts Night – Catalyst: A Gala to Support the Washington Pavilion 5:30pm | Washington Pavilion Admission: varies 605.731.2377 khults@washingtonpavilion.org

Foreigner – The Hits On Tour 7:30pm | Washington Pavilion Admission: varies 605.367.6000 washingtonpavilion.org


Summer Snowball Tour – 80s Flashback The Atrium at Blue Haven Admission: Free 605.368.1647



HAVE FUN LEARNING NORWEGIAN OR SPANISH For ages six and up, including adults.


For teens & adults wanting to get started in learning their family history. Genealogy camps are jointly funded by Mary Chilton Foundation of the South Dakota Daughters of the American Revolution.



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July 7

Little Texas & Weston Frank Reliabank Theater at the Goss Opera House Admission: varies thegossoperahouse.com

July 10

Slow Burning Music Fastival 2021 2pm | Northshore Chophouse & Banquet Hall on Lake Kampeska, Watertown

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2020-21 Sioux Falls Stage Awards 6pm | Washington Pavilion Admission: varies 605.367.6000 | washingtonpavilion.org

July 23

Swing FORE Seniors 11am | Prairie Green Golf Course Admission: $600-$2,500 605.339.9123

July 24

Falls Art Market 8:30am | BronzeAge Art Casting Lawn, east of Falls Park Admission: Free 605.977.7644

July 25

Nyberg’s 3rd Annual Hot Classics Night Classic Car Show 2pm | Downtown Sioux Falls

July 28

Mo Pitney in Concert 7:30pm | Washington Pavilion Admission: varies 605.367.6000 | washingtonpavilion.org

July 28

Artistry Dance – Grand Opening 10am-8pm | 2912 E Jackson St 605.280.8620 | contact@artistrydancestudio.com

“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

Celebrating 50 Years of The 50th annual Brookings Summer Arts Festival will return to Pioneer Park on Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11. Longtime volunteer committee member Shari Avery says the event has evolved over the years, but continues to elevate the creativity of artists from all walks of life. The Brookings Summer Arts Festival started in 1971 with just 15 artists displaying their work on card tables in the park. Brookings embraced it and hosted other events to accompany it, such as dances, a dog show, and rock, antique, and coin shows held elsewhere in town. “We’re not only celebrating the 50th anniversary – we’re all just celebrating that we are here and happy to be coming together again safely,” Avery said. This year, over 200 artists will showcase 15 art disciplines, including painting,

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sketching, photography, metalwork, woodwork, and jewelry. Each artist featured at the Brookings Summer Arts Festival must be present, which gives attendees the chance to make a connection. There will also be food vendors and various entertainment acts throughout the weekend. Brookings Summer Arts Festival is a family-friendly event, but no pets are allowed in order to keep the park clean and safe. “The noise of the festival is fun because you hear people laughing and chattering and you hear the music in the background,” Avery said. “There are so many joyful sounds.” Visit bsaf.com to learn more and view which vendors will be present. You can also find Brookings Summer Arts Festival on Facebook.


Best Local Outdoor Date Ideas Adventure awaits you and you don’t have to travel very far By Chellee Unruh


ven though we enjoyed a mild winter, nothing beats a South Dakota summer. The days are longer, the sunsets are breathtaking and summer weekends offer the perfect opportunity to soak it all in. You know how adding a few drinks more can make your date night a bit mor fun? There is no better way to spice up your relationship than getting your heart pumping and releasing some endorphins. Releasing endorphins improves your mood and gives you that feel-good vibe we all love. A better mood leads to better dates and a much better relationship. Rather than the traditional date of sitting at a patio bar sipping on a cocktail, (which also sounds amazing) we checked in with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks employee David Parker for some alternative date night ideas to get your heart racing and have fun at the same time. “There’s lots to do around this area, with little to no prior experience needed,” says Parker, director of the Outdoor Campus. “And if you do want to go over the basics before you head out, the Outdoor Campus can get you started on many of these fun activities with our many introductory classes!”


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Paddling (Canoe, Kayak, Paddleboards) – Most state parks are great places for paddling, and you don’t need much experience to get started. In the Sioux Falls area, rentals are available at Lake Herman, Lake Vermillion and Newton Hills. A little more “extreme” would be a trip down the Jay Heath Memorial Canoe and Kayak Trail, which takes paddlers down the Big Sioux River. Cycling – Bike trails in the parks offer colorful scenery and quiet space. In the area, Newton Hills has bicycles to rent. Also, entrance licenses are only required on motorized vehicles, so they aren’t required if you bike into the park (like at Big Sioux). This year, visitors can participate in the state parks poker run, a self-guided activity found at over 40 GFP areas. Disc Golf – You don’t have to be a PGA pro to enjoy this one. You just need to be able to throw a Frisbee. It is easy to do and a lot of fun. Most parks offer free disc checkout. In the Sioux Falls area, that includes Big Sioux and Lake Herman. Rock Climbing – Palisades State Park is becoming well-known to local climbers for its Sioux quartzite formations. Thanks to

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its location along Split Rock Creek, the area was once home to a flourmill powered by a water wheel on the creek. There are four hiking trails in the park that take you along the cliffs and formations. The climbing options here range from easy scrambling to 5.12 roofs. Outdoor Concerts | Good Earth State Park – Start your date off by hiking some of the over six miles of trails, then top it off with a free outdoor concert and food truck cuisine. The Good Earth Summer Concert Series runs most Sundays throughout the summer. Take a Class – You don’t have to be an experienced outdoors couple to enjoy nature. You can embark on a new adventure together by taking a class and learning a new outdoor skill. The Outdoor campus offers a variety of classes weekly during the summer. You can also find weekly classes at most parks too. These are just a few great ideas to take your date into the great outdoors. Our area has a lot to offer so get out there and explore together. Adventure awaits you and you don’t have to travel very far. When you return from your date, venture to your favorite patio, kick back and enjoy a cold beverage. You can discuss your date and plan your next outdoor excursion. n

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Frugal Family Fun Budget-friendly, local summer escapes By Jennifer Dumke | Photo by Tom Gustafson courtesy of Okoboji Tourism


he days of driving cross country in a station wagon, eating packed lunches and failed “short cuts” are over. In an age of elaborate family vacations like flying to Disney World or going on family cruises it’s easy to get down about finding a budget friendly way to entertain the family. Here are some of the top local family escapes that will bring your family closer while keeping your wallet fatter. NATIONAL PARKS – Whether looking for a day of entertainment or a week, the wide variety of National Parks in South Dakota and surrounding areas are sure to please. For under $100, you can purchase a pass to have access to numerous parks for 12 months. What’s great is that each park has something different to offer. Some parks are known for their trails and climbing while others educate with historical significance. And depending on how far you travel, there are ways to save dollars on food and lodging. If you have a camper, there are a host of parks that offer accommodations to bring out the inner scout and sleep under the stars in a simple tent. Either way, there are benefits to utilizing our local national parks, the dollars generated from passes support the local non-profit mission. GO WEST – Take a break from city life and go west to take


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advantage of many tourist attractions. Literally mile after mile offer opportunities to hop out of the car to either take a look, walk or even shop. Although Mt. Rushmore is the hub of activity, don’t overlook the surrounding areas for outdoor fun and unique experiences. Witness a live main street shootout in Deadwood and walk in the shoes of the famous Wild Bill Hickok. Or select a family-friendly hiking trail or walking path, either way it’s a great way to get fit while having fun. LAKE LIVING – If you haven’t experienced Arnolds Park, Iowa, it’s time to mark your calendars. During the three main summer holidays, take in a huge flea market at Vic’s Corner. For the kids, Arnolds Park offers day passes for the larger rides, although entrance to the carnival-like attraction is free and includes a number of unique activities. Looking for water adventures? Rent a boat, jet ski or paddle board or simply stake your claim at one of the many free beaches. And don’t forget to check out the Maritime Museum and a ride on the Queen II. There are plenty of lakeside restaurants and camping grounds to accommodate every budget. So you might not see Mickey but taking advantage of our local family fun escapes can prove to be a great bonding experience on a budget. n



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Pedal FARR Bikes, beer, and battling cancer By Natalie Slieter | Photos courtesy of Pedal FARR


n August 14, those who like to bike, drink brews, and help local families can participate in the 6th annual Pedal FARR (Falls Area River Ride) to raise funds that will go to support those battling cancer.

There is also a stop at Pasley Park called “Share a Coke.” This stop began in 2018 and honors the life of someone who has passed away from cancer with Coke cans adorned with their name. This year, the life of Chris Krueger will be honored.

Emily Connolly founded Pedal FARR, formerly known as Tour de Brew Sioux Falls, after she took part in Livestrong bike rides and wanted to bring the concept back to benefit families in South Dakota and the surrounding area. Since its founding in 2016, the 501(c)(3) has raised over $30,000, of which $24,000 has been put into the hands of those battling cancer and their families, in the form of $1,000 checks.

“The personalizing of that stop is when the event really took off because it gave people a reason for why they’re riding,” Connolly said.

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Riders will be able to take time to eat and drink at each bar with games and prizes along the way. There will also be bike security while bikers go into the establishments. When the ride started in 2016, there were just 68 participants; in 2020, the ride had almost 300 bikers. Connolly has high hopes of seeing 500 bikers participate in August. Connolly credits the group of volunteers who go above and

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beyond every year to make Pedal FARR a success. The 2021 event will be Connolly’s last year leading Pedal FARR. In the years ahead, she will be partnering with the American Cancer Society and their volunteer group who will take over as the lead. Connolly shares that running the event the last six years has been a lot of work, but it has also brought so much joy, fun, and excitement to her life and to the lives of others. “I hope to see the event become something even bigger,” Connolly said. “I hope it keeps showcasing the local community and diversifying where the funds are going in the cancer community.” The cost to participate is $25 and t-shirts are $10. Bikers can visit the Pedal FARR Facebook page to get more information on how to register and other event details. n

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Simon Says Give An organization where kids celebrate kids By Jill Funke | Photos courtesy of Simon Says Give


hildren who are empowered at an early age to make a difference in others’ lives often grow up to become adults whose impact on the world is significant. Simon Says Give (SSG) is a child-inspired non-profit organization that began about ten years ago in Eagan, MN. Seven-year-old Mandi Simon fulfilled her birthday wish to start a company that would ensure every child is celebrated on their birthday. The concept of kids like Mandi celebrating other kids was an eye-opener for Nolan Fleming. At the age of 9, he attended an SSG business dinner with his mother and then SSG Public Relations consultant Jennifer Fleming. Organization founder Mandi, along with her mother Dina were also present at that fateful event. As they were leaving the dinner, Nolan asked Jennifer if he could do what Mandi was doing, and she whole-heartedly exclaimed, “Of course!” The Flemings’ first SSG fundraising experience paved the way for the family to immerse themselves in the worthwhile cause. Jennifer reflects on that first fundraising event by saying, “Little did I know that the first lemonade stand we held in our driveway would yield $750 and years later, the amazing chapter of Simon Says Give SD that provides hundreds of children with the celebration they deserve.”


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The Fleming family launched a South Dakota Chapter that is directed by an adult board of directors and a kid’s board of directors, of which Nolan, now 15, leads as President. His siblings Jonah (16) and Ethan (12) are chapter board members. Jennifer serves as the Director of the Board of Simon Says Give in both MN and SD, and she is also the proud mom of Nolan, Jonah, and Ethan. The kid’s board also includes Vice President Cassidy Jennings (15) and Ben Maxwell (10), who lives in Fort Pierre and helps spread the word across the state of South Dakota. According to Jennifer, the Kid Board runs the meetings with an agenda. Through their planning, budgeting, fundraising, and marketing activities, the kids learn critical skills that will serve them well when they reach adulthood. Jennifer is always impressed with the kids and their dedication to the mission of SSG; as she explains, “All some kids want is to be able to have that party and a present or two. Nolan and the kids of Simon Says Give are committed to making it happen.” For kids ages 5-12, SSG provides what they call “organic” birthday parties. They’ve also installed “Birthday Closets” through partnerships with Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire, Volunteers of America Dakotas, and Jane Addams and Terry Redlin schools. Everything needed for a birthday celebration is provided; as Jennifer

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Ask Mary Jane what makes her proud and she’ll quickly say “Having a job at Subaru” and she’ll follow that declaration with a big grin. Mary Jane’s feeling of accomplishment is well deserved for she has been serving as an office assistant at Schulte Subaru for the past 3 years. She began her role as office assistant when Mike Schulte offered Mary Jane an opportunity to come work at his dealership. Previously Mary Jane had worked at SD Achieve, McDonalds and the Good Samaritan Society. Mike coordinated with Lifescape to customize a position and create a schedule that would work best for Mary Jane. Working as the official customer greeter, she diligently makes homemade Subaru key chains for new customers purchasing a vehicle. She also pulls staples from paper projects and creates new folders for the finance department. Subaru staff members McKenzie and Skyler work together to give Mary Jane rides to and from work and provide her with lunch. When they ask Mary Jane what she wants for lunch her usual response is, “I’m not fussy.” That is just Mary Jane’s personality, very easy going. Mary Jane’s positive attitude and winning smile are real assets to Schulte Subaru. The customers and her coworkers alike appreciate her hard work, dedication, and willingness to help out with special projects. Mary Jane, in return, gets great satisfaction from making customers feel valued and working hard every day to do her very best and make her teammates proud. Recently, Vicki Stewart from Business Resource Network contacted Sarah and Mike Schulte about their work with Lifescape and employing individuals with disabilities. “We met with Sarah


Jo Jorgensen with Disability Awareness Accessibility Review Board and they presented us with stickers we can place in our windows to let the community know we employ individuals with disabilities,” shares Sarah. “We plan to work together more in the future, because it aligns perfectly with our new company mission statement, which is here at Schulte Subaru we are devoted to the idea that every interaction is a chance to make the world a little better. That is why we partner with our local community to make real impacts in the lives around us through kindness and respect. We believe in things not only because they are good for business but it’s the right thing to do. Our partnership with Lifescape is one great example of how we carry out our mission of our dealership. Mike and I focus very much on others and our community and being the best people we can be. We love to put people in safe reliable vehicles we believe in. Subaru is quality!” Along with the quality vehicle, you will receive your customized key chain from Mary Jane and undoubtably a smile that will warm your heart for the rest of the day.


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Extensions By Jessalyn Holsing


air health, variety, and versatility is having a large impact on the way we view hair in regards to trends in the most recent years. In 2021, we’re not bothering with damaged, unhealthy hair any longer. In fact, with short hair styles making a comeback we’re looking at doing the recommended cut of all damaged hair plus half an inch to get rid of those split and broken ends. Don’t fret, though! In welcoming short hair trends, we’re not quite saying goodbye to long, full hair, either.

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Short hair is great for summer fun, keeping you cool and fresh without having to knot your hair up in messy buns and ponytails every day which cause damage. However, if you’re going out for a balmy summer weekend evening with the girls, you want some frill and flair back in your hair. That’s why hair extensions are huge this year. The variety offered for your hair is endless! Not only are extensions absolutely perfect for bringing length and fullness, but they bring style as well. If your hair is shorter and you feel like your balayage is a little lacking, extensions matched to your hair can perfectly fill in that color and bring it out bolder and brighter than ever. No worries about the depth of your shadow root, the lightened hair gets lengthened with added extensions! What’s more, instead of cutting your hair to achieve flouncy and fun bangs, clip-in bang extensions are back in full swing and better than ever. A perfect fringe is achievable for temporary fun. Long, luscious and lovely extensions may be perfect for you if you’re looking to add some variety and versatility to your hair. Difficult hair? Care no more–jump into fullness and fun by getting some extensions so you can change up your look and embrace your awesome and varied style! n

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ESSENTIALS for your wardrobe By Jessalyn Holsing


Photos by Christin Joy Photography


eady to beat the heat this summer? This year we’re keeping it stylin’ by going back to the basics and appreciating what’s at the core of all summer fun. Cotton: Keep it breezy with our best breathable friend. Cotton sundresses are everywhere–they never really went away, but this year’s styles are très chic in understated ways: less frills, less lace, lovely light and loose shapes that gently complement the body and keep it cool. Beautiful colors are back, so grab your favorite variety of muted but eye-catching shades or hues. We’re not out of the pastel woods yet, so a lovely lilac or a lemon yellow will be more than just fine!

Top it all off by draping a lovely sheer wrap or shawl to keep it varied, add some style, and give a little comfort as the sun begins to dip past the horizon. Of course, we love our open-toed sandals, keeping ourselves mobile, comfortable, and cool. With cotton dresses, drape-y shawls, and more, we’re prepared for a fun, breezy, comfortable summer! n

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In 2021, we still love our high-waisted denim shorts,

and they look so super cute with our favorite friend: The crop top. Cropped tank tops with thicker straps and a square neckline have been popping up all over this spring in many fun colors and knits. You could also choose the airy, oversize-shirt look as well, continuing our cotton trend with something very thin and light that falls off the shoulders.

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1. Gunderson’s Jewelers The Bridges at 57th & Western 2109 W 57th Street 605.338.9060 | gundersons.com Nambé Scoop Server – An award-winning scoop server is a functional and modern twist on the classic chip and dip. $250.00

2. Prairie Cocoa & Confections 8th & Railroad 605.777.3445 | facebook.com/PCConfections Exquisite frozen hot chocolates, gourmet cocoas, hand crafted mocktails, lemonades, creative desserts & edible art! Sensational! Prices vary.

3. Furniture Mart 2101 W 41st St 605.336.1600 | thefurnituremart.com The perfect pick for a traditionally inspired living room, the Sullivan Mushroom Sofa is destined to be a family favorite.

4. The Eye Doctors P.C. 5116 S Western Ave 605.338.7104 | theeyedoctorspc.com Designer sunglasses with polarized lenses. Come and check out our great selection!

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5. Palm at the Park in the Central Emporium 144 Lakeshore Dr | Arnolds Park, IA 712.332.8393 Unique, hand-drawn collection featuring the staples of Okoboji, Iowa.

8. Pharmacy Specialties & Clinic 2333 W 57th St, Ste 109 605.334.1672 | rxpsi.com Inflam Move and Gaba Calm. 20% off through July 31, 2021.


6. Healy World 402.853.0439 headoverhealy.com | FB: vibingwright Healy is a personal, wearable, frequency based medical device, to work on all levels of health and well-being. Approved by the FDA for sleep issues, chronic pain, emotional and mental instabilities, but does so much more!

7. Granite Accents 2821 W 6th St. 605.338.4088 The firepit is made from blocks of recycled granite. We can provide blocks for circular, square, and rectangular shaped firepits. These are great for entertaining with friends and family, and they add design to landscaping. Prices vary.

9. Rainn Salon and Spa The Bridges at 57th & Western 5019 S Western Ave, Ste 160 605.521.5099 Olaplex N°.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask – Infused with patented OLAPLEX bond building technology, this highly concentrated 4-in-1 reparative mask adds shine and body while providing intense moisture to treat damaged hair.

10. Stacey’s Vintage*Art*Boutique 27102 Albers Ave 605.213.0045 | Staceysstore.com Looking for a one of a kind gift for your dad or special someone in your life? Check out Stacey’s for unique and customized gifts and home decor. Shop small, shop local.






1. Montgomery’s 1725 W 41st St 605.332.4400 | montgomerys.com Industrial Bohemian Chair & Ottoman – Bohemian meets modern in this soft and stylish leather chair accented with contrasting arm and base finishes. Your choice of brown or black leather. Matching ottoman sold separately.

2. Wild Water West 26767 466th Ave | Sioux Falls, SD 605.361.9313 | wildwaterwest.com 2021 Season Passes- a season pass is your ticket to fun, all summer long! Unlimited waterpark, gokarts and more! Passes start as low as $74.95 per person.

4. First Impressions 775 10th St, Hwy 18 | Rock Valley, IA 712.476.2945 | firstimpressionstogo.com These handcrafted and one of a kind outdoor front porch signs will welcome you and all of your guests. Each are hand painted and 2 sided enabling you to change your theme with only a flip of the sign. 62” tall by 12 “ wide. Many different designs to choose from. $125.00

3. South Dakota Pork Producers Council 4615 W Homefield Dr 605.332.1600 | sdppc.org The next time you need a gift, the South Dakota Pork Producers Council (SDPPC) can help! These gift checks look and redeem just like a check; use them anywhere pork is sold – a restaurant, supermarket or even your local butcher. Available on the SDPPC website, call (800) 830-PORK or email sfox@sdppc.org.

5. Sioux Falls Food Coop 410 W 18th St 605.339.9506 | shop.coopnaturalfoods.com Cado-Avocado Frozen Dessert! Avocado based, non-dairy ice cream. Plant based, 50% less sugar, no GMOs, no artificial flavors, no corn syrup, no sugar alcohols, no stevia, no soy, no corn.

6. Handy Man Home Remodeling Center 910 E 10th St 605.336.0316 | HandyManHome.com The WASHLET Elongated Bidet Toilet Seat with PREMIST really delivers! The WASHLET quickly provides comfortable warm water cleansing and a warm air dryer at the touch of a button. Around $500.

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7. Forget Me Not Gift Boutique & Eddy Joy Baby Boutique 5009 S Western Ave 605.335.9878 Eddy Joy Baby Boutique has some of the cutest trends for newborn - 4T. Located at The Bridges & 57th next to Forget Me Not Gift Boutique.

8. Manley Tire 746 20th Ave., Valley Springs 800.615.3704 | manleytire.com We buy direct to save YOU money. Currently, we have over a 1,000 trailer tires on-hand for your boat trailer, car trailer, toy haulers, and campers! Call us today for a quote.

10. Dugan Sales & Service 1116 West 41st St 605.274.1911 | dugansalesandservice.com Whether you are an experienced chef or a novice home cook; Bosch carries a full line up of cooking appliances sure to satisfy your culinary needs. Dual-fuel slide-in ranges offer the best of both cooking worlds and are engineered to perform precisely. Prices vary.

9. Artistry Dance (Grand Opening – July 28!) 2912 E Jackson St artistrydancestudio.com Simple and elegant. Artistry Dance offers a classic selection of tights and leotards, as well as ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap shoes for your dancers first day of class. Prices vary.

11. Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop 2504 S Marion Rd | 605.271.7303 3617 W Avera Dr | 605.271.9891 Capriotti’s.com Cole Turkey® – Slow-roasted, homemade turkey, provolone cheese, Russian dressing, cole slaw, and mayo.



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ummer is here and so are the barbecue parties. You’ve worked hard all year, making healthy eating a priority, or perhaps you’ve just started a wellness journey. Then the backyard barbecues begin and all the hard work and new healthy habits fall to the wayside of these often junk food focused parties. You didn’t come this far to throw it all away, so instead of falling prey, take charge and transform these gatherings to enhance your new lifestyle and support healthy eating. Afterall, summer is the best time to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. Set yourself up for success this summer with these healthy eating strategies: QUENCH YOUR THIRST!

It may seem like common sense to drink plenty of water, but on busy, hot summer days you’re often left dehydrated. As a good rule of thumb, drink half your body weight in ounces and add another 12-15 ounces for every 30 minutes you’re active or exercising. No, alcohol does not count toward this number, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. Make it fun and add some berries, oranges or cucumber slices to a water pitcher. Bonus: fruits and vegetables are filled with water, so stock up on those too! 34

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VARIETY WITH VEGGIES! The more color the better when it comes to vegetables, so go ahead and add the colors of the rainbow to a platter and serve with hummus, guacamole and salsa as a healthy appetizer. Besides being a great source of vitamins and nutrients, vegetables are fiber filled carbohydrates that will help to properly fuel your active body. Make this a staple appetizer or add vegetable kebabs to the grill and enjoy as a colorful side dish! BEANS INTO BURGERS! Don’t discount bean burgers until you try them! Not only are bean burgers packed with nutrients, protein and fiber, they’re also packed with flavor. Next time you fire up that grill, reach for bean burgers, whether from scratch (yes, they’re easy to make) or store bought, you’ll be surprised at a new healthy and tasty alternative to burgers and brats. Grill them on foil to ensure they stay intact, making cleanup a breeze. Bonus: grill sweet potato slices and use these as a bun!

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FOCUS ON FRUITS! Fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients, providing a burst of energy in each bite and it is considered nature’s dessert. Summertime is the best time to savor the delicious seasonal fruit. Instead of eating sugar filled cookies, bars and ice cream, opt for fresh fruit! Cut up a juicy watermelon and scoop it out, then load it up with all types of fruit like tart apples and sweet berries. Fruit is high in fiber, low in calories, delicious and refreshing. You can even use frozen fruit in a blender to make a healthier option for ice cream (called nice cream…don’t let the sprinkles fool you, it’s made from frozen bananas) or add fruit to the grill—grilled pineapple is amazing! This summer, take charge of the barbecue party food, from appetizers to desserts, and use these strategies to help maintain your goals. Summertime offers an abundance of fresh and delicious options, so there’s every reason to set yourself up for success! n

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Grilled Marinated Zucchini Ingredients • 1 pound zucchini • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 tablespoons minced garlic • Zest from 1 lemon • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar • 1 teaspoon dried oregano • Salt and black pepper to taste • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Preparation 1. Remove the ends from the zucchini and slice them lengthwise into halves or thirds. 2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, vinegar and spices. Place the zucchini in a large dish or on a rimmed sheet pan and pour the marinade over the zucchini. Let sit for 30 minutes or more, stirring occasionally. 3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill the zucchini slices for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, basting with any remaining marinade when flipping. Serve warm.

Grilled Salmon with Blueberry Salsa Ingredients • 4 4-ounce salmon fillets • 1/2 tsp chipotle pepper powder • 1 T olive oil • Pinch of salt • 1 C fresh blueberries

• 1 large jalapeño pepper, finely chopped • 2 tsp finely chopped red onion • 1/4 C chopped cilantro • 1 T lime juice • 1/4 tsp salt

Preparation 1. Heat the grill. Place the salmon skin-side down on a plate and rub with olive oil, sprinkle with chipotle pepper and salt; let stand. 2. In a medium bowl, combine the blueberries, jalapeño, red onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Stir vigorously, coarsely mashing some of the blueberries to release the juice. 3. When the grill is hot, use tongs to swab the grate with a paper towel dipped in vegetable oil. Place the salmon on the hot grill, skin-side up. Let the salmon cook until it has grill marks and the edges look browned, about 3 minutes. Carefully lift each fillet and turn over. Close the lid of the grill and cook about 4 minutes more for thin, wild-caught fillets, longer for farmraised salmon. When the fish is just cooked through, transfer to a clean platter. Top each fillet with about a quarter cup of salsa, and serve hot.


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ttention foodies of all ages, nationalities and culinary preference! FOOD TRUCK season has arrived! Did you know that Sioux Falls and its surrounding area boasts over 60 mobile food vendors that are ready to roll and serve you? Yes, just like the springtime awakens our land, AROMATIC food trucks awaken our taste buds for those unique treats we’ve been longing for all winter. Don’t forget, in addition to street side vending, food trucks are flexible and can come to you for many occasions like holidays, graduations, weddings, birthdays, reunions, fundraisers, retirement parties, or just for fun in business parking lots. Street and food vendors have treated us for centuries at fairs and festivals, in cities large and small, on street corners and at local events. The food truck “movement” blossomed around 2008 and has been credited to The Great Recession when many culinary professionals lost their jobs and decided to create their best dishes from a less expensive location than a piece of real estate – A TRUCK! These mobile restaurants gave creative entrepreneurs the ability to cook with freedom, make what they love and offer excellent customer service along with their delicacies at a reduced price. Right here in Sioux Falls, you can enjoy almost any cuisine you desire. So, when you spot a food truck, remember to snap a photo or jot down their info. Most food trucks implement Facebook, websites, Twitter and Instagram to let you know where they will be and detail their catering and onsite availability. Get truckin’! n

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GETTING THE RELATIONSHIP YOU DESERVE 5 Questions to help you evaluate the quality of service you get from your financial advisor. Choosing who to trust with your long-term financial planning is a big decision. No matter what is happening in the markets or economy, you want to be sure you’re financially positioned to enjoy life and take care of the people you care about. How do you know your money and future are in good hands? Here are five questions to help you decide if your financial advisor provides the services you need and the value you want from your relationship. Do you meet with your advisor regularly? What do you talk about? Even if you have a personal relationship, a meeting with your advisor is more than just a chance to catch up. Regularly scheduled client reviews allow your advisor to evaluate how any life-changes, market activity, and regulatory changes could affect your financial plan. You should also discuss tax-reduction opportunities, review your tolerance for risk, identify potential gaps related to death, disability or damage to your assets, and assess your estate plan. Does your advisor work with other professionals associated with your finances, such as your estate planning attorney, tax accountant, or insurance expert? Coordinating the many areas of financial planning can be complex. Investments can affect your tax-reduction strategies, estate planning should coordinate with retirement planning, and inadequate risk management or insurance planning can jeopardize everything. Your advisor can collaborate with your other financial professionals to ensure all elements are working together in your best interest. They can even refer you to someone who works with clients who have similar levels of assets and concerns as you.


How – and how often – does your advisor monitor your investments? Although investment management is only one piece of your financial plan, top advisors systematically evaluate portfolio construction, watching for red flags and performing stress tests to gauge performance in various market environments. This is especially important in today’s volatile and constantly-changing environment. (The advisors at Cornerstone Financial Solutions review fund performance daily, weekly, and monthly to make real-time adjustments, helping to ensure we have a high level of conviction around all of the funds in client portfolios.) How does the technology your advisor offers benefit you? You should be able to see how your portfolio is truly performing, drill into individual accounts and asset breakdowns, identify changes that could optimize your investments, consider how various scenarios and life events would impact your plan and portfolio, run reports about your financial picture, and see a living snapshot of your financial wellbeing. In addition, advisors may offer account aggregation software so you can see all of your accounts in one place, sophisticated social security analyzers to help you determine the most appropriate claiming strategy, and programs that can evaluate your tax return to help you see how changes might affect your taxes. Is your advisor a fiduciary? Advisors who are fiduciaries on advisory accounts are bound by the legal and ethical standards of the Fiduciary Rule. The term financial planner is highly generic and can be used to describe many different types of professionals in the financial services field.


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transitional beauty that channels natural sunlight to showcase the layers of creamy white tones and exquisite textures is a haven for Holly and Jason Evans, who recently moved to Sioux Falls from Madison. Having purchased the home last year, the couple worked with contractor Joel Buwalda to customize, update and fully remodel the home to suit the couple’s lifestyle and reflect their personal taste. But purchasing the 1994 ranch style home located on the outskirts of Sioux Falls wasn’t on their radar for Holly and Jason when thinking about making the move to be closer to their son. “We were just driving around one day when we saw this home and the for sale sign,” adds Holly. “We immediately fell in love with the views.” The location boasts lush trees, a small pond and ample natural stone, making for a country-like feel while still having the convenience of the city. With natural beauty already around them, it was time to move indoors. “Everything just came together,” adds Holly, when reminiscing the months of construction and the team of talented professionals involved in making the transition. “It was really fun getting to work with so many different designers and subcontractors,” she adds, which included her sister Kody, a design assistant at Showplace Cabinets and Amy who also works at Showplace Cabinets as a designer. Her friend Tanya Manning, who is an independent interior designer, was also on-hand to lend her vision to the team of experts. “I enjoyed getting input and all their ideas.” A former art teacher, Holly also has an eye for design that she hopes will materialize into something bigger down the line. And with the influence of both friends and family, it’s no surprise where her interest and talents lie. “I really enjoy looking at a space and deciding how to make it function,” she adds. Because of the unique collaboration of creativity, the Evans’ are now living their dream. While some of the areas only needed a fresh coat of paint, other aspects required the removal of walls to reallocate space. “The biggest change was taking out two closets in the entryway,” she adds. “That allowed for an open staircase and additional square footage in the kitchen.” Bleached wide plank hardwood floors add texture and blend with the custom cabinets. To brighten the space, white granite from Milliron Granite & Quartz was used on the oversized island, countertops and extend up the backsplash. But one of the true highlights of the space is the pantry. As Holly made her way to what appeared to be a cabinet, was

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instead a doorway that led to a pantry with walk-through access to the garage. “This is one of my favorite things,” Holly adds.

But when it comes to the family favorite, all eyes are drawn to the sunken sun room. “Ironically we found out this room was not original to the house,” Holly adds. “I’m very thankful to whoever made the decision for the addition.” A large window is capped off with two triangular upper windows overlooking the backyard patio. “We are now getting to the landscaping,” she adds. Native to the area, large boulders are being repurposed into the plans. Back inside, modern upholstered chairs contrast with a soft sectional. A simple area rug adds interest while minimal accessories and hints of wood pieces ensure all eyes remain on the lush views. Another benefit from shifting walls in the kitchen was the creation of an elongated hallway where Holly could display art in a gallery style form. Simple wood floating shelves feature scenic images and pottery. Leading to the main floor powder bath, a rustic wood cabinet is topped with a custom, hand-selected white marble top and features an elongated front lip to give the illusion of a much thicker slab of stone. A woven wood pendant light is offset to


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Leading into the casual dining space and living area, vaulted ceilings add to the spacious feel while crisp creamy painted walls, bleached wood floors from Thornton Flooring and ample windows take in the natural sunlight. “We just loved the view so we added an additional window for symmetry and also removed a corner fireplace to open up the space.” Going with an all-white palette with hints of textured rattan and natural, rustic woods is the perfect complement to the natural setting. For furniture, Holly is a true collector. “I have pieces from the past, some I buy online, some pieces are from different furniture stores; we have stuff from just about everywhere. When I find something I like, I try to find a way to put it all together.” The layers of creamy fabrics and smooth bleached wood are like soft ripples while rustic textures of woven wood and tan rattan are more like tall waves. Even the quaint dining space blends into the floor while woven seats on the side chairs add interest along with the dangling pendant light fixture and large, circular mirror.

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the side while a large frameless circular mirror finishes off the modern yet elegant space. The tones, hues and overall feel of the main level effortlessly flow in the master bedroom and bath. A low pile carpet softens the crisp white bedding and tufted fabric headboard. The master bathroom is another area where the footprint was changed to meet their needs. With a desire for a walk-in steam shower, they eliminated the bathtub to make way for a custom wood cabinet with dual sinks and white marble countertops. Modern pendant lights illuminate the creamy walls and neutral floors. Another benefit was a small dressing area with dual pendants and a custom cabinet. From there, a walk-in closet adds both form and function. Downstairs, an equally bright and spacious feel is accomplished through a myriad of crisp tones and ample lighting. A guest bedroom features soft carpet and crisp white bedding and walls. The family space has a dual function. Rustic wide plank wood floors offer a casual touch while scattered area rugs are perfect

for adding a hint of softness. A corner wet bar is accompanied by a large television and plush white sectional. Adding just a touch more color, this lower area relies on textures to add interest. As you walk towards the patio doors that lead to the outdoor deck, a quaint seating area was created by installing a corner fireplace with a rough-faced white stone surround and simple wood mantle. A circular area rug is offset by unique square pub chairs and an industrial style shelf is perfect for displaying collectables and family photos. “We did have to make some modifications to the upper level to accommodate adding this fireplace,” says Holly. But in the end, the spacious gathering area remains cozy and complete. And for added convenience, a dedicated exercise room was also included. A television, large wall mirrors and small lockers complete the space. Finishing off the lower level is a full bath with unique shelves. Whether it’s the breathtaking views or crisp whites that make this home a true beauty, Holly's family is grateful to all the people she worked with to create this one-of-a-kind dwelling. n

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DIY Fence Post Firecrackers Story & photos by Emily Olson


dd some rustic Americana charm to your home this 4th of July with larger-than-life fence post firecrackers. Old, reclaimed posts work perfectly. Look for something rugged with a lot of texture. The rougher, the better! Simple color-blocking with painter’s tape and star “stickers” creates a classic, vintage look without a lot of fuss. SUPPLIES • 4-inch post cut to three varying lengths (12, 14 and 18 inch shown here) • Jute craft rope • Galvanized wire • Painter’s tape • Stars cut from adhesive vinyl (or contact paper) • Paint: red, white and blue • Spray acrylic sealer DIRECTIONS 1. Cut posts to desired lengths. 2. Paint the entire post with white paint and let dry completely. 3. Once the white paint is dry, adhere the stars and painter’s tape to the post and paint over them with the blue or red paint. Avoid working the paint into the crevices of the wood. Allowing some of the white and raw wood to peek through gives it an instant aged look. 4. Remove the stars/tape to reveal the white paint. 5. Cut the jute rope into 9 inch lengths and wrap a small piece of tape around one end to keep it from fraying. 6. Use a 3/8” bit to drill a hole about 1 inch deep and insert the taped end of the rope. 7. To keep the rope “wick” upright, wrap the wire around the base of the rope and gradually wrap it upward, disguising it in the lines of the rope. 8. If desired, spray the entire firecracker with a protective clear acrylic sealer. n

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s warmer temperatures are blissfully imminent, now is a great time to freshen up your kitchen with pleasant and inviting summer décor. The kitchen is the hub of the home so it’s always nice to keep the décor in this area clean and simple. Here are some fun and easy ways to bring outside summery feels inside your living space. One of the easiest ways to add summer vibes to your kitchen is to grab flowers from the market or cut from your own flower garden and display in a vase. They smell amazing and add so much color to your kitchen. You can always go the faux floral route as most are very real looking, you won’t be needing to change them weekly. Even just a small bud vase with a single floral stem next to the soap dish can make doing dishes a little less dreary. Fruit displayed in containers is always another cute, fun way to freshen up your kitchen. Again, you can use the real deal or opt for the faux version. Nothing says summer more than a beautiful succulent arrangement and you can make it as large or small as needed for your space. Succulents work great for a table centerpiece because they have a low profile which won’t interfere with conversations with your dinner companions. When space is limited, it’s great to make your décor both functional and beautiful. A great way to do this is to display useful, everyday items in a tray. Natural materials like rattan, seagrass, cane, and wicker


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are especially great for the summer months because of the coastal feels they create. Pellegrino water bottles, summery cloth napkins, and hobnail water glasses are all useful items that you can arrange beautifully in your natural woven tray or even on open shelving. All these textures will add much warmth to your kitchen, and a touch of greenery tucked in can complete the space perfectly. White dishes always look fresh and clean and are a great addition to those extralarge trays. Ceramic measuring cups, salt and pepper shakers, and an olive oil bottle all rounded up together on a marble cutting board next to the stove can be very handy, functional, and attractive. One of the latest decorating trends in kitchen décor is using small vintage artwork. These add a lot of charm to your kitchen while leaning against a backsplash or displayed on open shelving. Another plus is that artwork works great for covering up an outlet. Cutting boards and cookbooks also look great leaning against your backsplash. If you’re really limited on counter space, consider changing your kitchen rug and hand towel to something bright and colorful. These small changes won’t take away valuable kitchen countertop space and a little color goes a long way to change the feel of the space. Since summer seems to pass by so quickly, changing up your indoors to reflect the warmer temperatures can allow us to soak in every second of the season. n

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TASK LIGHTING: Lighting that helps you read, prepare food or work on hobbies. This can include track lighting, vanity lights and adjustable floor lamps. This would be similar to adding a jacket to keep you warm.

To make this manageable, think of it as selecting your wardrobe and putting together the pieces to create your perfect style. You need layers to make it all work! When working with lighting you have three layers to consider which will allow you to optimize the functionality and aesthetics of a room by adding depth and dimension to your space. These include:

ACCENT LIGHTING: This focuses on a certain area or object to highlight such as an architectural feature, special artwork, or other meaningful or treasured artifacts. Common types of accent lights include wall sconces, recessed lights, table & torchière lamps, or even track lighting. Undercabinet lighting can also illuminate items on shelves, countertops, or other display areas. This light adds the sparkle, or the jewelry, that can pull the look all together.

GENERAL OR AMBIENT LIGHTING: Overall lighting such as a ceiling fixture (flush or semi-flush mount), chandelier or pendant, recessed lighting or lamps. This is your base layer, your little black dress or perfect trousers and top.

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Preventive Health Screenings You Should Not Postpone Now is the time to take care of any screenings that you’ve put off By Sanford Health


r. Christopher Johansen is a radiologist and breast imaging specialist at the Edith Sanford Breast Center. As such, he has witnessed first-hand a troubling trend to delay mammography screening during the coronavirus pandemic. “You can markedly impact your risk of dying from breast cancer by getting a screening mammogram,” Dr. Johansen said. “There is some flexibility on your screening mammogram but at the end of the day if you don’t get your screening mammogram, it will not help you decrease your risk of dying of breast cancer.” This advice doesn’t apply exclusively to mammograms.

cancer killer in America (among men and women when combined). Patients age 45 and older should be screened every 10 years, or more often as determined by their physician. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50. CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING Cervical cancer is preventable. In addition to screening, HPV vaccination is also encouraged for most patients. There’s nothing right now that can prevent ovarian cancer, but women who make some lifestyle choices can reduce their risk.

Have you put off a health screening because of the pandemic and not rescheduled it? Many have. Now it’s time to get back on track. The following health screenings are crucial to establishing and maintaining good health and for detecting disease at an early stage.

Women between ages 21 and 29 should have a Pap test every three years. Women between ages 30 and 65 should have a Pap test plus an HPV test every five years, or a Pap test alone every three years.



Colorectal cancer is 90% treatable when detected early. Screenings can also find noncancerous colon polyps or colon cancer early, when they can be easily removed or cured. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading

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Telemedicine can be an effective aid in many cases for diabetes and other chronic conditions like hypertension. After an initial visit for diabetes, for instance, providers can often monitor patients without another face-to-face visit. IMMUNIZATIONS It’s not a screening exactly, but immunizations are a vital part of a preventive health plan, particularly for children. Postponing vaccinations could lead to outbreaks of preventable diseases should too many families put off care. The vaccination process is often a partner with scheduled well-child visits. Without the visits, vaccines can fall behind. “We definitely want families to come in,” said Dr. Laura Whittington, a Sanford Health pediatrician. “We want to stay upto-date on vaccines and we want to make sure that they don’t have chronic health issues, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.” MAMMOGRAMS Many expert groups, including the United States Preventive Services Task Force, recommend mammograms for breast cancer every 1 year to 2 years after age 50. This test accompanies a clinical breast exam. “Your ability to decrease your risk of dying of breast cancer is directly related to having regular mammography,” Dr. Johansen said. “If you wait on that test you may be okay but your chances of breast cancer developing, and then not being detected, go up. And the longer you wait, the less benefit you get for your mammography.” BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SCREENING Isolation amid pandemic conditions can be difficult to deal with. This is in addition to added stress caused by fear about your own health brought on by the spread of the coronavirus.


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When Your Child Doesn’t Have a Food Allergy, but Still has Symptoms The inside story on food intolerance and sensitivity By Virginia Olson



or most individuals, this list looks like a mix of food groups. To a parent whose child has food allergies, these foods are culprits. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, approximately 90% of all food allergies are caused by these eight foods. For parents learning that their child has been diagnosed with a true food allergy, it is not good news; still, it IS an answer to why their child has an abnormal response of the body to a certain food. From this point on, parents know every time their child has this particular food, they will have the same allergic reaction. But for parents to learn that there is no food allergy but something else, it is frustrating. What is that “something else?”


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“The answer may be a food intolerance and/or food sensitivity,” says Dr. Daniel Todd, a physician at Midwest ENT & ALLERGY. “Kids may experience many of the same symptoms with food allergies and food intolerances, but the two are not the same diagnosis.” An allergic reaction triggers the immune system response, whereas food intolerances involve the digestive system, Dr. Todd explains. An allergic reaction occurs when the body wrongly thinks a food like peanuts or shellfish is dangerous. The body’s immune system mounts a defense against the allergen. The defense can be mild to moderate, causing hives, vomiting, dizziness. It also can be life-threatening or deadly when it triggers breathing difficulties or anaphylactic shock. Treatment can be immunologic therapy with gradual exposure to small amounts of the allergen through oral drops.

In contrast, food intolerances involve the digestive system, not the immune system. People who are intolerant to foods like dairy or gluten struggle to digest it. A lactose intolerant person doesn’t have enough of the enzyme lactase to break down the lactose, the sugar found in dairy. This leads to gas, bloating, cramping and other digestive issues. Those sensitive to gluten have trouble digesting the proteins found in grains like wheat, barley and rye. Gluten sensitive people experience many of the same symptoms – including headaches, bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea or constipation – and feel better when they avoid gluten.

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“Food intolerance covers much more ground,” says Dr. Todd. “Some food intolerances are lifelong, while others emerge as people age and their digestive system slows down.” The doctors and nurses at Midwest ENT & ALLERGY work to discover the root cause of the problem so it can be eliminated, Dr. Todd explains. “Determining whether you are allergic to a food is pretty straightforward. An allergy specialist will take your medical history and conduct skin and/or blood tests. After you are exposed to tiny amounts of dozens of foods, the allergist checks for a reaction on your skin or the presence of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies in your blood. If these tests are positive, you have a food allergy and should avoid those foods or ingredients.” Should the food allergy testing be negative, you may have a food sensitivity. The most effective way to confirm food sensitivity is through an elimination challenge diet. If a particular food is eliminated from the diet and symptoms improve, that is considered a positive finding for a food sensitivity. Once these sensitivities are identified, avoiding these foods and finding hidden culprits is the key to successfully treating the patient and helping them feel better. To overcome food sensitivities, the goal is to establish a healthy bacteria in the digestive tract and know which foods to avoid. “Food sensitivities and food allergies can often disrupt a happy lifestyle. Once you are tested and diagnosed, you can make the dietary changes you need to be on your way to a happy, healthy life,” says Dr. Todd. n

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Can Anxiety and Stress Cause Stomach Pain? By Alyssa Waltman, Avera Health


hen the heat of life turns up and you’re feeling the pressure, does your stomach start to twist into knots? Especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, people of all ages have been stretched to their limits. Jessica Morrell, CNP, of Avera Medical Group Functional Medicine and Virginia Lemme, PA-C, of Avera Medical Group Internal Medicine Women’s agree that stress shouldn’t be taken lightly and shouldn’t be shrugged off. HOW DO ANXIETY AND STRESS CAUSE GUT PROBLEMS? When stress occurs, the sympathetic nervous system activates a surge of the stress hormone, cortisol, into the bloodstream, causing the “fight or flight” response. When stress is left unmanaged, elevated levels of cortisol can erode and damage the lining of the digestive tract. Cortisol also hinders your body’s ability to metabolize

glucose in the blood, produce serotonin (the moodregulating hormone), and control bowel contractions — causing you to visit the bathroom too many times or not enough. SYMPTOMS OF GUT STRESS Because gut stress affects your whole body, stay on the lookout for these symptoms: • Upset stomach after eating • Diarrhea or constipation • Cramping and/or bloating • Heartburn • Acid reflux • Anxious, racing thoughts • Mood swings • Depression • Restlessness • Inability to sleep or sleeping too much

Stress is a major contributor to disease. “When you’re super stressed, you’re more at risk of getting an infection because your immune system is compromised,” said Morrell. “Gut stress also affects what nutrients are absorbed by the digestive system,” said Lemme. “Gas production increases in your gut and weakens the intestinal barriers. As a result, gut bacteria enter the bloodstream and cause inflammation in the body.” WAYS TO COPE WITH STRESS As you manage stress, keep your tummy in mind by implementing gut-friendly, health habits: • Eat well – Limit sugar and processed foods. Rather, drink plenty of water and eat foods rich in fiber. Good nutrition and regularly scheduled eating support your immune system, which helps prevent all kinds of disease. • Practice meditation and prayer – Journaling, prayer and meditation are practices that clear the clutter in our minds. • Use complementary medicine – Known as integrative medicine, aromatherapy, massage and acupuncture can soothe anxiety.

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esults from a new survey show that three-fourths of healthcare and essential workers surveyed in South Dakota are requesting more training in infection control. This comes after a tumultuous year dealing with COVID-19, which brought infection control to the forefront. The South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) carried out the survey, as part of their work on a new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) initiative called Project Firstline, a national training collaborative. The SDFMC is partnering on the CDC’s Project Firstline, along with the SD Dept of Health to bring better infection control training to South Dakota. “We know COVID won’t be the last threat,” said Charlotte Hofer, Communications Director for Project Firstline in South Dakota. “We need to be prepared for new emerging diseases that may threaten us.” The survey started April 1st and within a month, the SDFMC had 1380 surveys completed from a variety of health care providers and public service workers across the state. The survey remains open and they encourage more healthcare, public health and essential workers – such as law enforcement, paramedics, EMTs, prison workers, tribal communities; anyone who works on the front lines -- to take the survey. “It’s a chance for South Dakota to make its voice heard,” said Hofer. “We’re asking people to take the survey.” Cheri Fast, RN, BSN, and Program Manager for Project Firstline in South Dakota said respondents so far have included workers in hospitals, clinics, long term care, assisted living, home care/hospice, kidney dialysis centers, and essential workers such as paramedics, firefighters, law enforcement, city services, and school nurses. The


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survey asks questions related to an individual’s background, not only what type of facility in which they work, but also how they learn best, how much time is spent in infection control and prevention, and their knowledge and comfort level with infection prevention practices. “The survey has revealed definite gaps and needs in training,” said Hofer. While the survey is still ongoing, the SDFMC preliminary findings show that a majority of respondents -- 87% -- have had some type of infection prevention training such as hand hygiene, donning Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), information on COVID-19, or environmental disinfecting and cleaning, but 75% still want more training. “The survey results clearly show the need for Project Firstline in South Dakota,” said Hofer. “Healthcare and essential workers are all saying the same thing: They want more training, better training. That’s because the science keeps improving as we acquire more knowledge, viruses mutate; protocols on hygiene or disinfecting may change as we learn more or as new products come out, and this is the way to get the best information, the latest science, from the top experts in the field.” The South Dakota survey also revealed that 74% of nurses are performing infection control duties in their current jobs, and 25% want to go on to the next level and get certified in Infection Control training. With so much emphasis on infection control and healthcareacquired infections, the SDFMC says there is a strong need for more professionals to become certified and to be able to take that knowledge into their facilities. To take the survey or for more information on Project Firstline, visit sdfmc.org/project-firstline or scan the QR code with your phone. n


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s vibrant and high-energy as the dogs she works with, professional dog trainer Sami Jo Menning is a force to be reckoned with. Charming and genuine, she radiates with a purpose that most people twice her age rarely achieve. As a trainer and K9 Behaviorist, she has discovered how to perfectly blend her love for what she does with how she works and lives. Originally from Chancellor, she has made her home in Sioux Falls with no plans to uproot anytime soon. Not sold on following the traditional pathway to a traditional lifestyle, Sami Jo instead chose to follow her heart. After growing up immersed in the outdoors with her father who worked as a hunting guide and avid hunter, she knew she wanted to tie her love of working with dogs, passion for the outdoors and educating others to her career path. Thrilled with Sami Jo’s career direction, her parents and sister embraced her choice and encouraged her to pursue her dreams. She remembers, “I didn’t want to go to college because I didn’t know what I wanted to major in. I had completed a high school senior project for search and rescue with my German Shepard Blu, and it really got me hooked on training dogs.” She smiles, “I loved working with her teaching from very foundational to very advanced things and I knew I could do more with it. Once I determined I could make it a career, I went to a training school in Texas and am now a Canine Training Specialist and Behaviorist working with dogs from puppy to advanced off leash. I credit a large part of my success to such a great support system when I showed interest.”


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After finishing her training, Sami Jo was blessed to find the job of her dreams waiting for her right in Sioux Falls. “I got back a few months before Paws Pet Resort opened in February of 2018. I just happened to see them on Facebook and saw that they were growing so I reached out to them. The positions were full but I sat down to talk with them anyway. My immediate connection with the Owner and General Manager was just amazing and I truly believe it was God sent. It was perfect timing and placement and they hired me on as the Daycare Manager.” Today Sami Jo is the Training Manager and Head Trainer at Paws Pet Resort and is also in charge of program innovation. An AKC Instructor, she is also Fitdog Certified and committed to expanding her education between multiple organizations including the International Association of Canine Professionals. Proud that the resort, or Paws as Sami Jo calls it, provides incredible and unique training opportunities including dock diving, canine fitness, AKC titles and many levels of classes; she credits owner, and now close friend, Jeanine’s encouragement to utilize her talents to share her knowledge and passion with local dog owners. “I want people to enjoy their dogs for what their dogs are intended to do; communicate, train, perform, live their dogs' life so that their lives are enriching each other. I love to teach and help develop owners with their dogs. Everyone gets comfort from having a dog even if that’s having that support from a living breathing creature next to you that is up for anything with you.” In addition, Paws is committed to giving back to the community, a fact that touches deep within Sami Jo’s soul. “I love being a part of Paws but the fact that they are Mission based really called to me. We donate $5 of every boarding fee to charity, which includes Mission Haiti and Partners Worldwide as well as two more charities that are selected annually. It’s an amazing experience to be a part of something as special as this.” Off the clock, working with dogs doesn’t stop at the end of the day. Sami Jo and her boyfriend

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“You can have the best of both worlds. I like to dress up for a girls’ night and the next morning I’m getting up at 4am to shoot ducks. If people are worried about having two passions, don’t worry! You can live them and breathe them if that’s what God is calling you to do. Don’t be stereotypical.” –Sami Jo Menning

Justin have four fur babies including her German Shepard Blu, Lola the Corgi, Ray a Dalmation and Tex her Black Labrador. Sharing a love for the outdoors and hunting, they are constantly busy competing in dog shows, dock diving, hunting competitions or enjoying time in the wild with their best friends. And when Sami Jo isn’t working at Paws or spending time with her own dogs, she’s sharing her love for the outdoors encouraging other women to do the same. “I came across a ladies group that focuses on getting women outdoors and I knew I needed to be a part of this. I coordinate events for women with Her Wilderness, a group that provides experiences to encourage women to get outside and enjoy hunting, fishing and the outdoors. I’ve helped with a South Dakota pheasant hunt, South Dakota snow goose hunt and an upcoming Fall Goose hunt as well as a concealed carry class. Typically I’ve led six to 20 women on these adventures.


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In addition, I’ve attended multiple fishing trips put on by other coordinators. Living life to the fullest, Sami Jo couldn’t be happier with how her life has been blessed. “I love my life and love living how I am right now. We stay so busy with my dogs we don’t have tons of time on our hands but I’m content where I’m at.” She continues, “My purpose is to be at Paws for right now because I love what I do, I love the purpose, I love having this type of work atmosphere because I know it’s very rare and few and far between. I want to help Paws keep growing, changing and doing better for the world. I like to have big goals and make changes and I think by working somewhere like this I can do that. I hope to keep growing and bring things to the dog training world. This includes dog training competitions for my own personal dogs and the hope that I can keep providing opportunities for women to get outdoors and do things for their dogs.” n

What’s New: Prairie Cocoa & Confections “Dessert Bar” Ignite your taste buds with a sweet gourmet treat By Chellee Unruh | Photos by Christin Joy Photography


ucked in the heart of Downtown where the artisan vibe is thriving is a new unique place to fulfill your sweet tooth craving, Prairie Cocoa & Confections “Dessert Bar”. Here you will find a wide array of desserts that have an artistic flair, gourmet cocoas, and hand crafted mocktails. All carefully curated by business partners Keyes and Courtney. You may recognize Keyes' gourmet treats from the Falls Market when she made her debut in May of 2020. “My desserts were so successful that I decided to go full on with creating a dessert bar where customers can enjoy our whimsical treats year-round.” Says Keyes. Courtney came on as my partner to open the dessert bar we both envisioned. Upon entering the café, customers will be greeted with an environment that reflects the diversity of the downtown scene and their client base. “Everyone can find something to enjoy at Prairie Cocoa and Confections whether you are young or old, single or in love.” shares Keyes. Keyes herself has more than 32 years in the restaurant industry and 12 as an executive Pastry Chef. With this kind


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of talent and experience between her and her business partner you can be sure that their creations are nothing short of fabulous and delicious. Their menu changes frequently, so to get the full experience of what they have to offer requires more than one visit. Folks that enjoy the confections can also order them for any special occasion coming up like graduations, weddings, showers or other special events. “I really enjoy making whimsical cakes and edible art,” says Keyes. This duo is making it work between long 14-20 hour days and balancing life and family. Keyes is a Boston native that grew up in a military family and has traveled the world before settling in Sioux Falls 2 years ago. Between her and her husband they have seven children making up their beautiful blended family. Keyes is no stranger to a big family being one of 7 herself. Her partner Courtney originally from Lennox lives in Sioux Falls. Courtney is one of three sisters all of which are excited for their sister's new culinary adventure. “We were a little hesitant to open our business in the

wake of the pandemic, but the outpouring of love and support for our sweet adventure has been overwhelming.” Shares Keyes. “This is just the beginning for us, we have countless creative plans for the future of our business. From a rustic cocoa truck to dessert catering (no one in town offers specialized desserts for events) there is more to come from Prairie Cocoa & Confections.” So the next time you find yourself downtown and in the mood for something sweet, stop into Prairie Cocoa & Confections located at 401 E 8th street and try one of their whimsical treats or mouthwatering mocktails. Your tastebuds will thank you! For more information follow them on Facebook and Instagram. n

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