As crazy as it may seem, in two weeks, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day here in the nation. This means Christmas is roughly a month and a half away! Which is an entirely different level of crazy in itself!

With the Thanksgiving Day holiday fast approaching, Feeding South Dakota is ramping up its efforts to help make a Thanksgiving Day meal available to families here in the Sioux Falls area who might not be able to afford a meal.

Dakota News Now reports that Feeding South Dakota is planning its annual Thanksgiving Day meal giveaway on Saturday, (November 18). Again this year, it will be a drive-through style event that will provide one meal per family with a maximum of two families per vehicle.

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Residents throughout the Sioux Empire can get involved by donating to the Greg and Pam Sands Foundation. The foundation will be matching the donations made.

According to Dakota News Now, for every $30.00 donation made, two families in the area will receive all the grocery items necessary to make a Thanksgiving Day meal at home. You know, things like cranberry sauce, stuffing, green beans, potatoes, and of course turkey.

Stacey Andernacht, marketing and communication director for Feeding South Dakota, told Dakota News Now, “At the end of our fiscal year in June, we had experienced a 20 percent increase over the prior year in families utilizing our mobile food distribution program. So we believe that with the upcoming holiday season and the current economy that it is, we’re going to continue to see a rise in need for our program services."

This year's giveaway is from 8 to 10 AM on Saturday, (November 18), at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds.

Feeding South Dakota plans to hand out over 1,500 meals in the Sioux Falls area alone.

Source: Dakota News Now

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Dives Worth a Drive in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota

Almost every small South Dakota town has a watering hole. It’s where the locals go to kick back a few brews and engage in conversation.

Some of these establishments are located in buildings almost as old as the town itself. There might be a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new vinyl on the booth seats, but the ambiance is still reminiscent of a good ol’ dive.

If you think a "dive" is all about the sketchy clientele, the smell of the Devil’s lettuce, and stale Grain Belt, you’d be wrong. Not every dive has a bad reputation.

What makes a dive, a dive?

A dive has character. Neon beer signs and local memorabilia adorn the walls.

You might find a pool table, dart board, and a few video lottery machines.

The bartender knows the regulars by name and they know what you drink.

Some dives don't even serve food except for bags of chips and pickled eggs that sit in a jar of brine on the bar.

Dives aren't fancy. You might see 70's-style wood panels on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.

Finally, the bathrooms. The bathrooms in dives are in a class by themselves and could be a whole topic on its own. 

There are several small-town dives in our area with friendly faces, cheap booze with a burn, and even really good food! We use the term "dive" in the most affectionate way.

Here are some of the best and why you should go there.

Gallery Credit: Karla Brown