Happy Friday! Megan here.

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This weekend, Intern Olivia will introduce you to a new group in town looking to bring sustainable businesses together. You'll also get smart about Sioux Falls history (and a new book that can help you learn even more). And, of course, we've got our Super Simplified Stories and our weekly roundup of events.

And now, news:


Get smart about Sioux Falls history with Patrick Hicks

Patrick Hicks is one of the two people (Jon Lauck being the other) behind a new anthology about Sioux Falls history. The book is called "City of Hustle," and it released earlier this week. Sioux Falls Simplified sat down with Hicks to talk about the book, history and where he'd go if he found a time machine.

Answers have been edited for length and clarity. Responses are direct quotes from Hicks.

How did you ‘get smart’ about writing books – i.e. what in your background or in your own research/activities prepared you for work on “City of Hustle”?  

I really love essays that teach me something new, and I admire writing that is well-informed and inviting. That’s the tone we wanted to strike in City of Hustle.

We wanted readers to feel like a friend was telling them something new about Sioux Falls—something maybe they’d never heard before.

  • There are many excellent writers in Sioux Falls, so it was just a matter of reaching out and asking if they’d like to join us. Happily, many of them did.

We’re all about simplicity here. Can you describe the book in 10 words or less?

An un-put-downable collection of essays about Sioux Falls.

What’s something people often misunderstand about Sioux Falls’ history? (And, if you could politely correct them, what would you say?)

There is a richness to our history that, I think, isn’t well known. There are so many fascinating stories and lives that have called this place home.

  • Did you know Theodore Roosevelt loved Sioux Falls? I sure didn’t. He loved coming here.
  • And did you know that—at one point in time—only Milwaukee brewed more beer than Sioux Falls?

There are so many things about our city that aren’t known. This anthology will delight and surprise readers.

See the full interview

And learn how you can find City of Hustle.


This nonprofit wants to make it easier to find and support 'green' businesses

By Olivia Bertino

Simplified: Building Sustainable Connections is a new nonprofit that's working to help businesses make more sustainable decisions. Here's what the organization wants to do for Sioux Falls.

Why it matters

  • The new nonprofit launched on Earth Day of this year with the goal to give more sustainable businesses a platform for their initiatives, Founder and Executive Director Amber Lively said.
  • Building Sustainable Connections is starting a Green Business Directory to compile a list of businesses in Sioux Falls that have taken sustainable initiatives.
  • Lively said the directory and the certification highlights businesses who function with a triple bottom line, which is an equal focus on people, planet, and profit.
"Our primary goal is to get that message out there that being sustainable is not only good for the environment, but it's great for a business's profits," Lively said. "It makes companies that much more appealing to those individuals that are looking to vote with their dollar and support environmentally forward thinking businesses."

Tell me more about the business directory

And what's next for the nonprofit? More here.


Super Simplified Stories

  • Sioux Falls schools add about 200 students. The Sioux Falls School District saw about 200 more K-12 students this year compared to last year, according to fall enrollment data presented to school board members earlier this week. Where they saw some loss was in junior kindergarten and pre-K, which lost a total of 88 students this year compared to last.
  • Who's ready for plows on the road? The 13th annual Paint the Plow event is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot just south of the Levitt. Come see 17 plows painted by local students, and there's a chance to get in on the painting as well. (Though, hopefully we won't need to use them for awhile, right??)


Stuff to do

  • *Get revitalized. The 4th Annual Yogafest is coming back to the Sioux Falls Convention Center on Nov. 5. Attendees will experience three classes throughout the morning event, and this year, participants are encouraged to donate school supplies for three local schools. Free will donations will also be accepted for Kendra Brouwer. Sign up now for early-bird pricing! Tickets available here.
  • Find your femininity. The 16th annual Etc. Expo for Her is this Friday and Saturday at the Sioux Falls convention center. There will be over 200 booths for shopping, pampering and entertainment. Info and ticket details here.
  • See some spooky science. The Washington Pavilion on Saturday is hosting an all-day, spooky science event for all ages. Costumes encouraged. Admission prices and details here.
  • More yoga, but for animals. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Finny Mini Farm and Sanctuary and Tea is hosting a beginner yoga fundraiser event. All ticket sales will go towards covering costs for the animals. Details here.
  • Get it write. The first meeting of Sioux Falls' new nonprofit The Writer's Study is at the Full Circle Book Co-op on Tuesday. You can walk through some writer's workshops, eat charcuterie, and drink. More info here.
  • Pizza for the popular. Join the dedication of the Sunny's Pizzeria wall of notability mural on Thursday at 6 p.m. There will be deals on pizza and beer, and you can meet some of the faces on the mural. Details here.

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