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Weather check: A cold and windy weekend (but some hope for sun and warmer temps on Monday!)

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This weekend, we'll catch you up on some of the legislation that passed out of Pierre in the last couple months. You'll also learn about a local coffee shop's cool new way of making art more accessible, find our weekly event guide and a couple Super Simplified updates.

And now, news:


What happened in Pierre? The legislative session, simplified.

Simplified: Lawmakers passed more than 200 bills during the 2023 legislative session, and at least 125 are already set to become law. Here's a look at what's passed, what's been vetoed and what's still sitting on the governor's desk.

Why it matters

  • The annual legislative session in Pierre is where all of South Dakota's laws originate, so it's worth paying attention to what passes and what doesn't.
  • Lawmakers had just shy of 40 legislative days to get legislation passed and make sure they've got a balanced state budget for the next year. In that time, they considered more than 500 bills, resolutions and commemorations. (Want a real deep dive? See every submitted bill here.)
  • Much of the legislation ends up being – frankly – kind of boring stuff like wording tweaks or changes that don't affect the majority of people, but there are items passed this year that could impact your day-to-day life.

Tell me more: What's some of the stuff that passed, failed or is still undecided?

Get a rundown here.


Take some art, leave some art at this little free lending library

Simplified: The Breaks Coffee Roasting Co. downtown has turned its "Occupied Gallery" into a little free art library. Here's how it works.

Why it matters

  • Owners Mary Campbell and Corey Gerlach have been long been supporting local artists. That's why they turned their business's bathroom into an art gallery – the Occupied Gallery – that frequently updates to feature (and sell) works from different artists.
  • Throughout March and April, instead of featuring just one artist, the coffee shop is giving anyone a chance to share their art.
  • In the first couple weeks, Campbell estimates they've seen 50 works of art come and go from the "library" – including some pieces from very established local artists, though the goal is to include everybody.
"I hoped that it would would level the playing field for people who had wanted to show something," Campbell said. "And maybe it would eliminate barriers for people who couldn't afford art ... or just be an interesting social experiment to see what would happen."

Tell me more

How does it work?


Super Simplified Stories

  • Grab coffee with a City Councilor. Have thoughts or feelings on something happening in Sioux Falls right now? Talk to some of the people with the most direct influence on how our city operates. From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Councilors Curt Soehl and Rich Merkouris will be available to chat at Leonardo's Cafe in the Washington Pavilion.
  • The airport is running out of parking. The Sioux Falls Regional Airport's parking lots have been full or near full all week, per Facebook posts. But, there's more spots on the horizon. Jodi Schwan has everything you need to know in this Pigeon605 story.


Stuff to do: March 17-23

Happy St. Patrick's day! For festive events, check out this St. Paddy's day roundup. If you're not in the mood to go green, here's a few other events around town this week.

  • Get lit. See some fire on Augustana's campus on Saturday at 7 p.m. Performers will share some flame tricks. Details here.
  • Feel the magic. Head to Spellbound Magic Shop and Theater on Saturday at 7 p.m. for an interactive magic show. Tickets are $10, and you can get those here.
  • Bunny photos with Fido. Bring your pet to the Empire Mall on Sunday starting at 6 p.m. to get a photo with the Easter bunny. Details here.
  • Remember the war. Hear from U.S. veteran Brian Turner and writer/poet Brian Turner on Monday at 6 p.m. at Augustana. He'll share his experiences in the Iraq war and the aftermath. Details here.
  • Step back in time. Learn about the founding of Sioux Falls at the Pettigrew Home and Museum on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Siouxland Heritage Museums director Bill Hoskins will discuss the early years of the city. Details here.


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Reach out

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Thank you

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