I grew up on the North End of Sioux Falls, one in a long line of Lalleys who still hold ground around Terrace Park. I graduated from O'Gorman High School and the University of South Dakota. Following college, I was fortunate to spend more than two decades in journalism in South Dakota and Iowa. I love the give and take of good civic discourse, history and politics. To gain some sort of perspective on the world, I try to read books, primarily fiction for true perspective. My musical tastes were formed primarily obscure -- to most people -- pop and punk music from the '80s and '90s, though in truth any sort of jangly, smart pop music can get my attention.
Hotel and Parking Ramp Plan is Good for Downtown [OPINION]
The announcement on Wednesday of a public/private partnership to develop a downtown block is an exciting and positive step for Sioux Falls. There will be plenty of discussion surrounding the finances of the deal -- valued at $50 million -- including the parking ramp, hotel and retail space. Notably,…
Frosty CX in LeMars Last Race in the Local Cyclocross Season
This coming weekend is the last weekend of cyclocross racing in the Sioux Falls area. Fortunately, it's a big one.
Tending the Fire at Trail Race is Arduous Duty — Seriously, it is
Last weekend (Oct. 28) I was the Newton Hills Ultra Trail Race, a 50k, 30k and 20k trek through the state park near Canton. Running trails at Newton Hills is tough because there are some long climbs that require walking, or a kind of exaggerated power hike. Much of it is also just beautiful, winding…
City Council Pressing for Answers on Siding Settlement is Encouraging [OPINION]
Several city councilors want Mayor Mike Huether’s administration make a presentation and answer questions about the once-secret-now-public settlement over the Premier Center siding.
Jolene Loetscher’s Bid for Sioux Falls Mayor Changes Complexion of Race [OPINION]
Former television reporter and advocate for victims of child abuse, Jolene Loetscher is holding a press conference on Friday to announce her bid for Mayor. It’s a bit of surprise but it’s rumbling around for a week or so now.
Sioux Falls Going the Wrong Way with Right-on-Red Turning [OPINION]
I'm dumbfounded by the City of Sioux Falls' announcement this week that it will allow turning right on red lights at two major intersections on Minnesota Avenue.
Paul Ten Haken Jumps Into Sioux Falls Mayor’s Race
There wasn't a lot of drama -- maybe a little -- when Paul Ten Haken announced he was running for mayor of Sioux Falls.
Zach DeBoer — Arts and Urban Planning Advocate — Running for City Council
I'd scheduled Zach DeBoer to be a guest on the Patrick Lalley Show a couple weeks ago. I wanted Zach to come on the show because of his interest in smart urban planning and involvement in the arts community.
In Today’s Political Climate, What is a Moderate? [OPINION]
What is a moderate and what do they believe in today's political climate?
How a Bike Saved My Life
People ask me all the time why I ride my bike to work. The answer is always pretty simple: I needed to change my life.