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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.
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.
Several utilities and city of Sioux Falls hosting event on Sept. 29 at W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. The event will include an array of car models as well as bikes, motorcycles and lawncare equipment.
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.
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.
Finance report details for first time who is funding Smart Growth Sioux Falls. The committee is fighting plans by Wholestone Farms to build pork processing plant in northeast corner of the city.
Wholestone Farms believes the butcher shop they are building on the site of its planned processing facility qualifies under current city ordinance. Opposition says a small operation is not the same as processing 6 million hogs a year.
Influential forces intersect in potential ban of future slaughterhouses in Sioux Falls. Emergence of Gov. Kristi Noem in the debate demonstrates what's at stake when city residents vote in November.
The regional business group's position is a win for Wholestone Farms, a farmer-owned coop developing a pork processing plant in northeast Sioux Falls. City residents will vote on the proposed ban Nov. 8.