This annual event has become one of those Sioux Falls traditions that also signals the beginning of spring!

Once again, the Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup is happening on a Saturday in Earth Month

The City of Sioux Falls invites residents to participate in this upcoming event celebrating our planet and green spaces. On Saturday, April 20th, the city will host the 9th annual Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup followed by an inaugural Earth Day Festival.

Big Sioux River in downtown Sioux Falls
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The Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup is held in partnership with Friends of the Big Sioux River and will take place from 10 AM to noon on Saturday, April 20th. Volunteers are needed to collect trash and debris from recreation areas along the Big Sioux River Greenway.

Volunteers can check in at one of seven sites: Falls Park Farmers Market Shelter, Cherry Rock Park, Pasley Park, Yankton Trail Park, Sertoma Park, Legacy Park, or Elmwood Park.

Advance sign-up is encouraged, but not required. All volunteers will receive supplies (bags and gloves) and must sign a waiver. Children under 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Falls on the Big Sioux River at Sioux Falls
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After the cleanup, the fun continues with the city's inaugural Earth Day Festival at Great Bear Ski Valley from 1 to 5 PM. This free family event features hands-on activities like a Trail Scavenger Hunt, Tote Bag Decorating, Free Mini Planting Kits, and Educational Booths.

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Thousands of pounds of trash have been removed from the Big Sioux River Greenway area over the years, according to Josh Peterson, the Sioux Falls Environmental Services Manager. "The turnout grows annually, which is fantastic to see people of all ages rallying to care for the river."

For more information, or to sign up just go to Big Sioux River Cleanup.

The 10 Largest Occupations in Sioux Falls

Where do people in Sioux Falls work? If this was fifty years ago the average Sioux Fallsian worked in some industrial, meat packing, or farm-related position. Sioux Falls has also been the major regional medical center for decades.

Customer service and other retail-related jobs have always been a part of the Sioux Empire's economy. But in recent years those industries have become major employers.

If you live in Sioux Falls, there's a pretty good chance you work one of these jobs. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the top 10 largest occupations in Sioux Falls (as of 2022).

Gallery Credit: Ben Kuhns

Detour Dining: Off-the-Beaten-Path Restaurants You Must Try in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa

Beyond the well-traveled tourist paths, there’s a whole different world of food exploration throughout South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. From tiny restaurants in historic towns serving up generations-old recipes to small town dive bars that not only have cheap, cold beer, but unique and unexpected homemade dishes.

We’ve created an exploration of off-the-beaten path restaurants nestled in the charming landscapes of the tri-state area. Take a detour from the ordinary and discover the extraordinary flavors as you travel the roads not-so-often traveled. 

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