Sioux Falls is planning a couple of late-season construction projects that drivers will need to be mindful of in the coming days.

Starting today, (September 21), construction crews will close down the sidewalks and lanes at the intersections of 8th Street and Dakota Avenue, 8th Street and Main Avenue, and 11th Street and Phillips Avenue in downtown Sioux Falls.

Dakota News Now reports that over the next week, crews will be working to make repairs to the accessible curb ramps. Motorists in the downtown area can expect still to see one lane of traffic in each direction while the work is being done at those intersections. However, be advised that traffic will more than likely be moving at a slower pace throughout the process.

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The City of Sioux Falls is requesting that motorists use caution when traveling through the construction area, or consider using alternate routes while the construction is underway.

Also, starting on Friday (September 22) crews plan to kick off a construction project inside Terrace Park.

According to Dakota News Now, work will be done to help improve the shoreline conditions of Covell Lake in and around the area of the Japanese Gardens. That portion of the park will be closed off to the public while the work is being conducted.

Again, park users are advised to use caution and stay away from the construction zones inside the Terrace Park area.

Crews hope to have that project wrapped up by the end of November.

Source: Dakota News Now

See How East 10th Street in Sioux Falls Has Changed

It's really interesting using Google Streetview to compare the changes from the earliest pictures to the latest.

For Sioux Falls, the earliest views are from 2008 and the latest from early 2022.

Some of the looks aren't the clearest, but it still gives a real good look at how dynamic the east side of Sioux Falls is.

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.


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