Do you know a family who could use some kindness or a friend who needs a little extra support during a stressful time in their lives?

If so you might want to reach out to Lasagna Love. It is a national non-profit organization with a chapter working right here in Sioux Falls.

Not only can you nominate someone for this wonderful gift, but you can also volunteer to become a lasagna baker yourself. This program is connected to the Helpline Center and you can sign up to volunteer and get more information through them.

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There is a lot to be said for warming up someone's life via their tummy. It's kind of like a neighbor stopping over with a hot dish just at the absolute right time.

Lasagna Love started during the Covid pandemic when one woman's act of kindness inspired others to do the same. It grew into the national movement it is today with around 48,000 volunteers all over the globe.

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You can go to Lasagna Love and fill out a request form to send a pan of delicious, hot lasagna to someone you know. Maybe it is a family who is struggling right now, maybe it is a friend who is dealing with a loss.

You fill out the form and your request will go to a volunteer lasagna maker in this area and from there it is delivered to your nominated Lasagna Love person.

For more information, see Lasagna Love or the Helpline Center.

Dives Worth a Drive in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota

Almost every small South Dakota town has a watering hole. It’s where the locals go to kick back a few brews and engage in conversation.

Some of these establishments are located in buildings almost as old as the town itself. There might be a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new vinyl on the booth seats, but the ambiance is still reminiscent of a good ol’ dive.

If you think a "dive" is all about the sketchy clientele, the smell of the Devil’s lettuce, and stale Grain Belt, you’d be wrong. Not every dive has a bad reputation.

What makes a dive, a dive?

A dive has character. Neon beer signs and local memorabilia adorn the walls.

You might find a pool table, dart board, and a few video lottery machines.

The bartender knows the regulars by name and they know what you drink.

Some dives don't even serve food except for bags of chips and pickled eggs that sit in a jar of brine on the bar.

Dives aren't fancy. You might see 70's-style wood panels on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.

Finally, the bathrooms. The bathrooms in dives are in a class by themselves and could be a whole topic on its own. 

There are several small-town dives in our area with friendly faces, cheap booze with a burn, and even really good food! We use the term "dive" in the most affectionate way.

Here are some of the best and why you should go there.

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The 6 Types of South Dakota Drivers You Deal With Every Winter

Every year it snows in Sioux Falls. We may live in denial during the spring and summer, but it happens.

When the snow falls on the Falls, life in the city does not stop. We all still have to go to work, school, and the liquor I mean go get snacks.

When you tackle the snowy routes around town you tend to run across six types of drivers in the snow.

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