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06 2016

Locally Grown: Dylan West

Interviews with South Dakotans finding success outside their college major by Kyle Hallberg. 


University of South Dakota graduate, Dylan West, is not your typical beertender at JL Beers. With a degree in Contemporary Media and Journalism, an emphasis in Strategic Communications, and a minor in Political Science, he found himself employed by Capital Services, but still wanting more out of life. That “more” was not hard to find, since his love fell with music and producing, more so than dark beers and IPAs (though he does love a good IPA).

West, also known as Disco James, has switched his career path, found himself a recording studio and produced songs for some of the biggest names, in the time span it takes most of us to finish the entire Grey’s Anatomy series.

Through the help of social media, I was able to discover some of his music, and set up an interview with the Pierre native, who is making a name for himself outside of his college major, and even further outside of the Midwest norm.

How did you get started?

Dylan West: I was about twelve and my brother came home for the summer and built a studio in the garage. “He asked me to record a few tidbits for his songs, and I just kind of fell in love with it.”

So do you write, too?

D: I can do everything.

Okay, so speaking of music, let’s talk about other people. Favorite band?

D: I gotta say Smashing Pumpkins – just because their 90s style always caters to me.

Favorite non-vocal musician?

D: Flume. His song Tennis Courts single-handedly warped the way I think of music.

That is pretty cool that you can pinpoint one thing that changed your future in music.

D: Honestly, I have a handful of songs that define me in certain ways.

Favorite singer of all time?

D: Shawn Mullins. I was fourteen and driving across South Dakota by myself and his album was playing over and over again – it was a very defining moment in my life. I just knew then that music was my calling. His album spoke to me, you know? Do you, be true, and find your spiritual being.

That’s a very good answer. You say you write, as well as produce. What’s your favorite key to write in?

D: F major or E minor.

Do you have a specific place you create?

D: In my studio, with a microphone in front of me, a mini keyboard and my machine, that is the best way to write, when you can create on the fly. It’s all about what sounds right. For example, you can play the same three chords every day and nothing will ever come of it. And then one day, it feels different, it speaks to your heart…I think that’s the definition of inspiration.

West is currently working on a new album for release, one he says is different from his previous sound, but in the best way. So, if you haven’t heard his creative additions on SoundCloud, Kid Cudi’s album, or on E!’s Total Divas, you can be sure to hear it straight from him in the next couple of weeks.


West was a pleasure to work with, as well as an incredible source of inspiration – reminding me that while academics and school is important, finding your light does not always correlate with those things, and that is perfectly fine.


Meet the Interns: Kyle Hallberg


06 2016

Bookmarks and Big Screens: “Me Before You”

By Ellie Trebilcock

Is the book or the movie better?

It’s the most controversial topic between bookworms and movie-buffs. To resolve the long battle between these two passionate types of media consumers, I will compare and evaluate the quality of the book and movie versions of the story.



This Month: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I recently picked up the book Me Before You and was so charmed I read it, cover-to-cover, in less than a day.  While reading Me Before You be prepared to laugh, gasp, and bawl your eyes out. The story follows Louisa Clarke, who becomes a caretaker for Will Traynor; a man disabled after being hit by a motorcycle. When I first bought the book, I was expecting the story to be another over-the-top romance. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of the typical rushed confession of love, the characters’ feelings were gradually realized.

There is also witty banter between Louisa and Will which brings an endearing comedic feel to the novel. In contrast, the book seriously questions the popular notion love is enough to save someone. A compelling theme of the book is accepting the decisions your loved ones make concerning their future, even if you know the decisions will cause yourself pain.

A few days after finishing the book, I went to the theater to see how the movie compared. While watching, I jotted down a few of my thoughts:

  • Did the book’s author write the movie???

It is very rare to find a movie which follows the plot of the book so closely. After watching the movie, I learned the author actually did help write the screenplay. (Would all authors do this please?)

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  • Was the acting convincing?

I want to give the main actors, Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin a bear hug. The acting in this movie was phenomenal! They portrayed their characters’ personalities perfectly. Their subtle glances (and their not so subtle glances) captured the chemistry between the two characters.

  • Where is the sister drama?

In the novel, the sisters’ fights are an important part of Louisa’s personal growth. In the movie, the sister plays more of a best friend and moral support role.

  • Why was the implied sexual assault cut out from the movie?

The film left out an important part of the plot which explains a character’s backstory. In my opinion, cutting out the the sexual assault from the plot of the movie undermines the pain the victim of sexual assault experiences. Even if it wasn’t the movie-maker’s intention, it feels as if they are silencing the victim’s story. Media reflects our society. Not mentioning the sexual assault (which is apart of the book), can lead to the unintentional consequence of making victims feel alienated and ashamed.

Here’s a good Washington Post article on the subject.

  • Ugly Crying?

Check. Prepare to bring tissues to the theater.

Final rating:

Book— 5 stars

Movie— 4 stars

Even though I think both versions of Me Before You are worth reading and watching, I think the bookworms narrowly win this round. The book provides the audience a better understanding of the characters’ motivations by going more in depth into their growth and development. While the movie is more focused on the relationship between the main characters and not how they evolved after meeting each other.

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Meet the Interns: Ellie Trebilcock

06 2016

605 Outdoor Wonders: Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum

By Anna Stritecky

As summer steps up to swing, South Dakota tourists and residents both strive to find locations to enjoy time outdoors, all within an affordable budget. From Garretson to Rapid City, destinations call for South Dakotans to come and enjoy them. As I venture out to a plethora of venues, I’ll share a few of South Dakota’s natural beauties worthy of exploration.


The Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum was at the top of my list of the 605 wonders, due to its vast history and green space. The arboretum is self-described as “nurturing connections between plants and people, past and present, in an inspiring natural setting that invites discovery.” When visiting, that’s exactly what this garden will accomplish. This land isn’t just flourishing for its outside, but instead holds a historic place in Sioux Falls’ history.

Mary Jo Wegner was a doctor in Sioux Falls, but also a longtime supporter of the arts, humanities and the environment. After Wegner lost her fight to leukemia in 2003, her family dedicated her favorite spot in Sioux Falls to her to remember the history that has occurred there. The house on the grounds, the Mabel and Judy Jasper Educational Center, recreates the L-shaped schoolhouse that once stood in East Sioux Falls. Inside, the classroom gives visitors an opportunity to step inside history and see how students learned in country schools.

The MJWA holds a museum containing the land’s history, a field behind the museum, and acres filled with fountains, lakes, luscious trees and an array of plants. When I first arrived, I was skeptical of its lack of activity, worried I would run out of things to do. Alas, I proved myself wrong, as I spent almost half of a day wandering around the grounds.


The MJWA is beautiful, set up with a long gravel road surrounded by green forests, and that is where I initially started my trip. Lured by the unknown, I walked around the forest alongside the stream of the river, and found myself sitting down on a thick patch of grass to enjoy what was going on around me. After I crossed the bridge to the other side of the arboretum, I walked back up behind the museum, where they have brilliantly kept many fountains and different sitting areas with information about the grounds that you can enjoy.


As I was sitting around the fountain, I realized that the arboretum isn’t about celebrating something man-made, but instead what Sioux Falls has to offer. They throw different events for historical societies, fundraisers and all the way to weddings. Citizens of South Dakota can learn to appreciate what is right in their backyard through the MJWA



Meet the Interns: Anna Stritecky

06 2016


By Sean Calhoun

Hello, and welcome to the first edition of The (Music) Yearbook, where I’ll be taking a look back at some of the biggest albums of each of the first twelve years of my life. I was born in 1996, so that’s where we’ll be starting. And what was the biggest-selling #1 album of the 1996 calendar year? Why, it was…

Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette (Maverick)


This was a really fun record to start with. I’d listened to it a couple of times before, but had never taken the time to do any sort of in-depth analysis of the record – until now.

Jagged Little Pill gets off to a strong start with “All I Really Want,” which kicks off with a surprisingly aggressive and driving harmonica line. This is a theme throughout the album, and it’s the best use of harmonica I’ve ever heard in any context whatsoever. Who knew that harmonicas were so alternative?

The second track, “You Oughta Know”, begins to present Morissette as a snarky jilted lover, a character that she is more than happy to play on several tracks – chief among them “Right Through You,” “Not The Doctor,” and “Wake Up,” all strong tracks. It’s a character that she pulls off incredibly well, too, with lines like “I don’t wanna be the filler/If the void is solely yours” (from “Not The Doctor”) cutting Alanis’s hypothetical exes to conversational ribbons.

There’s a softer side to Morissette as well, made clear first on the single “Head Over Feet,” which is also the most lyrically sincere track on the album. It’s a refreshing change of pace to hear Morissette deliver lines like “don’t be surprised if I love you/For all that you are” in a way that makes it clear that she genuinely feels happy and at peace.

If there’s a “hidden gem” to be had on Jagged Little Pill, it’s “Forgiven,” a strikingly dark track in which Morissette takes aim at the intersections of organized religion, relationships, and sexuality, singing, “We all had our minds made up for us” and asking the speaker, “If I jump in this fountain/Will I be forgiven?” Morissette goes beyond her typical biting sarcasm here, plumbing dark emotional depths and contemplating concepts like innocence (and loss thereof), truth, and spirituality.

Of course, no exploration of Jagged Little Pill is complete without talking about “Ironic,” perhaps the most well-remembered of the album’s singles. Much has been made of Morissette’s lyricism on this track, most notably the (true) accusations that none of the scenarios brought up in the song serve as legitimate examples of irony. As a writing major, I won’t act like this truth doesn’t bother me a little bit, but it doesn’t stop “Ironic” from being a really good alt-rock song with one of my favorite choruses ever. (The quirky music video doesn’t hurt, either.)

Listening to Jagged Little Pill in 2016, I was struck by how well the music holds up; it doesn’t really feel dated, and Morissette’s emotional rawness and attitude remains relevant to this day. The album is a lot of fun to listen to.

Score, Adjusted for 2016 Ratings Inflation: 9.3/10


For my second album from 1996, I went with a less “mainstream” choice and looked toward the realm of socially conscious music to find a memorable album from one of the decade’s most explicitly political bands…

Evil Empire – Rage Against the Machine (Epic Records)

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Zack de la Rocha and company certainly invited political controversy with their caustic brand of anarchist-tinged rap rock, but does Evil Empire still hold up twenty years later?

One of the first things that a listener is likely to notice on this album is the heavy Beastie Boys influence (for better or for worse). De la Rocha’s sound is very much of its time, which immediately dates the album, but it’s still a pretty solid example of pre-Linkin Park rap-rock.

The album kicks off with two singles, “People of the Sun” and “Bulls on Parade”. Both tracks showcase RATM’s aggressive, driving instrumentals and de la Rocha’s distinctive (and angry) flow. It’s a solid start, but not necessarily one that showcases too much of the band’s range – a bit of a common theme on an album where the songs tend to blend into one another a bit.

“Vietnow,” the third track on the album, is a clear example of one of this album’s major flaws – its heavy-handedness. The band has a thing for clunky and involved metaphors that all too often collapse under the weight of their own pretense, expecting the listener to come into the album with a rather substantial knowledge base in order to understand all of the “subversive” points that de la Rocha attempts to make.

Not every song on the album is as murky and clunky as “Vietnow,” though; “Down

Rodeo” is a definite highlight, as de la Rocha delivers the line “These people ain’t seen a brown skin man/Since their grandparents bought one,” aggressively and effectively highlighting issues of class distinction and gentrification and delivering arguably his best flow anywhere on the record.

Another highlight is album closer “Year of tha Boomerang,” which is one of the album’s most explicitly political tracks with lines like “Cause I’m cell locked in tha doctrines of tha right.” There are no overwrought metaphors here, just four minutes of righteous anger and anarchy.

As far as rap-rock albums (and political albums, for that matter) go, Evil Empire is pretty solid. It’s not without its flaws – a dated sound, repetitive and often unexciting instrumentation and production, and some overdone lyrical metaphors – and hasn’t aged particularly well, but it’s still an enjoyable listen.

Score, Adjusted for 2016 Ratings Inflation: 7.1/10



Meet the Interns: Sean Calhoun 

06 2016

Dining In and Out: Mama’s Ladas


By Kaylyn Deiter


One young foodie explores the local restaurant scene, bringing quality cuisine into your kitchen, sans doggie bag.

Dining Out

Downtown Sioux Falls’ Mama’s Ladas has only two items on its menu: enchiladas and more enchiladas. It’s a minimalism co-owner Jayme Mothershead is just fine keeping simple.

“All we do is enchiladas,” she said. “It’s been our focus from the beginning. Sometimes we get customers asking if they can have a taco or a burrito, but we just stick to what we do best, and what we do best is enchiladas.”

Mothershead has owned the West 11th Street Mexican-style eatery with her husband, Matt, for nearly 15 years. And it’s safe to say that enchiladas have always been the stars of the show.


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When discussing the actual recipe behind Mama’s Ladas’ famed entree, it’s all about quality control.

“We make our dishes fresh every day using only the best products,” she said.

Though Mothershead prefers to keep the details of her enchiladas under wraps, she did share that the recipe originated with her mother, emphasizing that cheese is a key ingredient to success—lots of cheese.


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With a staff of only 10, Mothershead said her goal is to make Mama’s Ladas feel like home. And that it does. The entire eatery is comprised of one square room, a bar and approximately seven dining tables of assorted sizes. Cozy is an understatement. Multi-colored lights complement the rustic brick, and art from local artists adorns the remaining wall space. It’s eclectic, it’s cramped and it feels like home.

“We want our customers to leave feeling like they just had dinner at a friend’s house,” Mothershead said. “Although our staff is small, they all give 110 percent every day, something you don’t get at most chain restaurants.”

Three reasons to check out Mama’s Ladas:

  1. The atmosphere
  2. Free dessert—mini candy bars, anyone?
  3. The enchiladas … duh


Dining In

But what if a night out downtown isn’t in the cards for your Saturday evening? If you’re still craving that Mama’s Ladas flavor without all the fuss, try this simple chicken enchilada recipe courtesy of Diane VanEssen of Tracy, Minnesota:


  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 2 cans enchilada sauce
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheese
  • 1 package flour tortillas


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease 13×9 inch baking dish.
  3. In a skillet, cook chicken over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked.
  4. Stir in ¾ cup enchilada sauce and 1 cup cheese.
  5. Spoon enchilada filling into tortillas, roll up and place seam sides down in baking dish.
  6. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over top and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake 15-20 minutes.


Put on some salsa music, dip into a bowl of guacamole and string up a few multicolored lights. Guaranteed you’ll be feeling that Mama’s Ladas vibe right from your own kitchen.

Three reasons to make enchiladas at home:

  1. Simple recipe
  2. Tastes great
  3. Avoid the downtown parking hassle

Mama’s Ladas is the place to be if you’re craving a homey atmosphere and authentic flavor. Throw in a mini Snickers for the road and you’re golden. But if Netflix is calling your name and a little cooking seems like just the creative outlet you need, try our simple chicken enchilada recipe and enjoy Mama’s Ladas from the comfort of your couch.


Meet the Interns Kaylyn Deiter 



06 2016

605 Summer Classic Spotlight: Beer Tasting Preview

For the second year, South Dakota beer will take center stage at the 605 Summer Classic. Day two (Saturday, June 25), the event kicks off with an afternoon of beer tasting, featuring a dozen breweries from all corners of the Mount Rushmore State. Attendees can also expect live acoustic music, a dunk tank run by the Sioux Falls Roller Dollz, and a make-and-take craft tent courtesy of JAM Art and Supplies.

Gates open at 3 p.m. and the tasting lasts until 6 p.m. The tasting, including four tickets, is included with Saturday’s admission ($10/day or $15/Friday & Saturday). Additional tasting tickets can be purchased on site.

Crow Peak Brewing Company



Location: Spearfish

Known for: 11th Hour IPA, Canyon Cream Ale, and Pile O’ Dirt Porter.

Years at 605 Summer Classic: 2

Get to know co-owner Josh Fritz here.

Follow Crow Peak on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Fernson Brewing Company


Location: Sioux Falls

Known for: Farmhouse Ale, India Pale Ale, and Lion’s Paw Lager.

Years at 605 Summer Classic: 2

Details on this Sioux Falls brewery here.

Follow Fernson on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Firehouse Brewing Company


Location: Rapid City

Known for: Its home in Rapid City’s original firehouse, and a wide variety of brews, like the Firehouse Red.

Years at 605 Summer Classic: 2

Get to know brewmaster Mike Kilroy here.

Follow Firehouse on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Gandy Dancer Brew Works


Location: Sioux Falls (out of Monks House of Ale Repute)

Known for: A selection of small-batch brews available only at Monks.

Years at 605 Summer Classic: 2

Find the recipe for their Brother Destitute Hefeweizen here.

Follow Gandy Dancer/Monks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Hydra Beer Company


Location: Sioux Falls

Known for: Pale Horse Ale, Death Breath IPA, Unholy Stout, and plenty of heavy metal influence.

Years at the 605 Summer Classic: 2

Meet the owners and learn about the taproom here.

Follow Hydra on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


The Knuckle Brewing Company

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Location: Sturgis

Known for: Knuckle Head Red, White Knuckle Pale Ale and more.

Years at the 605 Summer Classic: 2

Meet head brewer Andrew Maguire here.

Follow The Knuckle on Facebook.


Lost Cabin Beer Company


Location: Rapid City

Known for: Turtle Creek Saison, Smokewagon Coffee Stout, and creative seasonals.

Years at the 605 Summer Classic: 1

Follow Lost Cabin on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Miner Brewing Company


Location: Hill City

Known for: Chokecherry Brown Ale and Mango Cream Ale

Years at 605 Summer Classic: 2

Brewmaster Sandi Vojta tells us more about Miner here.

Follow Miner on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Sick-N-Twisted Brewing Company


Location: Hill City (Housed with sister company Naked Winery)

Known for: Brews with risque names, like Creamy Wet Spot and Hop on Top.

Years at 605 Summer Classic: 2

Co-owner Rob Livingston talks about the brand here.

Follow Sick-N-Twisted/Naked on Facebook and Twitter.


Watertown Brewing Company



Location: Watertown

Known for: Codington Cream Ale and Broadway Brown Porter

Years at 605 Summer Classic: 1

Follow Watertown Brewing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


WoodGrain Brewing Company


Location: Sioux Falls

Known for: Smash Pale Ale and Milk Stout

Years at the 605 Summer Classic: 1

Co-owner Jason Currie-Olson tells us about the new brewery and taproom here.

Follow WoodGrain on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Wooden Legs Brewing Company


Location: Brookings

Known for: Jackalope Smoked Cream Ale and Three 5 Three Oatmeal Stout

Years at the 605 Summer Classic: 2

Read our review of Wooden Legs here.

Follow Wooden Legs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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06 2016

You Can Pickle That (Fruit)!

We’ve all fallen prey to the siren song of aspirational produce. In season fruit is selling for prices so low, they’re practically giving it away. The giant carton of strawberries, the big bag at the orchard, the crate of peaches just trucked in. Despite our best intentions, a depressingly large portion of this fruit often ends up going bad.


Pickling allows us to give a second life to our produce, and a chance to do a little playing with flavors and textures. The fruit can be eaten alone or used to top desserts and savory dishes, and the liquid can be used as a vinaigrette. There are few hard fast rules when it comes to pickling, which is what makes it so much fun!


Here are the basics, and from here, the sky is the limit.

  • Always have a 3:1 water to vinegar ratio.
  • Add sugar or honey to taste. Your brine shouldn’t be overly-sweet, but it should balance out the acid in the vinegar.
  • Added fresh or dry herbs will be more potent than in traditional cooking, so use sparingly. They will also increase in intensity the longer your jar remains unopened.
  • Always use ripe, unbruised produce when pickling, so try to recognize when the fruit will not get eaten fresh early on.
  • Using several small jars allows for creativity and diversity amongst one batch of fruit. Consider using four half pint jars, instead of two pints, and experiment a bit.
  •  Try subbing wine for the water for an extra layer of flavor.


Spicy Cinnamon Pears


(Makes approximately two pints)


  • 4 pears (We used Anjou and red pears)
  • 1 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 C apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • 8-10 whole peppercorns
  • 1/4 C unpacked brown sugar
  • 2 pint jars with lids and rings



  • In each jar, add one cinnamon stick, plus half of the ginger and peppercorns.
  • Peel and core the pears, and cut into slices or cubes.
  • Fill the jars, leaving a little room at the top.
  • Bring water and vinegar to a boil in a sauce pan.
  • Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
  • Remove liquid from heat, and allow to cool just a bit.
  • Pour the liquid over the fruit, making sure to cover the fruit with the liquid.
  • Make sure the lip of the jar is dry and screw on the lid.
  • Allow jars to cool a little more and refrigerate overnight. Fruit will be good for a couple of weeks.


Ginger Honey Peaches


(Makes approximately two pints)


  • 4 ripe peaches
  • 1 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 C apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 C honey
  • 1 tsp ginger root, chopped and peeled
  • 2 pint jars with rings



  • In each jar, add half of the ginger.
  • Remove pits from peaches and cut into slices or cubes.
  • Fill the jars, leaving a little room at the top.
  • Bring water and vinegar to a boil in a sauce pan.
  • Add honey and stir until dissolved.
  • Remove liquid from heat, and allow to cool just a bit.
  • Pour the liquid over the fruit, making sure to cover the fruit with the liquid.
  • Make sure the lip of the jar is dry and screw on the lid.
  • Allow jars to cool a little more and refrigerate overnight. Fruit will be good for a couple of weeks.


Sauvignon Blanc Stone Fruit


(Makes approximately two pints)


  • 3 C of your favorite stone fruit, sliced or chopped (unless you use cherries). We used nectarines and plums.
  • 1 1/2 C sauvignon blanc (or other white wine)
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/4 C white sugar
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 8-10 whole peppercorns
  • 2 pint jars with lids and rings



  • In each jar, add half of the basil and peppercorns.
  • Remove pits from the fruit and cut into slices or cubes.
  • Fill the jars, leaving a little room at the top.
  • Bring wine and vinegar to a boil in a sauce pan.
  • Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
  • Remove liquid from heat, and allow to cool just a bit.
  • Pour the liquid over the fruit, making sure to cover the fruit with the liquid.
  • Make sure the lip of the jar is dry and screw on the lid.
  • Allow jars to cool a little more and refrigerate overnight. Fruit will be good for a couple of weeks.


Boozy Herbed Berries


(Makes approximately one pint)


  • 1 1/2 C of your favorite berries. We used quartered strawberries.
  • 3/4 C red wine
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 C white sugar
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary, cut in half
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon
  • 1 pint jar or 2 half pint jars with lids and rings



  • In each jar, add half of the tarragon and rosemary.
  • Fill the jars with berries, leaving a little room at the top.
  • Bring wine and vinegar to a boil in a sauce pan.
  • Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
  • Remove liquid from heat, and allow to cool just a bit.
  • Pour the liquid over the fruit, making sure to cover the fruit with the liquid.
  • Make sure the lip of the jar is dry and screw on the lid.
  • Allow jars to cool a little more and refrigerate overnight. Fruit will be good for a couple of weeks.



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05 2016

I Don’t Wanna Be Scene: Remembering Latitude 44

By Bobby Benedict

In the time that I spent as part of the music scene in Sioux Falls, I saw a couple venues go: Boonies, Encore Productions, but the one that hit us all pretty hard was Latitude 44.


As the Fernson Brewing Company furnishes and starts up their chapter in the very same building, I had to do some reflection, not to eulogize, but to simply celebrate a time and place that I shared with a few handfuls of others. As I prepare to leave the Sioux Falls scene myself I can’t help but feel like a chapter is closing over the past five or six years of the scene and evolving as the Icon Lounge starts accepting more local showcases and Total Drag continues to strengthen the scene from the inside out. As Facebook posts of signage and trivia nights start to trickle in from the Fernson on 8th camp, I’d like to remember the spot that I knew in the small vignettes in my mind that were.

The first show I ever attended at Latitude 44 was also the first show I played there, it was opening for local legends Talk Rock with Universe Contest coming up from Lincoln, I believe. The space was small, loud, the train rolled in during our set and it wouldn’t be the first time I got distracted by some sort of passerby from the windows of the venue. Back then I still had to have Big Mike draw the Xs on the back of my hands and I hung out in the smoking area outside between sets to take in the surrounding area despite not smoking.


Over the next few years, as both an entertainer and a fan of live music, I got to have my first tour kick off show for my first tour ever with my friends Brian and Peter, I watched in awe of the Calamity Cubes as they went off mic and walked across the tables up onto the bar, The Mutts blew me away with their swanky jazz tunes and the singer played his keyboard with his feet (I bought all their records because of it), and I had a cathartic last performance with my band The New FM there a short time before it closed alongside my friends from Portland, Noise Brigade, who I used to know from Alaska.

For me Latitude 44 wasn’t the building or the area, it was me showing up early before a show and being the only person around to help Cyndy bring new kegs upstairs. It was seeing photos of people from around the scene that I’ve either become a fan of or become friends with. It was never really knowing where to sit because so many of my friends were there and we’d all end up sitting in different places the whole night trying to talk to everyone.

I hope that Fernson on 8th can use that stage to bring some people the same fond memories that I have in their own way. I drove by the building before I left and marveled at how bright and empty it looked without the photos, paintings of beagles, or what I believe to be some sort of Mexican restaurant mannequin.

I’m not sure exactly how it all went down, I know that there’s a few camps of people among my friends who feel the rug was pulled out from Latitude quicker than expected. I know that there was a bit of a shaky change of hands and Latitude’s last show was a bit sooner than expected, despite that I know that Fernson will do their best to make their brewpub a unique spot that showcases their attitude.

All I can think of now is the memories that I made in that spot, the friends that I stood out in the cold with to get out of the way of bands loading in, having one too many on Valentines Day and letting Latitude be the last thing I remember from the night. As I continue my adventures around the country I hope to find other places like Latitude to create those little nuggets in my mind that I can always go back to and feel fine. Thanks, Latitude 44 and Sioux Falls for being a great chapter in my life as a performer, writer, singer, songwriter, music fan, and person, it’s been great.

My Favorite Memories In Latitude:

Oddfest: I believe that it was the first year that Oddfest was at Latitude, I didn’t know that the venue could look so big with all the tables and chairs out of the way. I got to watch a few sweet Weezer covers from a band that I believe was called Amidon Affair, they even did all the talking parts in Undone (The Sweater Song). I think that was the first Husk show too, I enjoyed headbanging to that.


Open Mic Comedy Contest: My friend in comedy Adam Wilka was, for a shot time, hosting an open mic comedy contest at Latitude before it closed down. I only got to do it twice but I did win something both times. Trying my hand at comedy was something that I always wanted to do but never knew how to start and feeling at home at Latitude already helped even more. The contest will now be hosted at Boss’ Pizza on Minnesota Ave. so be sure to go watch some great comedians there.


Sharing the stage with my friends: The last acoustic show I played there as my acoustic moniker, Sad Giants, I got to do something that always makes my day. While on tour in 2014 Brian Hoffman convinced Peter Marsh and myself to join him in doing a cover of Against Me’s song Sink, Florida, Sink. Every time that song comes on one of my Spotify playlists I will always remember back to drinking too much in Fargo, we were all a mess, but it was okay because we sort of all leaned on each other like a spiritual tripod. So I got to join my friends on stage one more time to sing and drink and be happy.



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05 2016

Four Easy, Tasty Campfire Recipes

Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you can’t eat like the foodie you are! Next time you enjoy a roaring campfire, put those coals to good use and impress your camping buddies with one of these easy recipes.

Campfire Spinach Dip



  • 1 C frozen spinach, chopped and drained
  • 1 C sour cream (8 oz. pkg)
  • 1 C softened cream cheese (8 oz. pkg)
  • 1 C shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt



  • Combine ingredients in bowl, forming a well-mixed ball.
  • Place on center of double-layered tin foil.
  • Gather foil around the ball, closing pouch-like at the top.
  • Place near your fire’s coals and cook for approx. 30 minutes (mixture should be bubbling).

(Tip: This can also be baked in a 400-degree oven for 30-40 minutes.)


Campfire Scotch Mini-Meatloaves



  • Your favorite meatloaf mixture (we used 1 lb. ground beef mixed with ketchup, yellow mustard, shredded parmesan, bread crumbs, an egg, chili powder, fresh black pepper, and sea salt.)
  • 4 hard boiled eggs




  • Separate meatloaf mixture into four equal parts.
  • Flatten each in an oval shape no more than half an inch thick on a sheet of tin foil.
  • Place an egg at the center of the flattened meat mixture.
  • Wrap meat around the egg until all of the egg surface is covered.
  • Gather tin foil pouch-like around the meat-covered eggs.
  • Place next to coals and cook for 30-40 minutes, until meat is cooked through.

(Tip: This can also be baked in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes.)


Campfire Almond French Toast



  • 1 whole, large loaf of your favorite bread
  • 1 C liquid egg product (like Eggbeaters)
  • ½ C milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ¼ C sliced almonds
  • Confectioners sugar and syrup for serving



  • Cut whole loaf of bread into 1 ½ inch slices, stopping ½ inch from bottom of loaf.
  • Spray double layer of tin foil with nonstick cooking spray (this is crucial).
  • Place on large double layer of tin foil.
  • Mix together egg product, milk, almond extract and cinnamon.
  • Pour evenly over loaf.
  • Pour sliced almonds over loaf, including between slices.
  • Close foil around loaf.
  • Place near coals and cook for 30-40 minutes, until loaf is firm.

(Tip: This can also be baked in a 400-degree oven for 40 minutes.)


Campfire Philly Loaf



  • 1 whole, large loaf of your favorite bread
  • ½ lb. deli roast beef
  • 1 green peppers, sliced in thin strips
  • 1 medium onion, sliced in thin strips
  • ½ C sliced mushrooms
  • 1 C shredded mozzarella
  • ¼ C mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. dijon or stone ground mustard
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic



  • Cut loaf of bread into slices, stopping ½ inch from bottom of loaf.
  • In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, mustard and garlic.
  • Spread mayo mixture on interior slices of bread using a spatula.
  • Set loaf on large double layer of tin foil.
  • Evenly stuff cheese, beef, onions, peppers and mushrooms in bread slits, book-ending with cheese.
  • Wrap tin foil around loaf, securing edges.
  • Place near coals and cook for approx. 30 minutes. Onions and peppers should be tender.

(Tip: This can also be baked in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes.)



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05 2016

Meet the Interns: Kaylyn Deiter

One of the best things about summer at the 605 Magazine office is getting to spend time with a new batch of interns.


Today, we get to know 21-year-old Kaylyn Deiter. Originally from Aberdeen, she’s a junior English and Journalism major at Augustana University.

What’s your dream job?

Kaylyn Deiter: Writing for a culture, fashion or travel magazine and/or being a mom.

What are your top three favorite movies?

KD: When Harry Met Sally, Father of the Bride, and Pretty Woman.

How about your top three favorite bands?

KD: Train, Rend Collective, and Mumford and Sons.

What was the best vacation you’ve ever taken?

KD: A fall break trip to New York City with my mom, grandma, and two best friends.


Aside from your internship, what are you most looking forward to most this summer?

KD: A family trip to Florida and living in a house with my friends.

Coffee or tea?

KD: Coffee (mochas).

What’s your drink?

KD: Moscato white wine.

If you could eat one food for a whole year, it would be…

KD: Popcorn.

If you could live in any world city for one year, it would be…

KD: Rome.

What’s your favorite activity on a day off?

KD: Reading for fun or playing tennis.

Are you a dog or cat person?

KD: Definitely a dog person.

Do you have pets? Who are they?

KD: A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Cavvie.

What is your favorite South Dakota restaurant?

KD: Crawford’s.

What’s your favorite South Dakota bar?

KD: Monks.


What’s your favorite South Dakota attraction?

KD: The Black Hills or Christmas at the Capitol.

What are you looking forward to most about your 605 internship?

KD: Getting to work in a creative environment writing about subjects I’m passionate about and meeting people who feel the same.

What’s the number one thing you hope to get out of the internship?

KD: Practical job experience in the magazine industry and a professional portfolio that will allow me to get a job in this field.

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