Nature is never far when you’re in South Dakota, at the edges of our communities and neatly planted fields are state parks, grasslands, lakes, and rivers that allow us to take a beat and recharge. For those in Sioux...
By Denise DePaolo Submitted Images When Brother Ali last took the 605 Summer Classic stage in 2013, things didn’t go as planned. A huge crowd clamored to see the Minneapolis-based hip hop artist, and he was ready to give it his...
By Denise DePaolo Images by Liz Painter Sioux Falls' love affair with the food truck may have flickered and sputtered at times, but if the popularity of Food Truck Friday is any indication, the fires are burning brightly once more. For...

Back to Nature

Much like the recently revitalized maker movement, South Dakotans are realizing that outdoor skills aren’t to be taken for granted. They are a part of our state’s culture and have practical, real-world applications. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks...
Submitted Images If you’ve attended a major outdoor event in Sioux Falls, you’ve seen them. Men and women in fluorescent green, milling amongst the crowd, picking up discarded items and sticking around to clean up. They’re the Ecomaniacs and they’re...
By Kara Sweet Summer is almost officially here. Not just the day of the year when the solstice begins, but the season when the weather actually denotes it is time to be in the sun...to be in the outdoors, to...
By Denise DePaolo Images by Elizabeth Lucille Photography There is no more productive form of muscle-powered travel than cycling. A 2012 article on popularmechanics.com cites the example of a cyclist versus a pedestrian, pointing out that if the two use the...
By Natalie Keller As the leaves change color and fall to the ground, state parks near Sioux Falls are offering Halloween and fall-themed hikes before Jack Frost comes to town. Naturalist Cortney Reedy has been working at Good Earth State Park...
By Denise DePaolo When the snow began falling October 5, 2013, no one knew the damage it would cause to western South Dakota. Ranchers sustained devastating losses, and the pain was felt in town, too. Just hours after the flakes...
By Denise DePaolo Photos by Liz Long It’s amazing what happens when one lifts their foot off the gas, slowing down from 80 to 55 miles per hour. Edges of the scenery become crisp, the lines on the road sharpen, and...

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