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Contributors Calendar of Events


Featuring Sioux Falls 30 A South Dakota Acoustic Christmas 32 26 Featuring Sioux Falls 10 Years of Curtain Calls


The Big Day Perfectly Matched


Sugar & Spice

Life Behind the Body


Weddings A Celebration of Love

Hair Trends How-To- Holiday-Hair


Fashion Trends Colors & Capes

Life The Attractive Listener

Happ y Holidays!

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Where to Shop Where to Dine Ruthie’s Steak and Seafood



Recipes Sweet Treats for Festive Holiday Entertaining


Auto Style Ladies and the Rides They Love


About the House Top Holiday Decor Trends

Travelogue Golf Vacations


Health Healthy Eating After the Holidays


Health A Proven Weight Loss Option

Home & Garden A Christmas Glory

Holidays 2012

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Life Balance Mommy and Me Health & Fitness Ready to Tri-It?

104 Health

Cutting-Edge Care

106 Health

Hearing Loss & Dementia

90 110 Cover Story

Amy Pankratz Wonder Woman

118 Authors Revealed

Angie Barth

120 What’s New

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Jesse Christen is a cum laude graduate of South Dakota State University with a BS degree in journalism. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, television news producer and a magazine writer. Besides his writing work, Jesse is a professional musician and guitar instructor here in Sioux Falls. He’s also a professional dog walker and pet sitter under the name the Happy Dog Walker. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Barbara, and dog, Hank.

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Lisa Skelton is blessed to be a stay-at-home mom. When she isn’t running kiddos, she loves

to write. Lisa has a journalism degree from SDSU. Her professional background includes producing and writing television news in Minneapolis and Sioux Falls, as well as radio marketing. Lisa and her husband, Jeffrey, have lived in Sioux Falls for ten years and have three children. She loves mommy-hood, traveling, boating, studying God’s Word and visiting the family farms ‘up north.’

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Margaret Pennock has called the Sioux Falls area home for the past 13 years and has

enjoyed it thoroughly. After graduating from Iowa State University with a Journalism degree, she has experienced a rewarding career including writing and producing for an advertising agency, marketing for a healthcare system and currently works as a Marketing Coordinator for Southeast Technical Institute. Margaret and her husband Marty have been blessed with two incredible children, Brandon and Amanda. She enjoys spending her free time reading, catching new flicks, attending her children’s activities and traveling with her family. Margaret Pennock

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Brianna Venekamp

Thea Miller Ryan studied medieval and renaissance history, art and architecture in Oxford, England. She lists Lake Como, Italy, as her favorite travel destination and she assisted in a study of nuisance black bears in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Thea’s travels and education have taken her to great distances but she still believes there’s no place like the grand prairies of South Dakota. Thea is the director of The Outdoor Campus, a nature center in Sertoma Park, where kids can get dirty outdoors and learn to fish, camp, hunt, kayak and canoe. In her spare time she enjoys writing and reading anything available and she volunteers for the South Dakota Festival of Books and The Big Read. Thea, her husband Tim, and daughter Maddy, spend family time traveling, gardening, geocaching and catching butterflies. Brianna Venekamp is a Sioux Falls native, and she earned her Bachelors degree in English and her Masters in Education, both from Augustana College. When she’s not teaching Language Arts and Reading to sixth graders at Patrick Henry Middle School, she enjoys spending time with her three children and husband, Jeff. She loves to read, write, listen to the soundtracks from Broadway musicals, take pictures and add stamps to her passport. Some of her favorite memories include — watching the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Henry V in London, sailing through Fjords in Norway, seeing the Eiffel Tower at night, watching Russian ballet in St. Petersburg, and studying Marine Biology in the Bahamas. Her new favorite hobby includes organizing her children’s photographs into albums and keeping their scrapbooks current.

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Holiday Jam with The Hegg Brothers Nov. 16 – Jan. 1, 2013 2012 Winter Wonderland 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. Falls Park (605) 336-1620 Admission - Free Thru Dec. 31 Bicycles: Life on Two Wheels Exhibit 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum (605) 367-4210 Admission - Free Nov. 22 – Jan. 1, 2013 Christmas at the Western Mall 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The Western Mall (605) 335-8000 Thru Jan. 31, 2013 LEGO Build-it! 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. South Dakota Robotics Engineering Studio (605) 371-1005 Admission - $3


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Nov. 23 Parade of Lights presented by CenturyLink 7:30 p.m. Downtown Sioux Falls (605) 338-4009 Admission Free Nov. 25 Swing Dance Lessons 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., open dance 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum (605) 367-4210 Admission - Free Nov. 27 Adoption Journey 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Bethany Christian Services (605) 336-6999 or visit Admission - Free Nov. 28 Mini Sports Camp 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. MariCar Community Center (605) 367-8222 to register by Nov. 26. Admission - $5

Dec. 1, 2 & Jan. 5, 6 Benson’s Flea Market Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds (605) 367-7178 Admission - $2 for adults Thru Dec. 22 Winter Farmers Market 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 8th & Railroad Center (605) 489-2651 Admission - Free Dec. 2 36th Annual Handel’s Messiah Concert 3 p.m. First Baptist Church (605) 336-6588 Admission - Free Dec. 2 Christmas is Here Concert Featuring Jill Miller 4 p.m. The Orpheum Theater (605) 275-2071 Admission - $15 Adults, Children and Groups $10

Dec. 3 Mommy Do-It-Yourself Workshop 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Kuehn Community Center – Oscar Howe Elementry School (605) 367-8222 Admission- Ages 18 and up - $16. Register by Nov. 28 Dec. 3 The Story Tour – A Musical Journey From Genesis to Revelation 7 p.m. Sioux Falls Arena (800) 745-3000 or visit Admission - $21.50, $26.50, $37, $77 (VIP) Dec. 4 American Cancer Society’s First Annual “Sips N Sweets” Wine, sweets & shopping 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Westward Ho Country Club (605) 323-3540 Admission $20 in advance $25 Day of event Dec. 6 Make the Most of Your Credit 7 p.m. Lutheran Social Services on E. 41st St. (605) 330-2700 Admission - $10

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service Monday, December 24th 5:00pm Sunday Worship


Westminster Presbyterian Church 26th St. & Bahnson Ave., Sioux Falls

Dec. 7 First Friday 10 a.m. Downtown Sioux Falls (605) 338-4009 Admission - Free Dec. 8 Fashionista 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central Baptist Church (605) 336-2978 Admission - $15 Dec. 8 Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers 7:30 p.m. Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center – Brandon Valley High School (605) 582-8039 Admission - $20 Dec. 8 Winter Wonderland Ball 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Historic Knights of Columbus Hall Admission - $10/person

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South Dakota Accoustic Christmas Dec. 9 Warm Up Sioux Falls A national effort to create afghans for families in need 1 p.m. Athena Fibers (605) 271-0741 or visit Admission - Free Dec. 11 The Little Lost Sock – Storytelling & Book Signing by Tom Roberts Proceeds benefit the Children’s Home Society 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Child’s Play – 233 S. Phillips Ave (605) 965-3138 or visit Admission - Free Dec. 12 - 24 Art Moms and Friends Holiday Boutique 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Park Place Center by Olive Garden and Fuddruckers (605) 351-4784, Join us on Facebook at Art Moms LLC Admission - Free Dec. 12 & 13 Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Super Heroes! Dec. 12 - 7 p.m., Dec. 13 -10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m. Sioux Falls Arena Call (605) 367-7288 or visit Admission - $17.50 - $52

Dec. 13 Sanford Promise Community Lecture Series The Science of Feeding the World 5:30 p.m. Sanford Center – Dakota Room 2301 East 60th Street-North (605) 312-6590 or (605) 312-6590 Dec. 15 Wynonna’s Rockin Christmas 9 p.m. Grand Falls Casino Resort (712) 777-7777, or visit Tickets can also be purchased at Grand Falls Casino Resort Gift Shop. Admission - $55, $50, & $45 Dec. 18 Mommy/Daddy and Me Christmas Craft 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Morningside Community Center, Harvey Dunn Elementary School (605) 367-8222 Admission - $5 Dec. 20 A South Dakota Acoustic Christmas 6:30 p.m. Dakota Theatre –Yankton (605) 665-4711 Admission - $25 in advance, $30 day of show

Dec. 21 & 22 A South Dakota Acoustic Christmas Dec. 21 - 7:30 pm, Dec. 22 - 2 pm & 7:30 pm Lorang Theatre – O’gorman High School (605) 367-6000, or visit Admission - $25 advance, $30 Day of Show Dec. 21 Anjelic 12 p.m. The Old Courthouse Museum (605) 367-4210 Admission - Free Dec. 31 5th Annual Champagne Ball – Masquerade Ball Theme Benefit for Make-A-Wish South Dakota 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Icon Lounge (605) 335-8000 Admission - $75/person Jan. 6 Gonna Get Wed Bridal Showcase 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sioux Falls Convention Center Pre-register at Admission $10 Jan. 12 It’s A Snow Day with Phil Baker 10:30 a.m. Lorang Theatre, O’Gorman High School For tickets, call (605) 444-9600, visit www.cchs. org, or purchase at the door. Admission - $5 Jan. 18 & 19 Winter Crazy Days 10 a.m. Downtown Sioux Falls Call (605) 338-4009 or visit Admission - Free holida y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N


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Jan. 19 Beat the Blues 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sertoma Butterfly House Call (605) 334-9466, or visit Admission - $3 age 3-4, $5.50 age 5-12, $8.50 adults Jan. 22 – 26 Sioux Empire Farm Show W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds Call (605) 336-1620, or visit

Cheer & Dance Championship *sponsored by Dakota Spirit

H January 26-27 H Sioux Falls Arena & Convention Center Featuring: Top Cheer & Dance Teams From The Five State Area

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Jan. 27 Professional Image Wedding Showcase 12 p.m. Grand Falls Casino Event Center (605) 334-0619 Admission - $5 Jan. 26 - 27 Valentine’s Classic Cheer & Dance Competition Hosted by Dakota Spirit Sioux Falls Arena & Convention Center (605) 373-0410 or visit Admission - $10 adults, $6 students 5 - 17, 4 & under free Feb. 7 It’s In the Bag – The Compass Center Annual Fundraiser 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Icon Lounge Admission - $20 (605) 339-0116

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A South Dakota Acoustic Christmas

A Holiday Favorite is Back For Another Year By Jill A. Funke • Photos courtesy of South Dakota Acoustic Christmas


South Dakota Acoustic Christmas is a wonderful and uplifting holiday concert that boasts a nineteen-year musical tradition in South Dakota. This talented group of nine regional musicians reflected back on their history to select some of their most-loved songs for their holiday tour.

“A South Dakota Acoustic Christmas is a family show, which started as a family entity that included two married couples,” Tour Manager Anna Marie Thatcher said. Members of the group were looking for an alternative to playing in local pubs, and they held their first concert at the Old Courthouse Museum in 1990. While the group took a three-year hiatus


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after their performance in 2008, they decided to reunite again this year before the departure of one player who will soon be relocating to New Orleans. The show consists of a wide variety of Christmas music, which showcases the personality of the group. Featured instruments include the violin, viola, acoustic guitar, traditional Irish drum, triangle, tin whistle, bells and a concerta. Thatcher says that all nine group members lend their voices, as well. This year, audiences are in for a special treat as renowned national guitarist and singer Michael Johnson, who recorded “Bluer Than Blue” and many other hits and performed many concerts in East River colleges in the 1980s, will join the group in presenting their unique take on the music of Christmas. While past performances have made the group very familiar with many venues in Sioux Falls, this year, the players will grace the stage of the new Lorang Theatre at O’Gorman High School. These holiday performances are sponsored by Augustana College, with proceeds to benefit the Augustana Arts Fund that provides support for students of music, theatre and visual arts. A South Dakota Acoustic Christmas performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Dakota Theatre in Yankton and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, and Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Lorang Theatre at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. There will also be a performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Lorang Theatre at O’Gorman High School. For ticket information, visit boydbristow. com/sdac/index.html. SFW

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10 Years of Curtain Calls

Sioux Empire Community Theatre Celebrates 10th Anniversary with a Six-Show Season By Jesse Christen • Photos Couresy of S.E.C .T.


t’s been a great decade at Sioux Empire Community Theatre. To celebrate 10 years in Sioux Falls, Sioux Empire Community Theatre (SECT) is launching its most ambitious season with six plays scheduled through June 2013. Patrick Pope, SECT’s managing director, says the 2012-2013 season offers something for everyone. From family-friendly titles to shows that are adult in theme, there’s something to please all tastes. In order to make the shows available to everyone in the community, every producChicago tion costs only $5 to attend. “This way a family of four can attend for only $20,” Pope says. The season started in October with the Tennessee Williams classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The second offering is the familyfriendly classic The Hobbit. The play is presented in the Anne Zabel Studio Theatre, which offers audiences a How I Became a Pirate 360-degree view. “The set design and special effects will blow the kids away,” Pope says. Next is The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. It features three actors who do all of Shakespeare’s works in 90 minutes, complete with costume changes and On Golden Pond gender-bending roles. Besides the and will be one the community regular Anne Zabel Studio perforwill be proud to see. mances, there’s also a special New And You’re a Good Man, Year’s Eve performance at the Sioux A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Charlie Brown will close out the Falls Convention Center. No Sex Please, We’re British is something a little different for Anne Zabel Studio performances. Pope says the play offers the the theatre, Pope says. This British farce comedy features loads of perfect chance for audiences young and old to enjoy the familiar miscommunication and a host of other slapstick comedy devices Peanuts characters along with the great music. Since SECT is a community organization, all plays are open to that will make audiences roll with laughter. anyone who auditions for acting or behind the scenes roles. “This one is a non-stop set of hilarious action,” Pope says. “It’s so much fun here,” Pope says about all the casts and volThe famous Wizard of Oz will close out the main stage prounteers that make up each production. “They’re giving up their ductions at the Orpheum. Pope says the production will be the largest the group has tackled. It includes a host of special effects time to be here and it just fuels you to have a great time. And we 26

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have wonderful group of community and corporate sponsors that keep us going.” SECT also offers a large variety of community workshops for both adults and children. The group offers education for acting and stage production skills. For more on the Sioux Empire Community Theatre, including the full schedule of play and workshop times and dates, see, or call (695) 360-4800. All performances are held at the Orpheum Theatre complex located at 315 N. Phillips Ave.

2012-2013 Sioux Empire Community Theatre Play Schedule: Main Stage:

No Sex Please, We’re British By Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott This production contains adult themes. Performances: Feb. 15 – March 3 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.)

The Wizard of Oz Book by L. Frank Baum Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company Performances: May 3 – May 19 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.)

Hello Sparkle

Anne Zobel Stage: The Hobbit Based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien Performances: Nov. 29 – Dec. 9 2012 (Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m.)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare By Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield This production contains adult themes. Performances Jan. 17 – Jan. 27 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.)

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Adapted by Clark Gesner (Book, Lyrics, and Music) Based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles Schultz Performances: June 10 – June 23 (Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m.) SFW

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The Attractive Listener

How Listening Can Lead to Better Relationships and Make You Smarter By: Lisa Skelton


ave you ever been introduced to someone and then you can’t remember his or her name seven seconds later? You know you heard their name, but you weren’t really listening. Hearing is not the same as listening. True listening requires active mental, physical and emotional involvement. Your surroundings, the person speaking, or anxiety about making conversation can all be distractions. Most people don’t know


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how to listen. Reading and writing are taught in school, but you most likely never attended listening class. Private Practice Counselor Lyn Collver, MS, LPC-MH, QMHP, NCC says being a good listener starts with wanting to listen. “An attractive listener is one who is present, attentive, makes eye contact and treats you like you are the most important person in the world.” When you’re listening, you’re investing time in the person speaking. That means

no multi-tasking! You aren’t folding the laundry, your cell phone is not at hand and the television is off. “Do not be thinking of what you’re going to say to the person speaking,” says Bobbi Rysdon, a counselor at Lighting a New Way Counseling Services. “You shouldn’t even be thinking about that. There’s a nice flow to conversation. It can be easy or it can be extremely difficult. If you want to be a good listener, you have to cultivate the skills.”

Skills for being a good listener: • Keep eye contact. • Pay attention and focus on the person speaking. • Don’t multi-task. • Don’t be worried about what you are going to say next. Sometimes no response is better. • Be quiet and don’t control where the conversation is going. • Be compassionate and sensitive to what the person speaking is saying. • Clear your mind of your own ideas People perceive intelligence in those who speak well. On the flip side, listening well is the key to wisdom. “Even though it takes sincere effort and lots of patience, when people know that they are being heard, they tend to share amazing things that you are now privy to,” Collver says. “Friendships deepen, relationships grow sweeter, families become more intimate and connected.” Listening is educational, but it requires hard work and self-discipline. People like other people who listen well. Swap around the letters in the word “listen” and they make the word “silent.” Being quiet and thoughtful is rare and can lead to better relationships in life. “You allow another human to touch you with words,” Rysdon says. “You are touching that person’s life. The words might be life-changing and you’re tuning into them. Be sensitive to the person talking so that the words you say to them are relevant and in some way may bless this person. We never know who is going to say something that is going to be an epiphany in our lives. If you’re not paying attention to the words, you’ll miss it completely.”

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Behind the Body

How Body Fitness Competitors Command the Stage with Polish and Grace By Margaret Pennock • Photos by Festive Studios Photography


odybuilding competitions used to bring to mind images of big, beefy guys that had more muscles than they knew what to do with. But in recent years, women have embraced the fitness world, and it is becoming increasingly popular for them to compete on stage alongside the guys. According to local fashion designer and Elizabeth Kate Design owner Kate Warkenthien, “There are different divisions that women can compete in, including Bikini, Figure, Physique and Body Building. Each division requires a different fitness level that gets increasingly muscular and more defined.” Kate works with professional trainer and bodybuilding athlete Brandan Fokken to help polish his clientele for competitions. “The athletes are doing all the hard work in the gym and I’m helping them with the other things that will get them noticed,” Warkenthien says. This includes a perfect airbrush tan, stage makeup, hair, learning how to exude a confident, sexy stage presence and wearing a custom-designed bikini. “The impact of the competitor’s bikini is a huge deal,” she says. “They’re made to accentuate the competitor’s body and all the hard work they’ve put in at the gym. The fit is really


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important and the design is totally different than a regular swimsuit. I use special fabric that I got in New York because it’s not available here. The bikini is basically their evening gown, so it’s extremely important that it makes a great first impression for the judge.”

A pageant pro, Warkenthien has competed in Miss South Dakota Teen USA and is currently preparing for Miss South Dakota USA. “This will be my sixth year competing in pageants,” she says. “I’m not really athletic so this was my sport. I did it all through high school and it’s been my passion, so I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others.”

Warkenthien works with approximately 35 competitors in the Sioux Falls and Minneapolis areas. “The night before show day, I start to work with my clientele,” she says. “I airbrush two coats of special competition color, which is a super deep tone that works to show their definition. On Saturday morning, we do a touch up on their tan and we finish up with hair and makeup. After that, Brandan and I help them on their stage routine and then it’s up to them.” Visit Kate Warkenthien’s Facebook page at www.facebook. com/ElizabethKateDesign to view competition photos. SFW holida y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N



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Perfectly Matched

Online Dating Brings Two Together By Megan Brandsrud • Photos by Finished Vision Photography


elly and Rory were both looking for that someone special when Rory came across Kelly’s profile on in June 2011. He knew immediately that he had to talk to her. After comparing schedules, Kelly and Rory planned to meet for coffee one afternoon. Despite some initial nervousness on Kelly’s part, the coffee date went better than planned. “The date ended up turning into a nine-hour affair as we ended up going for a walk, having drinks, and going for pizza,” Kelly says. “It was the best first date!” After their initial date, Kelly and Rory soon became a couple and were spending as much time together as possible. “We joke that I knew three hours into our first date when he kissed my hand as he excused himself from the table that he was ‘the one,’” Kelly says. “In reality, the desire to know as much as we could about each other grew from the moment we first met in person, and the desire to never be without each other grew over the next few months.” Fairly early in their relationship, Rory had told Kelly that he wanted to propose by the end of the year. At the time, it had seemed far off, but as November rolled around, Kelly wondered if it was actually a real possibility. The couple had looked at rings online a few times, but whenever Kelly mentioned going to a store to look 34

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together, it never seemed to happen. As it turns out, Rory had his own plans in the works. When the couple was with Kelly’s family for Thanksgiving, Rory asked Kelly’s father and brother for permission to marry her. After receiving their approval, he ordered a ring that he had been designing at a jewelry store. And on Dec. 15, 2012, Rory asked Kelly to walk with him through the Christmas lights at Falls Park, where he ultimately popped the question, and Kelly said, “yes.” The newly-engaged couple decided on a June wedding, so Kelly quickly dove into wedding planning. “The planning was both exciting and stressful,” Kelly says. “If

it wouldn’t have been for my mom, who spent countless hours shopping, designing centerpieces and keeping me calm, I don’t know if we could have pulled the wedding off!” Everything turned out perfectly, and Rory and Kelly became Mr. and Mrs. LaValliere on June 30, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, S.D. Kelly and Rory each had five attendants. The wedding color was blue, with silver and cream-colored accents. The style of the wedding had a vintage theme, with centerpieces designed to look like old mercury glass and lighting at the reception provided only by candles. “We tried to include as many personal and unique touches to the wedding as possible,” Kelly says. “In my bouquet, I car-

ried five photos in mini frames of our grandparents who had passed away. We had a candle lighting ceremony that included the entire congregation lighting individual candles that then lit the candles Rory and I used to light the unity candle. It signified that marriage is not only the union of two people, but also the union of two groups of families and friends who support, love and bless the couple. We also kept our own candles lit at the end of the ceremony to signify our own individuality and the qualities that we bring to our marriage.”

After the wedding, the newlyweds took a weekend trip to the Twin Cities as a getaway. They are thinking of taking more of a vacation around their first anniversary, maybe to visit Kelly’s brother who was just stationed in England. As for married life? After moving in together after the wedding, the couple quickly adjusted to their new lifestyle and they couldn’t be happier. “During the wedding planning, it’s important to focus on the big picture—the fact that in the end you will be married to your best friend, and that is all that really matters,” Kelly says. “Married life is wonderful.” SFW

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A gift Of Himalayan Joy for those close to you – and 2,400 families in Napal Purchase lokta bark paper for our gift sets has made a huge difference to families in Napal. With income from papermaking, 2,400 families can live better– buy food and clothing, repair their homes, send their children to school. Bring joy to everyone on your list with Aveda gift sets and gift certificates. From family to friends – from head to toe – our naturally derived gifts have got you covered.

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Enhance, Revitalize and Love

Your Look!

BodySculpting Day Spa Firms, Tones and Softens Skin with Rejuvenating Anti-Aging Technology


ome of the innovative French Biogenie Body Contouring system, BodySculpting Day Spa in Sioux Falls has revolutionized the health and beauty industry with a non-invasive treatment that delivers agedefying results. Jessica Albers, the newly crowned 2012 Miss South Dakota USA from Yankton, has become a loyal client after experiencing “instant results.” She shares, “One of the girls who was a previous Miss South Dakota USA used Biogenie to prepare and she recommended it. I wanted to be at my best when I was competing, so I too used Biogenie”. Jessica also models on the side and has received numerous compliments from her agency. “They’ve noticed how firm and youthful my skin is as well as its great texture. In the fashion world, that’s very important and this treatment has really helped keep that young youthful look for me.”

“I have no desire to go under the knife or have something injected into my skin. Using Biogenie I have a more even skin texture and tighter skin with no other side effects. It gives me peace of mind because my skin looks great and I know I’m doing something good for my body.” ~ Jessica Albers

The only spa in the region to offer Biogenie treatments, results from this innovative therapy have been phenomenal for many women in the Sioux Falls’ region. The treatment not only helps to reshape and sculpt the body by flushing out toxins and reducing the appearance of cellulite, it also offers an incredible non-surgical facelift with the Bio-Visage facial treatment. For Linda in rural Sioux Falls, undergoing Bio-Visage facial treatments has been a wonderful and uplifting experience. “I had injured my hand pretty severely and after four months of rehabilitation, I looked older than my age,” Linda says. “I wanted to tone up my face and revive my appearance, so I scheduled some treatments. My friends’ reactions were amazing. After I had three treatments, I was out with my girlfriends for a birthday party. My friend said ‘What have you done? You look ten years younger!’ This has really built my confidence and self-esteem.” In addition to Biogenie treatments, BodySculpting Day Spa also offers a full menu of spa services, select European skincare products and exclusive mineral makeup. According to owner and Biogenie technologist Angie Lindskov, “Holidays and special occasions are the perfect time to give a gift certificate, gift basket or new packaged services for the special woman in your life. Everyone loves a gift of health and pampering.” If you would like more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Body Sculpting Day Spa at 605.977.BODY (2639) or visit them online at their website:

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ASK ABOUT EVENT CATERING AND GIFT CARDS FOR THE HOLIDAYS Experience Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch in a beautifully restored atmosphere. Sunday Brunch at 10am • Live Music Sunday Evenings Mon- Thur 11am-Midnight • Fri - Sat 11am-2am • Sunday 10am - Midnight 214 Phillips Avenue • Downtown • 332-5333

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How-To-Holiday-Hair By Brianna Venekamp


Chignon (pronounced shin-yon) is an elegant, easily achieved alternative to a ponytail.

“Chignon” is the French word for bun, but the term is not interchangeable. A Chignon is considered more traditional and formal. It’s worn low on your head, and it contains the entire length of your hair. While buns are always wrapped around themselves, a Chignon isn’t. They may simply be tucked under or built around a central piece, such as a central pin, tiara, or other hair accessory. Here’s how to achieve this classic style:

1. Start by brushing your hair

smoothly from the nape up to the crown and brush the top and sides up and back to the crown.

donut). Pull the gathered hair through the hole in the form and spread the hair evenly over the form. If you don’t have a form, you can simply brush the hair together at the desired location on the head, band the hair, and then separate the hair evenly to form a bun.

Chignon: A Simple yet elegant alternative to 2. Clasp the hair firmly and secure it with a hair band. the ponytail! Model & Style Tips by Agape Salon & Spa 3. Use the aid of a form (resembles a Photos by Susan DeWitte Photography

4. After the hair has been placed in the

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shape of the chignon, use hairpins and a light layer of hairspray to set the style.

Stewart School Model: Alexa Stylist: Carla

Holiday Mai-Ties …For Your Hair?! Model & Style Tips by Professional Image Salon Photos by Julie Prairie Photography

You may be familiar with the drink, but what about the hairstyle? This great style is easier to achieve than it looks.

NV Studio Salon Model: Jasmine Stylist: Julia

How to style a mai-ties:

1. Section a 1.5 x 1 section of hair at

the top of your head, basically creating a small rectangle that is longer lengthwise than width.

2. Divide that section in ½ just like you

are going to tie a shoelace. Start with the section in your right hand, and literally tie your hair, going over the top, three times.

3. Take the hair in the left hand, come

behind the part you just tied, grab the two “tails” and then pull and secure the rest of the hair directly to your head.

You can experiment with the location (one on top of your head can look like a headband), just keep in mind that the smaller the sections of hair you use, the tighter it will be. After you have your mai-tie, either put the rest of your hair up for a more formal look or let it remain down to be causal. Rainn Salon & Day Spa Model: Kim • Stylist: Keena holida y 2012 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N




Winter Fashion Trends 2012

Colors and Capes By Brianna Venekamp

“Military chic” is popular this winter, with an emphasis on strong, confident looks for women. Colors such as olive green, navy, dark red and purple are the favorites for this style. When selecting a shade, find one that suits your skin tone. Brick reds look great on darker complexions, while bluish plums suit those with fair skin. Neutrals always pair well, but also try mixing wine colors with mustard, cobalt and emerald green for an especially chic look. Head-to-toe patterns, particularly floral, were a trend on the catwalks this season. Modern cuts and fabrics make them look cute and not at all dated.

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You’ll see a whole gamut of capes this season. If you don’t feel daring enough to rock the full-length or even half-length versions, opt for more of a shawl or Capelet, one that merely covers your shoulders. These appear more sophisticated and elegant, due to the minimal amount of fabric flowing below the chest area.

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Knitted scarves are always in fashion. Their secret is simple – they are versatile and always look appropriate. Wear them over your coat for a decorative look, or under your coat for just a touch of embellishment to your winter look as it peeks through your collar.

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Gunderson’s Jewelers

The Bridges at 57th & Western (605) 338-9060 Nambe Classic Copper Kurl Centerpiece Price: $225

Harold’s Photo Experts Metal Ornaments Share your images this holiday season with our new metal ornaments. Available in two stylish shapes with many two-sided designs. Price: $19.99

Eiler’s Furs

The Bridges at 57th & Western 5005 S. Western Ave. Ste. 140 (605) 335-6021 Handmade fur slippers and moccasins are perfect for the winter season. Baby to Adult sizes available. Prices start at $32.00


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Stewart School

604 N. West Ave. (605) 336-2775 Sebastian hair care Shampoos, Conditioners, styling & finishing products.  Prices start at $12.96

The Economy Shop

Mahlander’s Appliance & Lighting

1308 Main St. Rock Valley, Iowa (712) 476-5531 Rock Revival Jeans Prices & Selections can’t be beat. Men’s and young men’s styles available The brand name jeans you can find at The Buckle, only at much better prices! Prices vary.

130 N. Minnesota Ave. (605) 336-7798 • This Menlo Park chandelier is just one example of our huge selection of unique and stylish lighting. Its hand-worked iron frame and historic pressed clear glassware will set the fashion tone for your room! Prices vary.

Arthur Johnson Shoes

41st & Kiwanis Ave. (605) 334-5751 Warm, comfortable and cute Haflinger “Bellissima” wool felt slippers. In silver or earth tones. Price: $99.95

The Willow Tree Unique Gifts and Primitives

824 W. 10th St. (605) 335-5978 • One-of-a-kind, festive oil burners in many colors and designs. Oil warmers: $9.95-$19.95; Scented oils: $1.85-$4.95

Handy Man Plumbing Superstore

The Diamond Room

3501 W. 57th Street Sioux Falls, SD 57108 605.362.0008 • “The Ti Sento collection offers the utmost eye for detail and a flair for design making it easy to find the perfect accessory.” Prices Vary

910 E. 10th St. (605) 336-0316 Hands-Free Convenience! MotionSense reacts to simple hand movements to help make everyday routines faster and easier. Prices start at $350.

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Shop Young and Richard’s Floral and Gift 222 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 336-2815 • Back by popular demand, Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies—Everyone’s favorite stocking stuffer! Price for Gift Box of 3: $6.99

First Impressions

775 10th St., Hwy 18 Rock Valley, Iowa (712) 476-2945 Glass tabletop trees in a variety of sizes and accent shimmers. Elegently Simple. Prices: $16- $42

Nearly New, Barely Used Uniform Consignment

801 N. Cliff Ave. (605) 274-3464 • Gently used uniforms and scrubs for men and women. All sizes. Numerous Holiday prints, fun prints and solids. Surgical caps, retractable name badges, pen lights, bandage scissors. Great stocking stuffers! New arrivals daily. Prices average $8

Try It Again! Consignment Store 2101 W. 41st St. (Western Mall) (605) 362-9000 Vintage Coach Purses in many colors! Many new Coach purses and wallets available also. Prices start at $20.


325 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 332-7151 Breathtaking, modern designs for today’s women! Sterling silver with Drusy quartz from Frederic Duclos silver extraordinaire.

Kids Stuff Super Store

3109 S. Carolyn Ave. (605) 361-8636 • Cozy Hottie. Microwave inner pillow to enjoy a lovely warm cuddle.  Fragranced with soothing lavender!  Great for stuffy noses!  Price: $12.99

Prairie Berry Winery

23837 Hwy. 385 PO Box 8 Hill City, S.D. (605) 574-3898 x213 877-226-9453 • Prairie Berry’s Wine Club Be a part of a five-generation tradition of amazing South Dakota wine. Our best wine, VIP treatment and discounts. Price is free - no cost to join.

NV Studio Salon

106 W. 11th St. (605) 838-9134 • John Masters Organics. Products that get unsurpassed results using only natural ingredients. Unique and thoughtful holiday gifts that everyone will love! Prices start at $14.

Stride Rite

2425 S. Shirley Ave. #108 (605) 362-7728 It’s getting cold outside so it’s time to get a head wrap. Excellent Christmas gift ideas!  Price $16.99 & $17.99

reFined A Consignment Studio

1108 W. Cedar, Suite 3 Beresford, S.D. (605) 763-8066 Men’s and Women’s North Face and goosedown Columbia Coats Price Range - $78-$95


where to

Riddle’s Jewelry

Corner of 41st & Louise (605) 361-0911 A stunning sapphire is sure to knock her socks off for the holidays! The sultry blue stone is shown here in a designer ring by Parade. Sapphire selection starts under $100. Ring shown is under $3,000.


4101 N. Hainje Ave. (605) 334-9727 This island seats four and features a distressed, painted finish. The granite top adds beauty, as well as function, with a large work surface. It’s certain to be the center piece of your kitchen! See us for all of your home’s custom cabinetry. Prices vary.

Eddy Joy Baby Boutique

Resale Living

3126 S. Minnesota Avenue (Corner of 40th & Minnesota) Sioux Falls (605) 929-3103 Locally handcrafted, 10 drawer custom-made dresser Price: $649

The Bridges at 57th & Western 5005 S. Western Ave. (605) 275-0014 Begin your Christmas Tradition with “The Magical Tale of Santa Dust”. Includes book and pouch with Santa Dust. Price $24.95

South Dakota Art Museum

936 Medary Ave. Brookings, S.D. (605) 688.5423 Stay warm and fashionable with scarves from around the world! Pashmina scarves are on sale. Price: $8

Belle Touché Salon & Day Spa

Bridges at 57th & Western 5005 S. Western Ave. Suite 180 (605) 275-6200 Give joy to everyone on your list with love from nature. You can also create your own customized gifts or choose gift certificates in any amount you want. Pre-made gift prices range from $17-$ 76.50

Bella Boutique

Dakota Vision Center

5012 S. Bur Oak Place Sioux Falls (605) 361-1680 • The best looking reader ever! MauiReaders enable you to read anything under the sun - maps, menus, cell phones - with ease and style. Available in add powers of +1.50, +2.00, +2.50 Price $219.00

The Bridges at 57th & Western 5009 S. Western Ave. Sioux Falls 335-2295 Find us on Facebook: bellaboutique west des moines Get the glitz on with great statement jewelry and shimmery scarves at Bella Boutique. Price ranges $20.00 - $50.00


1725 W. 41st St. (605) 332-4400 CONTEMPORARY MEDIA MIX Clean lines blend with sleek stainless steel, supple leather and luxurious mohair to give a contemporary look & feel to this unique chair. Step out of the box and make YOUR design statement! Prices vary.


2425 S. Shirley Ave. (605) 274-2882 Rebecca Minkoff - Penny For Your Thoughts coin purse and Toluca Suede Boots by Splendid. Prices: Coin purse $55.00; Boots - $158.00 

Forget me Not Gift Boutique

The Bridges at 57th & Western 5005 S. Western Ave. Suite 110 (605) 335-9878 • A Holiday Tradition. Add to your Peggy Karr Glass Collection for this Holiday season. Many designs to choose from.  Prices vary.

You’ve Been Framed

Bridges at 57th & Western (605) 361-9229 • Holiday Hobo handbags. Elegant and Sassy. Prices start at $64


where to

Visions Eye Care & Vision Therapy Center

106 W. 69th St. (605) 274.6717 • Ogi eyewear is quickly becoming an industry leader in the fashion optical market due to their constant commitment to high-quality, on-trend designs and unprecedented price points. Prices start at $195

Riddle’s Jewelry

The Galleria at 41st and Louise (605) 361.0911 • Stunning 1ct Radiant Fancy Light Yellow diamond set in 18kt two-tone gold with 1/2cttw melee diamond accents. Price: $17,141

My Current Obsession

212 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 336-3224 • Add a little humor to your holidays! Box signs: Prices start at $18

Country ‘N More

6201 S. Old Village Place Heather Ridge (605) 361-9697 Hot sellers of the Season! Lit, handpainted crackle glass jars. Assorted designs. Lit inspirational light boxes with interchangeable quotes. Prices vary.

Rainn Salon & Spa

Bridges at 57th & Western 5119 S. Western Ave. Suite 160 (605) 521-5099 Maximize your volume potential for your Holiday celebrations. Mix and match gift sets available. Travel sizes make great stocking stuffers! Prices start at $7

Schopperts Piano Gallery

1020 E. 41st St. (605) 339-6023 - Direct (763) 486-8911 - Cell The perfect Grand Piano for the Holiday Season! We have a select number of Blak RX-Series Kawai Grands and Baby Grands. We also carry Steinway, Boston, & Essex pianos. Give the gift that can be passed on from generation to generation. Prices vary, Special Holiday Pricing/ Financing Available)

Bridges Chiropractic

5015 S Western Ave Ste 160 (605) 271-8160 • These whole food supplements are a great combination for joint health and maintenance. For more recommendations, contact us! Prices vary

The French Door

4819 South Louise Ave. Sioux Falls 332-8841 A beautiful floor length taffeta gown by Watters Bridal is perfect for your formal occasion. Exclusively at The French Door Price: $230

Granite Accents, Inc.

Raymonds Jewelers

2821 W. 6th St. (605) 338-4088 • Granite Lazy Susan with pastry cloth.  A great gift idea.  Price: $98

206 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 338-7550 The latest trend...Black Diamond Necklaces. A Must See to appreciate their beauty and sparkle.  22 - 45 carats.  Prices vary.

Dakota Spirit

3910 W. 59th St. (605) 373 0414 Your one stop SPIRIT shop! Cheer Bows, t shirts, Cheer pix & more! Prices vary

University of Sioux Falls

1101 W. 22nd St. Shop for new and used textbooks, as well as USF-themed gifts and apparel. Prices vary


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

Minerva’s Restaurant and Bar 301 S. Phillips Ave. 334-0386 Cuisine: American, seafood, steaks For 30 years, Minervas has set the standard in Sioux Falls for service and food. Fresh fish, streaks, pasta, and an award-winning salad bar.

Tweeter’s Bar & Grill 1027 Hwy. 71S Okoboji, IA (712) 332-9421 Complete lunch and dinner menu, as well as catering for any event large or small. Order one of the famous Tweeter’s burgers with peanut butter.

Attic Bar and Grill 4601 E. 41st St. 275-4600 Cuisine: Pub food Sandwiches, burgers, salads, pasta, kid menu and full bar.

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

K 401 E. Eighth St., Suite 128 8th and Railroad 336-3315 Cuisine: American Chef Kristina Kuehn’s menu is small in size, but big in fine-dining choices. Weekly specials for a special occasion or fine-dining experience. Grille 26 by Minerva’s 26th Street and Western Avenue 444-1716 Cuisine: American Come to Grille 26 for authentic pastas, specialty pizzas, gourmet salads, sandwiches, kabobs and steaks on a constantly-evolving menu. Crawford’s Bar & Grill 214 S. Phillips Ave. 332-5333 Cuisine: American Steaks, tableside s’mores, fish specials, appetizers, full bar with wide selection of wines, beers and scotch.


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Tre Lounge 601 W. 33rd St. 274-7017 Cuisine: American Thick-crust pizzas, flatbreads, steaks, seafoods, salads. Parker’s 210 S. Main Ave. 275-7676 Cuisine: Italian, New Orleans and French Open for lunch and dinner with a fresh menu of pastas, fish and more in the historic Ballard building in downtown Sioux Falls. Queen City Bakery 201 N. Weber Ave. (Near 8th Street, downtown Sioux Falls) 274-6060 Cuisine: Bakery/Coffee Shop Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, biscotti, scones, muffins, quiche, brownies, coffee cake, coffee and tea.

Wild Sage Grill 300 N. Cherapa Place, Suite 102 274-1667 Cuisine: American Fine dining experience with dishes ranging from organic salads to locally-raised elk, buffalo, beef and wild seafood. Pomegranate Market – Pom Bistro 4815 S. Louise Ave. 275-0200 Cusine: Bistro Healthy, mindful food. Freshly prepared to give a nutritious lift to your day. A wonderful combination of nutrition and flavor. A Taste of the Big Apple Larson Square at 600 N. Main Ave. 339-2400 Cuisine: New York pizza Big Apple pizzas feature all fresh ingredients on pizzas and some amazing pasta dishes. Try The New Yorker, The Original, or the Jersey Junker with all the toppings. Big Apple also offers a gluten-free crust option. Fuji Sushi and Hibachi 2801 W. 41st St. 275-1388 Cuisine: Hibachi grill and sushi Fun entertainment around the hibachi grill with chefs creating meals. Also, separate seating for those wanting sushi, sashimi or sushi rolls. Nucci’s Italian Bistro and Gelato The Bridges at 57th 5005 S. Western Ave. 362-1444 Cuisine: Italian Bistro. Nucci’s Italian owner offers gelato, Italian ice, Italian coffee, desserts, paninis, Italian sodas, homemade soups, pasta and salads and gluten free options.



Steak and Seafood Grand Falls Casino’s Finest Dining

verything in Grand Falls Casino appears to match the word in the title – “grand.” Ruthie’s Steak and Seafood, one of three restaurants in the casino, serves up a grand surprise – elegant dining in the midst of Iowa fields. Ruthie’s elegance is relaxing and comfortable – an excellent choice for a special occasion or a night of Vegas-style fun with friends.

Ruthies Steak & Seafood Grand Falls Casino Resort 1415 Grand Falls Blvd • Larchwood, Iowa Steak and seafood top the menu choices, but their featured grilled Berkshire pork tenderloin is mouth watering. It is accompanied by a winter vegetable hash and cherry port compote. Another favorite menu choice is the panseared halibut on a bed of ratatouille, served with a citrus buerre blanc sauce, a reduction sauce of wine vinegar and shallots, cooked with butter and beaten into a thick and foamy sauce. The restaurant features a full bar, wine selections to pair with any entrée and a spirited assortment of cocktails, including John’s Mason Dixon, created by one of their own bartenders that is a mix of Maker’s Mark, freshly squeezed lemon juice and maple syrup.

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Guests of Ruthie’s also have the opportunity to join the Ruthie’s Dining Club, which offers a first look at new menu items, notifications of upcoming events plus special offers for birthdays and anniversaries. It’s grand, fine dining at Ruthie’s in Grand Falls Casino, just over the Iowa border in Larchwood.

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Holiday Entertaining!

Candy Cane Blossoms Recipe from Hershey’s 1 bag Hershey’s Kisses brand Candy Cane Kisses 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 egg 2 cups all purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons milk Red and Green colored sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove wrappers from candies (approx. 35) Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternatively with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in red and/or green colored sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 - 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookies is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Yield: approximately 35 cookies.

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels 1 (16 oz) bag pretzel twists ⅔ cup vegetable oil ½ cup sugar 2 tsp cinnamon Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Pour pretzels into a roasting pan. In a medium sized bowl mix together vegetable oil, cinnamon and sugar. Pour over pretzels and stir to coat. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, removing twice to stir. 60

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Homemade Caramels 1 Tbsp. butter 4 c white sugar 2 c  karo syrup ½ t. salt 1 qt. whipping cream 1 lg can evaporated milk 1 T. vanilla 1 c chopped walnuts (optional) Generously butter two cookie sheets. In a very large pot {if it’s not 6 quarts or larger, half the recipe}, mix sugar, syrup, salt and 2 cups of the cream together on medium low; bring to a boil stirring full time. Gradually stir in the remaining 2 cups of cream, stirring constantly. Bring to boil again and add the evaporated milk, slowly. Cook to the firm ball stage (232 degrees). Remove from heat and add the vanilla and nuts. Pour into your greased pans and let stand for 24 hours Cut into rectangles and wrap in cellophane or wax paper, twisting the ends.

Candy Cane Punch Recipe from Taste of Home 2 jars (10 ounces each) strawberry jelly 2 liters lemon-lime soda, divided 2 quarts peppermint stick ice cream Miniature candy canes (optional) In a large saucepan, melt jelly with 2 cups soda. Chill the jelly mixture and remaining soda. Just before serving, place 6 cups ice cream in a punch bowl. Gently stir in jelly mixture. Add remaining soda. Add remaining ice cream by scoopfuls. Garnish with candy canes hanging on outside of punch bowl, if desired. Yield: 3-1/2 quarts. SFW holida y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N


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Ladies and the Rides They Love By Jill Funke • Photos by Hauschildt’s Photography

2012 BMW X5 When she knew she was getting close to exceeding the mileage allowance on her previous vehicle, Shelly Johnson considered her past experiences with Luxury Auto Mall of Sioux Falls and felt confident that she could go to the dealership for a solution. She needed an all-wheel drive vehicle, and she preferred to sit up high while driving. Luxury Auto Mall of Sioux Falls presented Johnson with a 2012 BMW X5, which she favored for its keyless entry and start, rearview camera, built-in navigation and satellite radio. Of her experiences behind the wheel, Johnson says, “My favorite feature is the handling and responsiveness this vehicle offers. I feel very safe driving the X5.”

2012 Ford F-150 The 2012 Ford F-150 was the vehicle selected by Dawn Lydic when she and her husband were in the market for a new vehicle. Turning to Sioux Falls Ford, Lydic was immediately impressed by her salesperson for his careful listening of their needs and willingness to stay after regular business hours to set up all of the vehicle’s features. The F-150 offered the payload capacity that Lydic needed, as well as rearview sensors, Bluetooth, extendable side steps, and storage. In addition to the other features she appreciates, Lydic adds, “The overall ride is very comfortable and it’s quiet. That was important for long trips.”


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2012 Ford Fusion Facing a long commute to work, Abbie Coffey found herself in the market for a fuel-efficient vehicle and subsequently became the owner of a 2012 Ford Fusion. Coffey considered her needs and determined that the cold South Dakota winter climate made heated leather seats a requirement. Other features caught her attention, including Ford’s Sync system, as Coffey explains, “I like Sync for its additional bluetooth features with my iPhone. I can sync my music or practice Spanish with my Rosetta Stone app from my phone, which is nice for the long commute.” Coffey also lists her dealership as a benefit, as according to her, “Sioux Falls Ford shows they truly care about the customer.” SFW

Keeping you on the trail of life.

Dr. Josh Schroeder, D.C. & Dr. Theo Davidson, D.C.

5015 S Western Ave #160 (located in Bridges at 57th Mall)


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Golf Vacations Hit The Links Or Watch The Pros By Thea Miller Ryan


f you like to play golf or if you like to watch golf, a golf vacation is a sunny way to warm up in the winter. Golfing vacation possibilities are plentiful. From Arizona to the east coast, there are more options than golf balls on the shelves at Austad’s. Rae Gene Larson of AAA Travel in Sioux Falls said that if she gets a call from someone wanting to book a golf trip to Arizona, it’s usually a group of men wanting to get away for a long weekend in the winter. But, if the call is for a golfing vacation in Florida, she knows it’s a family trip. “There is so much golfing close to Disney or Busch Gardens,” she said. “If dad wants to take off and golf, mom and the kids can drive to Disneyworld.” For family golf vacations, Orlando, Tampa or Fort Meyers are all excellent choices. “Fort Meyers has the beach for the family, Orlando has Disneyworld, SeaWorld and Universal Studios, and Tampa is only an hour and half from Orlando,” Larson said. Packages are available for families who want to try this kind of vacation, and round trip flights to Orlando are frequent and affordable. Families can choose from luxury hotels to more affordable spots, and golf course choices are plentiful as well. The 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus signature golf at the Grand Cypress Golf Club are unforgettable, or Condé Nast Magazine’s top 100 golf resort, The ChampionsGate in Orlando is another spectacular option. Susan Metz, Sioux Falls, said her family of five went to an Orlando golf resort with unlimited golfing on three courses. “We had tee times booked for the crack of dawn each morning,” Metz said. “The pro shop was surprised to see us show up for our tee times because they were in the middle of a cold snap and it was in the upper 30s that time of the morning. We waited for the frost to thaw off the greens, dressed in layers and had a blast, she said.


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“The best part of family vacation golf is spending time together all doing something we love. It is exciting to see different courses and experience the nature of the area,” Metz said. Some golfers love to watch the pros play even more than playing the links themselves. Going to a pro tournament to see the quirks and talents of a favorite golfer is another excellent vacation choice. Packages are the only way to go for tournament viewing, Larson said. “We try to get travelers in a package that include private tent for food and refreshments. You need a break like that to maintain the stamina to move along the course all day.” The packages generally include hotel, transportation to the tournament and sometimes gift items as well, like a tournament jacket, in addition to the private tent experience. Megan Myers, Sioux Falls, has taken several trips with her husband, Cory, to see professional tournaments, including the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego. “We have always been Tiger Woods fans, and this was the tournament in which he went toe-to-toe with Rocco Mediate on Sunday, hitting a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to force an 18-hole playoff on Monday,” she said. I think we covered at least five miles that day, walking from hole to hole trying to catch as much action as possible,” she said. “I was star struck when the marshals parted the crowd for the golfers to move to the next hole and Tiger walked within an arm’s length in front of me - I could have grabbed his shirtsleeve if I hadn’t feared the consequences,” she said. SFW holida y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N




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Traditional Masterpiece Showcases Rustic Elegance By Jennifer Dumke • Photos by Cipher Imaging Architectural Photography


he colors of the Hlebichuk home offer a full menu of monochromatic hues spiced with personality. For Fred and Pepper, their sprawling, brick, ranch-style home located in Prairie Green is all about showcasing their hobbies while accommodating a comfortable living space for both themselves and guests. From a delightful morning coffee room to a decked-out den featuring Old English fox hunt décor, the elegant lodge description given to this home suits it well. Even artful reflections of family history are intertwined with the décor, making a perfect backdrop for holiday decor.


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“We’ve been told our home has a distinct style, and I definitely agree. It has a kind of rustic elegance that takes our traditional home and makes it uniquely ours.” Fred and Pepper Hlebichuk holida y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N


ut the labors of this love took many years of building experience. “We’ve lived here for nine years—longer than any of the other eight homes we’ve purchased or built,” Fred says. During the past decade, Pepper has given facelifts to a few of the rooms. “We may have built this home exactly how we wanted, but I’ve definitely made some décor changes over the years,” says Pepper, who has a personal love for interior design. They also have a love for entertaining. “This home has three distinct areas for guests to gather on the main floor and another in the lower


level,” Fred says. One of these areas is the main floor great room. With mocha wall colors, plush carpets from Traditions Furniture and soft, leather seating, the Hlebichuks don’t need company to enjoy the comforts of this room. “We enjoy spending time in here during the evenings,” Fred says. Serving as an anchor, an oversized oriental rug is nestled under a coffee table while oversized accessories  add a cozy, yet dramatic effect. However, the main focal point of the room is the built-in fireplace by Fireplace Professionals. Meanwhile, a floor-to-ceiling window is simply covered with creamy silhouette shades to keep the rich tones flooded with natural sunlight. 

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“We really like that this home offers so many options,” Pepper says of the neutral colors and open floor plan. Even their dining areas have options. “We go from formal, to casual to really casual,” Pepper says. Their large kitchen includes a two-tiered center island and a casual dinette space, while their formal dining room is located near the entrance of the home. The main kitchen is both functional and trendy. Oak cabinets from Dakota Kitchen and Bath blend with the flooring and provide a stark contrast to the dark hues in the granite countertops and appliances from Mahlander’s Appliance and Lighting. A cobbled tile backsplash by Syverson Tile and Stone adds a custom touch, while the dangling pot rack adds a touch of kitchen simplicity. The casual dinette space is simply stated with a traditional table and chairs that feature a combination of wood tone and black paint. A heavily distressed corner hutch from Montgomery’s Furniture is a favorite for Pepper, although her husband Fred can’t help but make a light-hearted reference to its rugged appearance. “I grew up on a ranch with old rugged furniture and I couldn’t believe we paid money for more of it,” he says. However, both agree its rustic beauty is the perfect addition.

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hen grilling season is in full force, Fred has easy access to a sprawling back deck where he can grill in more than one location. “We have two built-in gas hook-ups so I can move my grill based on where we’re entertaining,” he says. Whether gathering as a group or simply enjoying the nice weather, the lush trees and established pine provide the perfect backdrop for beauty and privacy. “When we moved here, we had all these trees moved here and planted,” Frank



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says. Even when the temps take a plunge, this outside oasis lends its beauty to a quaint little space back inside. The “morning room” got its name from its oversized windows that allow beams of sunlight to stream in during the early morning hours. Fred and Pepper spend their mornings enjoying coffee and relaxing in its natural beauty. A large oriental rug, tufted leather ottoman and tempered glass bookcase are finished off with high back chairs and simple accessories, mostly from Montgomery Furniture.

During the holidays, Pepper especially enjoys showcasing their Christmas tree in their den, a space that Fred has fondly decorated in an Old English fox hunt theme that adds a unique twist on style. “You see, no fox hunting pictures really ever show the fox,” says Fred, pointing to two pictures on the wall. “So I had this painting commissioned to my liking.” And there, proudly displayed on the wall, is a large portrait that shows a true foxhunt. Adding to the Old English nostalgia are antique boots, an old bridal and a hat displayed by a corner screen. The large arch-top window adds instant drama with floor-to-ceiling drapery.  A tall nostalgic Santa welcomes guests into the formal dining room where the architectural detailing adds a sense of formality. The walls are a muted green shade, which pairs with the formal swags and cascades on the windows. “This is about thirty five years old,” Pepper says of the original dining room table and chairs. A recessed niche accommodates the large coordinating china cabinet; meanwhile, a large wood corner column adds distinction without disrupting flow.

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t the end of the day, the master suite and spa-like bathroom make for a haven for relaxation. Black and moss-green paisley custom bedding complements a rich, burl bedroom set by Ethan Allen Home Interiors. The bed, which is flanked by two windows featuring asymmetrical swags and rich tassels, adds to the dramatic hues. However, the master bath takes a turn with creamy tile, cocoa walls, two cream colored sinks and a whirlpool tub by Frisbee’s. Taking on a subtle approach, the accessories introduce darker, metallic colors that contrast with the monochromatic palette. Pepper proudly showcases another tall Santa caped in fur that leads to the lower level family room and full kitchen. “This area definitely displays our elegant lodge look,” Pepper says. Rich, hickory raised paneling by Russell’s Custom Furniture lines the walls that are then paired with a unique plaster effect and finished off with golden glaze hues by R&K Painting & Wallcovering, Inc. A curved leather sofa leads all eyes to the custom built-in bookcases and dry, stacked-stone fireplace.


ut it’s the carved wood mantle, carved with words of inspiration, that takes Pepper back to her roots. “We used the wood from a tree on my parent’s farm,” she says. Fred, who is now retired from Egger Steel Co., went to work carving out a special quote they had discovered while vacationing at a Bed and Breakfast. “I created the metal template and a coworker then blasted out the carving,” he says. After a simple coat of stain, Fred says the mantle was complete. Leading into the full kitchen, hickory custom cabinets by Starmark Cabinets complement the wall panels perfectly and provide a contrast to the rustic slate tile backsplash. “We didn’t intend to build a full kitchen, but we just had the space and decided we might as well use it,” Fred says. With an understated wine theme, the full kitchen stays traditional and focuses more on its amenities like the temperature controlled wine cooler and Viking gas grill.   And when it’s time to get some work done, the lower level home office remains private with French doors. Custom cabinets and a desk unit accompany two unique leather sling chairs. Among the accessories and books on the shelves is a folded American flag. Although not just any piece of décor, this accessory has rich family history. “That flag was placed on my uncle’s casket when he passed,” Fred says. “He had two purple hearts.” One could say the family sentiments in the lower level run deep for both Pepper and Fred.


“We have a lot of memories here—some we can’t take with us,” Fred says. “But we’ve also been very happy here.” And who wouldn’t? A sly fox, time worn timber, and a symbol of family bravery all come together for the Hlebichuks to make their traditional home truly unique. SFW


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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Top Holiday Decor Trends By Jennifer Dumke • Photos by Julie Prairie Photography


on’t just get out the old tinsel and throw that string of lights over the railing. Christmas is about celebrating, rejoicing, and for some, decorating! What better way to get in the holiday spirit than to fill your home with beautiful decor, elegant lights and memorymaking traditions? Often times, our decor plays a large part in spreading holiday cheer. Who doesn’t remember their stocking hung by the fireplace, or admiring the star on top of the tree? Dawn Bures, interior designer at Montgomery’s Furniture Gallery, has a decade of design experience and shares some of the latest trends to get you making your decorating list and checking it twice. A Reclaimed, Natural Christmas It’s common to purchase real Christmas trees, wreaths and garland, but don’t stop there. Take it one step further by adding natural pinecones, branches and spruce tips to both your indoor and outdoor holiday decor. From table scapes to outdoor pots, natural elements look great all winter long and can easily be finished off with sprays of red berries or simply be painted or sprayed to add depth. Another new trend is using vintage or recycled goods. “Select items like ice skates or sleds,” Bures says. “If they show years of use, even better.” 84

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Bigger is Better Just how big can a Christmas ornament get? Bures says selecting larger scale ornaments are gaining popularity and they can be a costsaving solution when decor budgets are limited. “If I could invest just a little bit of money in new decor, I would evaluate size and shape of ornaments and add some of a different texture, shape or size,” she says. “Doing this will compliment what you already own and provide a bigger statement.” Deck the Shelves and Bookcases

Garland down the staircase, over-the-top table scapes, a small tree on the bathroom vanity, ornaments hung from the ceiling or chandelier—these are just a few of the suggestions Bures says will make the most out of your existing furniture and architecture. “Most bookcases, mantles or shelves will look great with just a touch of holiday greenery or a single ornament,” Bures says. Take the trend one step further and add a holiday wreath over a bookcase or lamp. Unique Holiday Hues With millions of colors, why limit yourself to green and red? Bures says colors for Christmas are going much bolder with vibrant jewel tones, while other trends stay traditional with mixed whites and metallics for a monochromatic scheme.

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Holiday Infusion When it comes to Christmas, spreading the holiday cheer can be taken quite literally. Surround your home with festive finds, even if just a subtle splash here and there. “I suggest having a  hint of holiday  in every room,” Bures says. “It doesn’t have to be big or expensive, but something with meaning and spirit.” She suggests changing out pillows, throws and artwork to compliment the season. “Our family even starts eating off the holiday dishes right after Thanksgiving. I hope it will be a great memory for my children.” Whether you’re looking to spice up your holiday décor or go bold and truly make a statement with the latest trend, the Christmas season is the perfect platform for design creativity. SFW holida y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N




Fitness Fellowship The Avera Fitness Center Helps To Break The Winter Blues


ou know how it is: you dive into an activity that you just love and then “POOF!,” you check your watch and 15 years went by. When belief and enthusiasm power affinity and capability, magic happens. That’s what happened at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center. This December 2012, we celebrate our 15th Anniversary and we’re so excited we can’t even hardly believe it! What started as a desire on the part of Avera McKennan hospital’s wellness director, Jackie HaggarTuschen, and hospital administration to manifest more of the organization’s mission outside of the hospital campus, did indeed become a reality. On December 8, 1997, the doors of the McKennan Center for Health and Fitness opened, providing medically-based health and fitness facilities, programs and supports for young, middleaged and older adults, and a new community-within-thecommunity was born. The primary purpose of this new endeavor was to fulfill a guiding principle of the Avera organization’s vision for its employees and the

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than a building full of equipment and facilities and staff. Commitment to living fully, healthfully, positively and happily, is modeled by our Executive Director, the same Jackie HaggarTuschen. And it’s a commitment that is shared and exemplified by staff throughout the fitness center. That’s one of the most compelling aspects of the place for members. Member Carmen Wehking sums it up, “Where to start? The people are friendly and always helpful. The facility is clean and welcoming. The classes are varied and at enough times to fit anyone’s schedule. The pool, the locker rooms, the trainers, the list goes on and on.” In December, YOU have an opportunity to become part of our community and save some extra cash for the holidays at the same time. In celebration of our 15th anniversary, you can join for only $15 per person for the month of December and ZERO enrollment fee. That means adults age 21-plus receive their Kick Start personalized fitness assessment and exercise prescription, lipids panel, fitness orientation and workout plan and up to 2 hours of follow-up assistance with our Fitness Specialists for FREE. Reasonable, regular membership dues resume in January for this unique, 6-month commitment to membership. Otherwise, membership at Avera McKennan Fitness Center is always month-tomonth. Call 322-5300 to schedule a tour and complimentary workouts or to join us. We hope you’ll agree that you’ll need to Look No Further!

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Healthy Eating After the Holidays

Tips For Getting Back On The Right Track Dr. JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH


re you still coming off the holiday sugar rush? Even with willpower, this time of year is tough to stick to a routine of healthy eating. Office parties, family get-togethers and social gatherings often revolve around food and drink—lots of it. If you found a few (or more) extra pounds making themselves at home, now is a great time to tell them to take a hike. The longer they hang around, the more likely they are to stay. “One in three cancers can be attributed to poor nutrition, excess weight and inactivity,” says Jill Ireland, a health care account manager of the American Cancer SocietyMidwest Division.


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“And approximately one in three South Dakotans is considered obese.” Therefore this is an issue that hits especially close to home. “Our state has one of the lowest rates of fruit and vegetable consumption in the nation,” Ireland says. Additionally, if you are a cancer survivor, being overweight increases the chance of reoccurrence and lowers survival rate for many cancers. So what should you do if you fell off of your normal healthy habits or want to take this opportunity to create new and better ones?

“...approximately one in three South Dakotans is considered obese.” ~ Jill Ireland

Tips to get you started or re-started on the right track. • Forget the past and don’t beat yourself up for holiday meals. Commit from here on out to choose foods that promote and support a healthy lifestyle and your goals. • Make clear goals and a plan. “Eating healthy” is too nebulous and we all have varying definitions of “healthy.” The following is a good rule of thumb: Eat unprocessed foods—no boxes, cans or packages. Frozen vegetables or fruits are acceptable when fresh isn’t available. • Include lean protein with each meal. Eat low mercury fish like salmon, shrimp, and cod (high in omega-3 fatty acids) twice a week. Nuts, seeds, dairy, red beans and chicken are other great sources of protein. Don’t fry! • Aim for at least 6-8 servings daily of fresh, whole fruits and vegetables. Starchy vegetables like corn and potatoes don’t count. Include cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts for their cancer-fighting properties and cook them lightly to maintain nutrients. If eating enough produce is too hard, try a handful of berries in yogurt or oatmeal. You can also chop up avocado into a salad or slice fruit as a snack. Fruit and vegetable smoothies are another great option. *If weight loss is a goal, skip fruit juice and dried fruit. They are higher in fruit sugar and calories than their whole food counterparts. • Include whole, unprocessed grains. They should make up ¼ or less of your plate. • Include a few high anti-oxidant, super foods each day. These are berries, tomatoes, green teas, grapes, garlic, onions, nuts & beans. • Eat smaller portions more frequently, and only when you are hungry. You should be eating just enough to remove hunger – not to have a food coma on the couch. • If it’s too irresistible to eat foods that don’t support your goals, first – DON’T bring them home. If they are at work, pack better alternatives and try your best to avoid tempting situations. Not only will it save you money but health and longevity as well. • Cook at home as often as you can. This way, you know exactly what is in each meal. • Lastly, eat mindfully. This means sitting down, focusing on the meal and its role in helping you achieve your health goals. Is it helping or hurting? Turn the TV off, put away cell phones, savor the moment & your commitment to a healthier lifestyle.

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A Proven Option Using Surgery to Lose Weight and Regain Health By: Stacy Jones, Sanford Health


o matter what Heidi Benson did to lose weight, it was always a struggle—a struggle that was impacting more than her

appearance. “I was, without realizing it, slowly killing myself,” says the 36-year-old Canton woman, whose weight was nearing 300 pounds. “My health issues were forcing me to make decisions.”

A “total change” Weight loss surgery helped Heidi drop and keep off 120 pounds over the course of two years. She’s thrilled with her new shape and energy level, but she says the most important result is improved health. “I have a whole new life,” Benson says. “I wasn’t looking to make a quick fix. I was ready for a total change.” Weight loss surgeon Dr. Dennis Glatt walked Benson through her options: Lap Band, Lap Sleeve Gastrectomy and Lap Roux en Y Gastric bypass. All three minimallyinvasive procedures are performed laparoscopically and usually as an outpatient procedure or a one-night hospital stay requirement.  Once Benson had all the information, she decided Lap Roux en Y Gastric Bypass best suited her goals. Not only would it help with weight loss, but it would likely resolve her other health issues. In December 2010, Dr. Glatt performed the procedure that divides the upper end of the stomach to restrict food intake and changes the way the body absorbs nutrients. Of the types of weight loss surgeries available today, this procedure has the best scientific data supporting results of long-term weight loss. “People come in with preconceived notions about what they want,” Dr. Glatt says. “We talk about their goals and health problems and help them choose the option that will be best for them.”


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Long-term results Dr. Glatt says weight loss surgery can improve and, in many cases, resolve underlying health problems. People who are 75 pounds or more over their ideal body weight are far more likely to suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and swelling in the legs and feet. They also find it hardest to sustain longterm weight loss. Dr. Glatt says weight loss surgery is not a last option; it’s the most effective, reliable option for this kind of patient. The best choice is the one that works. Benson says that it was hard to adjust sometimes. Even though she wanted to make changes, she needed to train her body and brain to accept a new lifestyle. “When I started to see those numbers going down on the scale, I knew it was working,” she says. “I would tell myself, ‘You can make it through this.’”

New habits and health Today, with a healthy new diet, she weighs 170 pounds and wears a size 10 or 12. She eats foods that are good for her and stops when she’s full. She exercises for stress relief and fun. She no longer requires medication for diabetes or high blood pressure and she can keep up with her three children. Heidi says she is thankful for the support of loved ones as well as the staff at Sanford’s Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. A team of experts was with her every step of the way. “If you’re excited to make these changes, you’re ready,” Benson says. For more information visit or call (800) 727-0670. SFW holida y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N




Danger of Silent Reflux

A Potentially Deadly Condition that is Preventable, Treatable and Curable... If You’re Aware of It


orld-renowned cardiac surgeon, talk show host of The Dr. Oz Show, author and scientist Dr. Oz has brought a condition that plagues more than 50 million Americans to prime time. That condition is Silent Reflux, a form of acid reflux that doesn’t cause heartburn or indigestion, which is why most people don’t realize that they have it. However, this condition is a precursor to deadly esophageal cancer, which has become an epidemic in recent years. According to Denton Combs, a Family Nurse Practitioner and founder of Denton Combs Center for Excellence in Care, “Silent Reflux isn’t painful initially because it hasn’t damaged the throat tissues significantly. However, it does cause other symptoms such as hoarseness, frequent throat clearing, chronic ear problems, sinus troubles and oral thrush.” He shares, “Unfortunately, this problem is frequently misdiagnosed because people generally seek treatment for the wrong condition. If they go to the doctor because they have a sore throat or an ear or sinus infection, they end up treating that issue, which, was the symptom, and not the underlying cause, which in many cases is acid reflux.” Denton has treated thousands of patients in the Sioux Falls’ area over the past 13 years. He is a board certified and licensed Family Nurse Practitioner that focuses on allergy and chronic ear, nose and throat problems. The dangers of Silent Reflux are nothing new to him. The danger in not treating this condition is that it can lead to significant vocal cord damage or even esophageal cancer.

“I take the time to educate and motivate every patient about the disease process and treatment options. We have incredible success because we work with our patients to understand their problem and come to terms with their treatment. Our patients range from children with ear infections to adults who suffer from chronic sinus infections because Silent Reflux can affect anyone at any age.” ~Denton Combs, CNP; Denton Combs Center for Excellence in Care

Denton notes, “If we can determine what the cause of acid reflux is; whether that’s stress, allergy or dietary management, we can potentially eliminate the issue or manage it. After several months patients typically start to feel better.” Treatment doesn’t offer a quick fix however. He cautions. “It usually takes six months to two years to heal and it’s something that needs to be monitored, but it can certainly prevent cancer from occurring.” The Denton Combs Center for Excellence in Care is located just south of 57th and Western Avenue at 5124 S Western Avenue, Suite 4. For further information or to schedule an appointment, call 605.274.3898. Look us up on the web at Typically referrals aren’t necessary but it’s always best to check with your insurance provider before making an appointment.

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nown for its many health benefits including stress reduction and weight loss, yoga is an excellent mind and body exercise that individuals of all ages have enjoyed for centuries. Now, the enlightening experience is being offered for new moms and their babies to experience together. The hour-long Yoga for Two class is offered by Santosha Hot Yoga in southwest Sioux Falls. Structured as an open environment where feeding and changing diapers is welcome, the class was created for new moms who have received permission from their doctor to exercise and babies who are six weeks old to crawling, but not yet walking. The studio is kept at a warm and comfortable temperature for both mom and baby, but it is not heated like the other Hot Yoga classes. “This class offers new mamas and babes a reason to get out of the house, a little physical activity and opportunity to make some new friends or meet up with other mamas,” Santosha Hot Yoga Instructor Kendra Brouwer says. “They can expect all the wonderful benefits of yoga as well as some quality time with baby.” 96

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And the health benefits aren’t just for the moms. “This class will offer babies a variety of stimuli, some massage, some playtime and some time to learn to relax,” Brouwer says. “It is also about just being in the space, even if that means that baby is eating, sleeping or getting a fresh diaper!” A firm believer in the benefits of the exercise, Kendra is pleased to introduce the Yoga for Two class for women in the Sioux Falls area. “I am so excited to be able to start teaching this class in Sioux Falls,” she says.

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“This class is intended to offer an open environment to new mamas and babes who are looking for a reason to get out of the house, a little physical activity, and opportunity to make some new friends or meet up with other mamas.” ~ Kendra Brouwer, Santosha Hot Yoga Instructor Classes are offered Thursday mornings with additional weekend offerings. Not limiting the class to just moms, Kendra encourages any caregiver to enroll in the Yoga for Two class. “This is open to moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas, or any caregiver who is looking to experience yoga with their bundle of joy.” Call (605) 275-9642, or visit to view class schedules and more information. Santosha Hot Yoga is located at 5003 South Bur Oak SFW Place. holida y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N


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ensing the call to become a triathlete? Thirty-seven percent of the more than one million people who participated in 2011 triathlons were women. Besides the potential for bona-fide bragging rights, there are many benefits of completing a triathlon. Practically guaranteed weight loss, lean legs, flat abs and sculpted arms are a few of them. So where should you begin? Make a commitment to training and work with a USA certified triathlon coach to develop an optimal training plan. Physical therapist and currently South Dakota’s only USA-certified triathlon coach, Matt Maxon is a staff member at Orthopedic Institute in Sioux Falls, the largest orthopedic specialty group in the South Dakota region. Maxon advises starting with an assessment of your current physical condition. “I usually spend about an hour with clients looking at training they’ve already done, goals they want to accomplish, and then I build a training program based on that information,” Maxon says. “Early in the program, I’ll observe them in action and identify areas of weakness, such as poor stride or ineffective swimming habits.” Swimming is one of the most challenging triathlon activities. If an athlete needs to slow down running or biking, they can adjust their pace. Surviving in the water isn’t necessarily so easy. “Death in triathlon competition is most likely to be caused by drowning,” Maxon says. “Getting athletes comfortable and confident in swimming abilities is one key to triathlon success.” Triathlon competition works the whole body, resulting in excellent overall fitness. Women require different training exercises than men because their natural muscle strength differs from their male counterparts. “Women’s body shapes are different and they typically don’t want bulky muscles,” Maxon says. “In training athletes, it’s normal to find unique training needs for different people.


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If I run into an issue I’m not familiar with or can’t seem to push past, I have a network of certified coaches I communicate with for insight and recommendations.” Maxon’s network includes Olympic coaches who have completed the highest level of training certification. The group regularly exchanges information and hands-on experiences to enhance their individual knowledge and training. “When you’re planning a program, consider the time of year you’re starting,” Maxon says. “If your triathlon takes place in spring, you’ll need to locate an indoor training bike. Sometimes the most challenging training tool to find is a pool. You also want to determine equipment needs for the event. Do you need a wet suit for the swim, or specific gear for the run or the bicycle ride?” In addition to building a strong core, improving lung capacity and improving cardiovascular health, triathletes experience a surge in self-confidence and an improved ability to focus and discipline themselves, both during their training and at completion of the triathlon event. “The health benefits last far beyond the event,” Maxon says. “Whether you’ve never been involved in sports or you’ve very competitive and want to take your fitness to a new level, you can become a stronger, better athlete.” Fore more information about South Dakota triathlon events, visit Matt Maxon can be reached at (605) 680-1207 or

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he holiday season is filled with celebration, parties, and family get-togethers. This time of year is an opportunity for friends and relatives to reconnect, for loved ones to catch up on a years worth of living. For someone with hearing loss, large holiday functions and get-togethers are often a source of stress and communication breakdowns. If you have a loved one who has a hearing loss, whether or not they wear hearing aids, there are measures you can take to help them be a part of the holidays this year. In fact, the best gift you may give them is the opportunity to have a conversation, to be a part of the family celebration! 1. Have their attention before speaking. Make certain they are aware that you are speaking to them before you start talking! Simply saying their name or touching them on the hand can ensure that their attention is focused on what you are about to tell them. 2. Face the individual as much as possible when talking to them. This is often why commun ication breakdowns occur, especially in the car! How many times have you asked someone a question while looking out the window? Facial expressions, body language, and lip reading all increase communication success. 3. Speak at a slower rate with clear diction. Take a bit more time when you speak. Not only will your speech be more easily understood, you’re certain to sound more articulate.

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4. Rephrase and emphasize key words as needed. When communication breakdowns occur and you are asked the inevitable “huh?” don’t repeat your message verbatim. Reword it. 5. Transition between topics. Instead of jumping right into the next subject that pops into your head, transition into the new topic. So often someone with a hearing loss will be lost in a conversation, unaware that the topic has changed. Be clear in topic transitions and everyone will follow the conversation with greater ease. 6. Reduce background noise and auditory distractions. Turn the TV off, give the Christmas music a break, and take the batteries out of the obnoxious toys your relatives gave your children. The less sounds competing with your voice the easier your conversation will be and the more enjoyable your conversation. 7. Communicate from the same room. It is extremely difficult for anyone, hearing loss or not, to understand what you say when you speak from the kitchen with your head in the refrigerator

and they are sitting in the living room. Take the extra time, work off that extra helping of your aunt’s famous pumpkin pie, and walk to the same room before you start talking!

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10. Be supportive of their efforts to improve their hearing. Hearing loss is truly a family affair, affecting more than just the person with difficulties hearing. Share the burden by utilizing communication strategies and encourage their choices to utilize hearing aids, hearing assistive technology, and auditory training measures. Stanford Hearing Aids wishes you a happy holiday season. We strive to provide quality products and exceptional service to improve the quality of life for you and your loved ones. To schedule a hearing evaluation or to inquire further about communication strategies contact Stanford Hearing Aids at (605) 338-6251. Stanford Hearing Aids is located at 301 West 14th Street in Sioux Falls.

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o you look in the mirror and see a face that looks older than you feel? Do you see the beginnings of frown lines and crow’s feet beginning to form? Many women and men have turned to minimally invasive cosmetic facial procedures such as Botox, facial filler injections and chemical peels to address the signs of aging. Dr. Bruce Partnoy, an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS) in Sioux Falls, recognizes this demand and is expanding his services to include these procedures in his practice. You may be asking yourself, “Doesn’t an oral surgeon pull wisdom teeth?” The answer to that question is “yes.” However, abbreviating the title of this specialist to oral surgeon ignores a large part of the oral and maxillofacial surgeon’s training. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Partnoy performed 5 years of hospital-based internship and residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery, where he was trained not only in oral surgery, but also general medicine, facial trauma/reconstruction, and anesthesiology. This intensive training in head and neck surgery makes the OMS highly qualified to treat facial structures. “Though my practice includes wisdom tooth removal, bone grafting and dental implants, minimally-invasive facial cosmetic procedures are a natural fit for my specialty. Dr. Partnoy further explains what types of cosmetic options are being offered at his practice: BOTOX Cosmetic injection is one of the most effective treatments for facial wrinkles in the field of cosmetic surgery. He adds “very few treatments produce such impressive results with no

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folds (laugh lines), deeper wrinkles, and to augment facial anatomy to make bigger cheeks or to fill in defects and scars. Fillers can also provide an increase in lip size and enhance definition, as well as plump out lipstick lines that develop in many female patients. Dr. Partnoy says that although fillers are injected through very fine needles, his oral surgery knowledge allows him to make this more comfortable for the patient. All patients are first treated with numbing cream on the areas to be treated, and then several small injections of local anesthetic are given to completely numb the lips and related areas for a painless procedure. Dr. Partnoy also offers patients the popular facial peel procedure. He explains that there are many types of chemical peels that vary from extremely superficial to deep. Superficial peels can be performed by beauty salons or non-medical facilities, and although they provide some benefit, they are not as effective for rejuvenation as deeper peels. The benefits of chemical peeling are improvement of fine lines, a general tightening of the skin, and elimination of sun spots, age spots, freckles and blotchiness. Deeper peels require intravenous (IV) sedation for pain control. OMS’s are fully trained to administer IV sedation in the office, allowing the patient a pain-free peel. Assuring patients that they are in qualified hands, Dr. Partnoy says “I perform all the procedures and injections myself.� To schedule a consultation appointment or for more information, visit www. siouxfallsoralandimplantsurgery. com or call 605-271-7135.

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hen Sherri Baseley was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 52, she started looking for cutting-edge treatment options. “My mom’s a 20-year survivor of breast cancer. Yet the treatment I saw her go through with mastectomy and chemotherapy was so radical,” Baseley said. “I was very open to any new suggestions.” She turned to the Internet and noticed a mention of a research study involving IOeRT in the treatment of breast cancer on a website of Dr. Julie Reiland with Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Care. IntraOperative Electron Radiation Therapy is being offered on a research basis at the Avera Cancer Institute for certain women with early-stage breast cancer. The treatment plan begins with lumpectomy, also known as breast conserving surgery. After the lump is taken out and before the incision is closed, the woman is given a dose of radiation directly to the tumor site. Then, instead of the traditional six weeks of external beam radiation treatments after lumpectomy, the woman has only three weeks of treatments. “When I learned about it, I felt like this was God’s plan for me,” Baseley said. “New technology is incredible. It makes so much sense to do the radiation treatment when the tissue is exposed to stop any additional growth.”


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When Baseley was seen by Dr. Reiland, she was told that she was a perfect candidate for IOeRT. She was thrilled that she only had to do three weeks of radiation instead of six weeks. “I had done my routine screenings, so I wondered how the cancer got missed,” Baseley said. “But I learned that the cancer cells had probably been growing for four years before they became visible on the mammogram. That made me feel a little less freaked out. We caught it as early as it could have been caught. I just considered it a health issue that needed to be dealt with.” Although receiving the breast cancer diagnosis was disappointing news, Baseley received several notes of positive news following her procedure.

Love the Sounds of the Season Having recently lost about 40 pounds, Baseley’s breasts had lost some of their original shape. Through a procedure known as oncoplasty, Dr. Reiland could reshape her breasts during the same surgical procedure. Testing of the tumor type showed that Baseley’s type of cancer has a 95 percent survival rate. That’s something she can feel good about as she and her husband, Jeff, have a 25-year-old daughter, as well as a 28-year-old son. “I’m so much of an advocate now about early detection,” Baseley said. “I tell my friends to get in and get their mammograms done.” She also felt good about taking part in a research study that may improve breast cancer treatment for women in the future. One of the clearest benefits of IOeRT is shortened treatment time, especially for women in rural communities. “It’s enough of a hardship to go in for radiation every day when you live in Sioux Falls, let alone a rural community,” Baseley said. During her three weeks of radiation treatment that followed surgery she could go in for my treatments every morning at 8 a.m., and then go right to work. “Even still, the shortened treatment time was wonderful,” she said. While the cancer is gone, Sherri said she won’t officially get to say she’s cancer-free until she goes for five years without a recurrence. “In the meantime, I’m going to be educating others – my friends and my family.” Learn more at the website SFW










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hen is the last time you had your hearing checked? If you had to pause to answer, then you may be overdue for a check-up. But like many adults, until a problem arises, we don’t take our hearing too seriously when it comes to preventative health care. However, a new study conducted by investigators from Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute on Aging, suggests a link between hearing loss and an increased risk of developing dementia. Using data from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging, the team studied the association between hearing loss and dementia in 639 individuals. The participants, none of whom exhibited signs of dementia at the time they enrolled in the study, underwent testing for four years. The participants each showed various ranges of hearing loss, ranging from mild to severe. Over a decade later, a followup study of the same participants produced shocking data. Over 50 cases of dementia were diagnosed, 37 of those were Alzheimer’s disease. Further analysis of the data showed that as the extent of hearing loss increased, so did the risk of developing dementia.


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Senior investigator Rank Lin, M.D., Ph.D. discovered that people often consider hearing loss as inevitable and thus of minor concern. “There is still a perception among the public and many medical professionals that hearing loss is an inconsequential part of aging and nothing can be done about it,” adds Lin. “We want to turn that perception around.” The Midwest ENT Hearing Center team, which includes physicians, audiologists and hearing aid specialists, remain dedicated to raising awareness of this subject. Michael Brown, a hearing aid specialist for Midwest ENT Hearing Center, has worked with the hearing impaired throughout South Dakota and Iowa since 2004. “Clinicians and researchers have long suspected that there is a relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline in older adults. These new findings suggest that hearing loss is a risk factor for dementia,” adds Brown.

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Although knowledge of the way the brain changes with age is in its infancy, research into hearing loss and dementia has gained momentum. “This particular finding presents us with a rare opportunity,” he adds. “We can now offer a proactive, medically proven step for patients to take that can potentially reduce their risk of developing such a heartbreaking disease.” For many, the solution for their hearing loss may be as simple as a hearing aid. Although not a “cure” Brown is excited to see more people who need them integrating hearing aids into their lives. Long-term health benefits aside, hearing aids produce “real time, real life” improvements that are immediate and noticeable. Whether something as simple as hearing birds chirp in the early morning or as important as being able to clearly understand the words of a young grandchild, hearing aids can do much to improve quality of life. “When we are able to help reunite someone with their family, friends and the world around them that gives all of us a great deal of personal joy!” Although additional research is needed to fully understand the relationship between hearing loss and dementia, the results of this study elevate the importance of routine hearing screenings in adults and a proactive team approach to treating hearing loss. Dr. Scott adds, “A hearing test is a simple painless test. It is exciting that it could be an easy step to helping us slow down memory loss for our patients.” SFW

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As the mother of seven-and-a-half-year-old, Isabella, and six-year-old twins, Sterne and Lincoln, Amy is busy being a full-time mom. But with the support of her husband of 17 years, Mike, and their three children, she makes her Wonder Capes a priority despite her busy schedule. In fact, it was her daughter, then four-year-old Isabella, who gave Amy the idea of Wonder Capes.

“When your child is going through something you have no control over, the Capes help lift some of the darkness of doubt and fear away. It’s a tangible item to keep near, to remind you of the bravery that not only your child is searching for, but that you as a helpless, lost parent is searching for, as well.” — Parent of a Child “While I would put the boys to bed, Mike would spend time with Isabella watching superhero cartoons and reading stories about princesses,” Amy says. “Out of the blue one day, she asked, ‘Aren’t princesses good? Then why don’t they wear capes?’” Isabella’s questions soon turned into the statement of, “Mom, I want a superhero-princess cape.” Amy worked with her sister and Isabella to design the perfect superhero-princess cape, which ultimately ended up becoming the first of many Wonder Capes. “Isabella got to pick out all the fabric,” Amy says. “It was pink and sparkly and she got to bedazzle it. It was completely her vision of what she wanted it to be! My parents raised me to believe that your imagination is everything, and Mike and I try to encourage that thought process to our three kids. You can be whatever you want to be—you just have to believe in yourself.” 112

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A mega-hit with her own children, the superhero-princess cape was also popular with family and friends. Amy soon ended up creating multiple customized capes for her children, as well as others for family, friends and charities. It was during this time that Isabella became ill from a double virus and was hospitalized for several days. Just four years old at the time, Isabella wanted to bring two things with her to bring her comfort: a special blanket and her special cape. “By the third day of her stay in the hospital, she was feeling well enough to want to ‘flit’ around the hospital hallways with her cape,” Amy says. “She was given the OK to leave her room, and off she went. Each day about the same time, the nursing staff and parents would get the patients up to walk around the circular hallways of the hospital.”  holida y 2012 • SIOUX FALLS WO M A N


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“Before Mike and I knew it, our daughter and the other children started walking faster and faster, giggling, and taking turns wearing the cape,” she says. “All of us adults stopped what we were doing and watched in wonder as the kids were just being kids—playing and laughing together. Tears came to parents’ eyes, as they could not remember their child giggling or having fun. No one cared that another child might have lacked hair, had a mask, or an IV pole. They were too busy having fun, pretending to act out one scenario after another.” Amy knew at that moment that she was meant to help these children in her own way, through the power of the cape. “I remember sitting on Isabella’s hospital bed and staring at the cape,” Amy says. “It was like God was speaking to me and it all clicked together.” Wanting to perpetuate the notion of imagination that the cape seemed to give the children, Amy officially founded Wonder Capes. “Mike and I want to help people and we want our children to help as well,” she says. “This is something we’re all very passionate about.” Top-bottom: Mike, Isabella , Amy Sterne and Lincoln Pankratz

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To add personality to each of the Comfort Capes, Amy immerses herself into each child’s CaringBridge site to learn their favorite things and incorporate them into the Cape. The Wonder Capes truly go full circle, as Mike’s grandmother and aunt use all the leftover fabric to make blankets for families in need of extra warmth and comfort. Amy and Michael, who have made it their mission to answer thousands of children’s prayers by giving them their own Wonder or Comfort Cape, donate the majority of the funding for the capes. “Every cape is a child, so we can’t say no, and the families we have met have touched us in a way we can’t explain,” Amy says. “We carry their celebrations with us, as well as their bumps along the path. We consider them dear friends, and they’re never far from our thoughts or prayers.” To date, Amy has been recognized by Yahoo! 2010 Year in Review Inspiring Acts and has traveled to New York City with Mike and Isabella to be guests on CBS’ The Early Show. An upcoming feature in Woman’s Day magazine is also in the works. Amy and Isabella also often travel nationwide as children’s cancer research advocates. “We’re proud to support St. Baldrick’s and their efforts to raise money for lifesaving childhood cancer research, and we have been happy to provide many Wonder Capes to St. Baldrick’s Honored Kids.” Through Wonder Capes and Comfort Capes, the Pankratzs’ commitment and passion has not only helped thousands of children find hope, but it has pulled their family even closer together through their shared compassion and ability to instill joy when it’s most needed. For more information about Wonder Capes, visit Amy’s website at SFW  

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A profile of area authors and their recent work. Angie Barth

A Lesson in Friendship: Snappy the Squirrel Snappy the Squirrel started as an assignment in a children’s literature class at the University of South Dakota. Angie Barth wrote the story of Snappy, born with a crooked tail, to help teach kids the true meaning of friendship.

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“The story lends itself to discussions about bullying, accepting self and others, that the Golden Rule came from Jesus, and those things that we perceive as being bad may end up being blessings,” Angie said. Snappy chooses to be mean to the other animals so they will stay away and not see his crooked tail, she said. “All of the animals are afraid of Snappy, except Chipper the Chipmunk. Through the teachings of Jesus, Chipper shows Snappy the true meaning of friendship.”

“I enjoy introducing my daughters and other children to the lessons Jesus taught in the Bible and watching their love for Jesus grow...” ~ Angie Barth


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Angie couldn’t help thinking about the book she’d done in class after her second daughter was born. “I felt it pressed upon my heart to revise the story (from the original form) to have a Christian message,” she said. “Once revised, I began searching for a Christian publishing company. I submitted my manuscript to Tate Publishing via email and was called a few hours later,” she said. Angie taught elementary school for eight years, and taught preschool in her home before becoming an author. She lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Tim, and their daughters, Mollie and Brooke. “I enjoy introducing my daughters and other children to the lessons Jesus taught in the Bible and watching their love for Jesus grow,” she said. Snappy the Squirrel is available in paperback and eBook format through various online bookstores. Snappy is also on Facebook. Angie is available for author visits and for in-person book sales, including hardcover and 3-D paperback copies.


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A Tradition of Character and Charm Written and Photographed by Margaret Pennock


lthough situated in a beautiful new location full of character and charm at Heather Ridge, Country ‘N More isn’t new to Sioux Falls. Vickie Domeyer and her husband opened their first location at the Empire Mall in 1982. Vickie remembers, “Thirty years ago when we opened, country decor was the big thing, thus the name Country ‘N More. Over the years, however new trends have come and gone and that’s where the ‘More” comes in.” An expert at discerning new trends, Vickie has grown her business to include home decor as well as personalized accessories, jewelry, scarves, purses and collectibles. “We have evolved over the years to carry beautifully unique merchandise that our clientele gets excited about. It’s also important to me that we have items in all price ranges and styles.” Breaking out of the mall to open her boutique style shop this past October, Vickie couldn’t be more pleased with her new space. “This is a great neighborhood center and the response to our opening has been extremely positive. We have a beautiful new showroom filled with light, charm and beautifully unique things.” Long-time associate Kathie Klock says, “Loyal customers are thrilled to see us here, as well as our new neighborhood friends. We are really excited to have the opportunity to be a free-standing shop rather than be buried in the mall like we used to be. It’s just the perfect location and atmosphere for us.” The largest dealer of Department 56 Villages in South Dakota, Country ‘N More has specialized in these romanticized collectibles since 1983. Vickie shares, “We design an incredible amount of detail into our displays so 120

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is a medical uniform and scrub consignment shop. Carrying new and used medical uniforms, lab coats, stethoscopes and shoes. For men and women of all sizes, colors and brands. All Heart • Barco • Basic • Cherokee • Crest Dansko • Dickies • Fashion Seal • Fundamentals Grey’s Anatomy • Happy Scrubs • Landau Littman • Lydias • Peaches • UA • Urbane Scrubs

that we can inspire our customers. Because we’ve carried this line for so long, we are experts in knowing what is new and current, retired and other things such as what replacement bulbs should be used. Our customers really appreciate this because families consider the Villages as heirlooms to be passed down.”

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