You can hear the scratching of sharp blades against the cold surface. The roar of the crowd that surrounds the rink is unmistakable, chanting and singing to the music playing over the sound system. The smell of nachos, popcorn, hotdogs and beer fill the air. It’s time for hockey. The Sioux City Musketeers are the local USHL (United States Hockey League) team that host their season games at the Tyson Events Center. The Muskies, as they are more notably called, play teams from around the Midwest including Chicago, Sioux Falls, Omaha and Des Moines, just to name a few. With tickets starting as low as $15, it’s a great way to spend a Friday or Saturday night without spending a lot of money.
There are lots of great things to do during the game like the hockey puck toss, Zamboni rides, and even free t-shirts that are thrown out during each intermission. With great battles on the ice, the Muskies know how to put on a great show for the crowd that will leave you talking about it for the rest of the night.
The Muskies are a junior hockey league team that feeds into college and professional hockey. Teenagers from all over the world come to the USHL to play and advance their skills and game. Since the Muskies began in 1972, the team has had eighteen players move on to play in the National Hockey League (NHL) and a handful that even went on to make Olympic appearances.
With 45 games already played this season, the Muskies are ranked third in the western division of the USHL behind Omaha and Waterloo. Currently on a seven-game winning streak, the Muskies are on a hot streak as they hit their final stretch of the season.
There are eight home games left for the Sioux City Musketeers with the next matchup coming on Friday, February 28th against Cedar Rapids.
Just across the river in the city of South Sioux City sits a nice authentic Mexican restaurant called Mi Familia. Authentic Mexican and Spanish cuisine is a staple in the Siouxland area. Mi Familia is located just over the bridge in South Sioux City and has been a part of Siouxland for many years. With a menu filled with authentic Mexican favorites like Tacos, Burritos, Tostadas and Quesadillas, Mi Familia has all of that and more.
Sitting down at a table, you are immediately greeted by a welcoming staff and a warm basket of chips and fresh salsa.
One of my favorite dishes is the quesadilla. Yes, simple but delicious! Served with rice and beans, you can get your quesadilla with chicken, shredded beef or just cheese. Served on a homemade tortilla, the quesadilla is packed full of cheese and meat and is mouthwatering.
Siouxland resident Morgan Knuppel has been visiting Mi Familia for two years and makes sure to stop in for some food after her volleyball games on Wednesday nights.
“I am a picky eater,” she exclaimed! “I like their quesadillas and queso dip.”
Knuppel also loves their traditional Mexican drink called a Cantarito, which is tequila cocktail drink served in a clay jar. Having tried one myself, I can say that they are definitely something you should try when you visit Mi Familia!
Besides Cantarito’s, Mi Familia also serves a variety of Mexican beers and margaritas at very reasonable prices.
Along with their authentic cuisine and drinks, the talented chefs at Mi Familia also serve traditional American food like chicken nuggets and fries.
So what is it that keeps Knuppel coming back? “They have very friendly staff and good service!” She said.
The atmosphere and people at Mi Familia makes it a great place for families, friends and people of all ages to come and enjoy great food and socialize. With an outdoor patio for warm summer days, this restaurant is the perfect place for any time of the year.
Check out Mi Familia’s in South Sioux City on Dakota Avenue, right next to McDonald’s! With friendly staff and delicious food, this place will have you coming back for more in no time.
Not long after the Super Bowl ends, the Super Bowl of NASCAR begins, the Daytona 500. NASCAR, or the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing, is the United States motorsports organization that travels to racetracks all across the country. NASCAR has one of the longest seasons in all of professional sports. With races being held 38 weekends a year, the season kicks off in mid-February and ends in late November.
The 2014 season kicks off this weekend with the Daytona 500 held in Daytona Beach, Florida. They call it NASCARs Super Bowl; the Daytona 500 is the biggest race of the season and brings in sponsors and spectators from all over the world.
This year, the Daytona 500 rolls off Sunday afternoon on February 23rd. Race fans from all over will be hosting parties to kick off the season and some of those parties will be happening right here in Sioux City.
Local radio station, YCountry 101.3, is hosting a Daytona 500 party in North Sioux City at Sugar Daddy’s. With contests, giveaways, food and plenty of alcohol, this Daytona 500 party is one not to miss.
YCounty morning show host LeRoy will be on hand to host the party and will be broadcasting live on the radio before the green flag flies. During the race, if you can’t watch it with them at Sugar Daddy’s, you can listen to YCountry 101.3 for the race broadcast so you won’t miss any of the action.
The Daytona 500 is full of excitement, big wrecks and unexpected winners and a great way to experience a sport you may not be familiar with. Fill your football void with the Daytona 500 and see some of racings biggest stars like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick battle for one of the most prestigious trophy’s in NASCAR.
It’s growing in popularity and the latest trend in online dating, although I’m not sure if it’s categorized as online dating. The iPhone and Android app Tinder was launched in September of 2013 and using an individual’s Facebook page, is aiming to make “dating” easier. Over nine million couples have been matched using online dating sites like eHarmony.com and OKCupid.com, with that the detailed profiles and endless questionnaires have become more of a hassle than useful. Tinder is exactly the opposite. Signing in using your Facebook profile, Tinder is your modern day “hot or not” game.
The app allows you to scroll through possible matches based on your location, showing only pictures featured on an individual’s profile, where you can either “like” someone or pass them over. Want to know more about your possible suitors before you “like” them? Tinder uses your Facebook profile to show you mutual friends, common interests and a small bio, but little else.
So how do you get a “match?” You “like” each other! Once you get a match, messaging begins. Working a lot like texting, Tinder allows you to message matches within the app, helping you get to know your match more than just a face and age.
This app has reached the campus of colleges all across the area and yes, even Morningside College. I spoke to a 20-year old Morningside junior who downloaded the app just a week ago, and already has 40 matches. How does she choose who she “likes” on Tinder? She looks at mutual interests and if they have things in common, especially music, it’s a “like!”
“I purposefully skip Morningside College students because I don’t want to run into them in real life,” she said with a grin, “there are a lot of creepy people out there.”
So why did she get Tinder? “I was bored,” she said, “and this app is a good ego boost.”
Her advice for anyone using or looking into getting the app is simple; you have to make your profile worth checking out. “There are three things you need to do with your Tinder profile, choose pictures that accurately show yourself, put effort into your bio, and most importantly, don’t lie!”
“My roommate was on Tinder and talking to a guy she really liked,” she said, “then found his Facebook page and found out he had a mullet. Morel of the story is that people are not always what they seem.”
As this interview was happening, she received two new matches and a new message proving that Tinder does indeed lead to something. This app may be the start of the next wave of revolutionized dating, making it easier for people all over the world to connect and with Tinder. The love of your life could be right in your own backyard.