It's truly amazing how much social media influences our lives on a daily basis. It even presents numerous opportunities to connect with certain people we may not normally encounter. This includes having the chance to party with the Mayor of Sioux Falls.

A Sioux Falls resident, Bryce Wollmann took a chance on Twitter to ask the Mayor, Paul TenHaken to hang out with him at the new Dave & Buster's.  There was just one catch: Bryce needed to reach 5,000 followers on Twitter in order to party with the mayor.

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Mayor Paul TenHaken replied to Bryce's tweet indicating that he was on board with Bryce's request. So how long did it take Bryce to gain 5,000 followers? Less than a day.

Bryce easily managed to get enough followers to secure his wish to hang out with Mayor TenHaken at Dave & Buster's. The mayor's response to Bryce's victory was too perfect. He shared with Bryce via a tweet, "We are going to have a party the likes of Sioux Falls has never seen."

This epic Sioux Falls party is going to be formally known as the "Sioux Falls Palooza." Bryce told his Twitter followers that the shindig at Dave & Buster's will take place on Thursday, July 14th at 5:30 PM.

The new Sioux Falls Dave & Buster's has really created a lot of excitement around the Sioux Empire. I wonder what games Mayor TenHaken will play? Well Mayor Paul, if you need help deciding what games to play first just read this story. There are plenty of them to try, over 100 to be exact!

My Top 5 Favorite South Dakota Made Foods

As I was slicing a piece of cheese off my block of Dimock Dairy Colby cheese and boiling a ring of Bluebird Locker German sausage on the stove, I started thinking, "What foods is South Dakota known for?'

Then I realized the state is known for some of my favorite foods, are they're actually made right here in South Dakota!

So, I decided to search my cupboards and refrigerator looking for other South Dakota-made foods and came up with my Top 5.

32 Things to Do in Sioux Falls This Summer That Are Absolutely Free!

Sure, there are tons of things to do in the Sioux Empire every summer, but if your entertainment budget is small (or zero), we have the solution - actually, we have lots of solutions.

Here is a list of family-friendly (and some, just adult-friendly) events happening this summer in the Sioux Falls area that you should check out. Oh, the best part, everything on this list is FREE.