Travel: Local materials give Sioux Falls its beauty

September 28, 2018 8:27 AM

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — Some cities have an instantly recognizable symbol, such as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis or the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.After visiting Sioux Falls for the first time earlier this month, I will always associate the city with a color: The pink-red of the local Sioux quartzite. The color, and the stone, can be seen everywhere in South Dakota's largest city, first and foremost at the beautiful falls for which the city is named. And the quarried stone [...] Continue Reading


There are no signs of severe drought in California this year, but the state legislators continue to move down the road of water wasting mindset prevention. As a reminder to those residents and businesses who have gotten a little lazy and are back to using as much water as before the drought, water legislations are passing on through eight phases of the mandatory water conservation program. It's Murphy's law: "Just when you think things cannot get any worse, they will." But there is also some good news for Californians. Minimum wage is going up to $11-$12 per hour depending on company size. Women are getting more protection. Illegal businesses of the past are making into respected taxpayers.


Sustainable plant-based sneakers, plastic wrapper-free frozen treats, living algae lamps and spirulina furniture, eco-friendly vintage jeans, and solar panel-equipped speakers sounds appealing to savvy consumers of 2019, but claiming "green" doesn't always mean sustainability. Companies, from large corporations to small start-ups are aiming for the growing demand in organic products and sustainable lifestyle innovations for the less generous reasons than eco-psychologists and nature's enthusiasts. Even the Coca-Cola company loved by millions and according to experts in Imperial College, London containing chemicals "found in rust remover, steel cleaner, and cement" pumps millions of dollars in plant bottles constructed of 30 percent of the bio-based material to meet market demand. To be honest, there are not as many sustainable products as advertised only some of them have a positive net green others offer an elusive idea of being eco-friendly.


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Fall injuries, scrapes, and cuts are not a typical picture of having fun. When it comes to our children's safety, we always want to remove challenges as much as we can. Pain is an inevitable part of life, but suffering is optional. You can't control the weather, but you can save a few scraped knees. You can't stop kids from being impulsive, but you can give them a soft place to fall.


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