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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.

The sounds of late-night spraying familiar to city residents. West Nile Virus prompted the program and residents benefit from lower mosquito numbers. But recent heavy rains means a new wave is upon us.
POET is a significant backer of an initiative on November ballot that would prevent new "slaughterhouses" in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The South Dakota Pork Producers and South Dakota Soybean Association say it's concerning that an ally in agriculture opposes the opportunity to expand capacity.
Local government trucks and machinery are using B-20 through a partnership with South Dakota Soybean Checkoff. Fuel blended with 20 percent soy diesel is less toxic and reduces carbon emissions. Transportation is a key topic in city's sustainability efforts.
As Upper Midwest cities grow they face choices of how to pay for roads. Advocates for active transportation say making streets safer rather than wider is a better investment in the long term. Yet, local leaders face a constant pressure to fill potholes and expand roads at all costs.
Expanding health insurance for low-income families is on the ballot in November. Measure would increase the maximum income to qualify to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. That portion of the population grew between 2018 and 2020.
Plans moving forward to put constitutional amendment before voters in 2024 to preserve access to abortion in the state. Two previous statewide elections, in 2006 and 2008, rejected legislative efforts to ban abortion in most cases.