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A Basement Full of Memories

A Basement Full of Memories

For many, it’s the sound of childhood. The repetitive, upbeat melodies of arcade games on auto, layered one upon another in a siren song that beckons, “Give us your quarters. Give us all the quarters.” And when we put a …

Taste of Sarcasm: Marlin’s Family Restaurant

Taste of Sarcasm: Marlin’s Family Restaurant

By Denise DePaolo Marlin’s in the kind of place I remember going with my grandparents. A display case full of baked goods greets you, and at least half the tables at any given time are occupied by people over 60. …

Little Parent on the Prairie: Stay United

Little Parent on the Prairie: Stay United

By Tracy Kirby Image by Crista Ballard Photography My husband and I recently celebrated our seven-year wedding anniversary. To commemorate, we simply ate an embarrassingly high-calorie meal and reminisced about our life together. During this rare uninterrupted conversation, we talked …

At Home with Jeffrey and Janci Herr

At Home with Jeffrey and Janci Herr

The exterior of Jeffrey and Janci Herr’s two-story Spearfish home is tidy and contemporary. It appears to be the type of front porched suburban dream found anywhere, until one notices Crow Peak looming behind – and steps inside and loses themselves …

The Real Deal: Marc Wagner

The Real Deal: Marc Wagner

You might not know Marc Wagner, but you’ve probably seen his work. The Sioux Falls artist is co-creator of Skullmore, a zine named for his toxic waste-colored rendition of the famous mountain (complete with skeletal presidential visages), stickers of which …

Forever Young: Finding Joy in Nostalgia

Forever Young: Finding Joy in Nostalgia

By Denise DePaolo Images by Elizabeth Lucille Photography There’s an old adage that goes, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” As adults, it’s easy to forget the wonders of childhood. Between …

Celebrating Equality

Celebrating Equality

By Natalie Slieter Dakotas’ Equality Summit is not just for the LGBT community; it’s also for allies. Leslie Jordan is the featured speaker for the Sioux Falls event that will be held September 9-10 at the downtown Holiday Inn. He’s …

605 Outdoor Wonders: Spearfish Canyon

605 Outdoor Wonders: Spearfish Canyon

By Anna Stritecky One of South Dakota’s most majestic beauties is right in the heart of Spearfish Canyon, or what some call devil’s bathtub. Spearfish Canyon is a collection of limestone rock lined in a valley, eventually trapping you within …

Bookmarks and Big Screens: The Giver

Bookmarks and Big Screens: The Giver

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 …

Field Notes and Fixations: A Conversation with Sam Outlaw

Field Notes and Fixations: A Conversation with Sam Outlaw

By Thomas Hentges Aberdeen-born and Southern California-raised singer/songwriter Sam Morgan has seemingly, somehow stuffed three years of work and life experience into the past 18 months. Shortly after adopting the stage name Sam Outlaw (Outlaw is his mother’s maiden name) and composing and recording a strong batch …