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Valley Springs Reviews
There is a fair amount of "interesting" weather in this area. It starts to get cold here in late September or early October, with a first snow fall generally by Halloween. The weather can be difficult as in snow, blowing snow which creates terrible visibility, ice, extreme cold where frost bite can occur in a few minutes, etc. Tornado season is in the spring though summer, though there hasn't been one in some time, the all weather radio goes off quite often to seek shelter. Severe thunderstorms happen fairly often. They are fun to watch, but can cause damage and so it can be difficult to get everything inside before one hits. The Summers are hot, and depending on the snow from the winter before, there can be extreme drought which affects crops.
Sioux Falls and its surrounding areas are fairly awful for shopping and restaurants. There is a lack of variety in shopping. Grocery stores in particular are very limited. Walmart, Hyvee, & Sunshine Foods are the main places to shop other than the big box stores. Food prices are high. Costco and SAMS club are better to shop at. Hardware stores are average at best. I am African American, I find that people at stores in general avoid eye contact with me at all cost. If my wife, who is white, walks through a store she will get asked half a dozen times if she needs any help, I can be 20 feet behind her and employees wont even look at me. Starbucks, in this area is one of the worst for this sort of behavior. Starbucks is also terrible at creating drinks properly. Fast Food restaurants in general are filthy (Dairy Queen), have employees who are neither cheerful nor helpful, and lack quality food. McDonalds in particular cant get an order right to save their lives. And people are RUDE. If there is a mistake made, employees in this area will argue that its your fault. If you order a coke and they give you a Pepsi they'll argue that you must have misspoken (Uh, no I hate Pepsi, I wouldn't have "accidently" asked for it). The very best businesses in this area are the Culvers in the East and West sides of town, any Stop & Go gas station is SPOTLESS inside, and a mom and pop place like Nikki's Mexican food are places worth going.
This is a cute small town in rural SD. It has all the essentials for small town living like: a school, post office, and park.