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Patrick Lalley

Engagement editor and reporter - Sioux Falls

Patrick Lalley is the engagement editor and reporter for the Forum News Service in Sioux Falls. He is a Sioux Falls native, O'Gorman High School and University of South Dakota graduate, with 30 years of journalism experience in the Upper Midwest. Patrick covers the Sioux Falls and southeast South Dakota. He is an avid cyclist and plays tuba in the up-and-coming local band, The Brassholes. Patrick lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, two kids, two cats and more bikes that he will admit to. Reach him at plalley@forumcomm.com.

Wholestone Farms backers say they have "an uphill battle" to defeat proposed ban on new slaughterhouses in the city. A ballot initiative brought by opponents to the plant will be decided in Nov. 8 election.
Joe Kirby led the move to home rule for Sioux Falls three decades ago. As the metro changes, how must government adapt? What do you think?
Company had said it was delaying expansion nationwide but a company spokesperson said Thursday that hiring will start now with plans to be full launched by early next year.
Wholestone Farms custom butchery is at the center of legal dispute about whether the farmer-owned cooperative can continue construction. Smart Growth Sioux Falls has asked a court to stop city from issuing permits and revoking some existing ones.
Group backing Wholestone Farms' efforts to build pork processing plant plans to commit "resources" to the campaign. Sioux Falls Open for Business filed paperwork this week that allows them to spend money leading up to the November election. The group is supported by 16 agriculture and business organizations.
The county says agencies are putting people on the bus to get help here, adding to the homeless population. That's on top of influx from around the country drawn by South Dakota's reputation as an "open" state.
Combine solar panels with an electric car and driving gets less expensive. The numbers are still low the region but new infrastructure and incentives making it more attractive.
The number of panhandlers in Sioux Falls is growing each year. They wouldn't be there if it didn't work. The solutions are known. The problem is following through.
Smart Growth Sioux Falls argues that state law prohibits the city from permitting any construction until after a November vote on whether to ban slaughterhouses. Wholestone Farms is building a small butchery on the site and contend that grandfather's them under current ordinances.
Midwestern cities are struggling to adapt to transportation needs and realities. There are answers out there if local elected leaders want to listen.