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The real sound of Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls sounds like -- the falls of the Big Sioux River (for which the city was named.)
It also sounds like “Welcome to Sioux Falls” in over 60 different languages spoken by the refugee populations that have settled in the city.
It sounds like construction that is impossible escape – a sign of the city’s continued growth. And hey, they don’t start until 6:30 a.m.
Throughout the day in the distance, you can hear the trains of Sioux Falls – several lines came through the town and helped make it a hub for the region in the late 1800s.
It’s not hard to find a “casino” –where video slot machines merrily ring along.
And if you catch her at the right time, grand ole’ dame of Sioux Falls, Sylvia Henkin, will sing the Sioux Falls Song, commissioned by her husband decades ago. The lyrics perfectly predict the town’s continued growth (and show off Sylvia’s charming singing voice).
A taste of Sioux Falls
In this American Futures project,we're trying to give you a taste of how the American economy really works. And a taste is definitely what I got in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Here's what my Sioux Falls diet (if you wanna call it that) looked like:
- Two egg breakfast sandwiches via Grand Prairie Foods (they come in packs of two).
- Bhutanese dumplings shared with me by the refugee family that made them.
- A sea salt caramel macaron from C.H. Patisserie, the fancy new dessert shop downtown.
- Cappuccino at Coffea in downtown Sioux Falls (one block down from C.H. Patisserie, in fact). It was opening day for the cafe and yes, there was a line.
- All those foods -- they tell you a lot about Sioux Falls. Where's it's been and where it's going. And I'll tell you what -- it's pretty tasty too.