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.
A Message from Sioux Falls for President Donald Trump
I had this message for President Donald Trump on the Patrick Lalley Show on Friday: The president of the United States is Sioux Falls right now, at least that was the plan. About the only way you’d know is that you probably can’t drive on Minnesota or Russell from the airport to the co…
It’s Getting to be That Time of Year (Hint: Cyclocross)
Fall is cyclocross season. While it's not fall just yet, it's close. Which means 'cross is coming.
Adventure Bikepacking Without Ever Leaving the Metro
Last summer JP and I took a bikepacking trip to Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne, Minn. We had a lovely time and Blue Mounds is a great place to hang out for awhile. Then we talked about it all winter.
Going Back to Six-Man Football in South Dakota Not a Solution [OPINION]
Really? We’re going back to six-man football in South Dakota? The South Dakota High School Activities Association is in the midst of deciding whether to eliminate the smallest of the nine-man classes and start a six-man division.
Area Cyclocross Racer Dillon McNeil Takes 3rd at Nationals
I interviewed Dillon McNeil last week on The Patrick Lalley Show as he was preparing to travel to Reno, Nev., for the USA Cycling Cyclocross Nationals.
City Council Should Never Alter Election Rules [OPINION]
A decision by the Sioux Falls City Council to change the percentage of votes needed to win a seat on the council is a fundamental and disturbing conflict with the principals of democracy.
Golf Course Management Contract Messed up by City Hall [OPINION]
The City Council on Tuesday decided not to approve the selection of Landscapes Unlimited of Lincoln, Neb., to manage the city’s three public golf courses. It was the culmination of several weeks of speculation and suggestion since the announcement was released in October, that the city would …
Run for Food Continues to Grow Since Humble Start; Tops $40k This Year
Jeff Smith and Rob Sevold started the Run For Food at The Banquet on a Thanksgiving morning run. The next year they raised $1,000. This year it's $40,000.
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is This Sunday
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Days is this Sunday (Oct. 8) at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls. The local event is part of a nationwide effort supported by the International Mountain Bicycling Association.
Booneman Says: Let’s Have Sculling on Covell Lake
On Monday's Weird Friends segment on The Patrick Lalley Show, The Booneman had what I consider to be a brilliant idea. Sculling on Covell Lake.