605 Magazine is an independently owned, monthly publication that is distributed throughout the state of South Dakota free of charge.
In a nutshell, 605 Magazine is for both males and females with content on life, entertainment, fashion, and health. The main goal of the publication is to help people connect, unwind, find the latest happenings, and highlight those who are making a difference in their community.
605 Magazine is youth orientated, but is read by people across the board.
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Alana started 605 Magazine with her husband, John, in 2009 after realizing content was lacking for younger males and females to connect with in the state. Now a statewide publication featuring arts and entertainment and those making a difference, she is living her dream. Alana also started a bi-annual Midwest wedding publication that is available in stores like Barnes & Noble called “Dainty Obsessions.” When she’s not ripping out her hair from constant deadlines, she is either a.) watching Bravo, b.) eating Mexican food, or c.) napping with her English Bulldog and Boston Terrier, a.k.a. The Smooshed Face Mafia.
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John is an avid soccer player, outdoorsman, Scotch aficionado, and fledgling metal fabricator. He loves his Jeep Wrangler, English Bulldog and Boston Terrier. When he isn’t spending time with one of the aforementioned activities, he can be found rewatching old episodes of “Firefly.”
Liz is a South Dakota native, born and raised in Harrisburg. She graduated SDSU in 2014 with a BS in Graphic Design with an emphasis in studio art and also received her art history certification. Liz is married Cody Painter (how fitting is that last name?). When Liz isn’t obsessing over South Dakota (or designing for 605) she is an electronic music DJ/Producer. She also loves wine, photography, dancing, and taxidermy.
Kyle is the editorial assistant for 605 Magazine, and is obsessed with gawking over real weddings from Dainty Obsessions. She spends her time listening to Post Malone, transcribing interviews, and drinking too much coffee, while developing the perfect questions to ask complete strangers
Taylor was born and raised in Sioux Falls, with roots in Garretson. You can find her kayaking down the Big Sioux River, taking day trips to the Palisades, or buying a camera at a local thrift shop. An avid foodie, Taylor can tell you the best places to eat and/or drink around town. Being active, and doing everything at a pace where no one can keep up, explains Taylor in a nutshell.
Denise DePaolo is a writer and marketing professional based in Sioux Falls. She is a lover of music, history, and local wine. She spends her spare time wrangling her toddler and miniature schnauzers.
JaCee Engelhart, owner of jaceej Photography, specializes in photographing weddings and seniors in Aberdeen. Follow her on Instagram @jaceejphotography.
Nick Hubbard is currently a photography student at Black Hills State University and lives in Spearfish. He enjoys the Black Hills, abandoned places, traveling, unplanned adventures, night drives, vinyl records, and a good americano. More than all of that, he loves candid and spontaneous moments.
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Tracy is a transplant to South Dakota via Colorado, California, and (oddly enough) Nebraska. She is married to a Sioux Falls native and is a mother to two “spirited” children and one giant bear-dog. She recently moved to the country, where she is hyperventilating in a brown bag in regard to all the ticks and bugs.
Sion Lidster is a writer, poet, and adamant idler. He is a native of Wales, UK, and now resides in Sioux Falls, where he can be found making zines through Dream Cult House, or hosting poetry events through The Blot Collective.
As a small-town South Dakota native, Erin moved to Sioux Falls to attend Augustana University where she recently graduated with a double major in journalism and business communications. She loves meeting the people behind every story, and the learning and creative process that comes with it.
Morgan is a sophomore studying journalism at the University of South Dakota. Born and raised in Sioux Falls, she is an avid concertgoer, occasional painter, and self-taught photographer. She hopes to become a music journalist.
Claudia is a senior at the University of South Dakota. Her favorite pastimes are hiking in the Black Hills, watching Grey’s Anatomy with Penny, her 8-year-old bearded dragon, and drinking her weight in coffee.
Natalie graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in communication sciences and disorders. She has a passion for writing, as well as lazy Saturdays, laughing, and spending time with her husband.
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Bill is a freelance event photographer and works at SDN Communications. Some of his favorite things are his family, photography, technology, and good craft beer.
Andrea Van Essen
A Minneapolis native, Andrea is a recent graduate of Augustana University with a triple major in journalism, English and German. When she isn’t busy writing, she enjoys reading, travel, photography and daydreaming about the day when she’ll finally own a corgi.